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Celebrating the birthplace of Baltimore's screen painting art
Celebrating the birthplace of Baltimore's screen painting art

It was the summer of 1913 and the vegetables William Oktavec positioned outside his grocery store on North Collington Avenue were wilting in the sun. Trained as a butcher, but an artist at heart, the young man who had immigrated with his father from what today is the Czech Republic moved the groceries back inside, where they could stay cool, but painted the screens to look like they were display case windows showing off meats and fresh produce. "He was also looking for a novelty," said his granddaughter Barbara Oktavec Dewar, who was on hand Sunday for a celebration of his art on the street where it began. "He was looking for a way to attract the eye of...

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