Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.

Baltimore Museum of Art shows off a more diverse collection

Wangechi Mutu’s “Water Woman.” Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

One year after selling off part of its collection in order to acquire more works by women and artists of color, the Baltimore Museum of Art is showing off some of its purchases.

Directors this week unveiled a new exhibit in the museum’s contemporary wing, entitled “Every Day: Selections from the Collection.” Running until Jan. 5, the show required a complete re-installation of the contemporary collection galleries, the first since 2012, and features works by black artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, including many of the newly acquired pieces.

CHAP hears competing visions honoring Baltimore musician Cab Calloway

The house at 2216 Druid Hill Ave. Photo courtesy of CHAP.

A former home to Baltimore musician Cab Calloway could be a major attraction in Baltimore and a potential “world heritage” landmark if it is preserved for future generations, his grandson Peter Brooks told Baltimore’s preservation commission Tuesday.

But the surrounding community supports a plan to demolish the structure, where Calloway lived for about five years in his youth, and replace it with a public park named after the musician, according to leaders of the Druid Heights Community Development Corp.

Owners of Woodberry site where millworkers’ houses were razed proceeding with development plans

Photo by Fred Scharmen

The property owners behind a controversial project in Woodberry have wasted no time assembling a new team to design a development where two historic stone millworkers’ houses were torn down in May.

Theater group ArtsCentric moving into former Single Carrot space

Single Carrot Theater (via Baltimore Green Map)

Six months after Single Carrot Theatre announced plans to leave its home in Remington and become a roving performance company, another arts organization is taking its place.

ArtsCentric, a 16-year-old African-American theater group that has operated for years without a permanent home, plans to move into Single Carrot’s old space on Oct. 1.

With ceremonial ‘ship christening,’ Port Discovery unveils two new exhibits

Photo via Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Baltimore’s Port Discovery children’s museum finally has a port–and a ship to sail in it.

Final design approved for apartment project that will include part of former Martick’s building

A rendering of the planned apartment project. Image via Quinn Evans Architects/courtesy of CHAP.

The memory of Martick’s Restaurant Francais will live on in Baltimore’s newest apartment project.

After surprise demolition, Woodberry residents want their community designated a local historic district

Photo by Fred Scharmen

After losing two historic stone houses in a surprise demolition last month, residents of Baltimore’s Woodberry community have asked the city to designate their neighborhood a local historic district so that remaining older structures would be better protected from “reckless” demolition.

Ulman House opens to provide a ‘home away from home’ for young adult cancer patients

The outside of the Ulman House on E. Madison Street. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Emily Dicola used to have to travel two hours from her home in West Virginia to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to receive cancer treatments, and then go back the same day.

But this year, she found a free place where people her age could go when they came from out of town for medical care.

“Treatments were really starting to wear me out,” Dicola said. “Especially being almost two hours away. I would have never thought there was such an amazing place.”

Dicola, 25, is one of the first guests to stay at Ulman House, a $2 million “home away from home” for adolescent and young adult cancer patients receiving medical treatment in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Interview With a Mermaid: Deborah Lee Walker remembers her part in Schaefer’s famous seal pool swim

Deborah Lee Walker, left, and her mother Maxine Walker at the unveiling of the “Schaefer’s Splash” mural. Image courtesy of the National Aquarium.

The first time Deborah Lee Walker visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore, she was working as a model and helping to promote its grand opening, back in 1981.

This month she made a return visit, 37 years later, and learned that she had become a permanent addition to the aquarium.

As aquarium president and CEO John Racanelli put it, “You’re going to be seeing her in the aquarium for the ages to come.”

Construction of Bell Foundry Apartments starting this summer

A rendering of the Bell Foundry Apartments.

Construction is expected to start this summer on the Bell Foundry Apartments, located at the site of a former DIY artists’ space in the Greenmount West community.

Developer Yonah Zahler, CEO of Zahlco Development, said this week that he has applied for construction permits and aims to begin work within the next two months on an $8 million to $9 million development that will bring 50 market-rate apartments and upgraded arts space to the 1500 block of N. Calvert Street.