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.
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
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.
Acclaimed writers Ichabod, Arek, Mast, and Jurne created an outstanding back to back piece in the Station North Arts District. It is fitting that artist Bob Ross from the celebrated PBS show The Joy of Painting commands a central role in the piece.
Today’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the month of December, 2015.
Thanks in large part to the efforts of Anna Marie Wolfe of BaltiMurals, Canadian artist Birdo visited West Baltimore where he created a fantastic mural on the corner of Franklin and Pulaski Streets.
Earlier this year Gallery 788 in Hampden presented a month-long exhibit entitled Sowebo/Soweto which featured work by the preeminent and universally-beloved photographer Martha Cooper. Her photos illustrated the similarities of life in Southwest Baltimore (Sowebo) and the Southwest Townships (Soweto) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Last evening Gallery 788 in Hampden opened its month-long exhibit Sowebo/Soweto which features work by the preeminent and universally-beloved photographer Martha Cooper.
For a number of years Martha has been documenting street life in Southwest Baltimore. In this exhibit she illustrates and demonstrates the similarities of life in Southwest Baltimore (Sowebo) and the Southwest Townships (Soweto) in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will find the similarities striking and the photos quite evocative. I particularly enjoyed her step sitter series. Baltimoreans love to sit on their front stoops.
Artists came from New York, Baltimore, and places in between to show support for and appreciation of Martha, who has photographed them over the years: Chris Stain, Katey Truhn and Jessie Unterhalter, Logan Hicks, Nether, Pablo Machioli, Richard Best, Toven, and many more.
The Soweto/Soweto show runs through February 28th at Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Avenue, Hampden. More information about Gallery 788 here.