Mushroom City Art Festival, Opens October 3 at Gallery 788 and The Baltimore Free Farm


Date: October 03, 2014mushroomcityartfestival

Time: 7:00 pm

Mushroom City Art Festival 2014 will be an interactive exploration of the Mushroom as an organism: focusing on its impact on our ourselves and our environment. Discussions, art, music, workshops and walking tours will reveal the many real world applications for mushroom cultivation in contemporary urban life.

Workshops and talks will be held Saturday and Sunday and the Mushroom City Art exhibit will remain at Gallery 788 until Sunday, 10/26.

Why Mushroom City Art Festival?

The mushroom, often portrayed only as a food product, plays a remarkable role in developing and sustaining the environment. Mycelium, the underground root-like network of mushrooms, plays a critical role in maintaining healthy soil by absorbing and processing toxins, heavy metals, and even synthetic substances such as plastic or oil, and converting them into useful organic nutrients.

Mycelium, structured-like neurons in the brain or the branching of tree limbs, illustrates how interconnected structures exist in nature and on all levels of life. It’s in learning how interconnected systems function that we see opportunities for growing and engaging the world. In our 21st century world, where our traditional methods of production, consumption, and interaction with the environment break down a little more each day, we can afford to widen our perspective and learn from the living world around us.

Through Mushroom City Arts, we hope to educate ourselves and one another by exploring both the practical and the intuitive aspects of the mushroom. We hope you come and learn how this life form can inspire and help us move forward into a more sustainable future.

Mushroom City Art Festival – 2014 Schedule!!

Thursday, 10/2

Michael Judd – Growing and Using Fungi in the Home Landscape

Talk at the Baltimore Free Farm

7 pm

Friday, 10/3

Opening night at G788 starting at 7pm

–       DeepG

–       Canopy

–       Marian McLaughlin

–       pillowbook

–       A Path Untold

Saturday, 10/4

Michael Weese – Foraging and Identification

Talk at the Baltimore Free Farm – Main Room

1 pm

Robert Ireland – Introduction to Mycoremediation

Talk at the Baltimore Free Farm – Main Room

1:45 pm

Tugrule DeLuce – Beginner ID and Poisonous Mushrooms

Talk at the Baltimore Free Farm – Main Room

2 pm

Jeff Schatz – Kit Workshop

Workshop at the Baltimore Free Farm – Kitchen

2:30 pm

Jeff Schatz – Log Workshop

Workshop at the Baltimore Free Farm – Shop

4:30 pm

Robert Ireland – Propagating Spider Plants – Workshop

stop by and plant a spider plant (for kids & adults)

2 – 4 pm

Valeska Populoh – Mushroom Headdress Making (for adults & kids!)

Workshop at the Baltimore Free Farm – Main Room

2:30 pm

Free Farm Garden Tours




12 – 7 Galley 788 Open – See art!

Sunday, 10/5

Matt Johnson

Associate Professor of Psychiatry at JHU

Talk on Psychedelics Healing Addiction at Gallery 788

12 pm

Matt Pless

Folk Musician

3 pm

& Potluck

Oliver Quintanilla

Director of Little Saints

Film Screening of Little Saints and Discussion at Gallery 788

4 pm

Free Farm Garden Tours




Film Screening of Little Saints followed by discussion with director, Oliver Quintanilla
Sunday, 10/5 at 4pm – 7pm at G788 – film 98 minutes long

“Six individuals travel to meet a Shaman in Mexico to have an ancient ritual in which they ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms with the intention of alleviating their issues and discomforts with themselves.”

The Baltimore Free Farm & Gallery 788
3510 Ash St. (BFF)
3602 Hickory Ave. (G788)
Baltimore, MD 21211