Open Studio Tour Day 2 – part 2:
Since moving to Baltimore only recently. I was very excited for this opportunity to see the art scene by attending the Open Studio Tour. Day 2, after finishing meeting the artists at Copy Cat Building and Cork Factory, I headed over to the place that was next on the top of my list – School 33 Art Center,not only had I heard lots of good stuff about them but they were also the ones hosting /organizing this Open Studio event. It would not have seemed right to not make it over there.
Matthew Freel with his work
I met first artist with open studio on 1st floor , Matthew Freel, an amazing painter. Matthew was working on not only amazing works on canvas but also putting together book of his drawings since as he was explaining “the pieces I create work together, have conversations with each other”. He explained that the drawings he does are not simply “studies” for his paintings , he views them as equal, separate works in and of themselves. All his work looks as he put it “having a conversation” , existing as a whole. One of my favorite pieces was the one
Work of Matthew Freel
about the World Champion Boxer, Jack Johnson. See and read more
about this topic at http://matthewfreel.com/jack.html
Next I went to the second floor for not only the enjoyment of the open studio but also the fabulous installation exhibit that is currently on display there (quite
"Point of Contention" installation
literally the 2nd FLOOR). I did have the pleasure of meeting the artist who did the installation work called “Points of Contention” , Jonathan Latiano, who just happened to be there also enjoying Open studio Tour event. Jonathan is a grad student at MICA, discussed that he started as a painter and during his time living in NYC was inspired and influenced to take his art in a different direction. And what an amazingly wonderful direction it is!! I can’t wait to see more of his work. To see more images of “Point of Contention” check out his website :http://www.jonathanlatiano.com/points-of-contention.html
On the second floor was the studio of Jowita Wyszomirska & Chad Tyler , they shared that they
Jowita Wyszomirska in action
recently moved into this larger studio space and Jowita was working on making art on the walls as people toured her studio. She had some 3D houses and a painting on display in her studio in addition to the work she was working on the walls.
Jowita 's work
I enjoyed her use of very intricate lines & layers that create atmospheric and organic feel in her work.VERY COOL stuff. Definitely one of my favorites out of the artists I had the pleasure of meeting this weekend. I found one site that talks a little more about her : http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/artist-program/
Chad & Jowita's Studio space
Also in the studio was Chad Tyler who is a designer and an artist, he had photos of his
Chad Tyler's work
environmental installation piece of a Rhino in the woods. I found an interview that explores more on this project: http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/baltimore-rhino-makes-a-splash/
Chad Tyler's scale model
Following School 33, we ventured to Jones Valley area to a place called The Mill Centre– a 19th century Textile Mill converted into artist studio spaces. The first studio here we visited was Studio 215 that of Katharine Brieger , mixed media abstract artist, two of her
Katharine Brieger and her work
works that I liked were made with earthy materials, sand, gravel, tar and cement. She shared with me that she made those pieces about 10 yrs ago, her more recent work is with layer paper and paint, “not as heavy and involved” she laughed. Katharine was kind and warm, when I introduced myself as Kat she asked if that was short for Kathryn ? I said yes it was,it tickled her that we were both “Katharines” although I spell mine as Kathryn -go by “Kat” she said she goes by “Katie”. She shared with us her experiences as an athlete , training and running marathons at the age of 53, also as a woman a lot of the men were more competitive with her, “they did not want to come in behind an old lady” she laughed.
In hallway at Mill Centre (unknown artist)
I visited several other studios in Mill Centre, that of Charlene Clark, an oil painter who had an impressively bright colored studio full of her amazing work, but she was not comfortable with me taking any photos of her space. She gave me some helpful hints about art studio spaces and places to check out – as I am new to the Baltimore area.
Also had the pleasure of meeting and talking to a very talented photographer , Dottie Campbell, who shared how thrilled she is now that technology has finally caught up to her creative vision. She discussed that she has always wanted to be able to print large photographs, now she can actualize her vision of how her images should be displayed, “just not the same when they are printed smaller”, this larger format is much more fulfilling for her. She captures reflections and “paints” abstractly with her photography, focusing in on shapes, color, light in such a way that it draws you in to look closer to really figure out what it is that you are seeing- I don’t have any pictures of her studio either b/c she also was uncomfortable with idea of me photographing her space/work. You can visit her website :http://dottiecampbell.com/
We did visit one more location, called the Butcher Hill Art Studios Building, home to MaxineTaylor’s mixed media work and some amazing wooden bowl work by Mark Supik. and several other artisans and artists. However by that time (similar to day 1 of Open Studio Tours) my phone had died -where my camera is so unfortunately I could not take pictures.
I, Kat Johnston, thoroughly enjoyed meeting and seeing all of these creative people and places, Thanks to all the artists and to School 33 for organizing this event that I enjoyed so much! It was very fun and useful to me since I only recently moved here, gave me the opportunity to see and experience the art scene here in Baltimore! Wonderful scene that it is! To see a collection of the mixed media collage work that I create please visit my website http://katjohnston.yolasite.com