BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events October 15-18

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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.

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Make Night: Portraiture
Thursday, October 15th : 6-8pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

This introductory drawing workshop is intended for those interested in understanding the foundations of chiaroscuro portrait drawing, which makes use of dramatic light and shadow. Using various charcoal drawing techniques, participants will create their own portraits based on works in the Walters’ collection and through observation of a live model on the Sculpture Court.

Tyler Farinholt attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he studied art history and curatorial practices. He has worked in the Walters Art Museum’s education department since 2013, teaching a variety of educational programs. Farinholt’s works in charcoal have evolved from smaller studies into large, emotional, chiaroscuro mixed-media drawings that explore themes of loss, anxiety, isolation, and identity.

Make Night is a unique, dynamic museum program blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds. Pre-registration required. Each Make Night includes one drink ticket.



Ghost Food Truck
Thursday, October 15th : 6-9pm

Penn Station
1500 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

GhostFood explores eating in a future of biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. The GhostFood truck serves scent-food pairings consumed by patrons while wearing a device that adapts human physiology to enable taste experiences of unavailable foods.

Inspired by insect physiology (insects use their antennae to smell and navigate their world) and long-standing human traditions of technological extension of the senses, the device inserts direct olfactory stimulation into the eating experience. Scents of foods threatened by climate change are paired with foods made from climate change-resilient foodstuffs, providing taste illusions of foods that may soon no longer be available.

GhostFood staff serve the public, guiding visitors through this pre-nostalgic experience and engaging dialogue. This project is in collaboration with Miriam Songster. This Baltimore iteration of GhostFood is organized by The Contemporary in collaboration with students at Johns Hopkins University enrolled in ‘GhostFood: Curatorial Practicum with The Contemporary,’ which runs Fall 2015. (



Idle Idol, Opening Reception at St. Charles
Thursday, October 15th : 6-8pm

St. Charles Projects
2701 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

St. Charles is thrilled to announce that we are opening our doors for our inaugural exhibition Idle Idol featuring recent works of Jacob Fossum and Magali Hébert-Hout. Coined from Fossum’s still lives, “Idle Idol” is about monolithic symbolized apparitions pacified by material labor.

Beginning at formal comparisons Jacob and Magali have uncanny overlap in the color, form, and arrangements within their studio projects. The works seem like they are from the same wheelhouse yet arrive in very different material and labor. For these two artists the works chosen are loosely crafted on iconography and tropes that appear universal yet with further inspection hold clues to very unique personal poetics about place, ideology, and ancestry.



WTMD’s 70th birthday tribute to Divine!!
Friday, October 16: 8-11:30 at WTMD Studios

1 Olympic Pl, Towson, Maryland 21204
Tickets Available

WTMD is paying tribute to the actor, musician — and true Baltimore character — Divine, a few days before what would have been his 70th birthday. Bobby E Lee & the Sympathizers, Pure Junk, Sweepstakes, Cowabunga Pizza Time and Ellen Degenerate will perform Divine’s songs. Single Carrot Theatre, Iron Crow Theatre, Cricket Arrison & Melissa LaMartina will re-enact Divine’s best movie scenes. Divine-inspired art will be on the walls. And psychic Sandi Athey will attempt to reach Divine in the afterlife. Presented by Natty Boh, the show will be broadcast live on air, with a live studio audience. $15. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. at WTMD, 1 Olympic Place in Towson.

WTMD’s 70th Birthday Tribute to Divine is made possible in part by Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection Wines.



Three Old Timers Back in the Gallery, Opening Reception
Friday, October 16th : 6-8pm

Gallery @ CCBC, Catonsville
800 South Rolling Road : Catonsville 21228

The Gallery at CCBC Catonsville is thrilled to welcome back our old faculty members Jane Kelly Morais, Richard Roth, and William Zwingelberg. The amusingly self-titled “Three Old Timers Back in the Gallery: Morais, Roth & Zwingelberg” is an exhibition that looks at the work produced by the three artists since they left the department. They made a large impact on the lives of the students they taught and mentored. The department would not be what it is today without them and the gallery is honored to exhibit their latest works and host this reunion.

The exhibition will run from October 12th – November 27th.

The opening reception will be held on October 16th, from 6-8pm in the Gallery at Catonsville. There will be free food and drinks.

All are welcome to come join the party. We look forward to spending the evening with you.



“Shallow and Cruel” by Jedediah Morfit, Opening Reception
Friday, October 16th : 6:30-9:30pm

Pixilated Federal Hill
46 East Cross Street : Baltimore 21230

In Shallow & Cruel, sculptor Jedediah Morfit combines a full range of recent work, from life-sized relief figures, to small scale paper sculpture.

Shallow & Cruel will run through November 13th.

Jedediah Morfit received his MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, where was awarded the Sylvia Leslie Herman Young Scholarship and the Award Of Excellence. He was a Fellow at the Center For Emerging Visual Artists from 2007-2009. and received a New Jersey Council On the Arts Fellowship for sculpture in 2009. He received the Louise Kahn Award for Sculpture from the Woodmere Art Museum in 2006, and was awarded the Dexter Jones Award for Bas Relief from the National Sculpture Society in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he was commissioned to create a series of new work for Artlantic:Wonder, which was named one of the 50 best public art projects in the Public Art Network Year in Review.

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Great Folk Happenstance
Saturday, October 17th : 10am

Ruins Hall
Water Street : Glen Rock, Pennsylvania

Come spend a beautiful fall afternoon at Ruins Hall in historic Glen Rock for the inaugural Great Folkgrass Happenstance.

$10 Early bird tickets are available online through eventbrite and $15 admission at the door the day of the event, children 12 and younger are free (must be accompanied by an adult). Delicious food and refreshing beverages/beer will be available to purchase courtesy of the Glen Rock Mill Inn. Please no outside food or beverages.

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Caleb Stine (
Swamp Donkey Newgrass (
Jacob Panic Trio (
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Shine Delphi (
Muddy Creek Railroad (
Rootbound (



The Ragged Edge of Rockville, Walking Tour
Saturday, October 17th : 4-6pm

155 Gibbs Street : Rockville

Explore the invisible sites, contradictory features and historical spirits embedded in downtown Rockville. Radical walking tours and a gallery installation of banners, videos and maps stitch together an array of new and old buildings, urban and suburban places, and psychically – charged, poetic sites. New Public Sites – The Ragged Edge of Rockville is part of Come Back to Rockville!, a two-person, participatory art project with Naoko Wowsugi, curated by Laura Roulet and sponsored by VisArtsClick here for the full press release.

Tour activities will include making paper rubbings and collecting Shards of Site while engaging memorials of literary tribute and contested Civil War histories. Along the way, you will explore newly created public spaces aspiring to urban authenticity while beholding suburban voids overturning in speculative wait.



Hedieh Ilchi
Your Splendor Shall Soar Through The Ashes at Randall Scott Projects

Opening Saturday, October 17th:  6pm-8pm

In her work, Hedieh Ilchi explores the notion of “duality”, an ongoing necessity in order to comprehend her multifaceted cultural identity as an Iranian-American immigrant. Her paintings function as metaphors for the complexities that emanate from such polarized cultural experiences. These paintings reflect a fusion of visual conventions in Western abstraction and Persian Art, with an emphasis on the ornamentations of “Tazhib”, or the art of illumination. The resulting synthesis evokes allegories of intrusion and invasion, moving beyond the personal and referencing the historical and contemporary sociopolitical conflicts.

Ilchi utilizes the paradoxical notions of chance and control to create enigmatic environments where fluid and physical transgressions of paint meet the contemplative precisions of the hand. Paint transforms into land, earth, and molten matter as it flows, coagulates, and fissures throughout and beyond the boundaries of the painting surface, channeling aerial views, space and satellite imageries. The explosive passages of pigment and the meticulously painted patterns merge into an intensified visual dialogue, a depiction of the contradictory impulses in the social, political, and cultural contemporary context.

Hedieh Ilchi was born in Tehran, Iran and is currently living and working in the Washington DC area. Ilchi received her MFA in Studio Art from the American University in 2011 and her BFA with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006. She has received many awards including the Bethesda Painting Award, Robyn Rafferty Mathias International Research Mellon Grant from the American University and the Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia American Art Essay Prize. She was also a semifinalist for the eighth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Ilchi has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Washington DC, Baltimore MD, New York City, Los Angles CA, Birmingham AL, and Winston-Salem NC. Her work has been reviewed in a number of publications including the Washington Post and Art Papers magazine. Ilchi is currently an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA.



Portraits Patterns Plants: New Paintings by Erin Fitzpatrick

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17th, 6-9 at Jordan Faye Contemporary

218 W Saratoga St, Top Floor
(located above Maryland Art Place)
Portraits Patterns Plants: New Paintings by Erin Fitzpatrick, a collection of 18-48 inch oil paintings, depicts models placed in interior spaces layered with clashing pattern, textiles, and plants. Taking inspiration from interior design, fashion magazines, and textiles from around the world as well as her own collection, Fitzpatrick creates a set rich with pattern in its wallpaper, upholstery, and rugs. Establishing a focal point amidst the layers of line shape and color, each carefully selected model is dressed in a wardrobe that is planned and put together specifically for each setting. A great departure from her earlier paintings, portraits in found settings, or devoid of background entirely, Portraits Patterns Plants… represents a visual culmination of Fitzpatrick’s personal aesthetic, as well as her artistic pursuits in fiber arts and textile design.


Autumn Blaze Festival + Student Sale
Saturday, October 17th : 2-9pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209


See the work created by student artists and have the opportunity to purchase functional and sculptural ceramics. This is a great opportunity to take home some lovely ceramics at a great price, plus a portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting Clayworks’ artistic and educational programming.

Participating artists: Abigail Milner, Gayle Emmer, John Gazurian, George Hopkins, Jesse Isaacson, Liz Lockett, Jane Reifler, Christy  Sands, Kathy Swan, Lyn Townes, Yulia Veger, students from the JAMAICAN COIL BUILDING CLASS and more to be announced!


Baltimore Clayworks is proud to announce the 4th annual Autumn Blaze Fire Festival. On Saturday, October 17 from 5 – 9PM join us at our Mt. Washington campus for an event featuring a food, beer, fire dancers and live music near our wood kiln. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the Clay Olympics, a cup-a-thon, watch a Raku firing demo, and more.

We are excited to have Hop’t back again to perform this year. Hop’tis a four piece band specializing in Blues and Rock music. The band plays an array of popular tunes ranging from Stevie Wonder to Stevie Ray Vaughan. We’re also ecstatic to have Pyrophilia, a troupe of fire dancers, amaze and entertain you throughout the evening.

This year, we are pleased to partner with four local universities and colleges: CCBC EssexCoppin StateMorgan State University and Towson University. Students enrolled in the ceramic arts program of each of these schools will be creating work to be fired in the raku and wood firings during the festival. They will also have the opportunity to assist with event activities – including the firings – and learn valuable knowledge and skills from Clayworks’ staff and artists. We’re thrilled to include them in this year’s Autumn Blaze Fire Festival!



Lantern Making Workshop
Sunday, October 18th : 10am + 12:30pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Create a lantern to carry during our annual Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival.

Sign up up to five people to a lantern making session! Advance registration strongly encouraged! 410-276-1651. Bring your flashlights or purchase extra lights at $2 each. $5-10 sugg donation per participant.



Fresh Talk: Righting the Balance – Can There Be Gender Parity In the Arts?
Sunday, October 18th : 3-6pm

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW : Washington DC

Join us for the launch of Women, Arts, and Social Change, NMWA’s new initiative on women and the arts as catalysts for change.

Righting the Balance is a conversation that considers the inequality that persists for women artists and questions what can be done about it. From social media blasts to celebrity activists, such as Beyoncé, Patricia Arquette, and Emma Watson, the issue of gender equality is gaining unprecedented visibility. How can the arts engage these next-generation voices in the conversation?


  • Introduction by Maura Reilly—author, curator, critic, and event co-organizer
  • The Issue: Jillian Steinhauer, senior editor of Hyperallergic, and Sarah Douglas, editor-in-chief of ARTnews
  • The Market: Mary Sabbatino, vice president/partner of Galerie LeLong, NY, and Gabriela Palmieri, senior vice president, senior specialist of contemporary art at Sotheby’s
  • The Artist’s Voice: Artists Ghada Amer, Micol Hebron, Simone Leigh, and Guerrilla Girl Alma Thomas
  • Conversation in Context: Jamia Wilson, executive director of Women, Action, & the Media, former YTH (Youth Tech Heath) executive director, TED Prize Storyteller, and former vice president of programs at The Women’s Media Center


Required. $25 for general admission; $15 for members, students, and seniors. Ticket price includes museum admission and Sunday Supper. Seating is first-come, first-served.

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