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Thought-Provokers: Tempe

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

Mario Yniguez

I came into performance as a young kid doing theater and band, total nerd. I joined a cover band in junior high as well as jazz band and then into high school I was in a a few bands. I joined choir and that changed my life, our choir teacher Lori Lyford, changed my life, all of us. Read more>>

Lucas J Knowles

Every person, artist or not, has a unique story to tell. I don’t mean to be a combative Warholian interviewee by any means, but I do think it’s important to note that there is very little distinction between someone who considers themselves an “artist” and someone who does not. Read more>>

Bear Prandelli and Wolf Prandelli

Wolf and Bear are brothers and founders of WulfenBear Media. Both were raised in Parma, Italy and have lived in Tempe for the past year. Both of us grew to love photography and videography out of a passion for film-making and cinematography. Read more>>

Dennis Swena

I’ve spent most of my life believing that I had no creative impulses. My education and training were science based and my career centered largely on the practical application of objective facts. That is, until I discovered photography. Read more>>

Josh Bierman

I started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 12. After having alot of fun and getting a good base of how to play the instrument I put it down as life became about hanging out with friends and chasing girls. Read more>>

Nicholas Shekerjian

In written verbal vomit: I was raised in Tempe by two working class, loving parents who although are similarly native to Phoenix, have contrasting family backgrounds (my father’s family is Armenian, my mother’s family homesteaded America). Read more>>

p.s. edekot

I enjoy singing all types of music, and have over the past couple of years been heavily involved in the Christian Hip-hop scene with the group Artificial Christian. Additionally, I have done small production projects for various events around the Valley. Read more>>

Steffi Faircloth

Photography came in around my third year of high school, when my friend showed me her mom’s new camera. After that, I was trying to find ways to photograph without having to buy my own camera. I didn’t want to invest in something I would drop in 4 months. Read more>>

Adele Etheridge Woodson

Wherever I can play music, whenever I can write, whoever I can collaborate with, I am there. 100%. I especially love being a part of the local Tempe/Phoenix community and meeting all the incredible creative people around me. Read more>>

Hiram Hernandez

Every person has a unique story. Every person is also an artist in they’re own right. I am not necessarily special. I just decided to walk in a different direction. Music is the motive. Read more>>

Sarah Richards

I was brought up in rural Oregon to a large, however very poor family. Through out financial dilemma, my mother was able to consistently provide one form of entertainment – copy paper and crayons. Read more>>

Linda Bohlke

A lifelong collector of “junk” and self-taught in three dimensional assemblage, I began making jewelry in 2006. I use discarded and found metal weathered and patinaed by time to build one of a kind wearable sculpture that visually work towards blurring the borders and boundaries between craft and fine art. Read more>>

Mary Berkstresser

I’m an Arizona native who has been hiking and exploring the state with my family my whole life. I began taking photographs with a point-and-shoot camera at the age of 8, and my love for photography and art has progressed since then. Read more>>

Jake Palacios

3 months I became a artist. I have now been tattooing for 2.5 years professionally. I have a 8 month old daughter with my girlfriend, we are moving into our first house and work at one of the biggest tattoo shops in the world. I’m a very lucky guy. Read more>>

Samantha Brammer

I became interested in photography around when I was 13 and I got my first DSLR for my 15th birthday. I had no idea what I was doing back then, but I knew I loved capturing people and moments on camera. Read more>>


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