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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.

Diannie Chavez

My journey is nowhere near finished nor have I reached the climax of my story. In fact, at this point in time, I am still discovering who I am as an artist. For a large majority of my life, I have always been more inclined to look at things in a more artistic way. Read more>>

Dennis Kleidon

My paintings are abstract. Consequently, they express a mood, a feeling, and expression, not a realistic image, but a reference to the natural beauty of our environment and the wonders that often go unseen. The greatest challenge in capturing the spirit of Taliesin West. Read more>>

Libby Lou

I would get so stoked to run up to their bedroom and see all of my work on the wall. That same feeling is what motivates me to make to this day. I just like to make things and see them out in the wild. Read more>>

Gabriel Sullivan

Not many artists have a unique story. I do not. An existence cursed and or blessed to be expressed in sonic and visual mediums. A gypsy life that makes no sense at all but is the only thing worth doing. Read more>>

Justin Avila

I love to be creative & imaginative. My alias I use is “Odinkaar”. The reason I use an alias is to make myself stand out other than my basic name. I was born in El Paso, TX, then raised between Texas & Arizona. Read more>>

Joanna Proffitt

My work has been exhibited widely throughout the state including in galleries such as Shemer Art Center, Art Intersection and West Valley Art Museum. It has also been seen in publications such as PHOENIX magazine and Images Arizona. Read more>>

Samantha Davis

My husband gifted me his dad’s old DSLR one Christmas. I began my journey capturing my children. I wanted to document their childhood. The milestones, birthdays, tiny details, and everything in between. Read more>>

Emma Fischer

Throughout my life I’ve been many things, a dancer, a musician, a student, and a teacher; through it all, there is one thing I have always been and always will be. Read more>>

Pierre Prouty

As a member of an Arizona pioneer ranching family, I am familiar with the ruggedness and beauty of the southwest. Born in Phoenix, reared in Denver, I returned to Arizona in 2011, having worked in the banking and real estate development business. Read more>>

Danielle Lechuga

Cake art has become my passion, and I love the challenge of making something new, trying new techniques and also sharing them with others by teaching classes, selling online tutorials as well as inspiring other bakers through my YouTube channel. Read more>>

 

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