HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BALTIMORE CREATIVES

Artist: You Wu

Time in Baltimore: 7 years

From Shenzhen, China, You Wu is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. Through a variety of mediums ranging from painting to sculpture to performances, their current body of work explores the problematic of globalization and consumerism. When they are not working in their studios, You likes to bike around town, boulder at Earth Treks, and trying out new restaurants with their friends. They have been living in Baltimore City since 2013.

1. Zines and Prints by GhostNests, a tattooer at Fruit Camp

2. Personal Best Ceramics 

I started making coffee at home more often after the pandemic. Whitney’s big mug 

3. Cuples Tea House 

This is a black-owned loose-leaf tea shop! They don’t have a physical store ye, but they will open their physical store soon on Howard street. Their selection is amazing!!!! I honestly have not seen loose-leaf Huang Jin Gui outside of China. 

4. Kristin Tata’s prints 

DM her on instagram or get it from bottle of bread shop

5. Current Space Shop

Shop a collection of original works made by local artists. You support artists and the space at the same time!  https://www.currentspace.com/shop?Collection=All

Sexy potato by Andrew Liang 

Friday Night out by Diamon Fisher  

6. Selvedge Baltimore 

A store that carries Japanese denim and hand-printed + hand-sew outfits! 

Artist: Phaan Howng

Time in Baltimore: 7 years

Phaan Howng is a multidisciplinary artist who uses large-scale landscape paintings, sculptures, installations, and performance to place audiences in an idealized or satirical imagined future to encourage reflection on current environmental conditions fostered by extractive global capitalism. Explorations in current philosophy, anthropology, and history, ground these investigations that interrogate Western concepts of nature, the human, and time. Howng has mounted solo exhibitions and site-specific projects in major establishments such as the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD 2017-2018), the Smithsonian Arts and Industry Museum (Washington D.C. 2018), Spring Break Art Fair (New York, NY 2019) Art Kiosk (Redwood City, CA 2019), Facebook (Washington D.C. 2019), The Asian Arts and Culture Center at Towson University (Towson, MD 2020). Howng has been living and working in Baltimore for 7 years.

1. Herring Run Nursery gift certificate

buy native plants! help the earth! gift that gives to our environment, everyone and everything!

2. A custom hand beaded harness (or anything else) made by Rachel Martino


3.  Some awesome natural dyed organic socks to keep you rooted… $16-18 Flowy Life

4. Art from ICA Baltimore’s flat files

Amanda Burnham

5. Whole 北京烤鸭 | Whole Peking Duck

(sweet & savory sauces, whole wheat buns) with ‘ Duck Bone Broth Noodle Soup Kit ’ $68, and shrimp dumplings from NiHao Baltimore. THE BEST CHINESE FOOD IN BALTIMORE EVER. I cried of joy to know that I can be so much closer to amazing Chinese food especially when we couldn’t travel up to NYC for it anymore.

Curator / Community Organizer:

Carlyn Thomas

Time in Baltimore: 8 years

Carlyn Thomas (they/she) is a curator and organizer from Baltimore, MD. They currently assist the Baltimore arts community as the Curatorial Assistant of Contemporary Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. They co-founded and directed Terrault Gallery in the Bromo Arts District from 2014-2020 where they organized over 60 different exhibitions over that time, including two shows at Satellite Art Fair at Art Basel Miami, FL and multiple presentations at the Artist-Run Art Fair, Baltimore, MD. Thomas graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2013 with a degree in Art History and Museum Studies. They also are a certified Sommelier and you can find them on the weekends serving and talking about wine at La Cuchara in Hampden. In their spare time you can find them drinking wine, petting their cat, and rock climbing.

  1. @Hoplockndropit

Plants and handmade hanging planters and glass/brass plant viles – new small black-owned business

2. Whispering Rise Pig Farm

$10 donation for a tour of the Pig Sanctuary – pet friendly piggies and help support the farm

3. Press Press / Printed Matter

Poetry for Persistence is a new artist-driven print fundraiser and distribution initiative organized by Press Press and Printed Matter. The project aims to raise funds for organizations whose work and advocacy are especially crucial in this moment, with an emphasis on Baltimore-based groups. Features collaboration prints by Abdu Ali and SHAN Wallace

4. Get Shredded Vintage

Vintage and curated clothing, home goods and more in Remington, Baltimore

5. Jackiegem Creative

Fun, colorful ornaments, jewelry – 90s vibezz

6. Bottle of Bread

Vintage and handmade by lots of local artists, ceramics, leather, jewelry, soaps in Mt. Vernon, Baltimore.