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.
July 2016 has claimed the dubious distinction of being one of the hottest on record in Baltimore’s history. Not to be outdone, the students in the Street Art 101 class taught by Richard Best at MICA kept up the heat by
Beginning in the mid-1800s, vendors would walk along city streets selling fresh produce from their horse-drawn carts. These enterprising businessmen came to be known as arabbers. During the last century, the rise of mass transportation, grocery store chains, and urban to suburban migrations all contributed to a steady decline of arabbers across the country. Today, Baltimore is fortunate to have a handful of dedicated arabbers who still carry on this century-old tradition.
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the month of September, 2015.
On the corner of N. Mount and Baker Streets, you can see Gaia created the latest mural for the Visions: Sandtown Mural & Arts Project.
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the month of August, 2015.
Late August saw a flurry of activity on Morton Street in Station North Arts District with new pieces by Siek, Stab, Arizona, and others.
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the month of June and the first half of July, 2015.
Gaia added two wheatpastes to his series #Black Lives Matter. Reed Bmore erected two wire sculptures. His young girl on a rope swing is from the Visions: Sandtown Mural and Arts Project. The second sculpture, a young boy swinging along playground exercise rings, is from #ShiftBaltimore curated last month in Highlandtown by Stefan Ways.
Recently here in Baltimore, Freddie Gray’s young life came to an abrupt and tragic end at the corner of N. Mount and Presbury Streets.
On the opposite street corner, Baltimore artist Nether is painting a mural on the side of a rowhouse. Freddie’s best friend Brandon helped Nether design the mural. Their goal is to send a positive message of solidarity and hope for a new start out to the local community, the city of Baltimore, and indeed the nation.
Over the past 3 days Nether has worked on the mural which consists of three panels. It is a powerful and moving piece of artwork. The central panel is a larger-than-life bust of Freddie Gray. The left panel shows the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading a march in 1968. The right-side panel shows Freddie’s family and friends leading the march for peace last week in the neighborhood.
Nether gladly takes the time to talk with local residents and with press from around the world. He explains that Black lives matter – that the march for equality, hope, education, opportunity, and freedom from police brutality here in Baltimore has been a work in progress since the mid-1960’s. Nether’s mural and other community plans to use Freddie Gray’s tragic end as a new beginning are powerful, positive steps toward a brighter future.
Below you can see a number of images showing the progress of the mural. Stay tuned here for additional images as Nether nears completion of his artwork over the weekend.