A work of art

July 04, 1999

It will be hot. It could be wet. It will be crowded. There will be controversy, likely tempered by good humor. There will be people from down the street and across the globe. The lines for funnel cakes will be longer than those for the galleries. There will be high art and low, art for sale and art for art's sake. Everyone who is not an artist will be a critic. It will be, in short, another Artscape.

Artscape, which runs Friday through Sunday, is a ripe old 18 now, having survived thunderstorms, political storms and endless debate over what it is and ought to be. Those who produce it have put an annual focus and a face on Baltimore's arts community; some of the faces of Artscape 1999 are pictured here. Those who attend it have made it something else -- a Baltimore all but unseen the rest of the year: more than a million people, of every race and color, coming to the center of the city to eat and ogle and shop and stroll and dance and sweat together.

You may not know art, but you've got to like that.


Some of the people making Artscape happen this year pose at Mount Royal Station:

1. Randal Gornowich with art car "Soon Storm Swoon"

2. Jack Livingston, artist and Mural Program coordinator for Mayor's Advisory

Committee on Arts and

Culture (MACAC)

3. Ed Istwan, visual artist

4. Laura Vernon Russell, jewelry maker

5. Jennifer Dixon, visual artist

6. Michael Swanson, fine arts artist

7. Michael Simpson, visual artist

8. Richard Oloizia, Literary Arts Book Club leader

9. A. Ware, aka Abu the Flutemaker

10. Robin Green-Cary, African-American Children's Book Panel

11. Yuki Ishida, MACAC intern

12. Laura DeNardo, fine arts photographer

13. Allyn Massey, sculptor

14. Gary Kachadourian, artist, MACAC arts coordinator

15. Junetta Jones, opera singer, MACAC programmer

16. John Yuhanick, Artscape media consultant

17. Pamela Goins-Watts, Maryland Transportation Authority

18. David Page, sculptor

19. Claudia Bismark, MACAC director of development

& marketing

20. Sandra E. Jones, visual artist

21. Kwame Alexander, Literary Arts publishing panel

22. Sonia Denise Tassin, artist, MACAC arts programmer

23. Tracy Davis, MACAC fiscal officer

24. Lori Rubeling, sculptor

25. Conrad Jay Bladey with art car "Stickercar II"

26. Chamonie S. Miller, MACAC public relations

27. Rachel Eisler, poet, Literary Arts program coordinator

28. Jay Kishor, sitar musician with son, Akash

29. Christina Manucy, visual artist

30. Jaki-Terry, performance and spoken word artist

31. Christen Clougherty, Thundersmith Industries, puppeteer

32. Keisha Reynolds, Maryland Transportation Authority

33. Tom Dixon, artist, Artscape installation crew member

34. Maureen O'Neill el Aziz, coordinator, Shakespeare Summer Camp for youth

35-38. (right to left) Krenee Tolson, Allison Terry, Kevin Tolson and Lauren Terry, Shakespeare Summer Camp performers

39-40. (hidden, supporting

skeleton) Kurt Coburn- Herring and Justin Skinner, Thundersmith Industries, puppeteers

A complete guide to Artscape can be found in the July 8 edition of LIVE, and online at www.sunspot.net/features.

Pub Date: 07/04/99

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