Art Features

Sub of Arts & Culture

Center Stage, Act Two This year, the historic theater space expands and updates in dramatic ways.

“All the world’s a stage,” as Shakespeare would have us believe and, if you drove past the 700 block of Calvert Street last year, you’ll have noticed that Center Stage was taking this literally. In the interests of a $32 million renovation of their historic building, they turned themselves inside …

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Ring Mistresses The Ladies of Hampden run away and join the circus for a happy cause.

The Ladies of Hampden star in a sizzling pair of calendars all their own this year, and each book is a theatrical spectacle to behold. A spinoff on last year’s “Boys of Hampden”/ “Boys of Hampden Gone Wild” double-calendar project—which featured male business owners from the Hampden area posing in …

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Rounders Three Baltimore-based artists put their own personal spins on the wreath-making tradition, exchanging greenery for creativity.

In Memoriam “This wreath symbolizes the cycles of life, death and rebirth,” artist Chip Irvine says. “Working with these concepts in mind, I used a photographic print of dead fish I found walking along the Patapsco River in Canton—cut the photograph, reshaped it, glued new forms together and completely transformed …

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To Market, To Market Creative makers’ markets at both AVAM and MICA delight the senses—and satisfy the pesky holiday shopping list.

It’s that time of year again: There’s a chill in the air, holiday tunes blast from the radio, fuzzy sweaters become a daily uniform … and hordes of holiday shoppers descend on malls across the city. We make our lists and check them twice, prowling for sales and trying to …

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Baltimore Artists Take to Berlin Two Goucher alums will present a moving display at the Berlin Light Weeks Sept. 30-Oct. 16.

If you attended Light City this past spring, you may remember a cascade of multi-dimensional, multicolored images falling over the Inner Harbor waters—and as you passed by, your presence made the shapes and colors change. Sound familiar? You were witnessing “Water Wall,” a piece by Baltimore-based artists Greg St. Pierre …

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Reality Star: 5 Questions for Cara Ober Bmore Art's Ober on art as a career and the intersection between visual art and publishing.

As a critic, I’ve written about artist Cara Ober’s mixed media work over the years. Since she started her BmoreArt blog in 2007 and, more recently, its corresponding print journal, I’ve written for her. Ober, 42, grew up in Westminster. She studied art at American University in Washington, D.C., moved …

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Art Transplant: The Clever Illustrator Cornel Rubino compares Baltimore to a Bruegel...and we buy it.

At barely a few minutes after two on a midweek July afternoon, Cornel Rubino has unsurprisingly (for him) laid out a curious early-happy-hour tableau of the Italian liqueur Strega with lighter-than-air Goya pineapple wafers in his surprisingly tidy (for an artist) Woodberry studio. The highbrow/lowbrow culinary combo jibes with his …

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Art Transplant: The Writing Partners Writer Michelle Mariano and musician Nathan Graham thrive in Baltimore's art scene—baby and all.

Michelle Mariano isn’t allowed to have any ice cream for the foreseeable future. A dietary restriction? Nope, a literary one. “I was supposed to submit [my novel-in-stories manuscript] by May 31 to an agent who asked for it,” says Mariano, 37. “I did not. Now I can’t have any ice …

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Art Transplant: The Foodie Bassoonist Fei Xie brings his artistic flair to stages across the world—and the kitchen table.

Although he played three days earlier in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s season-ending performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” at Meyerhoff Hall, Fei Xie, the orchestra’s principal bassoonist, hasn’t entirely, so to speak, left the building. This late-June morning, he sits in the Meyerhoff’s lobby, fresh from giving a lesson to a 72-year-old …

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