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Thought-Provokers: Marietta

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

Ryan Hartley

Some of my earliest artistic memories are of obsessively drawing sharks and dinosaurs or copying the logos of my favorite TV shows. It didn’t occur to me that I could “be an artist” until I took my first art class in middle school. Read more>>

Christie Macey

I feel I’ve had a simple life. I grew up in a modest home with a loving family. I’ve never had lofty aspirations or extravagant dreams…just a desire to live a good life and honor God through my family and work, and the gifts He has given me. Read more>>

Mike Haymes

2 years ago I was painting machinery for a living, when my family and I decided to sell our house. Our real estate agent at the time, was going to take the photos with her cell phone. I decided that I would try my hand at it, because I had a decent camera and an artistic eye. Read more>>

Wil Hilderbrand

I was homeless and living in an abandoned building in florida. It was there that I found myself and decided I was capable of much more. I taught myself how to tattoo and now I own a studio and travel the world to compete in tattooing. Read more>>

Jared Knox

I’ve always enjoyed playing several sports throughout my life and due to my family’s love for Auburn football I currently am attending Auburn University. My free time is dominated by my hobbies, which include playing sports, fishing, hunting, and of course, drawing/painting. Read more>>

Colleen Leach

I started my art story at a very young age…my mom is a remarkable artist and I grew up watching her paint (in between raising triplet sisters:). I then picked back up painting several years back. Read more>>

Michael Vickers

I was raised to be an entrepreneur, a leader, strong, and to always be humble. I appreciate life, love hard, and put family first! And though life may appear grand for me and my family, it didn’t start this way. Read more>>

Joey Thompson

I decided to transition out of design and into filmmaking full-time, focusing on directing, learning how to write for film and rediscovering the art and magic I enjoyed as a kid. Last year in July 2017, I started a commercial video production company with Nathan called Southend Films. Read more>>

Nicole Kang

I returned to creating art in 2016 and have been consistently producing new works. I am now happily married and currently living right by SunTrust Park. Read more>>

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