gifts to the BMA also include a painting survived the Nazi invasion of their by artist Anne Truitt and art by painter native Poland by posing as Catholic Amy Sherald, who recently created farm girls. The special exhibit includes Michelle Obama’s official portrait. a partial recreation of the thatched- roof farm home where Esther lived. Watch the Walls Though Esther worked as a seamstress In recent years, public art initiatives like she had no art training and began her Open Walls Baltimore have decorated series of embroideries at the age of 50. in her Frederick, Maryland, dress shop, the city with colorful murals. Among the women creating these vibrant designs? Duo Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, whose geometric patterns burst from Union Collective walls throughout the city. See their work Stage Voices In celebration of the Everyman Theatre’s new intimate performance space, The Upstairs Theatre, the group on the walls of Union Craft Brewing Sew Powerful debuts a new inaugural festival meant Illustrator and Baltimore native Megan Lewis paints her hometown through At the American Visionary Art For the first run of the New Voices mural projects that include walls on the Museum, devoted to showcasing the Festival, launching in March, all three Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Washington work of self-taught artists, visit the plays are written by women, including Village branch and the National Great new five-year installation “Esther & two women of color. “We’re in the Blacks In Wax Museum (head to her The Dream of One Loving Human golden age of female playwrights,” website MeganLewis1Illustrator.com Family.” In this collection of textile artistic director Vincent Lancisi told for a Google maps locator). Her colorful storytelling, Holocaust survivor Esther The Baltimore Sun. “I’ve worked in the projects primarily depict women of Krinitz created 36 intricate needlework theater for 30 years and I have never color, including one painting of an afro- and fabric collages that depict how before seen such a vibrant pool of clad Statue of Liberty, raising her fist. the teenage Esther and her sister new voices.” and MICA, among other locations. Q Because art imitates life, how does the BSO reflect Baltimore’s true essence? The BSO is like a microcosm of Baltimore. The orchestra is passionate, outspoken, not afraid to give their opinion, but still warm and welcoming, much like Baltimore. We’ve been through some tough times—socially, financially—but this makes us scrappier. Q How would you explain the BSO to someone who has never been? You feel connected to humanity when you’re here. It’s an experience. When I go to a sports game and don’t know anything about it, I can still appreciate it. So even if you don’t know anything about the orchestra, you can still appreciate good music. And we have one of the best here in Baltimore. Q What are some of your favorite places in Baltimore? I love Petit Louis, Woodberry Kitchen, City Café—I go there all the time—and the Village Square Café in Cross Keys. And the museums are special and spectacular—people shouldn’t miss shortage of things to do here. them. Every night there is something going on, so there is no Marin Alsop to showcase emerging playwrights.