Committee and Jurors
Mark S SandersHead Curator, Juror and Event Consultant
Specialties: 3D, Sculpture, Curating, Installation, Writing/Poetry, Event Organizing
Mark S. Sanders is a multi-media artist and sculptor who creates almost exclusively with found and reclaimed objects scavenged from the alleys of his home city of Baltimore. As an artist for 35 years, Mark has worked in nearly every aspect of creative art, including poetry, music, graphic design, script writing, acting, set building, art directing, and producing events for visual and performance art. He has won 2 Baltimore’s Best awards from the City Paper for literary publications and events, and was awarded a grant for poetry by the Maryland State Arts Council. He has hosted, organized and promoted several hundred art, spoken word and multi-media events since the early 1990s. Mark has also acted in numerous commercials, plays, short films and full length features. In 2014, he turned his attention solely to 3-D work, and now focuses exclusively on abstract sculpture in metal, wood, concrete and glass. Over the past 4 years, he has created a series of more than 300 abstract sculptures.
Photo by Jürgen Linder
Carol StoverCommittee Chair, Sponsor Liaison, Media Liaison, Juror
Specialties: 2D, Illustration, Graphic Design, Photography, Event Organizing, Media & Promotion
Art training from CCBC and MICA and an early career as a graphic designer & illustrator gave Carol a strong background in the media arts. She then owned a commercial photography studio for 23 years, and developed skills in professional makeup artistry, fashion and art direction during that time. Her entrepreneurial spirit also led her to becoming a makeup instructor, a speaker/trainer for several cosmetic companies, and eventually joint owner of a video production & marketing company. Her makeup clients have included Discovery Channel, Bahamas Tourism, Marin Alsop of the BSO, Trevor Noah, every local TV station and numerous documentaries. An experienced teacher and trainer, Carol also gives workshops and seminars on personal style. She has been a contributing author in 2 collaborative books, and is currently writing her own book of beauty and fashion tips woven with personal stories from her life. Carol also serves on the board of the Overlea Community Association as their marketing director.
Photo by Virginia Rose Fine Art
Kim KingCommittee Member, Co-Curator & Juror
Specialties: Painting, Graphic Design, Outdoor Art Installations
Kim King is a local artist and long-time resident of Overlea. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design & Fine Arts. She operates her own graphic arts business where she designs everything from business cards to billboards, websites and event displays. Kim designs and produces the Overlea Community’s award-winning quarterly newsletter, as well as flyers for many neighborhood events. Additionally, Kim has completed numerous commissions for fine art portraits painted in oil on canvas. She has also designed and installed several street murals in the Overlea community, and is planning a series of creative outdoor installations in Overlea to coordinate with the coming of ArtsFest every year.
Photo by Bill Tata
Martin NibaliCommittee Member, Website Designer & Juror
Specialties: Graphic Design, Web Design, Tech Support
Artist, designer, dad. Martin Nibali is a painter and graphic designer who has lived in Overlea since 2001. Since receiving his Masters at MICA, he enjoys telling people he received a business degree from an art school. He is known as “Mr. Martin” to the scouts of Troop 16, where he serves as their scoutmaster. Martin is enthusiastic about promoting art and artists in the community.
Tamira DunnCommittee Member, Art Vendor Liaison & Social Media Manager
Specialties: Social Media, Community Service, Volunteering, Mentoring, Political Science
Tamira Dunn is a 32-year-old native Baltimorean raised with her younger brother by a single mom. After high school, she attended Morgan State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2008. She also received a Master of Science degree in Human Service Administration from University of Baltimore. She is a currently a Ph.D. candidate at Walden University. Ms. Dunn’s passion for youth and community started while she was in high school. Watching many of her peers and close friends have children at a young age, she felt it necessary to provide a program that would deliver resources and support to young moms. Ms. Dunn has received many citations from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Senator Barbara Mikulski. She has also been awarded a resolution from Council President Bernard Jack Young’s office for her countless efforts towards bettering the lives of teen moms. She is a part of the Women of Power Organization, and in 2011 received an award for being one of the ‘Top 30 under 30’ by 92Q Jams. She also served on the Baltimore City Youth Commission as the Health Committee Chair, is a member of the Recs and Parks Committee, and is the founder of the Dream Girls Mentoring Program, Inc. After experiencing the devastating loss of her son, Ms. Dunn co-founded Elijah’s Hope Foundation, Inc. The foundation sponsors an annual walk for pregnancy and infant loss in Baltimore and donates a portion of the proceeds to their scholarship fund which supports doctoral students majoring in women’s reproductive health. A year later, she accepted a position at Roberta’s House as the Program Manager for the Hope Project, which provides supportive services to women who have experienced a fetal or infant loss before the child’s first birthday. Ms. Dunn is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She has dedicated countless hours as a community servant with the Mayor’s Office during many youth events.
Cindy CzesnowskiCommittee Member, Food & Beverage Vendor Liaison, Insurance & Permits
Specialties: Event Organizing, Administration Coordination
Mkawasi Mchard HallCommittee Member, Film Juror
Specialties: Filmmaking, Writing, Directing, Producing
Mkawasi was born and raised in Kenya. She debuted her directing career with Moliere's Tartuffe at the University of Nairobi, and wrote her first play, The Scroungers, in 1992. Since then, she has written over a dozen plays which she has produced and directed in Kenya, Ethiopia, New York City, Washington DC and Baltimore. Mkawasi recently settled in Baltimore where she and her husband established Tictocmind Studios in the Overlea-Cedmont area. She hopes to grow it into a hub for Baltimore artists, with the help of the studio’s manager, Sigourney Frazier. She also started producing documentaries and has so far screened Abundance of Being I. She is working on Part II and III of the same. Her works can be seen at tictocmind.com and baloziproductions.com. Mkawasi has worked with Queens Theatre in the Park in New York, taught film and TV arts at the John Robert Powers School in Rockville, MD, and is now a Lecturer at Howard University’s Dept. of World Languages and Cultures.
Sigourney FrazierCommittee Member, Photography Juror, Film Juror
Specialties: Still Photography, Videography
Sigourney Frazier graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with an MSW and a LGSW licensure and thereafter began a career as a clinical social worker. As Studio Manager, Sigourney helps foster artists in the city to hone their skills as well as providing photography and videography for small companies, events and the studio’s community initiatives. She also provides film footage, runs casting calls and recruits personnel for Tictocmind’s editorial documentaries and stage productions, having started with the Abundance of Being series. Sigourney also dedicates some of her time to assisting the homeless of Baltimore, together with a collective of concerned Baltimoreans.
Ariana BockCommittee Member, Art Activity Sponsor
Specialties: 2D, Abstract Art, Collage, Digital Art
Ariana Bock is a Baltimore artist who whe works with collage, photography and digital design. Her career began in D.C. as a curator and producer for a small group of artists and musicians called a.c.e. (artists creative endeavors) in 1995. a.c.e. produced over 20 events, fundraising for local shelters and showcasing local art and local music. Ariana’s designs are abstract forms that present rhythm and chaos through color and balance. Inspirations include surrealism and impressionism. Her current work can be viewed in D.C. at the BOLD Center and in Baltimore at the Hamilton Gallery.
Photo by Ron Cardwell
Kristen Filipovich and Courtney PayneElmwood Art Club
Committee Member & Art Activity Sponsors
Specialties: Art Education, Mentoring
Kristen is a 12-year art educator and is in her 3rd year at Elmwood Elementary. She feels fortunate to be a part of the Overlea ArtsFest to promote the arts in the community of her students and their families for the past 2 years. She enjoys a range of media and has recently focused on using a laser cutter and wood to explore her creativity.
Courtney Payne is assisting Kristen this year at the Elmwood activity table. Courtney is a 1st-year art educator with a BA and MA in Art Ed from MICA. Illustration, printmaking, and painting are her media of choice for now. She is excited to be a part of this school community and looks forward to partnering with the Overlea ArtsFest this year.
George A. Stover IIIFilm Juror
Specialties: Videography, Underwater Videography/Photography, Editing, Producing
While most producers never touch a camera, George is a master of his. His Emmy credits include awards for best photographer, best editing and co-producer on various projects in his career. He is also the producer of numerous nationally- and locally-distributed television documentaries including Shark Encounters of the Bahamas, Mysteries of Bimini, Dolphin Encounters, Dance of the Devil Rays, Shipwrecked in Bermuda, Manatees - Florida's Gentle Giants, and the multiple award-winning weekly kids’ TV show Aqua Kids®. George's work has appeared on NBC, ABC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the Nashville Network, in addition to numerous local-affiliate U.S. television stations. George holds a degree in Screen Arts from the University of Maryland and has been in the television industry for more than 40 years. He is a certified SCUBA instructor and the co-owner of Adventure Productions in Baltimore, as well as an adjunct professor at Morgan University.
Photo by Calvin Hayes
Calvin HayesPhotography Juror
Specialties: Still Photography, Photography Lecturer/Educator
Calvin’s calm demeanor and quiet presence are a humble front for a talented, artistic and polished professional with an international reputation. He knew photography was his ‘calling’ when he first picked up a camera at age 12. Calvin often talks about his path to success while mentoring young ambitious souls finding their way in the business. Calvin’s resume includes: an exhibition at the George Eastman House in Rochester, being featured in The Wall Street Journal, and being a sought after speaker for Kodak, Hasselblad and numerous photography guilds nationwide. He is appreciated by his clients for being consistent and thorough. A true gentleman who appreciates all the arts, Calvin enjoys fine dining, museums, travel and art house films.
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