Ashley Dopson

Muralist Ashley Dopson unites communities one wall at a time

An autographed poster by painter Varnette Honeywood from the 1990 National Black Arts Festival hangs in muralist Ashley Dopson’s living room. Family visits to the festival inspired her own interest in art. “That era was a time when people were very aware of the legacy of Black art,” Dopson, 37, says. “For a little girl like me, I felt like I could do this and make a living at it.”
Tracy Murrell

Tracy Murrell’s collages explore the beauty and grace of Black women around the world

An avid student of contemporary art, Tracy Murrell made it her career after first working in nonprofits and music marketing. But looking back on her childhood in Biloxi, she realizes the draw was perhaps inevitable.
Brandon Sadler Atlanta artist

Atlanta artist Brandon Sadler draws inspiration from American graffiti and Asian art forms

Brandon Sadler's work caught the eye of Hannah Beachler, who hired him to paint the walls in Shuri’s (T’Challa’s sister) laboratory for Black Panther—one of the sets that helped Beachler become the first African American to be nominated for, and then the first to win, an Oscar for production design.
Anita Darling

For Suwanee artist Anita Darling, art is a devotion

Every morning, Anita Darling walks barefoot to her backyard greenhouse in Suwanee. She stands still, feeling the dew under her feet, sips her coffee, and prays—in order to align herself with God and nature before starting to draw.
Porch 959

Porch 959’s Jared Foster mixes a musical career and artisan carpentry

Singer/songwriter Jared Foster landed in Atlanta in 2014 while collaborating with Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae on his Grammy-nominated song, “All I Need Is You.” Carpentry was just a side gig he picked up to support himself while he launched his solo act—something he’d tinkered with as a child with his stepfather.
Lillian Blades

Atlanta artist Lillian Blades’s three-dimensional “quilts” tell the story of her life

Lillian Blades’s colorful creations have a way of making you feel like you’re under the sea, rolling in the grass, and viewing a desert sunset all at once.
Niki Zarrabi

Delicacy and strength coalesce in Atlanta artist Niki Zarrabi’s floral paintings

Painter Niki Zarrabi is not the first artist to draw inspiration from the femininity, fertility, and mortality of flowers, but her surrealist series on the subject, Femme Petale, feels fresh and modern.
Atlantic Fine Woods

Atlantic Fine Woods recycles downed city trees into fine lumber

When siblings Laura and Joe Sissoko decided to start milling wood in 2012, it wasn’t for furniture, but rather for fine guitars and other musical instruments.
Eric Mack creating paper cutouts for his highly architectural paintings

For Eric Mack, nature is both canvas and muse

Mack uses acrylic and spray paint, handmade paper, and cutouts of white copy paper to create pieces that resemble an architect’s blueprints or a city grid.
Zipporah Camille Thompson

Zipporah Camille Thompson uses textiles to create cosmic connections

“I find embracing so-called women’s work to be very cathartic and meditative,” says Zipporah Camille Thompson. “I’m creating my own narrative, while embracing the narrative of those matriarchs who came before and used their hands to create things.”

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