BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events June 30 – July 6

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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]!



Light City Baltimore Artist Tour
Tuesday, June 30 : 10am – 12pm

Inner Harbor Amphitheater
Water Taxi Pavilion

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in partnership with What Works Studio and Visit Baltimore, invites area artists to attend a Light City Baltimore Tour of the Inner Harbor to give interested artists an opportunity to view the festival footprint. The tours are held Wednesday, June 17 or Tuesday, June 30 from 10am to 12pm.  Premiering March 28-April 3, 2016, the inaugural Light City Baltimore will be the first large-scale light festival in the United States featuring art, music and innovation programming and will be a platform to shine a light on Baltimore’s innovation and creative communities.

Tours begin with a free Water Taxi tour of the Inner Harbor, followed by a detailed location view on foot. The tours are designed to give anyone interested in submitting a proposal through the Call for Entry an opportunity to view the festival footprint, to see and hear about locations in the Inner Harbor that might offer inspiration for a proposal and meet up with potential collaborators. Artists may also inquire about requirements for submitting a proposal or ask questions about the process.

Artists, musicians and performers who have questions about the Call for Entry for Light City are encouraged to consider attending. Tours begin promptly at 10am and depart from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater.  Guests are encouraged to arrive approximately 10 minutes before departure on the Water Taxi, wear comfortable shoes and should plan to bring a water bottle and sunscreen.

The Call for Entry can be found at Attendees are asked to RSVP at [email protected] to reserve their seat as space is limited. For more information, call the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632 or



Summer ’15 Opening Reception
Wednesday, July 1 : 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 N. Charles St. : Baltimore, 21201

On view July 1 – August 29, 2015

C. Grimaldis Gallery opens its 38th annual Summer exhibition to preview its upcoming exhibitions and to revisit the past season. “Summer ’15” continues the gallery’s tradition of culling artworks from its roster of represented artists for this group exhibition, including iconic Baltimore artists Grace Hartigan (1922-2008), Raoul MiddlemanEugene Leake (1911-2005), and Herman Maril (1908-1986).

Additionally featured in this richly varied survey of C. Grimaldis Gallery’s programme are some of the gallery’s most widely visible contemporary artists, such as Baltimore-based light artist Chul Hyun Ahn and New York-based painter & Director of the Hoffberger School of Painting, Joan Waltemath. Many artists in “Summer ’15” (Madeleine Dietz (Germany), Annette Sauermann(Germany), Markus Baldegger (Belgium & Germany), and Carol Young (Colombia)) also further enrich the scope of the exhibition with a more international perspective on contemporary art.

The summer exhibition is an excellent way for newcomers and long-time friends of the gallery to become acquainted or reacquainted with C. Grimaldis Gallery’s mission of seeking out and presenting the most innovative artists in Baltimore and abroad who demonstrate a deep commitment to their artistic practice.

Artists: Chul Hyun Ahn, Markus Baldegger, Anthony Caro (1924-2013), Robert Dash (1931-2013), Madeleine Dietz, Carol Frost, Cheryl Goldsleger, Grace Hartigan (1922-2008), Eugene Leake (1911-2005), Maria Karametou, Raoul Middleman, Herman Maril (1908-1986), Annette Sauermann, Joan Waltemath, and Carol Young.

Above: Robert Dash (1931 – 2013), The Bridge in April, ca. 1980, pochoir, 28 x 34 inches (71.1 x 86.4 cm)



Wednesday, July 1st – Sunday, August 9th

Various Theaters Around Town

Cohesion Theatre Company is thrilled to announce ParityFest Baltimore 2015, a city-wide readings festival aimed at increasing parity in the arts! In 2014, the Kilroys, an LA-based group committed to gender parity in the arts, released The List, a compilation of the most recommended new and under-produced plays written by female playwrights. The Kilroys plan to release their second annual List in 2015. Cohesion, working with The Kilroys, envisions a festival of readings of all of the 2015 plays (likely 45 in number) over the course of six weeks, which will be complemented by workshops on gender issues and discussions with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and cultural leaders.

Cohesion feels that Baltimore, with its well established theatrical institutions, and its thriving DIY Theatre scene is precisely the kind of groundbreaking arts city that a festival like this could thrive in. We are also excited at the prospect of Baltimore’s theatrical community coming together in this groundbreaking way. Cohesion has been reaching out to theater companies in the community, and many have signed on to participate in the festival.

The festival will run Wednesdays-Sundays July 1-August 9. Some days will have readings by more than one theater company. Check back soon for a full schedule of companies and venues!



The Amazing Acrocats
Thursday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 5th

Single Carrot Theatre
2600 N. Howard St. : Baltimore, 21218

Tickets are now available!!!!


Come see a troupe of former orphan, rescue, and stray cats ride skateboards, roll on barrels, walk tightropes and more! There is even the only all-cat band known to man Tuna and The “Rock-cats” Support USA this Fourth of July with Tuna and the Gang!

Purrforming in Baltimore for one weekend starting Thursday July 2nd through Sunday July 5th.

Tickets are on sale and available online – go to for more info and video of the show!



Search for the C-Word: A Bawdy Shop Burlesque Quest Through Charm City
Friday, July 3rd : 7:30pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave : Baltimore, 21224

The women of Bawdy Shop Burlesque present an original burlesque musical play about the things that make Baltimore so muchmore. Grab your ‘Bohs, Bergers and Old Bay and kick off the holiday weekend with an Odyssey-inspired showcase! Advance tickets $22 for general admission, $19 for members (both at door, +$3).

Tickets available at or

Additional info: / Twitter @BawdyShop



Soft Power: Works by Amanda Martinez, Opening Reception
Friday, July 3rd : 7-10pm

Platform Gallery
116 W. Mulberry St. : Baltimore, 21201

Platform Gallery is pleased to present SOFT POWER, on view at 116 W Mulberry Street. SOFT POWER is a solo exhibition of the work of AMANDA MARTINEZ, New York based sculptor.

SOFT POWER stems from the idea of a structured environment, intended for productivity, drama, and tomfoolery, which manipulates the participants to act within its confines. The space created exists as a natural and passive participant while its aesthetics propose a mood as well as an agenda. Martinez’s work stems from a formal interest in props and design, specifically the grey area where her objects blur the traditional conversation of sculpture. Early experiences with music and performance drew her to set design and the idea of stand-ins, or objects that are meant to give the impression of being something else.

Looking to reductive minimalism, Martinez allows for her materials to have some autonomy while keeping the core intention of the work as a frame of reference. Every structured interaction created contains multiple hand-carved objects, which Martinez has carefully labored over. Honing Styrofoam has also allowed Martinez to create her own language. The geometrical design of each piece relates to academia, and almost weights down the lightweight material, which in past has not been taken as seriously. To quote Martinez:

“At what point is an object active or merely a prop? Our culture puts more pressure on sculpture to be “doing something” than ever before. I actively strive for my work to be inactive in the atypical sense: not to be viewed as neutral, but aggressively speaking in a quiet, persistent voice.”

AMANDA MARTINEZ lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens, NY. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Martinez received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2010 where she studied both sculpture and painting. In 2011 she was awarded a year-long studio residency in Kansas City, Missouri through the Charlotte Street Foundation and has recently completed a residency in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Her 2014 solo show ‘Principle of the Thing’ with Daylight Savings Gallery was an ArtCards editor’s choice and featured on LA-based ‘Carets and Sticks’ blog. She was recently interviewed by Mist Gallery, based out of Richmond, VA, coinciding with her work in their online group exhibition, ‘Over Spun’. Her work has also been featured on the Idea Foundation and in The Kansas City Star. She has shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Kansas City and Los Angeles over the past five years.



Reflections on Color, Opening Reception
Friday, July 3rd : 5-9pm

Hamilton Gallery

Artists’ Reception – Friday, August 7, 5-9pm

Hamilton Gallery welcomes all guests and neighbors to join us in enjoying our neighborhood and our city.

An artist engages color to convey meaning, create form, and stir emotion. Hamilton Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition “Reflections on Color” featuring the work of Salvadore Delvisco, Karen Klinedinst, Angela “Raincatcher” Roberts, Valerie Smith, Maxine Taylor, Bridget Z. Sullivan and the artist members of Hamilton Gallery. This exhibition explores the artists’ contemplations of color – the artists’ unique point of color reference coupled with their distinct color interpretation.

Also exhibiting this month Hamilton Gallery artist members:
Jude Asher, Ron Cohn, Marcus Dagold, Ned Epps, Amy Klainer, Ania Milo, Charles Mens, Bob Paulding, Lynn Poshepny, Theresa Reuter, Cara Sue Richard, Peter Smith, Valerie Smith, Grace Sweeney, Richard Sullivan, Alex Vanicky & Richard Gordon Zyne.

Hamilton Gallery
5502 Harford Road
Baltimore, 21214



Friday, July 3rd : 7-10pm

Assorted Galleries
E. Oliver St: Station North

Process Collective presents:
ALLOVERSTREET: East Oliver Street Art Walk
Friday, July 3, 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. Alloverstreet was awarded City Paper’s “Best Art Walk That Doesn’t Suck” 2014.

This month’s events include:

Station North Tool Library
Open House / Happy Hour **5 – 8PM** 
417 E Oliver St. Baltimore, MD 21202

Terrault Contemporary
Solo show by Hermonie “only” Williams.
1515 Guilford Ave, The Copycat Building
Baltimore, MD. 21202

Gallery CA
Closing Borders: “CRAWL THROUGH”
440 E Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

La Bodega
Closing Borders: “trans | n | dance”
Curated by Erick Benitez1511 Guilford Ave, The Copycat Building, Unit A100
Baltimore, MD. 21202

Closing Borders
1511 Guilford Ave, The Copycat Building, Unit B401
Baltimore, MD. 21202

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