Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center held three-day event in honor of MLK, Jr.
Artist Webb says best MLK Day ever spent
Baltimore City artist, GM Webb shared his talent of ‘webbing’ with those that attended the three day event at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center. The community came out to participate in the MLK Days event entitled, Faces of a Dream where adults and children made wire masks that Webb hung on a wall to complete a Faces of a Dream design.
The Pittsburgh native began twisting and fashioning scrap wire into athletes, animals, and musicians as an activity to keep his young daughters active. Webb takes strands of wire materials along with needle nose pliers to sculpt masks and abstract sculptures.
Webb said it was the best Martin Luther King, Jr. day that he’s ever had and his first time visiting the John Dennis Murray Arts Building. “The people that turned up were really into it and they really enjoyed themselves, so I’m glad,” Webb said. “Annmarie Sculpture Garden is a place that provides strong arts programs. For myself, it made me aware of different mediums out there that people can be excited about. It’s really a strong place and I’d love to go back again.” Webb’s artwork will be on display and available for purchase in the (Murray) building until February 23rd.
A tent of many colors was also up for those that wished to relax and unwind from busy schedules, read or color and enjoy some quiet time. Some said it was a nice time to do some introspective soul searching and found the atmosphere very therapeutic. “The tent just made you feel at home and so relaxed.” Webb said.
Webb stated that he met a family that shared with him that they really needed the event. “A family of four told me that they really needed this day,” he said. “I think her profession had kept her so busy that she was just so into her project that she didn’t want to stop. I moved around from table to table to make people feel welcome and I wanted them to feel that they were a part of something big on an important day.”
The Waul family, newly from Dunkirk along with Annapolis resident, Jackie Pruner said they were looking forward to the event. “I’m making the two-hour round trip drive because it’s so worth it,” Pruner said. “It’s a wonderful event. I’m from Annapolis but had been living in Brooklyn and I had a tradition that I’d do for MLK Day and I’ve found a new home so wanted to find a new tradition and I thought GM [Webb] was a really cool artist and person and that made it exciting.”
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