The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore

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Sad News In Memory of Dee Herget

1935 ~ 2024

"We are diminished by one colorful, whimsical, screen adoring soul. She might have once said “Painted Screens are Life.” 
How she will be missed by the thousands of people whose lives she touched. 
The family has asked for donations in her name to be sent to The Painted Screen Society, 610 Park Ave, Balto 21201." - Elaine Eff

Delores A. "Dee" Herget was featured in the documentary "The Screen Painters."

Delores A. ‘Dee’ Herget, practitioner of Baltimore tradition of window screen painting, dies

- The Baltimore Sun News/Obituaries, Sat, February 15, 2024

(4:00 - 5:30 PM)

Join Elaine Eff, the foremost chronicler of painted screens, for a tour of the sidewalks of East Baltimore,
in search of this homegrown folk art known in no other modern American city. 
An artful anomaly, a source of privacy and ventilation, painted screens grew from the handiwork of a single Northeast Baltimore grocer
in the summer of 1913 to hundreds of thousands of colorful landscape scenes 
created by known and unknown hands on their neighborhood’s rowhouse windows and door screens. 
The talk will be followed by a viewing of archival materials related to the history of painted screens
which are part of the Maryland Traditions Archive housed in UMBC’s Special Collections.

This lecture is made possible with financial support 
from a 2023 Maryland Folklife Network Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Congratulations to Baltimore Screen Painting team
Master John Iampieri (Wicomico County) and Apprentice Michael Seipp (Baltimore City) 
on their 2021-2022 Folklife Apprenticeship Grant award 

"MSAC's traditional arts program, Maryland Traditions, has awarded $65,000 to artists in the state through the Folklife Apprenticeship grant. The funding supports the sharing of traditional arts skills from a master artist to a learner artist during a one-year teaching period. Thirteen grants of $5,000 each have been awarded for the 2021-2022 granting period to the teams listed below, with master artists named first."

And What's Not So New


Feature Story About Painted Screens

Original Air date:  Mon, Jan 20TH, 7:30 pm only on MPT-HD.

Watch Elaine Eff discuss Baltimore's Painted Screens

starting at minute 12:11.  


Five Minute Histories: Baltimore's Painted Screens

Five Minute Histories: Baltimore's Painted Screens
Five Minute Histories: Baltimore's Painted Screens
About Painted Screens' Chronicler and Preservationist Elaine Eff

Virtual Painted Screen Tutorial with Lisa Marie Penn
April 19, 2020

CBS Sunday Morning TV Features Baltimore's Painted Screens

WYPR logo

Friday, March 13  

The Painted Screens of Baltimore

9:30-10:00 am on 88.1 WYPR FM

Elaine Eff and Highlandtown Gallery owner Felicia Zannino-Baker go on On the Record 

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The only book on the subject...
The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed
by Elaine Eff

A great gift - 256 pages, 300 illustrations, only $35
Artist John Iampieri Keeps the Art of Screen Painting Alive with Baltimore Students

As a Young Audiences Arts for Learning Resident Artist, Iampieri is able to share his love and enthusiasm for Baltimore's Painted Screens. Read the full story here
MICA Exhibition

Picture Windows...The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond
Dec. 13-2013 - March 16, 2014
Missed the event? Read about it here and watch the video