And maybe that's point.
Annapolis Underground wanted to make a splash with its inaugural issue. But if 40-somethings
The first issue of their quarterly magazine, launched earlier this month, features stories, advertorials and images focusing on the local arts scene. Photographer
"There's a lot more to
"This town has such a rich tapestry of artists that are sort of underground."
And if the underground becomes more mainstream, that's OK, Hartcorn said. Another group will take its place.
"There's such a cool, vibrant arts scene around here and nothing gives voice to it," said Iatesta, who is also a photographer and previously worked on food and wine-related magazines.
So much so there's room for a second magazine.
The first issue of
The magazine also launched this month, but isn't available online yet. There's no print version. The next issue is scheduled for August.
Produced by 30-somethings
The new title is a spiritual reference. The idea is that on the seventh day of the week people should rest -- and read the magazine. It has more of a regional focus than Annapolis Underground and spotlights more African-Americans.
Eventually, Johnson and Smith, who both attended
"We're hoping to be like the Motown of
Between work, families and the magazine, neither is getting a lot of sleep, but they're satisfied with the results. Smith, who has three children, works in human resources.
"When you see that first draft, it's a feeling beyond words," said Johnson, who has four children and a grandchild. "I cry every issue."
They started the magazine, because, like Iatesta and Davies, they saw a need.
"I don't think people really realize how much great stuff goes on here on a daily basis," said Davies, who is a local arts institution unto himself.
Iatesta, who graduated from
"I came back to so much cool stuff," Iatesta said. "This is like a no-brainer."
He and Davies, like Johnson and Smith, hope to expand, launching underground publications in
"We're not necessarily worried about the money aspect," Davies said. "The goal is to put out something beautiful."
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