Anne-Marie Hyatt: President/CEO and Artist 2


Possibly the hardest working member of our team is our fearless leader, Anne-Marie Hyatt, President/CEO of Zendustria Studios and also one of its artists.  This Michigan girl has lived in North Carolina most of her life, but that midwestern entrepreneurial and inventive frontier pioneer spirit runs deep in her veins.  She is a tireless problem-solver, manager, agent, but also manages to execute some beautiful paintings and sculpture.

She has been a working designer and artist for well over a decade. She co-founded Zendustria Studios, a neo-Renaissance guild of artists and designers dedicated to bringing art and design to home and office, while still in college, and it made sense with her acumen and talent to take the lead. She now holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the College of Design at NC State University with a focus on art, computer game and imagery design; she is also a member of Tau Sigma Delta honor society for architecture and allied arts.  She even had the honor of studying Renaissance art, art history, and architecture at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy.
When asked what inspires her art, it becomes a difficult question.  Her extensive training and travel influence and inform her art, and she takes references from all over the world to create visual works that blend styles and techniques. Souvenirs, trinkets, and objets d’art from around the globe provide beautiful stimulus in her home and work/studio environment, and there’s art everywhere, and she so too keeps the tools to make it handy.

 “I work in watercolor, acrylics, and do sculpture with plaster and mixed media. I haven’t settled into one style or media, honestly, because my visions may not be suited to just one. I am a dreamer and most of my inspiration comes to me this way. It is impossible to capture the free flow of images that run through my brain, but I do my best to lay them out and share them with the world.”

When asked about the meaning of “Zendustria,” she has no direct answer, but instead gives you an idea what it might be like to be so in tune with your creativity.  She responds that “[Zendustria.. is] that feeling of oneness with your creative energy, when you are so far in the zone it pours out of you like water over stones… that’s what we were trying to capture with a name.  That’s Zendustria.”

The zen of creation.

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2 thoughts on “Anne-Marie Hyatt: President/CEO and Artist

  • Arlene Calhoun

    Hello Anne-Marie,

    Kate Wiegand suggested I contact you for a potential artist for our Raulston Blooms! event here at the JC Raulston Arboretum on Saturday, April 2. I agree that your nature-inspired art would be ideal for our audience.

    Raulston Blooms! is one of our primary fundraisers. The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University is a public garden dedicated to connecting people with plants. We are free and open to the public 365 days each year and are responsible for the majority of our funding.

    This family fun event is designed to attract new audiences to our garden as well as provide a wonderful experience for our current membership of 2100. We are passionate about connecting people with plants and the importance of gardening and what it provides.

    This year’s Audience attractions:

    Three-time Emmy winner Bryce Lane from In the Garden with Bryce Lane fame and Growing a Greener World foodscaping correspondent, Brie Arthur will be talking about Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms! (attracting wildlife to the garden) and Foodscaping 101 (with hydroponic demo).

    Plant Sale (We plan to feature speaker favorites. The is a big part of the fund raising effort.)

    16th Birdhouse Competition (the N&O has already started the buzz, Garden Supply Co. is providing the prizes and the Craft Center is offering a few birdhouse building classes and encouraging folks to enter the contest.)

    Food Trucks (Bulkogi, Buzzy Bakes, The Pho Nomenal Dumpling and Deli-icious)

    And of course our wonderful artists and vendors. (I hope you’re one!)
    Garden Supply Co.
    Artisanal Jewelry by Kate Wiegand
    Kiki’s Rewind Design
    The Flytrap Clothing
    The Zen Succulent
    Dillardville Recycled Art
    Rimshotz Gallery (wood turnings–Ikebana, dried-flower vases, bowls and boxes)
    Relay Foods

    Non profits and the like
    Tour d’Coop
    Wake Audubon
    Wake County Master Gardeners
    Bill Satterwhite (manages the bluebird houses here)
    NCSU Entomology Club is bringing bugs

    The festival is gaining momentum each year and we feel the art of Zendustria is a perfect fit.

    Other details:
    Raulston Blooms! (Rain or shine)
    Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016
    Gates Open: 9:00 a.m – 4:00 pm (Artist/Vendor Setup April 2 from 6:30 am -8:00 am)

    We provide the space and the audience. (Attendance last year 1,000+)

    You provide tent, tables and anything else you might need.

    Our goal is to start promoting very soon and we want to promote your organization along the way with a Raulston Blooms! listing on our website and a mention on our Facebook page to mention a few ways we want to create the buzz.

    I hope you can join us and am happy to send you an application for your review. Please contact me if you have any questions. Can you please let me know by February 19, if you are interested? We would be delighted to include you among our artists this year.

    Best,
    Arlene Calhoun
    Assistant Director, JC Raulston Arboretum