Local artist Jamal Childs works on a sketch drawing during the Silver Spring Arts and Crafts Summer Fair. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ SILVER SPRING — Jamal Childs, 25, nodded his head to the hip-hop song “Bad and Boujee” by Migos playing on his Beats By Dre portable speaker as he colored in his latest sketch drawing, using “no pencil, all ink pen.”
Childs, a Takoma Park native, attended the Silver Spring Arts and Crafts Summer Fair at Veterans Plaza on Sunday not only to sell his art pieces, but he also because the community needs events like these.
“No matter what you do in life, you can recognize where there is art,” said Childs. “It doesn’t just have to be something in the museum or something like graffiti; literally you walk by art every day, and these types of events is just a concentrated area to get all that at one time,” he said.
Childs, who said he has been taking art seriously “all my life, pretty much since I was able to hold a pencil,” explained that for events like this to continue, residents should consider supporting their local artists.
“A lot of times, it’s the people that say ‘Oh I really don’t know anything about art, or I don’t make art so why would I be interested?’ Those are the main people I would suggest to come to these events,” he said. “Just support these types of hometown events … show tangible support.”
Along with Childs, dozens of vendors participated in the downtown Silver Spring event, selling handmade portraits, custom household accessories and even personalized clothing items. Richard Brown, owner of 3D Printing, set up a 3D printer at the fair to show residents how the process works, along with a few custom creations, including “Black Panther Wakanda-Inspired Lighted Calla Lily” for sale.