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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.

Edward Sprafkin

Creativity has always been a part of my being. I remember copying the Sunday funny pages with my box of Crayola crayons as a kid; teaching myself how-to-draw. I’ve worn many hats since then from photographer to graphic designer and illustrator. Read more>>

Kimberly Scott

Gramp gave me a new set of oil paints for my birthday when I was around 11 or 12 years old. I remember painting an imaginary landscape filled with Indian teepees, campfires, and cactus. I painted a horse in a stall for the Pioneer Days Art Show in Kearny, Arizona when I was about 13 and won first place. Read more>>

Erin Renee Willoby

I have dabbled in and embraced multiple art mediums, but the one that speaks to me the most is watercolors. It is what inspired the development of Buffalo Gals Company and continues to even now, three years later. My business allows me the freedom to create as I please and, as a bonus, gets my art out into the world. Read more>>

Katie Blankenship

Ever since I can remember I’ve been taking pictures whether it be with a flip phone, smart phone, or point and shoot. While working in Alaska in June 2017 I was finally able to afford to get the DSLR I had dreamed of and immediately began taking pictures. Read more>>

Brandy Blackford

I would fulfill my need to create fun and beautiful things by helping my kiddos out with their various school activities – marching band events and festivals, Boy Scout meetings, planning parties and showers for whatever charity or community event that I could help with. Read more>>

 

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