18 Local Artists I Believe Deserve Recognition

18 Local Artists I Believe Deserve Recognition

There are so many creative people around the world, and some of the most creative and talented people live right nearby.


We all know about the artists that make it big on YouTube, like Jeffrey Starr or James Charles. We know about the big-name photographers, the brilliant artists, the most famous singers and songwriters, and the most esteemed writers. However, art takes on so many different forms, and some of the most talented people lie right in our communities. They're people we know, have heard about, or follow just because we admire the kind of talent that they have. These people deserve all the recognition in the world, and they also deserve more clients that can enjoy their work so they can keep doing the things that they love. Here are some artists that I, or someone I know, has suggested to me in the past or that one of us follows on social media.

1. Tate Thomas Photography 

So many people have shouted out this girl, and for good reason. She takes stunning pictures and can always capture the moment perfectly. There are countless shots she's snagged of people genuinely laughing and smiling with absolutely no posing needed. Her talent goes beyond just the camera, for the creative ideas that roam in her mind are abundant. Tate can make a photography shoot happen ANYWHERE and the pictures always turn out insane (once she even made a college study room a venue). She deserves countless clientele and a ton of recognition, so follow @capturedbyt_ on Instagram for more stunning pictures!

2. Nicole Brumbaugh's Art

Although I'm unsure if Nicole would paint for cash, she is an incredible artist who has painted some incredible things, and I'm sure would be okay with painting for a price if asked since it is her passion. She's put together paintings of Bob Marley, Chance the Rapper, and XXXtentacion. Follow her on twitter @niccolleeb to purchase one of her paintings!

3. Jeromy Laux's Photography and Videography

Jeromy has traveled to countless places around the world and taken dozens of beautiful photographs, both of people and animals. I loved his photography so much I asked him to do my senior pictures in high school, and I definitely was not disappointed with the results. I can guarantee you wouldn't be either. Follow @lauxcreative on Instagram for more beautiful pictures.

4. Chris Perkins Photography

Chris is an extremely talented photographer from central Ohio who loves to capture weddings and portraits – and he is excellent at it. Chris has captured stunning engagement pictures, wedding pictures, and more. His work does not disappoint. He also recently started a page for thrifted clothing for men, so if you're interested in thrifted items you can check out that page as well on Instagram known as @pocketchangethrift. For pictures, follow @chrispyperkins on Instagram for more quality content, or check out his website at chrisperkins.org.

5. Bloom Baby Florals

An integral part of any wedding is the decorations, specifically the flowers. From the stunning arrangements that sit in the middle of the tables to the bouquet the bride carries with her, the flowers in a wedding are a focal point for many. It's important they're spot on, and there is no better company to help you with that than Bloom Baby Florals. However, you can contact them for more than just weddings! If you need anything flower-related, hit up Bloom Baby and they can let you know if they can do it. Follow @bloombabyflorals on Instagram for beautiful wedding pictures, great deals, and stunning flower arrangements.

6. Kaleb McCaw Photography

Kaleb just recently began to pursue his passion in photography, but he photographs like he has been doing it for years. He captures everything from portraits to sports to nature flawlessly. Follow @mccawsphotos on Instagram for more pictures and content.

7. Canvisluv Music

If you love listening to goof music with chill vibes, then canvisluv is for you. The artist, Shawn Daniel, takes a lot of time to make sure his lyrics have good content and meaning, creating an entire album that you can't help but listen to all the way through each time. Even his remixes of current songs are just as good, if not better, than the originals. Follow @canvisluv on Instagram for updates on his music and art.

8. Macey Mullins on Odyssey

Macey Mullins is passionate about her writing and takes tons of time pouring into each article she writes. She is sure to write about content that means something to her, and she has no problems stating her opinion on subjects, but she does so in such a raw and respectful manner that you can't help but keep reading. Even if you don't stand for the same things she writes about, you have to admit she has a way with words that can be really rare to find in writers these days.

9. Trent Brown Photography 

Trent Brown can capture the beauty anywhere at any time, and that shows through clearly on his page. His portrait shots are incredible and each shot is unique to the person being photographed. There's contrast, dark hues, icy tones, and undeniable talent. Follow @trentbr0wn on Instagram to see more.

10. Sprinkle Me Sweet

Owned by Zoee Kear, Sprinkle Me Sweet is a business dedicated to creating masterpieces on an atypical canvas – cake. Each sweet treat is created with lots of time and effort, the ending coming together flawlessly to create a dessert you almost feel guilty for eating. The dessert sculptures show just how talented she really is. Follow @sprinklemesweet on Instagram if you're interested.

11. Myah Zerkle Photography 

Myah Zerkle has an eye for art and beauty that shines through each photograph she takes. From senior portraits to animals to foods to places she's adventured to, Myah has caught moment after moment of incredible pictures. She has gotten live action shots of sports, countless breathtaking sunsets, and nature everywhere in its most pure form. Follow @myzphotography for more.

12. Emily Arnold Makeup

Another form of art that many don't think of off the bat is make-up. However, some of the most beautiful creations come from make-up artists who paint on canvases that start new with each passing day. Emily Arnold creates stunning looks with various eyeshadow palettes and they never disappoint. Once she posts each look she even includes all the products she used so that others at home might be able to recreate the look if they'd like to. Follow @yesterdaywasgreat for some stunning looks and information on how to create them.

13. 134 Tunes

Sam Schafer and Austin Busold are two colleges guys with two guitars and loads of talent. They recently decided to take their talents to Instagram, so follow @134tunes to hear some great music covers (and perhaps they might throw in a few originals as well).

14. Kelsey Wilson Photography

She captures portraits, weddings, and the insanely in love couples we all love to see while we scroll through our feeds. Kelsey Wilson creates stunning pictures and comes up with creative poses to make for the perfect finishing product. Her creativity shines through in every shot. Follow @kew.photography on Instagram for more.

15. Boz the Rapper

Boz the Rapper is an artist with lyrical flow based out of Tipp City. He's been to quite a few venues to perform, both in the area and out of it, so try to catch a show. Follow @boztherapper on Instagram for more information.

16. Hannah Keller Special Effects Make-Up

It's almost hard to believe that the picture above isn't real. Hannah Keller is an artist both talented in the realm of special effects make-up and fashionable make-up. These pictures focus on her passion for special effects make-up, a talent made for the movie screens. If you ever need some help pulling together a spooky costume, Hannah is definitely the person to call. Follow @hannahspecialfxmakeup for more crazy looks.

17. AJ Arch

AJ Arch is a guy with loads of talent creating music from the very beginning with countless hours of time and hard work. He is sure to perfect each sound and layer so that the finished product comes together nothing short of excellent. Check out his SoundCloud and one of his very first songs.

18. Trigga Tray

Trigga Tray, also known as Tray Thompson, is a rapper from Springfield who has started his beginnings on SoundCloud. He has already dropped one EP titled "Life Sucks", and is looking to drop a new one soon by the name of "937". Follow @traythompson22 for updates and check him out on SoundCloud.

At the end of the day, there are so many people in the world creating great content and they deserve all the applause in the world for their hard work and talent. It's important to support not only your local businesses but also your local artists. They can create just about anything you can imagine, and it means so much more to come from someone you or someone else knows in the community. Find your local artists and support their passions today! While you're at it, support these local artists as well. They more than deserve it!

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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