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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.

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>>

Adriane Thompson

My style is nature and beauty inspired. I love to infuse a lot of color, gorgeous light, flowers and landscapes in my images. The focus, of course, tends to lean towards the senior’s interests and likes but I try to merge my style with theirs. My art reflects my love of the sky and my love for people. Read more>>

 

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