October 11, 2017

What’s Happening

People ask me all the time to tell them what’s happening in Baltimore, so I have two upcoming events to tell you about that I am involved with.

First is the Valleys Planning Council’s Art  for Land’s Sake Show & Sale, a biannual event featuring local artists. The Valleys Planning Council’s mission is to conserve land and resources, preserve historic character and maintain the rural feel and land uses in the valleys just north of Baltimore, a place where I spend a lot of time.

Here are some of my favourite pieces in the show.Paula 3


michael 4

Art for Land’s Sake is held at the stunning Caves Farm, a large historic equestrian center just north of Baltimore. caves valley farmTickets to the Preview Party on Friday, October 20th are available here. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $5.00 per person. Click here for more details.

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I am a charter member of Team Tea Caddy, three of us working on a major exhibition of historic tea caddies at Homewood House at the Johns Hopkins University, beginning Sunday, November 5th. I didn’t know much about tea caddies until recently, and have discovered that they tell the fascinating history of the movement of tea from China to England and then on to America. In the 1700’s, tea was more valuable than gold, and these caddies show how it was treasured. image

The earliest were made of china and porcelain, and then silver, wood, tortoiseshell and ivory. blog pic

While many of the forms are similar, their decoration and origin is literally all over the map!image

This amazing collection has been assembled by Mark Bramble, Broadway producer, director and the writer of 42nd Street, which just re-opened in London earlier this year. Because of his extensive travels writing and producing Broadway shows, he’s had the opportunity to add pieces to his collection from all over the world.

The exhibition will be open from November 5th through December 15 at Homewood House & Museum. Mark will be giving a free lecture (tix are required) on his collection and signing his book on November 16th at Johns Hopkins University.

I hope to see you at one or both of these wonderful events.


  1. Oh, I'd so enjoy viewing this exhibition, what with my love of tea and my enthusiasm for all of the paraphernalia revolving around brewing it. Plus, I've never had the pleasure of visiting Homewood House, which looks exquisite and right up my aesthetic alley.

  2. That photo of the long grey barns looks very similar to the barns at Caumsett State Park here on Long Island. Also - those flat porcelain tea containers would make great flasks for ladies - ha! "Oh, it's just tea... *hic*".


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