shit to do follow up…
Artscape is the biggest free arts festival in the country, or so I read somewhere. The time of day to go is early and it definitely didn’t disappoint this year. Hundreds of artists and performers lined the streets near my old stomping grounds over near University of Baltimore. Of course there were food, beer and “specialty” drink trucks everywhere too and since I enjoy long walks to my fridge I too also don’t mind partaking in long walks to a food or beer truck. I met a lot of cool artists who didn’t act stuck up and too into themselves to talk to an onlooker whether I was buying or not. Art there ranged from handmade fairies, wood carved watches, superhero tees, plastic toy sculpture, to fine art oil painting. Really you can find anything under the sun there. The artists here were genuinely into what they did and excited to share it with you, which is a good look for the artists and for Artscape on choosing the right fit for their festival. They had the basics covered with bathrooms nearby and ATMS every couple of feet. At least 3 stages were going and there were some dope interactive art pieces as well, so not just a lot to see but hear and do too. I’d say the only downfall was having Bryan McKnight as a headliner, I didn’t stay for his performance so he could’ve been great but…I’m gonna just leave it at but.
Here are a few pics from the festival
This was an interactive piece where the artist painted household items black and white. I thought it was pretty dope.
They always have a bunch of cars there that are crazy. They usually have themes and are on display all weekend.
Graffiti bombing is pretty well known but yarn bombing is an up and coming way people are expressing themselves. Port-a-potties never looked so good.
There were a ton of vendors lining the streets selling all different wares.
This was my favorite artist there. His name is David Burton. He takes everyday childhood toys and makes them into some really dope artwork. I could spend a lot of time sitting there and pointing out all the different characters to my son while we looked at his set up. His artwork prices ranged too. The above artwork went for a few thousand but he had stuff as low as $35, so anyone who enjoyed his aesthetic could take a piece home. Below are some close ups of some of his other art.
This follow up is weeks late, but better late than never. Check out Artscape next year if you’re in the DMV.
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