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Thought-Provokers: Sandy Springs

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

Kola Adetola

All my friends are all in the media industry; International dancers, signed models, actors, designer’s artist, and singers. The question I asked at our meeting was “What do you feel you all need to achieve more and take the steps to following your dreams?” I made sure to receive an answer from each individual. During one of our last meetings, everyone told me they felt like they needed more exposure and more visuals. I decided to sleep on it till I could come up with something that I believed could pose as a solution. Read more>>

Sherri Richards

My art career began at the age of five in Toledo, Ohio. I remember drawing murals on the walls behind my grandmother’s sofa. When my masterpieces were discovered, instead of being discouraged, my family gave me coloring books, crayons, and lessons at The Toledo Museum of Art. Read more>>

Aldith Cleary

I am a singer, songwriter, and audio engineer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. I was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina to 2 parents in the army. I’ve been singing since age 3 (first performance at my grandparent’s church in Georgetown, Delaware, “Amazing Grace”). I began writing poetry and songs at age 8, but it wasn’t until 7th grade that I started making my talent known to friends and family. Read more>>

Chris Dant

I am an artist and educator. I teach Photography at the University of North Georgia. It was a long road to get here, but it began when I was in middle school. I made the first photograph that I remember purposefully composing and arranging, in order to try to say something. Read more>>

Naziba Haque

I feel like I’m in the middle of my story so I guess I don’t know where to start, but I’d been following the motions of my life until my desire for creativity disrupted it. And ever since I’ve been on route to discovering my talents and what I want to do which has led me to modeling. Read more>>

Ellen Kierr Stein

As a gung-ho Art History major in college, I reluctantly accepted my total ineptitude for studio art. “If I can’t draw even an apple,” I whimpered, “then how can I ever paint?” Fast forward 40 years: in 2006 I had an epiphany moment at the High Museum, standing in front of a Romare Bearden painting. Read more>>

Samia da Costa

Photography was always something I wanted to do at a very young age, but never had the means to afford it. It wasn’t until 2017 that I was able to purchase my first camera and take this passion of mine to the next level. With the support of friends and family who believed in me, I was able to expose my work and soon thereafter I was faced with new opportunities that allowed me to show my love and passion for photography. Read more>>

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Elizabeth Ferrara

My words of advice to anyone interested in painting is – please just try it and don’t let one or two painting be the judge of your skill. As with any skill, it takes time. It will open up a new exploration of yourself and it will provide you to a new community of friends and artists. Read more>>

Hannah Stokes

I am a creative in every way. I can remember from like age 4 being obsessed with glitter, crafts, painting, and basically anything I could make with my hands. School always came as a struggle for me, so I put my heart and soul into music until I could get to college and develop my mind and my talents. I went to a liberal arts school in NC (just graduated in May!!!, didn’t know if it could be done…) and I chose to study English and basically got to read every amazing book under the sun and geek-out with fellow book lovers within my major. Read more>>

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