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Windows of the Pagoda

See-though window screen art
WINDOWS OF THE PAGODA, aka Patterson Park Pagoda at Dusk. See-though window screen art dramatically changes with the ambient lighting. The magical old fashioned Baltimore street canvas allows for stark contrasts between the airy transparent evening sky and the hollow see-through atrium of the Padoga and it's solid structural frame. Latex/acrylic on fiberglass windows screen. 2018. Approximately 12"W x 15"H.

Mondo Baltimore

Quirky Balitimore harbor skyline on a painted screen
MONDO BALTIMORE. You can walk or drive past and gaze upon this window screen painting of a quirky city skyline in Canton. Count Dracula and the Bride of Frankenstein stroll along Federal Hill while city rats check out their cell phone from a park bench overlooking the Harbor. Exterior latex paint on wire screen. 2014. Approx 4 ft x 4 ft.

American Brewery

Painted window screen of the former American Brewery.
Ye Olde AMERICAN BREWERY. Painted window screen in situ. Latex exterior house paint on anodized metal window screen, 2014. 20" W x 20" H

Chock Full 'o Nuts

Chock Full 'o Nuts, aka "Father in a Can"
CHOCK FULL 'O NUTS, aka "Father in a Can." A sculpted relief painted screen commissioned by film director Calvin Thomas for his thought provoking documentary about an unorthodox but captivating Catholic priest, "The Trouble with TQ." 2013. Approximately 16"W x 20"H.

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About Anna

Anne Arundel County

Anna Pasqualucci's picture
Anna Pasqualucci is one of only a handful of local artists who continue to embrace century old Baltimore folk art of window screen painting. Each hand painted window screen is a heart-felt work to be displayed in a gallery along the streets for all to enjoy. Anna treasures the unique character of the folk artsy form that is like no other.  Her functional screen paintings allow the sun to shine on them and glow with vibrant colors while letting a breath of fresh air to pass through them. At the... more

At the Door and on the Sill

Smiles for the neighborhood.
It's about the simple things in life.
Painted privacy screens conceal many hidden treasures behind them.

  • Mondo Baltimore

    A pretty quirky city skyline. Count Dracula and the Bride of Frankenstein stroll along Federal Hill while city rats check out their cell phone from a park bench and more. Exterior latex paint on wire screen. Approx 4 ft x 4 ft.
  • Maryland Pride

    Vibrant Maryland painted screen in a traditional Federal Hill rowhome. Exterior latex/acrylic on metal window screen.
  • Pagoda Dogs

    Winner of the "Most Attractive Painted Screen in (East) Baltimore," a contest run by the Baltimore Guide late summer 2013, approximately 56"H x 48"W is moving out of town this year. Exterior latex/acrylic on metal window screen.
  • Serengeti Sunset

    Walk through these doors! Painted screen offer privacy to the homeowner, as tradition intended. Exterior latex/acrylic on metal window screen.
  • Skippin' Over the Ocean Like a Stone

    Summer porch screens. Exterior latex/acrylic on metal window screen.
  • Old Bay and Natty Boh

    Old Bay and Natty Boh
    Exterior latex/acrylic on metal window screen. 27" x 30"
  • Pagoda Max

    2x6 ft, Exterior latex/acrylic on fiberglass window screen.
  • American Brewery

    Painted window screen of the former American Brewery.
    Painted window screen. Latex exterior house paint on anodized metal window screen, 20" W x 20" H
  • Barn Doors

    These painted sliding door screens conceal the treasures within. Latex exterior house paint on anodized metal window screen, total dimensions 53" W x 78" H.
  • Ghost of Al Capone

    A life-size young Al Capone greets diners at Di Pasquale's Italian Marketplace. Funny story, Al came back to haunt me... he is painted on both sides of the door, both inside and out. Exterior latex/acrylic on metal door screen.

Seeing Baltimore in a Different Light

Anna sees window screen paintings in a new light. She has put a contemporary twist on Baltimore's century-old folk art. 
The artist took advantage of both the transparent and the opaque qualities of the screen canvas. Why not see through and deep inside this magical disappearing folk art? Why not see beyond superfical surfaces of a painted window screen?

The brightness of back lighting will either magically reveal or conceal what's behind the mesh surface.  Solid images of brick and mortar can sharply contrast against an ever-changing airy translucent backdrop of blue skies, sometimes with swirls of Van Gogh-like night stars, sometimes with white puffy clouds, sometimes with a colorful sunset or with delicate patterns of old lace. In waterfront scenes, reflections and translucence of water in Baltimore harbor or the Bay now become real. You can feel the fluidity.

My first see-through framed creation was commissioned for Highlandtown Merchants to present to Mrs Frank Zappa to commemorate the dedication of the Zappa statue on Eastern Avenue. More followed. 

Framed screen art is acrylic or latex/acrylic on fiberglass window screen.

  • Old Baltimore Lace

    Approximately 5"x 12" table-top screen art with translucent "see-through" sky painted of old lace. The glass encased painting shows off the magical transparency of a painted window screen. The character changes with the light.
  • Old Baltimore Lace

    The glass encased "see-through" painting shows off the magical translucency of a painted window screen. The lace painted sky becomes is revealed against a solid background, as in the next image. Latex/acrylic on fiberglass window screen Approximately 5"x 12"
  • Windows of the Pagoda

    See-though window screen painting of the Patterson Park Pagoda
    See-though screen art starkly contrasts airey transparent evening skies and hollow see-through atrium with the solid structural frame of the Pagoda. Latex/acrylic on fiberglass windows screen. aka "Patterson Park Pagoda at Dusk." 2018. Approximately 12"W x 15"H.
  • PagodaBoh aka Bohemian Moon over Patterson Park

    Nat Boh moonlight shines over the pagoda through transparent twilight skies Latex/acrylic on fiberglass window screen 6" x 8"
  • Domino's Tug

    Solid masses of building and the sturdy tug set against the translucent sky and reflective harbor water. 8x10.
  • Swell Front Rowhome

    See through screen painting of a Swell Front Rowhome
    See-through art... solid brick walls and cement contrast the translucently open windows and the reflective sky. 8"W x 10" H
  • Harbor Morning

    Transparent skies and reflective water frame the city buildings. Latex/acrylic on fiberglass window screen 5" x 13"
  • Starry Night Bromo

    Transparent starry night skies set back against the stone Bromo Tower Latex/acrylic on fiberglass window screen 6" x 8"
  • A Fly Went By

    8x10 fly screen and earring holder

BILLIE HOLIDAY on South Durham St.

A collection of window screen paintings commemorating the 200 block of South Durham St. where Billie Holiday grew up.
Artwork was part of a Community Revitization Project, under the Upper Fell's Point Improvement Association.

  • Wishful Singing

    Anna's rendition of a very young Billie Holiday. In her youth, she would scrub marble steps in her Fell's Point neighborhood for nickels and dimes to earn extra spending money, approx 3 ft x 3 ft.
  • Billie and the Blues

    Bluesy, woozy, and melodic. A colorized screen painting version of Billie in her down and out hazy days.
  • Bille Holiday Stardom

    Singer Billie belts out a song in the house window where she was said to have resided in her youth. This was the screen painter's version of an album cover as requested by the homeowners.
  • Wishful Singing

    Young Billie as the artist envisioned her singing and daydreaming by the window of a formstone alley rowhome, photograhed in situ
  • Billie Holiday at the Royal

    Lettering for this compilation mock poster painted on a window screen was a coordinated effort by screen painters Anna Pasqualucci and John Oktavec. John is a sign painter and grandson of the founder of Baltimore's painted screen artform, William Oktavec. Images by Anna Pasqualucci. The basic design idea was requested by the homeowner.
  • Lady Day at the Royal

    The screen painted rendition of a "Globe poster" like one that may have been seen around town back in Billie Holiday's early career complements a formstone house on South Durham St, Upper Fells Point. Anna Pasqualucci collaborated with sign painter and grandson of the founder of Baltimore's painted screens, John Oktavec, to create the lettering on the window screen.
  • Bille Holiday Stardom

    Billie rises to sing at Carnegie Hall. A rendition of a poplar photograph.
  • Billie and the Blues

    The chameleon screen changes with the daylight and nightlife.
  • Billie and the Blues

    A bluesy, woozy, and melodic Bille in the window. A colorized screen painting version of Billie in her down and out hazy days.
  • Billie Holiday on the Screen

    Collection of portraits on a window screen canvas

Gone and Forgotten

Window screen paintings are disappearing from our fast paced high tech world. The few screens that remain remind us of life in early 20th century Baltimore.

Screen painting was once considered a working-class art, unrecognized as a true art form. In light of the immense joy and warmth, awe and wonderment, that painted screens bring to those who gaze upon them, their artistic significance is underrated.

The magic of painted screens remains in the hearts of many Baltimoreans today.

Acrylic or exterior latex/acrylic/enamel on metal or fiberglass window screen mesh.

Beyond functionality

Baltimore window screen paintings of and about town.

When I was a little girl, I remember riding through Baltimore city with my father. He would point out the colorful pictures on the windows of row houses. I would strain my neck and intently search over the car dashboard to view the mesmerizing painted screens, anxious to see what the next sequential window would have painted on it. Those old screens kept people from peeking inside the home and still let the warm summer breeze quench the heat in the hot summertime.  Years later, the impression of those wondrous screens remains but with new functionalities.

Today commercially manufactured printed screen mesh advertisements are applied on vehicle and store windows. We see out from the inside while viewers gaze upon the ad from the outside. There had always been more to those old functional hand painted screens than meets the eye. Today's households are discovering new uses for the veil of  a painted screen.

latex/acrylic on fiberglass or metal wire mesh

  • Lost at Sea

    acrylic on sculpted metal window screen 8" x 10"
  • Chock Full 'o Nuts

    Chock Full 'o Nuts, aka "Father in a Can"
    CHOCK FULL 'O NUTS, aka "Father in a Can." A sculpted relief painted screen commissioned by film director Calvin Thomas for his thought provoking documentary about an unorthodox but captivating Catholic priest, "The Trouble with TQ." 2013. Approximately 16"W x 20"H.
  • Utilitarian Domino wall cover

    Airey window screen wall art conceals thermostats
  • Domino and the Pride

    A decorative painted window screen conceals unslightly wall thermostats and gadgets
  • Pagoda Boh Patio Chair

    Have a seat. The tight woven mesh paints like a window screen.
  • Painted Lawn Chairs

    The Chesapeake Lightship docks by the Power Plant and a tugboat chugs from Domino Sugar in the Harbor.
  • Painted Lawn Chairs

    Tight woven screen mesh chairs are similar to window screens.. a mesh is a mesh... painted on both sides.
  • Sunset Calm

    Window screen painting of an anchored boat against a glowing sunset
    Painted screen wall art. Latex/acrylic on a vintage wood door screen insert. Approximately 24"W x 50"H
  • Fly swatters

    Painted screen Fly swatters
    Fly swatters: Miniature painted screens find a new purpose
  • Santa's Coming

    painted fireplace screen

Deception in Old Lace

An experiment in fooling the eye and never having to hang or wash curtains again.

Centennial Screens

As Baltimore window screen painting was founded in 1913 by William Oktavec. He first painted the screen doors of his corner grocery store.The Painted Screen Society was awarded several grants that enabled screen painters to add new screens to historically relevant areas of Baltimore City in 2013.

Migration to the Outer Banks

It's a true test of time.
Screen painting was introduced to the Outer Banks summer 2010. They withstood Hurricane Irene in this experiment of screen against harsh environment, natural sand-blasting, salt air, blazing sun, flooded roads and parking lots, and high winds. Once again in 2012, Hurricane Sandy has tested the strength of the painting. I have been studying the wear and tear by the elements annually. The screens were holding up very well as  of spring 2018.  
A 7 foot metal screen painting was installed in an art gallery window and a small heavy duty painted pet screen was installed in a restaurant window in Rodanthe, NC. Many thanks go to Master Screen Painter John Oktavec, to the Kim of the Pea Island Art Gallery, and to my good neighbor for helping with this project.

  • Seeing through the painted screen

    Seeing through a painted screen
    Looking out the Pea Island Gallery painted screen
  • installed screen

    Screen installed in the gallery window.
  • installation

    Installation of the art gallery screen on site in Rodanthe.
  • completed painting

    Finished screen was treated with clear-coat UV protection at my Maryland studio.
  • screen in progress

    85" screen painting in progress
  • Bodie Island Light

    Bodie Island Lighthouse painted screen joins it's sister screen (3 ft W x 7 ft H, painted and installed at Pea Island Art Gallery, May 2013),
  • Bodie Island Light

    Bodie Island Lighthouse painted screen a new addition to the gallery facade. (3 ft W x 7 ft H, painted and installed at Pea Island Art Gallery, May 2013),
  • Pea Island Art Gallery

    "Outer Banks Test Site" The screen painting survived it's first Hatteras winter and Hurricane Irene's wrath and winds in September 2011!
  • Uncle Pauly's Rodanthe Surfer

    Surfers at the Rodanthe Fishing Pier. Exterior acrylic enamel on durable pet resistant painted screen for Uncle Pauly's Restaurant. approximately 18"x28"
  • Rodanthe Surfer

    Beachy painted window screen survived several hurricanes on Hatteras Island and is fairing well in 2018.

Pawn Shop Screens

As part of the "100 Screens for 100 Years" community arts grant, eight oversized 8 ft screens were designed by members of The Painted Screen Society, Highlandtown Mainstreet, the Southeast Community Development Corporation, and the building owner and painted in a collaborative effort by two screen painters, John Oktavec and myself. The grant enabled us to add many painted screens to second floor merchant windows along Eastern Ave in Highlandtown for the centennial year of Baltimore's folk art.
http://baltimoreguide.com/http:/baltimoreguide.com/100-screens-for-100-y...

A Screen Painter's Dream

For the love of art!. The Hatteras spring weather and winds cooperated and the large Anderson window screen was beckoning to me, a screen painter's dream. I decided to spend much of my beach vacation painting a large window screen to gift to the Pea Island Gallery in Outer Banks, NC. The window screen commemorates the re-opening of the The Bodie Island Lighthouse for public tours after years of renovations. It just felt right.

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