BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events June 23-29

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BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]!



LabBodies Presents: Borders, Boundaries and Barricades
Dates: June 22nd – July 4th

*Gallery CA
440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, MD 21202

* La Bodega Gallery (Copycat A100)
1511 Guildford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202

*LabBodies (Copycat B401)
1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202

Borders, Boundaries, and Barricades, a two week long performance art review highlighting the performance art community in Baltimore.

The festival will feature works from emerging to mid-career artists based in Baltimore and include scheduled performances, interactive installations, artist talks, and a panel discussion.

The two week long festival will examine the concept of borders, visible/invisible lines that separate two or more political or geographic areas. A border is an edge, a limitation, a boundary. They may be real/ imagined; internal/external; self/other; life/ death; of the city/state. Borders both bring us together as well as define our wounds. Despite the complexity of the bonds and wounds that borders create, we often find ourselves working with or against them in our everyday interactions as they strictly monitor and circumscribe our human movements

Festival Passes Include Free Entrance to LabBodies & LaBodega.
All Events at Gallery CA Are Free and open to the public
20 Donation = FULL ACCESS+SWAG



Doreen Bolger Community Celebration
Tuesday June 23: 6:30-9:30 pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

The BMA honors Doreen Bolger, one of Baltimore’s greatest champions for the arts, who is retiring at the end of this month after 17 years as director of the Museum.

Everyone is invited to this festive community celebration on the front steps and inside the Museum, which includes a collaborative painting project led by Gaia, performances by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and Single Carrot Theatre, a preview of the Sondheim Artscape Prize, a giant card for everyone to sign, DJ, cash bar—and some surprises!

Donations to support the Doreen Bolger Baltimore Art Stars Fund are encouraged.



Charm City Fringe Presents:  Nights on the Fringe
Friday June 26 – Saturday June 27 : 8 pm

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St. : 21201

DATES: June 26th & June 27th

TICKETS: Now on sale!–2
PASSES: Discount passes:


TWO nights, TWO different bills featuring multiple acts, hosts, a house band, walkabout performers and a gallery in the lobby for a fully-immersive arts experience. A farmers market of the arts. Immerse yourself!

Kevin Sherry
Bawdy Shop Burlesque
The Interrobang Theatre Company
ellen cherry
Valeska Populoh
Ron Kipling Williams
Rough ‘n’ Tumblers
Baltimore Hoop Love
Fringe Academy
Club Sandwich*

Artwork curated by Gallery 788, feat. William O’Brien & Brooklyn Simmons
Short films curated by the Maryland Film Festival
And more by our gallery buskers and Special Guests!

Stavros & Umar

The Slanted Sound




The BIG Show Opening Night/Dance Party
Saturday June 27: 8 pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave : 21224

Creative Alliance’s annual member exhibition, The BIG Show, is one of our longest running programs, and this year will be better than ever – punctuated by a special opening night Big Show Dance Party with Bachata Plus on Saturday, June 27th, a big bachata boogie fest! Built on the wildly varied talents of our distinguished membership, every year The Big Show offers members the opportunity to contribute an artwork of their own creation under 3’ ft. that Exhibitions & Programs Manager Jeremy Stern then hangs into a massive salon-style exhibition in our main gallery.

Following last year’s success of adding The Little Show on a separate wall for our youngest patrons, this year all contributions will be exhibited with equal importance throughout the space. An extravagant feast for the eyes, The Big Show offers unique insight into the talents of our most unsung community members, along with the efforts of well established artists, and is always a fantastic opportunity to purchase.

Resident Artist Open Studios: 5–8pm
Exhibition Openings: 6-8pm
Performance by Resident artist Paul Rucker: 8pm
Bachata Plus+ and The Big Show Dance Party: 9pm



Asian Art Festival
Sunday June 28: 11am-5pm

The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

The BMA is continuing its 100th celebration with a fun-filled day of music, dance performances, and art activities inspired by the newly renovated galleries for the Asian art collection.

Asian Art Celebration Schedule

  • 11am: Experience morning meditation with Diane Finlayson in the BMA Sculpture Garden
  • 11am-5pm: Make dragon puppets in the BMA classroom
  • 11am-5pm: Shop the Plum Blossom Kimono trunk show
  • 11:30am: Dragon Tales story time with gallery educator Carol Grady
  • 12pm: Watch a dazzling and auspicious Lion Dance performance and Kung Fu demonstration by leading teachers from Goh’s Kung Fu school
  • 12pm-3pm : See master calligrapher John Wang demonstrate Chinese brushwork
  • 12pm-4pm: Make sun prints (weather permitting), and origami lotus flowers
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm: Join in a comic drawing activity with Amy Chu and Craig Yeung, the writer and artist for the BMA’s new publication inspired by the exquisite sculpture of Guanyin now on view in the Asian galleries
  • 1pm: Enjoy a performance by the Washington Guzheng Society
  • 2pm: Participate in afternoon T’ai Chi with Claudia Thomas in the Sculpture Garden
  • 2pm: Listen to a dramatic reading of The Last Emperor of Flushing, Our Town: China/USA with NY-based playwright/performer and Goucher College professor, Alvin Eng. Stay for an in-depth conversation with the artist about the themes and ideas in his memoir.
  • 2 pm-4 pm: Tea Tasting with Chocolatea
  • 3pm: Listen to the captivating sounds of master pipa player Yihan Chen perform traditional and contemporary musical works
  • 3pm-4pm: Book signing with Amy Chu and Craig Yeung, the writer and artist for the BMA’s new publication inspired by the exquisite sculpture of Guanyin now on view in the Asian galleries
  • The Green Bowl, Madame BBQ, and Taharka Ice Cream food trucks will be on site all day.



Swap Meet At Current Space
Sunday, June 28: 11am – 5pm

Current Space
421 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Join the swap meet to buy, sell, barter, or give away your collections, creations, skills, knowledge, or whatever it is you are eager to share. Whether it’s records, clothing, furniture, handmade soap, art, seedlings, herbal remedies, nutritional services, star chart readings, life advice, old bikes, books, comedy routines, weird toys, resume help, instruments, pro tips of any kind—make it available at the swap meet!

Some vendors have been established, but we have room for more! Click below for details and to register, or email us at [email protected] for more info.

Registration deets:

List of Vendors Thus Far:
Bottle of Bread: Vintage + Handmade
City Bone Vintage
Hunting Ground
Brooks Morrin Wood Wares
Zimmerman Woodworks
Shana and Nic Nac Bric a Brac
Amanda Schmidt + Caroline Marcantoni: Consciousness Exploration Through Tarot
Star of Purpose Astrology
Sheena’s Sundries
Wooden Lamps and Necklaces from Kari
Tina Haines + Kat Stankewicz: Tight Ceramics and Jewels
Farm Stand from the Compound
Haircuts from Sam Garner!
Book Exchange (BYOBooks!)
Bartering Table (BYOBartering Goods!)
…and Secret Weapon Dave + Young Coconut on tunes!



The Contemporary’s Talking Shop: Health + Inequity
Monday, June 29: 7 – 8:30pm

Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tickets Available

Health + Inequity, moderated by Curatorial Advisory Council member Elissa Blount-Moorhead, will pair Chicago-based artist LaToya Ruby Frazier and Baltimore-based physician Dr. Lisa Cooper. The panel will investigate access to health care with a focus on class inequity and environmental racism.

Talking Shop, our 2015 Speaker Series, partners acclaimed artists and professionals from various disciplines to discuss the nexus of art, science, medicine, technology, politics, and more. Where are the intersections of these practices? How can society utilize these disciplines in collaboration as catalysts for creative thinking? Each evening will begin with short presentations by the invited participants which will set context for moderated group discussion.

Talking Shop is made possible with generous support from The Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation. This series is free and open to the public and hosted at the Baltimore School for the Arts located at 712 Cathedral St. Each panel will begin promptly at 7pm, doors close at 6:45pm.

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