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Vendor Spotlight: Sharika Mahdi's 'Art By Sharika'

Find out more about New Orleans artist and #EssenceFest's Shops at ESSENCE vendor, Sharika Mahdi.

Sharika Mahdi-Neville Courtesy of Sharika Mahdi-Neville

The vendors at ESSENCE Festival are some of the most successful business owners New Orleans has ever seen. While some are top food curators, bringing their genuine New Orleans cuisine to the international #EssenceFest crowds, others are artists, painters and crafters who are looking inspire the world with their own work.  

Many artists have created an entirely new fan base by becoming ESSENCE Fest vendors. As we mentioned in our first vendor spotlight, artist and talented art teacher Shariki Mahdi is a veteran vendor. With her beautiful art and growing fan base, we’re featuring her this week to ensure you don’t miss her inspiring pieces in New Orleans, this July.


Art By Sharika will be featured at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

“Art is like meditation where my thoughts are clear and time and space become invisible.  Often, I’m inclined to create the illusion of movement and fluidity with my paint strokes.  I love experimenting with vibrant colors much like my personality and how I see the world – always full of life and movement.  I seek to inspire and bring positive feelings with every piece.”

Find out more about Sharika and her art at ArtBySharika.com. She’s also on Twitter, @SMahdi.

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