Last weekend, Baltimore hosted roughly 400,000 or more people during a three day outdoor art exhibit event called Artscape. Attracting hundreds of eclectic artists, Artscape is the modern day artist's Mecca.
During the second day of the festival, I was able to venture out with a few friends to enjoy the sites and tastes Artscape had to offer. It was an extremely humid day, and the city of Baltimore took great measures to provide festival goers with plenty of water and cool air. There was even a city bus parked in the street strictly for providing guests with a place to sit down and cool off in the A/C. As hot as it was, we didn't let the temperature stop us from exploring everything Artscape had to offer.
Our first stop was a seat on this colorful ferris wheel. It gave us a fantastic view of the festival, and showed us just how HUGE the festival was - spanning along large sections of Charles St. and Mt. Royal Avenue. After my ride, I snagged a shot of my friends Olivia and Mike taking the ferris wheel for a spin!
Shortly after, we ran into a young lady who graciously allowed me to take her picture. She was heading to do a live performance of a martial arts dance called Capoeira (click to learn more). There is a heavy presence of this beautiful and creative dance in Baltimore. If it is something you are interested in seeing in action, check out this video. Art is not only found at the tip of a pencil, it is found in the soul and expressed through a variety of different mediums!
One way of expressing art is through food! I must confess. I am a foodie. In fact, my first few steps into the festival were welcomed by a long line of delicious food trucks awaiting my order. I tried one out, and wasn't the biggest fan. Thankfully, I also ate an AMAZING Chicken Sandwich from Yankee Doodle Dandy's food truck. It was so delicious that my mouth is watering from just writing about it! In fact, I loved it so much that I went back and asked to take a picture of the awesome and friendly crew! They spotted me sitting near the curb devouring the sandwich haha! I have no shame! If you ever see this food truck around, you MUST try it! Also, check out these amazing fries from the Greek On The Street food truck. They tasted even better than they looked!
Among the food vendors and the theme park fun, were independent artists lining the road, and selling their fun and creative products. It is hard to point out just a few vendors that caught my eye. I met Sarah K. Benning, a young lady who sells contemporary embroidery products. From fabric to greeting cards, she is so skillful at what she does. Everything at her booth was stunning! I picked up two adorable custom made cards. If you want more information, or any custom orders you can finder her store on Etsy at www.sarahkbenning.etsy.com.
I also met a woman whose middle name is my nickname....STASIA! How funny? Sometimes it feels like such a small world ya know? She was so down to earth and friendly, and provided us with more information about her friends Artscape booth. Her friend designed and sold lightbulbs with an assortment of plants and things inside. I later learned that these were called "terrariums". They were so interesting and beautiful, we couldn't just take one picture! If you want more information about them and other products, visit Nik da Pooh designs.
Last, but not least, there was a woman making a design for a scarf out of paint or dye of some type. She would use a dropper, and drop different colors into the water. Those colors would dye the scarf and create a unique pattern. I love products that are completely unique! Check out the photo! Isn't that neat?!
Yes, Artscape was FUN FUN FUN! But it would not have been quite the experience if I didn't have my friends with me. Shout out to the art of friendship, something not easily made but all to easily broken. I snagged a candid photo of a group of girls walking along the street during the festival, one of them holding a beautiful sunflower.
For some reason, this photo captured the entire day into one frame. It also remind me of a special friend of mine, who I knew would appreciate the beauty of the sunflower as well!
I decided to end this post with an image that depicts my type of art....the Paint & Wine station. Yes, they had a booth where you could paint a little canvas and drink some vino. Win Win my people! Win win!
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