Art And Stuff
Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland, 4:30-6:30 p.m. last Thursday of every month, Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, (410) 730-4801, website, $18.90. Civilization in the form of tiny sandwiches and tea, in the ballroom of this circa 1811 mansion. Pinkies up, please, and no slurping.
Bethesda Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. second Friday of every month, Bethesda Metro Center, website, free. Take a leisurely stroll around downtown Bethesda, stopping in the 13 galleries and studios that open their doors—featuring photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media by artists both local and international.
Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3, grounds of Westminster City Hall, intersections of Locust, Longwell, and Key streets, Westminster, (410) 848-7272, website. Get your mitts on original artwork, or exhibit your own—just make sure you pre-register.
ClayFest!, 6-9 p.m. June 9, noon-5 p.m. June 10, Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., (410) 578-1919, website, $25-$30. Buy some new clay-based items at the show and reception Friday, then get your hands dirty on Saturday with tile making and other clay activities. Just wash up before you reach for a canapé.
Chesapeake Bay Art Show, 2-8 p.m. June 23, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St Michael’s, (410) 745-2916, $10, kids $5. Juried show by the Eastern Shore’s Working Artists’ Forum, with art for sale inspired by the Bay. Before you go, take bets on how many pieces will involve ducks and/or sunsets.
Celebration of Textiles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3, 1-4 p.m. June 4, the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW, Washington, (202) 667-0441, website, free, donations accepted. This fabric fest takes you back to the days before ready-to-wear, so you can learn about knitting, weaving, dying, rug restoration, embroidery, and hat-making, through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Greek music, dancing, and food will have you feeling just like Penelope.
24th Annual Piscataway Indian Festival and Pow Wow, June 3-4, American Indian Cultural Center, 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 782-2224, website. Party it up with the people who inhabited southern Maryland long before the politicians moved in—traditional dance, music, food, art, and crafts.
Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 9-11, Jobcore Road, Sam Michael’s Park, W. Va., (800) 624-0577, website, $6, kids $3. If you’re getting sick of mass-produced, faux-distressed, wannabe-handmade furnishings, come get the real stuff here—everything from clothing to furniture to musical instruments. We hope they have a homemade tuba.
Columbia Festival of the Arts, times vary, June 9-24, Columbia Town Center, Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-3089, website. A marathon festie with everything artsy you’d expect and lots you wouldn’t: chalk art, modern opera, comedy, kinetic sculpture, and pop-up art workshops, just to name a few. Plus outdoor concerts, food, lectures, and a parade.
Art’s Alive, June 17-19, Northside Park, 125th Street bayside, Ocean City, (410) 250-0125, website. Outdoor juried visual art show and sale, with works in just about every medium by over 100 artists. And if you can’t afford the hand-painted furniture or pretty photos, buy a golf shirt at the boutique.
Antique Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 24 and Aug. 5, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, Del., (302) 645-7670, website, $3, ages 12 and under free. Your old junk may not be valuable yet, but you can pick up some actual antiques at this show, with 65 of the area’s best dealers.
Canal Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24, South Chesapeake City, (410) 885-2415, website. Family fun on the water with an artsy theme, as crafts vendors ply their wares and musicians play in the park.
Summer Music on the Portico, 7 p.m. June 28, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, (301) 864-0420, free. You can feel terribly refined listening to live music at a mansion built by a Flemish aristocrat and inhabited by the Calvert family.
Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival, July 10-16, Main Street, Easton, (410) 822-7299, website. Fifty-two artists descend on the Eastern Shore to compete in the competition, creating two works depicting scenes from shore life-artist-friendly Easton in particular. Mingle with locals and pick up a painting by judges Kenn Erroll Backhaus and Camille Przewodek.
Needleart 2006, July 15-23, Montpelier Mansion, 9401 Montpelier Drive, Laurel, (301) 953-1376, website, $6, seniors $5, kids $3. Demonstrations and exhibits of stitched art, which is both incredibly time-consuming and painful to create. See how they make those pillows with clever little sayings.
Art in the Park, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15, noon-4 p.m. July 16, Deep Creek Lake State Park, Discovery Center, Garrett County, (301) 387-7314, website, free. The goods you’ll find here are what Pottery Barn wishes it sold. Fine art, handmade items, local musicians, a “strolling naturalist” to educate you, and yummy food.
29th Annual Pine’eer Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5, White Horse Park, Ocean Pines, (410) 208-3060. Vendors and artisans from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey. Much better stuff than you’ll win on the Boardwalk Midway.
Annapolis Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Aug. 17, 215 Main St., Annapolis, (410) 267-7077, website, free. Twenty delicious local galleries in picturesque downtown Annapolis open up, with exhibits, demonstrations, and activities.
Academy Art Museum, 106 S. East St., Easton, (410) 822-2787, website. For such a tiny town, Easton has the arts culture of a much larger city, and this museum is a big reason why. The permanent collection contains tons of works on paper by celebrated American and European artists. The shoreline itself is equally impressive, so take a walk down by the water after you take in the museum’s offerings.
African-American Heritage Society Museum, 17485 Crain Highway, LaPlata, (301) 843-0371, website. Artifacts and documents illustrate the lives of African-Americans in southern Maryland over the past 350 years, from slavery to the present.
Alzacar Gallery, Baltimore School of Arts, 712 Cathedral St., (410) 347-1478. Come see the work of Baltimore’s brightest adolescent stars and encourage them on their path to brilliant-but-insane starving artist.
American Dime Museum, 1808 Maryland Ave., (410) 230-0263,.dimemuseum.net. You don’t get many opportunities in life to visit a real, old-fashioned, seriously freakish freakshow. So if you’ve never seen the Dime Museum’s collection, it’s about damn time you did—the museum has closed to regular visitors, but is open by appointment for group tours and special events.
American Indian Cultural Center and Piscataway Indian Museum, 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 372-1932. Assuage your liberal guilt with a donation and, while you’re at it, see some very cool artifacts from tribes all over the country, along with a full-sized, furnished reproduction of a longhouse.
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, website, $4-$11, ages 4 and under free. A sensory schmorgasboard, glittering beside Key Highway, with an overwhelming collection of what-is-art art, provocative experimental works, and interactive exhibits to make you part of the show. Go across the street for mojitos at the Little Havana after a walk around—we always do.
Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, Pa., (412) 237-8300, website, $6-$10. The man is more than just soup cans and Marilyn—you can see also see paintings, films and videos, drawings, and photographs by the iconic artist. This summer, The “F” Word showcases female artists and examines reactions to their work, and The Downtown Show revisits the new-boho trend of the 1970s and ‘80s in New York.
Art Gallery of Fells Point, 1716 Thames St., (410) 327-1272, website, free. An artists’ cooperative with 50 members and a new show the first Sunday of every month, producing affordable fine art, such as Jeri Haas’ ceramics and glass beads and Robert Funk’s lonely country scenes.
Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, 5706 Smith Ave., Baltimore, (410) 578-1919, website, free. The people over at Clayworks aren’t content with just exhibiting lots of ceramics—this summer they’ll have Virginia Broad, a resident artist show, a student show, and Between Form and Function-no, they also want you to learn how to do it yourself, with classes and workshops for all ages.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-7100, website, free-$7. You’ll need to come back twice every month just to see all the special exhibits that are going on at the BMA this summer: Matisse, Henry Ossawa Tanner, American Indian trade blankets, Robert Motherwell, and contemporary art by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.
B’Nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, 2020 K St. NW, Washington, (202) 857-6583, website, $4, ages 12 and under free. Explore the history of Judaism and the Jewish experience through art, documents, and artifacts, dating from Biblical times to the present. Reservations required.
Brandywine Museum, Route 1, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 388-2700, website, $8, seniors, students, and ages 6-12 $5, ages under 6 free. Those Wyeths sure are painterly types. The museum, an old grist mill surrounded by a wildflower garden, houses thousands of works by three generations of the Wyeth family and American landscape, illustration, and still life artists.
C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N Charles St., (410) 539-1080, website, free. Charm City’s oldest contemporary art gallery has plenty of very cool shows to see this summer, with sculpture, photography, and installation work.
Contemporary Museum of Art, 100 W. Centre St., (410) 783-5720, website, donations appreciated. Incorporating social consciousness and development into their artistic mission sets this museum off from the rest of the pack. This summer, Headquarters focuses on just this combination of activism and expression. Community outreach is hot.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, Washington, (202) 639-1700, website, $8, seniors $6, students $4, kids under 12 free. Good luck seeing all 16,000 pieces in the impressive permanent collection, but make time to see the Robert Bechtle and David Seymour exhibits this summer, and all the little flowers at the Lewis and Clark botanical art show.
Corradetti Gallery, 2010 Clipper Park Road, Suite 119, (410) 243-2010, website. Glassblowing looks really dangerous and difficult, so it’s a good thing John Corradetti is doing it instead of us, creating bowls, glasses, vases, and other sorts of fun, colorful receptacles and sculptures.
Delaware Art Museum, 800 S. Madison St., Wilmington, Del., (302) 571-9590, website, $10, seniors $8, students $5, free on Sundays. In addition to its huge collection of American and European art, this museum has turned its own building into a canvas, with Dale Chihuly’s vibrant Persian Window, a sculpture park, and James Turrell’s illumination work. Check out Portraits of a People, rare African-American portraiture of the 19th century, running through July 16.
Delaware Toy and Miniature Museum, 6 Old Barley Mill Road, Wilmington, Del., (302) 427-8697, website. Everyday items are so much more interesting when they’re teeny-tiny. Get ready to do a lot of “awwwww!”ing.
Goya Contemporary, Studio 214, 3000 Chestnut Ave., (410) 366-2001, website. This incredibly hip little gallery in Hampden’s Mill Center has paintings, photography, and sculpture you’ll drool over. Luckily, Goya-Girl Press produces prints of some of the art, so you can stop obsessing.
Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave., (410) 563-3404, website, $9, seniors, college students, and kids ages 12-17 $8, kids ages 3-11 $6, kids under 3 free. An educational experience unlike any other museum in Baltimore, with wax figures and exhibits representing scenes from history in 3D: Islamic Africa, the Colonial period, and the striking Middle Passage slave ship exhibit.
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, 215 Giles St., Havre de Grace, (410) 939-3739. website, $6, seniors $5, ages 9-18 $2, kids and members free. Wooden waterfowl abound in this celebration of amazing Upper Chesapeake craftsmanship, along with photos, books, and other decorative carvings.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th and Independence avenues SW, Washington, (202) 357-2700, website, donations accepted. The Smithsonian’s 12,000-item collection of modern and contemporary art represents some of the very best, new and old—its program Gyroscope is constantly changing and shifting its focus, and its sculpture garden features work by Juan Muñoz and Barbara Hepworth. Jim Lambrie’s Directions, exhibited this summer, is a kaleidoscopic, florescent-striped room. Trippy.
Homewood House Museum, 3400 N. Charles St., (410) 516-5589, website, $6, seniors $5, students $3, JHU students, faculty, and staff free. Inside the little mini-manse by the Hopkins beach is a time capsule of 19th century gentility, with occasional concerts, performances, and exhibits. The organizers of the Evenings of Traditional Beverages lure you in with booze, then proceed to educate you, the bastards.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., (410) 732-6400, website, $8, members free. An immersion in Maryland’s Jewish culture and history-clothing, photographs, oral histories, ceremonial items, and more. If you can’t take a vacation this summer, visit the exhibits Cabin Fever, about Jewish camping, and The Other Promise Land, a study of travel and the American Dream.
Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100, (410) 962-8565, website, free. An oasis of great art in the middle of the drunken turmoil that is Power Plant Live, with lots of local and regional pieces gracing the walls, plus frequent gallery talks.
Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum, 6019 Chambersburg Road, Orrtanna, Pa., (717) 352-3792, website. A man and his slightly unnerving obsession with elephants have spawned this collection of 6000 tchotchkes, if you can call them that. They’re not exactly the crap Mom keeps in her miniatures cabinet—a pachyderm pulling a 24 karat gold chariot and an elephant blow dryer are just a couple choice pieces. Mr. Ed accepts donations, so bring all your unwanted elephantine items.
McBride Gallery, 215 Main St., Annapolis, (410) 267-7077, website, free. The artists exhibited at this gallery aren’t exactly cutting-edge—most of the art depicts scenes from nature, farm life, or local cityscapes. No matter, all of it is very appealing, art you can imagine hanging in an old Hunt Valley home. We covet Sandy Scott’s bronze fox door hook and Paula Waterman’s ponies.
Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 563-3737, ext. 211, website, $12, kids, students and seniors $8, ages 6 and under free. This collection of medical oddities began as a educational tool for young pre-meds, but now Joe Blow can gawk at the freaks of nature exhibited here—including a growth removed from Grover Cleveland and 2000 objects removed from people’ throats. When you’re thoroughly grossed out, step out to the medicinal plant garden.
National Gallery of Art, on the National Mall, Third and Ninth streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, (202) 737-4215, website, free. Almost too overwhelming in its enormity, with 110,000 objects just in the permanent collection, not to mention the many special shows. Wanna see the kind of art that Intro to Art History textbooks are made of? If it’s Important with a capital I, it’s here: Dürer, El Greco, Van Dyck, Monet, Duchamp, Rothko, etc. Get psyched for this summer’s Henri Rousseau exhibit, Jungles in Paris.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, (202) 783-5000, Washington, website, $8, students and seniors $6, ages 18 and under free. Ladies doing the damn thing, with art by women from the 16th century to up to the present day. Lots of music and literary programs, lectures, and films.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 763-8100, website, $12, seniors $9, students and kids $8, members free. With 250,000 pieces and 14 exhibitions this summer, ranging from Japanese ink painting to sculpted portraits of Benjamin Franklin, you’ll have more than enough reason to visit the City of Brotherly Love.
Queen Anne’s Museum of Eastern Shore Life, 126 Dulin Clark Road, Centreville, (410) 758-8641, website. A farmer, a sea captain, and a senator wanted to preserve and celebrate the Shore’s cultural heritage, so they collected items and created this museum, which includes a 1913 Peerless steam engine tractor.
Radio and Television Museum, 2608 Mitchellville Road, Bowie, (301) 390-1020, website. Peel yourself away from the boob tube for a few hours and go to the museum. Listen to programs like George Orwell’s 1984 radio play or space out in front of The Lone Ranger.
Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., (410) 837-8439, website, $5, seniors and military $4, kids ages 3-12 $3, kids under 3 free. The incredible panoramic view of Baltimore City qualifies as a work of art, especially since the blight isn’t so visible from the 27th floor.
Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, website, $10, seniors $8, students $6, ages 6-17 $2, kids under 6 free. The newly renovated Palace of Wonders is full of restored and reinstalled European Old Masters, the other collections include art from the last 55 centuries, and if you get too jealous you can just pick up copies of the treasures at the museum store.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Shumaker Drive, Salisbury, (410) 742-4988, website. The Ward brothers were master decoy makers, and the museum named for them now showcases lots of the intricately carved waterfowl and other sculptures, as well as a recreation of the Wards’ shop. Watch Habbart Dean and Bennett Scott, two regional decoy artists, in action.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown, (301) 739-5727, website, free. Besides the very respectable collection of fine art, the museum has several shows worth seeing this summer: painted furniture by David Weisand of McLain Weisand, prints and ceramics by Hagerstown-born artist Gretchen Wachs, 1950s railroad photos by O. Winston Link, and the 74th annual Cumberland Valley Artists’ Exhibition.
West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Main Avenue and Second Street, Weston, W. Va., (304) 269-5006, members.aol.com/wvmuseumofglass. Consider where we would be without glass. No proverbs about glass houses and nothing to drink wine from. And we wouldn’t have all the very breakable items in this museum, including decorative Tiffany tiles, blown glass tableware, and oil lamps.
Zippo Lighter Visitor’s Center and Museum, 1932 Zippo Drive, Bradford, (888) 442-1932, website. Just let the 40-foot lighter outside draw you like a moth to a flame into a pyro’s paradise of rare Zippos (and collection of Case knives, as if you weren’t already tempted enough to commit a felony).
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