Tag: local artists

A Roundup of Baltimore’s Best Valentine Cards

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Gone are the days when we made valentines in school out of paper plates and doilies, relishing guilt-free in the seemingly unlimited craft supplies, and handing out democratically the finished product to everyone we knew. Sure we might celebrate with friends, or secretly hope for a homemade card from the kids, but let’s face it: We are adults now, by golly, and we usually have to narrow it down to one special valentine these days. We all know to book the reservations in advance, and pick up the flowers, but who has time to make a card? Still, nothing says “I love you” quite like that timeless tradition of writing those exact words. 

Uncle Fun’s Mt. Vernon Fun House For Sale

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Ted Frankel, art collector and owner of Sideshow, the more-than-a-gift shop at the American Visionary Art Museum, has listed his house in Mount Vernon for $565,000.

MAP and Sunnyfields Seek Artists for IMPACT

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Maryland Art Place is now accepting applications for its spring 2016 IMPACT project, which will be held this year at Sunnyfields, 6305 Falls Road in North Baltimore.  MAP is partnering with Sunnyfields, the fine gift shop and cabinetry showroom, to choose an artist or several artists to display artwork at Sunnyfields as part of the one-year anniversary of the store.

Artists to Light Up Neighborhoods for Upcoming Festival

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As a part of Light City Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion has selected five local artists and artist teams to complete projects for a new public artist-in-residency program called Neighborhood Lights.

Art Outside on May 17

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catch of the day fish (2)There are many, many ways for a community to come together. And there are just as many ways for us to celebrate our city. Now more than ever, it seems that Baltimore needs us to get out there and show our love for our city and our communities. And with the fantastic spring weather, and the amazing grass-roots organizing we’ve seen recently, this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the best that Baltimore has to offer. Druid Hill Park has long been beloved by Baltimoreans for its sprawling green hills, amazing views, and so much more. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Druid Hill Reservoir was the site of weekly outdoor festivals that brought the community together around a love of art, and of the park itself. And it’s in the spirit of these historic festivals that Art Outside was created. It’s a one-day festival the recreates the sense of creativity and community that made those historic gatherings so special.

The Gift: Clay Monster Pottery

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The Gift

What It Is: Totally unique (and bizarrely adorable) handmade pottery from local artists Cat Audett Holt and Rich Holt. These two artists make everything from mugs to cookie jars to sponge holders, and each one adds a lot of fun and flair to any space. The Holts are some of the local artists featured at the rigorously juried Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, which comes to the Maryland State Fairgrounds next weekend. So you can browse their Facebook page online, and then see their amazing work in person at the festival! Prices vary. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

It’s Perfect For:

Friends Who Live Alone: A monster-shaped mug or cookie jar is so much less responsibility than a pet, or even a houseplant. But having those big bulging eyes looking at you everyday does actually give one the feeling of company, and not in a creepy way– we swear. Having one of these creatures in plain view is a great way to bring a counter or dining room to life– no food or water necessary.

Father’s Day: Is dad himself a monster before his morning coffee? A mug with fangs and a furrowed brow might just be the perfect tongue-in-cheek reflection of his not-totally-awake-yet self. But then, these monsters are as lovable and endearing as they are fearsome– just like growly old pre-coffee dad.

Baltimore Artists Featured at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

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catch of the day fish (2)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.

The Gift: Baltimore Coloring Book

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The Gift

What It Is: A charming, actual coloring book with art drawn by local artists. The illustrations (which you color in) depict iconic views and scenes from Baltimore, as well as some of our most beloved citizens, past and present. It’s a simple concept, that has been done quite nicely here. And since it’s labeled “Volume 1” we can look forward to Volume 2, once we’ve filled this one in. Available at Atomic Books. $5.95

Who It’s Perfect For:

Kids (or Adults) With A Long Trip Ahead: If any of those extended family members or out of town guests are still lingering around, don’t leave them at the airport or train station without one of these. Coloring of course passes the time, but in this context, it also helps memorialize a visit to Baltimore. Hint: if you’re giving it to adult, you may also want to supply crayons, as most of those we know don’t tend to carry a pack of Crayolas in their briefcase.

Office Waiting Rooms: Of course, this can work particularly well in places like a pediatrician’s office, where there are bound to be antsy kids. But having one somewhere like a real estate office is also a great way of bringing out some of Baltimore’s quirky sensibility, while highlighting the things about this city that we love.

 

 

 

The Gift: 36 Letters

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The Gift

What It Is: A super cool, locally made art concept. 36 Letters takes photos of letters (and numbers, too) out in the world and arranges the photos to spell out personalized messages and names. Perfect for giving a totally unique gift, while keeping it local. You can get single letters or numbers (an initial, say, or apartment number), choose from a pre-printed word or phrase, or of course, create your own. Prices vary.

Who It’s Perfect For:

New Folks at the Holidays: It’s (usually) great when a relative brings home a new significant other for the holidays for the the first time. But of course that puts the pressure on the rest of the family to make them feel welcome, supply gifts so they’re not left out, etc. But you need a gift that seems thoughtful (no gift certificates, please) while not indicating that you inquired too much about what they’d like.

Office Gifts: Still struggling to make good on your Secret Santa gifting? Here’s your answer. It’s a lovely piece of art that many people wouldn’t just go out and buy for themselves, but will be thrilled to have in their home or office. And it’s likely to match the decor in any room, so no worries there.

For more information or to order a piece from 36 Letters, visit www.36letters.com.

 

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