Painted screens are an authentic urban folk art created in Baltimore row house neighborhoods in 1913. Painted door screens provided an unobstructed view of the street to the row house owner, while the colorful images stopped people on the sidewalk from seeing in. “You can see out, but nobody can see in” became the motto all over the city.
Guest artist John Iampieri will teach this art tradition at the Rehoboth Art League from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15. Workshop participants will learn the tools and techniques necessary to paint a high-quality, framed screen. Each person will leave with a completed screen wall hanging. The cost of the workshop, which includes supplies, is $75 per person.
Growing up in Baltimore, Iampieri saw hand-painted screens everywhere in East Baltimore row house neighborhoods. As a member of the Baltimore Painted Screen Society, he has traveled throughout Maryland over the years teaching this 104-year-old folk art. Iampieri's paintings are commissioned worldwide and frequently exhibited in numerous venues including museums, businesses, and media.
To register for the workshop, go to www.rehobothartleague.org or call 302-227-8408, Ext. 112. All workshops are held at the Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres.