Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Contemporary Art Openings and Events August 28-31

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In anticipation for a long Labor Day Weekend, there are a number of exhibits and receptions happening on Thursday night. There’s Westmaryginiasylvanington, a Regional Juried Exhibition at Hood College, IMPACT, a public art installation sponsored by MAP at the Jewish Community Center, Pressure/Heat/Time: Paintings by Evan Boggess at McDaniel College, the reading series Writers Under The Influence: Jane Satterfield, Ned Balbo, Richard Peabody at Atomic Books, Argonne, a new play at the Annex Theater, and the beginning of four days of Scapescape 2013, an art and music festival in station north. You can’t possibly do it all, but the good news is that wherever you are, there are great exhibits to see. More details are below.


“Westmaryginiasylvanington: Regional Juried Exhibition” at Hood College
Juried by Andrea Pollan

Artists: John Carrera , Rita Elsner , Sean FitzPatrick, Maggie Gourlay, Wes Kline, Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer, Erika Milenkovic, Ryan Murray, Cory Oberndorfer, Edmond Praybe, Miki Saito, Katherine Sifers, Jenny Walton, Virginia Warwick, and Stephanie Williams

Award Recipients:
Juror’s Award: Ryan Murray
2nd Place: Cory Oberndorfer
3rd Place: Maggie Gourlay

July 27 – August 30

Closing Reception: August 29, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Performance: 6:30pm

Twenty-two works by fifteen regional artists will be on display for Westmaryginiasylvanington: Regional Juried Exhibition, in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center at Hood College from July 27 through Aug. 30.

The the closing reception will be Aug. 29. from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the reception Virginia Warwick will perform her piece, “Olivia the Sea Turtle”, at 6:30pm in the gallery.

Awards are sponsored by Blick Art Materials and Hood College

Hodson Gallery
Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701
Gallery hours: 9am – 7pm daily



IMPACT at the Jewish Community Center
Work by Global Humanity Now (GHN)
Opens Thursday, August 29, 2013 5pm-7pm

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to present IMPACT, a unique and site-specific public art program developed to extend contemporary art to communities in the greater Baltimore area. Each IMPACT project is developed with the partnering site in mind. MAP is partnering with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore (JCC) for the 2nd IMPACT project of 2013. The JCC has generously donated their courtyard as a venue for an outdoor installation.

A local artist collective, Global Humanity Now (GHN), has been selected for this summer’s IMPACT project. GHN is comprised of artists Remina Greenfield, Janina Anderson, Janet Hong and Gabriel Quick. Their artwork installation titled, Return, has been designed specifically for the JCC’s courtyard and is comprised of a woven fabric that will extend over the courtyard of the building, creating a pseudo canopy. In its entirety, Return relates to the concept of a “network,” and is intended to illustrate the dynamic relationship between individuals and the community they comprise. The title “Return” is derived from Leo Strauss’s essay Progress or Return (1952).

GHN is currently collecting donated materials to incorporate in their design. Suggested materials include: bed sheets, bedspreads, remnants, t-shirts and scraps of fabric. Drop off your fabric donations by August 11 in the MAP office or at the front lobby of the JCC located at 3506 Gwynbrook Ave, Owings Mills Maryland.

Want to view the project in progress?
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The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore (JCC) promotes and strengthens Jewish life and values through communal programs and activities for individuals and family. The JCC aims to develop and maintain a Jewish community which endorses spirited environments, community values, diversity, individuality, and communal institutional exchange between professionals, volunteers and neighbors. The JCC of Greater Baltimore is a constituent agency of THE ASSOCIATED Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.



“Pressure/Heat/Time: Paintings by Evan Boggess”

McDaniel College, Rice Gallery

Opening Reception Thursday, Auust 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, with an artist talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Evan Boggess is a painter working primarily in mixed media and is a 2011 MFA graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. “I grew up in the weirdness of the West Virginia mountains,” Boggess says. “The strange, yet stoic people living in the harsh, yet beautiful landscape provided a rich pool of subject matter to draw from as a young artist. I have always painted, and the figure has been my most prevalent focus. Over the years, though, I have diverted from traditional representations of figures in favor of more fractured, abstracted treatments. Most recently, the figure has been evoked through the viewers themselves. I try to accomplish this by making paintings that behave like sculpture and require the audience to physically move through the work.”

The Rice Gallery is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm. 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.



Scapescape 2013

The Citizens of Baltimore City present scapescape 2013, a four-day event sampling the best of Baltimore arts & culture. Better than one hundred of Baltimore’s most fantastic acts will perform on seven stages with local artwork on sale in seven different galleries. Copious details still to follow.

Charles St. (1712 N. Charles St.)
North Ave. (10 W. North Ave.)
The Metro Gallery (1700 N. Charles St.)
The Windup Space (12 W. North Ave.)
Liam Flynn’s Ale House (22 W. North Ave.)
The Crown (1910 N. Charles St.)
w/ after hours at Broom Factory

Station North Chicken Box (1 W. North Ave.)
Liam Flynn’s Ale House (22 W. North Ave.)

The Metro Gallery (1700 N. Charles St.)
The Charles Theater (1711 N. Charles St.)
Single Carrot Theater (1727 N. Charles St.)
Station North Arts Cafe (1816 N. Charles St.)
Station North Chicken Box (1 W. North Ave.)
The Windup Space (12 W. North Ave.)
Liam Flynn’s Ale House (22 W. North Ave.)

Tickets: $20 four-day passes & $10 one-day passes on sale now here:



Writers Under The Influence: Jane Satterfield, Ned Balbo, Richard Peabody

Atomic Books Thursday, August 29 from 7-9 pm

The inaugural installment of Atomic Books’ new poetry series, WRITERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE. In this series poets will share their recent poems and talk about the forces — other writers, works of art, music, movies, politics, pop culture — that influence their work and process.

With readings by:
JANE SATTERFIELD – the author of three books of poems: Her Familiars, Assignation at Vanishing Point, and Shepherdess with an Automatic, as well as Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond. Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry, the William Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal for the Essay, the Mslexia women’s poetry prize, and the 49th Parallel Poetry Prize from The Bellingham Review. Satterfield is the literary editor for the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative.

NED BALBO – author of The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (2010 Donald Justice Prize, 2012 Poets’ Prize), Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Prize, ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal), Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize). The recipient of three Maryland Arts Council poetry grants, co-winner of this year’s Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and PoetryNet’s Poet of the Month in May 2013.

RICHARD PEABODY – a French toast addict and native Washingtonian. He has two recent books out–a book of poetry Speed Enforced by Aircraft (Broadkill River Press), and a book of short stories Blue Suburban Skies (Main Street Rag Press). He won the Beyond the Margins “Above & Beyond Award” for 2013. He has edited Gargoyle Magazine since back before Elvis died.

And hosted by
ELIZABETH HAZEN – a poet and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013, The Normal School, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, and other journals. She teaches English at Calvert School in Baltimore.



Argonne at The Annex Theatre

August 30 at 8:00pm until September 8 at 10:00pm

It hasn’t rained in ten years. Arsinoe knows her father is dying. Wilderness no longer exists. Or does it?

Argonne explores the cognitive dissonance between the desire for control, empathy for fellow beings, and hunger.

Featuring a dynamic world of humans, plants, and puppets, Argonne by Kaitlin Murphy and Evan Moritz, is a striking look at the progression of nature, nurture, development, and family.

The Baltimore Annex Theater is proud to present Argonne at Station North Chicken Box (1 W. North Ave) Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 8 at 8 pm. Tickets are available online at www(dot)baltimoreannextheater(dot)org

There will also be a special performance of Argonne on Thursday, August 29 as part of Scapescape’s Weekend of Music and Theater, starting at 6pm. Passes are available online and at the door.



WONDERGROUND work/play day for Greenmount West/ Station North

Saturday, August 31, 2013
10:00am until 12:15 pm

the Wonderground at the corner of Barclay & Lanvale 21202

Volunteers, friends, and neighbors are welcome to help paint letters, install them, clean up, prune, and better the new WONDERGROUND, a neighborhood and community play space for Greenmount West. The land includes eight vacant, adjoining lots at the corner of Barclay and E Lanvale and volunteers can show up to help, cheer, and photograph the effort.

If you are interested – please send an email to [email protected] so we can be sure to have enough tools and snacks.

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