Christy Hayes www.christyhayesfineart.com Christy Hayes lives in Marietta with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She graduated from UAB, in Birmingham, Alabama, with a B.S. in English and Fine Art. She earned a second degree in Education, from Georgia State University. She taught Middle School Language Arts, until her children were born. Painting was a hobby while her children were young, but when they started school, it became her "day job"! In the last 16 years, Christy has lived in Northern California, Connecticut, Alabama, and Georgia. Through this time, she has experimented with acrylic, watercolors, paper paintings, oil paintings, and lately, poured acrylic abstracts. She is inspired by Norman Rockwell, American Impressionist painters, designer color combinations, moments, and personal photographs.
While living in Connecticut, Christy was a member of the West Hartford Art League, and was exhibited in a juried Canton Artist Guild show, and two juried West Hartford Art League shows. Recently, her work was shown at the Marietta Museum of Art as a part of the Trilogy Show. She continues her art education through classes and workshops, and regularly tries to learn something outside of her usual mediums, in order to improve her craft. Christy has been a member artist at Gallery 4463 in Acworth, Georgia, and is currently a member artist with the Acworth Arts Alliance, and at the Marietta Square Artist’s Attic, in Marietta, Georgia.
Emily Knapp www.ekstudioart.com The inspiration for Emily's art comes from her love of all things natural - animals, nature and her farm. While interested in all artistic media, she is known for her ceramics and jewelry. Each piece is handmade in her Georgia studio and emphasizes her strong design and attention to detail.
Vanessa Sebastian http://vanessasebastian.com/ For 15 years, Vanessa has been a freelance graphic designer, web designer, and illustrator. She obtained an associates degree for 3D animation from the Art Institute of Atlanta after initially receiving her bachelor degree in chemical engineering. She has also been teaching character drawing classes and camps aimed at young students for about 8 years and recently started a traditional drawing class as well. Vanessa hopes her students learn valuable art techniques while being entertained by the drawing process. She often jokingly tells her students "Failure is the path to success!" which reinforces the idea that constant practice, including all the mistakes made along the way, are what ultimately makes a successful artist. In her spare time you can find Vanessa watching Japanese anime, reading comics, playing video games, or teaching a martial arts class.
Camille Morgan www.byCamilleDesigns.etsy.com Camille is a Jamaican born artist who enjoys creating. . . whether it be needle felting, painting, sewing, crocheting or knitting. She holds a BFA in Computer Art and Animation from The Savannah College of Art and Design where she attended aided by a portfolio scholarship. She has taught various subjects over the years and has run a busy Etsy shop since 2008. She currently teaches Art in the ASP program at various elementary schools and resides in Powder Springs with her daughter and two bunnies.
Megan Zhang As a lover of all things art, Megan cannot decide which of her specific crafts to concentrate on. She’s studied dance, theatre, world languages, and eventually decided on music and art for university. For the moment acting has moved to the forefront, but that could change at any moment! In her free time, Megan enjoys kickboxing, rock climbing, reading novels, and travelling. With her appreciation for all creative storytelling, Megan is delighted to have the chance to pass on the passion for art to the next generation.
Reid Stevens Reid Stevens is an American record producer, singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, based out of Atlanta, GA. With degrees in Media Arts and Business from the University of South Carolina, Stevens founded the music production & promotion label, 33 1/3 Records, in 1999, to serve as a platform for releasing his work as a producer and songwriter. Since its inception, 33 1/3 Records has evolved into an agency that not only produces music, but also operates as a platform for exposure for artists and bands.
Stevens recently produced Step Inside for 33 1/3 Records as well as singles, EPs, compilations & albums for artists & bands. Stevens has also been featured in the "At Home for Christmas" series, a global charity relief project assisting St. Jude's and Project Half Way based out of Myrtle Beach, SC featuring top national acts and recording artists for iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, wrote a jingle for an iPhone/Android app, had original songs "Dream" chosen as Dave FM's new music seminar, "Welcome To The Universe" chosen for UPN/WB television series & created music for AllTwang TV Music Web Series, performed original Songs, "Sunrise" & "Going Back To Old Days" for Comcast Artist On Demand Music Series, participated in CBS Competition series "Rockstar" (INXS & Supernova) judged by creators/ producers of hit television series Survivor and has performed alongside #1 multi-hit songwriters.
Krista Scott raisingvoicespublicspeaking.com Krista Scott holds both a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Management and Communication, respectively. She is also a graduate of Dale Carnegie Training of Atlanta. Krista has served as a class coach with Dale Carnegie, and is an award-winning speaker with the company. She has spoken across the United States throughout her public relations career, and currently teaches nine public speaking classes throughout Cobb and Cherokee counties. She is happily married to her best friend Dave of 26 years, and has three daughters and one son. “There are few things more fulfilling to me than teaching children and teens how to command the attention of a room full of people: expressing their beliefs, sharing successes, encouraging others to try something new, and being vulnerable with emotion to move mountains in others’ lives.” - Krista Scott
Nelah Gabler https://www.arteveryday.net/ While she has a theatre degree from The University of West Georgia, Nelah has also been teaching visual art classes to youth for over 35 years. Recently retired from Cobb County PARKS as the coordinator of The Art Place-Mt View for 20 years, she continues the fun part of that job which includes teaching, set design and painting, acting and directing in local theater. Off the clock she explores painted paper collage, hiking, kayaking and traveling with family.
David Batley David Batley’s passion for photography began while serving in Southeast Asia with the military in the late 1960’s. He is recognized as a great teacher and has many years of experience passing on this passion and enjoyment to hundreds of students for over the past 15 years. As a photographer, he uses his skill to create unique images of all types, including fine art, commercial, event, or journalistic work. David holds a Masters degree in communication and design. He prides himself in sharing the challenge and fun of learning to develop a personal perspective for students.