Despite September’s rainy weather, Charm City Streets encountered a staggering amount of new and new-to-me artwork all across town. Let’s take a look
Ichabod is the acknowledged maestro of freight car graffiti, and one can see his signature crumble and tumble pieces riding the rails all across the nation. Thus, it was a stand-out thrill for me to catch the legendary Ich in action at Bricks, Brews & Crews … and to add a limited edition piece of his to my personal art collection.
The flurry of incredible artwork in Graffiti Alley continued unabated this month. Ernest Shaw Jr. painted a stunning tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, and to John Coltrane, the ever remarkable jazz saxophonist. Megan Lewis created two more beautiful murals in her #blkwomen series next to which Ernest painted a stern-looking portrait of Pablo Picasso. West fashioned a dope 3D face peering out of a corner wall … as well as
Prior to its grand opening, Baltimore’s dynamic Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn created one of their signature murals on Union Craft Brewing in the new Union Collective at 1700 W. 41st Street in the Hampden-Medfield neighborhood. Their use of color, shape and pattern is striking. The closer you approach the mural the more intriguing the patterns and shapes within patterns and shapes becomes. You gotta check out this fascinating mural … and enjoy all that the Union Collective will soon have to offer.
Global warming affecting Baltimore! Many days this month the weather was more spring-like than early winter-like, and so art in public spaces bloomed all around the city much like an unexpected bumper crop of spring flowers
This edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the first three months of 2014. In Southwest Baltimore (Sowebo), Gaia painted a mural of Nelson Mandela as part of the worldwide arts project Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga. To Create, To See, To Learn seeks to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Rwanda, to foster positive relationships between those living with HIV/AIDS and their communities, and to support the efforts of healthcare providers.