|two views of Touchdown! front and back.
by M.L. Faunce
Hon, if you think crabs are in good supply now, wait until you walk the streets of downtown Bawlmer, the Inner Harbor and a multitude of other city neighborhoods, from Hampden to Roland Park. Crabtown, U.S.A., otherwise known as Charm City, has spawned a summer treat fitting this historic Maryland harbor town.
The Crabtown Project, a public art and fundraising project, is in full swing with some 200 fiberglass crab sculptures, decorated and sponsored by local artists and community and corporate sponsors, displayed at popular and well-traveled spots throughout Baltimore. The sculptures will be auctioned off in November, and proceeds, estimated at $5,000, will benefit the Believe in our Schools Fund. The Baltimore Community Foundations says funds raised will go to much needed facility improvements to city schools.
The craze of cities displaying decorative theme animals is not new in the U.S., nor to Baltimore, where in 2001 the Fish out of Water project had city streets swimming with artistic fish.
|The Crab and the Cow;
Some favorite crustaceans are
Camden Crustacean at 100 Eutaw Street in front of the Marriott Inner Harbor;
Old Bay Crab at 501 E. Pratt Street;
Touchdown! with ravens Edgar, Allan and Poe, at Light and Pratt streets;
the Bawlmer Crab with mock formstone.
We hear theres a Donald Schaefer crab and a Cal Ripken crab, but well leave them to you to discover.
Hon, you dont need a passport to go to Baltimore, so let Bay Weekly hear what your favorite crab is this summer.
Pure Art is Pure Vibrance
Creative playfulness leaps and bounds from Providence Center
by Carrie Steele
Bright and bold, Pure Art at Maryland Hall bursts with life. Some 50 artists displaying nearly 80 works have drawn, painted, colored and sketched with all the variation of a jumbo box of Crayola Crayons the kind containing every hue imaginable and its own crayon sharpener.
Splicing and meshing Pure Arts colors including canary yellows, tropical greens, Caribbean blues and fiery oranges are budding artists from the Providence Centers Art Institute, which provides professional instruction in visual and performing arts for developmentally disabled adults.
Mostly abstracts, the works take on carefree shapes and expressions. A zoo of animals and forests of foliage grace a dozen works; a handful are figures and human impressions.
Ed Dobens Leaves in a Red Pond highlights greenish-yellow and blue leaves on an autumn red background. In Wes Clarks Sunset, a yellow, flaming disc sets behind a landscape of glacier-striped mountain, yellow and green rolling hills and a checkered blue-purple ocean.