Baltimore Bound: A Museum Celebrates Summer with Seascapes

What: Herman Maril: An American Modernist

June 28-August 30

The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

Why: Exploring a fiercely air conditioned exhibition may not sound summery, but the Walters Art Museum is indeed honoring the season with a timely show of American painter Herman Maril’s seascapes, saturated with warm colors and inspired by the harbors of Baltimore and Cape Cod. To commemorate the centennial of the artist’s birth, 26 of his pieces will be on view in Charm City, in concert with shows at the Provincetown Art Association Museum and the Ward Museum in Salisbury, MD.

While many art critics note the influence of Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, and Milton Avery in Maril’s nautically themed canvases, exhibition curator William Johnston says the Baltimore native and part-time P-town resident also drew on his personal experiences for inspiration. That explains the boats, beachfronts, and fish markets in Maril’s art, which we’d call a definite celebration of summer.

Cost: Free admission, as always. A 40-page companion book, “Herman Maril: An Artist’s Two Worlds,” is $15.

How to get there: Both Amtrak and BoltBus stop at Baltimore’s Penn Station, at 1515 N. Charles St. Check schedules and fares at and The Walters is a 15-minute walk south of the station through Mount Vernon, a National Landmark Historic District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and home to the nation’s first Washington Monument, two blocks north of the Walters on Washington Place. The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.

(Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 410.547.9000,

Photos: Courtesy of the Walter Art Museum