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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.

Ashish Raisinghani

do plating and color and conforming for television shows. I initially came from a creative editing background, and I decided I wanted a more technical aspect in my life and a VFX editor seemed to fit the bill — an inspiration for me since I work in several projects. I try to take on very challenging projects even at work. Read more>>

Gabrielle Watkins

Wood is one of my favorite mediums because of all of the steps you have to follow unless you want your piece to fall apart. I love process driven materials like woodwork or bronze work. If I could I would work in a foundry or a blacksmith because it is process driven, I love watching molten bronze being poured into a mold that I slaved over. Once it is poured polishing and grinding the metal away to perfection is so satisfying. Read more>>

Ainsley Santa Barbara

I loved art but put it to the side throughout most of the high school. Only when I reached college did I re-engage with art again, falling first for drawing and then for oils. After college, I continued to take classes while working in finance and retail in New York, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. Read more>>

Angel Genesis

I would walk down the street on a beautiful day in Atlanta, and I’d see something that I think deserves to be captured but just never believed I had the right tools to execute. One day in about early September maybe very late August of 2017, I decided I wanted to bring my visions to life, and I inboxed another photographer on getting started. Read more>>

Alexandra S. Badiu

Combining that with my earliest memory, Toy Story, when I realized it was real people who created these fascinating worlds I set my mind to be a part of the Animation industry. From middle school through fine arts high school I ended up getting accepted in the only Animation program in Turkey with 19 other aspiring animators. By the time I was in the animation program I had extensive education in fine arts and art history. Read more>>

Abner J Cardona

My work is a fusion between realism and caricature in the illustrative painting, traditional medium and digital. Most of the images communicate specific significance, though ambiguous and multifaceted meanings. The majority are contemporary representations of iconic characters of my culture (especially “El Vejigante”). Sometimes these can be wacky, fun and others dramatic, but with the mission to demonstrate the extremes that some of our cultural celebrations are being presented. Read more>>

Arianna Khmelniuk

I create perfumes and installations for the last three years. For me, it became a kind of communicative language, through my art and ideas, through the concept of my project. When I come to a new city, and I don’t know anyone, even without a language for the first time, I found a way out in to learn the environment, people and their cultures through the prism of my art and business projects and how I can connect with them thanks to this. Read more>>

Megan Rabil Stevens

Making your own fabric? Insane! That was only the beginning for me, but it was eye-opening, and a whole other way to create and play with textiles and I couldn’t get enough. So I graduate college, fall into a corporate job that fills my weeks, and suddenly I’m yearning to create again. I missed my days of weaving and could not wait to get back to it, so I ordered a couple frame looms. Read more>>

Greg Crimmins

Throughout my upbringing, my parents collected art and involved me with their passion. Filled with art from floor to ceiling, our home was funky, to say the least. My parents had a taste for folk art (It was the 90s), while I had more of an appreciation for figurative and surrealistic works. With every painting, drawing, and sculpture I was allowed to dip into a different world. That is how I became fascinated with the endless possibilities and the overall magic of art. Read more>>

Annie Wood

I knew going forward that I wanted to continue on with art being a part of my life but I never quite figured out how. Then in my sophomore year of college, I took a painting class for the simple reason that I needed to fill a time slot, and that was available. Within two weeks I knew I had found the perfect fit. Read more>>

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