Friday, November 18, 2011

Urbanite Profiles Federal Hill Artist

Jessica Damen, a renowned artist and Federal Hill resident, was featured this week in the Urbanite Arts/Culture e-zine. Jessica is a full-time painter of oil paintings and Chinese-inspired ink brush paintings, and she is a part-time portrait artist, painter of notecards, and a teacher of art. Currently, she is exhibiting new work in a show entitled "Altered Truths Fractured Myths" at the City Arts Gallery through January 9.

In a piece entitled "Q&A with Jessica Damen, A Baltimore artist shares her love for artichokes, Federal Hill, and vintage hats," Jessica discusses her art, her life, and her love for our "very walkable" neighborhood and its "esprit de corps." She named many of the local businesses she supports (Phina's for the Home, Matsuri, Regi's American Bistro, Thai Arroy, to name a few) and even gave a shout-out to Historic Federal Hill Main Street for helping to generate "this common spirit" with festivals and other activities to beautify and encourage this cohesive and vibrant neighborhood."

Jessica received her MFA from MICA'S Hoffberger School of Painting in 2001 and has received many fellowships, grants, and awards since. Read the full article:

Pictured here is Jessica Damen's painting, "It is Rumored," inspired by the mystery surrounding "Bloody Point on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay."


-Leah Witter, Intern

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