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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.

Yvonne Gabriel

The environment and school system were conducive to develop creative skills through lots of outdoor play and attention to arts. I always loved art but was afraid of making a career out of it. Read more>>

Vernita Akua Hardy

Even as a youngster, I have always had a strong desire to create. To bring forth my experiences, my perspective, my aspirations in both the visual and written form. Read more>>

Laure Ferlita

Art, in a variety of forms, have always been part of my life. My mother and grandmothers were all outstanding seamstresses. We dabbled in a crafts as well—cross-stitch, tole painting, painted rocks, and refinishing furniture, just to name a few. Read more>>

Shykel Larkin

Photography is definitely something that forces you to believe in yourself in times when you don’t think others will. I picked up a camera at a young age. Read more>>

Tamika Thomas-Smith

I’ve always been artistic and prior to venturing in photography my passion was drawing. I was known for my graphic design and illustration work. Until 2009, photography was just a hobby. Read more>>

Axel Arzola

I always loved movies growing up, so when I was a teenager I started making little films and learning all about cameras, photography, editing etc. I was acting in plays since I was 4, but started directing when I was 16 years old. Read more>>

Andrell “DeAngela” Smith

While everyone had someone as their first love, I had something; Dance. It’s a art of movement for me. I started very young at the age of 5. I was put into all types of classes such as ballet, jazz, and tap. Read more>>

Malcolm Davie

What makes my story unique I think, is that I started off learning Photoshop and graphic design. My parents own a free publication here in Atlanta called home and you and I was the marketing director. Read more>>

Meredith Olivia

Dance is a language. It is a means to communicate when words seem insufficient. As an artist, I am inspired by my community and want to use my platform to give back to my community. Read more>>

Ashley Chupp

It started with exploring abandoned buildings and when my niece was born I starting taking photos of people. I primarily shoot portraits now but always enjoy chasing a sunset or photographing the sky. Read more>>

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