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What 13 Featured Artists Have To Say About the 2014 Hyattsville Arts Festival

BY CHRISTINA STURDIVANT

2013 Hyattsville Arts Festival. Photo by Richard Morris.

1-Woman-Band Singer Chaquis Maliq performs on the 2013 Sidestage. Photo by Richard Morris.

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The Hyattsville Arts Festival Takes Place Saturday September 13 from 11am to 5pm.

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Jumpstarting the fall season, the annual Hyattsville Arts Festival will bring together over 70 exhibiting and performing artists for artistic displays, live entertainment and great food in the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County. 

Many artists, boutique owners and authors frequent the event each year, sharing their work and engaging with audiences. When East City Art asked 13 upcoming purveyors why our readers should come out this year, they gave us a few encouraging words and a sneak peak of their latest works:

“People should be excited to see a diverse group of musicians and artists performing and displaying their work in a fun, local environment!” – Karl Mitze, Violist and Mandolinist of invoke

“You should be excited to come to the festival because there is lots to see, hear, buy and experience. We from Jayamangala, have been dancing at the Hyattsville festival for the past 5 years and each time my girls look forward to sharing new pieces we have been working on. We are always happy to share South Asian culture and costume with the appreciative audience that comes there every year.” –  Shobha Subramanian, Dance Director of Jayamangala Indian Dance Company

"invoke" at Busboys and Poets. Photo by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen.

“invoke” at Busboys and Poets. Photo by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen.

Jayamangala Indian Dance students at Hyattsville Festival 2013.

Jayamangala Indian Dance students at Hyattsville Festival 2013.

“Visitors are sure to love the music, food, arts and books at this year’s Hyattsville Arts Festival.” – Richard Morris, Author

“Readers should be excited to come to the festival this year because there’s something for everyone. Both the music and exhibits this year will be better than ever before.  Readers should expect to sing, dance, and clap their hands as I perform with my band…our music touches the soul, heart, and essence of the human spirit.” – Kendall Isadore, Orchestra Director, Music Director, Performing Artist

Cover of Canoedling in Cleveland by Richard Morris.

Cover of Canoedling in Cleveland by Richard Morris.

“The Hyattsville Arts Festival is a well-attended, diverse event. It showcases an array of vendors and is great fun for all ages. It promotes local businesses, artists and craftspeople, and reinforces the concept of SHOP LOCAL.” – Erica Riggio & Angela Justice, Interior Designers, Founders of Green Owl Design

“People should look forward to this great event coming up in Hyattsville.  First, the scope of it is impressive:  over 70 artists, both exhibiting and performing.  There will be live entertainment.  There will always be great food, in this greatly ethnically diverse area.  In Hyattsville, there is a good feeling in the streets, being among the kind of people who choose to live in the Gateway Arts District.  In Hyattsville, we have a commitment to the arts as well as to our environmental heritage.  Hyattsvillians are justly proud of our large, pedestrian-friendly shopping area.  We’ve also made a great effort to preserve the Victorian flavor of our town.  You will enjoy being in Hyattsville!” –  Patricia Weil, Author

The Ivy Lounge renovation by  Erica Riggio and Angela Justice. Photo by Violetta Markelou.

The Green Owl Design Boutique located at the Palmer Building, in Downtown Hyattsville. Photo by Violetta Markelou.

“The Hyattsville festival is exciting, fun and vibrant group of artists and crafters. I think readers should look forward to the diverse entertainment, speaking with artists and viewing new works from familiar artist as well as new artists and crafters. I always look forward to the conversations I have and to bring my work, which is acrylic colors and mix media on canvas and paper.  I believe the Hyattsville’s festival is a great way to get to know your local artists and to enjoy the day exploring the many arts and crafts.” –  Ida Mitchell, Fine artist, Painter and Graphic artist

“Readers should be excited to attend the Hyattsville Arts Festival this year because Furthermore… will be there again with new, unique, and one-of-a-kind pieces for everyone’s wardrobe!  It’s also worth being in attendance for the unique artistry, creative talent, and fun atmosphere,” – Tiaundra Elise Shirley & Lisa Johann, Partners of Furthermore…

Lady in Waiting by Ida Mitchell.

Lady in Waiting by Ida Mitchell.

Unisex Copper Bowtie with Beads by Futhermore... Photo by Dave Bentley.

Unisex Copper Bowtie with Beads by Futhermore… Photo by Dave Bentley.

“You should be excited to come to the show because it will be a great opportunity to meet and connect with local artists.  Those of us who create art are passionate about what we do and love to share that with you.  By coming to the show you will be able to support local artists and and find unique pieces of artwork & crafts to add to your homes, offices, & lives!  It will be a fun event and is also a great way to connect with the community.  I hope to see you there!”– Karla Lawrence, Mixed Media Artist

“Your readers should be excited to come to the festival to be a part of the vibrant and growing arts community in Hyattsville.” – Anita Bechtholt, Artist 

Red Onion by Anita Bechtholt.

Red Onion by Anita Bechtholt.

“Your readers should be excited to come to the festival because it is a great opportunity to enjoy fantastic art, food, and music from this vibrant arts community. I always enjoy getting to know the artists and dedicated volunteers who work to keep the arts alive and well in this historic district. In short: Good food, fun atmosphere, and always something new to see.” –  Chad M. Hemmert, Owner and Artist at Chadstract Multimedia

“Readers should be excited about this year’s Hyattsville Arts Festival because it’s a gathering of the best artists in the area and a truly unique experience for anyone involved. My family and I came last year and we were amazed with the variety of styles and mediums of the exhibitors. This’ll be our first time being a part of this extremely immersive festival and we’re very excited!  We will be providing visitors of our tent not only an opportunity to view art, but to also to create their own masterpiece.” –  Mikail Wright, Artist

Pandora's Atlas necklace by Chad M. Hemmert.

Pandora’s Atlas necklace by Chad M. Hemmert.

Jazz Man by C.R.Wells. Photos by Jasmine Williams.

Jazz Man by C.R.Wells. Photos by Jasmine Williams.

“[There will be a] great variety of art from our eclectic and multicultural Washington DC metro area…. come visit and purchase art at from-the-studio-prices. Avoid gallery commissions of 40-60%!  Collect original art, support your local artists and artisans.” – Claudia and Sergio Olivos, painters.

Dia de los Muertos by Sergio Olivos.

Dia de los Muertos (detail) by Sergio Olivos.

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Authored by: Christina Sturdivant

Christina Sturdivant is a Washington, DC native freelance writer who studied print journalism at Hampton University. Currently, she writes about national issues in higher education and local issues surrounding cultural, community and artistic development in the city. In her work, she most enjoys sharing the viewpoints of change-makers and implementing learned values into her daily life. She is also heavily involved in the Washington, DC non-profit sector and is the Founder of D.R.E.A.M. Life, Inc., an organization which provides mentorship and resources to young, single mothers in the DC metro area.