Art and Stuff
Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland, 4:30-6:30 p.m. last Thursday of every month through the summer, Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, (410) 730-4801, www.historic-oakland.com, $18.90. Don't worry, the manners will come to you when you step inside this mansion from 1811.
Bethesda Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. second Friday of every month, Bethesda Metro Center, www.bethesda.org/arts/artswalk.htm, free. Do feel you like you don't have a whole day to spend at a gallery pondering art? Maybe you could spare a day if it was a really productive one. Like one where you saw 13 galleries and studios featuring mixed media by artists both local and international.
ClayFest!, June 1-3, Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., (410) 578-1919, www.baltimoreclayworks.org, $25-$30. Ceramic's a messy, messy way to express yourself. But boy does coffee taste like you're on a lush mountain top, watching a sunrise, and barefoot in dewy grass when you drink it out of a hand crafted clay mug.
Celebration of Textiles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2, 1-4 p.m. June 3, the Textile Museum, 2320 South St. NW, Washington, (202) 667-0441, www.textilemuseum.org, free. First the sheep are sheared in the museum garden. Then that wool is spun into yarn and dyed different colors, maybe red to represent passion, power or status. Then weavers start pulling stands of yarn into their loom and create an amazing piece of art. You can watch every step of this process and much more at this little textile party. Try your hands at the loom, watch a performance by the Silk Road Dance Company, and get your photograph taken in clothing from all around the world. All for free! Oh, we got so excited we almost forgot--bring the kids.
Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2, grounds of Westminster City Hall, intersections of Locust, Longwell, and Key streets, Westminster, (410) 848-7272, www.carr.org/arts. Pre-register cuz this park full of art could fill-up fast.
24th Annual Piscataway Indian Festival and Pow Wow, June 2-3, American Indian Cultural Center, 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 782-2224, www.piscatawayindians.org. Is that sage in the air, or a faint goatskin drum beat starting to pick up? Perhaps no other group is as crafty as the Native Americans, so there is most definitely something for everyone at this gathering.
Columbia Festival of the Arts 20th Anniversary, June 6-23, Columbia Town Center, Little Patuxent Parkway, (410) 715-3044, www.columbiafestival.com. With lakefront musical performances, art and crafts for sale, sidewalk chalk contest, kinetic art parade, and multiple performances by a really unique troupe from Melbourne called Strange Fruit, including a hypnotizing dance on four-meter-high flexible poles that mimics wheat swaying in the wind.
Gunpowder Falls Plein Air Landscape Painting Competition, all day, June 15-16, various scenic spots in Sparks and Gencoe, (410) 472-2415, www.gunpowderfallspleinair.com, $35. Attention all artists who are looking for a little friendly competition this summer. For two days, you artists and your opponents will paint outside in le plein air, creating a spontaneous and vivid portrait of the great outdoors. Then the contest heats up when artists hang their work at Diddywopps and Keeffers gallery to be judged by Nancy Tankersley for cold hard cash prizes. We're talking 500 dollars for best in show, game on.
Manayunk Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-6 or 8 p.m. June 23-24, Main Street, Manayunk, (215) 482-9565, www.mamayunk.com. Hey all you savvy consumers, don't you dare miss the largest outdoor arts and crafts show in the Delaware Valley. More than 250 artists will be slinging their jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, photography, paintings, and more. What you won't find is anything that is mass produced or manufactured, because that is strictly prohibited. Even the lemonade stand has lemon-inspired art.
Summer Music on the Portico, 7 p.m. June 27, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, (301) 864-0420, free. Feel like one of the Calvert family while you boogie in the lawn of your, oops, their mansion.
Canal Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 30, South Chesapeake City, (410) 885-2415, www.chesapeakecity.com. Musicians in the park and arts and craft vendors everywhere you turn, both competing for your attention. Throw them off by eating a corndog while contemplating your plan of action.
Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15, Deep Creek Lake State Park, Discovery Center, Garrett County, (301) 387-7314, www.deepcreektimes.com/artinthepark, free. There could be a treasure in the Deep Creek. Find a new home accessory that you will be calling "success-ory" once it changes the whole decor of your house.
Antique Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, Del., (302) 645-7670, www.historiclewes.org, $3, ages 12 and under free. With 65 wheelers and dealers, you are bound to find that thing-a-muh-jig you have spent a lifetime looking for.
Annapolis Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Aug. 16, 215 Main St., Annapolis, (410) 267-7077, www.artinannapolis.com, free. Don't you just love these things? Little art parties to expand your interest in something you already love. Like this one, with 20 local galleries dishing up demonstrations and activities.
Academy Art Museum, 106 S. East St., Easton, (410) 822-2787, www.art-academy.org. Founded in 1958, this museum's a white shaped barn-looking house full of art. This spring they made partners with National Gallery of Art to bring you the finest in some of the world's most significant collections. So step away from the shore for two minutes, take a shower, and get your sophistication on in Easton.
African-American Heritage Society Museum, 17485 Crain Highway, LaPlata, (301) 843-0371, www.www.aahscc.org. From slavery to modern day, Southern Maryland's come a long way, baby. But let's not forget all the mistakes made along the way, so as not to make them again. The A-AHSM displays objects from Charles County life and features information about the contributions made by Southern Marylanders.
Alzacar Gallery, Baltimore School of Arts, 712 Cathedral St., (410) 347-1478, www.bsfa.org, free. The BSA's gallery displays half a dozen exhibits of student art a year. Come support artists at the Baltimore Fame school before they realize how broke and tortured they're going to be someday. Ah, to be young and full of aspiration again.
American Indian Cultural Center and Piscataway Indian Museum, 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 372-1932, www.piscatawayindians.org/museum.html. The Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay are rich with priceless heritage. The Piscataway Indians have worked hard to protect this treasure and they want to share it with you. Be nice and say thank you.
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, www.avam.org, $4-$11, ages 4 and under free. Not only a wonderful place to get hitched, the Visionary gives exhibitions the hang time they truly deserve changing their walls only once a year--you have no excuse to not catch each show at least once. Their current exhibit, Home and Beast, is up through the summer. That's home sweet home to you, you animal.
Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, Pa., (412) 237-8300, www.warhol.org, $6-$10. No one can ever repeat what Andy did. (We can call him Andy, right?) You didn't want to mess with him; he could make or break you, especially the women. Get to know his well-known pieces at this hot spot and learn to appreciate that calendar one of your family members gets you every dang holiday.
Art Gallery of Fells Point, 1716 Thames St., (410) 327-1272, www.fellspointgallery.org, free. See a different side of Fells--not that staggering (read: tipsy) one where you curse the cobblestones. This artist co-op keeps it fresh by giving each of its 50 artists fair air time.
Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, 5706 Smith Ave., (410) 578-1919, www.baltimoreclayworks.org, free. You can't beat functional art with a stick. Well, maybe this stuff would survive: ceramics can hold their own in the dishwasher and out. Clayworks make it look so easy, but they want you to try it by offering classes, workshops, and studio space.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-7100, www.artbma.org, free. Make sure you don't live your life without seeing a true Picasso up close and personal. You can case this place Wednesdays through Sundays for free so pop in, would ya? Each work that enters the BMA collection has a ripple effect, with new pieces bringing life to the old. That's why they cut to the chase and named the summer show, Ripple Effect.
Brandywine Museum, Route 1, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 388-2700, www.brandywinemuseum.org, $8, seniors, students, and ages 6-12 $5, ages under 6 free. Those Wyeths sure are painterly types. The building alone is a piece of art: a 19th century grist mill, in an elegant brick building surrounded by Brandywine Conservancy's wildflower and native plant gardens in full bloom with summer sun colors. So stunning you might forget to head inside to see the art collections of three Wyeth generations, but don't.
C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N Charles St., (410) 539-1080, www.cgrimaldisgallery.com, free. Thirty is the new 20, right? Not so true in the business of galleries. C. Grimaldis Gallery is in sweet, ripe form, turning a proud 30 this year. Lucky Jon Ruppert gets to showcase his works for this birfday celebration.
Contemporary Museum of Art, 100 W. Centre St., (410) 783-5720, www.contemporary.org, donations appreciated. Just when you've heard enough of depressing current affairs, take a peek at the art that is made as a result of such times. Currently, Joseph Grigely is showing--well, showing and telling--his work exploring idiosyncrasies of language.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, Washington, (202) 639-1700, www.corcoran.org, $8, seniors $6, students $4, kids under 12 free. The Corcoran is half gallery, half college. Must be nice creating next to such excellence--in the very least it must be an inspiration. Come see if these lucky bastards have what it takes to hang (get it?) with the pros.
Corradetti Gallery, 2010 Clipper Park Road, Suite 119, (410) 243-2010, www.corradetti.com. Shame on you for thinking the only glass blown is for smoking. Check out pieces that you can display in your home even while the folks pay a visit. Maybe even pick up a pretty vase or bowl (not that kind, come on now) for your mommy dearest.
Delaware Art Museum, 800 S. Madison St., Wilmington, Del., (302) 571-9590, www.delart.org, $10, seniors $8, students $5, free on Sundays. View refreshing contemporary African-American Art through mid-July at this museum. There will always be a complicated interaction among racial identity and life, and this exhibit shows art that reflects that struggle.
Delaware Toy and Miniature Museum, 6 Old Barley Mill Road, Wilmington, Del., (302) 427-8697, www.thomes.net/toys. No questions about it: Anything mini is darling, no matter what it is. If it's little, it's cute as a puppy.
Goya Contemporary, Studio 214, 3000 Chestnut Ave., (410) 366-2001, www.goyacontemporary.com. Go Goya, go Goya, get your print on. Currently showing is Madeleine Keesing with her oil on canvases that you will have to get real close to believe it's not fabric.
Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave., (410) 563-3404, www.greatblacksinwax.org, $9, seniors, college students, and ages 12-17 $8, ages 3-11 $6, kids under 3 free. Say "cheese" and get your photo taken with the likes of Chaka Zula, Makeda the Queen of Sheba, or Reggie Lewis. City Paper sizzlin' hot tip: A photo with one of these icons has the potential for a really cool holiday card.
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, 215 Giles St., Havre de Grace, (410) 939-3739. www.decoymuseum.com, $6, seniors $5, ages 9-18 $2, kids and members free. Are you ducking kidding? There's a whole museum of these things? Cool. Let's just try to forget what they're really used for: hunting.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th and Independence avenues SW, Washington, (202) 357-2700, www.hirshhorn.si.edu, donations accepted. This is pretty rad: The Hirshhorn curators invited artist John Baldessari to step up as the next contestant in "You Organize an Exhibit." He was allowed inside the art vault to pick and choose what he thinks the people want to see. So far, Baldessari is taking home the people's choice award. They like it, they really like it.
Homewood House Museum, 3400 N. Charles St., (410) 516-5589, www.jhu.edu/hwdhouse, $6, seniors $5, students $3, JHU students, faculty, and staff free. Charles Carroll Jr. spared no expense when spending his father's generous wedding gift to build and furnish sweet little (yeah, right) digs in the country. Expensive will never go out of style and a tour of the abode still has the ability to make you super jealous.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., (410) 732-6400, www.jhsm.org, $8, members free. Features a combination of art, rare objects, photographs, videos, and more. The JHSM is currently showing a haunting exhibit documenting the ongoing practice of the ancient, private Jewish ritual bath.
Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100, (410) 962-8565, www.mdartplace.org, free. Thank buddha there is an artistic light at the end of that dark, scary tunnel of Power Plant Live! debauchery. MAP.is not-for-profit and all for having a drink and a think over some art.
McBride Gallery, 215 Main St., Annapolis, (410) 267-7077, www.mcbridegallery.com, free. Just how real the realism is is visualized in the next showing, Landscape, Still Life and the Figure. Four artists are up for our personal challenge but only one can be the winner. Just joshing, they're all winners.
Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, 6019 Chambersburg Road, Orrtanna, Pa., (717) 352-3792, www.mistereds-elephantmuseum.com, free. Do Mr. Ed a couple favors and bring him an elephant something or other that you don't need anymore, and no freaking horse jokes. The guy likes elephants--no, he loves elephants, okay? There are more gray-skinned, white-tusked goods dwelling in this habitat than you ever imagined existed.
Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 563-3737, ext. 211, www.collphyphil.org, $12, kids, students and seniors $8, ages 6 and under free. If you think that being left alone in an examination room and peeking around at all the tools while you wait for your doctor to come in is creepy, wait until you get a load of this collection. What was once an educational tool for pre-med maniacs got so out of control they needed everyone to see it. Ewww sick, but go look; everyone loves a curable case of the heebie-jeebies.
National Gallery of Art, on the National Mall, Third and Ninth streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, (202) 737-4215, www.nga.gov, free. All East Coasters should be familiar by now with the extensive and incredible collection of art at the National, so we found something you smarty pants maybe aren't yet aware of: Lizzy and Gordan are making a visit to the sculpture garden this summer. You don't know who Lizzy and Gordan are? They are cute little fictional characters that help make learning fun for kids (of course) at the museum. So bring your kiddies down for a play-date, and they can all go on an art adventure.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, (202) 783-5000, Washington, www.nmwa.org, $8, students and seniors $6, ages 18 and under free. Grrrl power is where it's at and women's lib is for everyone, not just chicks. So guys make an appearance at the NMWA and see the Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque and the Artist's Sketchbooks and Illustrated Diaries exhibits. Consider meeting a hot babe a bonus to a good education.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 763-8100, www.philamuseum.org, $12, seniors $9, students and kids $8, members free. After a long day with Japanese Masters of the Brush and celebrating Korea's screen paintings, hanging scrolls, furniture, and ceramics, treat yourself to a delicious mouth watering, sizzlin' hot (cuz that's how we like it here at CP) grilled cheese. Ha, and you thought we were going to say cheese steak, come on now, but those are good, too.
Queen Anne's Museum of Eastern Shore Life, 126 Dulin Clark Road, Centreville, (410) 758-8641, www.mesl.us. Life shore is good down here, hon. Come see just how sweet it is, and was, with pretty steam engines, shiny cast iron stoves, and freshly oiled grandfather clocks.
Radio and Television Museum, 2608 Mitchellville Road, Bowie, (301) 390-1020, www.radiohistory.org. This is where those expensive Art Nouveau stores nab their inspiration. If you check out this museum first, you will be able to spot the most authentic-looking items next time you wanna drop a ton of money.
Top of the World Observation Level and Museum, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., (410) 837-8439, www.bop.org, $5, seniors and military $4, ages 3-12 $3, kids under 3 free. Let's see, you think this place has a view? Boy does it, and it makes Baltimore look so exciting and city-like that you fall in love all over again. It's kinda like how nobody can see your zit from 20 feet away.
Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, www.thewalters.org. Hey listen this is the last damn time we are going to tell you this. (That's so not true--we're just doing our job here.) This museum is free, every day, not just Thursdays. FREE. So we're not going to tell you what's there because it's a surprise. Wait, then we won't be doing that job we talked about. Okay, in a nutshell: straight from Gee's Bend, Ala., The Architecture of the Quilt and photographs of said destination by Baltimore's own Linda Day Clark.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Shumaker Drive, Salisbury, (410) 742-4988, www.wardmuseum.org. Catch the Ward bros in action, busting and dusting some wood into waterfowl.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown, (301) 739-5727, www.washcomuseum.org, free. The Bowman and Kerstein Galleries get a breath of fresh air this summer with majestic mountains, fjords, forests, and lakes of Norway. The West, East, and North of Norway brings a array of photographs in large-format, black and white flavor.
West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Main Avenue and Second Street, Weston, W. Va., (304) 269-5006, members.aol.com/wvmuseumofglass. You break it, you broke.
Zippo Lighter Visitor's Center and Museum, 1932 Zippo Drive, Bradford, Pa., (888) 442-1932, www.zippo.com. Follow the custom-made Zippo "street-lighters" lining the driveway to one of the flashiest building you've ever seen. Do you think it's possible to leave this display of power and eternal spark of every human being's infatuation with fire, without a souvenir Zippo? Doubt it.
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