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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.

Ashley Köstepen

I started to get interested in photography again after my first son was born. My mom set up a newborn session for him-typical newborn shoot with the sleeping baby and cutesy props. And while the photographer did a great job, to me, the photos just seemed very impersonal. Read more>>

Alison Hamil

I’ve been working as a freelance visual artist in Atlanta. It’s taken a lot of persistence and trial and error to figure out how to maintain a sustainable career as an artist, but I feel like everything is finally falling into place for me. Read more>>

Lee Jennings

The story of Lee Jennings more or less starts when I was 14 and started working / booking shows at Swayze’s Venue in Marietta. I became less and less interested in school and my first love, Musical Theater, and the idea of creating my own path and my own life within this “scene” community. Read more>>


I had a childhood that forced me to grow up faster than most. I was removed from one home and placed in a safer loving environment. I was bullied in school. I turned to makeup and beauty as an outlet. It saved me. I’m forever grateful. My first, most used, and still loved product is Mary Kay. Read more>>

Ashley McBroom

Art wasn’t something that was prioritized or valued in my family, and although I always found the most joy by expressing myself through writing and drawing as a child, I was encouraged to pursue a career in a “safer” field. Read more>>

Kristen Ramsey

My journey to becoming an artist has been quite non-linear. I have a background in social work and victim services, which led me into graphic design. When I did public speaking and event planning in the social work arena. Read more>>

Hillary and Jeremiah Nichols

I’m documenting proposals, engagements, maternity pictures, and new families! My husband and I believe in celebrating. So documenting these milestones for clients is such a treat for us. We love serving others and it’s an honor to serve them through during the most important parts of their lives. Read more>>

Alexis Crane

I got my start in tattooing when I was 19 years old, at a tattoo shop in ballground Georgia. My mentor, Chris Collet, taught me everything I know about tattooing. I was fortunate to have a very rewarding apprenticeship, and my style of tattooing has grown from there. Read more>>

Corinne Mitchell

Some of the traits include becoming overwhelmed with disorganization, being deeply moved by the arts, recognizing other people’s discomfort, avoiding violent media, and becoming bored easily. Knowing this about myself has been eye-opening and allows me to be fully immersed into displaying emotions visually, where words fail me. Read more>>

Brooke Barrett

Not so much on what is pretty anymore. But the internal dark, grimy struggles that everyone has had at some point in life. Currently, my work takes these themes tempered with hopefulness form the core of my art. Read more>>

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