But she seemed most excited to talk about the work of others.

"I'm taken aback by how amazing theirs are," said Temple, who said she will consider a minor in photography in college. "Seeing theirs makes me want to take classes to learn how to be like them."

Temple specifically liked the work of Sarah Schwartz, a Baltimore resident who would not describe herself as a professional artist but was more seasoned than her colleagues.

Twice Schwartz has been the featured artist on display at the Atwater's location in the north Baltimore neighborhood of Belvedere Square.


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"It feels like home at this point," said Schwartz, a three-year veteran worker of Atwater's, which has two other locations in Towson.

Asked how she liked sharing the spotlight, Schwartz said, "I'm appreciating how everyone's artwork here compliments each person."

Having the art come from within the company's talent pool fits the bakery's theme because owner Ned Atwater likes to keep things local.

The Catonsville resident said he buys as many ingredients as possible from local farmers.

He said even the pottery used at the store comes from craftsmen in the area.

"It's just a much better feeling, even if it doesn't save us money," said Atwater, who admitted that buying locally often is more expensive.

In the Catonsville bakery's 18-month history, Atwater said it has displayed the works of several local professional artists who hoped to make a sale.

As he got to know his staff, he found that he had a wealth of artistic talent pouring coffee, and serving cookies and other treats.

"This is for fun," said Atwater, who noted the work of his staff impressed him. "They could sell them. Most of them are choosing not to."

Asked if any of her paintings of the underwater figures were for sale, Jackson hesitated.

"If the price is right," she eventually said with a laugh. "One or two of them are priceless."