“Painting in the Park” showcasing northeast Baltimore’s Herring Run Park


Artists and art lovers are invited to come out and celebrate Herring Run Park at the first-ever Painting in the Park: Herring Run Plein Air event, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, 2015 at Herring Run Park in Northeast Baltimore.

The event will bring talented artists to the Park to paint in the open air, with the public welcome to observe the artists at work from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. All are invited to vote for their favorite paintings and bid on the artwork at the weekend’s grand finale, the Wet Paint Exhibition and Silent Auction, to be held Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Francis Church Hall located 3615 Harford Road in Baltimore.

The auction will benefit Friends of Herring Run Park, a nonprofit organization working to preserve the Park and promote its many attractions. “Herring Run Park is one of Baltimore’s best-kept secrets,” says FHRP chairman Patty Dowd. “It’s a wonderful place to experience nature in the midst of Baltimore City.”

Painting in the Park will showcase the vistas and natural beauty offered by Herring Run’s stream valley setting. Artists will create new works from direct observation, without use of photographs. Harford Road Bridge, a major feature of the Park, will be replaced in the near future, Dowd points out. “It is our hope that the Painting in the Park event will help to record the bridge as it is today and raise the public’s awareness of the replacement project.”

Dating from Baltimore’s relationship with the Olmsted Brothers in the early 20th century, Herring Run Park and the adjoining Montebello Water System offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Painting in the Park takes place in the section of the Park located between Cold Spring Lane and Belair Road.

For a map, artist registration and general information, visit the Friends of Herring Park website: thefhrp.org/events/event/painting-in-the-park/ or email: thefhrp@gmail.com or call Patty Dowd at 410-227-2920.