22: Julia Fournier

Categories: 100 Creatives

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.

Julia Fornier standing with a piece by Jetsonorama

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Julia Fournier was born and raised in Phoenix. She's lived in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Honduras, has her undergraduate and master's degrees from ASU, and taught elementary school in the Valley for 27 years.

Now she collaborates with her husband Steve Helffrich in owning and operating The Hive Gallery and The Bee's Knees Resale Boutique on 16th Street.

Dress by Tracy Reese, Art by Joe Willie Smith (obscured eye by Douglas Miles) at The Bee's Knees
I came to Phoenix ... in the 1920s, in my grandparents' DNA.

I like working with artists and because ... it's like learning another language. I enjoy
listening to artists talk about their work so that I can begin to see their life and influence in their pieces.

Vintage Lillie Rubin dress, with painting by Steve Helffrich in the front entrance of The Hive
I'm most productive when ... I work with others, towards a larger idea like Calle 16. And when there's a deadline.

My inspiration wall is full of ... my husband's paintings, natural objects, film and street art.

I've learned the most from ... my husband. He is an architect, painter and he makes fantastic jewelry. He can make art from anything. My "creativity" is in my "artistic eye," my "product" comes from the aesthetic choices I make. We work together to make decisions about the shop and gallery.

Good work should always ... be personal and have a pulling(or pushing) effect on the audience.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... a break! Like, a non-profit center or co-op for all artists to share resources and materials, run seminars and have gatherings. We had one for teachers in the 80s and 90s called The Center for Establishing Dialogue. The Center was a unifying force, refuge and influence for educators.

painting by Katie Beltran
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
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt
29. Robert Diehl
28. Rachel Malloy
27. Jonathan Simon
26. Ann Morton
25. Kim Moody
24. Kevin Flanagan
23. Such and Champ Styles

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