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It's Art To Dine For Season!

It's Art To Dine For Season!
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The 2014 Art To Dine For season is nearly here!  Don’t miss a chance to join Baltimore’s best collectors, designers, artists, musicians, singers, dancers, and art lovers in their amazing homes, studios, and workplaces for luscious fare, spirited cocktails, and lively conversation. Plus, you are supporting Creative Alliance’s youth and community arts programs. Tickets are limited, so don’t delay!

Check out our September parties below!

AHOY MATEY! - THU | SEPT 4 | 6:30-8:30pm
Heavy Seas Alehouse Chef Scott Hines creates mouth-watering delicacies incorporating ale into his recipes. Roll up your sleeves and help or just observe Scott’s culinary skills while hoisting a Heavy Seas crafted ale or an enticing cocktail. 

MAKE IT & BREAK IT! - FRI | SEPT 12 | 6-9 PM
Rosa Vazquez, Yesenia Mejía, and Alejandra Martinez will teach you how to create and design your own brilliant piñata star with full tissue paper details. Enjoy delicious homemade corn tamales, authentic pork al pastor, and vegetarian tacos, followed by a whack at a piñata to release the surprises inside! Chocolate flan for dessert! 

Revel in the Art in Nature with Bo Willse and CA President Susan Gould at their eco-friendly Monkton home. Sip cocktails and stroll through peaceful woodland landscapes where Bo takes many of his gorgeous photographs. They will prepare a banquet feast of home-grown fare. Bountiful living meets sustainability!

DANCE UNDER GLASS - FRI | SEPT 19 | 7:30-11:30PM
Creative Alliance Trustee Robbye Apperson and "super-spinner" Sean Barber transform the magnificent glass-enclosed Rawlings Conservatory into a dazzling disco club. Stroll the expanse of the conservatory, sip wine, and enjoy savory hand-held treats prepared by The Bun Shop in Mt. Vernon. Coffee and desserts by Patisserie Poupon!

Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore's first rural garden cemetery, is a treasure trove of architectural beauty and a Who’s Who of famous Baltimoreans. Join historian Wayne Schaumburg for an intimate tour of this magnificent place where people are dying to get in! Across the street at the City Arts Apartments, Creative Alliance trustee Rachel Edds will host a tasty champagne brunch.  

Join internationally known painter and teacher Edna Kurtz Emmet in her exquisite backyard “garden gallery” where art hangs on trees!  Dine on delicious homemade falafel and sip wine while listening to live music by the Organic Family Band. 

FALL FIESTA! - SUN | SEPT 21 | 5:30-8:30PM
Olé, mole! Celebrate the Fall Equinox with an authentic Oaxacan mole dinner (meat and vegetarian options) hosted by renowned Baltimore artist Lois Borgenicht in her gracious Roland Park home. Following dinner, tour Lois’ distinguished collection. 

Join hosts Alzaruba, partner George Maris, and Creative Alliance supporter Chris Bangs for an intimate glimpse into the private world of a working artist. After cocktails, stroll in their lush terraced gardens in fall bloom next to their artfully appointed Hamilton Bungalow.  Tour Al’s studio to learn about his artistic process and view their extraordinary multicultural art collection. The evening continues with a sumptuous sit-down dinner in the Great Room. 

To see all our Art to Dine For events, click here!

Thank you to all of our sponsors that help to make our Art To Dine For Series possible:
Cheryl Casciani
Anne L. Stone
Ed Peres & Lindy Lord
Sandra McLelland
Tom Wilcox & Whitty Ransome
Steve Ziger & Jamie Snead
Donald & Brigitte Manekin
The Arts Insurance Program LLC, a A Division of Maury Donnelly & Parr. Inc.

 Design Sponsor: rehead
Print Sponsor: Cavanaugh Press 

BUS Sculpture Unveiling

BUS Sculpture Unveiling
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Creative Alliance and Southeast Community Development Corporation in conjunction with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), and SPAIN arts & culture, announces the installation of a permanent public art project that includes three large sculptures that form the letters B U S. Each letter stands 14 feet tall and 7 feet wide. This conceptual sculpture and bus stop was created by the Spanish collaborative mmmm… as part of the initiative TRANSIT – Creative Placemaking with Europe in Baltimore.

This is the second United States installation created by the renowned Spanish artist collective mmmm…. In 2011 mmmm… built the Meeting Bowls in Times Square in New York City. This project was comprised of large objects shaped like bowls that provided seating to accommodate eight people. The temporary and playful urban furniture was designed to promote interaction by having those seated inside the bowls face one another. The bowls were a social place for gathering, getting to know people, and fostering dialogue in small groups. During the time the Meeting Bowls were installed in Times Square, approximately 20,000,000 pedestrians saw them, and tens of thousands took photographs. Many stories appeared in the media regarding the Meeting Bowls, including a humorous commentary by David Letterman on the Late Show.

BUS clearly functions as a bus stop on S. East Avenue in Highlandtown, right next to the Creative Alliance. Highlandtown residents, at streetscape design workshops hosted by the Creative Alliance and Southeast CDC, requested an interactive bus shelter that made a statement for the Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District. The artists mmmm… wanted to create a place for the community to enjoy, interact, and meet while waiting for the bus. Their mission was to transform the dull experience of waiting for the bus to an entertaining, leisurely space in the middle of the lively rhythm of Highlandtown.

BUS is made with wood and steel, materials that are typically used to build urban furniture. The three letters of BUS allow passengers to assume different postures of sitting or standing while waiting for the bus. Each letter has its own distinct personality. The specific modifications were designed to be geometric letters that maximize functionality; for example, the S allows passengers to lie back while they wait, and the B provides handicap-accessible shelter from the wind and rain.

The bus stop is manufactured in a way that is similar to the construction of conventional street benches. The planks of wood are screwed to a resistant steel structure that supports weight and prevents vandalism. As in a conventional bench, the use of planks allows the sculptures to achieve a curved geometric profile that enables passengers to assume comfortable positions. The letters are big enough to accommodate two to four people each and protect them from rain, sun, wind, and inclement weather.


Unveiling & Meet the Artists
SAT JUL 19 | 7:30-9:30pm
Mingle with the artists before them head back to Spain! Meet outside Creative Alliance for the sculpture unveiling at 7:30pm. Enjoy complimentary drinks & light fare in the Marquee Lounge after and hear about the year long project.

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