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22: Julia Fournier

Julia Fornier standing with a piece by Jetsonorama

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

22: Julia Fournier
Julia Fornier standing with a piece by Jetsonorama

See also: Sweet Shopping at The Bee's Knees See also: Lalo Cota and Breeze on The Bee's Knees

Julia Fournier was born and raised in Phoenix. She's lived in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Honduras, has her undergraduate and master's degrees from ASU, and taught elementary school in the Valley for 27 years.

Now she collaborates with her husband Steve Helffrich in owning and operating The Hive Gallery and The Bee's Knees Resale Boutique on 16th Street.

22: Julia Fournier
Dress by Tracy Reese, Art by Joe Willie Smith (obscured eye by Douglas Miles) at The Bee's Knees

I came to Phoenix ... in the 1920s, in my grandparents' DNA.

I like working with artists and because ... it's like learning another language. I enjoy listening to artists talk about their work so that I can begin to see their life and influence in their pieces.

I'm most productive when ... I work with others, towards a larger idea like Calle 16. And when there's a deadline.

My inspiration wall is full of ... my husband's paintings, natural objects, film and street art.

I've learned the most from ... my husband. He is an architect, painter and he makes fantastic jewelry. He can make art from anything. My "creativity" is in my "artistic eye," my "product" comes from the aesthetic choices I make. We work together to make decisions about the shop and gallery.

Good work should always ... be personal and have a pulling(or pushing) effect on the audience.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... a break! Like, a non-profit center or co-op for all artists to share resources and materials, run seminars and have gatherings. We had one for teachers in the 80s and 90s called The Center for Establishing Dialogue. The Center was a unifying force, refuge and influence for educators.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert 46. Niba DelCastillo 45. Joseph Benesh 44. Ashley Harder 43. Dan Vermillion 42. Daniel Shepherd 41. James B. Hunt 40. Lori Fenn 39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen 38. Wayne Rainey 37. Christian Filardo 36. Melissa Cody 35. Jason Rudolph Peña 34. Cindy Iverson 33. Ryan Gentry 32. Sebastien Millon 31. Andrea Beesley 30. Chris Pruitt 29. Robert Diehl 28. Rachel Malloy 27. Jonathan Simon 26. Ann Morton 25. Kim Moody 24. Kevin Flanagan 23. Such and Champ Styles

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