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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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Raoul Middleman / Inside Out, Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 20th : 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

C. Grimaldis Gallery greets the new year with an exhibition of works on paper by the iconic Baltimore artist Raoul Middleman. Known for his lurid impasto oil paintings that capture the unique urban landscape and people of Baltimore, Middleman now translates his vision and skill to printmaking and watercolor.Raoul Middleman approaches printmaking the way he does every other art form: attacking head-on, without the least premeditation or planning. He has always made prints from time to time, but in recent years his interest in printmaking has deepened. In the new etchings, the fresh approach he brought to his first woodcut, “Forest Edge”, remains unchanged – he attacks the zinc or copper plate with the same zest.

In printmaking, Middleman often works from observation, but just as often will bring to life the images that are teeming in his mind. Working from imagination allows him to put together his favorite obsessions: women, horses, burlesque, and racetrack scenes. From his studio window, he can work from direct observation of the dilapidated streets surrounding the old jail and the “Cloud” mattress factory. In this way Middleman merges the past and the present, combining in a dreamlike way his old beloved and vanished Baltimore with the present realities that surround him.



RUBYS Grant Information Session
Wednesday, January 20th : 6-7pm

Centre Street Performance Studio
10 East Centre Street : Baltimore 21201

Attend an information session to learn more about the grant program, tip and strategies for preparing a strong grant application, and have your questions answered by the grants manager in-person. Grant sessions are free to attend. RSVP 



Impact Hub Opening Speaker Series: D Watkins
Wednesday, January 20: 6 PM

Impact Hub Baltimore
10 E North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Tickets Available here.

D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon magazine and his work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, The Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Aeon, AlterNet, The City Paper and other magazines. Watkins has been featured on Meet the Press and has been a reoccurring guest on CNN, NPR’s Monday Morning, Tell Me More, The Real News Network, Huff Post Live and The Marc Steiner Show who described Watkins as being “A brilliant phenomenon that needs to be heard.”

Johns Hopkins Magazine writes, “Watkins storytelling is filling a void that mainstream journalism has left behind.” He has lectured at countless events and programs around the country. Watkins was the winner of Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Writer,” award for 2015 and featured in the Baltimore Business Journal as being one of the top 40 under 40 to watch. Watkins currently holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a professor at Goucher University and runs a creative writing workshop at the Baltimore Free School. Watkins’ lives in east Baltimore. His debut essay collection The Beast Side, is available wherever books are sold. His memoir Cook Up, will be published by Grand Central in 2016.

During the month of January, we’re offering free co-working on all days we host events. So come early, stick around, take a tour, and see what it’s like to co-work with us. Learn more at



Thursday, January 21: 6 PM – 9 PM
510 W. Franklin Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Sam Holden’s celebration of Baltimore, decades in the making. This is a unique opportunity to view HUNDREDS of photographs Sam shot and printed for stories that ran in City Paper.


Baltimore History Evenings with Tim Newby, author “Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Driving Sound and Its Legacy”
Thursday, January 21th : 7pm

The Village Learning Place
2521 St. Paul Street : Baltimore 21218

Tim Newby, author of Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and it’s Legacy presents “Appalachian Migrants and Bluegrass Music in Baltimore”. World War II and post-war industrial expansion brought Appalachian migrants to Baltimore, including extraordinary mountain musicians who made Baltimore the center of the bluegrass world as key figures such as Del McCoury, Earl Taylor, Walt Hensley, Alice Gerrard, Hazel Dickens, Mike Seeger, and Mike Munford all emerged from the City.


Maryland Artist Registry Juried Exhibition, Opening Reception
Thursday, January 21th : 6-8pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : Baltimore 21201

This January Maryland Art Place (MAP), in partnership with the Maryland State Art Council (MSAC) will host a state wide juried exhibition curated by Gamynne Guillotte from the Baltimore Museum of Art to highlight the wide range of artist and artwork featured on the Maryland State Artist Registry. The exhibition will take place at Maryland Art Place located at 218 West Saratoga St. from January 21 – March 26, 2016.

About the Curator:
Gamynne Guillotte is the Director of Interpretation and Public Engagement at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she is responsible for strategic planning and realization of interpretive spaces, resources, and public programs. Recent projects include the launch of the Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center and its inaugural exhibition Imagining Home; two rotating education galleries in the Contemporary Wing; in-gallery interpretation for the newly reopened American, African, and Asian collections; and BMA Go Mobile, the web-based mobile art guide for the BMA’s collection. As of September 2015, she is currently serving as Interim Co-Director of Education.

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Thursday, January 21th : 7-9pm

MICA Brown Center
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Grit Fund 2: Information Session + Tax Workshop
Saturday, January 23rd : 12-2:30pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21217

The Tax Workshop is co-led by Chris Ryer, director of the Southeast Community Development Corporation and coordinator of Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District, and Jessica Lanzillotti, general manager of Everyman Theatre, treasurer of Iron Crow Theatre Company, member of the Finance Committee of the Bromo Arts District, and board treasurer of The Contemporary. This Workshop covers tax incentives for designated Arts & Entertainment Districts and offers a tax primer for practicing artists, including tips for tracking deductible expenses.

The Grit Fund, administered by The Contemporary, supports unincorporated and collaborative artist-organized activity that contributes significantly to Baltimore’s arts landscape but seldom qualifies for traditional funding. The fund provides 8-12 grants in amounts between $1,000–$6,000, totaling $50,000 annually.

l01ZaW29Citizen Artist Baltimore Listening Session : NorthEast
Saturday, January 23rd : 1-2:30pm

Hamilton Branch – Enoch Pratt Free Library
5910 Harford Road : Baltimore 21214

Citizen Artist Baltimore announces arts voting initiative and six city-wide listening sessions ahead of the 2016 primary election.

Citizen Artist Baltimore is a call to action for individuals, organizations, institutions, and foundations to work together to advance inclusion of the arts, culture, and humanities as an issue in the April 2016 Primary Mayoral Election and beyond. The growing partnership consists of grassroots artists, community cultural leaders, and organizations including the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

Citizen Artist Baltimore invites everyone who cares about the arts in Baltimore to participate in its city-wide series of listening sessions throughout the month of January 2016. Using the findings from these listening sessions, Citizen Artist Baltimore will present mayoral candidates with a questionnaire for comment and make their responses publicly available via web, print and social media.



Saturday, January 23: 7-10 pm

Area 405
405 E Oliver St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

The Baltimore Jewelry Center cordially invites you to Ornamenta, our annual benefit party! The evening will feature an exhibition of student work, a silent auction, open bar, and food by Blacksauce Kitchen. Music by DJ bUmp. Attire: creative cocktail (ornament yourself!). Proceeds benefit the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Tickets are $55 ($45 if purchased before December 1). Purchase a pack of 8 tickets for $350.

Tickets available here.

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