Take 173 exhibitors setting up for 6 days…
12 city blocks in Baltimore, Maryland…
free admission to 350,000 attendees for 3 days…
and you have yourself a pARTy!!!
A 16-foot tall kinetic sculpture
created by artist, Christian Ristow.
[Click on this photo to learn more
about this amazing robotic artwork!]
Now, also keep in mind that 2 out of those 3 days poured buckets from the heavens, so the bulk of the attendance was probably counted on the day we decided to take our first look at this annual Artscape
festival… That was yesterday, and I am still alive to tell you about it! Where do I even begin???…
I have heard about this event over the years, but I am not much of a city gal, especially when I have to do the driving and the agonizing parking, so I just never got up the zeal to brave the crowds and check it out on my own. Enter in my new artsy-pal from my class last semester, Josie, who emailed me that she was thinking about going. (By the way, you can link over to her fun blog site by clicking on her name.) I thought it over… art, music, sparkly things, food, ART… I was in!!! Hopped in the car, traffic wasn’t bad, free parking was everywhere… I was looking for the giant chicken foot to descend from the sky to wake me back into reality… But it was all good and soon after meeting up on the grounds, we were scoping out the tents.
This year the festival was situated on Mount Royal Ave., with free performances at The Lyric and by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Three sound stages scattered throughout the city featured musicians all weekend long like Brian McKnight, Clutch, Emma White, Easy Star All-Stars… just to name a few.
The Squonk Opera Roadshow entertaining the crowd.
Then there was the Squonk Opera Roadshow who brought their own custom built stage masterpiece to the streets! I have to say, they were my favorite performers of the day.
Arts and craft exhibitors ranged from the stunningly beautiful to the shockingly bizarre. On a trip I once took to San Francisco back in the 90’s, I thought I had seen it all… anyone who’s been there has to admit, there is some distinct zaniness going on in that town. All I can say is that there must be some of the same juice floating in the water out this way, because we just had no idea what to expect at every turn! I think we were pretty worn out after the 4th hour or so, but pressed on in sheer curiosity over what could possibly be around the next bend! You gotta love the art-folk! If you have never been to an art festival before, you may be in for some culture shock at Artscape, but you’ll be hooked on the mayhem and maybe even a little inspired!