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Every Memorial Weekend Sunday, Next year: May 27, 2012

THE NEVER SAY DIE, utterly unique and always free arts and music festival in the heart of Sowebo was a great sucess! Thank you to all who came and danced and ate and eyeballed fabulous art for the day. Was a wonderful Sowebo Fest.

2011 Festival photo gallery by George Skepton

Arts & Crafts

Over 70 of the regions finest jewelers, sculptors, painters, leathercrafters, fashion designers, and folk artists showing and selling their work. Visit "All Vendors" tab for vendors list.

Live Music

21 beloved local and traveling bands fill the streets with live music.
Visit "Music" tab for line up and stages, times, and band details.
Skribe, KOE, , Bond and Bentley, Pasadena, J Pope and Funk Friday, Sweet Leda, Freedom Enterprise, Carlo Biondi & Friends, Grilled Lincolns, Keefe Rocket, Lazlo Lee & the Motherless Children, Poly/Western, Bumpin Uglies, 8 ohms, Expanding Man, Neutron Bomb, Angelique Henle, Kerq, Tim Kaye, John Lee, The Jesters of Kindness, and The Scarborough Sideshow!

Art Shows

Our "the not for the faint of heart" Salon Style Art Shows
The Sowebo Festival Salon Art Show
John Fonda Special Erotic Art Show

Visit "Art Show" tab for drop off info.

Children's Activities

There will be face painting, visors to decorate, and kids can make life size posters of themselves as action figures.

Food & Drink

Two dozen food vendors...Crab cakes, shaved ice, burgers, dogs, vegan cusine, and beer!.... on my! Visit "All Vendors" tab for vendors list.

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Visit our gallery of past festival's photos.

Sowebo Festival Location

Our Festival is held in the bullseye of historic Hollins Market, thru the 1100 and 1000 blocks of Hollins Street, southwest Baltimore. Minutes from downtown.

Public Transportation Alert!

charmcity busThe free Charm City Circulator ORANGE ROUTE runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East on Memorial Sunday, check website for map / time.

sowebo festival map

2011 Sowebo Festival Music

Chairperson: Jim Hickey /jim@soweboarts.org

2011 Music Lineup:

...of course last minute changes are what makes life interesting.

The Rise Up Stage

Noon Skribewww.myspace.com/skribe45
2:20:Bond and Bentley www.facebook.com/bondandbentley
4:40:J Pope and Funk Fridaywww.jpopemusic.com/live/
5:50:Sweet Ledawww.sweetleda.com/
7:00:Freedom Enterprisewww.freedomenterprisemusic.com/
Rise Up Stage is Hosted by:The Scarborough Sideshow

The Right On Stage

12:10:Carlo Biondi & friends
1:20:Grilled Lincolns www.grilledlincolns.com
2:30:Keefe Rocketwww.facebook.com/pages/Keefe-Rocket
3:40:Lazlo Lee & the Motherless Children www.facebook.com/LAZLO
4:50:Poly/Western www.polywestern.bandcamp.com/
6:00:Bumpin Uglieswww.bumpinugliesmusic.com
7:10:8 ohmswww.8ohmsband.com

The Bohemian Stage

12:20:Expanding Manwww.myspace.com/theexpandingman
1:30:Neutron Bombwww.myspace.com/neutronbombmusic
2:40:Angelique Henlewww.angeliquehenle.com
5:00:Tim Kaye  ww.myspace.com/timkaye
6:10:John Lee www.chineseirishman.com
7:20:The Jesters of Kindnesswww.facebook.com/jestersofkindnessmusic

2011 Sowebo Art Show

Chairperson: Fran Rahl /fran@soweboarts.org / 443-883-6047

art showsThe Sowebo Festival Salon Art Show
John Fonda Special Erotic Art Show

18 S. Schroeder St. ...And Design, Gallery and Signs Space

Participating Artists

Edward Trujillo
A. Philip Douglas
Phil Ebright II
Jonathon Trundle
C. Upshue
Fran Rahl
Rebecca Mooney
Joe Ride
Gory Greg Perkins
Ethan Adams
Debra Rahl
Scott Piaskowski
Abby Rutman
John Fonda

2011 Soweboposters Show

Sowebo Arts Gallery @ Zellas Pizzeria1145 Hollins St
Charles Theater @1711 Charles Street • Baltimore, MD 21230





Participating Artists Instructions

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Art Check In Form:
art agreementArtist Agreement Form

Pick-Up Dates

Unsold work may be picked-up the day of the festival between 6 and 8 PM, or the next day (Monday) between 12 and 2 PM. If you can't make either date and time, contact Fran Rahl (443-883-6047) for special arrangements.

Special Request:

This is a public Festival and it is your art! Please help protect everyone's effort by briefly volunteering to monitor some time during the show. It's a great way to promote your art and meet other participating artists, potential art collectors, and hangout.

People's Favorite Trophies

Voting ballots are available during the Festival for people to choose their favorite artwork. The Trophies are original art made by ? and handed out during the Soweboposter Auction, June 27.
The categories are: Best 1 Dimensional Art / Best 2 Dimensional Art / Best Soweboposter.


Sowebo Festival Committee members, Sowebo Arts Inc, sponsoring organizations, affiliated businesses, or principal associates with this event will not be held responsible for any accident, injury, or property damage including thievery. It is your responsibility to pick up your work. Any artwork not claimed after the pick-up date or in a timely manner after making alternative arrangements with Sowebo Arts Festival will become the headache and property of Sowebo Arts Inc and maybe auctioned off at a future poster auction.

2011 Sowebo Arts & Crafts


2011 Arts & Crafts Vendors

Gypsy Boheme, Bia Riaz 
Charms City Company, Rachel Brand & Kathleen Wagoner
Shutter Safari, Karen Pfarr
Whisper Music, Johnsy Gonzales
She's So Pretty, Mindy Wilkinson
Kuumba Accessories, Joanne Harris & Alta Harris
Rose's Rocks, Rose Eisenberg
Inspired Fashions of Asia, Hope Shakya
Artmonger, Michele Banks
You & Me Soaps, Theresa Carrington
T.P. Jewelry & Gifts, Tip Lee
Radiant Hoops, Kelly Jo Stull
Atelier-Beads, Anne Madison
Whoops & Fiorella Jewelry , Dana Krauss & Clare Hayes
Charm City Soaps, Geralyn MacVittie
Fisticuffs Leather, John Davis
Phillip Skeen
Janna's Jewels, Jennifer Gilbert
Gnarly Artly, John Nickerson
Spaghetti Kiss, Michael Bracco
Things Hoped for Jewelry, Faith Freeman
Ritz Works, Joseph Rizza
Burgess/Jackson, Marlene Jackson
Parker Studios, Chao Parker
Roussell Family Arts, Lisa Logan Roussell
Used Books, Brad Johnson
Randy Berry
Whimsy Children's Toys, Mike Roberts
Mijiza Creations, Darlene Dorsey
Vintage Poster Prints, Dee Turgeman
Nature Ruzles, Amanda McDaniel
Breign Storm Art / Intoomini Jewelry / Stefan Ways, Carter Roach
ooohLaLa Mosaic Tile, Charles & Elizabeth Hawkins
Viewphoria Photography, Ashley Brown
Glasscraft Design, Lori Hawkins
A Taste of Sugar, Ellen Sugar
SandyBeachDesigns, Stacie Wightman/Diane Harkum
Ear Candie, Gwynne Davis
Stephney Wallace
Azi Arts, Dirk Joseph
Jeweler Tools, Jimi Bey
Class Cuts Beauty, Pat Smith
Lin-Mar Accessories, Linda Snyder
Pencilmania, Jimi Fardan
Fan Maille, EJ Braida
Bath Fitter/Kitchen Saver/Snyders Home Service, Paul Calhoun
Foad Skates, Chris Marsico
S & A Game Concessions, Arlene Hall
GoGo's Retread Threads, Stacey Chambers
Charm City Vintage Prints, Edward Henson
Elizabeth Rodenhizer Photography
Esha Robin/Cre3sol, Erin Robinson
Hats Just Hats, Bridgette Halcrombe
Colibri Crafts, Rosa Casajuana
Block Time Hats & Handbags, William Shelton
Kim Creative/Glass Redefined, Kim & Ashley Novak
The Jewelry Store, Jacqueline Little John
Manor House Creations, Mike Straight
Squidfire, Inc., Jean-Baptiste Regnard
Dazzling Accessories, John Genda
In The Garden LLC, Betsey Waters
Trendy Bagz, Paulette Gunter
Botanical Bottles, Brent King
Mome Jewelry Designs, Dewana King
Constant Decay Photography, Brendan Fieldhouse
Loring Cornish
T-Mobile / Brian Dolbow
Irieones / Umoja
The Passage / Teresa & Joel Howard
Poncho Pieces / Malik Smith
TM Enterprises / Ed Franz
Herlaine Couture LLC / Stephanie H. McCain
Headspace / Matt Muirhead
UMRI SIKI / Robert Williams
New Beginnings / Troy Staton
Larry Stevens

Vendor Applications Closed

Contact jane@soweboarts.org for any last minute request.

Arts & Crafts

Download and print out our Arts & CraftsVendors Application

Food Vendors

Download and print out our Food Vendors Application


Download and print out our Non-Profits Application


2011 Food Vendors

Asian Grill
Ritas Concessions
Frosty's Shaved Ice
Sherri's Crab Cakes
Everything Nice
/ funnel cakes, snow balls, crab cakes
Burgess & Jackson
/ nuts,candy burgers,dogs
Eva's Place / traditional P.R.Food
Goody, Goody Gumdrops / Vegan Goodies
Lumbani Restaurant
South Carolina / BBQ
Always Smoking
Pepper Jack Grill

Latoya Williams
A Taste of International Food Service
Alred Wallace Outreach
Amira Concessions

Constantine's Greek Kitchen
We're Nuts!
Zellas PizzaZellas Pizza
/ by the slice
Micura Enterprises / Italian Ice

2011 Non-Profits

The Spark
The Loading Dock
Baltimore Neighborhood Energy
Franklin Square Association

Irish Railroad Workers Museum
The Zeitgeist Movement
ANSWER Coalition
Transfiguration Catholic Community Church
Baltimore City Department of Transportation Red Line
Sasa Kawa Peace Foundation USA Care for Japan

The Charm City Circulator
Sowebo 5K
NAFM Zoe Productions
St Peter's Adult Learning Center

2011 Sowebo Art Festival Committees


Chairperson: Jim Hickey


Chairperson: Fran Rahl


Chairperson: Jane Buccheri


Chairperson: Bill Adler / Fran Rahl


Chairperson: BJ LIncoln


Chairperson: Bill Adler


Chairperson: Bill Adler
Committee: Bill Green


Webmaster: Scotty Stevenson





2011 Soweboposter Show and Auction

Hey Brave Artists!

Sowebo Arts is scattering our unique decorative bordered posters throughout this fairland to thefabulously generous artists of Baltimore. We ask only that you, "the artists", donate them back to Sowebo Arts with your "original" art on it. As always, this is not juried and has no theme. We encourage diverse content and materials. The returned posters are exhibited and auctioned with the money going to support Sowebo Arts Inc. This years border design is by Cari Schemm.

Distribution Stations...

Creative Alliance

The Patterson • 3134 Eastern Ave • Baltimore, MD 21224 • 410-276-1651

Minas Gallery and Boutique

815 W. 36 St • Baltimore MD 21211 • 410-732-4258

School 33 Art Center

1427 Light St.• Baltimore, MD 21230 • 410-396-4641

Zellas Pizzeria

1145 Hollins Street.• Baltimore, MD 21230 • 410-685-6999

Adler Gallery

100 S. Stricker St • Baltimore, MD • 21223 • 410 566 8368


Please return posters to the location you got them, placed back into the box, or contact us for an alternative. Please fill out the important name and address label that is on the back of all posters. Processing the returned Soweboposters is very labor intensive, all the posters are photographed, shrinkwrapped, and put up on our website: www.soweboarts.org/posters.html.
The sooner we get them back the less likely we will have a logjam at the very end. Thanks again.

2011 Soweboposter Gallery

View 2011 Posters Online Gallery

Soweboposter Shows

May 19 - June 4:

Sowebo Arts Gallery at Zellas Pizzeria

1145 Hollins Street.• Baltimore, MD 21230

Charles Theater

1711 Charles Street • Baltimore, MD 21230

Soweboposter Auction

June 5
Viewing: 2:00pm / Bidding: 4:00pm
Bio Park
801 W. Baltimore Street • 21201

Sam Gallant is our "backseat to none" super auctioneer.


First Deadline: May 12, Thursday
Posters returned by then are first up in the poster show
Second Deadline: June 1, Wednesday
Posters returned by then make it into the Soweboposter Auction

The Posters also shown during the Sowebo Arts Festival,
May 29th, Sunday at: Zellas Pizzeria

Recap Timeline:

  • May 12, Thursday: Poster Show return deadline
  • May 19 - June 4: Soweboposter Show
  • May 29, Sunday: Sowebo Arts Festival
  • June 1, Wednesday: Poster Auction return deadline
  • June 5, Sunday: Auction, 2:00-4:00 viewing, Bidding 4:00-6:00pm

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