BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events November 11-16

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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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Top image by LAZY MOM



Minás Konsolas: Frame Of Mind, Reading + After Party
Wednesday, November 11th : 7pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21234

Frame of Mind
Getting lost in the conversation of color, light and shadow, I am testing my senses, leaving behind a visible trace.

Immersed in the mystery of all that exists. Unable to read the bird’s eyes, I wonder ‘til the brightness of the sun blinds me. As if light and darkness were not opposites, but they exist as one.

I am interested in the idea that we all see things differently because we filter things through our own frame of mind. Your opinion matters.

As an experiment, I asked six literary friends to write one sentence about each painting. The writers are:
David Beaudouin • Betsy Boyd • Amanda Fiore
Nancy Murray • Alan Reese • Tracy Dimond

The results added an intriguing layer of perspective and interaction. Will what they see change what you see? Einstein said, “Logic takes you from Point A to Point B. Imagination takes you everywhere.”



SHAG Presents: Bloody Brilliant! A Brief History of British Satirical Illustration
Wednesday, November 11th : 7-8:30pm

University of Baltimore, John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1401 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

FREE program. All are invited.

University of Baltimore, John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Lower Lever, Moot Courtroom, 1401 N Charles Street
The SHAG (Society for History and Graphics) website is sponsored by PCA | An RR Donnelley Company.



Lu Zhang: topo(log) typo(log), Opening Reception
Thursday, November 12th : 5-9pm

ICA Baltimore, George Peabody Library
17 West Mount Vernon Place : Baltimore 21201

ICA Baltimore presents topo(log) typo(log), a series of six books documenting Lu Zhang’s yearlong studio residency at the George Peabody Library. Emulating the Dewey Decimal system of relative location, each book embodies a level of the library: General Reference; Biography; History; Language, Literature, and Translation; Science and Art; Bibliography and Books about Books. Readers are invited to navigate through the pages as they would move through the cast-iron stacks and narrow passageways of the library’s interior.

Employing tasks common to a library of choosing, collecting, sorting, recording, transferring, scanning, and photocopying, Zhang reinterprets the building’s contents to create an associative and accumulative narrative that is specific yet arbitrary, expansive yet fragmentary. Gathering imagery from a wide range of sources including 18th century encyclopedias, architectural protrusions, guided tours, insurance maps, office supplies, renovation remains, and an essay on clouds, Zhang investigates the nature of work, the limitations of collective knowledge, and the poetics of place.

Additionally, the exhibition will include a selection of books curated by the ICA Baltimore from the Peabody’s collection in response to Zhang’s project, as well as books from the Johns Hopkins Library and the Maryland Institute College of Art—further contextualizing topo(log) typo(log) within library preservation theory and contemporary art movements.

After the duration of the exhibition, the six volumes will be acquired and cataloged by the George Peabody Library, becoming a part of the permanent collection.


Cocktails at the Conservatory
Thursday, November 12th : 6:30-8:30pm

Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory
3100 Swann Drive : Baltimore 21217

Mix, mingle and enjoy botanically-inspired cocktails by Rye Fells Point at the Rawlings Conservatory! In addition to their signature Palm House Punch, Rye has created several new drinks especially for this event — incorporating plants and flowers that can be found in the Conservatory’s collection of rare plants from around the world! Bring a friend or come alone to sip delicious cocktails in the beautiful and exotic environs of the Rawlings Conservatory. Mixologists from Rye will be happy to answer questions on how to incorporate rare botanicals into your cocktails at home, and Conservatory volunteers will be on hand to highlight the many fascinating plants in bloom.

Admission includes 3 drink tickets, snacks, and music, too!

We are so pleased to bring this partnership between Rye and the Conservatory’s plants back for another delicious round! Rye created fantastic botanical-based cocktails for the “Drunken Botanist” event and two other “Cocktails” events. They are back again to bring their commitment to quality libations to you. Enjoy specialty products, fresh juices, and local ingredients poured by knowledgeable and friendly bartenders.  Join us for this Baltimore Conservatory Association event to toast the Conservatory and help support and preserve this gem of Baltimore for future generations!


 2015 Faculty Biennial, Artist Talk + Reception
Thursday, November 12th : 5-7pm

Julio Fine Arts, Loyola University Maryland
4501 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21210

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland presents the “2015 Faculty Biennial,” an exhibition of work by the Visual Arts Faculty in the Department of Fine Arts. Participating in the exhibit are Mary Beth Akre, Billy Friebele, Duncan Hill, Chip Irvine, Christopher Lonegan, Janet Maher, Jon Malis, Cameron Petke, Jacob Rhoads, Dan Schlapbach, Mary Kunaniec Skeen, and Eileen Wold. The exhibit has no theme but is a collection of work by dedicated educators who also happen to be professional artists. Artists are curious people – that is they display curiosity in their artistic explorations and experiments. Thus, we have a photographer who is printing 3D objects that embody color models, a painter who is working over a finished image to evoke loss of the natural world, and a sculptor exploring Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Some of the work though more traditional, is no less thought provoking.


 Let’s Go 2 Miami, Benefit
Friday, November 13th : 9pm



bb, Open Space, Platform Gallery and Terrault Contemporary are all very honored and excited to announce that we have all be accepted into, and will be exhibiting at SATELLITE Miami Beach with Tiger Strikes Asteroid. We are truly thrilled for this opportunity to showcase Baltimore artists and represent the Baltimore arts community, but WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET US THERE!

While going to Miami to exhibit and construct an installation sounds all fun and games, there are several high costs that factor into it: fair participation cost, travel fair, hotel, installation materials, time off work, etc. So some of our dear friends and colleagues have volunteered to convene for a spooky Friday the 13th show @ Myspace! Come out and dance and listen to some of your favorite Bmore tunes.


DJ ABDU ALI – holdin’ it down with the jamz

PARDALINCE BIRD – ambient noises by your man, Dan

SHERMAN WHIPS – sweet rock n roll boys

BOUNGE – femme power hip hop / electro / pop spectrum

AMY REID – amazing bmore lady from Chiffon rockin her own tunes so super fly

Hosted by the lovely:

*MESSAGE FOR ADDRESS or Text this number 443-692-7669
**Will have grilled cheeses made to order on sale!



Winterfest Jazz Preview Party
Friday, November 13th : 6-8pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209

$20 Members, $25 Non-Members, $30 at the Door.
Tickets can be purchased on our website or by calling 410 578 1919 x10.

Please join us for a sneak preview of our most popular exhibition and shopping event of the year – Winterfest and the Holiday Shop. Enjoy the unveiling of fabulous ceramics, wine, lite fare and live jazz by Alan Blackman. This is a great opportunity to select your favorite pieces before they become available to the public (this show is cash and carry)!WINTERFEST 2015 is our nineteenth annual ceramics holiday exhibition featuring established and emerging ceramic artists. The show includes a versatile range of work – there is something for you and everyone on your gift list! Whether you need a beautiful serving bowl for a holiday party or a new piece of jewelry to wear for New Year’s Eve, you’ll find something unique during this holiday exhibition.

Your ticket price directly benefits the artistic and educational programs at Baltimore Clayworks. If you can’t attend this fundraiser, please consider making a donation or become a member.



Artist Reception for First the Pain at Area 405
Saturday, November 14 from 4-7

Area 405
405 E Oliver St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
November 14th – December 20th 2015

ARTISTS: Phylicia Ghee, Jenna Kahn, Michelle Labonte, Ashley Minner, Nicolette Norman, Lydia Pettit, Alyse Ruriani, Emma Jo Shatto and Laura Weiner.

First the Pain II features a new and immersive video and sound installation by Phylicia Ghee and new and existing works representing the theme through drawing, painting, print making, and photography by artists Jenna Kahn, Michelle Labonte, Ashley Minner, Nicolette Norman, Lydia Pettit, Alyse Ruriani, Emma Jo Shatto and Laura Weiner.

What pain looks like when one is suffering with mental illness or addiction, or affected by a loved one’s hurting, and what flows from that pain. How might we find a place of compassion to become part of the solution rather than contributing to the suffering.
We are proud to be a part of the New Day Campaign and are grateful to Peter Bruun, our fellow galleries, artists, curators, volunteers, donors, visitors and many others who have made the New Day Campaign possible.

AREA 405’s mission is to produce, present and promote arts and cultural programming by offering a venue for artists from Baltimore and beyond. Collaborating with art, cultural and community organizations throughout the region, AREA 405 has hosted scores of events featuring thousands of artists and tens of thousands of visitors since opening its doors in 2003.

Gallery hours are listed on the area 405 web site for this exhibition and are also by appointment by contacting [email protected]
image credit Lydia Pettit


Within/Without, Artist Talk
Saturday, November 14th : 3pm

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 pho- tographers 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 perspec- tive of expansive spaces.

A talk with selected artists from Within/Without will be held at the gallery on November 14 at 3p.m., moderated by art historian Virginia Adams, Ph.D. A catalogue with an essay by Dr. Adams will also accompany this exhibition.

Seeing Color: A Conversation About Race
Saturday, November 14th : 2pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Seeing Color: A Conversation About Race & Art on Saturday, November 14, 2 p.m. The free panel discussion will bring insights to the national conversation on race, identity, and social justice addressed by artists and shed new light on challenging artworks in the BMA’s historic and contemporary collection. Works such as Charles Calvert and His Slave (1761) by John Hesselius; Uncle Tom and Eva Spill Vase (1852-1853); and Strange Fruit (1995) and Cotton Eater II (2014) by Allison Saar will be discussed.

The panel moderator is Rodney Foxworth, founder of Invested Impact, a non-profit working to support economic change and leadership development in underserved communities. He has advised, developed, and managed numerous social impact ventures. Panelists:

  • Dr. Sheri Parks, Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities at University of Maryland
  • Dr. James Smalls, art historian and professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Ailish Hopper, poet and professor at Goucher College

Susan Harbage Page, artist and professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Estamos Aqui – Bus Stop Sculpture Unveiling
Saturday, November 14th : 2-5pm

3400 East Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21224

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces a community celebration hosted by the Southeast Community Development Corporation to unveil their completed project, “Estamos Aquí,” a winner of the 2015 PNC Transformative Art Prize. The celebration takes place Saturday, November 14 from 2-5pm at 3400 E. Baltimore Street. “Estamos Aquí” or “We are Here” pays tribute to the growing Latino community in the Baltimore Highlands neighborhood and transforms the busy intersection of Baltimore Street and Highland Avenue into an experiential bus shelter with a giant push pin sculpture. The project is a collaborative effort between the Southeast Community Development Corporation, local residents and artists of the Highlandtown Arts District and the Baltimore Highlands Neighborhood Association.  It was designed by local artist Rachel Timmins and engineered and built by Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller, the same team who built the newly completed “BUS” stop sculpture in Highlandtown last fall.

Rachel Timmins’ work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and many publications such as Unexpected Pleasures published by Rizzoli Publications, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective published by Lark Books, andJewel Book: International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art published by Stitchting Kunst Boek. Kyle Miller and Tim Scofield are both Baltimore sculptors who recently collaborated with Madrid collective Mmmm… for the Highlandtown “BUS” sculpture and are currently working on a group of four 8-foot tall fabricated steel sculptures for Baltimore’s Patterson Park.

The celebration is a free neighborhood block party featuring a mobile photo booth, family-friendly activities from Waterfront Partnership, MICA, Fantastic Faces, Blue Water Baltimore and the Family League. Monte Alban’s food truck serves tasty Mexican food while “Zakke” offers live musical entertainment with high-energy Latin rhythms and modern rock and ska beats. “Anexo Social” follows with their Latin Cumbia sounds fused with Reggae and ska rhythms.


FAMILYFAMILYTREE – Positive Reinforcement, Opening Reception
Saturday, November 14th : 7-10pm

Gallery Four
405 West Franklin Street : Baltimore 21201

We find ourselves disillusioned not only by the senseless optimism and technological revelry of neo-capitalism, but also by the scorched earth policy sought by its opposition. We are unwillingly complicit in a world of dichotomies, all working toward a presumed dystopian future.

Joining minds is often reliant on the sacrifice of the individual; conformity to a hive-mind. Collective communities should operate under the acknowledgement of their own structural pitfalls. The success of a collective may be determined by its ability to manifest collaborative effort; however, we refuse to acknowledge our collaboration as a means to any end.

We must combat this polarity with unknowingness, and in doing so, we must express our dissent as affirmation. We must say “yes” to the abandonment of power, “yes” to the acknowledgement of hegemonic individualism, “yes” to dissolving passive engagement, “yes” to identity and anti-identity, “yes” to turbo-capitalist satire and the destruction of capital, “yes” to rhizomatic structure in a world of unchecked growth, “yes” to the exhaustion of appropriation, “yes” to absolving online persona and celebrity, “yes” to anonymity and collaboration, “yes” to sincerity, “yes” to absurdity, “yes” to process and material and the heuristic, “yes” to merging context with content, “yes” to immediacy, and “yes” to knowing and not knowing and having the confidence to admit either way. We say “yes” to positive reinforcement. /

Roxana Azar, Phillip Birch, Greyory Blake, Abbey Campbell, Jonathan Campolo, Jennifer Choi, Nathaniel deLarge, LJ Frezza, Max Galyon, Nate Grossman, Alexander Iezzi, Killer Instinct, Sarah Kinlaw, Chris Maggio, LAZY MOM, Keegan Monaghan, Mike Nudelman, Nathan Phillips, Trevor Powers, Patrick Reynolds, Ginevra Shay, Yuri Stone, HEAVYPET U.S., Nettie Syrell, Ariel Zambenedetti


10th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, November 14th : 8:30pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
803 East Pratt Street : Baltimore 21202

As the museum enters a new decade, you are invited to a celebration inspired by the early 20th century, a time of new ideas, culture, art, & music. Period dress encouraged! Or, festive attire or black tie.

Gala Party Tickets include
– Jazz Lounge with Ellis Marsalis – pianist, composer, and educator
– Dance floor with DJ Lil Mic
– Live entertainment throughout the galleries (and perhaps a surprise appearance by Billie Holiday herself!)
– Heavy hors d’oeuvres
– Dessert Station
– Casino tables
– Best 1920s Period Dress Contest

Early Bird until September 30, 2015 (Per Person): $65
October 1 – November 13, 2015: $70 museum members, $80 non-members
At the door November 14, 2015: $100



Pies & Magazines: A Celebration of Wayne Theibaud’s 95th Birthday brought to you by BmoreArt and The PieCycle

Sunday, November 15 at Trohv in Hampden, 3-5 pm

Come join us on Sunday, November 21 from 3-5 pm at Trohv for Magazines and Pies, brought to you by BmoreArt and The PieCycle. This event marks the first public debut of BmoreArt’s new Journal of Art + Ideas, and we are thrilled to pair magazines with locally made pies, a collaboration in local tastes, flavors, and aesthetics. The new full color magazine examines what it means to live a creative life in Baltimore today and presents local art, artists, studio spaces, collaborations, and community members from a variety of perspectives. It’s elegant design, along with the rich taste of Mack’s baked goodies, will satisfy even the most discerning cultural critic.

Be the first of your friends to get a preview copy before the official magazine launch event on Saturday, November 21 @ MAP.



Collections: A Childhood Store Pop Up Shop and Installation
Monday, November 16th

Pixilated Federal Hill
46 East Cross Street : Baltimore 21230

Collections brings together Katie Gill Harvey’s unique, homemade soy & beeswax crayon shop, A Childhood Store, with the nature photography of Cyndi Monaghan.

Stop by Pixilated Federal Hill during November 16th – 23rd and contribute to an installation using A Childhood Store products, a chance to purchase your own crayons, and view the accompanying photography series by Cyndi Monaghan.

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