UPDATE: At our last stop on this tour - Graffiti Alley - street artist West will join us, talk briefly about his work, answer your questions, and then create new work especially for us. Don't forget to bring your cameras!
Street murals are changing the way we think about art. Gone are the days when art was confined to museum showrooms and art galleries. Public space is art’s new home, and whoever is there to see it is invited to communicate with it. Street art is also ephemeral. What’s here today could be derelict tomorrow, or gone altogether. As one street artist says: “It’s what street art is all about: murals come and go.” Artistic creation flourishes when the new replaces the old.
This tour will focus on the often-overlooked way in which these works of art integrate with their surroundings. Instead of discovering these artworks by chance, we’re going to lead you to some of our favorites, so that you can see Baltimore through the lens of street art. Our challenge as photographers is not only to photograph the murals, but to capture the neighborhoods that provide the context for the art. We should have an opportunity to capture people’s reactions to the artwork as well.
Jonathan Dimes, Baltimore resident and documenter of Baltimore’s street art scene, will co-lead this tour. He’ll provide information about the art and artists as we explore and photograph the murals as well as the buildings, blocks, and neighborhoods in which they reside. You can see Jonathan’s work on his @themuralhunter and @charmcityquirk Instagram feeds.
This is a driving and walking tour. We’ll consolidate into two cars, driving to different locations and then getting out to photograph and explore. Starting in Highlandtown, home of artists and galleries, we’ll work our way northward into the various neighborhoods of East Baltimore. We’ll finish in the Station North Arts District, where our last stop will be at Graffiti Alley. Throughout the tour, you’ll see works by some of Baltimore’s most skilled and creative street artists.
And, as is our tradition, we invite you to join us for a meal at the conclusion of the tour, this time at Joe Squared on North Avenue, a popular spot with the local art crowd. (The meal is optional.)
All cameras and skill levels are welcome. We can provide whatever technical assistance you may need, give you ideas on how to shoot the murals, show you highlights of the neighborhoods - or just leave you alone to do your thing.
The cost is $90. You’re registered when you’ve paid: https://www.paypal.me/RSullivan2038
And when you’re registered, we’ll send you the meeting location, and a liability waiver to fill out and return. No refunds unless we cancel (though you can transfer your spot to someone else).
Note that the above mural - on the side of a rowhouse - was created by Bridget Cimino in 2013.
Please join us!