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July, 27 2018

Art at the Shop

Tags: Friends, So Local

We love local art and artists. Many of our designers are graduates of art school - mostly MICA including current designer, farmer and aquatic artist Jess Rowe. Weíve commissioned paintings, purchased paintings, even painted some graphics on our walls. Our art represent our values, challenge our industry, establish identity, inspire our visitors, provide income, express our gratitude and more.

Here are some the paintings and other art we have collected over the years, the stories behind them, and artists who provided the work.

Matt Muirhead (https://www.instagram.com/mattmuirheadartist)

We met Matt when he modeled for our flower beard photoshoot. When Matt had an exhibit at the Creative Alliance featuring paintings of massive flower bouquets overwhelming Baltimore city buildings, we commissioned two of this theme for beloved long-time employees who moved on from us - Carling who continues to work for us from her home in Michigan and Irene who opened Dylanís Oyster Cellar with her husband.

Matt also painted an image of our shop on top of a Robert Furber botanical print which was commissioned as a birthday gift for Ellen.

Annie Howe (http://www.anniehowepapercuts.com/)

Lucky Ellen was the recipient of more art for another birthday. Ellenís thoughtful husband approached Annie with a request for a floral papercut. Annie made this fantastic and intricate design which depicts varieties grouped by season.

We were so pleased with the papercut, we had Momentum Printing make t-shirts and hoodies with the image.

Barbara Wolfe (comeonbarbragetawebsite)

Barbara is our friend who is an artist, musician, hobo, flower peddler, and floral designer among other vocations. We met Barbara through Locust Point Flowers at the 32nd Street Saturday farmerís market down the street from our shop. She designed for us for a while, delivered weddings, and one day- just like dust in the wind - she was gone.

Barbara re-appeared in our lives as she was preparing for a show at Alchemy of Art in Fells Point. She used our flowers as the object of some of her paintings including the one we bought for the shop.

Graphics on our Walls

Our interpretation of Rage, the Flower Thrower by Banksy.

If you are not familiar with street art, Banksy is among the most famous graffiti artists. One of his more well-know stencils is a protester throwing a bouquet of flowers. We altered the image by wrapping the bouquet in burlap to support burlap freedom and our flower friends who were threatened with legal action for using burlap.

Our Shepard Fairey - via Barbara Kruger - inspired LOCAL graphic.

Another street artist, Faireyís ubiquitous OBEY stickers gave us the idea for LOCAL. This fair use graphic has also been a popular t-shirt for us, The flower icon comes from the Noun Project. The rest was rudimentary Photoshop skills.

Come by the shop to check out the art (and flowers) in person! Saturdays 8:00AM-12:00Noon or Wednesdays 4:00PM-8:00PM

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