PAINT THE TOWN: Dozens of artists will contribute to a collaborative mural-painting event in the River Arts District this May.

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the collaborative project more than 50 mural artists have planned for the River Arts District plus a Burnsville-based family farm’s business expansion.

Ishmael paints Ananda, with help from his friends-attachment0

Ishmael paints Ananda, with help from his friends

Ananda Hair Studio has dramatically made itself over again. The salon has for a while now been showing work from local artists of all sorts. The owners have once again turned the space over to muralist /street artist Ishmael. With artists Ben Betsalel, Vincent Luca and Dustin Spagnola, a vibrant new mural is going up inside the 22 Broadway St. location.