The nearby aLtscape festival has the traditional art-car show



Artscape, Baltimore's annual outdoor arts festival that opens tomorrow, was barely 3 years old when it spawned its first imitator, a lighthearted spoof called Foodscape, organized by some disgruntled local artists left aghast by the larger event's apparently undying devotion to food and drink.

Since then, Artscape has continued to inspire spinoffs. One of the newest is aLtskape, a minifestival just across the Howard Street bridge from Artscape's Mount Royal Avenue site that offers a variety of performances and exhibitions, including the traditional art car show beloved by Baltimoreans.

Organized by Sherwin Mark, owner of LoAd oF FuN Galerie, and roycross of WESTNORTH Studio, both in the 100 block of West North Ave., aLtskape is not so much an alternative to Artscape as a happy adjunct ready to piggyback on the huge weekend crowds the main event draws.

The festival, which officially opened yesterday and runs through Sunday, features artworks and studio tours by the LoAd oF FuN building's artists and a group exhibition at WESTNORTH Studio that includes works by Vivian McDuffie, Chevelle M. Jones, Gard Jones, Connie Wheeler and William Rhode.

There'll also be performances by area musicians, poetry readings and outdoor movies Saturday and Sunday on the sidewalk along North Avenue.

For a full schedule of aLtskape events, directions and information on parking, visit

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