Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore’s Best Art Openings and Events November 6 – 9

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Start your weekend early on Wednesday with award-winning sculptor-turned-digital photographer, John Ruppert at Grimaldis Gallery, then head over to the Fitzgerald for an Unexpected Art Happening event. If you stay in on Thursday night, don’t forget – there’s a new episode of MPT Artworks on the telly.

Friday night there are a lot of options.  You can see the group show ‘Human Ecology’ at The Gallery at CCBC, Catonsville, ‘Work of a Moment: Christina McCleary’ at Sub-Basement Artist Studios, ‘Collaborative Effort’ at Station North Arts Cafe, ‘Wild Life Refuge,’ a group show at Current curated by Eamon Espey, a great group exhibition of sketchbooks at School 33, or ‘Taboo,’ a solo exhibit by a Bmoreart contributor Joan Cox at Goucher’s Silber Gallery. You can also “remember all those good times” while enjoying Kate MacKinnon’s work at the Jordan Faye Contemporary Seven Year Anniversary Party.

On Saturday afternoon, enjoy an art and music program with sophiajacob at the  Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium. Saturday night, explore the color black in a group show at Guest Spot at the Reinstitute or attend MAP’s Starlight Dinner, an “artistically immersive dining experience at the beautiful Thames Street Wharf building.” It’s a fundraiser for Maryland Art Place and the event will showcase a group of local “Art Stars.” If you don’t have the cash for the main event, but would like to show your support for MAP, the after-party is hosted by Style Magazine and can be attended separately for fifty bucks. As always, the specifics and links are below.


John Ruppert: The Iceland Project
On view at the C. Grimaldis Gallery
November 6 – December 14, 2013

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, November 6, 6-8 pm

A longtime sculptor known for his metal castings of natural forms, Ruppert has branched out into the medium of photography to continue his exploration of the relationship between industry and nature, the artificial and the natural,

Taken during a month-long residency during the summer solstice, Ruppert’s Iceland Project photographs capture the physical presence of the landscape along with the experience and processes of making an image. With its active glacier-capped volcanoes, waterfalls, and geothermal springs, Iceland is in a constant state of transformation. For 1,200 years, a stoic people have coexisted with this temperamental land. Inspired by the culture and stark presence of both the geological past and current instability of the living terrain, Ruppert constructed these photographs from several images and digitally manipulated them to capture the natural evolution of the land and his memories of the constantly transforming landscape.

John Ruppert is a full-time faculty member and former Chair of the Art Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. His artwork has been exhibited nationwide and abroad including at the Contemporary Art Museum (Raleigh, NC), the Chicago Cultural Center, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Boston, MA), and the Today Art Museum (Beijing, China).



Unexpected Art: A Happening!

Wednesday, November 6 from 7-11 pm

The Fitzgerald: 1205 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

Come check out some unexpected performances and a enjoy a glass of wine with some of our artists. Maybe you will find an unexpected liking for an artwork or a piece of poetry.

On view: Collaborations of Don Griffin and Larry Scott, the late Frank Smith, functional art by MossUnlimited and many, many more.

Link to find out more…



The Gallery at CCBC, Catonsville presents Human Ecology

October 28 through November 30

Reception: Friday, November 8th from 6 to 8 pm

Artists: Wesley Clark Frank Day, and Lisa Dillin

Curator: Jen Esders

Gallery Hours, Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Other times available by appointment



Work of a Moment: Christina McCleary at Sub-Basement Artist Studios

Friday, November 8 from 5-8 pm
Artist Talk at 5:30

Christina McCleary’s work combines personal free verse with various materials to create sculptures that are physical explorations of intimate psychological themes. The use of Raku and pit-fired stoneware with chicken wire, rabbit fur, paper, eggshells, and other media come together to create powerful visual narratives.

McCleary states “The Work of a Moment is directly informed by events in my life’s journey and a contemplation of the circumstances I find myself in. […] There are points along this life journey that are set aside en masse as times of personal reflection and goal setting […]. These are the moments addressed in this show – the occurrence of these personal assessments, regrets, satisfactions, course adjustments, and affirmations that happen in the quiet spaces created in the unexpected clarity of a moment.”

McCleary earned a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996 and later an MFA at MICA’s Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2004.



Jordan Faye Contemporary’s 7th Anniversary
Friday November 8 to celebrate our

We are delighted to present artwork in our center gallery from many of our favorite artists as well as the solo exhibition in our west gallery : Kate MacKinnon’s Post-Arcadia. Come join us for a 7-year party to remember!



Wild Life Refuge: A drawing show featuring work by

J.T. Dockery
Scott Harrison
Clara Bessijelle Johansson
Matt Kish
Gabriel Ries
Julien Sirven
Walter Sutin

at Current Space from 10/30/13– 12/1/13

Opening Reception on Friday November 8, 2013 7-10PM

Curated by Eamon Espey and Current Space

Statement: “Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.” – Sir Francis Bacon

Drawing is a solitary pursuit. Beasts and gods come and go and the artist’s job is to mark their passage. It is important to keep the marks in a safe place. Wild Life Refuge is a celebration of artists that create their own personalized worlds in their own visual language, separate from homogenized culture and in defiance of artificial economics.

Curated by Eamon Espey and Current Space
A Free Fall Baltimore Event



Collaborative Effort Works by Stephen Towns and Benjamin Joseph Jancewicz
November 3 – November 29, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 2013 5:30PM – 07:30PM

Station North Arts Cafe
1816 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


S33 - Sketchbook (Credit - Greg McLemore) - Small

SKETCHBOOK at School 33
11/08/2013 – 12/21/2013

Sketchbook Curated by School 33 Exhibitions Coordinator René Treviño, “Sketchbook” is an interactive exhibit showcasing the sketchbooks of a wide range of artists from the Baltimore area and from throughout the United States. As an artist and curator, Treviño sees sketchbooks as a safe place for artists to collect ideas, hone skills, brainstorm and plan. Often they become rich documents that reflect a specific time or period of development in an artist’s practice. “Sketchbook” is a presentation of over 100 sketchbooks created by 33 artists. The public is invited to browse and flip through these never before showcased works.

Participating artists include: Peter Abrami, Carrie Beall, Ed Bisese, Nicoletta de la Brown, Andrea Chung, Eileen Cubbage, Paul Daniel, Linda DePalma, Emily Dennis, Mark Eberhardt, Peter Eide; Matthew Fishel, Matthew Freel, Mitchell Goodrich, Caitlin Harris, Megan Hildebrandt, Alexis Iammarino, Tracy Jacobs, Jim Doran, Jeffrey Kent, Matthew Kern, Matthew Langley, Lori Larusso, Todd Matte-Frye, Greg McLemore, Pierrette Montone, Katherine Nonemaker, David Page, Andrew Shenker, Jonathan Smith, Judy Southerland, Sarah Templin, and Jordan Tierney.

Also opening at School 33: Point/ Counterpoint: Jim Hillman and Coverture: A Solo Show by Christine Bilotte.



Taboo: A Solo Exhibition by Joan Cox
Goucher College’s Silber Gallery
Friday, Nov. 8 from 6-9

October 23 – December 8, 2013

Joan Cox uses narrative, historical art references, fantastical elements of costumes and autobiography to depict taboo intimacies between women—acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. Her works consist of large paintings, photographs and monotypes created over the past two years. She constructs intimate moments in her photographs and creates narrative portraits of lesbian relationships. Her work opens up a dialogue about the increasingly open presence of lesbian couples in contemporary society and the lack of their presence in the history of Western art.

This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, November 8th, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Silber Gallery. Please visit for more information.



sophiajacob art and music program
Saturday, November 9th, 1-4pm
Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

sophiajacob is proud to present an afternoon of live musical performances at the Enoch Pratt Central Library in downtown Baltimore. This event will link music with the visual arts via a display of books, prints, and ephemera from the collection of the Fine Arts department. We are pleased to spotlight four local musicians as we seek to promote artistic discourse within Baltimore’s most renowned institute for free information.

Performers include Liz Durette, Rod Hamilton, Elena Johnston, and Peter Tran.

This event is free and open to the public.



MAP’s Starlight Dinner | November 9, 2013 | 6pm

On Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 6 o’clock pm Maryland Art Place will host an artistically immersive dining experience at the beautiful Thames Street Wharf building located at Harbor Point between Harbor East & Fells Point. During the evening we will showcase the work of a select group of artists we consider our “Art Stars.” Artist testimonials, performances, installations and select works of art will be a focus of the evening’s festivities.

Speakers at the Starlight Dinner include internationally acclaimed artists Mina Cheon & Hasan Elahi; Cheon, a Korean-American new media, pop culture artist and Elahi, an interdisciplinary media artist ‘Ted Talks’ Speaker. The Starlight Dinner also aims to highlight the importance of MAP’s prestigious Program Advisory Committee (PAC) – our ambassadors to the broader contemporary art community.

Guests of the event should expect a distinctive dinner including culinary delights devised by Chef, Jerry Edwards of Chefs Expressions with select dishes inspired by MAP’s honored “Art Stars” of the evening.

Limited Tickets $325 at MissionTix

Can’t make it to the main event? Join us for the Starlight AFTER PARTY from 10:00PM – Midnight at the Thames Street Wharf building. Purchase $50 tickets through MissionTix or at the door.

Art Stars include: Benjamin Andrew, Kelley Bell, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Stephen Bradley, Amanda Burnham, Mina Cheon, Adam Scott Cook, Hasan Elahi, Gary Kachadourian, Jonathan Latiano, Brandon Morse, John Ruppert, along with IMPRINT artist, Nathan Danilowicz with performances by members of the Socially Engaged Arts Kollective: Daniel Givens, Sophia Mak, Victor Torres





November 9, 2013 through January 4, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday November 9, 2013 7pm-10pm

Hours: Wednesday 5-7pm & Saturday 1pm-4pm or by appointment

Image: Michael Sirianni Blanks, 2012 (video still)

Vincent Como, Ryan R Compton, Adam Farcus, Terence Hannum, Jason Lazarus, Jen Schwarting, Michael Sirianni

Paint it Black looks at seven artists’ work relating to the concept of black. Contained, yet expansive, black suggests that it is not finite, but exists beyond our understanding of a shifting spectrum. Black is an idea that is closely linked to the limitations of our collective cultural understanding and perception over time. Black has been retrofitted as a contemporary mode; as a bookend for its own branding. The selected pieces negotiate the genre of minimal art influences and the social/political aspects of the artists’ work, with a regard to black as a recontextualisation of the post-minimalist language.

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