One of the best things about living in Baltimore is the enjoyment of the city’s spirit, vibrance, and creative energy. There are galleries and museums galore filled with stunning collections. The annual Kinetic Sculpture Race is imaginative, inventive, and lots of fun. A recent art project attracted the best and brightest street artists from around the world to Baltimore. They turned abandoned buildings and public spaces in the Station North Arts District into an open air exhibition of spectacular murals, such as the one illustrated above by artist Nanook. Open Walls Baltimore is the name of this street art project. I personally cannot draw a straight line with a ruler, so I find these murals amazing and thought-provoking. Do yourself a favor and come see this impressive collection of art. See www.openwallsbaltimore.com for full details, including a list of artists and a directory map of the murals.

After you view the OWB murals, head to the Loads of Fun Studio, 120 W North Avenue. Just around the corner on N Howard Street you will find Baltimore’s famed graffiti alley behind the studio. This is the one and only place where Baltimore City permits graffiti artists to work and create. Thus, it is a popular spot for artists of all levels to practice their craft. It is an intriguing visual experience, and the artwork changes on a regular basis.