March Featured Local Artist of the Month – Justin Wainio 

View and purchase Justin’s work through the month of March.  

Meet Justin:

I am a mixed-media artist living and working in Baltimore. My work spans painting, drawing, collage, photography, and printmaking. My style changes with whatever is inspiring me at the time. I do look to fashion and graphic design for much of my inspiration.


IG: jackal79

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February Featured Local Artist of the Month- Shy


Stop into the shop this month to admire and/or purchase work by Shy!


 I needed to escape the negativity and heartbreak of life so when I was four years old I started creating a world named “Interworld” in my head that became my safe haven and ultimately the subject of my art practice for the past eight years. Along side creating a world I also created characters that live with in it. The main character is named “Shy” and he was the very first character I created. He and all of his other friends are put into difficult situations that mimic the kind of situations I have experienced in real time and space. Each of my pieces has a hidden narrative behind them but I am not interested in telling the stories out right to my viewers.

My work is greatly influenced by my long career as a graffiti artist in Baltimore, Maryland. I continue to incorporate techniques and tools that I have used for so many years as a graffiti artist to stay in touch with my roots. Some examples of the tools and techniques that I continue to incorporate into my artwork are dark bold outline and spray-paint alongside handle styled lettering.

​ My main goal of painting or drawing this world is more for entertainment than anything. Since I am not interested in telling the stories behind my work I do not consider myself a story teller instead I want to take my viewers to a new place even for a second. I want them to forget about all the bullshit in life and just enjoy what’s in front of them because that’s what creating this world does for me.

​I recently adopted “Shy” as an artist alter ego about a year ago. He takes my place when I am faced with situation I myself am not comfortable with in life. He attends gallery openings, formal events and many other occasions! He is still a work in progress!

IG: @interworldart

January Featured Local Artist of the Month – Shay McCafferty

Stop by the shop in the month of January to admire and/or purchase works by Shay.

Born and raised in Montgomery County Maryland, Shay McCafferty is a 24 year old artist pursuing a career in medical and scientific illustration. She has her Associates in Fine Arts from Montgomery College and is currently enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art, majoring in drawing with a concentration in printmaking.

Growing up in the small town of Damascus, Maryland, Shay found herself caught between two passions. A love for the beautiful game of soccer, as well as her creative spirit for the visual arts. After two torn ACLs, two sprained MCLs, two torn menisci and a concussion, she felt it was time to focus mainly on her artwork. Shay draws inspiration from her background as an athlete and her interest in how the human body functions. Shay also draws inspiration from the natural world and how every living organism has a purpose. Her artwork explores the journey of life and death while symbolically addressing subconscious thought.

To learn more about Shay’s artwork, follow her on instagram: @shay_mccafferty

December Featured Local Artist of the Month – Katie Elwes

Stop by the shop starting December 5th to purchase and/or enjoy works by Katie Elwes.  

Meet Katie!

From the islands of Bermuda, Katie Ewles is a multi-disciplinary artist with a passion for the old and the new; the traditional and the popular. Primarily a musician, Katie moved to the Baltimore area in 2013 to pursue her career as a classical composer, songwriter, jazz pianist, and vocalist at the Peabody Conservatory. Since, she has become much more involved with her appetite for the visual arts (particularly painting, and charcoal/ink drawings), and has had her work displayed and sold, both in the United States, and overseas.

For Katie, being an artist in the 21st century means actively engaging with synergy between Art forms and styles, as well as collaborating with other artists. Through this approach, Katie strives to create work that is simultaneously intimate and universal, sophisticated and adventurous, and has the potential to be thought-provoking, captivating, and memorable to a wide-range of audiences.

Katie’s recent work has been largely inspired by curiosity in the big and small, and with social politics, particularly race and gender. Through color, she aims to explore the beauty of diversity, and the power of the individual within larger society. Her breadth of experience with both traditional and modern Art and Music has certainly informed her artistic style, which she often describes in one word: resourceful. Katie often aims to limit her resources (whether physical materials, influences, ideas, structures, etc.) in an effort to produce work that is more self-informed and self-aware. In this sense, by limiting resources, the potential of selected and available resources is more thoroughly explored (for example, only using one color allows the artist to explore the qualities and variations of that one color much more intimately, than if they were working with multiple colors). Katie believes this minimalistic approach often leads to an implied universality in her work: leaving room for viewers to read-between-the-lines and engage personally with the work, while simultaneously providing ‘common-ground’ that serves as a catalyst, allowing viewers to draw parallels between their own experience and the experiences of others.


To learn more about Katie, and see more of her work, please visit


November Featured Local Artist- Serenity Smith

Stop by the shop in November to view works by local artist – Serenity Smith!
All pieces are available for sale or merely appreciation.  

Meet Serenity!

Serenity is a 25 year old independent artist, working mostly in Maryland and New York. She graduated from Towson University in 2013 where she studied painting, drawing, and printmaking. Today she occupies most of her time by traveling, learning, and making art.

“This is going to sound really vain, but all of these paintings are about me. Now that you know this, I must also let you know that they are equally about you. If we are all reflections of one another, then I know that everytime I paint a picture of someone I am also revealing something about myself. My process is very personal, and I have a real connection to every piece I create. These are visual manifestations of ideas that are swirling around in my mind, and I am so happy to share them. I’d like to think that my style is constantly evolving, as I find new ways to express ideas. Currently my style is leaning towards Afro psycho surrealism (I made that up). As my work changes, the female figure as a favorite subject remains a constant. I like to create pieces that force people to think and ask questions, but also things that people can relate to. I have also included two abstract pieces by my artist friend SmileyTheRager. Working with him has helped me to introduce some abstract elements into my paintings, and I have found that artistically we create a nice balance together. I am so very in love with, and fascinated by this thing called life, and more than anything I hope that transcends through my artwork.”


IG @8erenity

What is Reiki and How Can It Help Me?

Inspirational art by Helena Nelson Reed

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of hands-on energy healing, which promotes health and spiritual/emotional well-being by encouraging the release of negative energy from the body.  “Reiki does not attack disease.  Rather, Reiki supports our natural ability to heal by encouraging balance” (Miles 8).  The word Reiki can be broken down to Rei – universal and ki – energy or life force.  This force exists everywhere and passes through the practitioner to the client to facilitate healing.

What can it do for me?

The benefits of Reiki vary from person to person.  Most commonly, the recipient experiences a near immediate decrease in stress, anxiety and pain.  After the treatment, clients report improvement in sleep, digestion, chronic pain, motivation and outlook.  These improvements can be maintained and increased through subsequent sessions and self-treatment.  Reiki is safe and beneficial for everyone, whether they want to maintain a healthy state or return to one.  Reiki healing acts as an amazing complement to western medicine techniques/treatments.  Ongoing sessions can help alleviate side effects from medications or invasive treatments.  Reiki can also be used to enhance other holistic treatments, such as acupuncture or massage.

My first appointment

Every Reiki practitioner is different; however you can generally expect to arrive several minutes early to fill out an intake form.  This document can include general inquiries, such as contact information and intentions/goals for the session and/or more detailed requests, including health history and current medications.  Overall, the intake form functions as a communication tool – it gathers information to help the practitioner understand the client’s needs/wishes and provides information to the client about what to expect.  The intake form also contains a disclaimer to be sure the client understands that Reiki does not take the place of medical care.  Next, the practitioner will engage the client in a brief consultation to further discuss intentions and expectations.  The treatment will usually take place with the client lying on their back on a comfortable Reiki bed or massage table.  Some practitioners will have the client roll to face down during the session.  Any position can be accommodated to facilitate comfort and safety.  For example, a client will lie on their side during pregnancy.  The healing itself, can also vary, but usually involves a series of hand positions on or just above the body.  The treatment can be customized to each individual’s needs.  A Reiki session is a safe space and anything discussed is completely confidential.  Let your practitioner know at any time during the session if you are uncomfortable in any way.  The session will often leave you in a state of deep relaxation.  Take your time getting up from the table and making your way home or to your next destination.

Can I learn Reiki?

Absolutely! All living things are innately capable of healing themselves and others. Reiki is commonly passed from teacher to student through a Reiki attunement.  This experience is customized by the teacher/tradition, but involves some formalized channeling of Reiki energy, which promotes a deep connection to the force.  Reiki attunements are usually divided into sections (Reiki I, II and Master), which can be received over time or all at once.  Students who have received a Reiki I attunement are able to support self-healing on a daily basis.  Mending Roots Reiki at The Charming Raven currently offers Reiki I classes/attunments (  Animals can also benefit from Reiki treatments.  The Animal Reiki Alliance ( offers both services and courses in animal Reiki and communication.


Reiki healing is an excellent way to foster physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and even community balance and well-being.  It is an individual experience that is safe and beneficial for all.  For further information, contact Jessica @ The Charming Raven:  To book an appointment click below:



Miles, Pamela. Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide. New York: Penguin, 2008. Print.

Conroy, CT & JA. Radical Reiki – Radical Life. Worldwide: Self, 2007. Digital.