Baltimore Maryland has a remarkable art scene. When I'm not selling real estate I spend the majority of my free time immersed in the Baltimore art community. I find it's the perfect outlet to add balance to my life. When real estate gets trying, I've got my life in art. Here are some of my favorite ways to engage the Baltimore art scene.
The Baltimore Museum of Art http://www.artbma.org/
I've been a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art for almost 10 years giving weekend and evening tours at the museum about twice a month. The BMA is coming up on its 100th anniversary in 2014 and it's a great time to get involved. The collection houses over 90,000 works of art including the famed Cone Collection which has the worlds largest holdings of artwork by Henri Matisse.
Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art
Are you interested in collecting Modern and Contemporary Art? This is the group for you to join in Baltimore. It is a Friends group at the Baltimore Museum of Art and its year-round programming arranges access to private art collections, special events (such as artist lectures) and fantastic trips to important art centers both in the USA and abroad. I've travelled with this group to Art Basel Miami Beach, Houston, Chicago and Kansas City.
The C. Grimaldis Gallery http://www.cgrimaldisgallery.com/
The C. Grimaldis Gallery has continuously operated in Baltimore since 1977. It has established itself as Baltimore’s oldest contemporary art gallery, and an important venue in the region. The gallery specializes in post WWII American and European art with an emphasis on contemporary sculpture. In full disclosure, I work with this gallery on special projects and I've known the owner my entire life.
Artscape Baltimore http://www.artscape.org/
Artscape is America's largest free arts festival and every summer it transforms the center of Baltimore into a big art party. Most exciting to me is the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. The prestigious competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. This has become quite a big deal in Baltimore; I throw a party in honor of this great event each year. For the Baltimore and Washington contemporary art community, this is our Oscars.
The Station North Arts and Entertainment District
My husband and I were residents of the trendy and gritty Station North Arts District from 2003-2008. Here is an article from 2006 where you can read about some of our adventures: http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/baltimore/the-art-of-space/Content?oid=1246246
Much of the success of this district is due to the influence of
The Maryland Institute College of Art http://www.mica.edu/
These are my top 5 go-to-can't-miss events, groups and destinations for living the good life as an art collector in Baltimore. Honorable mention goes to; The Walters Art Museum, The Visionary Art Museum, The Creative Alliance, The Contemporary Museum, Maryland Art Place, School 33, Goya Contemporary and Nudashank Gallery (to name a few!).
Once you've got an art collection, you're going to need some serious wall-space to house your holdings. If you are looking for just the right property, I'd be delighted to be your agent. My taste is as discriminating as yours!
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