L'Enfant Plaza Mall – One Year Later

So one year later, I’m visiting the Tidal Basin and the renovation on the new side of L’Enfant Plaza Mall is in full bloom. A food court connecting to the old (new vacant) mall with a handful of new retailers, this I’m sure is a treat for those who work around here. Last time I was here, I was concerned the red and white would look too drastic, but it looks rather nice and sophisticated with these chains here. Now I wonder what they’ll do with the old mall side.
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The Potters' Guild of Baltimore in Rockberry, Baltimore

I just found a pottery studio and gallery that has an eclectic mix of decorative and functional crafts, for very inexpensive prices. I’m seeing $20-$40 for teapots, vases, mugs. I’m seeing $10 plates… And if you’re looking for decorative items that also function, you know these prices are rare. More information at http://www.pottersguild.com
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Gutierrez Studios in Clipper Mill, Woodberry, Baltimore

I’ve stumbled across a gorgeous furniture design studio at Clipper Mill in Woodberry, who helped lead the area’s transformation. They create beautiful furniture items such as lamps, tables, chairs, and a lot more I’m sure. Their showroom is open for parties as well as visits, and it’s a rare find for me to see such a calming yet invigorating space. It truly embodies the beauty and energy in clever yet present works of art. The type of design that stands still and yet its presence is known. For more information, visit http://gutierrezstudios.com.
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Discovering @CorradettiGlass Gallery in Clipper Mill, Woodberry, Baltimore

A studio and gallery with gorgeous presentation in the Historic Clipper Mill of Woodberry, Baltimore. The staff is friendly and accessible, a great find. Prices are as expected, about $250+ for most vases, but ranges $120+. There’s some experimental fun glasswears here, as well as some fun decorative household items, for about $20+! They hold and are available for events and parties here, have a stage,  and of course, have a gorgeous craft store alongside the studio floor. Www.corradetti.com

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Julie Sayo's "Asthma & Design" as part of MICA's MA in Social Design Thesis Exhibition in the Pinkard Gallery in the Bunting Center

Inspirational and informative, social media artist and graphic designer, Julie Sayo, explores  a designer’s role in “improviding health communication related to asthma” in “Asthma & Design” as part of the Master of Arts in Social Design Thesis Exhibition. Her work recognizes that many of Baltimore’s minority children face the issue without help. Her interactive booklets and posters are eye-catching, playful, and quick to understand. If you have the time, check out her work in person! On Exhibition until this Friday’s closing reception from 5-7pm.

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Remy Peritz's "Current Debates" as part of MICA's MA in Social Design Thesis Exhibition in the Pinkard Gallery in the Bunting Center

My favorite piece I’ve found as part of the Master of Arts in Social Design Thesis Exhibition is Remy Peritz‘s “Current Debates.” He asks various questions, looking for democratic responses studying social media’s worth…explaining a work in progress in which he researches how social design grows, it seems. Aside from the gallery installation, he has an online survey at www.definesocialdesign.com. I’ll definitely be taking it!

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"Off The Rails" Thesis Exhibition at MICA Brown Building Gallery

On Exhibition until April 29th, about 70 MICA students exhibit their artwork as part of their thesis on campus. During this session, at the Brown Building on campus, across two gallery spaces, two of my favorite works so far are by Carly Witmer and Jennifer Coster.

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Witmer’s ‘prigmatic paintings’ are gorgeous in their linear nature and vibrancy. It’s visual textures and layers astound my eyes and create a depth I usually don’t see in abstract works.

Coster’s drawings and sculpture illustrate architecture and nature. She has on display a flip-book poem called “April” of a plant growing and being cut,  a labyrinth of colorful shapes on the ground that initially remind me of birds-eye-views of neighborhoods, and a series of birdcages with a townhome-facade that apparently were used by actual birds.

These works stimulate playing in space, a creative spirit, and understanding structure. Come see!

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