Open Houses: Where Baltimore artists live and work [Pictures]
Baltimore artists and musicians open their doors and let us in for a peek at where they create, live and play.
-- Wesley Case
-- Wesley Case
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Steven Riddle and Jessica Marx( Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun / January 12, 2014 )
On a recent Sunday, we visited Steven Riddle, artist and co-director of the Sophia Jacob art space, and his girlfriend Jessica Marx, an artist and Under Armour photographer, to discuss the Reservoir Hill home they moved into in August.
But soon enough, it was their three attention-craving cats that seemed most ready for close-ups.
"They're attention snobs," said Riddle, who grew up outside of Pittsburgh.
"I don't know what it is when people come over," Marx said, before identifying Ellis, Bleu and Brie by name. With a smile, she stated the obvious: "We have a cheese thing."
Riddle, 31, and Marx, 23, are both transplants who moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, but only met after using the same online dating site. Once they agreed to move in together, the couple looked at homes in various neighborhoods before settling here. The deciding factor was having enough room to live and work under one roof, both said.
"We wanted a lot of space to be able to work on our own art stuff while being comfortable," Marx, who was raised in Westchester County, N.Y., said.
The space is stylish and refined, but still has fun touches that could be easily missed, such as a Shaquille O'Neal rookie trading card that sits encased on the living room bookshelf. It is just one of many items worth a closer look in Riddle and Marx's home.