New Orleans native Sharika Mahdi-Neville has been involved with the ESSENCE Festival's Marketplace in a variety of ways, starting out as an administrative assistant and now as a vendor. An extremely talented mixed media artist and children’s book illustrator, Mahdi-Neville's works incorporate music, women and positive vibes.

Courtesy of Sharika Mahdi-Neville

The marketplace at the ESSENCE Festival features a range of vendors selling everything from jewelry to woodcarvings.

Tyrus Townsend
May, 24, 2013

From jewelry to quilts, there's so much to discover at the ESSENCE Festival's Art and Marketplace Zone. During July 4th weekend in New Orleans, be sure to stop by the the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for a little shopping. Here's a taste of some of the unique finds that will be available at this year's event.

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