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BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events June 19 – 22

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There are so many amazing exhibits and receptions happening this weekend, I don’t even know where to start!! My suggestion: check the lovingly, constantly updated BmoreArt Calendar for all the ongoing exhibits well worth seeing and to plan your schedule in advance.

This week, The Walters hosts financial and charitable legacy planning for the LGBT Community on Thursday. Then, on Friday, you can head to Station North for the monthly ALLOVERSTREET openings in and around the Copycat Building, including Dave Eassa’s solo show at Lil’ Gallery. Also in Station North, Points of Departure, an exhibit of fine art jewelry hosts a closing reception at D Center on Friday evening. In Rockville, Ripple, an exhibit of “cloth, community, and connectivity,” curated by Susie Brandt opens on Friday night.

On Saturday it’s all about School 33 Art Center! They will host three exhibits: their 35th Year Anniversary Show, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s On the Brink, and I Would Like Everything I’m Entitled To, a solo-exhibition of new work by Margaret Rogers in the Project Space. If that weren’t enough, School 33 also will present Co-Lab(oration): Front Stoop/Back Yard, on display from Saturday, June 21, 2014 through the summer of 2015. The project is a collaboration by Kelley Bell, Linda DePalma, and Melissa Webb and part of the Rauschenberg Foundation funding. The opening reception takes place Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, and other quintessential back yard summertime eats!

In addition, the Sondheim Exhibition of Finalists will open at The Walters on Saturday (no reception), featuring seven finalists: Lauren Adams, Kyle Bauer, Shannon Collis, Marley Dawson, Neil Feather, Kyle Tata, and Stewart Watson. The Finalists Exhibition will be on display at the Walters Art Museum from Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, August 17. The prize announcement and reception at the Walters Art Museum will be on Saturday, July 12 from 6pm-9pm. Check out the show and then vote for your favorite on BmoreArt’s Sondheim Poll – in our right sidebar!

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LGBT Lecture: Protecting your Legacy – Learn How to Build a Charitable Legacy
The Walters Art Museum Thursday, June 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. (Free)

Join The Walters for two workshops during Baltimore Pride, June 13-23. Attendees will learn how to align estate plans with personal values, family goals, business interests and charitable legacies. Both events, sponsored by U.S. Trust, are free.

U.S. Trust and the Walters Art Museum invite you to attend a presentation on personal financial planning and estate planning for same sex couples. Professional advisors will lead a panel discussion on the legal and financial issues members of the LGBT community face as individuals, couples, and families, whether married or not, and how they can address them to ensure that their families and choices are protected. A question-and-answer session will be held immediately following the presentation.

Drinks will be available for purchase in the Café prior to the lecture.

To reserve your spot, please contact Ashley Mancinelli, JD, at (410) 547-9000, ext. 387, or email amancinelli@thewalters.org.

The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre Streets. At the time of his death in 1931, museum founder Henry Walters left his entire collection of art–including more than 22,000 works of art–to the city of Baltimore. Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art, Old Master and 19th-century paintings. The Museum Store, located next to Café Q, offers distinctive gifts, jewelry and books based on the museum’s collections. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum.

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Works by Dave Eassa at Lil’ Gallery in conjuction with ALLOVERSTREET

June 20 – 21
Lil’ Gallery
1511 Guilford Ave C403, Baltimore, Maryland

More information on ALLOVERSTREET here

“When I was around the age of eight years old, I really thought I had it figured out. Bite the bullet and live with my parents for ten more painful years and then I was going to buy my own house to live in and I would never have to listen to rules again. My idea around then about what my life was going to be like was very different than the way things ended up. I idolized Michael Jordan, heavily because of watching Space Jam, and was sure I would be a professional basketball player when I grew up. I always knew I wanted a Coca-cola water fountain, and my own jacuzzi, no other option. I loved diving boards, and decided I should have my own pool. In my mind, I was creating my future dreamhouse which seemed more than reasonable to obtain.” – Dave Eassa

Dave Eassa is a painter and sculptor living and working in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Recently he was selected by Mera Rubell to participate in “Select 2014” at Artisphere in Roslyn, VA with a preview held at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. He has participated in group exhibitions most notably at Sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD), Artisphere (Roslyn, VA), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY), artSTRAND (Provincetown, MA), Reh Kunst (Berlin, Germany), Current Space (Baltimore, MD), and Casa das Artes Criação Ambiente Utopias (Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe). His work was published in New American Paintings No. 112 and Studio Visit Magazine Volume 25. In 2014 he was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in Sculpture from the Maryland State Arts Council, as well as the Young Artist Fellowship from the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts in Washington D.C.

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Points of Departure at D Center

Friday, June 20 from 6-9 pm

“Points of Departure” celebrates the 22 year history of the MICA Jewelry Center. This exhibition marks a crucial transition as the MICA program closes and the Baltimore Jewelry Center takes its place. “Points of Departure” looks to the future of the Baltimore Jewelry Center as part of Station North. The show features contemporary jewelry and sculpture from the faculty, alumni, and students of the MICA program, as well work from national artists who taught as visiting artists.

The exhibition will be on view from May 30th until June 20th.There will be a closing reception on June 20 from 6-9pm. You can learn more about classes and studio rental offered by the Baltimore Jewelry Center at the exhibition.

Click here for gallery hours and more information.

Click here to read BmoreArt’s review of the show.

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Ripple: An Exhibition of Cloth, Community, and Connectivity

Curated by Susie Brandt
June 13 – August 17, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday June 20, 7 – 9pm

Kaplan Gallery VisArts
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

More information here.

Since ancient times people have gathered to produce textiles. Participants in quilting bees and knitting circles have swapped stories while spinning yarns, crafting protests, and creating social fabrics of many stripes.

Ripple presents works of contemporary artists inspired by the communal production of textiles and the creative potential of social interaction. The exhibition, curated by Susie Brandt, is a vivid mix of performance, documentary video, interactive electronics, collaboration and community activism.

Artists: Annet Couwenberg, Naomi Davidoff, FORCE – Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato, Jen Liu, Valeska Populoh, Queerstories (Kate Drabinski, Olivia Robinson, Rachael Shannon), Emily Schubert, Melissa Webb.

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School 33 Hosts Three Exhibits: 35th Year Anniversary Show, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s “On the Brink,” and “I Would Like Everything I’m Entitled To,” a solo-exhibition of new work by Margaret Rogers in the Project Space

Opening Receptions Saturday, June 21 from 3-6 pm
Exhibits June 13 – August 21, 2014

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35-33-35 : School 33 Art Center’s 35th Anniversary Exhibit!

Curated by Peter Dubeau and René Treviño  in School 33’s Main Gallery
This exhibit features 35 artists at School 33 Art Center on the occasion of our 35th Anniversary!

School 33 Art Center is pleased to present 35-33-35, an exciting 35th Anniversary exhibit of 35 artists who have made an impact with their dedication and support of S33 over the years. Curated by former Gallery Director Peter Dubeau and current Exhibitions Coordinator René Treviño, this exhibit aims to highlight some of the exceptional ideas and practices that have made S33 what it is today.

School 33 Art Center was established in 1979 as a neighborhood art center for contemporary art in the South Baltimore area of Baltimore City. Formally known as P.S. 33, the architecturally engaging brick and brownstone building built in 1890, was utilized as an elementary school until 1975 when a new facility was built for neighborhood children a few blocks away. Our goal looking forward is to remain an engaging and relevant community art center, by showcasing and sustaining emerging and established artists, and training budding artists from Baltimore and beyond, well into the future. Here’s to another 35 years of S33! More info here.

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Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s “On the Brink”

The exhibition is on display in the Members’ Gallery from Friday, June 13 through Thursday, August 21, 2014.  In “On the Brink,” Lee takes a look at various states of precariousness: environmental, economic, and mortal.  Her projected video in this exhibition teeters at the edge of opposing forces and cyclical phenomena.  A circular screen suspended from the ceiling serves as a projection surface for an animated storm tossing around the residue of everyday urban life.  Cell phones, laptops, pets, jewelry, cars, and water bottles float and swirl around and above viewers.  “On the Brink” illustrates precarious fragility, establishing loose narratives and vignettes abstracted from familiar banal environments that warn about falling out of balance.

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I Would Like Everything I’m Entitled To,” a solo-exhibition of new work by Margaret Rogers will be on display in the Project Space from Friday, June 13 through Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Referencing themes of home, domestic spaces, and household labor, Rogers uses lightweight, fragile and degradable materials for her work that do not function as the objects they represent.  These materials are accessible and come with a sense of urgency and immediacy, referencing issues of childhood and class.  Rogers’ exhibit focuses on DIY culture and interior design media, both celebrating and laughing at the objects and ideas these outlets present.  Images are made by first hand drawing patterns and objects, often appropriating the vacant iconography frequently found in design objects.  These drawings are then cheaply reproduced and collaged onto the pillow-like surfaces. The resulting objects are sincere parodies, displayed in the crowded style of an over-decorated interior.

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School 33 Art Center presents “Co-Lab(oration): Front Stoop/Back Yard,” on display from Saturday, June 21, 2014 through the summer of 2015

The project is collaboration by Kelley Bell, Linda DePalma, and Melissa Webb. The opening reception takes place Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, and other quintessential back yard summertime eats!

School 33 Art Center is a facility managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 1427 Light Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6pm and Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

Funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, “Co-Lab(oration)” is an on-going platform for diverse artists to work collaboratively in a process of creative exploration, resulting in the development of multiple new works. The goals of the project are to:

• Cultivate the production and exhibition of new artwork that integrates the ideas of artists from varied disciplines

• Encourage artistic experimentation and creative risk-taking to support the development of innovative practices or new artistic form

• Transform non-gallery spaces, creating permanent frameworks for future multi-disciplinary exhibitions, thus enabling the building itself to become a work of art.

More information here.

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Sondheim Exhibition of Finalists

June 21 – August 17, 2014
The Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Baltimore’s most prestigious artist award is back for its ninth edition with seven finalists, all in the running to win a $25,000 prize. The prize is in conjunction with the annual Artscape juried exhibition and is produced with our partners, the Walters Art Museum and the MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art).

The seven finalists selected – Lauren Adams, Kyle Bauer, Shannon Collis, Marley Dawson, Neil Feather, Kyle Tata, and Stewart Watson – will be exhibited in the Special Exhibition Gallery at The Walters Art Museum

The Finalists Exhibition will be on display at the Walters Art Museum from Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, August 17. Join us for the prize announcement and reception at the Walters Art Museum on Saturday, July 12 from 6pm-9pm. More info here.

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