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
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.
Through April 21st the phenomenal Light City festival is in full swing all around the Inner Harbor and Harboreast neighborhood. This is the only event of its size and scope in the United States, so be sure to check their website for the full schedule of events.
The frenetic pace of creativity continued unabated all around Baltimore as evidenced by the large number of fresh artwork Charm City Streets encountered by mid-April.
What did 45 do now? What’s the latest political uproar? Does this have anything to do with b-ball? None of the above. We are talking about the tantalizing scent of aerosol paint wafting over Northeast DC for the past two weekends.
Acclaimed writers from Baltimore, DC, and environs gathered for a paint jam at the ginormous wall behind Forman Mills on Rhode Island Ave NE. Highly respected crews such as FGS, HOD, KPG, NSF, PA, TGE and others were well represented.
Weather records show that the first week of January was Baltimore’s coldest start to any year over the past 140+ years. In a word – bbbrrrrrr! Few folks ventured outside. Fortunately, things warmed up enough to entice artists, writers, and this photographer back outdoors.
While driving the other day along North Howard Street near the armory, I suddenly heard Tweedy Bird saying: I tawt I taw a puddy tat! I did! From a wire high overhead, the Cheshire Cat smiled serenely down upon passing motorists. Twas no advertisement for a performance of Alice in Wonderland; rather, the latest wire sculpture by Bawlmer’s incomparable Reed Bmore.
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.