July 17, 2015
(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day’s gift.)
Artscape is one of Baltimore’s best annual events—free too—but it is always held during hot and humid July. In all the years, today was the best weather I’ve ever experienced at Artscape—partial clouds, upper 70’s/low 80’s, slight breeze. Perfect.
This is the best of Baltimore where people from all backgrounds mingle peacefully, share the vitality of the arts and open their minds to new ideas. This year’s theme is water. One of the first exhibits I saw was a fence mosaic of repurposed plastic including water bottles that depicted waves. Kitchen whisks were available so visitors could use the art to experiment with percussion. Of course I tried it.
The theme continued with a yarn bomb car covered with crocheted mermaids and fish. A Brocean City area held a stage for rock opera and not far away people walked through a beach scene with a cool water spray. Dancers in jellyfish headgear swayed in front of Neptune’s tent.
Fluidity of ideas and joy permeated the scene: Loring Cornish transformed a former police kiosk into a glass mosaic radiating positivity after Baltimore’s racial and police conflicts; dancers whirled with sounds of Telesma’s new-age energy; painted storm drains remind us to protect the Chesapeake Bay; a Towson student visually advocated “free the nipple.”
Our country’s biggest free art festival runs for three days, necessary to experience all the layers. Predictions for Saturday and Sunday warn of a high heat index with possible showers. I’ll take my umbrella. There are also rumors about a “no pants” flash mob on Saturday but I will probably keep my pants on.
My gift today is good weather for Artscape.
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