The B&O Railroad Museum is Celebrating Baltimore’s Storied History of Screen Painting with Displays and Workshops This Fall

Contact: 
B&O Railroad Museum   
Justice Gray, Social Media Manager 
901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223   
jgray@borail.org 

BALTIMORE, MD – October 28, 2022 – The B&O Railroad Museum and The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore are celebrating Baltimore’s storied history of screen painting with beautifully displayed works of art on display in the Museum through November 10. Screen paintings of everything from Baltimore landmarks to Baltimore Ravens are currently arranged around the Museum’s famed 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse. Viewing of the painted screens is included in the price of admission. 

“Painted screens are an authentic urban folk art – created, displayed, and beloved [in Baltimore] since 1913,” says The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore.  

For Museum visitors who may feel inspired to try the art form themselves, there will be a Sip & Paint for adults (+21) on November 2 from 6 – 9 PM, where beer & wine will be available for purchase and participants will have the option of bringing their own window screen or creating up to three mini screens (8×10). There will also be kids’ screen painting workshops on November 5 & November 8 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM, where children will be able to leave with their own 8×10 painted screen. Renowned screen painter Michael Seipp will be doing a live demonstration on the history of painted screens throughout Baltimore as well at all of the workshops. Tickets for the workshops are available at https://borail.events/screenpainting. Additionally, the B&O Railroad Museum offers free onsite parking for all guests to come and experience one of the oldest and most comprehensive railroad collections in the world.  

The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore was founded in 1985 by folklorist Elaine Eff and screen painter Dee Herget. The organization’s original purpose was as a guild for practicing screen painters. Over time, the Society became a membership organization of supporters, neighbors, and relocated Baltimoreans. Today, the Society acts as a clearinghouse for information and classes, workshops, tours, artist residencies, custom outreach efforts, and more. Its goal is to sustain the art of painted screens in Baltimore’s rowhouse neighborhoods and beyond. 


About the B&O Railroad Museum   

The B&O Railroad Museum, the birthplace of American railroading, located in Baltimore, Maryland is a full affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site. It is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture, and economy. The museum is home to the oldest, most comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment, the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse and first mile of commercial railroad track in America. In 2019, the museum welcomed guests from all 50 states and 40 countries. For further information on the B&O Railroad Museum, please call 410- 752-2490 or visit borail.org. 

Patrese T.
June 2021

I love that the museum is what remains of the old train yard and the number and variety of train cars is remarkable.

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