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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.

Logan Simmons

10 years ago, I was obsessed with taking photos on my little Razor flip phone. I mean, seriously. I’d spend an hour taking photos of raindrops and editing them on that phone. So, for my 13th birthday, I asked for money so I could buy my first “real” camera. Read more>>

Ansley Sukowske

I have always had a love for photography. I find myself always taking pictures of something. If not, I’m saying to myself, “man I wish I had my camera that would be a great photo.” I finally decided to take a chance and start the process in making a career out of photography. Read more>>

Chelsea Hobson

I have been a professional photographer for about eight years now! I attended the Art Institute of Atlanta straight out of high school and haven’t stopped since! I photograph a little bit of everything, but my specialty is families & children. Read more>>

Raven Beard

Photography is my way to unwind and escape the day or week. I’m a full time teacher, in school obtaining my masters and an ABA therapist, so in between work and school I shoot. It first started as a hobby, but the more I started to shoot and learn the art of photography. Read more>>

Jon Berry

Beginning in photography as a child with access to a lot of film and a darkroom, my first SLR came at about age 11. Having been through a number of changes in gear, from Nikon to Canon, I have settled on Canon as my platform of choice. Read more>>

Karen Burnette Garner

I am passionate about creating things of beauty from thin air — a type of creative magician! Be it sculpture, stained glass, designer jewelry, paintings in every medium, poetry or creative writing, and anything new that comes along, I believe I am called to be true to my gift. Read more>>


We met at the AATOP conference 20 four years ago, it was both of our first conference experience. We were both so excited to be there. We sparked up a conversation and literally hung together the entire weekend. We stayed in touch over the course of the year because Monique lived in Delaware. Read more>>

Sam Rittmeyer

Art runs in my veins, my late grandmother was an incredible artist and I always gazed in awe at her work when she would come into town and show me what she had recently been working on. After she passed, I was given a gift that I will be forever grateful for but I’ll come back to that. Read more>>

Justin Huggins

I started drawing when I was maybe 3 years old. My brother and I used to draw Dragon Ball Z. We would print out a picture of Goku or Vegeta and trace it then try to draw it free hand and see how close to the tracing the drawing was. Read more>>

Joanna Williams

Since I remember I was always fascinated with photography and was taking a lot of photos. People use to tell me “you really have a good eye”. Since my background is in science I never really had much time to practice photography. Read more>>

April Batchelor

My photographing became an extraordinary moment in my life. I developed a passion for creating past memories for my family. Once my son was born, capturing the moments of memory in my life was a wonderful gift and showed me how much I love to capture euphoric photos. Read more>>

David Smith

I am relatively new to photography and 100% self-taught. I purchased my first DLSR camera about 3 years ago after encouragement from my wife and because I thought it would be fun to take some nice pictures. I had no idea that camera would soon become my best friend and uncover hidden passions that I never knew I had. Read more>>

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