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Thought-Provokers: Midtown

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

Gray Hauser

I am a graphic designer who specializes in identity design. I design identity systems for people, brands, and organizations which consist of brand marks, type design, illustration, photography, writing, and whatever else the project calls for.The idea of helping people visualize and rightly communicate to the world who they are is priceless to me. For the people I design for, I hope that they feel understood and represented well by my work. Read more>>

Katherine Blanford

I didn’t pursue stand up comedy for a few years after that, but the urge was always in the back of my head. Then my mom died, and I realized it’s very possible that one day, I might die too. So I started doing stand up comedy, quit my big girl job, and I’ve never looked back. Now I do stand up jokes about twerking. Act outs included. The Lord’s work hath been undone. Read more>>

Taylar Noelle

I am an Atlanta native, a Pisces Sun Saggitarius Rising, with a love for family, art, and nature. I was once just your average college chick figuring out how to balance my whimsical view of the world with the reality of the world. Read more>>

Kevin Palme

I have always spent a lot of time drawing. My grandmother watched me while my parents worked, and there was only so long that she could take me for walks and play Wiffle ball. She would sit me down with a pad of paper and some crayons or colored pencils, and I would draw for hours. Read more>>

Ginger Birdsey

I painted and worked in collage early on, and one day walked into a studio where was a man was sitting at a wheel making cups, Mozart was playing in the background. I knew at that moment I wanted to work in clay and began studying with Rick Berman. The wheel led me to hand build objects and figures, and I naturally began to tell my stories. Read more>>

Bridget “Hex” Simms

I’ve been drawing all my life and knew from a young age that it was what I wanted to pursue professionally. I grew up watching a lot of cartoons and anime, and in a large way, it shaped my path quite a bit. After deciding to go to SCAD and major in animation, I had a super rough time finding my footing and went through a lot mentally. Read more>>

Jalysa Leva

I was actually grooming myself to go into engineering or music. I played cello for most of my life, was in my high school’s FIRST robotics team, and took engineering classes. Art was just what I did for fun. I’d draw on my arms, doodle in class, make little props at home… Read more>>

Richard Perano

I was a bit obsessed with drawing as a boy. My main themes were dinosaurs, religious figures (I was raised Roman Catholic) and cartoons. Like clockwork, I stopped drawing when I hit puberty. Then, In the early 2000s, I started again when someone told me something I found hard to believe. I was filling in for one of our absent parents on Grandparent’s Day at Paideia School. When my “amazing” daughter and I got to her Art Class, I began chatting with the Art Teacher who happens to be a well known local artist. Read more>>

Larry Kush

I learned how to shoot music videos early watching my peers create content, and that has pretty much turned into a full-blown business for me. My business, Red Scale Mag, is something I’ve been working on for about a year now to back my brand as an artist and also to back the creatives in my community on the nawf side of Atlanta shooting affordable music videos. Read more>>

Avanto Garde

My lack of money, supportive parents or any sort of foundation still couldn’t stop me. In 2017 I came to Atlanta with a passionate dream – to become the best in the city, country, continent, world. Photography is now no longer a hobby, but a major aspiration. Read more>>

James Cottage

I have not given up on the dream I had when I was young, to write and illustrate my own fantasy novel. It was with that aim that I graduated from RIT where I studied Illustration and Creative Writing. But upon graduating my first artistic job was to be a Store Graphic Artist at Whole Foods Market. Read more>>

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