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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.

KariBeth Gentry

I have had a passion for photography since I was in Elementary School when I received my first Polaroid camera. My mom would get so frustrated with me because I would use up all of the *expensive* film so quickly. I took every photography elective that my high school offered, and learned how to develop my own film in the dark room at school. Read more>>

Megan Kruger

After the birth of my son and the reality of how the days sneak past us I made it my goal to find a way to be home and raise my children, still have an outlet for “me” and have an income. The passion for photography was always there but in a saturated market I didn’t think success was an option. Once I realized that I was the only one stopping me I ran with it and here I am 6 years in, happy and fulfilled. Read more>>

Katelyn Louise

At a very young age, my parents gave me a point-and-shoot camera for my birthday. As I began to fill up every memory card we put into the camera, my parents began to notice that it was more than just a toy in my eyes. While gaining more and more familiarity with this piece of technology, I was growing in my knowledge and love for the art. Read more>>

Chelseigh Rose Millar

Growing up next to Noonday Creek shaped me as an environmentalist & receiving my first Kodak Easyshare in 2006 initiated my photographic journey. Within a few years, I fell in love with this art form and began using a Nikon D80. For the next decade I used this camera in several countries & states – capturing the natural world as a way to preserve my memories. Read more>>

Brandon Aaron Mashack

In late 2012 still living in Florida, he started his fitness journey. As others watched his lifestyle change, he thought about personal training and was finally convinced by the manager at the gym he trained at. After a few years of personal training and group instructing, he moved back to Georgia on his own where he found a way to combine his passion in fitness and the arts (2015). Read more>>

Jennifer Mehling

I worked in the dental field all though my 20s and halfway through 30s. After becoming a mom I knew punching a clock to be away 30+ hours a week was not something I wanted. I was fortunate enough not to have to go back to work! It was the perfect timing to pursue my passion as a photographer. Read more>>

Dan O’Connell

I dont think I have an unique story, i actually think i am the opposite of what others see as an artist. I just like art, whether its music, dance, paintings, abstract… ive done it all, well i can dance. Photography is a way i can create art, build a photograph. Read more>>

Amber Dobbs

I started playing violin at a very young age. My parents enrolled me in Suzuki violin training when I was 21 months old, and I’ve loved violin ever since. When I graduated college, I formed a string ensemble called Cobalt Strings, and we keep busy performing all around the Atlanta area and beyond. We play special events, weddings, corporate events, and a lot more. I also do a lot of freelance playing–performing at churches, with local symphonies, etc. Read more>>

Tessa Joy

I have always had a passion for music. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to pursue a career in the music industry. When I was twelve-years-old, I had just started taking guitar lessons and decided to write my first song. As cliche as this sounds, I remember sitting there rereading my lyrics and knowing that this is what I wanted to do forever. Since then, I have been writing and performing non-stop. Read more>>

Robert & Tiffany Peterson

We certainly didn’t grow up thinking we would be wedding or interior photographers. Tiffany was working in the education field as a pre-school teacher and I was working in the movie industry as a film editor. After our wedding Tiff was inspired to start shooting photos – mostly families and kids.  Read more>>

Ananya Vahal, Carlos “Loso” Perez

Originally from Bronx, N.Y. Carlos “Loso” Perez earned his B.F.A. in painting and drawing and lived as an artist in NYC before moving to Atlanta, Georgia to obtain his M.F.A. in Sequential Art from SCAD. Art was a part of Loso’s life since childhood and he was compelled to do it despite a lack of encouragement.  Read more>>

Laura Lamb

My passion for photography started back when I was studying architecture during my college years. As a trained architect, my eye has often focused on composition, light, and the unique angles. First few years with my camera, my focus was architecture. After being laid off in the crash of 2008 and soon after becoming a mother to my first, I turned some of my training and passion for design towards capturing everyday moments of my little.  Read more>>

Liz Mullinax

I initially started taking pictures as a hobby in 2014. Prior to this, I had lost my partner and the father of my children in a car accident. I was left with one photo of all four of us and amidst many other things, I realized the importance of a photo, the beauty of a portrait. It’s something you don’t really think about until it’s all you have left. After some time, I decided I wanted to start documenting my children growing up.  Read more>>

Tiffany Charesse

I was raised in the ever-changing lifestyle of a military family – moving from one place to the next throughout the span of my childhood. My father is African American and my mother is German, so the dual nature and cultural influences of my upbringing has shaped my interests in humanity and the arts.  Read more>>

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