Vanitas Fair: Earthly Pleasures and Luxurious Craft

Previous Story
Article Image

Baltimore News Updates from Independent & Re [...]

Next Story
Article Image

The Internet Is Exploding: 10 Must-Read Articles [...]

Vanitas still life paintings functioned as dazzling visual morality plays, reminding 17th-century Dutch audiences that the exquisite earthly pleasures they enjoyed were temporary and death was inevitable.

We reimagined this genre in order to celebrate Baltimore’s abundance of impeccable craft objects and the pleasure that creative makers bring to our everyday existence in a photo essay originally published in Issue 09: Craft. The photo essay is designed to highlight a few Baltimore-based artists who work in ceramics, metal, leather, fibers, and basket weaving. We also wanted to include a sampling of craft whiskey and beer made in Baltimore, as well as other grocery items, like produce and meat, which represented fading earthly pleasures and abundance in Dutch Vanitas paintings. We also recognize the beautiful blooms from Pomona Florals, nail and tattoo art, and we were thrilled to work with two hand models who also happen to be artists.

Although we are socially distant and businesses are struggling because of Covid restrictions, this season we wanted to make it easy to patronize Baltimore-based artists and shops and to luxuriate in the amazing range of quality that you can support and sustain through your purchases.

This photo essay includes Jewelry by Rebecca Myers and Lauren Schott, Fiber Art by Rachel Beckman and Jean Yang, Hand Models Abbey Parrish and Erin Nutsugah with nails by Psychedelic Nails and tattoo by Lyric Shen, Flowers by Pomona Florals, Ceramics by Dana Bechert, Christina Haines, and Jani Hileman, Baskets and Leather Wallets by Jenn Kim, Craft Whiskey by Old Line Spirits, Prints by Baltimore Print Studios, Pizza from Vito’s Pizza, with fruit and T-bone steak from Eddie’s of Roland Park.

Photo essay by Jill Fannon with styling by Cara Ober and René Treviño


Basket by Jenn Kim, Produce from Eddie's, Floral Necklaces by Rebecca Myers, Necklace with Coin by Lauren Schott


Shop the Collection on Instagram:
Baltimore Print Studios @baltimoreprints, Dana Bechert Ceramics @danabechert, Rachel Beckman Fiber Art @rachelbeckman, Christina Haines Ceramics @tina.haines, Jani Hileman Ceramic Sculpture @jani.hileman, Jenn Kim Leather and Baskets @j.e.n.n.k.i.m., Pomona Floral Arrangements @pomona.floral, Rebecca Myers Jewelry @rebeccamyersdesign, Cherise Rich Nail Art @psychedelicnails, Lauren Schott Jewelry @laurenschottjewelry, Jean Yang Tapestry Art @whimwits, René Treviño Paintings @renetrevino, Old Line Spirits Whiskey @oldlinespirits, Union Craft Brewing @unioncraftbrewing, Vito’s Pizza @vitos_pizza_york_road, and Eddie’s of Roland Park @eddiesofrolandpark


Pomona Florals, Basket by Jean Kim, Ceramic Sculpture by Jane Hileman, Dana Bechert Ceramics, Tina Haines Ceramics, Pizza by Vito's, Books from René Treviño's library
Leather Duster by Jenn Kim, Rings and Bracelets by Rebecca Myers and Lauren Schott
Pomona Florals, Tina Haines Ceramics, Ring by Rebecca Myers, John Waters-inspired Crybaby Beer by Union
Print by Baltimore Print Studios, Ceramics by Tina Haines, Painting by René Treviño
Earrings by Rebecca Myers, Necklace by Lauren Schott, Fiber Art by Jean Yang, Steak by Eddie's, Bejeweled fly by René Treviño
Pomona Florals, Tina Haines Ceramics, Print by Baltimore Print Studios
Necklace by Lauren Schott, Bracelets by Rebecca Myers, Ceramics by Dana Bechert, Basket by Jean Kim, Bananas from Eddies, Fox on loan
Necklace, rings, and bracelet by Rebecca Myers, Rings by Lauren Schott, Basket by Jenn Kim, Lemons from Eddie's
Pomona Florals, Leather Duster by Jenn Kim, Earrings by Rebecca Myers, Steak by Eddie's
Pomona Florals, Baltimore Print Studios, Dana Bechert Ceramics
Rings by Lauren Schott and Rebecca Myers, Weaving by Rachel Beckman, Ceramics by Dana Bechert, Print in background by Baltimore Print Studios
Whiskey by Old Line Spirits, Nails by Psychedelic Nails, Weaving by Jean Yang, Plants by Pomona Florals
Basket by Jenn Kim, Nails by Psychedelic Nails, Peal Necklace (worn as bracelet) and Ancient Coin Necklace by Lauren Schott, Bracelets by Rebecca Myers, Lemons from Eddie's

Shop the Collection via Instagram and the web:


Baltimore Print Studios @baltimoreprints


Dana Bechert Ceramics @danabechert


Rachel Beckman Fiber Art @rachelbeckman


Christina Haines Ceramics @tina.haines


Jani Hileman Ceramic Sculpture @jani.hileman


Jenn Kim Leather and Baskets @j.e.n.n.k.i.m.

Pomona Floral Arrangements @pomona.floral


Rebecca Myers Jewelry @rebeccamyersdesign


Cherise Rich Nail Art @psychedelicnails


Lauren Schott Jewelry @laurenschottjewelry


Jean Yang Tapestry Art @whimwits



René Treviño Paintings @renetrevino


Old Line Spirits Whiskey @oldlinespirits


Union Craft Brewing @unioncraftbrewing


Eddie’s of Roland Park  @eddiesofrolandpark


Vito’s Pizza @vitos_pizza_york_road

All images created in the studio of René Treviño

This story is from Issue 09: Craft,

Related Stories
Why doesn’t Baltimore’s collecting institution buy more art from the artists who live and work here?

You would think that I would be on the same page as our major collecting institution in Baltimore, but I do not understand their “art math.”

ICA Baltimore's Flat File Program offers a wide range of materials, styles, and price points

ICA Baltimore is a volunteer-run art space that looks to promote the professional development of Baltimore and regional visual artists through our programs.

A photo essay of front yard light displays

Baltimore's unique holiday light displays from a variety of neighborhoods

A redesign for Necessary Tomorrows includes a new online exhibition featuring Kirby Griffin, Gyasi Mitchell, Glenford Nuñez, and Sharayna Christmas

Christmas is an immovable force in the Baltimore arts landscape, a textbook multihyphenate mother, dancer, producer, and the founder of the nonprofit arts organization Muse 360 Arts.