Artists, photographers, writers and performers are creating a variety of original material in Baltimore’s iconic Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower. The 15 story structure, modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence Italy, has more than 30 artist studios, filled with talent and works of art. The art spills into the staircase that winds through the tower where a number of original watercolors, oils, sketches and photographs are hung on the walls for sale.
Among the artists available during a recent open house was Keith Haller a self-taught classical artist who has been influenced by Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso among others. His Summer Landscape is a colorful, interpretation of a farmer cutting crops on his farm in a Van Gogh modern style. His traditional artistry and talents are evident in his portraits that include a contemplative image of Barack Obama standing in front of the Middleton Oak.
During the open house Haller told viewers that he chose to place the Middleton Oak prominently in the background since it is most likely the oldest oak tree in the United States and, in his view, has been an eyewitness to much of the American past, highs and lows.
Another talented artist who has a studio in the tower is Janet Little Jeffers, a creative photographer who views the world a little differently. Her images provide the viewer a burst of color and design from images of the natural and manmade world. Her photographs of boatyards will amaze viewers as she focuses in on areas familiar but when taken out of context become works of art. Her interpretive eye, capturing the colorful world of flowers, is unique and refreshing.
Stacy Lund Levy is owner of Lund Art Studios located on the 8th floor of the building. She creates whimsical multi-media works that include dolls, vases, jars, and curios. On display in her studio are some of the hand crafted dolls that are about 18 inches tall, in various poses and in colorful gowns. The attention to detail is what set these originals apart from others; each face and hairdo is unique, as is their clothing and accessories.
Her clay lizards are colorful hand sculpted items, in polymer clay, with some attached to glasses or jars creating a one-of-a –kind original. Her Dragonfly ornaments are about five inches in length with transparent polymer clay wings.
Open house hours to meet the artists and view their art is listed the Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower website. For those interested in Baltimore history or getting a chance to tour inside the huge clock tower check out the times and dates available. Tours are free, whether you choose to walk up the fifteen flights or ride the elevator. The location of the clock tower is 21 S. Eutaw Street. There is plenty of parking nearby for a nominal fee. For more information contact the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Manager at 443-874-3596.