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About the participating artists (Live interviews)

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Drèk Davis currently works in mixed media, but in the past has worked with many different formats.In addition to finishing up his MFA in Art, Drek regularly contributes a column to the Athens Banner Herald. His subject matters are often related to art, inspiration, and socio-economic issues. Drek contributed artwork and video interviews to this project. To see more of Drek's work, visit his website
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Mary Padgelek works with collage and mosaic techniques. She is a very active artist with a Ph.D. in Art. She teaches and publishes in addition to making her own artwork. Mary [strives] to "depict a joyous, though complex world of the spirit that exists beyond our conscious awareness. [She explores] concepts that have importance in [her] life with the hope these ideas will be important to others also." Mary contributed artwork and video interviews to this project. To see more of Mary's work, visit her website:
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Rene primarily works in fabric arts, hand dying silks and other fabrics. She exhibits regularly and is commissioned to complete large scale works. To see more of Rene's work, visit her website: Rene contributed artwork and video interviews to this project.
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robin fay creates and exhibits in multiple formats, primarily mixed media/painting and photography. She keeps an electronic art journal online at Robin put this project together and contributed artwork.

About the participating artists (Thoughts on creativity)

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Cathy Card, Watercolor, pencil, computer art,, In addition to gardening and exploring new ways to create digital content, Cathy works in the graphics design profession.
Rachel Cabaniss painter (acrylics/ collage/ mixed media portraits) finds her inspiration in her favorite music. Her artwork currently focuses on portraits of old country music stars in the folk art tradition.
Frank Hamrick, photography, stories In between his teaching gig, Frank continues to explore photography. His work has been featured in many publications and exhibits.
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Mary Jessica Hammes, Paper & Ink (comics); Fiber (quilting, knitting, wing); Performance (trapeze and aerial fabrics); Words (fiction), In between hanging around at Canopy on a trapeze, Mary Jessica continues to be active in the athens arts scene. In the past she has written art reviews for various publications, coordinated FLUKE ( a mini comics event), and is curating an upcoming exhibit for Athica on diaries and mini comics.
Bob Hart continues to explore art through a variety of media and currently works in sculpture using wood and bondo> He created and maintains the 9-11 Garden.-- Bob Hart,, creator of 9-11 Garden, currently working in 3d
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Will Langford, clay (wheel made, stoneware functional pottery)
Will Langford is a very active potter and his work has been featured at many regional art exhibits. He is currently featured at Mark of the Potter.
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Jennifer L. Matias, painter(Acrylic, oil, interior design). In addition to the demand for her mural expertise, Jennifer focuses on portraiture. Her work is currently featured at Bluebell Studios & Galleries in Colbert.
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Mandy Mastrovita, graphic design, writing, mixed media,
Mandy works in many media, but her current emphasis is mixed media. Althought she likes to make things that, appear decorative on the surface, she always looks for the added "bite" to keep her art from becoming too saccharine.
K.R., collage/mixed media/assemblage. K.R. is currently exploring the world of collage/mixed through a variety of formats. She has her eye on refurbishing mint tins to become mini works of art.
Jasmine Odessa Rizer, writer, pen & ink, . Jasmine Odessa Rizer has been a contributing writer to many publications on the subject of music as well as short works of fiction. Most recently, she was featured in The Blotter, an arts magazine. Additionally, she produces mini comics and writes regularly in her blog.
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Sarah Margaret Stubbs, painter (oils), . Although Sarah Margaret Stubbs expertise is in portraiture, her 'funky' landscape paintings have been a delight to many.

Mary Tanner Hughes, Fiber Arts, quilts. She creates her quilts for the love of doing it and is always pleased when people like her creations.