Bmoreart’s Picks: Best Baltimore Art Openings and Events Dec 3 – 8

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Sketchbook at School 33, Reviewed by Allison Gulick

This week… Need more money? Need help with your art career? Resources for Artists and Designers at D Center on Tuesday, December 3 is not to be missed. On Thursday night, after the annual Monument Lighting in Mt. Vernon Square, head back to D Center to celebrate the Baker Artist “b” is for Baltimore exhibition. The show was curated by MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015 and features a new crop of “b grant” winners. Also on Thursday evening, Window Wonderland in Harbor East, featuring window displays by local artists.

If you are a fan of monsters and space ships inserted hilariously into Thomas Kinkaid-style landscapes, check out Fan Brush, new paintings by Matt Muirhead at The John Fonda Gallery at Theatre Project. Fan Brush opens Friday December 6. On Saturday, December 7 get warm and cozy at the BMA at a Big Table Connections workshop with some of our favorite local artists, Elena Volkova and Dustin Carlson. They will lead a tour of the museum’s minimalist collection and then you’ll do something inspiring.

On Saturday night, new paintings by Liz Durette are happening at sophiajacob, but I have no idea what they look like because no images are available that I can find. Next door, at Devil (or is it Rock Devil?), a project space and book shop, there will be a new exhibit called Z-1 by Marisa Takal. If you are going to the annual Mayor’s Parade in Hampden on Sunday afternoon, stop in to Baltimore’s newest gallery, Schulman Projects, for their First Annual Holiday Celebration from 12-5.

I’m not going to see any of this stuff because I’m heading to MIAMI !!!!!!!! Check in with Bmoreart this weekend for coverage of Miami Basel Fairs, Art Parties, and Baltimore artists representing in the big wide world.


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Resources for Artsts: Design Conversation on Tuuesday, December 3 at 6 pm
@ D Center Baltimore

December’s Design Conversation will feature representatives from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. The convo will provide an opportunity to learn about GBCA’s Mission as well as several of its programs, including The Baker Artist Awards, The Rubies Artist Grants Program, Artists U and the Urban Arts Leadership Program. Join the conversation to learn about the resources GBCA offers to support you and your work!

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is an inclusive and independent organization that believes that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of the greater Baltimore region and that the cultural community is stronger together than apart.

Conceived in 1997 and incorporated in 2001, GBCA nurtures and promotes a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community essential to the region’s quality of life. Its goals are to connect artists and organizations to one another and to vital resources through funding, technical assistance, and convening to advocate for the health, visibility, and financial strength of the sector with communications and other strategies that result in public and private support.

GBCA is a membership and service organization for arts, culture, history, heritage organizations, and attractions, as well as universities and colleges and individual artists. GBCA serves organizations and artists in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties.

The Baker Artist Awards were created in 2008 to support and promote artists, the artistic talent of the greater Baltimore region, and the image of Baltimore as a strong creative community. The online nomination process creates a portfolio of area artists and artwork that are promoted to regional, national and international audiences. The awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

The Rubies Artist Project Grants Launched in 2013 by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), the Rubies are project-based grants that provide funding of up to $10,000 directly to individual artists. Grants support the region’s gems – the local creative community of performing, visual, media, and literary artists. The program is open to both emerging and established artists who live in Baltimore City or the five surrounding counties.

Artists U wants to change the conversations artists have in our heads, with each other, and with the world. We push artists to build lives that are balanced, productive, and sustainable. We are skills-based, not need-based: we work to empower artists to create their lives and their art. We don’t give advice. We don’t do things for you. Everything we do is artist-to-artist and free for all participants.

Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) aims to diversify and strengthen administrative leadership by connecting
individuals of color to resources and professional development that will position them well as leaders.

Presenters: Jeanne Howe, Sonja Cendak, David London, David Mitchell



Please join us on Wednesday, December 4th for “Making the Case: Using Stories and Data.” The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is partnering with Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) for the next session in our Brown Bag Series, where we’ll be exploring how to effectively use data to tell stories that influence decisions.

Many of you may already be familiar with the Cultural Data Project (CDP) as a requirement for grant applications, but are you getting the most out of your participation in CDP? Organizations who have submitted data into the CDP can produce a variety of reports designed to help increase management capacity, identify strengths and challenges, and inform decision-making. How can this data be used outside of your organization’s walls?

Liz Quinn, Associate at the Cultural Data Project, will lead a workshop that demonstrates the importance of using data to make a case for support (to funders, local legislators, donors) and offer tips on crafting compelling stories. John Schratwieser, MCA’s Executive Director, and Jeannie Howe, GBCA’s Executive Director, will provide examples of putting data to work locally and across the state. Event attendees will even get the chance to use local data to practice making the case for culture support to their legislators.

This event is free and open to the public, but your RSVP is required. RSVP using this form by Monday, December 2. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide bottled water and dessert.

Making the Case: Using Stories & Data
Location: Chesapeake Arts Center
194 Hammonds Lane
Brooklyn Park, MD 21225
Time: 12 noon to 2pm
Parking: Free on-site parking is available.
Please click here to RSVP.
Questions? Contact Melanie Robey at [email protected]

Defining the Edge Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m.
Featuring Local Artists Elena Volkova and Dustin Carlson

Baltimore Museum of Art Big Table Connections

How is your perception of a work altered by an artist’s subtle choices? Join leading Baltimore artists Elena Volkova and Dustin Carlson for an intriguing conversation on subtly and viewers’ perceptions. Then tour several of the BMA’s great Minimalist works in the



“b” is for Baltimore
presented by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015
Thursday, December 5 – 15, 2013
Opening Reception December 5th, 2013 5-7 pm
D Center, 16 W. North Ave., Baltimore

“b” is for Baltimore: Baker Artist Awards 2013 b-grant Winners brings the characteristic creative energy of the 2013 Baker Artist Awards b-grant prize winners to the heart of Charm City. This year, the awards honored 9 emerging and established artists who embody the quality, diversity, and creative spirit of the greater Baltimore area’s art scene. Through choreography, dance, installation, music, poetry, video, or writing, each artist brings a novel complexity to the tradition of his or her medium. Showcasing these artists together gives Baltimoreans the opportunity to celebrate and explore the versatile vitality of their talented and engaging artistic community.

Featured artists include Leah Cooper (installation artist), Ruby Fulton (composer), Donna Jacobs (choreographer), Todd Marcus (composer), Nicole A. Martinell (choreographer), Katherine McCord (poet), Jenny O’Grady (book artist), CJay Philip (choreographer), and Robby Rackleff (video artist).

Events and Programming: Opening Reception with readings by Katherine McCord and Jenny O’Grady Dec. 5, 5-7 PM
“From Practice to Professional” Professional Development Seminar Dec. 9, 6:30 PM
“Dance Jam” with CJay Philip Dec. 12, 6 PM
Music and Dance Performances with Todd Marcus, Ruby Fulton, and Deep Vision Dance Company, directed by Nicole Martinell, Dec. 15, 2PM – 4PM at MICA Graduate Center
Closing Reception, Dec. 15, 4-5 PM

Click here for more information on these events!



42nd Annual Lighting of the Washington Monument
Thursday, December 5, 5:30-8pm

Take part in a classic Baltimore tradition, the Annual Lighting of the Washington Monument. Enjoy holiday entertainment from Morgan State’s Choir and Baltimore School for the Arts, a visit from Santa Claus, and 30 food and community vendors in Mount Vernon’s West Park. At 7:45 the fireworks finale will light up all of Downtown.


Discover the shops and styles of Mount Vernon and North Charles Street during the night of the 42nd Annual Lighting of the Washington Monument.  Enjoy a night of shopping with great sales, holiday carolers, free wine and champagne, swag bags, door prizes and more.

Participating Shops: A People United, Beadazzled, Gian Marco Menswear, Milk & Honey Market, Pop Physique, Star Won Fashions, The Zone, Urban Cellars, Woman’s Industrial Exchange, Quiet Winds (free class at 5:30pm. Contact them to rsvp), La Cakerie, For Rent Shoes, The Doll House Boutique, Dooby’s Coffee,  Different Regard, AAYBS (All About You by Shanna)



Window Wonderland in Harbor East

Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

See our city sidewalks come alive as Harbor East and Maryland Art Place (MAP) present Window Wonderland – A Holiday Arts Exhibit. Various shops and restaurants around the neighborhood will feature unique holiday windows designed by some of the Baltimore area’s most talented local artists, turning Harbor East into a merry masterpiece for the holiday season!

Join us for Window Wonderland – The Unveiling Event on Thursday, December 5th from 5:30PM-8:30PM. Tour the windows, meet the artists and watch as our noted panel of judges choose their favorite, with the “Best in Show” artist awarded a $1,000 cash prize! Guests too are welcome to cast their ballot for the “People’s Choice” award! Carolers, stilt walkers and entertainers will fill the streets with holiday cheer all evening long. Warm up indoors as participating Window Wonderland retailers offer complimentary refreshments including wine & cheese, sparkling cider, and holiday cookies. Drink specials and extended happy hours featured at participating restaurants.

This very special exhibit runs November 29 through New Year’s Day at Harbor East and includes the following businesses: Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry, BIN 604, City Sports, Courtyard Marriott, Handbags in the City, Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites, LAMILL, Lebanese Taverna, Loafers & Laces, South Moon Under, Taco Fiesta, Talara, Urban Chic and White House Black Market. Baltimore residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy our festive holiday window displays while they experience some of Baltimore’s best shopping, dining and entertainment throughout the holiday season.

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Fan Brush
New Work by Matt Muirhead at The John Fonda Gallery at Theatre Project
November 22nd – December 22nd, 2013
Reception Friday December 6th, 2013

The John Fonda Gallery at Theatre Project is pleased to announce Fan Brush new works by Matt Muirhead from November 22nd, 2013 through December 22nd, 2013. The reception will be held Friday, December 6th from 5-7PM. Fan Brush is guest-curated for The John Fonda Gallery by Allison Gulick.

Matt Muirhead is a multimedia artist originally from England and currently based in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden. Predominately a painter, he uses a wide variety of media to create his energetic compositions.  Muirhead’s work is enthralling and at times whimsical, with bright colors and movement he creates a space where art is fun again. Serious about his practice, but willing to take risks, he combines thrift-store rejects with references to pop-culture, giving new life to sadly mass produced images of redundant landscapes and forgotten Americana. Muirhead has the talent of seamlessly integrating the old and new with the odd and out-of-place. Using a vast array of mediums he gives his compositions a sense of unity and depth, while giving his audience a reason for a double-take and a hearty laugh.

Muirhead is also the artist behind the artwork on Stacey Chambers magical bus clothing store GoGo’s Retread Threads and he is also an active musician, making his own instruments and playing with the experimental band The Immortal Jellyfish.

ABOUT THE JOHN FONDA GALLERY AT THEATRE PROJECT: Since 1971, Theatre Project has been providing a distinct cultural experience to the citizens of Baltimore by presenting new, innovative and diverse works in the arts. The John Fonda Gallery is dedicated to providing the contemporary visual artist of Baltimore a vital venue to present shows featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and fiber arts. It was dedicated on January 14, 1993 to the memory of John Fonda, who served as curator of the gallery and nurtured Baltimore arts and artists. Currently, the gallery is undergoing new renovations with a planning committee consisting of Sidney Pink, Amy Boone-McCreesh, and Catherine Akins.



Simple Stories: The Photography of Robert Houston
UMBC Student-Curated Exhibition Featured in Amalie Rothschild Gallery at Creative Alliance

Dec. 6-14, 2013

Public Reception: Sat. Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 pm ~ 6pm, Artist’s Comments

Kerplunk! ~ Sat. Dec. 7, 12-3 pm ~ Free Family Drop-In Program

An Evening with the Storyteller: Robert Houston – Marquee Lounge ~ Thurs. Dec. 12, 8:30-9 pm

About the Exhibition: Over the past few decades Baltimore has struggled with fragmentation. Rather than seen as a unified city, Baltimore is instead viewed as a grouping of disparate neighborhoods. However, art has the power to transcend limiting imagined identities. The photographs of Robert Houston celebrate the underlying essence of humanity embodied by each and every one of us.

Educational Programming: The exhibition installation will feature a participatory educational space, in which visitors are encouraged to share their own stories or image making. Other programs planned in conjunction with the exhibition include an intimate event, An Evening with the Storyteller, 8:30-9 pm on December 12th in the Creative Alliance’s Marquee Lounge. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions at this casual, student-moderated Q&A with the artist. On Saturday, December 7th, 12 noon to 3 pm, the Creative Alliance’s weekly, free drop-in program, Kerplunk! will host the students as facilitators with exhibition-specific programming for families.


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Defining the Edge Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m.
Featuring Local Artists Elena Volkova and Dustin Carlson

Baltimore Museum of Art Big Table Connections

How is your perception of a work altered by an artist’s subtle choices? Join leading Baltimore artists Elena Volkova and Dustin Carlson for an intriguing conversation on subtly and viewers’ perceptions. Then tour several of the BMA’s great Minimalist works in the Contemporary Wing to find inspiration for the lively drawing workshop to follow.

BMA Big Table Connections: See the new Big Table on your next visit to the Contemporary Wing, or join us on the first Saturday of the month for lively conversations with thinkers and makers. Meet experts in related fields—from neuroscientists and engineers to choreographers and product designers—who will share their insights in the galleries. Then, participate in art-making activities that delve into the ideas behind the artwork.


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Holiday Gallery – December 5 – 12
This Christmas, give the gift of art & support your local artist friends at MFA Holiday Gallery:
Maryland Federation of Art @ 109 Main Street, Annapolis MD 21401 (next door to O’Briens)

Join us for the following Festivities to Celebrate the Christmas Season :
Small Business Saturday: November, 30
Midnight Maddness I: December 5, open late refreshments will be served, 5–8pm
Holiday Gallery Opening Reception: December 6, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Midnight Maddness II: December 12, Open late refreshments will be served, 5–8pm


paintings by liz durette at sophiajacob
December 7, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Opening reception December 7, 7-10pm

sophiajacob is pleased to present paintings by Liz Durette. For this exhibition, Liz was asked to create a body of work that utilizes oil painting as a vessel for creative liberation. In preparation, the artist was relieved from many of the logistical constraints and determinations normally associated with realizing a solo exhibition. Within this framework, the artist has been guided by genuine curiosity and personal investigation. With a quick and forthright approach, Liz exploits a medium that is both conventional and boundless.

Liz Durette lives in Baltimore, MD. A collection of her improvised musical recordings will be released on Ehse Records in 2014. Please be sure to join our neighbor, Devil, for their inaugural show with work by Marisa Takal, entitled Z-1.

510 W. Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
info (at) sophiajacob (dot) com


Schulman Project’s First Annual Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 8 from 12 – 5 pm
Enjoy refreshments and light snacks while watching the 14st Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade from the front porch, followed by live music inside.

840 West 36th Street in Hampden

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