Past the boutiques and restaurants on Main Street in Ellicott City, it would be easy to miss Dee Cunningham’s painting studio. The skate shop that shows art and the metal sculptor get overlooked, too. There’s a ceramic artist, a jewelry maker, a photographer, a specialty car painter and more than a dozen others. So Cunningham created an event to highlight the hidden art scene in the former mill town.
Artwalk will take place Oct. 11, with 21 galleries and studios showing work.
Artwalk is a series of open houses of studios and spaces that are not always open to the public. Some artists will demonstrate their work, and there will be raffle prizes for those who visit multiple studios. A shuttle will be available to transport event goers to and from opposite ends of Main Street.
“We didn’t even know we were all here,” says Cunningham, who has helped form a coalition of the artists and art businesses. “It’s been fun getting to know each other.”
It may surprise people how many artists work in the area, says Debra Korb, executive director for the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership. “There are little pockets. And there’s art in places you might not expect to see it.”
The Good Roll Skate Shop and Bean Hollow, the coffee shop, for example, both show art.
And just up the hill from the boutiques and restaurants, there’s an enclave of artists with a range of skills, from Cunningham, who specializes in decorative painting and faux finishes, to Bill Knapp, a found-object sculptor.
“We’re trying to bring awareness to the artists working in and around this area,” says Cunningham.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE from the Baltimore Sun, including more info about the artists