Baltimore-based online craft bazaar Yapoma is moving from the virtual realm to a brick-and-mortar one—for the summer, at least.
A new exhibition opening this Friday will explore the power and creativity of dozens of female-identifying artists and makers from around the region. It also gives guests a chance to learn how female artists and makers use their skills to create, particularly in male-dominated environments.
Educational Programming, Memberships, and Studio Space Rentals Open to All
Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation officially opened yesterday Open Works, the highly anticipated $11.5 million incubator for Maryland’s creative economy.
The folks over at Make Tribe are redefining the term “craft beer.” Next weekend, they’ll be offering a one-evening workshop at Baltimore Clayworks, where participants will create their own ceramic beer stein under the guidance of expert instructor Mary Cloonan. Monument City Brewing will also be on hand with samples of their newest ales. This is a great opportunity to learn all about beer-making, ceramics, and how awesome it is when the two come together. Not a common occurrence, for some reason.
Once again, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is bringing some of the best American artists and artisans to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. For the weekend of April 24-26, you can stroll the fairgrounds and stock up on unique handmade gifts in anticipation of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, and weddings. And of course, you can always just shop for yourself. And while the craft show features work by artists from all over the country, a number of Baltimore area artists will be present, as well. Look for 3Clothing by Nikki Gordon, clay monsters by Cat Holt, and great jewelry from Mary DeMarco-Wolfe.
Baltimore has its fair share of great craft fairs– particularly this time of year. But probably our absolute favorite is the MICA Art Market. We look forward to it every year for a couple of reasons. Firstly, since many of the vendors are students, it’s markedly different from year to year. And we all know that those MICA students can dream up some pretty wild and creative stuff. So it’s guaranteed to not be your usual holiday craft fair. You can find hats and scarves that only an avant garde painting student could dream up, or conceptually designed pencils (seriously), or simply lovely paintings, drawings, and prints.
By Kit Waskom Pollard
Bells are ringing and children are singing all over Baltimore this week. With the Monument lit and a chill in the air, the city is in full-fledged holiday mode – which means shopping has never been better.
This week, find sales and events all over the region. Here’s a look at some of what’s happening this weekend and all week long.
- Santa has arrived at The Shops at Kenilworth, along with the storied annual holiday train garden. Breakfast with Santa, benefiting the Salvation Army, will take place every Saturday between now and Christmas, and stop in frequently to hear local choral groups and enjoy the season’s festivities.
- Head to The Village of Cross Keys on December 6th, starting at 9 a.m., for special holiday events including the Poinsettia Patrol, a book signing with cookbook author Nancy Baggett and live music at Village Square Café. (updated- Breakfast with Santa was canceled.)
- Visit Wyndhurst Station on December 6th for the Holiday Spree, including “cheer” and excitement at each Wyndhurst shop
- The Roland Park Country School Holiday Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th. With food, musical performances and raffles – plus shopping – the fair is fun for the whole family.
- Becket Hitch, in Green Spring Station, is featuring pop-ups all month long. Stop in on Saturday December 6th to check out Sassy’s Tomato Jam and visit on the 11th to meet local leatherworkers Almanac Industries. While at Green Spring, drop into Cupcake Shop to check out their new digs – the Fells Point shop made the move north just recently – and stop by Panache to catch the tail end of the Blessings in Disguise trunk show.
- Hampden will be buzzing with events all week long, including a Kinderhook snacks pop-up at Trohv on the 7th and the “Night of the Krampus” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 12th. The Night of the Krampus will include a book signing at Bazaar, carols and a Krampus-themed ice cream flavor created by The Charmery.
- Charm City Craft Mafia presents their annual Holiday Heap at Space 2640, in St. John’s Church on St. Paul Street, on December 6th. The fair will feature over fifty local artists and artisans selling all kinds of handmade goods.
- Find unusual gifts for everyone on your list at the Merry Mart Holiday Craft Show at the Creative Alliance. Taking place on Sunday, December 7th, the show will feature dozens of cool, unique vendors and their wares.
- The Baltimore Fashion Alliance Holiday Party will take place at the Pier 5 Hotel on Tuesday, December 7th at 7 p.m. Tickets ($25) include food and one drink – plus access to a great silent auction.
- On Tuesday, December 9th, shop while you nosh during Federal Hill’s 19th annual Festive Flavors walking tour of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. Tickets are $55 and include seven food and drink stops throughout the historic neighborhood.
- The Shops at Ruxton will host a Holiday Sip & Shop on Wednesday, December 10th starting at 4 p.m. Each shop will offer something special – so be sure to make the rounds.
- From Wednesday, December 10th through Friday the 12th, MICA will present its eighth annual Art Market, featuring great artworks and more designed and created by MICA students, alumni, faculty and staff.
- On Thursday, December 11th, Midnight Madness makes its second appearance in Annapolis, with shops open until midnight and a whole host of fun events and activities.
- Catch Liza Byrd and Sassanova, among others, at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club’s Ladies Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 11th. And from now through Christmas Eve, visit Sassanova in Harbor East to experience the Advent of Savings, including discounts up to 40% off and free surprise gifts.
What’s better than an abundance of music, food, beer, and crafts? All of that surrounded by a swarm of Hons, obviously. And what, exactly is a Hon? Well, if you have to ask, maybe we have to ask you just how recently you transplanted to Baltimore, hon. But you’ll know them when you see them. They’ll be decked out in sky-high beehive hairdos, feather boas as far as the eye can see, and presumably some cat-eye sunglasses and patent leather heels in all colors. And they’ll be strutting up and down The Avenue (their native habitat) all weekend at HonFest. You can come to gawk or be gawked at—Hon yourself up, or simply snap photos on the iPhone. The Hons don’t judge—they’re just there for a good time.