Life is about as colorful, eccentric, and exciting as a person makes it. Beauty is created in the minds of those imaginative enough to create something remarkable out of the everyday moments that are often neglected. 

Choosing to look past the dullness of moments and instead framing simplicity with an electric shock of color and radiance is a talent very few have, however it is a talent that London-based artist Joanna Pilarchzyk perfected to a T.  

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The public art program, ELEVATE ATL is bringing queer art out in the open with its new four-week-long festival event, “OPEN SPACES.”

Running from September 16th to October 9th, OPEN SPACES will feature unique and talented artists, dancers, and musicians in a lineup of art exhibits, festivals, and shows. Each of these events will emphasize inclusivity as well as exploring "some of Atlanta's most interesting and beautiful spaces this fall," said Executive Director of the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, Camille Russell Love, in an article for the Reporter Newspaper

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Sergi Cadenas is a self-taught artist from the Northern Catalonian region of Spain. He was exposed to artistic inspirations from the day he was born. Landscapes such as the Pyrenees Mountains and sceneries like the historic Gothic Quarter are only a fraction of the visual elements presented to him on a daily basis. He began his journey as an artist at just 15 years old while working under his father in the family business. Ferros d’art Cadenas, their family blacksmith business was passed down to him by his father and it is still in business today.

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Having moved to the United States at age 14, Taiwan-born Joyce Ho has had years to draw inspiration from the difficulties of adapting to a new life. She received her M.A. in studio Arts from the University of Iowa and then moved back to Taiwan to work on a few projects. She is an interdisciplinary artist with an emphasis on painting, sculpture, and theater and she describes her work as peaceful violence. 

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One of the most fun things I do in my spare time is visit different museums across the city. Chicago is a city that has more than 60 museums open to date. For me, museums offer a versatile environment for people from all different walks of life. It’s somewhere I can take my daughters and younger cousins, somewhere I can go by myself just to clear my head, or I can go out with friends or take a date. It’s a fun experience that I believe many of us, took for granted as a kid. 

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