Amaranthine Museum

Amaranthine Museum The Amaranthine Museum is a collection of nearly 200 pieces of artwork by artist Les Harris at Clipper Park in Woodberry. Museum hours vary and openings are posted.
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Special appointments can be made by calling or emailing us. "Harris' exhibit is a clear example of chromatic maximalism in its purest form of expression. In this intricate dramatically lit labyrinth of art, visitors wind through a maze of walls covered floor to ceiling in Harris' unique and vibrant paintings.

'During a visit to the Chartre Cathedral in France the force of the light projected through her beautiful windows confounded Harris. From that moment on he dedicated his work to the constant obsessisve search for the recreation of those colors in his work and space. His

Sally Harris, wife of Les Harris, passed today.  In lieu of flowers, contributions are being accepted in her name by the...
05/05/2021
Les Harris' Amaranthine Museum – 2010 Clipper Park Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211 – 443-615-0505

Sally Harris, wife of Les Harris, passed today. In lieu of flowers, contributions are being accepted in her name by the museum.
Sally Harris lived love. Her journey here on this very little planet was much like the journey of writer de Saint-Exupéry’s character in “The Little Prince”. Like his, her sheep was drawn by an outline of a little box with holes. Not encumbered by the outline, this beautiful little sheep was whatever she could see with Love. Her experience was vast, her reach far, her smile perfect, and Love, simply, the answer to everything. And, she shared it with us all. She leaves behind a pulsating warmth in all of her extended family.

When Sally was five years old, she won a Shirley Temple contest singing "On the Good Ship Lollipop.” At 12, her mother paid 10 cents for her to take an acting class in Far Rockaway, sparking a life-long passion for performing.

In 1942 her parents, Libby and Harry Pomeran purchased the Mott Estate in Bellport, LI, NY and transformed it into The Gateway, a get-away resort for Christian Scientists. In the summer, Sally and her brother David and sister Ruthie would perform for the resort guests.

She attended the Principia College with a major in Art and Dance where she became good friends with actors Rick Morse and Robert Duvall and became active in the theatre program. She received her M.A. at Antioch-Putney Graduate School of Education with a focus on Theatre and soon became the head of theater and folk dance at Putney. Her graduate thesis was a production of “The Little Prince”, acknowledged by both Eleanor Roosevelt and the Head of the United Nations.

Sally moved to NYC where she continued her theater education at the Feagin School of Drama in Rockefeller Center and the Arnold Modeling Academy. She worked Off Broadway, toured with the Children's World Theatre company with Jason Robards, and was a member of the Houston Playhouse Theatre.

Going home to Long Island, she convinced family and friends to help transform the Gateway barn into a performance space with an arena stage, using the haylofts as balconies. They moved Daisy the cow out to make room for dressing rooms and in 1950 opened The Gateway Playhouse Barn Theatre, inviting college and NY friends to perform.

Christian Science led and inspired Sally throughout her life. She met Les Harris (actor, dancer, artist) at church and invited him to take part in Gateway where they fell in love. They married in 1956 in the Gateway’s grand Stanford White designed ballroom and move to Albany, NY where they had three children (Laurel Durenberger, Heather Harris and Holly Harris). Les, was from Baltimore and in 1962 finally brought the family home. They bought an old house in Bolton Hill and transformed it into a magical palace filled with music, art and love.

Once in Baltimore, she worked with Children’s Theatre Association, taught speech and theatre at the Samuel Ready School, Park School Summer Program and finally at Villa Julie College (now Stevenson) where she founded the Inscape Theatre and grew it into the large Theatre and Communication Arts Department.

In addition to her outstanding theatre career, she was the catalyst and muse in her husband’s creation of Amaranthine Museum located in Baltimore’s Woodberry neighborhood. Sally Harris is survived by her three children, son in law Mark Durenberger and two grandchildren Christopher Durenberger and Aubrey Durenberger.

If you would like to pay homage to Sally Harris, in lieu of flowers we invite you to contribute to her memory in honor of the Amaranthine Museum by sending your gifts to The Amaranthine Museum at 1314 Union Ave., Baltimore, MD 21211 or by visiting the donation link at www.amaranthinemuseum.org.

“Fed by thy love divine we live, for Love alone is life; And life most sweet, as heart to heart, speaks kindly when we meet and part.” Mary Baker Eddy

  Maximalist artist Les Harris set out on a labyrinthine journey 40 years ago. Choosing to install his artwork rather than sell, his one room studio grew exponentially into a massive installation, drawing visitors from throughout the world. One of his great loves was guiding guests through his 2,00...

As 2020 winds to a close, we would like to thank you for being a part of the Amaranthine family!  We are so grateful for...
12/28/2020
Les Harris' Amaranthine Museum – 2010 Clipper Park Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211 – 410-456-1343

As 2020 winds to a close, we would like to thank you for being a part of the Amaranthine family! We are so grateful for your continued support. If you haven't yet had a moment to contribute, there's still time! We invite you to visit our website, peruse the gallery of art to find your old favorites and finally, link to our secure donation page at: http://amaranthinemuseum.org if you feel so able.
This year has been an extraordinary and challenging one. We have all reached within ourselves to find a deeper purpose, and reached out to be with others however and whenever possible. Although the Amaranthine Museum's doors have been temporarily shuttered, the paintings are still displayed in all of their vibrant glory.
Although the museum is not open to the general public at this time, small private tours are on offer. Please keep in mind, we are still looking for a new forever home for this vast body of work. If you know of a dealer or buyer who might be interested, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected].
Les Harris’s work is imbued with theosophical, metaphorical and metaphysical messages. Ultimately, his Museum is conceptual. The Labyrinthine vision lives on in his actual works, in the book “Les Is” as well as on the museum's “Gallery of Art” page on the website. And as always, you may also follow us on Facebook.
From all of us at The Amaranthine Museum, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts!

  Maximalist artist Les Harris set out on a labyrinthine journey 40 years ago. Choosing to install his artwork rather than sell, his one room studio grew exponentially into a massive installation, drawing visitors from throughout the world. One of his great loves was guiding guests through his 2,00...

As 2020 winds to a close, we would like to thank you for being a part of the Amaranthine family!  We are so grateful for...
12/11/2020
Les Harris' Amaranthine Museum – 2010 Clipper Park Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211 – 410-456-1343

As 2020 winds to a close, we would like to thank you for being a part of the Amaranthine family! We are so grateful for your continued support. If you haven't yet had a moment to contribute, there's still time! We invite you to visit our website, peruse the gallery of art to find your old favorites and finally, link to our secure donation page at: http://amaranthinemuseum.org if you feel so able.

This year has been an extraordinary and challenging one. We have all reached within ourselves to find a deeper purpose, and reached out to be with others however and whenever possible. Although the Amaranthine Museum's doors have been temporarily shuttered, the paintings are still displayed in all of their vibrant glory.

Although the museum is not open to the general public at this time, small private tours are on offer. Please keep in mind, we are still looking for a new forever home for this vast body of work. If you know of a dealer or buyer who might be interested, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected].

Les Harris’s work is imbued with theosophical, metaphorical and metaphysical messages. Ultimately, his Museum is conceptual. The Labyrinthine vision lives on in his actual works, in the book “Les Is” as well as on the museum's “Gallery of Art” page on the website. And as always, you may also follow us on Facebook.

From all of us at The Amaranthine Museum, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts!

  Maximalist artist Les Harris set out on a labyrinthine journey 40 years ago. Choosing to install his artwork rather than sell, his one room studio grew exponentially into a massive installation, drawing visitors from throughout the world. One of his great loves was guiding guests through his 2,00...

We are pleased to announce that the Amaranthine Museum is open again for private appointments!  Email or PM us for more ...
06/20/2020
Les Harris' Amaranthine Museum – 2010 Clipper Park Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211 – 410-456-1343

We are pleased to announce that the Amaranthine Museum is open again for private appointments! Email or PM us for more information and to schedule your visit. To visit our virtual gallery or make a tax deductible contribution, visit us at www.amaranthinemuseum.org.

  Maximalist artist Les Harris set out on a labyrinthine journey 40 years ago. Choosing to install his artwork rather than sell, his one room studio grew exponentially into a massive installation, drawing visitors from throughout the world. One of his great loves was guiding guests through his 2,00...

We want to touch base and share that our website http://amaranthinemuseum.org is back up and running! We recently needed...
04/20/2020
Les Harris' Amaranthine Museum – 2010 Clipper Park Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211 – 410-456-1343

We want to touch base and share that our website http://amaranthinemuseum.org is back up and running! We recently needed to move the site to a new server and have been down for nearly two weeks. If you miss us, please visit the museum experience on line. Should you be able to make a donation, your support is always appreciated. We hope to be able to reopen the museum as soon as we are able.

  Maximalist artist Les Harris set out on a labyrinthine journey 40 years ago. Choosing to install his artwork rather than sell, his one room studio grew exponentially into a massive installation, drawing visitors from throughout the world. One of his great loves was guiding guests through his 2,00...

02/24/2020

We have slide carousels (and many of them) from dad's lecture series on Egypt at the Theosophical Society. There are about 50 of them that we are selling at $5 each or $200 for the stack. Does anyone know anyone that knows someone that might be interested? We also have all of the slides and handwritten lectures that were simply fascinating. There were 12 lectures projecting 3 screens simultaneously.

01/25/2020

Oops apologies for the prior post ... wrong page!

01/11/2020

We are back on twitter! Come on over and follow us @amaranthine_mus

As 2019 winds to a close, we would like to thank you for being a part of the Amaranthine family!  We are so grateful for...
12/21/2019
Les Harris' Amaranthine Museum – 2010 Clipper Park Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211 – 410-456-1343

As 2019 winds to a close, we would like to thank you for being a part of the Amaranthine family! We are so grateful for your continued support. If you haven't yet had a moment to contribute, there's still time! We invite you to visit our website, peruse the gallery of art to find your old favorites and finally, link to our secure donation page at: http://amaranthinemuseum.org

2019 was another year of growth at the museum.
- We acquired an early piece of Harris’ art from a Chicago art dealer, similar to a piece that the family holds near and dear from the early 50’s.
- We are in conversation with an early music Brahms guitarist and composer who is working with his associates to create music around Harris’ artwork. We have not yet finalized a concert date but are hoping to collaborate in the new year.
- Doors Open Baltimore featured the Amaranthine Museum again this year in their fabulous city wide event! We had another extraordinary turnout of about 300 visitors, most of whom had never before visited. It has generated much enthusiasm for which we thank AIA Baltimore!
- We continue to give private tours to individuals and groups and have monthly openings, open to all! Nearly 1,000 friends have visited us over the year with over 4,000 web hits!

Les’ work is imbued with theosophical, metaphorical and metaphysical messages. Ultimately, his Museum is conceptual. The Labyrinthine vision lives on in the individual experiences of his works as well as in the book “Les Is” that we have published. If you have been eager to share the experience with colleagues or friends, our website www.amaranthinemuseum.org is a wonderful vehicle to do so. Beautiful images of Les’ works are available to view via the “Gallery of Art” page.

We continue to ask for your support as we rely on contributions (both large and small) to keep our doors open to “Time, Space and Other Dimensions”.

Thank you from all of us at The Amaranthine Museum!

  Welcome to the Amaranthine Museum, an exploration of the labyrinthine exhibit of the late artist Les Harris. In 1977 Harris set out to explore the world within the confines of six rooms in a fallout shelter in Baltimore, MD. Over the next ten years the collection grew into an awesome installation...

Doors Open Baltimore
06/04/2019

Doors Open Baltimore

We're excited to have the Amaranthine Museum return to Doors Open Baltimore this year. It's such a magical place, tucked away behind Clipper Mill and filled wall-to-wall-to ceiling with work by the late Les Harris. Here are some shots of the interior by photographer Andrew Nagl.

Unvieling today 2pm. Come join us.
02/24/2019

Unvieling today 2pm. Come join us.

02/23/2019

The museum will be open this Sunday from 1-3. Come in for a gander!

As 2018 winds to a close, we thank you for your continued support that is helping the Amaranthien Museum keep the work o...
12/31/2018
Les Harris' Amaranthine Museum – 2010 Clipper Park Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211 – 410-456-1343

As 2018 winds to a close, we thank you for your continued support that is helping the Amaranthien Museum keep the work of Les Harris available to the public. If you haven't yet had a moment to contribute, please consider helping us by making your year end tax deductible contribution below or by sending your gift to us at the address below. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  Welcome to the Amaranthine Museum, an exploration of the labyrinthine exhibit of the late artist Les Harris. In 1977 Harris set out to explore the world within the confines of six rooms in a fallout shelter in Baltimore, MD. Over the next ten years the collection grew into an awesome installation...

11/16/2018

My sincere appologies for those of you who showed up at the Mingle and were told by Woodberry Kitchen that we were closed. We were in fact open, warm and dry and missed seeing you. If you were searching and couldn't find our new location, we are still in Clipper Park, on the pathway behind the building in suite 102. Stay tuned for our next open house or consider making a special appointment. Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

10/26/2018

Have you been to a Baltimore Breathwork class at the museum? There are three scheduled in November.

“I stand on PRINCIPLE, walk with LOVE in footsteps of TRUTH, directed by MIND, with the grace of SOUL and zest of LIFE, ...
09/28/2018

“I stand on PRINCIPLE, walk with LOVE in footsteps of TRUTH, directed by MIND, with the grace of SOUL and zest of LIFE, in the power of SPIRIT.” ...Dilys Bell on the seven verities of God - https://bid.alexcooper.com/lots?search=Les+harris

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2010 Clipper Park Rd, #102
Baltimore, MD
21211

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Harris began painting this extraordinary exhibit in his classroom at the Park School in 1978. He moved into the Clipper Community shortly thereafter. His exhibit is a clear example of chromatic maximalism in its purest form of expression. In this intricate labyrinth of art, visitors wind through walls covered floor to ceiling in Harris' unique and vibrant paintings.

'During a visit to the Chartre Cathedral in France the force of the light projected through her beautiful windows confounded Harris. From that moment on he dedicated his work to the constant obsessisve search for the recreation of those colors in his work and space. His objective: to materialize the measure of quantum physics that proclaims "Reality is non-local"

The museum is located in historic Clipper Park in the Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore. We can be found by walking down the pathway in the rear of the building. See updated posts for museum openings or contact us for us for a special appointment.


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