BANV just got back from a wedding at one of the coolest venues in Baltimore. My husband and I were invited to a wedding where the reception was held at Baltimore’s American Visionary Arts Museum at 800 Key Highway. The cocktail hour was held on the museum’s first floor where guests mingled among two Kinetic Sculpture Race entries including an elephant sculpted from rope and a fuzzy pink poodle that sat beneath a hot air balloon suspended from the ceiling. The artwork provided plenty of material for small talk and kept the crowd mingling. One woman even suspected that a guest admiring a station wagon covered with seashells and broken glass bottles might be the artist. He wasn’t, but it gave us plenty chat about. Dinner was held in a vast room on the third floor. This wasn’t some mirrored and chandeliered ballroom, but the raw brick and woven wood on the walls gave it an artsy flair. To get some air, guests could step outside onto a balcony wrapped in iron fencing sculpted to resemble twigs and offering a sweeping view of the Inner Harbor. Back down on the ground, while waiting for the valet parking service to return our car, I noticed that the balcony actually sits within an iron bird’s nest, just above a sculpture that appears to be a cross between an cello and a bird, which I’m guessing has something to do with the mirrored egg shape that sits nearby. Our hosts had the event catered by Martin’s, which did a remarkable job of having the event ready to go just an hour after the museum closed to the public at 6 p.m.