“Finart” of Fells Point has morphed into “Finnapolis” of West Street. Fish are the “signature icons” of Charles Lawrance’s work. After paddling a kayak along Annapolis’ shorelines, Lawrence employs the “ancient Japanese technique of recording one’s fish catch, ‘gyotaku’.” He inks the scales of his catch of the day and presses the fish onto mulberry paper and hand pulls a print onto wood and glazes the image. Snorkeling provides inspiration from otherworldly underwater landscapes that contribute to Lawrance’s surrealistic images which contain his commentaries on environmental hazards of our culture. Imaginative, humorous and provocative are some of the adjectives used to describe his “dreamscapes” that serve as “metaphors” for “navigating” contemporary society. That Lawrance’s mother’s was in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art when her water broke was undoubtedly significant, but his website bio describes growing up in the outdoors – so that probably didn’t happen at Brooklyn’s Botanical Gardens. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art at MICA (Maryland Institute in Baltimore) and has an impressive list of accomplishments since then: set painting, album art and magazine illustration and cover art, murals (11 outdoors in Baltimore) and interiors of restaurants, homes and offices. His media are oil and acrylic. See Charles Lawrance's website.
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The scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) is a medium sized song bird native to the northeast upland forest. Tanagers are often hard to spot as they frequent the highest reaches of the tree canopy. The brilliant red and black plumage of the breeding male is a treat to see. Tanagers seek out insects during the summer months and fruits during migration back to their wintering grounds in the tropics.