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Mandy Zajac writes and edits arts, entertainment and lifestyle content for the Get Out section of the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6818 or

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 2:43 pm | Updated: 9:36 am, Wed Aug 29, 2012.

There are some pretty creative folks in the East Valley.

I’m lucky enough to peek into their worlds from time to time, such as when I toured the home studios of artists and musicians Zarco Guerrero and Carmen de Novais Guerrero. Or when inventor Collin Smith showed me his bathtub damming device, designed to make bathtime safer for kids. Or, this week, when I saw how backdrops were created for Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre’s new show, “Cinderella.”

I’m just as inspired by all the ordinary people out there, people who don’t make their living in creative fields but are doing interesting things anyway.

Take Clint Adair, whose photo was selected from more 57,000 submissions as a semifinalist in a contest by Canon to find eight photographs that will inspire a new short film by producer and director Ron Howard.

Titled “Climb,” Adair’s photo shows an ATV rider cresting a hill under a flaring, white-hot sun. The photo was taken just outside Eagar, where Adair spends time every summer with family.

“It’s actually me on the ATV. I had my camera on a tripod, and I set it to continuous shooting mode,” says the 28-year-old Arizona State University student who works full time developing online classes for a Mesa company.

“I’ve taken a few classes, but photography’s not my major. It’s just a hobby. I like taking pictures, and I think anyone can do it. I always have a camera with me. The best camera you have is the one you have on you. Take as many (pictures) as you can; that’s what I like to do,” he says.

Brittney Florence is also reaping the benefits of putting her work out there. She’s one of ten finalists in a contest to design Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market’s next re-usable shopping bag.

The Mesa mom devised the punchy design, which features bright images of fish, oranges, artichokes, shopping carts and other icons, with input from her three little boys, who accompany her each week to the grocery store.

You can vote for Florence’s design through July 10 at - if she wins, her bag will be sold at Fresh & Easy stores, and her family will receive a year’s worth of groceries.

Adair’s photo is eligible for voting through 11:59 p.m. June 23 at Click on “Enter Gallery” then “Goal,” and scroll through the images to find his.

If he wins, his photo could become a building block for the Howard movie, and Adair will have a shot at meeting Howard in person. If not, no big deal, he says.

“I didn’t even know what the prizes were when I entered; that didn’t even matter to me. I just thought it would be cool to submit something. I like being creative; that’s the main thing,” he says.

It’s certainly something. Something, perhaps, worth drawing a little inspiration from: Whether they’re holding down full-time jobs and putting themselves through school, or raising youngsters, some of our neighbors are making time for their passions.

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