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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.

Monica Saaty

I’ve been playing with cameras since I was a little girl. I used to steal my mom’s camera and use entire rolls of film to photograph my Barbies and stuffed animals. My mom wasn’t thrilled then, but looking back on it now, it explains where my life-long obsession began. Read more>>

Sydney Alexis

I have been doing photography since I was 10 years old. It has always been the art medium I feel that best describes me. I grew up in Gilbert, Arizona, and have had the privilege to move around a bit with the help of my photography. I honestly could not ever see myself doing it, and that’s how I know I am meant to do it for the rest of my life. I feel 100% myself behind the camera-nearly free. Read more>>

Francesca Navarro

It all started with a small internship in California where I got to build a website for a non-profit day care center. I built it from scratch, loved the way it allowed creativity, and how it was a remote position. This is kind of where I realized the main things I wanted in my future career. From then on, I focused on creative intern and job positions that allowed me to work from wherever I wanted. Read more>>

Toby Riley

Growing up, I was always encouraged to create and be artistic. My grandmother was a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum. Naturally, all of my grandma/grandson playdates were spent wandering through art exhibits; mostly cowboy artist shows held at the museum. Read more>>

Tracy Ann Battaglia

Tracy Ann is a wife, mother, photographer, entrepreneur, & educator. Since graduation with an art degree in photography from Illinois State University in 2006, she has been a full-time wedding, editorial, lifestyle, and fine art photographer. Read more>>

Tessa Nicole

I grew up with a strong passion for music & songwriting, and felt for many years that it was my calling. At age 17, I wrote a song called “Painted Life” and knew that the music video needed to have live painting as the main concept, but I had never painted before. Determined to learn something new, I picked up a brush and began a new “hobby” that would become my greatest passion & later on, my own business. Read more>>

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