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Art Receptions, Openings, and Happenings for the week of April 14 – 20, 2008

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ZINE-STER AND CRAFTER TRADE UP
Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. with speakers at 7:00 p.m.
Cockeysville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
9833 Greenside Drive, Baltimore, MD 21030

Arrive at six to browse the zine collection and swap your zines and crafts. At seven, hear Kevin Sherry (Squidfire, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, CATATAC zine), Jennifer Strunge (Cottonmonster, Charm City Craft Mafia), Ryan Cecil Smith (Closed Caption Comics), and Andrew Neyer (Closed Caption Comics) talk about their art and the zine and craft community in Baltimore. The speakers will have wares for sale. If you want to swap zines, mini-comics, crafts, or information – bring ’em on! Trades only – no selling!

“I have always had a soft spot in my heart for independent-minded, zine-making librarians, changing the world one sentence at a time. Here’s your chance to kick it up a notch – to share what you like to make, to meet those making headway in this arena, and to enjoy lots of quality crafts and homemade zines. Best yet, it requires NO MONEY! Sweet.”

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THE MENZ SHOW
Contemporary Painting by Greg McLemore, Seth Goodman, Ryan Jedlicka, and Robert Sparrow Jones
Flux Studios
1821 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, April 19 7- 10 p.m. – Opening Reception
Sunday, April 20 4-7 p.m. – Grand Opening of the Strand Theatre located next door

“I shared studio spaces with a couple of these painters over the years. This should should be funny, mysterious, possibly a bit disturbing, and full of gooey, painterly surfaces.”

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LU ZHANG: MEDITATION, TIME, AND SEDUCTION
The Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Reception Saturday, April 19th 6-8pm
Exhibit Runs April 19th-May 24th
www.randallscottgallery.com

Lu Zhang creates highly intricate drawings that explore the nature of time, the structure of objects, and chaos found in structure. Her drawings are both intimate and expansive. She deconstructs her elements into delicate marks, fading watermarks and long, flowing strands of line, utilizing ink, graphite and tar on both paper and panel.

Lu Zhang is based in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2004 and then went on to study at the Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France.

“Full Disclosure: The Randall Scott Gallery also represents my work in DC. However biased I might be, I have to say that Zhang’s drawings and paintings are an elegant and lively mix of Eastern calligraphy, Western textiles, with an organic and botanical structure. Zhang’s works are both decorative and surprising and offer quiet contemplative surfaces.”

MICA’S 15TH ANNUAL BENEFIT FASHION SHOW

Eclectic |i/klektik| includes diverse fashion creations ranging from prêt a porter to haute couture by 17 young and emerging MICA designers on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in Falvey Hall

Eclectic |i/klektik|, the 15th Annual Benefit Fashion Show at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), takes place on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) in Brown Center’s Falvey Hall at 1301 Mount Royal Avenue. The show’s name this year reflects the many ideas, styles, and backgrounds of the students involved and is organized around a central theme of how fashion influences personal identity. Eclectic |i/klektik| features 15 visually stunning collections, by 17 young and emerging designers, each reflecting their personal interpretation and response to this theme.

Sponsored by MICA’s Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Programs, the 15th Annual Fashion Show benefits the College’s Mentoring Network, a personal support program for African-American students. Proceeds from the annual benefit show provide scholarships for network participants. This year’s benefit is organized under the direction of Dr. Frankie Martin, Director of Multi-ethnic Student Programs by two MICA students, Kenyatta Hinkle, a junior painting major with a minor in culture and politics, and Phylicia Ghee, a sophomore photography major. Hinkle, interested in the power of art to cross cultural and economic boundaries to unite people stated, “Fashion can be an opportunity to tell the world who you are, or it can be a chance to confine yourself to what the world wants you to be. This show provides people with an opportunity to witness the power of art as a means of self expression and personal identity conveyed through fashion.”

The MICA Annual Benefit Fashion Show has a history of selling out quickly. Tickets are currently available through the MICA College Store located at 1200 Mount Royal Avenue: In Advance: $15 general; $6 MICA Students with ID; $10 MICA Faculty, Staff, and College Students with ID Tickets available the night of the event will be $25 (cash only, while supplies last).For more information, visit www.mica.edu or call 410-225-2300.

“From someone who knows absolutely NOTHING about fashion, I have to say that this event is one of the most creative and exciting yearly extravaganzas that MICA students put on. Next to the Halloween costume event, this is the one to see.”

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ETHNOGRAPHY OF NO PLACE
Works by Leah Bailis, Dawn Gavin, Isabel Manalo, Courtney Jordan, Aili Schultz, Bridget Sue Lambert, and Kazue Taguchi
Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204
for more information, go to: www.goucher.edu/rosenberg

Ethnography of No Place, an exhibit that examines geographical places and psychological spaces, will be presented in Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery from Monday, March 24, through Friday, May 2.

This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during scheduled events in Kraushaar Auditorium.

Leah Bailis’ sculptures, Dawn Gavin’s maps, Courtney Jordan’s drawings, Bridget Sue Lambert’s photographs, Isabel Manalo’s paintings, Aili Schmeltz’s paintings and installations, and Kazue Taguchi’s installations are fragments of invented landscapes and environments that stem from each artist’s response to the thoughts of placelessness in contemporary culture.

“I think this exhibit presents some of the best local artists around. There is a new contemporary genre of art works that bridge the gap between architecture, mapping, landscape, and fantasy, which has become very popular, especially among a younger generation of artists. This group offers a thorough look at this genre and provides a variety of disparate directions within.”

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MFA THESIS II at MICA
MICA Campus – Fox Building Galleries
Exhibit Runs: April 11 – 20
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 1-4 p.m.

Artists include: Kim Bentley, Michael Burmeister, Andrea Chung, John P. Corrigan, Johnny Di Blasi, Sarah Jablecki, Lorie Kim, Christopher LaVoie, Jessie Lehson, Kelley McIntyre, Elena Patino, Jimmy Joe Roche, Ben Steele, and Christine Tran.

“See them while they’re still here. After surviving two years in the graduate school cocoon, these brand new artists are ready to get out and fly. Hopefully, these artists will be names we here again and again in the future. The show is only up for NINE days, so get over to MICA while it lasts.”

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Eastern Connections: New Works by First Year MFA Grads and Studio Tour – 5:30 – 7:30 PM
The Hoffberger Gallery & Studios at MICA’s Bank Building
RSVP for details [email protected]

Project 4 presents: CHRISTINE GRAY
SPRING THAW
April 19 – May 24, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Christine Gray’s paintings represent the translation from a constructed environment to an illusionistic world. Painted from models she creates using common craft materials, the works become fantastically abstracted scenes based on objects domestic and kitsch. While gestural marks and rich textures compose much of these surreal landscapes, Gray also interposes areas where her source materials are highly rendered. This brings both a compelling balance and an irony to the picture plane.

Gray sees her work as speaking to the dysfunction of the Martha Stewart institution for its presentation of perfect craft, food, entertaining, and interior decor as an “Everyday” goal that individuals try to imitate. She explains, “I represent landscape through several degrees of mediation (first by building modest micro-sculptures, then through painting) using themes of failed geometry, failed architecture, and failed illusionism. This removal from the real reflects what I find to be a prevalent contemporary anxiety toward not only so-called ‘nature’ but also toward ‘the real’ itself.”

Christine Gray received an MFA from The University of California Santa Barbara, California in 2007 and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has exhibited in group shows in California and Texas. She currently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

At LOAD of FUN …

“I am assuming that this event is B.Y.O.P. but you might wanna call first and check…”

Ben Dursa and Matt Voelker
Opening reception Friday Night 6-9
April 18th 2008 through April 25th
www.antreasiangallery.com

Fly into the whimsical world of Matt’s wondrous sculptures and drawings. or feel yourself floating down one of Ben’s brisk streams

Antreasian Gallery 1111 W 36th Street Baltimore, MD 21211

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