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Thought-Provokers: Scottsdale

Phoenix has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Scottsdale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Anna Sadler

I have passionately spent most of my life in one creative endeavor to another. From high school, I enrolled in a college for fashion design and illustration, but after a few years, I realized that this was not the right outlet for my creativity. Read more>>

Joan Nelson

I have always loved art and sewing; although my professional passion was teaching children with special needs. Growing up in Chicago I was fortunate to have access to the world-renowned Art Institute and was able to visit often. The Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Manet, etc, spoke to me. Read more>>

Karla Hackman

After a few years working as a college administrator and taking jewelry classes on the side, I decided to make a leap of faith to pursue my passion for art and to let go of higher education. Of course, living in a place like Santa Fe gave me ample opportunities to participate in local and regional art festivals, to continue taking jewelry classes, and to identity boutiques and galleries that would be a fit for my jewelry. Read more>>

Billie Pickles

I have always been a creativist. I grew up loving to work and create art with my hands, and I have always had a natural eye for fashion. My mother, grandmother, and aunt have always taught me the importance of fashion and style and how to incorporate it into everything I do, which has carried into my business. When coming up with Pickles + Pam jewelry, it became a marriage of the two and created something extremely special to me. Read more>>

Joan Pevarnik

I was introduced to clay when I was 16. The Art Department had a wonderful program, and Mark Dunn had created a fantastic ceramic program in the High school in Golden Colorado.It was the 70’s, and the world was open to new ideas. Getting students exposed to Art was a wonderful part of that era. Read more>>

Sheila Patterson

As you can imagine, it was a lot of hard work, and I soon became burnt out from the business side of it and was quickly losing interest in the work itself as it became less challenging. That, and dealing with horrible clients in a never-ending race to the bottom as graphic design becomes more commoditized worldwide (read: cheaper and less valued). So I started dreading my work, the thing I went to college for and thought would be my career until I died. Whoopsie. Read more>>

Lisa Lytle

I grew up in a small town in western Nebraska, the youngest of two daughters of artistic parents. My father was a jeweler and silversmith who was quite well known for his trophy belt buckles made for rodeos and horse shows and other silversmith work. Also, before my sister and I came along, my parents had been successful musicians to whom Sony Records offered a production contract. Read more>>

Nichole Laizure

My grandfather was a watercolor painter who encouraged me to start painting when I was young. Because of his influence and guidance, I realized I wanted to pursue art in some form as a career. I went to Northern Arizona University and graduated with a BFA degree with an emphasis in illustration. I initially began working in the outdoor advertising business as an assistant painter, back when things like that were actually hand painted.  Read more>>

Scotty King and Leslie Medley

The story of American Wanderlove began as an adventurous love story for the creators, Scotty and Leslie, of this inspiring global influencing company over three years ago in early January 2016. After long-distance dating for five months, living on the opposite sides of the country, Scotty & Leslie decided to go on the adventure of a lifetime across the world, together. Read more>>

Jeff Luth

Trying to emulate the imagery I saw in Arizona Highways. Of course, our state is filled with excellent landscape photographers, and as my knowledge and technique improved, I began to acquire additional perspectives about what I wanted to accomplish with my images. While I still enjoy shooting landscapes, photography has become a more creative outlet. Read more>>


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