Join us for a panel discussion exploring different journeys involved in creative success. Huge Atlanta’s Group Creative Director Derek Fridman will moderate a conversation around risk, creativity, and authenticity with artist olive47, Seven Lamps' owner and Executive Chef Drew Van Leuvan, James Andrews of Social People and writer and music blogger, Moe Castro. Q&A will follow the discussion.
Hang out afterwards to meet Atlanta creatives and enjoy an open bar with drinks and food provided by the Sound Table and music by Rare Form DJ tD.
Please RSVP. Space is limited.
6:30 PM: Doors Open
7:00 PM: Panel
7:45 PM: Q&A
8:00 PM: After-Party
Meet the moderator and panelists
Derek Fridman dreams up innovative and engaging digital experiences for brands of all kinds, specializing in the design of multi-channel platforms for touch, mobile, web and in-store. His background is anchored in both UX and visual design, giving him the ability to transform complex usability problems into beautifully simple and intuitive interfaces. At Huge, Derek has applied his expertise to projects for Audi, HBO GO, and Lowe’s. Previously, he led the development of award winning touchscreen retail and mobile entertainment applications for The Coca-Cola Company, Disney, Adobe, AutoTrader UK, and New Balance as Creative Director at Sapient Nitro. Derek’s 12 years of experience also comprise engagements for Mercedes AMG and Verizon Wireless. Born in Puerto Rico, he has worked on both coasts and in Europe for several agencies including Razorfish and Zentropy. Derek holds a degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Atlanta.
olive47 is a street artist/muralist/printmaker born in Chattanooga TN sometime in the 70’s. She received her BFA from SCAD and MFA from Camberwell College of the Arts in London UK. She has lived in Los Angeles and London before moving to Atlanta in 2011, where she was a featured muralist in the Living Walls 2012 conference. In 2009, she released Miss Cupcake, the award-winning vinyl artist platform toy and and subsequent DIY, available internationally. She has exhibited in solo and group shows at galleries such as Breeze Block Gallery (Portland OR), Joshua Liner Gallery (New York, NY), The Hive Gallery (Los Angeles) and DesignerCon. Her colour-filled naturescapes can be seen in numerous street art and graffiti blogs and publications; and her work is held in the permanent collections of The Masses and The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Guillermo "Moe" Castro has lived in Atlanta for 11 years. When he's not wrangling designers and developers as the Interactive Project Manager for Ames Scullin O'Haire, he's obsessing over local music on his longtime blog, Latest Disgrace. He has a Bachelor's in English and Philosophy from Boston College and a Master's in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State. Which just means he likes to debate pretty much everything, especially music. In 2012, he and his wife opened Mae's Bakery, a scratch bakery and coffeehouse in Buckhead. He likes loud, angular guitars, tacos and acting as silly as possible with his daughter, Mae.
Drew Van Leuvan
With close to 20 years of culinary experience, chef Drew Van Leuvan opened Seven Lamps in late 2012 in the heart of the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta with the goal of bringing elevated, comfortable and authentic new-American cuisine to the area. Van Leuvan began cooking while attending the University of Massachusetts; he quickly realized cooking was his passion and went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. In 2004, he served as executive chef at Atlanta’s acclaimed Toast restaurant where he was recognized as a “Chef on the Rise” by Food & Wine magazine. Following his time at Toast, Van Leuvan became executive chef at Spice restaurant where he received three stars from both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Creative Loafing. In 2006, Chef Van Leuvan was appointed executive chef of Saga restaurant where he received the “Rising Star Award” from StarChefs.com and “Most Memorable Plate of 2007” from Creative Loafing. Van Leuvan began working with Concentrics Restaurants in 2008, helping with the opening of the Midtown gastropub TAP as well as Room at TWELVE Centennial Park before becoming executive chef at ONE.midtown kitchen. He was previously the owner of hand-made pasta Pan De Mie Pasta Company. Van Leuvan is a member of the Jean Louis Palladin Foundation, Slow Food and Chefs Collaborative.
James Andrews is the Founder/CEO of Social People a strategic communications consultancy which helps companies develop digital & social strategies to build better connections with their audiences. With a team and resources in Atlanta, Los Angeles, London and Dubai their clients have included Nike, Turner Broadcasting, Lexus, Beats By Dre, The Grammy Awards, and Actress Jane Fonda.
Andrews has been working in the area of interactive/new media and non-traditional marketing for 20 years and started his career as a marketing executive at legendary Columbia Records. It was during his work with several then up-and-coming Grammy-award winning performers that he honed his skills around inspiring using technology, leveraging influencers, creating content and driving awareness to niche communities which influences his work today.
Parking: Paying lots adjacent to Sound Table and street parking along Edgewood.
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