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Baltimore has always boasted DIY galleries in apartments, warehouse spaces, old storefronts, wherever, but the recent activity of DIY out in plain sight has been a wonderful addition to the local landscape. Axis Alley ( returned this year, mirthfully transforming the alleyway behind the 2000-2200 blocks of North Calvert Street, while Mirkwood Estates ( has been using its yard space at the corner of Frisby and East 33rd streets for outdoor sculpture gardens. These areas are a little more interesting and subtle than look-at-me public art, which can sometimes seem to take over a site. The works in these areas often feel like they want to become a part of the environment, like little moments of visual glee to be stumbled across. And Baltimore has its history of that too: Who else remembers the Shrine of the Dog-Faced Girl?

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