The official date of Maryland day is March 25, but our state is too great to confine celebration to one day! We have beaches and mountains, crab cakes and kinklings! And so much great art! Art Collective focuses on offering the work of local artisans--we currently represent twelve Maryland residents.
Obviously, we have the best state flag and the best state sport (jousting!), but did you know we have a local monster, too? The Snallygaster was described as a beast with "enormous wings, a long pointed bill, claws like steel hooks, and an eye in the center of its forehead” that screeched like a train whistle. Some accounts suggest that the Snallygaster nested in an attic on Braddock Mountain, swooping over the Middletown Valley to find its victims and suck their blood. The monster was said to have a particular taste for children and candy. Teddy Roosevelt reportedly considered coming to hunt it down!
No need for you to hunt, come on in to Art Collective to get a zippered pouch with a sparkly Snallygaster on it! Braddock Heights resident Deana Greenberg of Six Gables Originals makes the pouches mostly from upcycled materials so that you can store your agates (state mineral!) and Patuxent River Stones (state gemstone!) in style. She will neither confirm nor deny that the Snallygaster is nesting in her attic saying only “I need to pay for all this candy corn somehow.”
March is Women’s History Month, a great time to focus on the female identifying artists of the past and today! Art Collective is home to the art of 21 women, and a few of them agreed to share their reflections on women who inspire them. Interestingly they are all living artists!
Take some time this month to learn about a woman artist! #womenshistorymonth #womenartists