July was a hectic month, both personally and art wise. I spent the first couple of weeks visiting family in Seattle and the last week or so getting the house ready to go on the market. Our daughters and grandchildren now live in Seattle, so my wife and I have decided to move to the Emerald City. Despite all the hustle and bustle, I made time to photograph the latest art in Baltimore’s public spaces. Of course, it took me until the end of August before I had time to process the images. Thank you for your patience.
In the Station North Arts District, there is an L-shaped alleyway known as Graffiti Alley. Graff writers and street artists regularly cover these brick walls with a fresh coat of paint, because it is the only place Baltimore City legally permits graffiti.
Over the next several weeks, the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University will present a series of discussions entitled Redlining: Geographies of Exclusion and Conversations of Inclusion. The series focuses on the inequality of racial discrimination, how our country could bring about positive change, and what our local community can do to improve and enhance the quality of life for all in Baltimore.
The first discussion took place last Wednesday at the Motor House on North Avenue. Inside the meeting room Baltimore artists Ernest Shaw, Gaia, and Nether exhibited artwork they created to depict, portray and represent the themes of the discussion series.