Thursday, December 5



See our city sidewalks come alive as Harbor East and Maryland Art Place (MAP) present Window Wonderland – A Holiday Arts Exhibit. Various shops and restaurants around the neighborhood will feature unique holiday windows designed by some of the Baltimore area’s most talented local artists, turning Harbor East into a merry masterpiece for the holiday season!

This very special exhibit runs November 29 through New Year’s Day at Harbor East and includes the following businesses: Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry, BIN 604, City Sports, Courtyard Marriott, Handbags in the City, Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites, LAMILL, Lebanese Taverna, Loafers & Laces, South Moon Under, Taco Fiesta, Talara, Urban Chic and White House Black Market. Baltimore residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy our festive holiday window displays while they experience some of Baltimore’s best shopping, dining and entertainment throughout the holiday season.   

Congratulations to "Best in Show" winner Sui Park for her "Illusion" installation at White House/Black Market and to Sue Caldwell and Lovelyarns for "The Twelve Days of Knitmas" display at City Sports - winner of both "People's Choice" and "Kids' Choice". 

Sui Park - White House / Black Market: The project ‘Illusion’ at White House / Black Market creates winter scenery in an unusual way. The ‘illusion’ brings winter holiday ambience in organic shapes that may be reminiscent to an abstract form of snowdrops. The real illusion, however, is that the organic shapes are made with the most artificial materials, plastic straps. The artist, Sui Park has two Master degrees from Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Fiber Art at Ewha Womans University in Korea. She also attended at Environmental Design program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where she earned her BFA. 

Sue Caldwell -City Sports: Sue Caldwell and the knitters at Lovelyarns are pleased to be back for the second year, partnering with City Sports for Window Wonderland. Their display features “The Twelve Days of Knitmas,” and includes all the things you would expect and some things you wouldn’t! This yarny pear tree is packed full of knit goodies which represent the song with a Baltimore flair. The ten lords-a-leaping are our Baltimore Ravens, of course! And the seven swans look conspicuously like flamingos (Lovelyarns is located in Hampden, hon.) Also, for those who like a challenge, find the crab amidst all that’s happening in the tree. All in all, 82 different pieces were hand-knit to accomplish this Holiday window. lovelyarns@gmail.com.

 

Harbor East and MAP thank the following artists and merchants for their collaboration on this project: 

 

Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry  830 Aliceanna Street

Artist: Murray Taylor

Murray Taylor is an artist who paints and works in 3D on computers. Recently he has been exploring new ways of representing objects that allow the mind to fill in missing information. “Our brains like to try to make sense of seemingly random bits of information, especially visually. When we can find the order in the chaos it’s like a little victory, and it becomes hard to see it as random again. For the Amaryllis window I am creating a gift box with some of Amaryllis’ wonderful jewelry inside – except the box is not a solid, so you can see the gift without opening the present. I’m using cut glass lead crystals, which is perfect for their store.”

 

BIN 604 – 604 S. Exeter Street

Artist: Onorina Jomir

"When I think of winter holidays, there are numerous connotations that come to mind, such as warmth, closeness, and coziness. I was born in Moldova, Europe, and spent most of my childhood winters doing crafts from found objects, such as beads, wire and fabric. As I grew older and eventually began attending the Maryland Institute College of Art, I continued working with found objects. My current body of work consists of fabric scraps that are tightly compressed into surfaces that appear to be soft and cozy. Therefore, my display consists of similar surfaces and forms, all constructed from fabrics in my collection, as well as holiday-inspired materials."

 

Courtyard Marriott – 1000 Aliceanna Street

Artists: Brian Propst and Autumn Marie Graves

Artist team, Brian Propst of “Mad Propst! Productions” and Autumn Marie Graves of “Bleached Butterfly” are two young emerging artists that work in mediums ranging from paint to floral arrangement. Walking along the facade of the Courtyard Marriott building, the plain entrance and windows keep the interior design a huge secret. Once a guest enters the hotel, the lobby and lounge radiate with invigorating style. With the Marriott’s take on color blocked modern edge decor, we wanted to extend its sleek style by bringing the inside out. The shapes and colors correspond to those found in the lobby. Our goal is to draw attention in an appropriate manner towards the eye candy that waits within with a holiday feel.

 

Handbags in the City – 840 Aliceanna Street

Artist: Astoria Aviles

The 150th Christmas, designed by Astoria Aviles, is a whimsical interpretation of Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, currently playing at Center Stage through December 22nd. A musical tale of hope and forgiveness, Center Stage takes audiences to a bitterly cold Christmas Eve in 1864 where friends and foes alike find their lives strangely and poetically intertwined. The window design is inspired by Vogel’s holiday classic and also serves to signify the historical moment resonating throughout the greater Baltimore area: the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Astoria Aviles is the Development Intern at Center Stage Theater, and a recent graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia. Her design was realized with extraordinary assistance from the Center Stage Scene Shop, Prop Shop, and various other staff members and interns who gave advice and encouragement of this wild idea. She thanks them and wishes all a happy holiday.  www.centerstage.org

 

Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites – 625 S. President Street

Artists: Match and Mick Zimmerman

For their Window Wonderland display, Match and Mick Zimmerman have created hanging columns of white birch bark and LED lights. Motion sensors trigger fans to gently blow air throughout the installation causing the columns to gently swing back and forth. The swaying motion of the structure is reminiscent of wind blowing through trees on a winter's night.

Match and Mick Zimmerman combine interactive technology and natural materials to create cutting-edge installation pieces. The duo's combined talents include interactive media, video production, photography, and graphic design. Match and Mick have shown work as a collective, as well as individually in numerous venues. Most recently, Match Zimmerman exhibited an abstract video piece at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.   

 

LAMILL – 200 International Drive

Artist: © Jennifer M Yoo

Jennifer Yoo was born and raised in San Francisco and went back to South Korea when she was 5. She returned to attend Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, and she has had several exhibitions in South Korea and the United States. In addition, she coordinated a set of spring window displays for Shinsegae Department store in South Korea. For that, she used paper cutout to make large sculptures of natural forms. Jennifer is inspired by nature, especially by the moment when flowers grow and bloom. Her ultimate goal is to create works that could positively influence people and engage the public. Moreover, she wishes to become an artist known for art that touches people’s heart. www.papierbloom.com

 

Lebanese Taverna – 719 S. President Street

Artists: Anne M Boisvert (Lead Artist) & Erika Mosher (Collaborating Artist)

Peace: This Moment is a Beautiful Moment. Artists Anne M Boisvert and Erika Mosher designed a window display that Harbor East and Maryland Art Place selected to transform the Lebanese Taverna window for the Window Wonderland event. Erika currently lives and works as a UX and Visual Designer in Washington, D.C.  Anne is a 2012 graduate of the MICA Post Baccalaureate program and Baltimore-based artist. Their collaborative design freezes time as passersby let memories of good things past and thankfulness keep them warm during these busy and seasonally cold holidays. www.annemboisvert.comwww.erikamosher.com.

 

Loafers & Laces – 612 S. Exeter Street

Artist: Janna Morton

Janna Morton is a Baltimore-based illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist. Janna was inspired by the vintage masculine aesthetic displayed in Loafers & Laces and decided to use the same sorts of materials and textures (vintage men's ties, shoe laces, leather, corduroy, and wool) to create a holiday wreath and dioramas to complement the items in the store.

 

South Moon Under – 815 Aliceanna Street

Artists: April Danielle Lewis and Sarah Kirby

#nowtrending is an interactive installation that encourages the viewer to create digital content and share it. #windowwonderland #snowglobeselfie #lovethyselfie FMOIG @adlew @normanboy

 

Taco Fiesta – 618 S. Exeter Street

Artist: Sam Fein

Sam Fein is an interdisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Southern Arizona. "To me, the holiday season is associated with clear skies and bright colors. For this reason, I chose to create a Southwestern-themed window display. The installation showcases traditional papel picado (hand cut paper used in celebrations) as well as hot air balloons crafted from paper. The banners overhead read: “!Feliz Navidad, propsero ano 2014, y felicidad!” (From the popular holiday song, meaning: Merry Christmas, prosperous year 2014, and happiness). In creating this installation, I hope to share a bit of my Southwestern spirit to the city of Baltimore."

 

Talara – 615 S. President Street

Artist: Remina Greenfield

Remina Greenfield is a graphic and web designer living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with bachelor's degrees in Art/Art History and Biology. She is currently pursuing an additional degree in Interactive Design. Remina's recent work has focused on public installation and with this window display she hopes to incorporate an interactive element. Greenfield's window design was inspired by the bright colors and patterns of Latin American textiles.

 

Urban Chic – 811 Aliceanna Street

Artists: Delaney Cate and Isobel Modica

"We visualize winter in layers of warm fabric- sweaters, blankets, and scarves that protect against the cold. Winter is about finding coziness while enshrouded in protective clothing, enjoying the crispness of the weather from behind a safe layer of wool. The juxtaposition of nature and handmade textiles is important in illustrating this idea of the wild, chill weather and the comfort and security of man-made shelter." Delaney and Isobel are both seniors at the Maryland Institute College of Art, majoring in Fiber. Delaney’s work explores traditional fiber techniques used in updated applications, while Isobel works with ideas of repeat pattern, and the relationship between the home, nature, and the manufactured object.

 

Join us for Window Wonderland – The Unveiling Event on Thursday, December 5th from 5:30PM-8:30PM. Tour the windows, meet the artists and watch as our noted panel of judges choose their favorite, with the “Best in Show” artist awarded a $1,000 cash prize! Guests too are welcome to cast their ballot for the “People’s Choice” award! Carolersstilt walkers and entertainers will fill the streets with holiday cheer all evening long. Warm up indoors as participating Window Wonderland retailers offer complimentary refreshments including wine & cheese, sparkling cider, and holiday cookies. Drink specials and extended happy hours featured at participating restaurants.

Additionally, families won’t want to miss the second annual “Milk & Cookies Social” (cool) progeny play date! From 5:30PM-7:30PM during the Window Wonderland unveiling, The Maryland Athletic Club (The MAC) Harbor East will transform into a holiday workshop offering kids crafts and activities including face painting, ornament making and a reading by "Michael & Mirabelle"– plus little ones can cast a “Kids’ Choice” vote for their favorite Window Wonderland display! This is a FREE event but we ask that you please RSVP for a head count (plus FREE parking) here: http://coolprogeny.com/2013/11/19/youre-invited-milk-cookies-social/