Charles E. “Wink” Winkler, a steelworker-turned-artist whose life reflected Baltimore’s own transition from industrial manufacturing hub to a city of gritty creative types, died July 5 from cancer at FutureCare Northpoint.
The Highlandtown native, a resident of Eastwood, was 79.
Mark Supik is a friend from Maryland Institute College of Art who has an eponymous woodworking shop on Haven Street. In recent years he provided Mr. Winkler with studio space in an old boiler room out back, where MICA students and old hot-rodding buddies of Mr. Winkler’s would congregate as he sculpted and held court.
Mr. Supik said Mr. Winkler was a “live-wire kind of a guy” who was “incredibly...