Photos by Brooke Hall

Graffiti Alley in Station North is a veritable gallery of work by some of Baltimore’s less than conventional visual artists. There’s an explosion of color and profusion of inventive urban design waiting to meet you once you enter the corridors behind Load of Fun Studios. It’s absolutely stunning and one of the most unique art spaces in the city. Here lies the perfect setting for an annual festival that typifies the individuality and idiosyncrasy that has come to define the Baltimore art scene.

In-Flight Theater’s Alley Arial Festival is a showcase for the exploration of aerial theater that broadens the definition of the art form. Here is where we get to see Baltimore artists setting trends instead of following them. This year’s festival featured an eclectic assemblage of performers, from those who displayed an impressive level of strength, endurance, and grace, to yet others who explored music, prose, and performance art with rigging as their stage. The entire afternoon was framed by a quirky, comical, vaudevillian narrative expertly acted out by founders of the festival and hosts, Mara Neimanis and Tim Scofield.

One can’t help but believe that this is a festival that will continue to grow and work its way into the mythos that will define the brilliant convergence of creativity that is currently shaping our city.
 

Mara Neimanis

Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey

Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey

Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey

Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey

     

Tim Scofield & Mara Neimanis

Mark Harding

Jamie Hodgson

Jamie Hodgson

Eric Gorsuch

Eric Gorsuch

Archane Aerial Arts: Andrea Burkholder & Sharon Witting

Archane Aerial Arts: Andrea Burkholder & Sharon Witting

Archane Aerial Arts: Andrea Burkholder & Sharon Witting

Tim Scofield

Mara Neimanis

Mara Neimanis

Therese Keegan & Lizard Walker Keegan

Therese Keegan & Lizard Walker Keegan

Nina Charity

Nina Charity

Nina Charity

Kate Winston

Kate Winston

Kate Winston

Kate Winston

Kristen Faber & Kerry Dougherty

Kristen Faber & Kerry Dougherty

Echo

Echo

Echo

Echo

Tim Scofield

Mara Neimanis & TIm Scofield

 

Photos by Brooke Hall

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Brooke is the co-founder and publisher of What Weekly. She is also the CEO of What Works Studio and co-founder of Light City (http://lightcity.us).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryce-Butler/100001232738465 Bryce Butler

    As the director for Mara Neimanis and Tim Scofield, Brooke, thanks for your great coverage of the festival and a fantastic set of photos.
    Bryce Butler

  • p. ray davis

    Awesome pics, Brooke!