Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Eye Candy Galore Along Rt. 1 + Yr Chance to Show Some Hyattsville Luv)!


Have you seen the growing number of new, amazingly vibrant murals adorning the facades (and sides & behinds!) of many vacant buildings along the Route 1 corridor in downtown Hyattsville lately? So B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!  Turns out, the new murals are the fantastic work of Green Owl Design and UIP Development, who teamed up to revamp this part of the Route 1 corridor. The murals are all designed by local artists (listed below) and instantly beautify abandoned buildings that are slated for demolition. 👏  Methinks these awesome murals will totally be a draw to our area similar to how Union Market's Heart Wall is itself a destination for many folks.


In addition to these new murals, many of the local businesses in this happenin' area have banded together to create The SoHy Collective. Together, they're focused on "developing a visual and commercial identity which promotes and supports small businesses and non-profits in the SoHy district of Hyattsville." (More details about the Collective in this great piece by The Hyattsville Life & Times.)  All this teamwork is just gonna make living, shopping, eating and everything else in our area that much more awesome!

By now, you've probably noticed the work that was done to transform the exterior of 5132 Baltimore Ave (home of Tanglewood Works and Three Little Birds Sewing Company) into a sight to behold. My pictures don't do it justice but here's a refresher:


After seeing so many lovely new murals pop-up on Green Owl Design's Instagram feed, I took the young'n out early last week to check scout out these new developments and to attempt some photographs. Just imagine her smiling and patiently posing.... ;)


In Polka Dot Park! Behind the Ghanaian Seventh-Day Church, Rt. 1 & Hamilton Street

Near/Behind Green Owl Design, Rt. 1 & Hamilton 

Hamilton off Rt. 1 (towards trail)


Intersection of Rt. 1 & Hamilton (across from Green Owl Design).
Since these pics were taken, even more murals have popped up (the side of this building is now a fabulous mural by Studio SoHy and Zunzima (aka Takashi Nakajima) & the opposite wall feature the work of the Green Owl Design team!  I'll be taking more photos of the latest at this weekend's Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival. Happy to share on my Instagram feed.

Want to be a part of this mural-making love?!  This Saturday (9/23), Green Owl Design & UIP Developers are giving you a chance to show your love of Hyattsville during their community paint day from 11am-2pm! Stop by 5334 Baltimore Ave (the "garage" building across from Busboys & Poets) & Green Owl Design will provide you with the tools to spray paint ❤'s and H's on the building!  So cool!

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Participating Muralists/Artists: 
Erick Stachell II, SatchmoeArt.com
Ric Garcia, RicGarciaStudio.com
James Wine, Artist & Craftsman Supply
Isak Shah, Artist & Craftsman Supply
Sari Rin, LazyPanda.org
Bronwyn King, Co-Founder Studio SoHy, StudioSoHy.com
Ricky "Crank" Taylor, cranktopia.com
Imani K. Brown, LittleInkPlayShop.com
Briana Bailey, GreenOwlDesigners.com
Elly Vander Kolk, GreenOwlDesigners.com
Angela Justice, GreenOwlDesigners.com
Erica Riggio, GreenOwlDesigners.com
Josh Franklin, GreenOwlDesigners.com

Local Business Supporters
Will's Decorating
Capital City Planning
Artist & Craftsman Supply (Brentwood and Hyattsville Locations)

2 comments:

  1. I want to give a shout out to Dan Simon, owner of 5132 Baltimore Avenue, for supporting the artistic aspirations of his tenants. When Dan told us (Tanglewood Works & Three Little Birds) he planned to repaint the building we asked permission to create our own design and color scheme. With the assistance of local firm, MSR Design, we came up with the pattern adorning our building and there's even more to come...

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  2. Thanks for sharing, Sue! I'll updated the post to include that info (unless you have any objections)!

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