If a person can embody a mathematical theory, then Todd Sentell is a Venn diagram. Seemingly unrelated interests like art, teaching, boxing, marathons, sales, and writing, all intersect into the center circle: Todd Sentell. Described as a Renaissance man by his friends because of his interests and skills in a variety of topics, this 58-year-old father of two grew up in Atlanta and moved to Alpharetta in 1997.
Besides his work as a special education teacher, Todd has become well known for his self-described “funny, kooky, stunning” folksy art. His own interest in Alpharetta’s art community developed into a natural leadership role within the Alpha Arts Guild, where Todd was recently elected board president.
Q: How did you get into art and why?
Todd Sentell: Since I was a child, I’ve always doodled, with a manic concentration on quirky faces and shapes and repeating patterns. My confidence breakthrough came in sixth grade, when I won a Cobb County art contest—my complete love of art was sealed right then and there.
Q: What is the art scene like in Alpharetta?
TS: It’s vibrant and productive with the center of art being, in my opinion, the new Alpharetta Arts Center. It’s where the city shows art and conducts classes, as well as hosts lectures for artists of all skill levels and ages.
Q: What is the Alpha Arts Guild?
TS: The Alpha Arts Guild, established in 2008, is a nonprofit organization that supports a vibrant group of artists who make, show, and sell many types of art. We hold classes, shows and lectures for ourselves and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of our love for art. Our new show, “Small Works,” can be seen now through spring in the hallways of the 5000 and 6000 Avalon office buildings. The Guild is always proud to have work showing in those two hallways. Since I was elected president, it has been one of the highlights and honors of my adult life.
Q: When you’re not at work, where do you like to spend time
TS: My favorite wine store is Fermented. I like an occasional fine cigar, so I love Cutters Cigar & Spirits. Of course, my new favorite place is the Alpharetta Arts Center!