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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.

David Lee

I’ve always been drawn to the arts, whether it be the visible arts, audible arts, or existential arts in general. I’ve spent well over the last decade of my life studying and pursuing insight and growth into theological and philosophical matters, and then teaching what I discovered to others. Read more>>

Tiffany Aukerman, Ryland Aukerman

Our passion for photography stems from our high school days, where we learned film, prior to us ever meeting. We faced corporate America, with a love for our craft in our back pockets. That love turned into a thriving business, which became our baby to nurture and care for and watch grow. Read more>>

Brett Bartlett

My interest in photography grew at a young age when photography was a course in high school. Pursuing interests in art, design and architecture I fell in love with film photography. Years go by and I drift from photography and art to chase another dream. Read more>>

Tyler Quick

I’ve been taking pictures since I was ten I have always loved to take pictures with my moms old 40D just for fun. I started to quickly establish a passion for photography. I just turned 17, after almost 2 years this “hobbie is starting to turn into a career. Read more>>

Sylvia Elaine

I honestly thought that they were just making fun of me and saying it to be nice! But a few years later they were still bothering me about it! So I started my page but only to get them to stop and here I am, almost two years later, and I love doing it! I model all my clothes and I really enjoy showing people that you don’t have to have all the money in to world to look presentable! Read more>>

Kristin Atwell Ford

I always said I wanted to be dressed to the nines or rolling in the mud. Somehow I’ve been lucky enough to do both! Films create their own worlds, and for the most part you need to spend time in the city to make movies. Phoenix is my city. I was born here, lived in great cities in other states, but have found myself home again to tell stories about how the desert shapes us. Read more>>

Althea Sassman

Each day in our Sonoran Desert, there are simple moments that enlighten me. Small details can have profound impact on an average day. My goal is to capture these moments and ideas and translate them through such fabulous papers available today, ultimately creating my journey through bold color, unique details and organic texture. Read more>>

Jessica Gladhart

I have always had a huge facination with photography. It has always been something that I have wanted to do. For as long as I can remember my mom would always take tons of pictures of my siblings and I for scrapbooks she was making so I was exposed to photos being taken all the time. My uncle had come to visit us one year and he brought with him this magnificent camera, I begged him to let me play with it. Read more>>

Tony Taafe

I was born and raised in Liverpool, England. I moved around a little in my late teens/early twenties to Spain, and then back to the UK in London. I then plucked up the courage to move to Los Angeles in 2011; where I lived for six years until moving to Arizona in late 2017.  Read more>>

 Sean Gannon

I have always had a love for cars and the automotive world. In March 2016, I picked up a camera for the first time and absolutely fell in love with photography. Then I decided to combine my two passions and take up automotive photography.  Read more>>

Steve Leonardi

I am the Grandson of a stone carver, Francesco Leonardi, who was from Sicily. I am a 3rd generation Home Improvement business owner. My wife and I moved to Arizona from Ohio 2 1/2 years ago. I have been running my own painting remodeling business for almost 20 years. Read more>>

Sterling West

I was born with a passionate love to create. As a kid I was always found making some sort of action video, woodworking in our garage, playing guitar with my buddies or tending to our garden. I loved trying new things and improvising solutions (this made my piano teacher very angry because I just wanted to play what I felt rather than learn boring sheet music). Read more>>

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