Mark Your Calendar for the Spectacular Window Wonderland Unveiling Event in Harbor East

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Come see our city sidewalks come alive as Harbor East and Maryland Art Place (MAP) present Window Wonderland – A Holiday Arts Exhibit. Various shops and restaurants around the neighborhood will feature unique holiday windows designed by some of Baltimore area’s most talented local artists. Join us for an evening full of holiday jolly, turning Harbor East into a merry masterpiece for the holiday season!

This very special art exhibit runs November 19 through New Year’s Day and includes the following merchants: Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry, BIN 604, City Sports, Courtyard Marriott, Haute Blow Dry Bar, Lebanese Taverna, Loafers & Laces, Sassanova, South Moon Under, Taco Fiesta, Talara, White House Black Market and Whole Foods Market. Baltimore residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy our festive holiday window displays while they experience some of Baltimore’s best shopping, dining and entertainment throughout the holiday season.

Join us for Window Wonderland – The Unveiling Event on Wednesday, November 19th from 5:30PM-8:30PM. Tour the windows, meet the artists and watch as our noted panel of judges choose their favorite, with the “Best in Show” artist awarded a $1,000 cash prize! Guests too are welcome to cast their ballot for the “People’s Choice” award!EAST018 Fishbowl WW 550x800 v4

Carolers, street performers, ice sculptures and festive music will fill the streets with holiday cheer all evening long. Warm up indoors as participating Window Wonderland retailers offer complimentary refreshments including wine & cheese, sparkling cider, and holiday cookies. Drink specials and extended happy hours are featured at participating restaurants.

Additionally, families won’t want to miss the “Milk & Cookies Social” a (cool) progeny play date! From 5:30PM-7:30PM during the Window Wonderland unveiling, join The Maryland Athletic Club (The MAC) for a free & family-friendly holiday workshop offering kids crafts & activities. milk & cookies for the littles ones, wine & cheese for the parents, and a Window Wonderland scavenger hunt. Plus, the little ones can cast a “Kids’ Choice” vote for their favorite Window Wonderland display! For more details & to RSVP, click here.

Participating Artists:

ASTORIA AVILlES – Courtyard Marriott

Revisit Bedford Falls, fall in love again with George and Mary, and discover the magic of an angel named Clarence. Be a part of the live studio audience this holiday season at Baltimore’s Center Stage Theater for a live radio play production of Frank Capra’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Inspired by their winter production, this window display illustrates the recording and listening sides of the performance, inviting viewers to join Center Stage for the beloved classic, set in a radio studio on Christmas Eve 1946. It’s the perfect holiday outing for the entire family and, who knows, an angel might even get his wings.

Astoria Aviles is the Development Fellow at Baltimore’s Center Stage Theater. Her design was realized with extraordinary assistance from the Center Stage Marketing Department and various other staff members. She thanks them and wishes all a happy holiday.

JANEEN K. BROWN – South Moon Under

The concept of this piece is to play off the holidays and the idea of a “Fashion Holiday Angel.” This angel is like the fashion version of Scrooge’s ‘Ghost of Christmas’ yet to come. This character intends to invoke your fashionable future, revealing all the things that encompass fashion. This scene includes a Christmas tree with display openings, which is suggestive of the future that the “Fashion Angel” foretells – to be hidden within the Christmas tree.

Janeen K. Brown is an artist, owner of, and a mother of beautiful girls whom she enjoys spending most of my time with. Since childhood, wearable art has been a huge passion for Janeen. “One of the things I feel is important in life is to constantly create situations that invigorate you to spark those initial feelings of awe by trying and seeing new things. Every experience is a wise teacher, life’s greatest piece of artwork and my constant inspiration.” ~ Janeen Brown

DIANA MARTA – Taco Fiesta

Ambassadors of festivity, “Whimsical Window Birds” are happily perched in hula-hoops, peering out of the windows into the patrons of Taco Fiesta.  Fabricated with bright colors and glittering decorative materials, they evoke the magic of the holidays.

Diana Marta is a visual artist, adjunct college art teacher, and independent curator. With a background in painting and drawing, she works in a variety of mediums including digital formats.  Her installation work has been juried and awarded in gallery exhibits. More recently, Marta was juried into “Art Maryland” at the Howard County Center for the Arts. Her adventure with “Window Wonderland” is inspired by childhood memories of magical storefront holiday displays.

TOMOTHY DEVLIN – Lebanese Taverna

When individual pieces of silverware are arranged in a collective massing, they take on a new layer of meaning and interpretation. The “Silverware Wreath” features rings of forks, knives, and spoons arranged to form a cohesive design. “May this different take on holiday decor through the use of common restaurant items be a pleasant addition to your holiday season” ~ T. Devlin

Giving new meaning to commonplace objects changes what we choose to value. As a Landscape Architect who chooses to live outside the confines of a single career, Timothy Devlin considers himself to be many things.  “Different representations of the mundane can alter our perception of what we admire. As an artist I continue to look for sources of beauty in often overlooked objects seen in our daily lives.” ~ T. Devlin

SUE CALDWELL – City Sports

This year’s yarn-bombed window is all about fiber. Twenty suspended pendants were knit and wrapped with thick-and thin yarns; at the end of each is a hand-knit wire sphere encasing a lighted candelabra bulb. Sue’s “trees” are knit with a combination of yarns to create a pine-needle effect. The ornaments are one-of-a-kind pieces, hand-woven onto metal rings using silks, linens and beads. The word JOY is wrapped with recycled sari silk.

Sue Caldwell is the owner of Lovelyarns on Falls Road in Hampden. She has been yarn-bombing outdoor objects like porta-potties, golf carts, parking meters, street signs and trees for ArtScape and around the Baltimore area for the past 8 years. She is thrilled to participate in Window Wonderland for her third year.

MOLLYE BENDALL – Whole Foods Market

As the holidays approach, long shopping lists dominate our short days. These gift-wrapped row homes remind the viewer that the true gift of the season is the time we spend with our friends and family. Each row home, made of laser-cut acrylic, is wrapped in a different shade of blue wrapping paper. Through the windows, viewers can see photos of families celebrating the season in Baltimore – be it a marriage proposal on 33rd, a visit to Santa in Harbor East, ice skating with friends, or a home-cooked dinner with family. Each home is modeled after a house in Baltimore, and each photo was generously donated by a local family.

Mollye Bendell holds a BA in Environmental Art from the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. She currently manages Fab Lab Baltimore, a non-profit, public access digital fabrication space that serves as a resource for students, designers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals. Mollye has worked in various gallery and studio settings with a wide range of materials. Her interest in the overlap between digital and physical information leads her artistic practice.

MARTHA SIMONS – White House Black Market

This window represents winter birds – the birds that choose to stay in Baltimore throughout the holidays rather than migrate to more exotic locations.  Those of us who live here and those who choose to visit during the colder months can relate to this hardy species that enjoys the beauty of winter and the changing of the seasons.

Martha Simons has lived and worked in Baltimore for thirty years.  Knitting, paper mache, painting, crochet, embroidery and origami are only a few of her chosen mediums.  She is an advocate for birds and animals and often depicts them in her mixed media art practice.  .


Shahrzad Taavoni incorporates vibrant colors, using recycled material and light in her interactive ‘light orbs’ that have largely been inspired by her healing work as an acupuncturist, philosopher, nature lover and spiritual seeker.  Her art installations are made from lightweight shatter-resistant plexi-glass from recycled or re-purposed candy machines.

Shahrzad Taavoni produced a solo exhibition at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware in 2010 where President Barack Obama concurrently presented a speech.  She has exhibited at the Baltimore Public Works Museum and has had three solo exhibitions at Whole Foods Market in Baltimore and NYC.  Not only has her work been in auctions at the Embassy of Singapore in Washington, DC, she has exhibited in Innsbruck, Austria, and has also been featured on ABC2 News and Harford Cable Network in 2013.

JIHEE KANG – Haute Blow Dry Bar

Circles commonly represent unity, wholeness, and infinity. In this piece, the circle signifies the means of communication in society and community. Jihee creates little human-like figurines to literally represent people and use the formations of the circles to visualize the relationships among people.  Casted out of paraffin wax, each little figurine is hung from the top with fishing thread. The groups of figurines are made as small circles that gradually get bigger in size and numbers.

Jihee Kang was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1983. Kang works predominantly in the medium of painting and her works crossed multiple mediums within art, including sculpture, installation, drawing, and video. Kang completed a BFA with distinction at the Corcoran gallery of Art and Design in 2013. Kang currently enrolled in MFA program in American University.


Patrick’s project includes the layering of various implied shapes to create an artistic representation of snowfall, while capturing the celebratory nature of the holiday season.  These shapes include various textures that emulate traditional holiday relics in order to stimulate the joyous holiday mindset.

Patrick A. Ratliff moved to Baltimore, MD in the fall of 2008 after receiving a degree in Business Management and minor in Studio Art from Hope College in Michigan.  After bringing the lake effect snow of West Michigan with him to Baltimore, he began his current career with the Federal Government in March of 2009.   Since beginning his career he has had the privilege of designing and planning several large-scale gatherings among coworkers that have included everything from agency wide award ceremonies to senior leader retirements.  Through these events Patrick has developed a keen eye for designing ambience that breathes life into any theme by using abstract shapes and colors.

JENNIFER YOO – Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry

Every spring, when I walk into the garden, I feel love and endless warmth from Mother Nature. It is amazing to watch flowers survive the long cold winter and stay strong enough to make beautiful blossoms in the spring. They are small and quiet when they bloom, and they have the power of instilling calm and peace in people. I want to create the spring time moment, when nature wakes up using my cutout pattern work. When I start making my art works, I visualize walking through a forest or a garden, and I focus on the moment when flowers bloom. I want to recreate the amazing qualities of Mother Nature.

Jennifer Yoo was born and raised in San Francisco and went back to South Korea when she was 5. She returned to attend Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, and she has had several exhibitions in South Korea and the United States. In addition, she coordinated a set of window display for Shinsegae Department store in South Korea. Jennifer is inspired by nature, especially by the moment when flowers grow and bloom. Her ultimate goal is to create works that could positively influence people and engage the public. Moreover, she wishes to become an artist known for art that touches people’s heart.


Lynn & Joan’s work consist of hand stenciled black and white foam core. Behind the foam core will be a gap of several inches with lighting installed to shine through the cutout areas. A backing board of a brightly colored foil is in place so there is visual contrast during daylight hour. Lynn & Joan’s hand-cut design combines fashion, vignettes of Baltimore and holiday flair. The windows at Sassanova feature three silhouetted women wearing formal gowns. Each gown is covered in a toile-like pattern of cut-out vignettes of Baltimore including the Inner Harbor, The George Washington Monument, Fells Point and Hampden, just to name a few. The figures are also adorned with hand cut “headdresses” of poinsettias and snowflakes.

Lynn Stecher-Cox and Joan Cox are a mother-daughter team. Lynn spent 24 years in the window design business at both Hutzler’s and Stewart’s department stores and has created and installed the holiday decor at six local restaurants for many years. Joan is a painter, photographer, graphic designer and writer. Joan’s work consists of large paintings, photographs and watercolor monotypes of women and their relationships. She uses narrative, historical art references, and fantastical elements of costumes in her work. Lynn and Joan are teaming up to create a dynamic holiday window: “Baltimore’s Three Graces.”

STEPHANIE LEWIS – Loafers & Laces

The installation at Loafers & Laces is not only a nod to classic holiday aesthetics, but also aims to compliment the fine, classic product within the boutique. The installation uses common materials in an elevated manner attempting to mirror the sophistication of the Loafers & Laces atmosphere.

Stephanie Lewis is an artist and designer based in Baltimore. Stephanie completed an MA in Exhibition Design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., in 2013. She works in a variety of media and is currently employed as a window display artist.


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