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By Sloane Brown and Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2010
I t was a star-spangled night at the American Visionary Art Museum, as several hundred folks gathered for the museum's annual gala. Many guests followed the suggested dress code of "broad stripes and bright stars," in honor of the museum's current exhibition, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." "I need a photo with Captain America," said Diana Kim, a Washington-based makeup artist, as she spotted AVAM's communications and marketing manager, Pete Hilsee, in his costume, complete with foam rubber muscles.
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October 8, 2014
The recent article on the new exhibit at American Visionary Art Museum incorrectly describes the lilies in the icon of St. Kateri Tekakwitha as a "talisman," which is an object thought to bring good luck or have magic powers ( "New exhibit at AVAM explores the moment of inspiration," Oct. 6). A devout Catholic, the "Lily of the Mohawks" would have no use for luck or magic - she had Christ. As with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Rose of Lima and others occasionally represented holding lilies, the flower is a symbol of purity.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2011
Mr. Rain's Fun House, the top-floor restaurant at the American Visionary Art Museum is the answer to the question, What is Baltimore's most shamefully overlooked restaurant. The review goes into a few of the reasons why this is so -- the name isn't doing anyone any favors, I think. And the location all but makes walk-in business non-existent. It's worth getting to know. Here's the review of Mr. Rain's Fun House .
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Mr. Rain's Fun House, the restaurant inside the American Visionary Art Museum, will close on June 7, according to information provided by the restaurant. "Even with wonderful press ... and a series of recognizable achievements ... our pursuit of culinary excellence was not rewarded with the business we expected over the past year," said the statement from the restaurant. Mr. Rain's Fun House opened in 2009. It's owned by the BPM Restaurant Group, which is chef Bill Buszinski and his wife Maria, and their business partner Perez Klebhan.
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Eileen Ambrose | May 31, 2013
With temperatures in the 90s, what better time to visit an air-conditioned museum? Bank of America cardholders are entitled to free admission this weekend, June 1 and 2,  at the American Visionary Art Museum.  The bank, in fact, will pick up the admission tab at the Federal Hill museum for the first “full” weekend of every month this year. To get the freebie, present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID. Only cardholders are entitled to free admission, not guests.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2011
Numbers and art typically don't mix, but both were on exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum Monday. The Baltimore museum hosted a one-day seminar with PNC Bank on what artists need to know to survive and thrive on the business side of their craft. About 35 painters, musicians, writers and other artists attended the free crash course on budgeting and cash flow. Aspiring writer Carita Ellis-Espola was among them, driving an hour and a half from Harrisburg, Pa., to pick up financial tips.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2011
Five years ago, Shawn Theron was waiting tables and managing the bar of the Joy America Cafe inside the American Visionary Art Museum . Today, his work is hanging on the gallery walls. He says it's all because his beloved grandmother — who raised the boy and whom he nicknamed "Red" — urged him from her deathbed to "turn on the light. " "She said it many times," says the 38-year-old artist: "'Turn on the light. Turn on the light.' And it had nothing to do with switches.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2010
The Johns Hopkins School of Education Neuro-Education Initiative will host its second annual summit and roundtable discussion on the practical applications of brain research on Wednesday at the American Visionary Art Museum. This year's topic, "Attention and Engagement in Learning," will explore current research on attention and student engagement. For more information or to register, go to http://www.education.jhu.edu/nei. liz.bowie@baltsun.com
NEWS
October 8, 2014
The recent article on the new exhibit at American Visionary Art Museum incorrectly describes the lilies in the icon of St. Kateri Tekakwitha as a "talisman," which is an object thought to bring good luck or have magic powers ( "New exhibit at AVAM explores the moment of inspiration," Oct. 6). A devout Catholic, the "Lily of the Mohawks" would have no use for luck or magic - she had Christ. As with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Rose of Lima and others occasionally represented holding lilies, the flower is a symbol of purity.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Mr. Rain's Fun House, the restaurant inside the American Visionary Art Museum, will close on June 7, according to information provided by the restaurant. "Even with wonderful press ... and a series of recognizable achievements ... our pursuit of culinary excellence was not rewarded with the business we expected over the past year," said the statement from the restaurant. Mr. Rain's Fun House opened in 2009. It's owned by the BPM Restaurant Group, which is chef Bill Buszinski and his wife Maria, and their business partner Perez Klebhan.
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April 15, 2014
Danielle Hogan is deeply invested in Baltimore's food truck scene, recently taking on the job as public relations liaison for food truck festival the Gathering. And though she may have lived in Southern California and South Florida for more than 15 years, Baltimore will always be home. The Gathering, which recently kicked off its 2014 season, showcases some of Baltimore's best food trucks while raising money to benefit at least one charity per event. The festival (thegatheringbaltimore.com)
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Lorraine Mirabella | April 1, 2014
Your Bank of America credit card will get you free admission this weekend to the  American Visionary Art Museum. It's part of the bank's Museums on Us program, which offers free weekend access to a range of museums on the first full weekend of each month this year. Both Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders can get in free at the downtown museum on Key Highway on Saturday and Sunday. The program now has a mobile site that gives a full list of all 150 museums in the program.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
The new owners of the city's historic Lord Baltimore Hotel will celebrate the completion of a multimillion dollar renovation Thursday. The private, family-owned Rubell Hotels declined to name the final cost of its floor-by-floor overhaul of the 23-story, 1928 landmark, calling the restoration a "labor of love. " The new look includes rooftop gardens, Murano and Baccarat chandeliers in the lobby and ballroom, and guest rooms conceived by a former Ralph Lauren designer in "New American" style with textured fabric and dark wood.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
What is nearly as remarkable as Jenny Campbell's costumes - the glittering swirls of ribbon and whirling snow globe headdresses - is the path that led to her second career as a costume maker. The Baltimore native taught herself to make costumes a few years ago, creating extravagant outfits for parades, bar crawls and parties at the American Visionary Art Museum . Now Campbell spends her days buried in silk and sequins at the Southern Costume Co. in New Orleans, designing, selecting feathers and fabrics, and sewing elaborate, gravity-defying outfits.
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By Meekah Hopkins | October 29, 2013
I'm on a mission to revel in as much of autumn's bounty as I can. Yes, I said "autumn's bounty. " Can you blame me? It took this season long enough to get here. So in celebration, I (my taste buds, really) am devouring apples and spice and any and everything associated with the crisp, tart fall goodness one can find at Baltimore area farmers' markets. That especially means cider. I could bathe in cider … but I'll spare you that tale. I also like to bake with it, marinade things in it, and I especially enjoy imbibing a few dozen cocktails mixed with the alcoholic variety.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2013
Kenny Irwin Jr. has seen the future, and it is fast and fierce - intergalactic travelers catching flights from an Afghan spaceport, extraterrestrials so weary of human warfare they swoop down and blast away our weapons. The 39-year-old artist says he has had as many as 60,000 visions in which he is spirited to far corners of the galaxy and ferried around by beings who "have such advanced technological capabilities ... they know we're here. " Irwin's meticulously shaded ballpoint-pen drawings of futuristic battles and his jangly, blinking installation "Have Yourself a Happy Little Robotmas" form the heart of the American Visionary Art Museum 's 19th themed exhibit, "Human, Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity," which opened Saturday and continues through August.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Free Fall Baltimore , which today kicks off its seventh year of spotlighting no-charge arts and cultural experiences in Charm City, has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will be used to help promote and raise public awareness of the free programs and events being offered throughout the city, according to officials. The money will be used to help pay for print, online, television and radio spots, they said. Free Fall Baltimore is organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Pat Moran may very well have the coolest office in Baltimore. Not that anyone should be surprised by that. Moran, who first gained fame (or should that be notoriety?) as one of John Waters' Dreamlanders, is an Emmy-winning casting director who has worked on nearly every film and TV project to hit Baltimore in the past quarter-century. She's also an unabashed pack rat, whose happily eclectic tastes are reflected in the Canton office of Pat Moran & Associates, on the fourth floor of a rehabbed warehouse building.
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