The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) awarded artist Ali Duggan the 2016 PNC Transformative Art Prize for her large-scale mural project in West Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood. At the intersection of N Fulton Avenue and W Lanvale Street, Ali is creating a series of notable murals entitled A Step Forward. Charm City Streets understands that a future community garden will accompany this mural project.
Street artists Mateus Bailon, Richard Best, John Gingrich, and Stefan Ways created large-scale murals at Section 1 Project’s Creative Labs in the Clipper Mill Industrial Park. Shiva, a 3D anaglyphic collaboration by Richard Best and John Gingrich; Reclaim, Remain Antman by Stefan Ways; and, dueling waterfowl by Mateus Bailon of Urban Walls Brazil.
Sponsored by the Southeast Community Development Corporation, Nanook painted a new mural on the corner of Eastern Avenue and Grundy Street in Highlandtown. Nanook entitled the mural Frontera and explained
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the month of February, 2015. Snowstorms, sleet, ice, freezing temperatures, and severe wintry weather forced most artists to stay indoors this month.
The Follow Her Art Exhibit opened Friday evening, January 23rd, at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street, Baltimore MD. A trip to the Peruvian village of Paucartambo inspired the featured artwork by LNY, Mata Ruda, Nanook, Nether, and Pablo Machioli.
Pablo explained the artists plan a return trip to Paucartambo where the local population lives in harmony with the natural world. The artists will dwell among the villagers to gain insights into the local culture and afterwards create art that will share the value and benefits of the time-proven knowledge and wisdom of life in Paucartambo.
The show is a fundraiser for this forthcoming trip to Paucartambo and runs through mid-February at Eubie Blake Cultural Center. You can find additional information at www.followingher.com.
Graffiti writers and street artists make use of concrete space in a wide variety of places around Baltimore. Here are a number of art pieces found recently along the wooded trails through Wyman Park.
German artist ECB completed his mural for Open Walls Baltimore 2014. You can see his six story tall mural on the corner of N Charles Street and North Avenue. It is a tribute to the late father of a local Korean businessman. The elder Mr. Kim is still beloved by the community. When he opened his Seoul Rice Cake Factory 30 some years ago, he predominantly hired local residents bringing much-needed jobs to the community.
Above is the mural New York artist LNY completed for Open Walls Baltimore 2014. Below you see LNY in action and the mural in stages. You can find LNY’s work on the corner of Federal and Latrobe Streets.
Baltimore Nanook completed his mural for Open Walls Baltimore 2014. Here several photos show the progress of Nanook’s mural. You will find his three story tall piece on the corner of St. Paul and E 21st Streets … next to the Charles North Cooperative Garden.
Over the past two months artists involved in the Wall Hunters Slumlord Project have used a variety of street art to expose the real owners of ramshackle, derelict, and vacant properties that blight Baltimore neighborhoods. Led by Baltimore artist Nether and housing activist Carol Ott, Wall Hunters Slumlord Project created artwork on 17 abandoned properties spread across Baltimore City. Each art installation included a quick response link to details about the owner and the individual property’s housing and safety code violations. There are thousands upon thousands of vacant properties across Baltimore. The goals of the Wall Hunters Slumlord Project are to draw attention to the impact vacant housing has on the local community; to foster and build a public discussion between communities and city government about remedies; and to demonstrate the use of street art as a means of positive change.