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.
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American Crazy Quilts
Opens Wednesday, June 3rd
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
The Baltimore Museum of Art will feature seven lavish quilts—a kaleidoscope of silks, velvets, and brocades embroidered with colorful threads—in American Crazy Quilts, on view June 3 through November 29, 2015. Embellished with paint, ribbons, and beads, the crazy quilts on view from the late 1880s have a delightfully arbitrary quality that belies the skillful planning that went into making them. This “crazy” style was the epitome of sophistication at the height of the Victorian era.
Making a crazy quilt provided women an opportunity to produce an article for the home that was truly artistic, and according to the era’s philosophy, morally and spiritually uplifting. Though they appear randomly pieced together, crazy quilts’ asymmetrical patterns were unique labors of love and skillfully planned. The time and energy involved in making these quilts was considerable. “It was commenced July 24th, 1883 while staying at Grand Ma’s, Mt. Holly,” wrote Marylander Augusta Adele Smith Jones about her quilt on view in the exhibition. “Finished February 13th, 1888 at my home, 1911 Eutaw Place.”
“The origin of the crazy quilt, an American invention, is difficult to pinpoint,” said Anita Jones, Curator of Textiles. “One source claimed that the first ‘crazy’ patchwork pattern was created by an inmate in an insane asylum, while others think the technique was a colonial form of quilting.” Modern scholars, however, believe American quilters were inspired by Japanese ceramicists who used crackle glaze that gave objects a cracked appearance.
Along with this irregular-looking pattern, Japanese influence can also be seen in motifs such as folding fans, herons, teapots and teacups, vases, butterflies, and dragonflies. Other embroidered subjects include animals, insects, and a wide variety of flowers.
American Crazy Quilts will be on view in the Jean and Allan Berman Textile Gallery, located within the renovated American Wing. The gallery highlights works from the BMA’s collection of more than 5,000 textiles spanning nearly 2,000 years.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets, three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For general museum information, call 443-573-1800 or visit artbma.org.
Permutations: Sondra N. Arkin at Fleckenstein Gallery
Thursday, June 4th: 5-8pm
Fleckenstein Gallery welcome’s new artist Sondra N. Arkin to the gallery to participate in this year’s Artscape Gallery Network 2015 Exhibitions!
ON VIEW: June 4th – August 22nd, 2015
Sondra N. Arkin’s sees her Permutations series as an exploration of variable patterns that, “offer a Mandelbrot fractal-like beauty. To explain the permutations: each group of nine images presents a virtually infinite potential of visual patterns. Each grid, not just interchangeable but rotatable to all four orientations, can be rearranged into a vast number of aesthetically viable patterns—with the absolute permutations from any single grid being over 95 billion (N!*4N = 95,126,814,720).”
Free, and open to the public.
Saturday 11:00-5:00pm, and by appointment
(closed Sunday and Monday)
3316 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
Alloverstreet: East Oliver Street Art Walk
Friday, June 5, 2015 7-10PM
Alloverstreet is a night of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many art spaces of East Oliver Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
Work by Audrey Van de Castle and Courtney Corcoran *image at top*
The Copycat Building
1515 Guilford Ave
La Bodega Gallery
A solo exhibition feat works by Jac Rust
The Copycat Building, Unit A100
1511 Guilford Ave
ICA Baltimore presents Deuteranope
A solo show by Angela Conant
440 E Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Open House/ Happy Hour from 5-8pm
417 E Oliver St
Riggs Gallery in The Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Studio Center, MICA
The Natural Order of Things: curated by MICA Curatorial Practice MFA candidates Ashley DeHoyos, Jen Melvin, Chrissie A. Miller, and Nick Petr. Work by Nick Bubash.
131 W North Ave
Annual Seconds Sale
Friday, June 5th- Sunday, June 7th
5070 Smith Ave : 21209
Join us for the 2015 Seconds Sale! Baltimore Clayworks hosts a benefit sale of the best ceramics on the East Coast. Are you a savvy shopper? Bargainista? Art enthusiast? If so, this event is for YOU! Throughout the year, Baltimore Clayworks collects ceramic pieces that are irregular, out-dated, or perfectly fine and just need a good home. The Annual Seconds Sale features pottery, garden sculpture, handmade tile, and vessels from artists across the country. All proceeds benefit artistic and collaborative programming at Baltimore Clayworks.
Friday, June 5 6PM-8PM
Seconds Sale Preview Party! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine while you shop amongst shelves upon shelves of beautiful ceramics handcrafted by artists. You’ll have first pick from hundreds of handmade pottery, sculpture, and ceramic objects before it opens up to the public on Saturday.
Ticket price: $15 member, $20 non-member
To purchase by phone call 410 578 1919 x 10 or order online
Saturday, June 6 11AM-5PM
Shop all day long! The Seconds Sale is open and replenished with new work as the shelves empty. Open and free to the public.
Sunday, June 7 12:00-3:00PM
Major discounts on seconds, every hour on the hour! We ask that all shoppers make their purchases by 3PM, whereupon the building will be closed while we organize and prepare for the Bargain Box Sale.
The doors open at 4PM for the BARGAIN BOX SALE. Fill a box for $20.00. Limit 2 boxes per customer.
If you are interested in donating to the Seconds Sale, please print the Seconds Donation Form and return with donation to:
ATTN: Seconds Sale
5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
Friday, June 5th – Sunday, June 7th
various locations : Station North
After a year hiatus, Scapescape makes its triumphant return to Station North June 5th-7th. Join us for a three day celebration of the artistic and musical diversity of our fair city. Featuring:
Cowabunga Pizza Time
Dave Adams’ Ceramic Tones
DJ Christ Superstar
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
J Pope & Funk Friday
The Lovebug Junkies
Qualidee Spit Flame
Saleem & The Music Lovers
Strange Times People Band
War On Women
Full schedule to be announced shortly*
Charles St. (1712 N. Charles St.)
YNot Lot (10 W. North Ave.)
The Metro Gallery (1700 N. Charles St.) (Sat+Sun Only)
The Windup Space (12 W. North Ave.)
The Crown (1910 N. Charles St.)
Mount Washington Wander by New Public Sites Walking Tours
Saturday, June 6th: 2-3:30pm
5707 Smith Ave : 21209
Including Seclusion Acres, Pastoral Islands, a Threshold Tunnel and an Enlightened Elevation – the tour takes a distinct route through the Sub/Urban ambiguity of the Mt Washington Mill Complex. Along the way we will collect Shards of Site, which are pavement found souvenirs serving as mementos of place. Back at the gallery we will collectively attach our Shards to the Mount Washington Shards of Site plaque hanging in the gallery.
Mount Washington Wander is an official program of the Baltimore Clayworks show, Putting the Pieces Together, curated by Sarah McCann.
All participants will receive a complimentary Shard of Site Certificate of Authenticity. The first 5 registrants will receive a free signed, limited edition New Public Sites walking tour embroidered patch!
The tour meets 2pm on June 6 at Baltimore Clayworks and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The tour ticket price is $15 per participant. Register below!
Workshopping Your Grant Proposal – Beyond the Basics
Saturday, June 6th: 1-4pm
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave : 21224
You’ve written a proposal and it’s been declined. Bring it to this workshop and we’ll hone language, format, strategy, and writing skills. This fingers-to-the-keyboard intensive afternoon will improve skills and the ability to fund your beautiful ideas and important projects. Bring your proposal, laptop, and a funder’s request for proposals. Cinder is a nonprofit consultant and teaches fundraising in MICA’s MFA in Community Arts program. 1-4pm | Adv. $65, $55 mbrs, Walk-in $75, $65 mbrs.
Lily Cox-Richard: Possessing Powers Lecture at The Walters
Sunday, June 7: 2 – 3pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Tickets Available at thewalters.org
Contemporary artist Lily Cox-Richard discusses her project The Stand (Possessing Powers), a series of carved plaster sculptures inspired by the works of 19th-century sculptor Hiram Powers. Powers was a neoclassical sculptor, who like William Henry Rinehart, traveled to Rome to learn the art of marble carving. Cox-Richard makes fresh sculptural forms faithful to Powers’ originals, but with the figures themselves omitted. These sculptures are both homage and critique, created in an attempt to see what new content might be revealed when these works are reimagined through a contemporary sculpture practice.
This talk celebrates the exhibition Rinehart’s Studio: Rough Stone to Living Marble