Artist Spotlight

On any given weekday, Danielle Craven-Slaski spends her professional time at Mark Supik & Company where she paints, finishes, sculpts and casts beer taps for the family run Highlandtown company. Most notably, she sculpted the Edgar Allen Poe bust handle for local brewery Raven Beer. Danielle begun working for the company almost right after highschool, and in her time there has dabbled in woodturning. This has led her to combine her work and knitting hobby by teaching classes for creating handmade fiber art tools. She has also sculpted a miniature replica of the Frank Zappa statue for the Highlandtown Train Garden.

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Alexandra "Lexie Mountain" Macchi lives in the Baltimore City neighborhood of Waverly. A devout interdisciplinarian, she produces video, sound work, sculpture, drawings, paintings, writings and multimedia installations.

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Her curatorial efforts appeared at Floristree, School 33, and Load of Fun Gallery, with 2010ʼs DRAWING OUT at the Hexagon Gallery garnering a Top Ten nod from Baltimore Citypaper. She is a freelance writer and critic for Motherboard.tv, Baltimore Citypaper, Baltimore Sunʼs Midnight Sun blog and her own blog Human Pyramids. In 2011 Macchi curated a weekend-long storefront rear-projection video exhibition for Transmodern Festival, co-founded the Baltimore Blue Ribbon Ice Cream Championship with Dan Deacon, and began graduate studies at UMBC in the IMDA MFA Program.

Since moving to Baltimore over 5 years ago from the West Coast, Sandi Wilson put her successful photography business on hold and decided to focus mainly on encaustic paintings after being inspired by taking a Creative Alliance art class.

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Sandi found she could beautifully meld the art side of her photography and painting with the depth that working with Encaustic (beeswax and Damar Resin ) could give her.

Sandi Wilson

Her last private show, primarily acrylic and encaustic mix, focused on the beauty of the ocean as she has been inspired by visiting and exploring many East coast towns and also by the views of the harbor from her and her husband’s rooftop balcony by Patterson Park.

Emily C-D is an interdisciplinary artist who splits her time between Baltimore and Mexico City. A process of exploration, collection, and appropriation of found materials and existing spaces informs her work. Her practice spans the gamut from installation and sculpture, to illustration and collage, costume, performance, and mural painting. She uses recycled materials whenever possible, and is absolutely obsessed with getting the most possible use out of every object that she gets her hands on. 

 

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This month’s artist is not an artist… exactly. Sandra Abbott is a resident of the district and the curator of collections & outreach at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture at her day job at UMBC in Catonsville.

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Bethann Wilson is a professional oil-painter based in the Highlandtown Arts District. Originally from Long Island, NY, Ms. Wilson graduated with a BFA in 2005 from Maryland Institute College of Art where she majored in painting. It was there she studied with the late Carl Plansky, founder of Williamsburg Paints- a NY-based company specializing in high-end, hand-made oil paints. Plansky encouraged her to simply paint for the love of painting and to channel her emotional energy and creativity into her work.

She has developed a passion for color and light and patterns and has explored a variety of subject matter from portraits and figures to landscapes and still-lifes. She draws her inspiration from personal experience (everyday and extraordinary)- family, sentimental trinkets, city-living, the joys of being in love, the pain of loss, and the invigorating pleasure of exploring places one has never been before.

Mark Supik and his wife Nancy own and operate Mark Supik & Co. Woodturning in Baltimore, Maryland.  A family business, the shop produces architectural millwork for historic restorations, custom turnings for furniture makers and beer taps for microbreweries.  On the weekends, Mark’s shop becomes a woodturning school. 

Mark first encountered studio woodturning when he was an undergraduate at the Maryland Institute College of Art studying sculpture. While in school, Mark attended one of Albert LeCoff’s first woodturning conferences in 1976.  After graduating, he worked for a number of woodworking businesses before starting his own shop in one of Baltimore’s old industrial neighborhoods. 

Dominique Zeltzman’s interest in mapping everyday moments through photography, sculpture and installation, evolved from mapping everyday movements through choreography and video. Inspired by life’s residue, her current project, Detritustrata explores ways we mark time in our tides of garbage, piles of laundry, and dirty dishes. Opening Reception at Schiavone Fine Art Gallery on September 10th from 6 - 8 PM, the images capture the color and composition found in the offal of daily meals. 

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Sculptural plastic pillows stuffed with multicolored lint illustrate the strata of three years of clothing, hair and skin. Wasted food lines shelves, in the form of desiccated produce.

 

Dominique Zeltzman