ARTIST: LINDSEY O’SHIELDS Location: Zenith Design Group, 135 Church Street (Side Wall) About the Artist: Lindsey O’Shields is a Hellenistic Romanticist, working primarily in oils and encaustic, creating idiosyncratic, impassioned art pieces. She creates, instructs, and encourages others to explore their art from the freedom of her garden studio nestled on the property of Hillcrest, a historic home in Marietta, GA. O’Shields has worked as a scenic artist for theatre and film for over 15 years, and has created two other murals for the M2R TrailFest: the Big Little Chickens in 2018, and En Pointe in 2019. McPherson Tire Shop references the history of property where it is located, which was operated as a tire shop in the warehouse behind (now operated as The Brickyard,) and a gas station out front by the McPherson Family. Learn more about the artist at ironthistlestudio.com
If You Don't Stop, Then You Won't Get Caught
Artist: Matthew Mederer Location: Hansell Street-Side Wall at House of Lu About the Artist: Matthew Mederer is a solo artist based in Chicago who has painted murals for 19 years. He primarily works in the styles of realism and surrealism.
ARTIST: CRAIG STANLEY Location: Trailside at Thaicoon & Sushi Bar About the Artist: I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and at 6 months was adopted from foster care. As long as I can remember, my love of the arts was nurtured with the help of my loving family. While in the 2nd Grade, something very special happened-my love for art was born. The other students in school also admired my new found talent so much that, shortly thereafter, I began selling my drawings. In 1992 at the age of 15, I joined forces with several well-established companies around Kansas City and this led to me opening my own art studio in a popular mall in the City. A few years after graduation, I moved to Atlanta, GA to attend The Creative Circus School. While there, I furthered my knowledge as a graphic designer and illustrator. I also began supporting myself by painting music tour stage backdrops for major recording artist and set props for television shows and commercials. With over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most world renown people and brands on the planet. Welcome to my world of art. Learn more atcstanleyart.com
Artist: Lindsey O’Shields Location: Mil Street Wall at GMDT About the Artwork: For 6o years little dancers with dreams of one day dancing on Pointe have taken ballet classes at Georgia Dance Conservatory (GDC) on the Square. Marietta artist Lindsey O'Shields has three daughters and friend's children who have taken classes with Ms. Irene, Ms. Kathy, Ms. Ellen, Ms. Ashleigh or the other dance teachers at GDC. O'Shields took this passion and the dedication of the young dancers at Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre, the non-profit dance company, housed within GDC, as inspiration for her mural, En Pointe. Website: www.ironthistlestudio.com
Artist: Leigh Ann Culver Location: Trailside wall of 31 Mill Street Building About the Artist: Leigh Ann Culver grew up in the Southeastern United States. Born in Florida, she moved to Atlanta Georgia in her adolescence. The historical and cultural significance of the American South, in its varying attributes, has greatly influenced and shaped Culver’s work.
In her mural, Interwoven, Culver tells the story of the Civil War from women’s point of view. The woman on the left was inspired by Susie Baker King Taylor, who was an enslaved woman from Georgia who escaped to freedom and taught other enslaved people. She organized a school for the children on St. Simon’s Island, became a combat nurse, and a social activist. Of Taylor’s depiction Culver says, “I tried to get a likeness in the portrait but I also wanted to keep the subject anonymous so that she can represent free women of color in general.”
The woman to the right is one of the Roswell Mill women who were working in dangerous cotton mills during the war, captured by the North as prisoners of war and taken away from their homes, most of which never returned.
Interwoven represents the hardships shared by both communities. The subjects are portrayed as strong and confident women. Culver tries to depict every detail, flaw and emotion as she tells their stories through her art. The two women are pulling on a loose thread from their dresses causing it to unravel into a pool of strings that flow from the bottom and spill out onto the surface of the arch. This is symbolism for an 'undoing' of the past, the string of time that connects us coming undone to then weave a new start.
Using life-like detail, Culver creates large scale, charcoal drawings of people with untold stories. She is fascinated with historical photographs, and how one still moment can translate the story and emotion of human life. By examining human life across spans of time and space, she has found common threads of struggle, love, pain, and courage that tie us all together. Through exploring the diversity of people, Culver uncovers human unity. -by Gina Duncan Website: www.leighannculver.com
This Could Be
Artist: Christina Kwan Location: Atherton Square-Side wall About the Artist: Christina Kwan is an Atlanta-based artist known for her abstract and floral works on paper. Her interest in creating art began from a young age and was always, for her, considered a natural pursuit that was secondary to her academic achievements. It wasn't until college that she realized she couldn't deny the power of her passion. She continued to develop her voice through drawing, painting, and experimental installations inspired by floral imagery and the fragility of human relationships. Christina is now a freelance media and creative consultant, in addition to being an artist. She continues to explore imagery that moves the spirit through calligraphic strokes, fluid movement and precise marks. Website: christinakwanart.com
SAVE THE GIANT OTTERS
ARTIST: CHRISTINA WARD Location: Atherton Square at Rhinos & Rhinestonez About the Artist: As an artist and an avid animal lover and conservationist, I have found a happy place where these two great passions of mine can merge together for the greater good. I have worked in the animal care field for over a decade, doing art as a side gig whenever there was a little bit of extra time. As my career in the animal care field progressed, I started to look around and think... what is the point of what I am doing? Is my 9-5 job allowing me to really achieve what it is I want to achieve in life? Sure, I loved every second that I spent cleaning, feeding and training all of the amazing animals that I had the opportunity to work with... but I wanted to do more... something bigger. In early 2016, I ventured to Guyana, South America, to do a field research study on giant otters. It was there — in the scorching, muggy jungles of Guyana — that I found my real purpose. The interior of Guyana is a pristine environment, which supports some of the most biologically dense eco-systems in the world. The South American jungles are also full of vibrant and inspiring people, who live simply and use the land sustainably and respectfully. They are also caretakers of the rivers and the animals who inhabit them. From the endangered giant otter and arapaima, to the river's crocodilian inhabitants, the caiman, the native Amerindians keep a watchful eye on these species, as they are good indicators of the health of the land. I am hoping that through my art, I can spread awareness for the people and animals of Guyana and fund conservation efforts in the region. The stability and integrity of the region's forests are under threat, due to mining operations throughout the area. Educating the local people on the importance of protecting their natural resources is a critical component in our conservation initiatives. I would also like to establish a fund for the local schools in the region, who are all severely lacking appropriate materials and sports equipment. Learn more atcolorsforconservation.com and savethegiants.org
ARTIST: LAUREN PALLOTTA STUMBERG Location: McNeel Alley at dk Gallery About the Artist: Think Greatly, LLC is an art + design projects incubator led by Lauren Pallotta Stumberg – an artist, muralist, designer, illustrator and creative consultant based out of Atlanta, GA. Lauren received a 2016/2017 Emerging Artist Award from the City of Atlanta. She serves on the board of C4 Atlanta as an artist voice as well as the Arts Community Liaison. Additionally, Lauren leads beautification efforts and community arts programming opportunities as a board member at large for Fourth Ward Neighbors Association. Lauren is represented by dk Gallery in Marietta, GA. Notable projects include the Moreland Mural Project; public art funding from the City of Atlanta, Norcross Public Art Commission, Hapeville Office of Economic Development; community art events such as Forward Warrior and Little Five Arts Alive; design work for small businesses in Atlanta and beyond; retail products at local shops such as Crafted and Sugarboo. Learn more atthinkgreatly.com
Big Little Chickens
ARTIST: LINDSEY O’SHIELDS Location: Trailside Wall at Park West Vintage About the Artist: Lindsey O’Shields is a Hellenistic Romanticist, working primarily in oils and encaustic, creating idiosyncratic, impassioned art pieces. She creates, instructs, and encourages others to explore their art from the freedom of her garden studio nestled on the property of Hillcrest, a historic home in Marietta, GA. O’Shields has worked as a scenic artist for theatre and film for over 15 years, and created two murals for the 2018 M2R Trailfest, the Big Little Chickens, and the McPherson Tire Shop, and is excited to return to create another iconic mural for the historic downtown area. Learn more at ironthistlestudio.com
Nature is Watching You
Artist: Angie Jerez Location: Trail-side wall of Two Birds Taphouse About the Artist: Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Angie Jerez moved to the United States 7 years ago, and since then she has been transitioning from design to illustration and painting. Jerez fell in love with the amount of art exposure that Atlanta has. She creates drawings with detailed line work. Jerez draws everyday objects and random abstract subjects surrounded by organic shapes. Sometimes they reflect memories and random silly ideas, sometimes a little bit of her South American culture. Website: www.angiejerez.net
Artist: Donna Barnhart Location: Trail-side wall of Kiosco Colombian Restaurant About the Artist: Donna Barnhart is a non-representational artist who expresses herself using a variety of media, including acrylic paint, collage, inks, and pencils. Her art embraces the use of bold contrasts and energetic lines. As a resident of Marietta, Barnhart loves seeing the expansion of the art community here, and is excited to be a part of it in such a big way this year.
ARTIST: ANGELA FAUSTINA Location: Trailside wall at Me & My Trainer (find link and update map) About the Artist: Angela Faustina is an ultra-contemporary realism artist whose paintings have been internationally collected and exhibited since 2006. She is represented by Signet Contemporary Art in London, England, UK and The Loft in Marietta, Georgia, USA. Her juicy murals are on view in some of the most vibrant neighborhoods of the southeastern United States, including Atlanta, Georgia, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Faustina lives and works in the Greater Atlanta area, but her vivid color palette will always reflect growing up in South Florida, USA. Learn more atangelafaustina.com
ARTIST: OLGA SIDILKOVSKAYA AND LEAH COCHRAN Location: Two Birds Taphouse, Trailside About the Artist: Learn more atolgasidilkovskaya.com