100 Creatives

38: Wayne Rainey

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.

Wayne Rainey is a third generation native whose grandfather was a cattle rancher and cotton farmer. He is an ardant supporter of the arts and artists in Arizona and the owner of the monOrchid Creative Co lab and Studios on Roosevelt Row and until very recently Holga's artist's apartments.

His work has won several awards and been published in Art in America, Communication Arts, Photo District News and he and or his projects have been cited in both the LA and NY Times as a major catalyst in the development of downtown Phoenix and its arts scene.

Rainey says his mission is to support, explore, challenge, and champion the ways arts and artists integrate into urban communities and make the city sustainably whole and incidently oh so cool.

I came to Phoenix with . . . I'm a native -- my family has been here for generations.

I make art because. . . words can only tell a part of a story -- art allows us to contemplate the whole.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm working with other creatives. I love to riff and art is music.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . all sorts of tears from photo mags and books. I have dozens of books from the masters.

I've learned the most from . . . trial and error. If I'm completely comfortable, there's a good chance I missed an opportunity.

Good work should always. . . speak for itself -- no caption needed.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . self esteem -- Phoenix and especially its universities have a bad case of "anyone from somewhere else." We have an enourmously rich talent pool here and too often we fail to see and nuture what is right before us. Because of this, we have talent suck from other cities.

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

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Claire Lawton
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