#LOCALartIS: Collins. Harris. Brown

Carrie Collins: Actress. Director.

Caroline Collins carries a long list of creative talents, including: acting, writing, producing, and directing. She played opposite Michael Zegen in the Greg Mottola comedy/drama film, Adventureland, and is featured in the Gavin Rapp film, Since I Don’t Have You. In addition to the big screen, Collins has written and produced several short movies, one of which was Hand Me Downs, the sole film selected for the International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day Festival. And to pile the proverbial cherry on top, Collins is a mother of three. Workflow with family life is something we can all strive for, we don’t have to pick one to excel at or neglect, Collins does a great job at both.

Dan Harris: Visual Wizard.

Dan Harris is in fact the Harry Potter of the marketing, and visual merchandising world. With 3 decades of experience under his belt, Harris has transformed companies, procedures, and policies in order to promote growth, and fiscal responsibility. It might not sound as sexy as painting a mural on the side of Heinz field, but creating opportunities and sustainability fits everyone’s end goal of staying in business and putting food on the table. As much as it is utilitarian, it’s just as much of an art form.

Harris is currently the Director of Visual Merchandising for Rue 21, spearheading all of those snappy displays that converts teens and twenty-somethings into ravenous retail zombies.  Harris is a lover of photography, spoken word, music, fashion, and even dips his hands into the bloggersphere. (Photo by Joshua Pribanic)

Kelly Brown: Artist. Dance Warrior.


Kelly Brown sees the world differently than you and I. Her visual representations of work are mused by dance background. Since the age of 3 she learned how to express herself through dance, and now, she paints with movement, striking brush strokes that displays her vibrant softness, inspiration looming from French artist Odilon Redon. For the past 15 years, Brown has lived in France, delving in different mediums opening exhibits, dance instructing, rocking French Zumba, raising her two daughters, and being married to a Frenchman. Yeah, she’s basically living the extended cut sequel of Under The Tuscan Sun. Step aside, Diane Lane, she’s got this.