Sunday, July 28, 2013

Escaping to Artscape

Hello friends, this past weekend I had the opportunity to attend Artscape in Baltimore.

Artscape is a huge art festival held every year. It features several outdoor stages for music, many tents for craft vendors from all over the country, a car art parade and exhibition, fashion tents, hands-on crafts for children and families, free shows at the Lyric Opera house, Corpus Christi church and others; car painting, and lots and lots of food vendors. The best part is that it is all FREE, not the food of course.

And while this event has been happening for many years (since 1982), this is my second time in a while that I have gone and what I found was a much bigger festival than before with many enjoyable venues. I was also very glad that several events were held indoors which allowed me to have some relief from the hot weather. Yes, it was freaking hot and humid, just your typical hot summer day in the east coast.

I started out early in the day to try to see it all which I almost did. My day started by visiting the craft vendors which I enjoy. I like seeing the creativity of people especially those that use natural materials in ways that I would have never imagined which in fact is pretty easy to do since I am not an artistic. I also like to see the whimsical, the quirky and just interesting categories.

Art by Chris at H.C. Warner

These airplanes were made from metal cans. While I thought it was interesting, I cringed at the thought of finger cuts while making these especially when just starting out so I asked the artist and she did say she had her share of cuts.

Art from Can do planes

These bugs were really cute. I found the ones mimicking an Opera aficionado rather fun. I love the bugs reading.

Also, I am always fascinated by crafts that use glass pieces in vases and candle holders such as these. They are just pretty.

In the clever category is this lamp from old golf clubs and boy do I have several of those around, if only I knew how to make one but seriously I have no inclination.

 Yes, there was pretty art. I found this particular artist theme pleasing to my eyes. Maybe I liked the simplicity of it and the introduction of color with the umbrellas. I would have loved to have learned from the artist what inspired this theme but she had lots of people wanting to speak with her.

Art by Kendra Baird

Because the event was held around the Maryland Institute College of Art in Midtown Baltimore, several of the college buildings were open to the public holding more artistic showings. This is one of the buildings in the campus.

In one of the buildings it was all about video games. I went in to see several video games that I have never seen but there was this one in particular that I found amusing. I don't know what the game is called and I don't know if it in fact is out in the market, I forgot all about those details because I was just amused and distracted by what I was seeing. So imagine this, a guy hugging a pretty large teddy bear in front of the screen. Then I see him moving and squeezing the teddy bear so the teddy bear in the game (the screen) would move, jump or walk. If you did not look at the screen, all you would see is this guy mishandling a poor teddy bear which was rather comical to me. In fact, I could not hold back and told him that it looked like he was brutalizing the teddy bear, we both giggled.

I did see some of the old favorite Nintendo games like Pac Man, Space invaders, Donkey Kong, Asteroids you know the good old days of simple video game fun. Personally I would love to have a game room with games like that and an old juke box.

There were large murals done by the public which turned out rather well. Earlier I had seen groups of people over these easels and what a pleasant surprise to see at the end of the day what they had accomplished.

But of course what is an art festival without the strange, borderline weird, quirky and this will be in my next post.

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