Below is a list of selected artists and artisans who will be showing their work at the 2011 Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. Detailed biographical information follows the thumbnails.
- Michele Banks (row 1 across)
- Denise Marie Brown (row 2 across)
- Thomas Ellis (row 3 across)
- T. H. Gomillion (row 4 across)
- Patti Mallin (row 5 across)
- Ida Mitchell (row 6 across)
- David Peterson (row 7 across)
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Michele Banks is an artist working mainly in watercolor and collage. Her work features bright, vivid colors and strong geometric shapes. Her paintings often draw from science, particularly biology. When too many paintings pile up, she recycles them into collages.
Denise Marie Brown
Brown’s work is vibrant and colorful. She paint sunsets, water scene reflections, still lifes and portraits in oils with strong contrasts. her work is most often representational, but impressionistic and colorful.
Thomas Ellis is a retired television technician from Fox Television, Channel 5 in Washington DC where he worked for 38 years. Since retiring he has pursued his passion as a landscape and nature photographer. He has been traveling the U.S. for more than 27 years taking photographs. His favorite place is the southwest.
T. H. Gomillion
Gomillion’s artwork portrays the beauty and dignity of simple, everyday life, capturing the moment. His work is typified by a bright palette, and naive style. Although his art is slowly transforming, the need to portray the human condition remains constant. As an educator Gomillion is ever open to acknowledging and exploring a variety of media. His body of work shows that he has persistently pursued his own vision. A Washington DC native, Gomillion was raised in the Philadelphia area. He never thought of himself.
Takoma Park resident Patti Mallin has always enjoyed making something new out of something old. For a while she dabbled in quilting, using fabrics from her Great Aunt Dora’s collection. In 2008, Patti showed a phrenology head pieced from her husband’s old t-shirts as part of Takoma Park Community Center’s Cranial Vault exhibit. Recently, she has been “upcycling” plastic bags from newspapers, grocery and department stores into new bags, purses, cell phone holders and housewares using the crochet skills imparted by, yes, Great Aunt Dora. Patti’s daughter Camden and her friends are often recruited to make the plarn (plastic yarn), and she led a workshop in plarn-making for kids at the Takoma Park Library. In previous years, Patti taught social justice advocates how to use the internet for advocacy work. Now, she and husband Tom focus on raising a socially-conscious daughter and keeping plastic bags out of landfills.
Mitchell’s discovery into art began in the city of Philadelphia at an early age. Her current pieces show a blend of contemporary abstract images and shapes focusing on the environment, creating a kaleidoscope of colors. Mitchell resides and works in Washington DC
Dave Peterson is a Washington DC based illustrator and printmaker who specializes in fun, simple drawings of animals and plants. In addition to selling original men’s and women’s tees he will be introducing his brand new line of unique greeting cards.
The Festival is located at 5500 Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) and Jefferson Street in Downtown Hyattsville, MD