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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.

Rahjiv Staten

I began actually writing screenplays and letting my classmates read them. Everyone loved them so much that it led me to want to continue as a screenwriter and playwright. I was already involved in so much including dancing, acting, videography, & music, but I feel like whatever talents I possess will all be used to the fullest extent of my abilities. Read more>>

Joshua “Showtime Williams

Growing up I always had the dream of either playing in the NBA or becoming a “singing superstar.” Soon, instead only singing at church, I began to sing outside of church at community talent shows school events and things of that nature. However, it wasn’t until I was in the middle of my graduate degree program, that I made the decision that I truly wanted to become to chase the dream. Read more>>

Kimberly McGuiness

My life took a different turn when I was blessed with my daughter Julia in 1988. She is a ray of sunshine surrounded by an infectious loving spirit who is living with deaf autism. She is my sunshine on my stormiest and my storm on my sunniest. After her birth, my art was on hold for many years until 2008 when I started back with my journaling which then leads me to where I am today with my work. Read more>>

Andrea Wood

I photographed weddings in NC, family portraits, bridals and so forth. It wasn’t until my move to Atlanta back in 2011 that I fell in love with event photography, especially birth photography. I love how unpredictable a birth can be and being able to capture such priceless moments for families to look back on. People often ask what my niche is in photography. Read more>>

Justin White

I started teaching myself how to set up shots and grew so fond of it I decided that camera work was my passion and something I wanted to pursue. So I attended Montana State University and earned my BA in Film and Photography Bozeman, MT is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever lived and made for great scenic shots in my work. Read more>>

Dailey Mosher

I spent the days leading up to my wedding in the ICU and the day after I was readmitted. Needless to say, this was not the honeymoon I had envisioned! It was at this time that I had that light-bulb “a-ha” moment that you expect to see in a Disney movie. I realized life is crazy short and to give your time to anything that doesn’t light a fire deep in your soul is incredibly tragic. Read more>>

Crystal Anne Downs

I think this must be where my love for color and art had been first rooted inside me, surrounded by all those vibrantly colored colonial-era structures. In high school I had a really great art teacher, Pat Culbertson, who told me I was great (even if I wasn’t that great at all). Read more>>

Ezra Jacob

I wrote my first song for a girl I liked and around that time, I started getting into leading worship and playing with the band at the church I grew up in. It was then I realized my passion and gift for playing and writing music. Since then, I’ve written more worship songs for the local church, and I’ve put to melody a lot of my deepest thoughts and fears in an attempt to give a voice to the things people are often too afraid to talk about. Read more>>

Selena Lillo

Looking back today, it was one of the seeds that grew my interest in the human mind and human actions, how people create connections and form decisions based on those connections. My brain is constantly over thinking and being stimulated. Art has been that calming and clear voice I have always struggled with developing. Read more>>

Sarah Larae

My brain is pretty equal-sided, which is a big reason why I love photography.  To be a great photographer you need to have skills from both sides of the brain.  The creative side for composition and lighting and the analytical side for the technical aspects of lighting and the camera itself. Read more>>

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