Art Outside 3 returns to Druid Hill Park this Sunday, May 17 from 11 am to 5 pm. This year’s art festival will feature more than 100 artists from around the Maryland region. They will be a diverse group who reflect a wide array of influences and inspirations from around the region. Among them will be Charles Cooper, a local Baltimore artist who lives on Eutaw Street in Bolton Hill and creates urban art inspired by Baltimore City, its local architecture and music.
Formerly a Baltimore City schools teacher, Charles decided several years ago to resign from teaching and focus on art full time. The result has been the creation of a large portfolio of colorful, fun and unique prints representative of Charles’ outgoing personality and perspective on Baltimore life.
Art Outside 3 will be Charles’ second year participating in this annual arts event. According to Charles, Art Outside is his most favorite arts event of the year thanks to its intimacy and the opportunity to really engage with visitors to the festival as well as other participating artists. “There is a great energy that pervades Art Outside,” said Charles. “Last year I had the opportunity to interact with people from all over the country who seemed genuinely interested in art, collecting art and learning what inspired me to create my works. This grassroots event provides a wonderful opportunity to bring people together from all over the City for a beautiful day around the lake in Druid Hill Park.”
Art Outside has nearly tripled in size since its first year and will feature artists, strolling performers and musical groups including , Songs & Stories with Miss Maria and Jali D, OrchKids, City Neighbors Band, Percussion & Chorus, and more. Thanks to cool progeny, kids will be treated to free (+ fun!) art activities courtesy of The National Aquarium, The Walters Art Museum, and other local partners. And there will be an Art Outside Kid’s Stage featuring Beans-N-Frank, DC kindie band Here Comes Trouble, Everyman Theatre, Charm City Players, and more. The event will be held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking.
For more information about Art Outside, visit www.artoutsidemd.org.