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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

Atlanta has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Vera Ivanova

I only recently started drawing for myself, creating things I enjoy. I like to solve challenging problems, so my paintings can be very time consuming – one piece can take up to 80 hours! Read more>>

Ali Adams

I have been a maker since before I can remember, whenever it was building crazy lego models at four or starting my first business at 18. I was planning to get my bachelor in business, but I got sidetracked into starting an activewear company right after graduating high school. Read more>>

Ronnika Ann McFall

With eight plus years of experience in leadership, event planning, production, public relations and journalism; my most recent attributes have come from her contributions to Yellow Pages Corporate Marketing Team, The Sun Herald Newspaper, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, ABC’s WAPT Channel 16 and the American Red Cross. Read more>>

Michelle Laxalt

I started working in ceramics while earning my undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. I thought I had enrolled in a pottery class, only to discover it was a sculptural hand-building course. After the first semester—the first project, really—I was hooked. Read more>>

Lady M the Gr8est

I am Lady M the Gr8est. I am a professional musician here in the city of Atlanta. I am a freelance musician and I am a member of two bands currently, Royal Sun and the Txlips band. I have performed at numerous venues such as Apache Cafe, which is a well known music venue here in Atlanta. Read more>>

Joe Gyurcsak

At a very early age 5 or 6 years old I could copy any cartoon you put in front of me, as time went on my parents and teachers recognized that I was very advanced in my creativity. I had learning difficulties in school, dyslexia and vision issues. Read more>>

Jessica Sawyers

My story starts when I was young, always having a passion for painting and drawing. As life went on, my time to pursue the arts grew less and less until I hit an unexpected life change at the age of 30. At that point I was asked the question “what would make YOU happy?” Read more>>

John Gore

I did not pick up photography back up until 2010. I started to take photos on my iPhone and posting them on Facebook. Once again all my FB friends loved my photos. I guess I have both a technical and an artistic side of me. Having the support of people for your work really makes things worthwhile. Read more>>

Lauren Holley

I have been a visual artist my entire life. My mother says she knew I was an artist by the time I was 2 years old. Growing up, I had a natural talent for painting and illustration, which defined my youth and helped me to win a full-tuition scholarship to study Visual Communications at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Read more>>

Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan

It has been a journey and it is so funny to look back because time has been flying so fast. But to know this started with a 12 year old who wanted to be a black girl that played guitar and blossomed into a Lawyer and and leader for what I believe will be a massive footprint in the music industry for Black Woman in rock, has been a blessing and I am excited for what is next. Read more>>

Glen Sutton

Art, being creative, et al, for me was a means of escape. Dealing with some issues I had growing up with an alcoholic father, and battling night terrors, and anxiety, and so on. It, all of it, music, art, etc was a way of expressing something, organizing, categorizing…controlling I suppose, in a way, things outside of myself, and inside my head… Read more>>

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