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Thought-Provokers: Surprise

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 Surprise that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kristyn ZumMallen and Denise

Our classes are instructor-led and are typically 2.5 to 3 hours long. We walk you through the process from start to finish, and at the end, you will leave with a fished product. You do not have to have a creative background to attend a class. If you make a mistake, there is nothing a little sandpaper cannot fix! We also offer specialty projects such as canvas pillows and doormats. Read more>>

Katrina Madsen Berg

Unlike most artists, I want my artwork to be touched. The thick yummy paint can make the experience so much more personal. With five kiddos in and out of my studio, each piece has been carefully varnished & made as durable as possible. I paint only on wood…I achieve the most shine and color intensity that way. Read more>>

Jeff Ellison

I have found a very unique niche creating framed pop culture 3D paper dioramas and hand cut silhouettes. In a span of five years, I was able to go from creating small art pieces for my friends to becoming a published cover artist for a variety of comics and novels. Read more>>

Neal Summerton

Working 50, 60 and even 70 or more hours per week finally got to me. I decided that I was burning out and needed an outlet to take my mind off of work on the weekends. A couple of years ago I bought a nice camera and really started to learn. I consumed as much as I could on YouTube on photography, gear and editing. Read more>>

Julie Swinton-FisheR

I began taking oil painting instruction in my early twenties after a co-worker in a law office saw me doodling. My co-worker suggested I attend an oil painting class with her. I went to class and discovered that I absolutely loved to paint. I lived in Michigan at the time, was working, raising a family, and so I had very little time to point. Read more>>

Kazumi Ross

To be completely honest, I never grew up wanting to be a photographer, but then again I never grew up wanting to be a nurse. I will say, I love doing both equally & unquestionably. I feel life leads you down certain paths and this is where I need to be. Photography for me is placing my view of life, love, and happiness in still images. Read more>>

Linda Spiars

I started putting some art in shows but was not thrilled by themes. I don’t mind spending alot of time on a painting, but want it to be something that feeds my soul. I met two other women who felt the same and started an art ministry named “Call to Art” at Desert Springs Community Church. It’s a place where artists can come for support and express themselves spiritually. Read more>>

Willow Buckley

I have always been passions about photography, but I did it just for fun. My journey into the professional world of photography in the past six months had been so incredible. Capturing those moments with my clients and seeing the raw emotion when I look through my albums is why I do it. Read more>>

Nic Amidon

I create songs that are usually inspired by things I am either going through or have already gone through. For the longest time, I only made one song a week. The vulnerability in my music has had the effect of bringing down the walls and allowing people to open up. The whole purpose is to free the mind and lead the blind. Read more>>

Tiffany Eckroth

I’ve always had an artsy soul and over the years have noticed myself loving and admiring a beautiful crisp photograph. A year ago this September, I decided to invest in a nice camera to take pictures of my girls. I opted for a professionally intermediate camera, just in case. Read more>>

Camille Barojas

My hope is that is that all my clients love their photos for years to come! My favorite part about it is the editing process. I love taking a regular photo and turning it into diverging beautiful for my clients to cherish. I know every artist or photographer has their style and I’m not quite sure what mine is yet. Read more>>

Thomas Yoxall

During my interactions, there is a pivotal moment when the transfer of trust occurs. This is the moment when the magic happens. When the curtain is pulled back, and the soul is revealed. These are times I find myself at peace. Read more>>

Charles Ralston

I hope my art can accomplish two things: the first is to show the beauty that exists all around us and how every living creature is unique and different. The second thing is I want to make sure that cost isn’t a hindrance to collecting beautiful artwork. Read more>>

Tracy Taylor

I am an accidental Chocolatier. I never grew up with the vision of ever being a Chocolatier much less having a career in the food industry. I came from a technical background where I spent 20 plus years working my way up the corporate ladder within the Telcom industry, ending that career as a Circuit Design Engineer. It was during my employ with the State of Nevada that I decided I wanted to tap into my creative side; but alas it still wasn’t working with chocolate! Read more>>

Janelle Yoder

I opened my online shop! And just over four years later, this little shop that began as a hobby/creative outlet has turned into a passion and full-time business. The fact that this is now my “job” feels like some kind of magical dream & I am so grateful to be able to create something that I love every day. Read more>>

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