Category: Arts

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For LeAnder, the Music is About the Experience

Together Logan Rhea, Andrew Hall, and Scott Anderle form LeAnder, a Nashville-based alternative rock band.

Logan is the bassist, the acting manager, and the booking agent. Andrew (not pictured above) is the band’s drummer and sound engineer, while Scott leads creatively as the singer/songwriter and marketing person.

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Jon Dragonette comes to Nashville for New Inspirations

Professional photographer Jon Dragonette, 37, grew up in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.

At 22, he moved to San Francisco for six years and then moved to Los Angeles for seven years until coming to Nashville last November.

“I grew up skateboarding, and that’s how I got into photography,” he said. “My mom wanted to be a photographer. I have a twin brother, and she had us when she was super young, so she had to put those dreams aside. When I was 13 or 14, she gave me a little 35 mm camera.”

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Nicole Brandt Brings People Together Through Poverty and the Arts

Nicole Brandt, 24, grew up in a small Southern Baptist town called Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Growing up the narratives about homelessness were always the same – that individuals were lazy, drug addicts, and didn’t deserve money from the government.

“At the time I didn’t know any homeless people other than serving at soup kitchens through my church,” she said. “In my senior year in high school, I was connected with a guy who would go to homeless camps and tents in Louisville. He would sometimes bring coffee, socks or food but ultimately went just to spend time with people.”

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Brandon Alexander Hopes to Chase His Dream in a Familiar City

Brandon Alexander, 24, calls Nashville his second home.

“I do a lot of traveling between here and Huntsville, and I want to move up to Nashville for culinary school.”

Born and raised in Pulaski, Brandon still lives in the little town just over an hour’s drive south of Nashville. He graduated from Sparkman High School in Alabama, then went to Calhoun Community College for a little bit before deciding to join the workforce.

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Tattoo Artist James Barrow Does it All For His Family and His Community

James Barrow moved to Nashville from Florida in 1997.

As a tattoo artist, he has floated back and forth through different parts of the country but has been based in Nashville since then.

James just recently became a part of the team at Avenging Art Tattoos on Nolensville Road in Southeast Nashville.

“The shop has got a great reputation,” he said. “The location has been a tattoo shop for years and years. Now, we’re working on some issues like cleaning the shop up and changing the face on it a little bit.”

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Vinit Modi’s Travels and Experiences Taught Him to Remain Humble

Vinit Modi, 30, grew up in India.

After finishing his undergraduate in India, he went on to pursue a graduate degree in the United States. In April of 2011, he graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona with a Master’s degree in international business.

While in school, he traveled to over 12 different countries including France, the Czech Republic, and Costa Rica to study their business approach.

Once he was done with school, he thought he’d go back to India, but something about the bright lights of New York City kept calling him.

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Visual Artist Mary Mooney Breaks Away from the Rectangle

Mary Mooney, 30, is a visual artist born in Atlanta.

As a child, Mary said her father’s job would transfer him a lot, so she and her family moved around quite a bit. Her move to Nashville nearly five years ago marks the city as the longest place she’s ever lived.

“Even though I’m not from here and there is a whole new wave of people moving in, it does feel like this is home because this community has embraced me and all of my creative passions,” she said.

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Sculptor Carolyn Boutwell’s Community is about Connecting and Collaborations

Carolyn Boutwell, 57, has been an artist her whole life. It was something that always came naturally to her.

“When I was growing up and heard about other kids taking art lessons, I was like, ‘What’s that? Why do people have to take art lessons?’”

Carolyn was born in North Carolina. When she was six years old, her father moved the family up to New Hampshire where she grew up.