Published Sept. 20, Gary Vikan’s new book Sacred and Stolen explores the little-seen scandalous side of the art world…all while delving deeper into Vikan’s own life in a moving memoir. We sat down with the author to chat briefly about his newest work. From theft to forgery to destruction, you’ve …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Foodie Bassoonist Fei Xie brings his artistic flair to stages across the world—and the kitchen table.
Although he played three days earlier in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s season-ending performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” at Meyerhoff Hall, Fei Xie, the orchestra’s principal bassoonist, hasn’t entirely, so to speak, left the building. This late-June morning, he sits in the Meyerhoff’s lobby, fresh from giving a lesson to a 72-year-old …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Museum Director Chris Bedford has lived all over the world. Here's why he's so excited to be in Baltimore.
“To me, Baltimore is a collision of East Coast and Southern sensibilities, producing a culture that I have never experienced anywhere else—and it’s fascinating,” confides Chris Bedford by phone from Boston. This statement is surprising considering that the future director of the Baltimore Museum of Art has spent his 39 …Read More »
Tony Shore started painting on black velvet in the early ‘90s when he was a junior at MICA—where he received a full scholarship, incidentally. Growing up in Morrell Park, he’d spent every afternoon at the old Morrell Park Library drawing for hours on end, developing his uncanny ability as a natural draftsman. …Read More »
In the winter of 2014, University of Maryland alum Jason Reynolds and Boston native Brendan Kiely were sent off on tour together in support of their debut novels: When I Was the Greatest and The Gospel of Winter, respectively. During this tour, while sharing every meal and meeting for beers …Read More »
Network(ing) Star Playwright/TV writer Fia Alvarez left Baltimore to write, but her home city fuels her.
Fia Alvarez finished her first complete play, “Pretty Princess and the Seven Cockatoos,” when she was in the fourth grade at St. Francis of Assisi School on Harford Road in Mayfield. “It was a satire of ‘Snow White,’” Alvarez says, laughing, as she describes the playground play reading she directed. …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Melodist Musician Hanna Olivegren on the leap of faith that led her to Baltimore.
Hanna Olivegren, 2015 For international art transplant Hanna Olivegren, the journey to Baltimore began with a melody in her head. The 28-year-old musician was volunteering at a music festival near Stockholm when she met Baltimore-based artist Asa Osborne. “I really liked his energy, and I wanted to hear his music,” …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Performance Poet Southern-born Sharea Harris raises her voice for change in Baltimore.
Sharea Harris, 2012 “The amount of black artists in Baltimore is fucking fantastic,” says Sharea Harris, 29, a poet and recent graduate of the University of Baltimore’s MFA program in creative writing and publishing arts. “It’s amazing. And I feel very lucky to be part of that, to know that …Read More »
Linda Franklin likes old Industrial Era cities. When, in 1993, she decided to move from New York, where she’d lived as an artist for nearly 25 years, to be closer to her Charlottesville-based parents, her choices were Richmond, Philadelphia and Baltimore. She chose Baltimore because of its eccentric reputation. “I …Read More »
You know you’ve made it as a writer when you go perusing the Craigslist writing gigs section late at night. There you’ll find a veritable smorgasbord of non-paying jobs, “marketing” start-ups, and kids looking for help on term papers. It’s like the Algonquin Roundtable, but with a better chance for …Read More »