Sculptor’s works express historical truths

By: Noelani Kirschner
Posted on: December 31, 2019

Melvin Edwards melds the story of African-American past and present through sculpted steel. Now through January 12, his work can be seen at a solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). During his 60-year career, the revolutionary sculptor has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions and was part of nearly 50 group shows. Edwards was also the first African-American sculptor to... READ MORE

Beloved waitress writes fiction

By: Diane Carliner
Posted on: December 30, 2019

Everyone in Baltimore, it seems, knows Peachy. Leonora “Peachy” DePietro Dixon has waited tables at Sabatino’s restaurant in Little Italy since 1974. (She received her childhood nickname for her peaches-and-cream complexion.) With a wide circle of friends from all over Baltimore and celebrity acquaintances, she is well known for her warm-heartedness. Among the famous people... READ MORE

Agatha Christie’s tale of delicious revenge

By: Dan Collins
Posted on: December 30, 2019

We all know the meaning of the phrase, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Vengeance is more satisfying when exacted sometime after the original offense, when least expected. Perhaps one of the finest examples of this proverb may be found in Agatha Christie’s famed 1934 mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. If you’ve never read Christie’s book, chances are you’ve seen... READ MORE

Art is her dream encore career

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: December 27, 2019

Sometimes retirement offers the ability to finally pursue a lifelong dream. Karen Winston-Levin, 71, didn’t start what she considers to be her true career until she retired in 2012. Since then, the Marriottsville resident has been prolifically painting images of nature and people. “I probably have been painting all my life, even though I wasn’t holding a brush,” Winston-Levin... READ MORE

Hopper’s ‘prosaic’ art tells many stories

By: Martha Steger
Posted on: December 26, 2019

The acclaimed painter Edward Hopper first visited the state of Virginia in 1939, when the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) invited him to chair the jury for the museum’s first biennial exhibition. Hopper returned in 1953 as a juror for that year’s biennial exhibition, too. On the latter visit, the VMFA purchased Hopper’s 1935 painting “House at Dusk” for its permanent... READ MORE

Volunteers power annual light show

By: Glenda C Booth
Posted on: December 26, 2019

On November 22, one million lights illuminated the night at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden thanks to 300 volunteers who have worked for the past year to make the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights happen. The annual event is a six-week holiday extravaganza of lights, botanical decorations, model trains, Santa sightings, music, crafts, dinners, a fire pit, s’mores, hot chocolate and... READ MORE