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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.

Mel Inez

One day, my Mother decided to take her talent for creating custom wreaths full time and solicited my help in making a website for her which reignited my love for designing and helped me to realize I wanted to do this for other women. Read more>>

Chris Smith Hooligan Arts

I grew up idealizing artist like jean michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. I would draw and sketch all the time and at a young age I was always drawn to graffiti and street art. As I got older I started gravitating to abstract and quickly became obsessed. I paint everyday and in the last 5 years I’ve only missed a handful of days that I wasn’t able to paint. Read more>>

Christopher Charles

I am originally from North Carolina where i began my journey as an artist. From North Carolina I moved to Florida where my career really started. I worked in a high end salon called Kimberly Clarke Salon, where Kimberly (the owner) really taught me how to be a professional artist. Read more>>

Hannah Jane

I moved away after high school in pursuit of schooling for fashion design and marketing.
As time progressed I decided to become an entrepreneur and grow my business as an artist and custom designer. I consider myself a multimedia artist and do not limit my craft. Read more>>

Gina Gomez

In 2015 we moved to North Carolina. I was excited to start photographing landscapes, however, interesting scenes ran out fast. It wasn’t New York. So I decided to start offering photography for families. Well I fell in love with it. Read more>>

Shannon Kroll

Shannon has a passion for Atlanta, environmental sustainability and community. Following more than a decade in the counseling industry, she tried many careers – office management, sales, retail – before falling in love with Atlanta and public transportation. This led to work in Atlanta’s burgeoning tech industry and with local small businesses.  Read more>>

Juan Reyes

I’ve always had a bit of an interest in cameras. Through middle school, I would make skate edits for my friends and myself, and a few terrible skits here and there. Going into high school I kind of got away from skate edits and decided to take a photography course. Here is where I learned the basics of the basics of photography. Read more>>

Jiggy Korean

I was born in Washington DC at the age of 9 I found art and gave it up a year later to write music. “Creativity is the most important thing to me” From traveling to creative thinking, All the way down to marketing but the best part was meeting different unique people and races. The universe put art back into my life in 2017 and since then, I’ve Sold over 100 art pieces and done over 20 + art shows in a year. Read more>>

Colbie Fray

I fell in love with the camera at the age of 9 when I was selected to be on the media team at my elementary school. It was 5 five of us on the team and we would rotate from writing the news to announcing them, to recording the video and audio. That was my favorite part of the day. Fast forward to 2012, I bought my first camera and began to create content for my YouTube channel entitled, “NowUkno TV”. Read more>>

Nikitha Madduri

I’m Nikitha Madduri and I’m from Hyderabad, India, and I lived there all my life, until the day I decided that I want to study photography and that I want to know every detail to excel in this form of art.
My actual passion towards Photography began when I was working with a top photography company in Hyderabad, India. Read more>>

Rey Paez

I was born and raised in souther California. About 35 minutes east of la. I always knew I wanted to be an artist from the time I could hold a pencil. When I was younger I always used drawing as an escape. I think I still do lol as I got older I found myself moving away from drawing and started going to school for graphic design/print technology.  Read more>>

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