First Friday Art Walk goes “Literary”

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2

Join Yellow Arrow Publishing, Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District & Highlandtown Main Street in celebrating local writers at the first ever LITERARY NIGHT during the Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk! 

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!

LITERARY NIGHT MAIN STAGE 6-8 PM 
RoofTop Hot 339 S. Conkling St
Join us for food and drinks as we listen to local writers read their work from the main stage at Rooftop Hot. 
Click here for a full line up & details.
Readings by:
Jean P. Pula // Jessica Gregg // Kerry Graham // Nikita C. Anderson // Sharon J. Burton // Shunda Colvin // Bailey Drumm // Marylou Fusco // Rissa Miller // Sara Palmer // Eva Quintos Tennant // Ali J. Varden // b.a.w.

HIGHLANDTOWN VENUES

Y:ART Gallery & Fine Gifts
3402 Gough St
Best Gallery 2018 || Best East-Side Art Space 2017, Baltimore Magazine
LITERARY FEATURE: JESSICA GREGG, VICTORIA KENNEDY AND LINES + STARS
Jessica Gregg, editor of Baltimore Style, invites art walk participants to pitch or bring her essays, as well as poetry, which will run online at BaltimoreStyle.com or possibly in the magazine itself.  The Lines + Stars/L+S Press table will present an “exquisite corpse” poem to which visitors will add throughout the day. Participants will receive the full poem via email after the First Friday festivities conclude.

Highlandtown Gallery
248 S. Conkling St, Gallery A
FEATURING ANN QUINN
Join poet Ann Quinn at Highlandtown Gallery to help create an Ode to Highlandtown. We will use images from the gallery and from your own memories and impressions of the ‘hood to create a poem of praise to our own creative, diverse, historical, living, vibrant neighborhood. The finished poem will be posted on YellowArrowPublishing.com and shared with the world!
Cool off this summer with a show celebrating “The Blues” and featuring work by Jason Tompkins, Sandi WIlson, Rae Hamilton, Ann Crostic and Deborah Ponder.
Live music and sangria.

Zwiebach Creations Gallery
248 S. Conkling St, Gallery B
Featuring the one of a kind work by artist Debbie Lynn Zwiebach.

Night Owl Gallery
248 S. Conkling St, Gallery C
Join us for light refreshments as we celebrate Literary Night! 
Writing on the Wall:  New Work by Beth-Ann Wilson
Night Owl Gallery hosts FEATURING INK PRESS PRODUCTIONS! They are a collaborative effort devoted to blurring the lines of writing, visual, and performance art in the Baltimore community and beyond! Established in 2012, Ink Press Productions aims to connect through the production of handmade publications, DIY workshops, and other experimental events.

The Laughing Pint
3531 Gough St
FEATURING MOONLIT
Join MoonLit Founder Kris in creating unique ‘plot bunnies’ for when you need a burst of inspiration! Plus, create a community poem and learn more about upcoming fall workshops.
Remembering How To Fly. New Work By Martha Simons
$5 greyhound drink special & kitchen is open until 10:30pm.

The Pop-Up Studio @ 3522
3522 Bank Street  1st Floor (Bank & Conkling)
FEATURING SHARON J. BURTON AND CHARITA COLE BROWN

RoofTop Hot
339 S. Conkling St
FEATURING THE LITERARY NIGHT MAIN STAGE
Featuring pottery and ceramics by local artists Monica Broere and Dennis Moore.

Rust-N-Shine [Special First Friday Opening]
410 S. Conkling St
In the spirit of creative collaboration, join Highlandtown’s Mistress of Smut for a special Mad Libs edition of the “An Evening of Vintage Smut” reading series presented by Rust-N-Shine! In addition, make bookmarks with fantasy, romance, and erotica author H.L. Brooks.R
Reading at 7 p.m. Vintage, retro, and handmade treasures on sale from 5-9 p.m.
(Only open from 5-9 p.m. during Highlandtown’s First Friday Art Walks!) 
FEATURING JOCELYN BROADWICK AND H.L. BROOKS

Filippo’s Restaurant & Lounge featuring *Live Street Art Demos in the adjacent alley
418 S. Conkling St (and through to 417 S. Highland Ave)
Live entertainment and art. Drink specials available inside Filippo’s Lounge.
FEATURING 2019 UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE MFA GRADUATES 
Nikita C. Anderson, Shunda Colvin, Bailey Drumm, Eva Quintos Tennant & b.w.a
The University of Baltimore MFA grades will play mad libs made from sections of their books. They will also have a sketch book based on elements from their stories for people to doodle on when they stop by. 

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave
Main Gallery: The Big Show!
Theater: 7:30-9:30PM Members Only Shindig
Beat the heat and join us in the theater where PLRLS will rock out – retro style! Members enjoy a free signature cocktail, happy hour specials all night, and other summer surprises.

Roll Ice Cream & Coffee
3222 Eastern Ave
FEATURING TIMOTHY YOUNG
Come experience the culinary art of rolled ice cream. All our ice cream is made to order right in front of you. We take it from liquid to solid in less than 3 minutes.

Off the Rox
3232-A Eastern Ave
Pick up a free book from the giveaway table. Books for kids and adults alike while supplies last. Featuring artful tasting on the First Friday Art Walk.

Snake Hill Tavern
418 S. Clinton St
State Fair: A Group Show
Artists capture the spirit of the State Fair in this curated group show!  Vote for your favorite piece. “People’s Choice” winner will be announced at the State Fair “Midway” event Sep 6!
Literary Night!  
Snake Hill extends a warm welcome to AKINOGA PRESS! They are a Baltimore-based micro-press that specializes in small editions of hand-bound chapbooks and are committed to publishing work that is quiet, small, odd, easily-missed, and 100% needs to be read. Check it out!
Happy Hour until 7pm
Kitchen Open until 11pm

Springsteen Gallery
422 S. Highland Ave
Book of Flowers
Solo exhibition by Ryan Syrell 
Night equalizes, it de-centers, and affirms that we are unstable and floating; unmoored from constructed time. It encourages wild oscillations between anxiety and ecstasy. A sense of porosity is amplified as sensation, perception, and memory wash together in nocturnal space.
The paintings in Book of Flowers are a suite of nocturnes; they begin at the moment of sunset and progress into night. This exhibition continues Syrell’s investigations into the affect of color and collapse of space as memory. Employing strategies of overwhelming scale and saturated palettes, each paintings’ intensity and restlessness become their own act within a play, scene within a film, or song on a record.
Night becomes the central subject of the work, directing the psyche of its inhabitants and its observers. Depicted are lived-in rooms, interiors full of material life both ephemeral and urgent. Screens access virtual spaces and windows offer portals to elsewhere while reflecting immediate surroundings. Cut flowers and vestiges of limbs haunt, while each element doubles as a barrier and an opening.

Ideals of Highlandtown
3319 Eastern Ave
FEATURING SHERRY BURTON WAYS
Sherry Burton Ways will conduct an interactive discussion including a worksheet for participants on Who Are You? A Self Examination & Your Relationship with Your Interior Space. Stop in for a refreshment and the unique wood furniture pieces at this home goods shop

Yellow Arrow Publishing Presents:
Highlandtown Art Walk Writer-in-Residence
The writer-in-residence for July, August & September 2019 is Jessica Gregg.
Jessica Gregg is the editor of Baltimore Style magazine and also oversees Baltimore’s Child and Washington Family magazines. She is a Baltimore booster, proud rowhouse dweller, the mother of two teenagers, and an avid poetry reader. Her poetry collection “News from this Lonesome City” will be published this year by Finishing Line Press.

CLOSED THIS MONTH
PEAK Performance
512 S. Conkling Street
Closed for renovations during the August Art Walk.