Starting the New Year off on the upbeat is the impressive new mural DC artist Jay Coleman (@jayfcoleman) created in Baltimore’s Bromo Arts District. With Eubie Blake on piano and the exuberant young drummer in the foreground, one can feel the rhythm and the percussive beat emanating from this eye-catching artwork.
Travel and family obligations occupied the majority of my time since early October. Before I leave town again later this week I wanted to post the latest interview with the streets of Charm City.
Last month, Charm City Streets posted several articles featuring off-street street art: burners, pieces, tags, and more uncovered in storm water channels, under highway overpasses, along the tracks, inside tunnels, and at other off-road sites.
Over the past five years Charm City Streets has taken you on regular photo tours of art in public spaces. We have visited Baltimore’s neighborhoods; the DC Metropolitan area; Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan; Miami; parts of the Midwest and Pacific Northwest; and, even Germany. Together we have walked hundreds of miles up and down city streets and alleyways; watched artists live painting during art festivals, mural projects, and paint jams; and, explored abandoned buildings such as a Cold War spy station in Berlin, Germany. Along the way we have encountered incredible graffiti writers and street artists.
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.
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.
March madness struck Baltimore, as new artwork sprang up at a frenetic pace in public spaces all across the city. With his most recent wire sculpture Reed Bmore pays homage to Snoopy, the famed Peanuts character created by Charles Schultz. Catch Snoopy’s aerial dogfight with the Red Baron at W Franklin & N Monroe Streets in West Baltimore.
Graffiti writers and street artists make use of concrete space in a wide variety of places around Baltimore. Now that the vegetation has died back during the winter, Charm City Streets recently revisited Gwynn Falls in Southwest Baltimore. This area is a bit off the beaten path, so much of the artwork is historic.