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Student Artist Feature

Our Student Artist Feature (SAF) is a new program used to promote the creative arts and give back to the community. Student artists are selected twice a year to participate as a SAF. One artwork from each student artist is selected as a paint option for BE! Creative Arts Center paint service offerings. Website visitors will be able to learn more about each artist, view samples of their artwork, purchase paint kits, and book private paint parties leveraging their creations. Part of the proceeds from each purchase go the student artist in support of their passion to continue and/or pursue a career in the arts.

February 2023
Student Artists
Laila Dews and Sqai Johnson

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I will forever have a passion for art. Art will always be where I find peace...

Laila Dews 

Georgia Highlands College

Age - 19

 

Hello! My name is Laila, and I grew up in Cobb County Georgia. Growing up I’ve always had an interest in art. My mother always used to put me in this art and music camp program and that is definitely where my love for art grew. They used to always have little classes throughout the day where they would teach us how to paint certain paintings, sometimes we would even make little sculptures out of plaster or clay. I really enjoyed going to art and music camp growing up throughout the years. They even helped me paint a painting to put up in Congressman David Scott's office in the Capitol building at Washington, D.C. when I was only in the 3rd grade. My dad was also someone who was inspired to do art, he also painted here and there while he was in college, and he always would push me to do the same and create as much as I could. He sadly passed away in 2015, and my world was torn apart. He was like my best-friend, and this definitely set back my motivation to pursue art. For a while, I didn't really do any sketches or paintings, but something I would always do was doodle little things on my paper at school and it annoyed my teachers a lot. 
 

Fast forward to 2021, my senior year of high school, for a while I wanted to get into the medical field to pursue sonography and become an Ultrasound technician. After going to a few open houses and shadowing at a clinic, I soon realized that it was not my passion. My heart was where Art was, specifically Fashion designing. I then started pursuing Fashion Design and I am now at Georgia Highlands College so I can finish my prerequisites and transfer to SCAD for Fashion Design and Graphic Design in hopes to one day open my own international clothing line and also design costumes for movies. I will forever have a passion for art. Art will always be where I find peace and where I feel the closest to my late father. I cannot wait to see what else is in store for me!

Devine Feminine

Afro Ivy

Stars On Stars

Into the Abyss

A Woman's Best Friend

 Selected
Feature by Laila Dews


"Divine Feminine"
 

Support Laila and the arts by purchasing a Paint Party "To-Go" Kit or booking a private paint party choosing this paint selection.

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Art is one of my favorite things to use to express myself to all others around me.

Sqai Johnson
Georgia Southern University 
Age - 18

Hi! My name is Sqai Johnson and I'm an artist. Art is one of my favorite things to use to express myself to all others around me. I've used fashion, makeup, film, modeling, ceramics, painting, and of course traditional art to do so. My love for art started back when I was in elementary school creating comics with well-drawn out stick figures of small snippets of dreams I would have. I'd remember the dreams and try to tell a full story of whatever I could piece together and share them with my family and classmates. I even inspired many others to make their own comics! I eventually pushed myself out of my comfort zone to practice anatomy so I could learn how to draw more realistic looking people. I'm still on my way to getting there but every year my art style progressively gets better and better. With a lot of practice, I've made a lot of progress and now I'm very happy with my art style and the different ways I express my artistic vision.

I am currently pursuing a degree in film and movie producing from Georgia Southern University where I will continue to share
 my passion for the arts.

Nail Boutique
Clockwork
Risque Business

Nail Boutique

Vivi Chic

Vivi Chic

Beach Boo

 Selected
Feature by Sqai Johnson


"Nail Boutique"
 

Support Sqai and the arts by purchasing a Paint Party "To-Go" Kit or booking a private paint party choosing this paint selection.

Nail Boutique by Sqai Johnson.jpg

Clockwork

Risque Business

Beach Boo

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