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.
On a cold morning mid-month, Charm City Streets visited Nether on site of the latest Arts + Parks mural project. Located on the corner of East Madison Street at North Curley, the main mural illustrates the cultural history of this Eastside neighborhood. In the late 1900s and early 20th century, it grew to handle the wave of newly-arrived Czech immigrants and soon became known as Little Bohemia or Bohemia Village. Two
Seemingly, Daver and Siek can hardly wait to see the Bad Birds of Baltimore take to the field on Opening Day 2017. O say can you see that Daver and Siek have hit back-to-back home runs!
A few years ago, budget cuts forced the elimination of art education in Wynwood schools. That reality was hard to comprehend considering street art and contemporary art galleries were mushrooming and flourishing throughout the rest of this Miami neighborhood. Tougher still was its negative impact upon area students.
Enter The RAW Project, Re-imagining the Arts in Wynwood. With approval of school officials, the RAW Project raised donations and curated artists from around the world to add color to the walls of Jose de Diego Middle School, nurture creativity in the students, and help resurrect and enliven their arts program.
During Art Basel 2016, one saw scores of renowned street artists from across the country and around the world busy creating new artwork. Charm City Streets invites you along to marvel at the artistic action that took place a few days ago in Wynwood.
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.
Richard Best, Executive Director of Section 1 Project, completed the third large-scale mural over the Labor Day Weekend at the Section 1 Project Creative Labs in Clipper Mills. Charm City Streets reported previously on the first two murals that Baltimore artists Nether and Pablo Machioli fashioned at the Creative Labs.
Section 1 Project was quite prolific this month. Three large-scale murals went up at their Creative Labs in the Clipper Mill Industrial Park. The first mural, a collaboration between Pablo Machioli and Argentinian artist Federico Segatori, headlined Section 1’s cultural exchange program Roots/Raices – an event that explored the cultural identities that shape our urban communities. Alongside the building facing the Light Rail tracks, Nether created the second mural which he named The Guardians. And, toward the end of August, Section 1 Executive Director Richard Best started work on the third mural. It will feature a new 3D painting technique.
In South Baltimore, artists Richard Best and Billy Mode are painting a 360 foot-long mural near West Covington Park and Sagamore Ventures’ City Garage. In the image gallery below, you can see that Richard and Billy are facing head-on the unique creative challenges which the length and slope of this behemoth wall present.
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