Artists in the Rawlings Conservatory

Posted July 5th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Art Lives in the Rawlings Conservatory

Just as plants emerge from the ground, so too will art emerge at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. Emergence Art Salon will feature the work of three Baltimore artists from July 14 to 23.

And what better place to display art? The Conservatory is a work of art itself with its soaring glass palm house that dates to 1888.

“The venue is really beautiful. We are looking for a synergy between the building and local artists,” Kathleen Hamill said, with the show mixing the art community with the conservatory community.

Kathleen is owner of K. Hamill Fine Art & Design, which is putting on the exhibition. A portion of proceeds from sales of the art will benefit the Rawlings Conservatory.

Driven by a mission to place Baltimore art in Baltimore spaces, Kathleen said that there are not a lot of lovely spots in the city for local artists to show their work. When artists heard about a show at the conservatory, they were excited to be part of it, she said.

The July show will feature work by Mary Beth Marsden, Bridgette Guerzon Mills and Diana Ulman.

Marsden, former broadcaster at WBAL Radio and WMAR TV, said, “Painting found me again. Currently obsessed with clouds and trying to be fearless.” She continues her work with Real Look Autism, a website for anyone touched by autism. It provides videos that show all kinds of therapies working for kids on the autism spectrum.

Guerzon Mills, an award winning mixed media artist and book artist, incorporates a variety of materials including photography, oil paint, acrylic paint and encaustic. “I am drawn to the inherent beauty and spirit of the natural world, and my artwork is a personal dialogue that reaches into the stillness of that spirit. Through both imagery and medium, I create organic pieces that speak to the cycles of life, growth and decay, memory and the passage of time.”

Ulman is an artist, designer, community volunteer and a cancer patient advocate with the Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults, which she founded in 1997. “As my art evolves, I both find myself and free myself. I hope you are touched in some way by my art and design — and I hope you enjoy viewing my artwork as much as I enjoy creating it.”

An opening night reception will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 13. Another Art Salon is planned at the Conservatory in the fall, Oct. 19-29.

Also coming up at the Rawlings Conservatory:

July 29 – Aug. 13 — The American Tennis Association, the oldest African American sports organization in the United States, celebrates its 100th anniversary at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore with tennis tournaments and exhibits at the Conservatory.

Opening Ceremony at the Conservatory – July 29; Tournaments in Druid Hill Park – July 29 – Aug. 1;

Druid Hill Park: A Community’s Pride, July 26 – Aug. 13 at the Conservatory; this exhibit on loan from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, showcases stories and imagery of African Americans and their relationship with the park, from emancipation to the end of Jim Crow. The exhibition illustrates the role of the park and how integral it was to African American life through the periods of segregation, and highlights institutional racism as a source of many challenges.

Breaking the Barriers July 29 – Aug. 5 at the Conservatory. A unique timeline of photos, newspaper accounts, and historical excerpts bring the origins and history of black tennis and the American Tennis Association (ATA) to life. The formation of the ATA, the oldest African-American sports organization in the United States, was a direct result of banning African Americans from professional tennis competitions not long after the first lawn tennis court was built in America in 1876. This exhibition is c/o The International Tennis Hall of Fame and the ATA.


The Conservatory is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, and closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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