Annapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland situated on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River. The city served as the seat of the Continental Congress in 1783–84, was the site of the Constitutional Convention and also has its fair share of artistic talent and visionaries like Cynthia McBride, owner of McBride Gallery, who created the Annapolis Art Walk in 1990.
Now an annual event with thousands of residents and art walk visitors, today people come from as far as Pennsylvania and Richmond for a chance to watch Annapolis artists work and to walk to and from the 30 plus participating galleries.
Looking back Cynthia is reminiscent of her once humble endeavor. After an unexpected move and worried that her loyal customers wouldn’t be able to find her, she was inspired to hold some kind of event. “I thought an art walk would draw people together and help me get publicity for my new location.” then later stating, “It’s amazing over the years how it’s grown in popularity.”
“It didn’t start out quite so promising,” Cynthia McBride, told the Severna Park Voice, as she recalls the event’s origins. In the ‘80s, she and other Annapolis gallery owners put on what they called “A Round of Galleries” to the test. The seasonal round of exploration from one gallery to another started strong in the summer but froze up by the time winter came.
Scheduled for the third Thursday of August 20th (5pm – 9pm), the 25th Annual Annapolis Art Walk provides a chance for people to mingle with artists, visit galleries and watch demonstrations of art. In past years, galleries have hosted artists of all disciplines, from potters to sidewalk chalk artists. Live music and refreshments are offered by participating galleries who will have yellow balloons and ribbons outside their doors to celebrate the silver anniversary. The event, now sponsored by the Annapolis Gallery Association, offers an evening of creative discovery.