"Yule" Mart, Performances, and Decorative Greens Display + Competition
Posted 12.05.12 by Katherine Cowan
Looking back to the year 1932, December was a busy month at the Maryland Institute, with many festivities related to the holidays.
These included the Christmas Mart (also known as Yule Mart—a predecessor to present-day Art Market), which raised funds for a travelling scholarship, just as 15% of the proceeds of today's Art Market goes to scholarships for MICA students.
Besides the sale of items which included "painting, sketches, handicraft, pillows, etchings, monotypes, fancy candy boxes, nut bowls, trays and a thousand and one more things all made by students of the school," there were performances: a play, a puppet show, and a group from St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church sang carols.
In the library there were exhibits: Japanese prints, and "a case of fine linen comprising scarfs, towels, runners, bags, luncheon sets, etc., from the school at Berea, Ky." (Baltimore American, 12/4/1932)
That year there was also a "competitive exhibition" of Christmas greens: wreaths, evergreen sprays, Christmas dinner table decorations, arrangements for a hall/doorway/living room, drops, pendants, and festoons. This was sponsored by the conservation committee of the Garden Clubs of America and the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, with invitation to compete extended to garden clubs from around the state. There were restrictions on the materials that could be used in the arrangements, because certain plant materials were being depleted in the woods around Baltimore:
Owing to the fact that the woods have been invaded by vandals, and growing holly, ground pine and laurel are in danger of becoming obsolete, no design composed of these plants will be accepted for the exhibition. (Baltimore American, 12/11/1932)
Prizes were awarded for the best arrangements.
Images from MICA Archives, Decker Library, News Clippings Collection
Thumbnail on Library homepage: Elizabeth Shannon, to whom "much credit is due for the idea of the Mart, and preliminaries for the picturesque and beautiful arrangement of effects and articles." (Baltimore American, 12/4/1932)
This page: Viola Iarossi with holiday arrangement. (Baltimore Sun, 12/17/1932)
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