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Thought-Provokers: South Atlanta

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

Von Marcell

My preferred medium would be using graphite pencils and spending hours bringing my portraits to life. My mission is to be as accurate as possible with my portraits and being able to capture a person’s true facial expressions and emotion. I love for my work to look as real as possible and take it to a whole new level. Read more>>

Bonnie Cornelius

I shared my photos in an online community with others doing a 365 project. One day I was browsing through other members’ photos, and I came across a posed newborn portrait. I had never seen anything like it, and I was in LOVE. I knew that was the type of portrait I wanted to be able to create. Read more>>

Deja Hughes

There is something about taking words and creating worlds in which people can get lost in that brings me joy. And the specific moment that triggered it was when I got this short story writing assignment in the 2nd grade. My short story ended up writing an eight chapter story which elated my teacher who encouraged me to apply myself in creative writing. Read more>>

Mike Mixer

During my sophomore year, I linked with some local artists and started having my beats recorded on. Luckily I had people around me who were not “yes men” and would tell me if it was good or not, this helped me figure out how to format beats properly. During my Junior year of college I ended up meeting Lil Doug, and we locked in every day. Read more>>

DJ Suga Shae

I noticed that I would want to always suggest music to the DJs and also behind the bar just paying attention to what’s being played next which made me curious about the art of DJ and how cool it would be if there was a girl create creating the mood of the club or even being on a big stage with an artist on tour always was a dream of mine. Read more>>

Aleshia Cowser

Aleshia S. Cowser, a multi­talented Atlanta native and founder of Eyeam Cinema Studios has succeeded in capitalizing the evolving platforms of the entertainment industry. Pioneer and artist, Cowser’s advanced knowledge and ambitious approach launched her into a successful career directing, producing and writing alongside some of the most acclaimed industry professionals. Read more>>

Airyonna Ayala

I love painting and spending time with my son, two pets, and husband. I have always wanted to be an artist. When I was a little girl, I would sit and watch my grandmother paint and design things, and I have always wanted to be just like her. Within the past year, I began sharing my art with others. These past few months have been so thrilling. Read more>>

Destiny Johnson

I started learning to crochet and knit, then moved to painting and then at 14 I was gifted a camera and could never put it down. Photography has been the one art form that I feel I can still learn and grow from and it’s the one thing where every time I go to pick up the camera I get excited to use it. I’m now 25, and it’s been 11 years of me practicing photography, and even to this day I still love it. Read  more>>

Frankie Edwards

My Instagram is a great way to see a combination of my haircuts/color, photography, modeling, burlesque, etc. I love to invite people to burlesque shows because it’s an empowering performance that some people don’t know it exists and can be very fulfilling. Tiger’s eye barbershop is another way to support my work. It has been open for a little less than a year with myself and my two business partners. Read more>>

Karolina Agner

I was newly immigrated to America and found myself for the first time in my life separated from my family and friends. The digital age wasn’t then what it is now, and with long-distance phone calls being a luxury I began to take photos of my everyday life, Chayanne’s milestones, and all the moments in between. I would develop two copies, one for myself, and another set that made it’s way to Germany. Photographs became so much more to me than just images on paper. Read more>>

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