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Hidden art comes alive in Baltimore

Trevor Twist, owner of Mitchell School of Fine Arts, 6247 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209
Trevor Twist, owner of Mitchell School of Fine Arts, 6247 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209
by V. M. Oliver-Lawson

Hidden away off a main thoroughfare in the Mount Washington area of Baltimore, is a study in longevity. the Mitchell School of Fine Arts, located at 6247 Falls Road, is celebrating 50 years of service in the visual arts. This writer was pleasantly surprised by the creativity inherent within the unassuming building.

The school offers classes to youth and adults, providing a high degree of personal attention to each of its 70-100 students. The youth participate in an after school program five days a week. The focus for the school is in teaching fundamentals and principles of classical drawing as well as painting. Media used include oil/acrylic, watercolor and pastels.

The Mitchell School of Fine Arts was founded by Polly Mitchell, famous for her own pastel and oil society portraits. The school has been at its present location for 15 years, with current owner, Trevor Twist, as director for the past 5-1/2 years. His love for the craft is evident as he passionately spoke at length to this writer about the school.

Classes are taught by award-winning faculty members as they encourage creative freedom in a supportive, but challenging environment. Students also learn problem solving skills and can even create portfolios as they have fun.

The school is hosting an opening reception May 9, 2014 entitled "From Crawl to Walk, From Walk to Run", which will feature youth art on exhibit. Students will submit 2-3 pieces of their artwork for the exhibit from April 28 - May 7, 2014. The artwork will be on display for approximately one month.

The hours of operation are: Monday - Saturday 9AM - 9PM.
The Mitchll School of Fine Arts can be reached at 410-274-6652 or via its website at http://mitchellartschool.com.