Last Saturday, the Highlandtown Gallery, 248 S. Conkling St., hosted a community screen-painting event. in which residents were invited to paint screens that would later adorn the upper windows of the gallery building.
Painted screens are an important part of Baltimore’s folk history, and they have received more attention as of late, thanks to folklorist Elaine Eff’s acclaimed book, “The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed.”
Painted screens can be found throughout Baltimore, though they are particularly prevalent in the Southeast. There is a push underway in Highlandtown to reviving the art, and plans for a painted-screens walking tour are underway.
For more information on painted screens, visit paintedscreens.org.