First Friday Art Walk goes “Literary”


Join Yellow Arrow Publishing and the Highlandtown Arts District in celebrating local writers at Literary Night, our August 2nd takeover of the Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk. From 5 to 9 PM, participate in hands-on writing activities and a scavenger hunt, and meet dozens of local authors, writers, and small presses spread throughout Highlandtown’s participating galleries, shops, and eateries! From 6 to 8 PM, join us for food and drinks as we listen to local writers read their work from our main stage at RoofTop Hot. Drinks and refreshments will be available throughout the art walk.

All venues below will have artwork on display and some may even provide snacks and drinks!

3402 Gough St
Stop in this Friday for a snack and a beer. It’s the perfect opportunity to see Effie Gereny’s not to be missed contemporary examples of abstract expressionism!

Highlandtown Gallery
248 S. Conkling St
Sip a little sangria as you view works by Miguel de la Fuente, Karen Hellen, AnneLyse Lasnier, Bonnie Sybert, Steven Wakefield & Debbie Lynn Zwiebach

Zwiebach Gallery
248 S. Conkling St, Unit B

Night Owl Gallery
248 S. Conkling St, Unit C
Light refreshments for First Friday & a print special.
All 18″x24″ prints will be $30 each for First Fridays!

The Laughing Pint
3531 Gough St
Intertwined, Stephen Spartana photo exhibit (final night!)
Happy Hour 3-6pm / $5 Greyhounds All Night / Dinner Specials

Pop-Up Gallery: Baltimore Painted Screens
3522-A Bank St
Preview the new Pop-Up Gallery by the Painted Screen Society. Featuring screens for sale, the book, movie and tour maps!
Open Saturdays 11am-5pm June through September 2017.
Open til 8pm.

Doc’s Smoke Shop
3721 Eastern Ave
Docs is a family business in Highlandtown since 1979. They have a great selection functional glass art and pendants from American artists across the country. Give the gift they will appreciate!

PEAK Performance Training
512 S. Conkling St
Photography on display and for sale by local artists.

Snake Hill Tavern
418 S. Clinton St
6-8 PM Closing Reception for “High Balls // Low Hopes”
Art by Ronnie Larrimore

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave
Heartstrings, Tiffany Lange puppet and sculpture exhibit (final night!)
Comedian Judah Friedlander performs (adv. tix suggested)

Maxine Taylor Fine Arts
126 N. Madiera St
**Please note that Maxine Taylor Fine Arts will NOT be participating this month. Sorry for any confusion.

To download the map, click here.

*Check with each venue because open times may vary
(most are open 5-9pm).

What is the Arts & Entertainment District

map of arts district

Highlandtown's Arts & Entertainment District (a.k.a. ha!) is the largest such designated area in the state; encompassing Highlandtown, Patterson Park and portions of Canton and Greektown.  ha! offers artists the opportunity to live and work in one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. ha! boasts southeast's largest collection of retail and industrial spaces, along with affordable housing and a convenient location, easily accessible from I-95, I-895, Fells Point and Downtown.

Ha! is home of a Creative Alliance at The Patterson, galleries, artist studios, and retail shops with a variety of activities happening year around including the Salsapolkalooza, the Great Halloween Lantern Parade, the Highlandtown Farmer's Market and Artket, Annual Studio Tours, Sculpture in the Park, the Highlandtown Wine Festival, and the Highlandtown Basement Bar Tour.

The Best of Baltimore Magazine's results are in and the Highlandtown Arts District shines! 

Best Mural: Alfie la Quinta Estrella ​
Pablo Machioli's mural at the corner of Baltimore St and Highland Ave is impressive and captivating - certainly deserving of this award! (Photo from Pablo Machioli)

Mural on Baltimore and Highland by Pablo Machioli: Intense orange, yellow and reds create a woman's face on the 3 story corner building.