10 Women Street Artists You Need to Know in Metro Phoenix

Ashley Macias artwork located outside the old Palabra location.EXPAND
Ashley Macias artwork located outside the old Palabra location.
Lynn Trimble

After seeing street art exhibitions featuring only men artists at both monOrchid and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, it's time for a friendly reminder that there are plenty of women making cool street art here in metro Phoenix. Here are 10 who should be on your radar.

Ashley Macias
A mural featuring Macias’ characteristic depiction of the human form, which infuses elements of interior and exterior anatomy with abstraction, graces a west-facing exterior wall at the former location of Palabra. But the human figure she once painted on the northern side of an alley located at 15th and Oak Streets behind Barrio Café has been painted over by several graffiti artists including MES, KAPER, and others.

Amanda Adkins artwork at {9} The Gallery.EXPAND
Amanda Adkins artwork at {9} The Gallery.
Lynn Trimble

Amanda Adkins
Street art by Amanda Adkins graces several buildings in downtown Phoenix — including the east-facing exterior wall for Westwind Studios, a former hotel turned artist live-work space where you’ll find her take on the joyous movement of a woman donning a big, beautiful head of dark, wavy hair. She’s also painted a wall (with Jessica Kerlin) that borders the entrance to the Black Theatre Troupe’s building using scenes from some of their previous productions. You’ll find a mural depicting her daughter on the top of an exterior wall at {9} The Gallery.

Street art by Laura Spalding Best.EXPAND
Street art by Laura Spalding Best.
Lynn Trimble

Laura Spalding Best
The utility lines dotting metro Phoenix streets have inspired much of Laura Spalding Best’s body of work, which includes her Centennial mural painted on the south-facing wall for the APS Power Station located at Second and Garfield Streets, and her Power Structures painted on the exterior of a shipping container gallery formerly located in the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market — which she painted after her first shipping container mural Mirage was defaced during Paint PHX 2015.

Sierra Joy Stewart street art on the front of The Dressing Room.EXPAND
Sierra Joy Stewart street art on the front of The Dressing Room.
Lynn Trimble

Sierra Joy
People see Sierra Joy Stewart's work every time they cruise down Roosevelt Street in the Roosevelt Row arts district that’s well-known far beyond Arizona’s borders. Her abstract mountains in jelly bean colors grace the front of a vacant building once home to The Dressing Room. It’s nestled between monOrchid and the now-demolished building that once housed GreenHaus and murals by Ted DeGrazia.

Detail of Lauren Lee mural at Oasis on Grand.EXPAND
Detail of Lauren Lee mural at Oasis on Grand.
Lynn Trimble

Lauren Lee
For several years, the Three Birds mural Lee painted on the east-facing exterior wall of GreenHaus served as a way-finding tool and fun background for snapshots. It’s gone now, due to demolition undertaken by a developer building housing on that lot. But Lee says she's been commissioned to create new birds for the new building, and her bird mural at the artist live/work space called Oasis on Grand in the Grand Avenue Arts District remains. Lee’s Flow painted on the exterior of a building located near Vision Gallery for IN FLUX Cycle 4 remains, as does her mural work for Mesa Urban Garden. She spent much of last May painting a 153-foot mural called Don’t Wake the Dreamer commissioned by the City of Tempe, which is located on a wall adjacent to Jaycee Park.

 

Detail of Mesa Urban Garden mural by Kyllan Maney and Lauren Lee.EXPAND
Detail of Mesa Urban Garden mural by Kyllan Maney and Lauren Lee.
Lynn Trimble

Kyllan Maney
You’ll find Kyllan Maney’s garden-themed street art gracing a long wall located inside Mesa Urban Garden, where she collaborated with Lauren Lee to create a mural that incorporates plants, birds, city buildings, and the bust of a woman whose neck bears roots. Maney often involves students at New School for the Arts and Academics in mural projects, thereby helping to inspire a whole new generation of street artists.

Carrie Marill artwork outside Combine Studios.EXPAND
Carrie Marill artwork outside Combine Studios.
Lynn Trimble

Carrie Marill
Relatively recent additions to the street art landscape include Carrie Marill’s circular patchwork piece on the south-facing side of ASU’s Combine Studios. But we’ve been enjoying another Marill mural, an homage to the late iconic street artist Margaret Kilgallen located on the west-facing exterior for DWF Wholesale Florist at Second Street off Roosevelt Street, for several years now. The piece, twice defaced and repainted, depicts a bicyclist trailing a long stream of flowers. Marill is represented by Lisa Sette Gallery.

Artwork Beatrice Moore painted on her Kooky Krafts Shop.EXPAND
Artwork Beatrice Moore painted on her Kooky Krafts Shop.
Lynn Trimble

Beatrice Moore
A couple years ago, Moore painted Between Innocence and Knowing on an east-facing exterior wall for her Kooky Krafts Shop. The work features an assortment of whimsical creatures painted against a pastel backdrop graced by a pink polka dot frame. She’s helping other women street artists, too. When former Phoenix resident Rebecca Green traveled from Denver last year to paint a new piece for an exterior wall at The Lodge Art Studio, Moore donated much of the paint that helped bring Green’s desert animal scene to life.

La Muñeca’s collaboration with Yescka at Dulceria Pico Rico.EXPAND
La Muñeca’s collaboration with Yescka at Dulceria Pico Rico.
Lynn Trimble

La Muñeca
Most street art by La Muñeca consists of small-scale wheatpaste works, but she also collaborated with Yescka, a Mexican artist based in Oaxaca, during Paint PHX 2014 to create an untitled mural on the west-facing exterior wall of Dulceria Pico Rico on 16th and Yale Streets.

Detail of Sabrina Peros artwork at Paz Cantina.EXPAND
Detail of Sabrina Peros artwork at Paz Cantina.
Lynn Trimble

Sabrina Peros
Now demolished, Paz Cantina was home to large planters painted by several artists, including Sabrina Peros, whose work there included a whimsical bicycle motif complete with abstract floating wheels.

Editor's note: This post has been updated and corrected from its original version, which gave an incorrect name for Beatrice Moore's mural and misstated when it was completed.

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