BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Galleries, and Events June 3 – 7

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Start off your week with a Design Conversation at D Center on Tuesday, June 3. On Thursday, June 5, Magnified, featuring the work of Chip Irvine, Michael Sylvan Robinson, and Al Zaruba opens at The Stamp Gallery at College Park. Also on Thursday, Semi-Wild: Paintings by Mia Fiorentino opens at The John Fonda Gallery and The Baltimore Tool Library hosts an open house to celebrate new public workshops.

On Saturday, Baltimore’s best shopping experience is happening: The Baltimore Craft Mafia’s Pile of Craft! Then on Saturday evening, head to Hillyer Art Space in DC for Spark and Stubble, new paintings by Tom Hill or go to VisArts in Rockville for performances in the gallery by Light Switch Dance Theatre. Here in Baltimore, The Acme Corporation presents Peter Handke’s Kaspar from June 5 – 20 at the Great Hall at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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Design Conversation: The State of Baltimore’s Architecture at D Center
Tuesday, June 3 from 6-8 pm

The State of Baltimore’s Architecture – A critical review of what we build these days.
Event Organizer: Klaus Philipsen, FAIA; D center past president and board member.

• Gary Bowden, FAIA, is a past Architecture professor at UM-CP and a member of UDARP with a front row seat of almost all new Baltimore architecture and is especially interested in urban design.
• Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson will bring the journalistic perspective from her work with several national publications, the view of what other places do, what design can effect in general and how Baltimore architecture compares. Elizabeth is also a co-founder of D center.
• James Dilts is a veteran journalist and architectural critic with many publications on architecture with a special interest in Baltimore’s historic architecture and its preservation.
• Jeremy Kargon, Architecture faculty at Morgan, D center friend and academic with a keen interest in research. His special interest is Modernism.
• Kate Drabinski, faculty UMBC, writes a great peripatetic column for the City Paper about the built environment
• Moderator and event organizer: Klaus Philipsen

Recent Facebook discussions about the UB Law School building and about the proposed apartment tower on the old McCormick showed interest in the state of architecture in Baltimore. After all, D center was created to put design into the DNA of Baltimore. We want to see where we stand in this ever shifting field.

Each presenter will show/critique his/her favorite or least favorite pieces of current architecture/building/urban design in Baltimore followed by a debate between the presenters to answer the following questions:

• What is the state of Baltimore’s architecture?
• Are we keeping up with national and international standards for creative good design, or is our architecture lame, timid and average?
• What is “local” Baltimore design that is special to our city?
• Do we need national and foreign talent to come in or should we build with local talent?

More information here.



Magnified at Stamp Gallery  June 5

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5 from 5-8 pm
Stamp Student Union , University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

“Magnified” is an undergraduate student collaboration to curate a three-artist show. The works of artists Chip Irvine, Michael Sylvan Robinson, and Al Zaruba were selected for their interesting use of alternate mediums, their concentration on detail, and uniting theme. Magnified invites viewers to be transported to parallel universes through sculpture, paintings in relief, and photography.

Curated by Carmen Dodl, Geena Gao, and Martine Gaetan

More info here.



Opening of The Station North Tool Library’s Public Workshop

Thursday, June 5 from 5 – 8 pm

Join us at the Station North Tool Library as we unveil the widely anticipated Public Workshop! With the generous support of the Gutierrez Memorial Fund, we are now able to provide our members; the fine folks of Baltimore, with an (almost) full woodworking shop! Open Shop hours are FREE to library members! AND we will offer a variety of services like classes, confidence building opportunities, “Hire an Expert”, and more!

This is an Open House so come whenever, stay however long, and join us in celebrating making this dream a reality! More info here.

Station North Tool Library
417 E.Oliver St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202



Semi-Wild: Paintings by Mia Fiorintino

Thursday, June 5 at the John Fonda Gallery from 7-9 pm

The John Fonda Gallery is pleased to present SEMI-WILD: Paintings by Mia Fiorentino on view May 29th – June 22. A reception will be held on June 5th at 7pm.

Mia received her BFA in Painting with a Concentration in Theatre in 2013 at the Maryland Institute College of Art. A part of the Baltimore Theatre Project community, she continues to work with theatre companies across Maryland. Mia says of her work, “I look at my work as a kind of orchestration or theatrical space, and I seem to always begin by creating some sort of horizon line. With this starting point I set the scene for a kind of ambiguous landscape, and as I work it can become anything from a tightly localized setting like a bedroom, to a vast and generalized mountainside. Often, as I set up this indistinct pastoral landscape, a human or urban presence will make its way into the foreground. Semi‐Wild, to me, is where the power of the natural world and the man‐made, urban world meet and how I find myself between the two.”

For a full artist statement, please visit
image: “Come for You (Still Life)” acrylic on paper, 22”x30”, 2013

The John Fonda Gallery
45 W. Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland 21201



Charm City Mafia’s 8th Annual Pile of Craft

Saturday, June 7 from 10 – 5 pm at 2640 St. Paul Street

Charm City Craft Mafia presents the 8th annual Pile Of Craft! A one-of-a-kind craft fair for Baltimore, featuring 45+ of the country’s best handmade crafters selling their own housewares, stationary, screenprinted & sewn apparel, jewelry, handbags, hats, knit items, woven scarves, plush toys, ceramics, comic books, prints, paintings and more! Support handmade and local artists and meet them in person!

In addition to having the area’s most unique shopping, Pile Of Craft will also feature DIY printmaking demonstrations from Baltimore’s brand new community printmaking facility:Baltimore Print Studios, a raffle basket FULL of donated items from Craft Mafia vendors to benefit local non-profit library/learning resource/all-round-gem: Village Learning Place, and tasty snacks and coffee from local earth-friendly coffee shop & bookstore Red Emma’s!

Pile of Craft is absolutely free to attend and open to all ages.
Saturday, June 7th 10-5pm
2640 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218



Spark and Stubble: Paintings by Tom Hill

Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC – Opening Reception: Friday, June 6 from 6 -9 pm

Show open though June 28

Hillyer Art Space presents three solo exhibitions featuring new artwork by Tom Hill, Millicent Young, and Ana Elisa Benavent.

Hill presents a series of bright paintings that incorporate the restlessness of a masculine sex drive and desire for other men; the compulsions of a perverted mind; and an aspiration to elevate that which is often dismissed as tawdry, garish, and trashy. Young presents a series of large, ethereal sculptures that address the loss of stillness, imagination, critical thinking, and sensuality in our culture, as well as the epidemic of global destruction. Benavent’s series of paintings layer contrasting colors, shapes, lines, and textures in an expression of universal emotion.

Guests can meet the artists at the reception on Friday, June 6th from 6-9pm during Dupont Circle’s First Friday.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe will be sponsoring the wine for the evening, and in the spirit of the Dupont Circle neighborhood-wide First Friday event, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is also hosting a First Friday Social in their bar, 4–10 p.m.: all beers & wines, $5 on June 6th.

More info here:


Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 8.08.34 AMThe Acme Corporation presents Peter Handke’s Kaspar June 5 – 20

Great Hall at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church / 1900 St. Paul Street

The Acme Corporation, Baltimore’s award-winning theatre ensemble, will present Kaspar by Peter Handke, June 5 through 20 at The Great Hall at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul Street, Baltimore.

Handke’s 1967 drama follows the progression of one girl’s first exposure to language and media and the subsequent fallout. The play, which was recognized as “the play of the decade” when it was originally performed in Europe, is loosely based on the story of Kaspar Hauser, the boy who was raised without language. However, Handke acknowledges that the play “does not how IT REALLY IS or REALLY WAS with Kaspar… It shows how a person can be made to speak through speaking.”

The Acme Corporation’s production explores how contemporary technology has transformed how we communicate with one another. As director Lola B. Pierson puts it, “we are updating the story by not only asking the question, ‘What does it mean to learn how to speak?’ but also ‘How do we define language in a time when means of communication are constantly evolving?’” Through an intense multimedia approach using video, sound, and internet and cellphone technology (audience members will be required to keep their phones on), The Acme Corporation expands on Handke’s idea that “The play could be called speech torture” and puts it in a contemporary context.

Kaspar will be directed by Acme co-artistic director Lola B. Pierson and features Acme company member Sophie Hinderberger in the title role. It also features performances from Acme company member Naomi Kline, as well as Sam Nelson, and Rena Brault. Choreography is by Clarissa Gregory, a member of the Baltimore modern dance group, Effervescent Collective. Scenic design is by Emona Stoykova, lighting and sound by Acme company members Eric Nightengale and Stephen Nunns, and video work is by Alan Resnick, Jordan Card, Meredith Moore, Greg Towle and others.

More information here.


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Light Switch Dance Theatre Negotiates Space at VisArts

Performances June 7 – June 22, 2014

Light Switch Dance Theatre navigates the opportunities and boundaries of physical and psychological space at VisArts from June 7 to June 22. Negotiated Space, premiering in the Gibbs Street Gallery, is a multi-disciplinary performance art installation piece created and choreographed by Sandra C. Atkinson, Artistic Director of Light Switch Dance Theatre (LSDT). “As part of our early summer Gibbs Street Gallery experiments that blend exhibition, performance and audience participation, this series of thought-provoking performances fit the bill exactly,” said VisArts Gallery Director and Curator Susan Main.

Light Switch Dance Theatre
June 7 – June 22, 2014
VisArts- Gibbs Street Gallery

NEGOTIATED SPACE Performances (free):
Saturday, June 7, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 8, 2:00 p.m. – Post-Performance Conversation with the Sandra Atkinson
Wednesday, June 11, 12 p.m.
Thursday, June 12, 12 p.m.
Wednesday, June 18, 12 p.m.
Thursday, June 19, 12 p.m.
Friday, June 20, 7 – 9 p.m.- Performance and Reception
Saturday, June 21, 2:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Thursday 12 – 4 p.m., Friday 12 – 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12 – 4 p.m.
Performances, Reception and Exhibition are Free and open to the public
Image Caption: Light Switch Dance Theatre, Negotiated Space, 2013, Performance Art

Light Switch Dance Theatre
June 13 and 15, 2014
VisArts- Buchanan Room (second floor)
ETCHED Performances (Tickets required):
Saturday, June 13, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 15, 4 p.m.
Tickets Required:

Additional Programs & Information:

VisArts at Rockville is a nonprofit arts center dedicated to engaging the community in the arts and providing opportunities for artistic exploration through educational programming, gallery exhibitions and a resident artist program.

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit or call 301-315-8200.

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