This past Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 3:00 Pm, the Maryland Art Place (MAP) held their ‘Open House’ at their home located at 218 W. Saratoga Street, in Downtown Baltimore. The Open House was a great way to meet the artists and creative enterprises that populate MAP’s building. Established in 1981, MAP was celebrating 35 years of district arts support throughout Baltimore.
“MAP has been a catalyst. We were founded with the intention, MAP has nurtured artists who are the innovators in building the vibrant arts community we all enjoy. ” – Mary Ann Mears
The building is a 5-story space housing various artists and galleries, showcasing the diverse talents of many Baltimore locals.
Starting from the top down, the 5th floor housed Jordan Faye Contemporary. Curator Jordan Faye Block has been an artist all of her life. Curating the gallery became here passion almost 10 years ago while studying to complete her Master’s Degree.
In exhibition in the gallery was Lori Larusso’s “Bourbon Cocktails”.
Jordan Faye Contemporary celebrates its 10 year anniversary this week.
The 4th floor of MAP will house their administrative offices. Temporarily, there was a unique storage set up for a few mannequins, which made for an interesting exhibit and giving the perception of a nude audience in attendance for the open house as well.
Terrault Contemporary Gallery had representation on the 3rd floor, along with several MAP Artists studios, including Paige Orrin & Caitlin Kambic.
“For MAP’s 35th, we are celebrating our building and the many, many creative individuals that work here. MAP aims to keep its home at 218 West Saratoga Street 100% mission driven – a place for the cultural community, a place for local residents to frequent free of charge, a place that will inject life into a gateway corridor within the Bromo Arts District. By donating, you are aiding the continued service of an important Maryland State cultural asset, and a beloved Baltimore-based contemporary art organization.”
If you would like to get involved or donate to MAP, feel free to click here. With each art experience I have here in Maryland, I keep getting more and more anxious to see what’s next. Stick around with me for a while, and let’s see where we can go.