Local art shines in a former jewelry store

September 10, 2013

BY GRETCHEN BRODTMAN — Many of us wonder what’s next for some of the recently vacated spaces in our community, anticipating what is being built behind the paper in the windows.  Shoppers looking through the windows of the former home of Fleisher’s Jewelers, 3108 Queens Chapel Road, on [read more]

Plans begin to take root for Art Works new location

July 8, 2013

BY ROSANNA LANDIS WEAVER — The plans are drawn, the capital campaign begun, and Pizzeria Paradiso has announced its intention to share the space. But there’s still a great deal of work left to complete before Art Works opens in its new location in  2014. Children create at Art Works Studio [read more]

Dogs for the Arts lets pets paint

June 8, 2013

Over 50 people turned up on a hot, sunny Saturday morning in Magruder Park to watch 16 local artists at work. But the spectators weren’t likely to get tips on technique; these artists were canines competing in the 17th Annual Dogs for the Arts. The June 1 event, put on by the Lively Arts in [read more]

Gateway Arts District earns top state award

June 8, 2013

The Gateway Arts District received one of the state’s top two Arts & Entertainment District awards at a June 4 ceremony in Baltimore. photo by Gateway Arts Accepting the Maryland State Arts Council’s 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement were the executive directors of the two Community [read more]

“Art Lives Here” program launches

April 20, 2013

The name of the project “Art Lives Here” is a three-word proclamation affirming the temporal and geographical presence of art, and its symbol is a bright red arrow with these words on it.  The project itself is far ranging. Brooke Kid, the project’s artistic director, summarizes it as “a [read more]

Franklins facelift

April 7, 2013

Hyattsville’s newest piece of public art is a 14-by-40-foot mural, installed the first week of April over Franklins’ south-facing exterior brick wall. “My first love is neon,” admits shop owner Mike Franklin. That wasn’t feasible for a project this size, but he still wanted something [read more]

Local filmmaker launches fourth premiere

March 20, 2013

BY IVONNE OLGUIN —  Many of us love the excitement of sitting in the dark watching a movie and being taken to faraway lands or into the lives of others. But for others, such as Hyattsville native Francis Abbey, the excitement comes from creating those stories. Abbey is an independent filmmaker [read more]

Local band shows versatility on five-song debut recording

March 18, 2013

BY DAN HART — Can a band mix blues, folk, reggae, gospel, and a bit of country into a base ingredient of straight rock ‘n’roll and make it all work in just five songs? With their new EP, Like A Freight Train, the Hyattsville-based Lonesome Valley Ramblers prove that this difficult task can [read more]

Film series features local immigrant stories

February 18, 2013

BY ROSANNA LANDIS WEAVER — The same week that President Obama reminded a Nevada crowd that “we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants.” Hyattsville branch library hosted the first of a 2013 winter film series with a similar theme: “Travel Tales: Stories of Migration.” This season is [read more]
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