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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.

Brittanie Cordova

I bought and read through tons of baking and cake decorating books, scoured the web and of course, Youtube. However, in the interest of playing it safe and following another passion of mine, I spent the following few years in college getting my nursing degree. Nursing has given me the opportunity to play such a special and fulfilling role in my patients and their families lives that cannot be paralleled by any other profession. I am forever grateful to be a Nurse! Read more>>

Kathleen White

My photography journey actually started unintentionally. When my husband was in the military, we were stationed in Japan for three years. A few months after we arrived, I found out I was pregnant, as well as the news of an upcoming eight-month long deployment that was starting only a month after my daughter’s due date. Read more>>

Raven Allen

I first purchased a DIY macramé kit four years ago when my husband and I where pregnant and expecting our first child. I knew I wanted to create something special for the baby’s room, after a devastating miscarriage I stashed the project away-it was too painful to work on and so it stayed on a shelf in my garage for two years. It wasn’t until my daughter Julia was born that I was able to take back out that first project and finish it. Read more>>

Stacy Lynn McIntyre

I grew up in a creative household, my dad was a well-known artist in Detroit. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved to paint and draw and create things. When I was six, my parents moved to Sweden, where I lived most of my life, but I also lived a few years in Germany and Ireland. So, I guess you can say I belong everywhere or nowhere. I enrolled in art school in 1985 in Stockholm, the goal was to continue at the art institute there, but I ended up marrying and having children and never fulfilled that dream. Read more>>

Jöshüa Hartsfield

I’m a product of my environment? I grew up on 56th and Glendale. I ran with gangs from an early (16) start. Was sent to prison on multiple occasions, all before I was old enough to buy a beer. I’ve been stabbed and forced to move out of state with distant relatives. I became a Journeyman Plumber and when the market fell in 2008, work in the construction became slim which eventually fell to none. I moved back to Phoenix when offered a job as a Tattoo Artist. Read more>>

Amanda Barcom

I have always been a creative person. A crafty eye, if you will. I made things here and there and people were always telling me, “You should sell that, I would buy it!” In 2014, being a stay at home mom of three (all under 6 years old) I really wanted a way that I could stay at home with my babies but also bring something financial to the table so, I turned my dream into a reality! Read more>>

Gunnar Birtel

I have never considered myself an artist. An artist is capable of creating things that I cannot even fathom the ability to do. That said, the biggest driver of my success today is my recovery. I was checked in to a rehab facility on August 20th, 2001 and have been driving myself to never end up homeless and broke every again. Read more>>

Susan Cramer Stein

Photography and art have always been a pivotal part of my life. Always creating, first with pencil and then paint, my first camera was placed in my hands at the age of Nine. I started working from my own images, my goal always being for my drawings to look exactly as the photograph. Read more>>

Grace Boyd

I would like to be able to say that my story is an epic one, but it’s not. I grew up taking photos of my siblings, much to their dismay of course. My parents divorced when I was young, and I guess my photography was a way to freeze time. It was something I had control over. Read more>>

Mark “Pappy” Patton

I have a story with some deep desert roots. Self-taught at the age of ten, music has always resonated in my soul. Young and naive, I allowed music to guide me until I discovered my purpose. Read more>>

Randi Porter

I’ve since introduced children’s and couple’s painting parties as well, which have made this ride so exciting and such a joy to be on. I never would have thought my passion and my job could correlate so well, but I am beyond blessed that I’ve been proven wrong! Read more>>

Keithena Kibbe

I have had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember. As a child, I grabbed my Mother’s camera every chance I could to take pictures of anything I could, animals, places I visited and my surroundings. As I grew older, I always had a camera close by. Read more>>

Macy Dorf

I have been a professional potter for over 50 years, also own Artists ON Santa Fe gallery and studios. The building has 29 artists renting studios. I really don’t consider myself unique, but fortunate to be able to have a life that has allowed me to make a living making ceramics. I have mostly focused on function pottery and at the same time be able to experiment with large sculptural clay works that mostly about the area around Moab, Utah. Read more>>

Mayra Almazan, India Lov3

It took me along time to claim the title photographer. I wish that I could paint or draw but I can’t so I started putting my photos on canvases and went from there, along the way I came across local artist/creatives and it’s been a blessing ever since. Read more>>


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