Baltimore Art Openings and Exhibits January 31 – February 2, 2013

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Stewart Watson’s “Possessions” at McDaniel College, “Good Place, No Place” Alyssa Dennis and Sarah Knobel at UMCP’s Stamp Gallery, Heidi Neff’s “Illuminations and Icons” at Charmed Life, J.M. Giordano: Wonderland at Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Blood Red Kisses, White Hot Thrills at Creative Alliance, and Jason Judd: Essays in Navigation, Baltimore at Lease Agreement

McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “possessions,” a mixed media exhibit by Stewart Watson from January 29 through February 22 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. The opening reception will be held January 29 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., with a Gallery Talk by the artist beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Stewart Watson’s installations disassemble and reframe interactions. Moments of tension, nostalgia, and interdependence are revealed as she reinterprets each element in a relationship. There is a sense of balance and suspense as her material characters, including lush fabric and sprung steel rods, continually contradict and complete each other’s paths. Watson’s arrangements disarm the viewer with a tangible experience of vulnerability, dependence, and anticipation.

Watson received her BFA degree from The Pennsylvania State University 1991, and MFA from The University of Maryland in 2010. Her work has been featured in both solo exhibitions and over 60 group shows including WPA Options Biennial 2011, Obscurities at Goucher College, and Art MD 2010. Reviews of her work have been published in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Washington CityPaper, and New Art Examiner. She was also a featured artist on Maryland Public Television’s Artworks This Week.

Along with creating her own work, she is a curator, exhibition designer, community artist, volunteer, teacher, and parent. Watson is a Founder of, and currently Exhibitions Director for, Area 405, a 6000+ square foot alternative exhibition space in Baltimore, MD since February, 2003. Watson lives and works in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District and is a proud Baltimorean since 1993.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information about the artist, please visit For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.


Good Place, No Place
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 31, 5-8PM

COLLEGE PARK–Md. The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland College Park will be presenting their new exhibit by artists, Alyssa Dennis and Sarah Knobel, entitled Good Place, No Place. The exhibition takes place January 31- March 6, 2013 with an Opening Reception Thursday, January 31, from 5-8pm. An artist talk will also take place at the opening reception beginning at 6pm. The exhibition and all related public programs are free and open to the public.

Contemporary culture suggests utopia as the site of interconnectedness, in which humankind is linked harmoniously with each other and nature. The work of both artists challenges us to re-examine contemporary definitions of utopia and our strategies to integrate with the world around us. In the work of Alyssa Dennis, her transparent structures are suggestive architectural models where interior spaces become integrated with their environment. For artist, Sarah Knobel her photographs and videos offer a look into a life exposed, yet unable to connect.

Alyssa Dennis is a native of Baltimore and holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Tulane University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Dennis has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards including a nomination for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and was a recipient of the Tulane University Summer Fellowship in 2010. Sarah Knobel teaches photography and new media at Montana State University in Billings, MT. She received her BFA from Texas State University in 2002 and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati’s Design Architecture Art and Planning Program in 2004. From 2011 – 2012, Sarah Knobel was a fellow at Hamiltonian Artists, in Washington, DC.

The Stamp Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging and/or academically engaging and that addresses broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the gallery offers the University community an outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunity. The gallery space can be used as a laboratory for emerging artists and curators to experiment and work through their ideas, emphasizing the importance of the process to contemporary artistic practice. The gallery serves the public by providing exhibitions of social responsibility and artistic substance, as well as by offering an educational forum in which dialogue between artist and viewer and art and community is encouraged.

The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, at the University of Maryland, College Park. The gallery is free and open to the public Mondays-Thursdays 10:00AM-8:00PM; Fridays 10:00AM-6:00PM; and Saturdays 11:00AM-5:00PM.

For more information about the exhibition and the program log on to or contact the gallery at 301-314-8492 or


Charmed Life Gallery & Tattoo Studio is proud to present Illuminations and Icons, featuring the paintings of Heidi Neff. Heidi’s art will hang for the entire month of February. There will be an opening reception on February 1st from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. As always the reception is free and open to all ages. We will have music and appetizers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverages.

The Illuminated Manuscripts series presents a series of headlines in the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts.. “Nothing seems important because everything is given equal importance” says Heidi. Disasters, wars and tragedies are given the same amount of attention by the media as celebrity weddings. She thought about monks spending countless hours just to reproduce a single book and how you can now access that information instantly in your pocket. The headlines often feature religious responses to disasters, or violence born of zealotry. She wants to slow down how we see those events.

Heidi Neff’s new Icon series continues her love/hate relationship with technology and how it changes the way we view the things we hold most dear. The title refers both to iPhones and to sacred images, particularly those of mother and child

Heidi Neff lives in Bel Air with her husband Paul and son Max. She has taught for the last 7 years at Harford Community College. Her work can be seen at


J.M. Giordano: Wonderland at Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery
Opens Friday, February 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

J.M. Giordano’s promotional shots for last year’s Marquee Ball brought Alice in Wonderland’s fanciful characters so much alive that it seemed they’d step out of the picture frame. Giordano brings his magical collection of photographs back to our gallery and reveals the 2013 Marquee Ball theme “Kiss Me Deadly”.

On view in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery Feb 1 – 8. More info here.


Jason Judd: Essays in Navigation, Baltimore

Reception: February 2, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

February 2 – 28, 2013
Hours by appointment

Lease Agreement
3718 Ellerslie Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218

In his solo exhibition, Essays in Navigation, Baltimore, Jason Judd presents a purposeful un-skilling of navigational tools and techniques in a quest for the unknown. Judd’s interest lies not in arriving at a specified place, but rather in the process of trying to get there. It is in the distortion and failure of navigation intentionally mishandled that Judd’s work finds purpose: the endless perpetuation of existential wanderlust. The pieces presented in this exhibition, for which destination was never the point, ask viewers not only to expect disorientation but to long for it.

The reception for Jason Judd’s exhibition, Essays in Navigation, Baltimore, will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Lease Agreement, 3718 Ellerslie Ave, Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibition runs from February 2 to 28. Gallery hours are by appointment.

Appointments can be requested by contacting Lease Agreement at

Jason Judd is a Chicago based visual artist and Co-Director of Make Space, a Chicago initiative focused on collaborating with artists both online and offline—facilitating an open dialogue about contemporary art and studio practices. Jason is also an art writer for BITE Magazine and co-founder of the Jackalope Art Conference. His work has been shown at Evanston Art Center, Herron School of Art and Design, Columbia College, Spudnik Press, and the Warrenville Historical Museum among others. Other exhibitions include a two-person exhibition, Truth and Being at The Plaines Project in Chicago, IL and solo exhibition The Third Death at Spacecamp Gallery in Indianapolis, IN.

Judd’s work can be seen at his website,


Double Feature at The Patterson: Blood Red Kisses, White Hot Thrills!
Friday, Feb 1 7pm cocktails, 8pm Show

Torch singer Jen Tydings (Motorettes) and pianist Erica Patokage get us in the mood on February 1 at this preview show for Baltimore’s biggest costume bash – The Marquee Ball. Jen sings torch songs to Erica’s sultry piano. Sip cocktails from our cash bar. In between Jen’s sets, John Wright and his troupe of actors perform vignettes from film noir “greats.” including Jeanine Turner as the mysterious femme fatale. Narration and sound effects provided by WYPR’s The Signal’s Aaron Henkin. It’s all to set the stage and give you ideas for Baltimore’s biggest costume party of the year, Creative Alliance’s Marquee Ball with this year’s theme based on the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly.

Come early on February 1 to see J.M Giordano unveil a large Marquee Ball Kiss Me Deadly photo in Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery. 7pm cocktails, cash bar, 8pm show. $15, $10 mbrs, students.

Take advantage of a two-for-one special tonight: $45, $40 mbrs, includes ticket to Marquee Ball Dance Party.

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