Best Of Baltimore - Page 10 - Arts and Activities (4)

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When a rare copy of the collected edition of William Shakespeare’s plays (the “First Folio”) was loaned to Maryland in 2016, it didn’t go on view at Baltimore’s George Peabody Library. Nor did an exhibit of roughly 40 of the virtuoso woodblock prints and engravings by the German Renaissance master Albrecht Durer hang with the Walters Art Museum’s collection of old masters.


To spend quality time with these treasures, culture lovers had to venture onto the St. John’s College campus in Annapolis. The nationally accredited Mitchell Gallery may lack the resources of Maryland’s cultural powerhouses, but the four traveling exhibits that the Mitchell hosts annually (in addition to shows by regional artists) would make any art lover’s bucket list.


Works by such celebrated painters and sculptors as Rembrandt van Rijn, Alexander Calder and Pieter Bruegel the Elder have been on view at the Mitchell. One exhibit this year featured 100 years of classic children’s book illustrations. An original drawing of “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) captivated — and temporarily stilled — a troop of wiggly 6-year-oldCub Scouts last fall.


Best of all, the Mitchell’s exhibits are free.


St. John’s College, Mellon Hall, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. 410-626-2556.




It’s the nation’s largest free arts festival — what more do you need to know? Gaze at the artwork, listen to the music, watch a performance or two. OK, you’ll need money for food and if you decide to buy any of that art, but Artscape is still the best deal in every Baltimore summer. Set for July 19-21 this year.