Bromo Seltzer arts tower open studio day, free short performances

Everyone is invited to Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Open Studio Day for exceptional visual art and theatrical performances.

On Feb. 6 from 1-5 p.m., local artists showcase their studios and original artwork including mixed media, paintings, photographs and sculptures. Starting at 2 p.m., visitors can enjoy short plays and monologues by Unexpected Theater in the Studio 11 Theater, located on the 11th floor of the tower. Additionally, tours of the nationally recognized historic site are available. Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, a facility of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, is located at 21 S. Eutaw Street. 

Visitors can purchase artwork from participating literary and visual artists. This month’s participants are Maya Freelon Asante (mixed media), Barbara Bryan (playwright), Tom E. Cole (oil, mixed-media sculpture), Martha Dougherty (watercolor), John David Ehlers, Jr. (oil, acrylic and charcoal), Brian Glazer Gerber (oil and acrylic), Keith Haller (oil, acrylic and watercolor), Kevin Haller (oil, acrylic and watercolor), Janet Little Jeffers (photography) and James Williams (oil). 

February 6 from 1-5 p.m.
March 6 from 1-5 p.m.
April 3 from 1-5 p.m.
May 1 from 1-5 p.m.
June 5 from 1-5 p.m.

This historic structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower was completed in 1911 and was the tallest building in Baltimore at the time. It has been a Baltimore landmark ever since. The tower was built by Captain Isaac Emerson, the inventor of the headache remedy Bromo Seltzer. The most interesting feature is the still-functioning tower clock, the face of which displays the word Bromo Seltzer instead of numbers. Each of the clocks’ faces measure 24 feet in diameter, one foot larger than the clock faces on London’s Big Ben. The famous clock atop the tower holds its own separate historic registration.

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