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MAP Bios

Chair:

Diane Durrett

“She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. A Memphis reporter once wrote that Diane’s performance was so powerful that “If you don’t go see her she may just come see you!” With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs Durrett has sung with Sting, The Indigo Girls, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) and Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow). Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Hall and Derek Trucks. As well lending her vocals to recording sessions for Grammy award winning producer Brendan O’Brien.

Members:

Eva Sotus

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Eva has been active in the original music scene for many years and is well respected in the music business in Atlanta. Her accomplishments include a long list of live performances and recordings. Her repertoire includes a carefully chosen compilation of jazz standards, swing era, R&B and touching originals.

 

Tina Kite

Tina Kite is a trained milliner blending modern and traditional millinery techniques to create one of a kind hats for everyone. Much of her work is custom for those who are looking for a special piece for a special occasion such as hats for the Kentucky Derby, customized headpieces for brides, Easter hats, and Atlanta fashion shows. She has also worked with costume departments for major motion pictures, stylists, and local theater groups.  Her work has been featured in newspaper articles, magazines and blogs, including Lucky, Atlanta Magazine, Etsy, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Real Weddings Magazine.

She furthers her education by studying new techniques and has traveled across the globe to train from notable milliners, including Rose Cory, the late Queen Mother's appointed milliner in London. She currently is saving up to attend a rare opportunity to train in new techniques at Arrowmont School of the Arts & Crafts with millinery instructors coming all the way from Australia, England, Spain, and the Netherlands.

When she isn't in the studio, she spends time working for The Nature Conservancy, an environmental conservation non-profit and when at home she enjoys restyling her house, moving things around to freshen things up, and in turn making it difficult for her husband to find anything! You can reach her at tinakite@gmail.com, on Instagram @TinaVKite and Facebook @TinaKiteMillinery

 

Rob Witherspoon, Atlanta Sculptor

Robert Witherspoon is a contemporary metal sculptor in Atlanta’s vibrant arts community. His unique, free flowing sculptures can be found in private collections throughout North America and as far away as China.  Robert has prominent public art installations at Kennesaw State University, the Fairburn Georgia Public Library, and on the Atlanta Beltline.   Witherspoon enjoys working with the arts community and has taught a variety of art classes for Fulton County Human Services, the Fulton County Arts Council, and Georgia State University.   Witherspoon currently serves as the Program Manager for the City of Atlanta Public Art Program where he has he has served the public and arts community since 2007.   

 

Brandy Beavers