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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.

Debra Nadelhoffer

My art life is connected in Atlanta through friends, galleries and my teaching. About the same time that I began teaching at Chastain, I quit my job in Atlanta to paint full time as a professional. Read more>>

Elizabeth Katherine Porcel

I was accepted to the Pratt Institute and loved my foundation year. I felt like I belonged for the first time. My mom encouraged me to choose a major that I could have a job with when I graduated. Read more>>

Lance Carlson

I was raised by a family that believed art was an important facet of a full life. I remember plein air outings where each of us were painting or drawing at an easel ( except for me, who was rolling around in the grass). Read more>>

Rosanna Penaflorida

Every photography session I take, I will donate a portion to finding a cure for cerebral palsy through the non-profit organization, Cure CP. Each picture I take is one step closer for someone to have a better life while living with cerebral palsy. Read more>>

Caroline Ruder

I grew up in Dunwoody area and was always really creative as a kid. I loved clothes, drawing, painting, any kind of art project I could get my hands on. However, I never imagined that a career in any of these things was possible. Read more>>

Donna Thomas

I had originally studied drawing and painting as an art major at the university level, but decided to change fields mid-stream into a medical allied science. I eventually came back to painting in my early thirties. Read more>>

Aaron Davis

When I was young, I was the typical “He’s always drawing something. He’s gonna be an artist” kind of kid. But for a years, in middle school and high school, I stopped drawing completely because I didn’t think “cool kids” made art. Read more>>

Lorra Kurtz

“I paint to learn more about myself.”I believe that life’s tragic events allow us the opportunity to evaluate our self and change direction. Read more>>

Jacqueline Doyle Allison

My paintings have become richer and even more authentic. Sharing a positive message through my art has become my intention and it truly feels like I am doing my life’s work – my destiny. Read more>>

Roxane Hollosi

My work is in collections around the US and abroad and I’ve been the recipient of many awards. Most recently, I was honored to have 3 paintings procured by Keisha Lance Bottoms for the Office of the Mayor, Atlanta. Read more>>

Jennifer McCarren, Kristin Fuller, Amanda Abelita and Maxine piccinich

I find natural-light photography, set in unique locations around North Atlanta, to be the best way to put families at ease and create an experience that is both magical and memorable. Read more>>

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