2019 Festival Artists & Locations

We’re announcing new artists and locations every Monday and Thursday in the weeks leading up to the festival. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to make sure you hear about this year’s mural projects as soon as they’re announced.



Nathaniel is a nationally known artist and muralist. Born in Southern California, now Nathaniel flourishes in the Pacific Northwest West, specifically Washington State. Not knowing the strength of his art and voice, part of his evolution was feeling like an endangered species as he sought out space that would not constrict him or his art. The ability to sense fragility in the world while he wielded his artistic nature evolved in his portfolio as a focus on creating change and awareness of endangered species. Inspired by the connection between the earth, animals, and humans, Nathaniel’s installations honor each subject and bring forth the beauty of our world and the universe. His mission is to create awareness and reduce the genocide, for each endangered species as well as heal humanity with each piece of art. He continually evolves as an artist to bring a healthier, more connected world for us, our children, and generations to come.

The Capital Area Greenbelt in Paxtang is where Nathaniel will be creating his nature-focused artwork. This mural is sponsored by LCSWMA, who were also mural sponsors for the first HBG mural festive. We ♥ you, LCSWMA!


Arthur Haywood

Arthur Haywood's work celebrates achievements and aspirations of diverse people. He has worked on numerous murals with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program since 2015. Most recently including sites at the Lucien Blackwell Library, Target, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Einstein Hospital and more. He also illustrated and wrote a book, "The Great Library", about scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria. He continues to share his positive outlook through murals and illustrations.

Arthur will be creating a new mural on the side of Capital Joe’s Coffee, 416 Forster Street.


Ryan Spahr

Ryan is an accomplished Harrisburg resident and artist working in a variety of media, including marker, pen and ink, oil, pastel, photography, and tattoo. His work exhibits bold, expressive mark-making, exploration, and experimentation. You might recognize some of Ryan’s work on a can of Zeroday Brewing beer, a bag of coffee at Elementary Coffee or on the cover of TheBurg. Check out Ryan’s work.

The corner of 3rd & Cumberland will feature Ryan’s very first mural; he’ll be painting the wall of the Fine Wine & Good Spirits at 1200 N 3rd Street.


Emily Ding

Emily Ding is a muralist who draws inspiration from flora, fauna, and human temperament. Her large-scale work is characterized by expressive animals and figures, which come to life through bold color gradients and a fluid, painterly style. Resonating deeply with the phenomena of the natural world, she aims to communicate emotions and experiences, through storytelling with wild creatures and people. Check out Emily’s work.

Emily will be painting the wall of the Old Town Deli at 512 N 3rd Street. This mural is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Tröegs Brewing - thanks, guys!