Artist Spotlights

June 2011: Alison Fomich

Allison Fomich is a jewelry maker, sculptor, and upholsterer. She is a professional artist who is inspired by her garden and the passing seasons of the natural world. Her line of preserved botanical jewelry captures the intimate experience with nature with one of a kind specimen and impressions of organic objects in metal. She uses plant materials from her thriving urban container garden, her city garden plot out at Ft. Holabird, Patterson Park and various other spots where city living and green spaces come together locally. 

Fomich has an appreciation for Japanese textiles. She sees the printed imagery in the fabrics she uses in her button jewelry line as complimenting the nature motifs used in her metal work and other graphic jewelry. In her studio exploration she creates anything from fine art to small crafts working with all kinds of materials: metal, plastic, latex, leather, vinyl, fabric.

Allison has an MFA in Sculpture from Edinboro University of PA, 2003, her BFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1998. She started her Tigerlillyshop jewelry lines in 2005. 

Fomich was recognized at by the City Paper as Baltimore’s Best Jewelry Designer 2007, she was featured on CNN in 2011 as an example of a successful homegrown business and has been recognized in many online and print publications. She currently is an advocate for handmade as a member of BEST. Together with her husband and young daughter, they have made a sustainable life in the Highlantown Arts District

You can shop the Tigerlillyshop at the grand opening of the Highlandtown Famer’s Market Grand Opening on June 9th from 4-8pm. 

Also, don’t miss her at the Charm City Craft Mafia’s Pile of Craft show June 25th!


May 2011: Monica Broere
Monica Broere is an ertist/educator who, originally by serendipity that evolved into tenacity, has lived, worked, played in and embraced this changing community for over 35 years. An early member of The (Fells Point)Creative Alliance and The Painted Screen Society, she continues to celebrate South East Baltimore's unique traditions and progressions as she explores her own artistic inclinations and serve the community as a teacher at Patterson High School. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to study the art and culture of Mexico in 2008 and in 2009, apprenticed to third generation screen painter, John Oktavec, through a grant form The Maryland Historic Trust.

Investing in her facination of veneration, process and exploitation of materials, she quietly and methodically has been making both functional and decorative art in her renovated stationary store building on Highland Ave. Hidden behind the subtley decorated storefront windows is her residence/studio space/show room of her work- mostly wood or raku fired pottery (mugs, cups, bowls, trays, containers of all sizes) mingled with handmade jewelry, painted screens,sewn fabrics and more. She draws much inspiration in the words of Clarke Terry- "IMITATE, ASSIMILATE, INOVATE. THAT'S THE PROCESS"

Monica can be contacted at or ring the bell at 422 S. Highland. 

April 2011: Daniel Schiavone
Daniel Schiavone and his family live in the old Moose Lodge in the heart of Highlandtown. Since moving to Highlandtown in 1996 he's been very active in the community creating some highly visible events including the Highlandtown Wine Festival and the Highlandtown Basement Bar Tour. He leads efforts to promote the Highlandtown’s Arts and Entertainment District as chair of the steering committee and is one of the founders of the Creative Alliance 

Daniel's artistic endeavors span both music and visual art. He is Music Director at Our Lady of Pompei Church and he creates paintings, drawings, prints, and art books. His paintings and drawings investigate imaginative imagery through the expressive use of paint, charcoal, and other mediums. Urgency, immediacy, strong gesture, and sensuality are important elements in his work. In 1995 he bound a book in leather for Pope John Paul II, commissioned by Catholic Relief Services. He and his wife, Elizabeth, run a gallery in the first floor of the old lodge, Schiavone Fine Art, exhibiting contemporary art. 

Daniel and Elizabeth also own a technology company named after Highlandtown's original title, Snake Hill. They develop software and build dynamic web sites with Drupal, an open source content management system. You don't have to go far to see examples of their work. Snake Hill created and helps maintain the new Di Pasquale's web site.

March 2011: Michael Owen

Michael Owen is a contemporary painter who has already reached milestones in his young career. From large-scale public art commissions to solo exhibitions in top galleries, Michael’s style continues to evolve as he challenges himself with each new project he undertakes. Visually, Michael's work uses bold, graphic imagery to pull the viewer into the piece, to divulge softer and intimate messages and metaphors. While his work could be classified as figurative, its subtle compositional details and deep meanings are reminiscent of a more conceptual genre. Typically, less is more in Michael's work as he employs minimalism to access a wider audience, allowing more room for each viewer to insert his own story.

Michael is the founder and lead artist of the Baltimore Love Project, a self-initiated series of 20 love-themed murals spread throughout the city. The Baltimore Love Project has been on the cover of both the Baltimore Sun and b! Daily, and has been featured by the prestigious Wooster Collective. Michael is also the artist behind one of the nation's longest murals, also located in Baltimore, covering both sides of a quarter-mile underpass along well-known Eastern Avenue. Most recently, Michael was commissioned to install an indoor/outdoor, multi- story mural for the city of Anaheim, CA.

Michael currently lives and works as an Artist-in-Residence at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore’s Highlandtown Arts District.

For more information on Michael Owen, click here.

February 2011: Veteran Artist Program

Veteran Artist Program takes artists, who are also veterans, and propels their works and careers into the mainstream creative arts community through networking, mentorship, collaboration with professional artists, and original productions.  

This coming May, 10 Baltimore area military veterans and veterans' family members will be taking to the stage to tell their own stories of life and the military. "Telling: Baltimore, MD" a collaboration between the Veteran Artist Program, the 6th Branch, the Towson University Veterans Center and The Telling Project, will be performed at The Walters Museum on April 27th as a fundraiser and reception, and then at Towson University's Smith Hall on May 6 & 7th.

This will be the 5th production of its kind, the first four having taken place in Oregon, California and Mississippi. Under the direction of Veteran Artist Program member Heather Mayes, the cast will, as in past productions, take the opportunity to speak candidly to the community of Baltimore concerning their experiences in the military.

October 2010: Matthew Saindon

Matthew Saindon is an artist, and stay at home parent living in the Highlandtown Arts District. Matt is a fully engaged resident and regularly participates in the promotion of arts, the farmers market, and the community association. As part of an ongoing community project Matt provides up to date imagery to multiple organizations within Highlandtown to help promote the community as an arts and family friendly neighborhood. Some of these images can be seen throughout Highlandtown advertising the farmers market and in the Ha! brochure.

Matthew's approach to photography is experimental and unique. Utilizing found objects he fashions crude lenses to create images that celebrate imperfection as a means to individuality. Matthew has exhibited throughout the Baltimore area including: The Creative Alliance, Towson Arts Collective, Artscape, Area 405, Skylofts, and The Laughing Pint. Matthew will be debuting his new series “holi. A celebration of color” at Joe Squared beginning Oct. 27th. Visit for up to date info.


September 2010: Josh Davidson

Josh Davidson is a photographer, filmmaker, and an actor. His the co-founder of Be More Films, has made twelve short films, is in the process of making his first feauture film, and has been featured in 34 film and television projects. Josh is originally from Tennessee, he joined the Air Force when he was nineteen in 1995 working as a linguist. The Air Force moved him to Maryland where he has been ever since. 

On September 11, 2010, Josh will be featured at the Magnolia Designs Tent at the Highlandtown Farmer's Market. This will be the first time he will be selling and showcasing his photography. You will be able to find him at the tent between 8AM and 12PM with the Veteran's Artist Program.

The Veteran Artist Program (VAP) is a non-profit organization that is based in Baltimore that takes Artists, who are also Veterans, and helps propel their careers into the mainstream creative arts community. VAP currently has loft space in Highlandtown, Baltimore City that serves as a gallery, workspace and office location.

Be More Films | Josh-Davidson | Veteran Artists Program


August 2010: Marty Weishaar

Marty Weishaar is currently an artist in residence at the Creative Alliance.  There he has helped to contribute to the Highlandtown arts community for over a year.  Marty moved to Baltimore three years ago after finishing his MFA from American University. 

His installations and drawings use boyish-charm to navigate landscapes of floating houses and cardboard architecture.  Marty has exhibited drawings and instillations in Baltimore at the Whole Gallery, Artscape, Charm City Art Space, the Hexagon, and Amalie Rothschild Gallery.


July 2010: Ed Gross

Since retiring as meteorologist in 2007, Ed Gross has been using his time to focus primarily on his art. In the past five years he has began to create functional sculptures, such as tables, lamps, and mirrors. His most recent projects have involved creating copper collages from old patinaed downspouts and painted roof copper from an old barn in Western Pennsylvania.

    Ed Gross’ work combines both new and old materials, in his artist statement Ed reflects on creating his work with these materials: “I found that juxtaposing these well-used parts with the textures and intricacies of modern day machine parts and with wood and other materials, I am able to create something entirely new: a work of art that enhances the complexities of each. The interaction of the new and old creates an intensity that is not found in one alone.”
   Ed Gross has been working on sculptures for the past 20 years. He shares a studio with his wife, Linda, and George Murrill at Crown Cork and Seal Complex in Highlandtown. He is self-taught and has no formal training, but has participated in numerous shows and exhibits in the Baltimore and Washington areas.


To see more of Ed Gross’ work or to contact him, visit: