Washington DC – Day Trip 4 – Baltimore 2

The arts are vibrant in Baltimore, and have been for a long time. This post will emphasize some choice options for those who love paintings and music! This next couple of articles will transport you.

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM
900 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-3940
Phone: 410-244-1900
10:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Abundant Parking

Founded and directed by Maryland leader in the arts, Rebecca Hoffberger, the American Visionary Art Museum is unusual and memorable. It opened its doors in 1995. Ms. Hoffberger’s premise that all of us are artists, created a place where the best self-taught artists are recognized and their work is explored.

The museum’s seven galleries feature memorable creations by farmers, homemakers, mechanics, the retired, disabled, and homeless, and people from various other walks of life.

Their 13th Annual Kinetic Sculpture /Vehicle Race will be held May 7, 2011.

This museum features “…art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.”

Many of the artists are women.

And for those who love seeing women finally getting recognition as the great artists they often are, then be sure to visit the:
NATIONAL MUSEUM for WOMEN in the ARTS (NMWA) back in Washington, DC. I am a charter member!

The NMWA is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the exhibition, preservation and acquisition of works by women artists of all nationalities and all time periods.

Info: (202) 783-5000
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. It’s not too far north of the Metro Center station.
NMWA hours:
Mon-Sat 10 am – 5 pm
Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

Be sure to visit the fabulous Gift Shop at NMWA — save to purchase something special in this wonderful store! All are fair-trade items and you will be supporting women artists all around the globe, especially in developing countries.

Food is available, too, in lovely surroundings. Call 202-628-1068 for reservations. National Museum for Women in the Arts daily menu. Open weekdays: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and for brunch on select Sundays.

Be aware that the NMWA museum events are very reasonably priced, so tap into their schedule!

This might be a great place to spend some time on Mother’s Day.

More, next time!

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