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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 events@bmoreart.com!

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Watershed Moments, Reception + Gallery Talk
Wednesday, October 21st : 5:30-8pm

Space Camp
16 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

A three-part exhibition featuring visual art and design connected to the research of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study.

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) presents an exhibition of art related to research on metropolitan Baltimore as an ecological system from October 3 to 30, 2015. The exhibition will take place at SpaceCamp, an art gallery in the Station North Arts District. A reception, open to the public, takes place Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., with at gallery talk by 2014-15 BES artist-in-residence Helen Glazer, and researchers Dawn Biehler and Brian McGrath at 6:30 p.m.

Helen Glazer, the 2014-15 Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) artist-in-residence, will present prints, panoramic photographs and digitally-fabricated sculpture related to the Gwynns Falls watershed, which is the central focus of the long term research conducted under the auspices of the BES. She explored the streams and neighborhoods along the watershed alongside scientists, taking photographs that became her source material. The resulting artwork focuses on places where the built environment and human decisions become as much a part of the ecology of the city as its geology, climate, plants and animals: raccoons leave tracks and dragonflies flit on the banks of the Gwynns Run in Carroll Park, where trees are festooned with plastic bags washed down storm drains and delicate strands of sewage fungus coat the rocks of the stream bed; concrete bridges sprout crystalline cavelike stalactites; plants and mosquitoes colonize abandoned buildings that stand like archaeological ruins in West Baltimore.

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SHAG Presents “TV’s Mad Men: Myth vs. Reality in Advertising”
Wednesday, October 21st : 7-9pm

MICA, Brown Center – Room 413
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217

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The New Day Campaign Presents “Forum: Open Hearts & Active Minds”
Wednesday, October 21st : 5-7pm

The Pavilion, Stevenson University
1525 Greenspring Valley Road : Stevenson 21153

College communities are under-resourced to handle the onset of active addiction or mental illness among their student populations. This forum, at Stevenson University in conjunction with Elisif’s Story, is an opportunity to bring awareness of all kinds to this challenging issue, with an emphasis on how to build a more caring community and the importance of Active Mindsand NAMI as student club activities. Panelists include student leaders from Stevenson University and Coppin State University, and Sherry Welch, Executive Director of NAMI Metro Baltimore. Reception immediately follows in gallery to see and hear Elisif’s Story.

Sponsor: Nikki Perlow Foundation
Partner: Stevenson University, School of Design and School of Humanities & Social Sciences

The New Day Campaign Presents “Touched with Fire: A Family Tale” Opening Reception
Friday, October 23rd : 6-8pm

Galleries at CCBC, Dundalk
7200 Sollers Point Road : Dundalk 21222

The Gallery at CCBC Dundalk would like to invite you to the opening reception of Touched with Fire: A Family Tale, featuring artists Morgens Christiansen, Elisif Bruun, and Peter Bruun.

“The theme draws its name from the groundbreaking 1996 book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, by renowned psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison. The same driving discomfort leading to substance misuse and desperate behaviors also may yield extraordinary creativity: grand gifts to the rest of us born of incomparable urgency. The exhibition Touched with Fire: A Family Tale features art by three members of the same family (Mogens Christiansen, Peter Bruun, and Elisif Bruun), each “touched with fire” in ways passed from one generation to the next.”

The reception will be held from 6pm-8pm. At 6:30 there will be remarks made by curator Peter Bruun. After this you are invited (but not required) to sample an introductory healing experience from acupuncturist and body worker Rebecca Donnelly. There will be free food and drinks served throughout the evening.

The New Day Campaign Presents “Kevin Shird: From Drug Wars to Redemption”
Saturday, October 24th : 2-3pm

Enoch Pratt Free Library
1531 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Part 1 of a five-part Mental Illness and Addiction Conversation Series in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, this event features activist, non-profit leader, and former drug dealer Kevin Shird reflecting on the powerful story from his autobiographical book, Lessons of Redemption. This book presents a case for incorporating compassion as part of the solution to the drug war: so many turn to using drugs for reasons hard to resist; so many turn to selling drugs for similarly compelling reasons. The event opens with a mindfulness experience led by the Holistic Life Foundation. Free copies of Lessons of Redemption are available for the first 50 people to arrive at the event.

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Within/Without, Opening Reception
Thursday, October 22nd : 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

C. Grimaldis Gallery opens “Within/Without”, a group exhibition of photography-based works by ten artists from Baltimore, New York, and Europe: Wouter Deruytter, Frank Dituri, Alfredo Jaar, Isaac Julien, Dimitra Lazaridou, Ben Marcin, Neil Meyerhoff, Marja Pirilä, Bernd Radtke, and John Ruppert.

Within/Without explores inside and outside spaces, how they intersect and divide, and the role of the camera in transcending those borders through varied perspectives of the selected photographers from around the world. Among the works on view are Dutch photographer Wouter Deruytter’s photographs of the interior of the Egyptian Sphinx, the first ever taken, which confront visitors immediately upon entering the gallery. Deruytter is known for using the camera to permeate closed worlds and societies: American cowboys, New York drag queens, and Arab oil magnates. Nearby, Finnish photographer Marja Pirilä’s luminous images of the camera obscura phenomenon blend interior and exterior spaces. Balti- more-based artist John Ruppert’s photographs stretch from floor to ceiling and utilize the camera as a drawing tool to bend perspective of expansive spaces.

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“A Taste of Cherry” Film Screening
Thursday, October 22nd : 6-9pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

In partnership with the Maryland Film Festival, the Walters presents Abbas Kiarostami’s classic 1997 film about the diverse, complex, and even contradictory views Iranian citizens hold about life, culture, and religion. As the protagonist, Mr. Badii, drives around Tehran, he meets an eclectic group of citizens who teach him about the life lessons that are right in front of his eyes. Following the screening, the audience is invited to stay for a discussion of Iranian film and culture, past and present, with film critic and filmmaker Godfrey Cheshire. This program is held in conjunction with the upcoming special exhibition Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts.

Maryland Film Festival Members will receive the member pricing; please contact Scott Braid at scott@mdfilmfest.com for the member code.

A Taste of Cherry is Not Rated and runs 95 mins.

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CARDS: A Don Griffin and Anthony McKissic Collaboration, Opening Reception
Friday, October 23rd : 6-8pm

Unexpected Art Space
1200 Steuart Street : Baltimore 21230

The exhibition, a collaboration between Don Griffin, a mixed media painter, and Anthony McKissic, a photojournalist, is comprised of large scale small works that aim to recall conversations, conceptual texts, and image studies sent via iPhone over a 10 year period. Unexpected Art & Decor is an Artist owned and operated, the mission is to introduce the value of art as a powerful form of expression, communication and practical investment. All works are for sale unless specified otherwise.

If you need further information on our gallery, please visit http://www.unexpectedartspace.com.

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The Maryland Film Festival Presents “Parkway 100”
Friday, October 23rd : 8-11pm

YNot Lot

4 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

The Maryland Film Festival presents Parkway 100: The Parkway Theatre’s Birthday Celebration to recognize the centennial of our future home and celebrate its renovation into the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center.

FREE 8pm-11pm Oct 23
The Ynot Lot (corner of Charles & North)

FEATURING MUSIC FROM
Ami Dang
Bond St. District
DJ Secret Weapon Dave

FOOD & BEVERAGE FROM 
Golden West Cafe
Union Craft Brewing

Learn more about the event, the campaign and the history of the Parkway Theatre here: http://www.parkwaycampaign.org/

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Creative Mornings Baltimore Turns 2!
Friday, October 23 at 7:00pm

3500 Parkdale Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211
Tickets Available creativemornings.com

We didn’t celebrate our 1 Year so we’re compensating with a huge 2 Year Birthday Bash! Two years = 24 Friday mornings, 24 speakers, 1,728 cookies and muffins, 240 gallons of coffee, thousands of name tags.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23rd is the same night as the SHOCK talk.

Hosted at John Davis’s Photography Studio:
3500 Parkdale Avenue, 2nd Floor, Suite R, 21211 (Near Clipper Mill. Enter at the loading dock to the left of the blue doors.)
We’ll be featuring the work of photographer John Davis, who has captured our many speakers in his CreativeMornings/Baltimore Portrait Series.

EVERYONE is invited. Seriously. Bring your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, rando on the street who looks like he can party… all the peoples.

We want to party. We want to dance. We want to celebrate with our amazing Baltimore community.

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Mattye Hamilton Open Studio
Saturday, October 24th : 5-8pm / Sunday, October 25th : 3-5pm
3537 Clipper Mill Road : Baltimore 21211

OPEN STUDIO 2015 / NEW PAINTINGS with Guest Artists
MINAS KONSOLAS  &  CODY PRYSESKI
Saturday, October 24, 5pm – 8pm
Sunday, October 25, 3pm – 5pm

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2015 Great Halloween Lantern Parade
Saturday, October 24th : 3:30pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue: Baltimore 21224

ELECTRIC charges up the 16th Great Halloween Lantern Parade with NEW monumental lanterns, an Arts & Crafts Market, Kids performances and Finale!

3:30pm Festival: Lantern workshops, hayrides, food trucks, arts & crafts market and music!
4pm Kids Costume Contest!
6:30pm Parade Line up at Boat Lake
7pm Parade starts. Ends with NEW FINALE, Eastern & Linwood Aves, Patterson Park.

Rain date Sun, Oct 25. FREE!

The ELECTRIC Great Halloween Lantern Parade connects science to the arts for this dynamic celebration! Our new monumental lanterns are designed and created by Baltimore artists:  Charm City Puppets, Tryfuss Puppet Collective, Mexicanas Artesanas, Dan Van Allen, Doug Retzler, Edna Emmet, Kyle Miller, and Stevie Dissinger! Urban Foli, Bateria Terra Maria, Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band, and 901 Arts Drumline keep the Parade musically alight. Over two dozen artists will parade with their newly commissioned monumental lanterns– from enormous snails to stunning ornate Mexican piñata lanterns to enormous LED puppets by Charm City Puppets! And, of course, they march with thousands of our neighbors who have created their own lanterns, many of them created in FREE public workshops. The Parade’s dramatic route that starts at the Boat Lake and heads east to rise super-high about the east side annex of the Park. A specially commissioned GRAND FINALE closes out the Parade. Head back to Creative Alliance for Glow Ball after party!

The day starts with the BEST family Halloween Festival EVER. Featuring the adorable and hilarious Kids Halloween Costume Contest, lantern making, hayrides, and much more for free! The food trucks arrive in time for the festival and the beer garden is open!

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“Viscerally Yours” Artist Talk + Fortune Telling with Kelley Bell
Saturday, October 24th : 12pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street: Baltimore 21230

School 33 Art Center presents “Viscerally Yours,” a group exhibition encompassing the Main Gallery, Members Gallery, and Project Space from Friday, September 4 through Saturday, October 31, 2015. Curated by Kim Domanski, The exhibition features artists Kelley Bell, John Bohl, Erin Curtis, Gary Kachadourian, Fred Scharmen, and Paul Shortt. A free opening reception takes place Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm. Light refreshments will be served. School 33 Art Center is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 1427 Light Street.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

“Viscerally Yours” features six artists whose works aim to provide a special experience for the viewer.  Varying in media, these are works that are best enjoyed in person, rewarding the viewer for their participation.

Artist Talk and Fortune Telling with Kelley Bell
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 12pm in the Project Space

Learn the secrets of fortune telling! Kelley Bell, one of the six artists featured in “Viscerally Yours,” teaches a fortune telling workshop and gives an artist talk on her piece in the exhibit, “The Oracle.” All ages welcome.

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CUTZ: Black Men in Focus Barbershop Talks
Saturday, October 24th : 5-7pm

@New Beginnings Barbershop
1047 Hollins Street: Baltimore 21223

Come and participate in “Barbershop Talks”, a conversation between artist Gracie Xavier and the collaborators of her latest exhibition, “Cutz: Black Men in Focus”. Learn more about how “Cutz: Black Men in Focus” helps to amplify the voices of African American men in the setting that inspired it all: the black barbershop.

Hear from:
–Gracie Xavier, artist of the Black Men in Focus project
–Troy Staton, owner of New Beginnings Barbershop and Black -Men in Focus collaborator
–Mr. Booth, long time community organizer
–Stephen Townes, visual artist
–Donald Malcolm Smith, President of the KAPPA Alpha Si Foundation of Metropolitan Baltimore, Board Chair of Muse 360 Arts, and Black Men in Focus collaborator
–Moderated by Michelle Ivette Gomez, curator of “Cutz: Black Men in Focus”

Refreshments are sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art MFA in Community Art program.

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Art Law Clinic
Saturday, October 24th : 1-3pm

Bromo Arts Tower
21 South Eutaw Street: Baltimore 21201

Come meet with an attorney for a 30-minute consultation regarding your arts related legal issue! There is a $5 fee for clinic services. We recommend scheduling an appointment as time slots fill fast (rachel@mdvla.org).

Event Website: http://www.mdvla.org / Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/mdvla / Event Contact: rachel@mdvla.org

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MAP Gala: Where Fine Art and Fashion Meet

Saturday, October 24 at 7 pm

This Fall Maryland Art Place (MAP) is proud to present the fashion designs of Bishme Cromartie. On October 24th, 2015, MAP will hold its annual fall benefit, ‘Where Fine Art and Fashion Meet’. Cromartie will present upwards of 20 new looks from his 2016 fall line, all of which will premiere at MAP alongside the work of local jewelry and accessory designers. Cromartie is an up-and-coming star in the fashion industry who has been recently highlighted on BET’s “Fashion + Beauty” @ BETX in Los Angeles & Bravo’s “Blood Sweat and Heels”. His designs are fresh, architectural and made for women of all body types.

MAP is thrilled to hold this year’s annual fall benefit in our newly renovated gallery made possible through the generosity of the France-Merrick Foundation; however MAP is no longer just a gallery. MAP is fast becoming a place where creative minds meet, a space where artists, designers & musicians produce original work, and an incubator for visionaries. With over 20,000 square feet of space in the building and five floors, MAP is becoming a beacon for the creative community within the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District. On October 24th guests can expect libations courtesy of Sticky Rice with light fare from 7-9pm. Models will hit their respective platforms for viewing at 8pm! MAP will further be showcasing the works of local fashion photographers and jewelers, along with the mesmerizing projections of Maryland artist, Brandon Morse.

Art and Jewelry by:  Justin Tscualas, Frank Hallam Day, Roy Cox, Sean Scheidt, Peggy Fox, Xang Mimi Ho, Hilary Hachey, Carolyn Cavanaugh, and Rachel Mulherin.

MAP is proud to serve and support living artists while also having a positive impact on the residents and businesses on Baltimore’s west side.

Advance ticket $175.00 / Purchase tickets HERE.

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In Absentia, Opening Reception
Saturday, October 24th : 4-6pm

Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame University of Maryland
4701 North Charles Street: Baltimore 21210

In Absentia is a three woman exhibit that features color  photography and sculptural works that explore the body, and lack thereof, as a sculptural device in relation to concepts of consumption, object-culture, and the fetishizing of inanimate objects with regards to domestic space, intimacy and fields of anxiety.

Heather Boaz is an artist and teacher who lives in Baltimore, MD. She received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. She has exhibited nationally at The Drawing Center in New York, and Options 2011, in Washington, DC, and internationally at venues including Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. She was a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist in 2006 and 2007 and received a Maryland State Arts Council Grant in 2003 and 2012.

Milana Braslavsky received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She has received a Trawick Artist Award, a Baker Artist Grant and has been a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist, and is an alumnus of the Hamiltonian Gallery Fellowship Program. Ms. Braslavsky has exhibited her work at locally at Maryland Art Place, School 33, and the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore. She has also shown at Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, DC, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA, and in a curated exhibition at Fountain Art Fair in Miami, FL. She currently teaches college courses in Maryland.

Jill Fannon received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA in Digital Imaging from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Pursuing both commercial and personal projects, Jill has traveled nationally and abroad, shooting and teaching photography workshops throughout the Greater Baltimore-D.C. Area. She continues to exhibit her personal projects, most recently exhibiting work at School 33 and Maryland Art Place’s LUX Gala. Jill was awarded an Individual Artist grant in 2012 from the Maryland State Arts Council for photographic achievement.

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Mapping the West : Vincent Lupo, Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Sunday, October 25th : 2-5pm

Full Circle Photography
33 East 21st Street: Baltimore 21218

FULL CIRCLE GALLERY, is pleased to host a solo exhibition by local photographer, Vince Lupo. His B&W photographs from New Mexico, Montana, and beyond, which seek to illustrate his personal imagination of the mythological “West” are on display from October 10-November 21, 2015. Full Circle Gallery, located near Station North, will host a reception and artist talk on the afternoon of Sunday October 25, from 2pm-5pm.

Vince Lupo is originally from Toronto, Ontario and has been involved in photography since he was 12 years- old. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in photography from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. In 1997, Vince founded his own commercial photography firm, Direction One, Inc., based in Linthicum, MD.

The images in Mapping the West, trace a personal journey of discovering what ‘Spirit of the West’ means. At times it is a beautiful vastness. At other times there is evidence of a fading past- unknown and forgotten, yet appearing more authentic than the present. Religious symbols in the grand landscape serve as reminders of an adherence to tradition – but not without visible conflict. There is also the independent attitude of the people, which echoes the mythical sentiments of the 19th century settlers.

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