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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.

Janice Rago

Art’s always been a part of my life, after high school I graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from Valdosta State University. My initial focus was graphic design, but after taking a painting course from one of my favorite professors, Harry Ally, I began to really enjoy working with oils. Read more>>

Rebecca Raymer

I love creating – there is nothing that heals and reenergizes the soul like creating. I am a writer first and foremost, but as a visual artist, my media are primarily photography, collage, and yarn. These are my most rewarding means of creating, and they keep me sane and grounded. Read more>>

Shelley Schmidt

I’ve always felt called towards a creative career path and I’ve dreamed of being an entrepreneur since I was a young girl. Sewing and drawing have been passions of mine for as long as I can remember! Read more>>

Marissa Solomero

My father was an and artist and he passed down that art gene to me so I have always been a very creative person. I started out drawing and painting when I was very little and then began singing, dancing, and playing guitar as I grew in my teen years. Then I began using a standard point and shoot camera (it wasn’t a hot pink one, lol) to take pictures of my friends and getting them to pose for me. Read more>>

Jennifer Niswonger-Morris

I grew up in southern Indiana and spent most of my youth in Tell City, a small town with no more than 8,000 people. Though I spent most of my time performing and competing through the music program there, I decided to major in art at the University of Southern Indiana located an hour down the road.  Read more>>

Molly Rice

0 miles east of Atlanta you can find me raising my two year old, taking portraits and spending time with my Fiancé. Im Molly Rice of Molly Rice Photography and I live in my hometown of Covington, GA .Yes, the vampire diaries town! I have had a passion for photography ever since I was about 10 years old. Read more>>

Matt Letrs

I was born in Ft. Lauderdale Fl in 1982; and after spending my first 9 years there, my parents decided to move to Montreal, Canada, I loved both places and the two played a pivotal role in my development. From there I must have moved at least half a dozen times around the states. I started painting graffiti in 1995, when I was 12. Read more>>

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