Featured Artists

Curiouser & Curiouser Too features artwork throughout your experience. View their work when you tumble down the rabbit hole.

Melissa Zimmer

Melissa Zimmer has been involved with the arts for more than 20 years, and is an award-winning artist in various mediums ranging from tattoo to paint. She has created public art throughout the Valley, including Old Town Peoria where she recently created the intersection painting outside Iron Key Studio and contributed to the Peoria Community Planter Project.

Drew Siciliano

Drew Siciliano is a local artist transplanted from the East Coast. His artwork is heavily influenced by classically-animated films and comic book artists such as Ray Harryhausen and Frank Frazetta with a twist from Tim Burton, giving way to his illustrative-realism. A 2005 graduate from the Art Institute of Phoenix with a Bachelor in Media Arts and Animation, he how uses his talent to create art in various forms and mediums. 

Kristy Velesko

I have a love of history as well and a "small" obsession with vintage clothing. Whenever possible, I will use parts from my collection in my fine artwork. Taking a piece of the past and intertwining it with a piece of my imagination, breathing into its new life, like an old soul.

I am a traveler and an explorer at heart. I want to visit new worlds, bringing a new dimension to my reality and allowing me to learn things about myself and my own world in ways I would not have imagined. Difference in landscapes, light, and people can have such an impact on one's existence and enhance their mind.

I often find myself hearing a song or reading a book and seeing this image in my head, I have the urge to bring it to life in such a unique way . A way that makes you wonder and think about the world the same way as when you were younger, and everything was possible.

I hope my art makes you feel, dream, and want to explore. I hope it takes you somewhere you have not been to yet, and if anything, I hope maybe it helps you know yourself a bit better than you may have before.

Robert McLeod

Robert McLeod has been an Arizonan since the age of 7. He always dabbled in art as a child and teen, and had a love for colored pencils and watercolors. After joining the Navy in 1994, Robert had been away from art for most of his adult life, until 2018. Now, heavily influenced by all things Halloween, nightmares, his fear of death, horror, Gothic and Victorian styles, and a little wear & tear for a bit of aging, Robert believes he’s found a truly unique style.

Josh Nelson

Having been born to be an artist. Josh Nelson is, for the most part, self taught. He displayed an above average ability to draw as soon as he could pick up a crayon. Growing up, his natural inclination towards visual art was fostered by the support of family and friends. He has poured his heart and soul into the study of creating art. Learning as many different mediums and techniques as he can get his hands on. He works fluently with oils, acrylic, and watercolor. As a seasoned tattoo artist of 26 years, he enjoys bringing the elements of fine art into the art of designing people’s skin. One favorite saying of his is “I am an artist because I like to express myself. I’m a tattoo artist to help others be able to do so. As a lover of art from antiquity to the present day. Across every genre and movement of art throughout human history. He finds it difficult to develop just one recognized style as his own. Much preferring to explore the very edge of his own creative abilities. You may see two works of his next to each other and not realize that he created them both. Go visit Sonoran Skin Design on Facebook and Instagram to see more of the work that is created by the artist Josh Nelson.

Linda Stahl

I am a pencil artist. I am a woman with a pencil who enjoys drawing things the way that I see them. Having no professional training to influence me, my abilities are fortunately natural, instinctive and innate. 

I am a recycled artist. My creations are what my mind's eye sees. I just do what I feel and hope that when you look at my art it strikes a good feeling, a memory or something to remember and smile about. 

Rebecca Smith

Becky Smith is a sculptor, based in Quebec, Canada.
She grew up in the Kent, England and studied animation at university. She is a self taught sculptor and her work is whimsical, often with a slight comical or surreal twist. Every sculpture she creates, has it's own personality and back story and is truly unique. Becky draws inspiration from folk and fairy tales and has a particular interest in the medieval and victorian periods of history. She often sculpts her pieces with elements of these periods in mind. Recently she has begun to experiment with paper sculpting and hopes to delve deeper into the wonder of this natural material. She has sold work in Canada, the United States and Europe. 

She currently resides with her partner, in a small village in Quebec and is owned by 5 cats.

Brandon Breese

Brandon Bresee is a Tattoo apprentice currently working at IronKey Studio in Peoria. Not only tattooing but also designs and sells his art on clothing and accessories for his own Etsy shop. Brandon’s love for art has brought his craft to many different styles and mediums from skateboarding, to tattooing, painting, pen work and even sculpting. Most of his knowledge on art is self taught, but still continues to learn and take on as many commissions as he can get under the help of his mentor  Melissa Zimmer.

Heather "Digger" Feeney

Heather M Feeney is a theatre artist with an MFA from UNC Chapel Hill, and has a broad background in a variety of art mediums.  Her primary work is with wood and steel, but also works in oils, watercolor, various sculpture mediums, charcoal and ink.  The Slithy Tove is constructed of paper, glue, clay, wood, and paint.  She is also the Scenic Designer and Technical Director of Curiouser & Curiouser Too and TheaterWorks staff.

Jeremy Yocum

Jeremy resides in Phoenix, AZ.  He has been an arts educator for the past 22 years and has taught all ages and many different subjects in the arts.  Along with teaching high school students, he currently teaches printmaking to adults at the Mesa Arts Center and Xico, Inc. Arte y Cultura.  Jeremy is a working artist and enjoys creating pieces with bright, bold colors and some of his subjects include animals, creatures and objects of pop culture from the 1980s. His work primarily consists of mono screen-prints, paintings, and whimsical faux taxidermy creatures called Yocumonsters. His pieces can be seen around the valley in restaurants and galleries and he regularly participates in First Friday in downtown Phoenix. 

Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams, 29, from Globe AZ. Experience working with fibers and needle felting for 15 years. Predominantly, creating faux taxidermy animal heads with a focus on fictional forest animals. In 2010 featured publication in the New Times. Resident Artist at Kooky Krafts in downtown Phoenix for two years. Currently, participating in local art shows and selling work online through Instagram (@Willmarae) and Etsy (Fauxfriendss.Etsy.com). 

Jenny Abeyta

Jenny Abeyta is a studio artist who received her BA in Fine Arts from NMSU, where she specialized in installation art and sculpture. She has put those skills to use at TheaterWorks as a property designer since 2012. Some of her favorite shows include, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Spamalot, and James and the Giant Peach. She is very excited and thankful to be part of the design team for Curiouser and Curiouser, where she can lose herself in the world of installation art for an expansive project that crawls into every corner of the theater. She couldn’t ask for a better team of amazing people to work with! She would like to give a special thanks to her father, Mike Abeyta, for providing his own artistic expertise along the way. Thanks, Dad, and sorry about the small fires I started in the laser cutter.