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Painter Aaron Allen Marner: Made In Arizona

Aaron Allen Marner was working as a bartender in Phoenix’s Melrose District when the pandemic hit and bars were suddenly shut down. Facing isolation and time, he dove into painting. And what came out of that dive has transformed his life.

Marner’s work is vibrant — full of bright colors, intricate patterns and distinct shapes. And it’s getting noticed.

The Phoenix Art Museum called his work “both visually and emotionally arresting.” And, earlier this year, Arizona State University's School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies featured his work as part of their celebration of Black History Month.

The Show met Marner at Exposed Studio & Gallery to see his latest show and to learn about what inspires him to keep painting.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.