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Thought-Provokers: Norcross

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

Tomas Vazquez

The way I started making beats is actually funny. Before I learned how to manipulate sounds, I wanted to become a professional skater, but always thought it would have been unique if I made my own music to my “sponsor me” video tape.  Read more>>

Kate Windley

After finding my way back into the studio, raising a child with developmental delay has entered the images. The artwork has become a healing vehicle between the unspoken love in the parent and the child connection. Using my son’s image allows me to reflect upon the small moments in life that show vulnerability. Read more>>

Dana SanMar

I’ve always made things with my hands including drawing and painting. I have always been curious of and an explorer of different techniques and processes, mainly inspired by my mom who has always had an artistic inclination and has been a huge inspiration and encouragement for me. Read more>>

Jas Scarfone

I’ve always been a visual person, from painting & drawing to animation & design, and since I was young, I’ve strived to show everyone what the world looks like through my eyes. My parents got me my first real legit digital camera. Read more>>

Craig Tilley

I have learned many ways to overcome adversity to become the artist I had always hoped to be and use now my work to inspire others to understand that anything is possible and to never give up on living the life of purpose you were meant to live. Read more>>

Grenisha Williams

Growing up, I was always smiling and “camera ready”, so being behind the camera was a little different. In 2013, I decided to purchase my first Canon dslr camera. A Rebel SL1. The camera was simple to operate and I was happy with my results. In 2014, I went to Paris with a group of sisters and it was during this trip that I began to view things differently. I didn’t want to capture the usual scenes. I focused on capturing “in the moment” type of portraits and sites. After Paris, I did my first paid photoshoot with Natural Girls Rock and I truly appreciate them for believing in me. Read more>>

Kacee Friedman

I was raised in Marietta, GA and my family owned a Frame shop and Art Gallery for most of my life. I was always interested in art but, it was within these walls that I learned a true appreciation for it. I took painting classes in our backroom and learned from many of the artist that frequented our shop. I went to school for fashion design and for a while most of my work became illustration. After school I went into the film and television world where I stayed for most of my 20’s. During this time I got another degree in Television Production and worked in wardrobe and as a Producer’s assistant. Read more>>

Rachel Gheorghies

I had always considered myself very un-artistic. I couldn’t paint well, draw well, or make beautiful sculptures. But I loved working with my hands. My dad’s been a residential builder ever since I can remember and I would go to the job sites with him and watch the guys there constructing something out of nothing. It was only when I started working with locally sourced driftwood that I realized how much I can do and started finding ways I could express my creativity that didn’t necessarily fit into the art “norm”. Read more>>

Ernest Pate

I remember when I was really young I caught myself trying to start a band with friends using books as drums and other random objects. Growing up music was never really around me though. Nobody in my family played instruments that I know of or anything like that. Music didn’t really become a part of my life till around my teen years thats where I found myself in the middle school band playing the trumpet (Which didn’t last too long). Read more>>

Lara Pereira

Though oddly enough, I trained to be a scientist and never expected photography to become so important to me. I’ve gone from India to the United Arab Emirates to the USA and sometimes it’s kind of wild and wonderful to think back on that. Read more>>

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