Michelle Penington: Painter

Michelle Penington

Michelle Penington‘s paintings are whimsical works full of narratives, often with bright colors bursting through her landscapes and figure pieces. The self-taught artist, a 41-year-old Cave Creek resident, transports viewers around the world in the locales she depicts, and her art often evokes positive feelings with evident passion shining through.

The artist recently had a six-month exhibition at the ASU downtown Phoenix campus library, and she’s exhibiting her work at Desert Broom Library in Cave Creek beginning this September. Those who are interested in her art may visit her studio by appointment (head here for more information), and Penington is available for commissions. Learn more about her inspiration, and hear her name her five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’ve lived here almost 20 years. My family moved here from New Mexico because of my husband’s job, and his brother lived out here, so we thought we’d try it. I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Dana Point, California. Continue reading

Tammy Wadina: Owner of OMW Plumbing

Tammy Wadina, owner of OMW Plumbing, photographed at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Tammy Wadina, owner of OMW Plumbing, photographed at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Tammy Wadina

You may not associate women with plumbing, but Tammy Wadina is one local lady who’s changing perceptions in the Valley. The 39-year-old Cave Creek resident owns OMW Plumbing, a 24/7, same-day plumbing company serving the entire Valley, as well as Tucson. Wadina, a licensed plumber, says she applies the same hospitality values she gleaned from her restaurant industry experience to her plumbing business she began in 2012, while her background in marketing and advertising has also been beneficial as a business owner.

Read on for Wadina’s plumbing maintenance tips, as well as to hear five reasons why she loves living in the Valley, below.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’m from Greenfield, Wisconsin and moved here with my sister when I graduated college with a degree in business administration and hospitality management from Mount Mary College 14 years ago. We had aunts and uncles we had visited here, and we wanted to move to a warmer climate. Continue reading