The Pizza Artistically Considered: Art Works Now “Master Pizzas” project at Pizzeria Paradiso with Gateway Artists

The artworks created by area artists are truly "Master Pizzas"!

Some of the artworks created by area artists featured in the new Pizzeria Paradiso restaurant.

As the organization Art Works Now prepared for their new landmark home in Hyattsville, they teamed up with the building’s restaurant tenant Pizzeria Paradiso and Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council to embellish the new restaurant with “Master Pizzas” created by invited artists and arts organizations from the surrounding communities. Each artist worked from a 9” wood panel base and were encouraged to create their signature pizza. These artists created pizzas using an array of different mediums that reflect their visions, their community, and the world around them. 

Participating artists in the Pizza Art Project include:
Ed Bisese, Alan Binstock, Margaret Boozer, Rachel Cross, Alonzo Davis and Bob Donahue, Ric Garcia, Melissa Glasser, Sean Hennessey, Tom Hill, Steve Jones, Wayson Jones, Mame N’Diaye, Diana N’Diaye, Kate Kretz, John Paradiso, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Krista Schlyer, Alma Selimovic, Robyn Schaefer, Megan Van Wagoner, Washington Glass School, and Ellyn Weiss.

The pizza art is installed in the new Pizzeria Paradiso, and each was photographed for a fundraising campaign for Art Works Now and the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council. 

Artworks Now and Pizzeria Paradiso's new facility located at 4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Artworks Now and Pizzeria Paradiso’s new facility located at 4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso will hold a joint ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of their new space on July 15 at 11 a.m. Pizzeria Paradiso will serve complimentary pizza and soft drinks and Art Works Now will have a pottery throwing demonstration, arts activities, and an open house with works from the artist Pauline Rakis. 

Washington Glass School made a glass pizza from recycled glass.

Washington Glass School made a glass pizza from recycled glass.

Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso are developing programs and activities that will bring together pizza and beer with art, such as a tasting and art showcase with Graft Cider and their label designer in the fall. Art Works Now will utilize the shared space with the restaurant to incorporate food into their educational youth programming.

The ribbon cutting ceremony guest speakers will include County Executive Rushern Baker III, Maryland State Sen. Paul Pinsky and Prince George’s County Councilmember Deni Taveras.

Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, July 15, 2017; 11AM
4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

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