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Thought-Provokers: East Atlanta

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 East Atlanta that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Ron Harris

I borrowed a guitar from my uncle when I was about 14 or 15. Taking that guitar into my bedroom and closing the door was where the light came on. That’s not something everyone experiences that early on in life but I knew when I started playing that I would always have that in my life. Read more>>

Ismail Green

I just thank God for all the obstacles I’ve been able to overcome. I sit back and thank him all the time for saving me from many situations. I’ll never incriminate myself, but let’s just say for a young black boy from Savannah who had everything his family had ever worked for to be all taken away by the feds, I’ve truly come a long way. Read more>>

Dr. Lisa Rhymer

I found that making bracelets from natural stones is therapeutic for me. It is calming, and it’s a form of expression. When someone would ask me to make a bracelet for them, I would say “Oh, you want me to charm your arm.” Hence, “My Charmed Arm” was born. Read more>>

Chanel “Chanel B.” Brown

Prophecied to be a Star by an Evangelical Grandmother my musical journey like most began in the church. At age three I discovered my love of music and soul. Following that instinct, I moved to North Carolina to pursue a professional career. Read more>>

Corrie Ladd

I knew in high school that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts. I had some tremendous art teachers that aided in the development of my creative identity. So once I decided on the Drawing program at the University of Florida, I believed I would be able to map out life’s trajectory… both personal and professional. Read more>>

Barbara Rego

I’m constantly fueled by both of my video and graphics projects, and I have had the privilege to collaborate with talented people in the Atlanta community and around the world who share the same passion for “making stuff” as I do. Read more>>

Fletcher Briggs

I enjoy black and white and mostly vibrant images because I love colors. I hope That people can see my pictures and think they should go out more and just be yourself and embrace your style! Whatever you love! Do it to the fullest. Read more>>

Ali Rose Dachis

I began a Ketubah business where I work with couples to design and hand paint their personalized work of art. This opened up my love for painting so wide that even deeper work that was inside my soul started pouring out. I am so grateful to be in a place where I can barely keep up with the current flow of inspiration. Read more>>

Frank Liefe

I believe a lot of artists don’t give themselves the due credit they deserve and give up easily. I believe persistence and consistency is key in any aspect of life. So, self-doubt and procrastination is the biggest challenge I see artists face. Read more>>

Kaylah Bias

I think an artist has to go extremely harder to get their work noticed because it’s so much competition. But I also believe if the artist stays in their lane, they will shine. It’s honestly room, money, and opportunities for everyone. Read more>>

Robbie Callens

I started taking pictures of my environment on my Phone as I would travel on foot or on bike. Then it went from casual snapshots to intentional photo shoots with a DSLR. In my work, I hope to poke at my audience’s sense of curiosity and rejuvenate their imagination. Read more>>

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