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Help Keep Artscape Free!

That’s what the “donations” stand read, but honestly I think Artscape is already being subsidized with taxpayer money.  It recieves funding through BOPA but what the heck, I donated a few bucks and received a nice little Artscape keychain with a cute built-in light, the only surprise it says Artscape 2008. In this economy, when we are expected to restrain our selves, put a little more in the bank for tomorrow, why wouldn’t we expect the same thing at a Public Event? If Artscape has gotten too big for even it’s budget, why not take your foot off the accelerator, just a wee little bit…

I think I can live without Artscape being touted as the “Largest FREE Arts Festival”, I can do with maybe the “Funnest”, or “Funkiest” or “Oddest”, or maybe even “Best”, the “Largest” just doesn’t do anything for me.

Again this year, Robert McClintock was left out of the Artists’ Market!  This makes no sense to me, Robert McClintock is one of the most successful artists I know that lives in Baltimore and most, if not all of his works, is about Baltimore and it’s neighbohoods. Aren’t we trying to get out the message that this is a Baltimore thing and we have a pretty good stable of Baltimore Artists?  tsk tsk tsk…

But then again, the Artists’ Market isn’t what it used to be.  I feel for the Artist’s, they are not only in competition with other fellow artist’s but you’ve got commercial vendors everywhere!  Just a few years ago, you came to Artscape to see the Art and Artists, I don’t believe the average person now comes to Artscape to look at the “Art”, it’s the atmosphere they come for and the Art is just another part of that scene.  We have commercial Vendors offering freebies, blaring music, and a few DIYs plus their displays just overpowered parts of the Artists’ Market…

However, Midway, the area by between Penn Station and the Charles Theatre was my favorite. If anything takes Artscape back to “cutting edge art”, it is this area and it’s participanting Artists. Congrats all around here!!!

I hate to say it, but I think I saw  a ton of “jazz” themed art out there, I wish the Organizers would be a bit more subtle…

It maybe the the “Largest” but at a cost. I think they diluted the Festival for the sake of being able to call it the “Largest”, but I would settle for something smaller with double the character (real).

Saturday at Artscape… The plan was to bike in from the Studio, as we got ready, good friend Renee Tantillo wanted to know if we had a “tire pump”, why yes we do! Long story short, it was 45 minutes later, after some banging on the “out of round” rim, figuring out how to actually use the pump did we finally get going… all down hill though… Falls Road bike path to Charles St. What a crowd, too much even for me and I dig crowds.  When is it too much, when you can’t stop to even look at an exhibit!!!  Did get a ton of videos which will be up shortly…

Highlights of the day was getting to the “Bike Stand” by the Edgar Allen Poe statue to find a pretty nice setup to park your ride. I even got a “Bike to Artscape” button, met the organizers and now I am planning to Tour Dem Parks

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14 Comments to “Artscape 2009”

  1. You are dead on! Not enough art, and the art that was there was “jazz” ad nauseum.

    If you ignored the art and are trying to eat healthy the freebees were inedible- that is unless you can stomach the “turkey” (turkey cut into gelatinous circular disks) layer of the free lunchables.

    • The Admin says:

      The “free lunchables” right next to the guy selling “kiddie ballons”… and the Art was a little suspect. They need a new round of “Judges” that do not need to wear reading glasses to see clearly. I wish they weren’t so obvious

      Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Barry Perhamsky says:

    I’m a balloon artist, and for the past several years I’ve twisted balloons in the children’s area for donations. I’m sure you know I’m there.

    I showcase myself as a magician with balloons. That is,it’s facinating to watch me make something from almost nothing,then you get to keep it. I talk with the kids: “Are you married?” “What grade are you in?” And so on.

    I make the Road Runner with six balloons to attract atention and show everyone that indeed I’m talented.

    It seemed that when M.I.C.A. ran the show,it was more of an arts festival. You saw more families strolling.alot more art, and it didn’t seem so conjested…except the food on Mt. Royal avenue. When the city took over,where’s the art? You do have a set up of booths where artists sell their works, and some sculptures here and there,but it doesn’t seem like an arts festival.

    I’ll be there this year doing balloons. If you see me,stop and say hello.

    Sincerely,
    Barry Perhamsky

    • The Admin says:

      Thanks for the comment and I whole heartedly agree with you. I’ll look for you this year… Rick

      • bARRY pERHAMSKY says:

        dEAR rICK,
        i WAS HOMELESS FOR TWO YEARS, AND i TWISTED BALLOONS TO SURVIVE. i DON’T DRINK OR TAKE DRUGS…NEVER DID. i JUST TWISTED BALLOONS. eVERY SO OFTEN i STAYED IN A CHEAP MOTEL TO SHOWER,ETC.

        i WONDER WHY YOU LET ME DO BALLOONS AT aRTSCAPE WHEN i’M NOT SCHEDULED. lET ME BE HONEST…i JUST WALK IN AND START TWISTING. oF COURSE THEY’RE NOT FREE. i EXCEPT DONATIONS; WHATEVER THE PERSON WISHES TO GIVE. i ONLY USE THE BEST BALLOONS. bUT WHEN IT’S HOT, YOU GET MORE BALLOONS THAT POP. eVERY PERSON GETS A GOOD SCULPTURE, BUT SOME KIDS JUST WANT A SIMPLE 15 BALLOON POODLE. oF COURES i CAN MAKE THEM A 2 BALLOON HILICOPTER AND WITH A THIRD BALLOON, A MICROPHONE HEADSET; NOW THEY’RE A HILICOPTER PILOT. pRETTY COOL HUH?

        mY GIRLFRIEND LOVES BALLOONS AS WELL, BUT SINCE SHE HAD SEVERAL STROKES, SHE CAN’T DO ANYTHING. sHE’S NOT DISABLED OR ANYTHING…SHE CAN GET AROUND FINE, BUT HAS TROUBLES USING HER RIGHT HAND. sHE USED TO DRAW AND PAINT, BUT CAN’T ANYMORE…THAT’S LIFE!!!

        wELL THIS YEAR(2011) i’LL BE IN THE CHILDREN’S AREA DOING BALLOONS AGAIN WITH MY GIRLFRIEND dIANNA, AND THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!!!

        sINCERELY,
        bARRY /bALLOON ARTIST

      • Barry Perhamsky says:

        Dear Adim.:
        Well Artscape will soon be upon us, and as always, I’ll be there. This year with my ladyfriend. We’ll have a blanket and some food, and of course, I’ll be twisting balloons for donations.

        Cheers,
        Barry

  3. Barry Perhamsky says:

    Well I twisted balloons at Artscape 2010,and I feel everything was a success. I had a long line of people,and some kids wanted the impossible;a duk bill platipuss? Now come on!! How about a parrot instead? I even got a job offer…yep a job offer.

    I met alot of interesting people. Some asked me if I went to school to learn balloon twisting. Well I got started through a lady friend. At first I couldn’t even tie the knot. But for some reson I stuck with it. Now I sculpt these two-three foot cartoon characters;some use as many as sixteen balloons. I do Popeye, Donald and Daisy Ducks,Goofey,the Road Runner,etc. I can’t do them outside,they take some time. So if I do an indoor event,I’ll make some characters and put them on display. Amazing to see these figures made from balloons.

    Balloon sculpting is indeed an art. And for those interested, there’s even a convention. It’s called I.B.A.C. The International Balloon Arts Convention. It’s held each year somewheres in the US,but I never attend.

    If you’re interested in learning balloon twisting/sculpting,you may e-mail me. If you want me to teach a class, I’ll need ten people or more. Each person gets a bag of balloons and a pump.

    As for artscape,I had six corndogs and three lemonaids over the three days. Expensive,but that’s at every festival. They were good though.

    I thought about displaying my balloon sculptures,but with the heat,well they could expand and pop. Indoors however, I won’t get that many people. And to make these fancy arches and columns,it takes some money…the arches requires helium. Within the arches and colummns I can do different patterns…pretty cool hu?

    Sincerely,
    Barry
    perhamsky

    • The Admin says:

      Sorry I missed you but it was habanero hot this weekend and didn’t have the energy to walk the entire Artscape scene… stay in touch – Rick

  4. Barry Perhamsky says:

    This year, I’ll be at Artscape with my girlfriend. She loves balloons as well, however she had several strokes, so she can’t use her right hand…and to twist balloons, you need both hands.

    By the way, are you incharge? That is are you part of the Baltimore office of promotion?

    Barry

  5. Baeey Perhamsky says:

    I love twisting balloons at Artscape. This year (2011) I’ll be there with my girlfriend, and we may bring a blanket to sit on, perhaps even some food. But I love those corndogs. Two booths made corndogs, but there was one that made the best. They were very tastey. And their lemonaid was not from a mix…I could tell.

    Last year I made around $600. That’s pretty good for just one person. Don’t you think so?

    Sincerely,
    Barry/Balloon Artist

  6. Florene Donaby says:

    Greetings! I’ve been following your site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Tx!

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