BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events February 2-8

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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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2016 Rubys Grant Information Session
Tuesday, February 2nd : 6-7pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 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 listed below and are free to attend. –>Please RSVP here<–



Naomi Safran-Hon : “House Without Home” – Opening/Artist Talk
Wednesday, February 3rd : 6-9pm

Silber Gallery, Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road : Towson 21204

Naomi Safran-Hon grew up in Haifa, Israel but currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.  In this body of work Safran-Hon investigates her relationship to Israel and its on-going conflict, revealing the fragility of the human experience.  This is her first solo show in the Baltimore area. House Without Home brings together 13 pieces that depict fragments of a house but don’t create a home. Safran-Hon’s paintings combine, fabric, cement, and pigment, acrylic and photograph to tell the stories of these structures and their former inhabitants. Co-curators: Laura Amussen, Exhibitions Director and Curator, Goucher College, Silber and Rosenberg Art Galleries and J. Susan Isaacs, Professor of Art History and Curator of the Holtzman MFA and Center for the Arts Galleries, Towson University.

Naomi Safran-Hon: House Without Home will be presented at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Sandy J. Unger Athenaeum from January 26 through April 3, 2016. This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s lecture will be held Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hyman Forum, in the Sandy J. Unger Athenaeum. An artist reception immediately follows from 7-9pm.  Co-sponsored by Goucher College and Towson University, Safran-Hon, also has work is also in the Visions of Place exhibition at Towson University. Please visit or call 410-337-6477 for more information. Please note the gallery will be closed during Spring Break, March 14-20, 2016.



Kenneth Yee : “Remember This Moment” – Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 3rd : 5-8pm

John Fonda Gallery @ The Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : Baltimore 21201



 “Text and Context” : Paintings and Ceramics by Jerome Hershey and Robert Toyakazu – Opening Reception
Thursday, February 4th : 5-7pm

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

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland presents Text and Context, work by painter Jerome Hershey and ceramist Robert Toyakazu Troxell. The work of Hershey and Troxell is colorful and playful, and though it has its serious side, not without humor. Text and Context references quotes and clichés taken from history, philosophy and the everyday.

Jerome Hershey received a B.F.A from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. He has exhibited his paintings at museums and galleries throughout the United States, at such places as the State Museum of Pennsylvania; Arlington (VA) Arts Center; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; and the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA. His works can be found in many public, corporate and private collections including the State Museum of Pennsylvania; Reading Public Museum; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA; Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA; and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. Active in the Lancaster art scene since the mid 1970’s, he has had over 30 solo exhibitions, including three at both the Lancaster Museum of Art and the Demuth Museum. Hershey has worked out of his current studio overlooking historic Central Market since 1981.

Robert Troxell received a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, School of Art and Architecture;   an M.F.A. from The University of Delaware; and a B.A. from Millersville University. Troxell was a Professor of Art at Harrisburg Community College from 1991-2015 and is now the co-owner of Susquehanna Center for the Arts in Columbia, PA. Troxell was a summer resident at the Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, in 2012; a visiting professor at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China, in 2010; and a lecturer at The Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA, 2000-2002. Troxell has shown his work in many group and solo exhibits around the world and has sold his work through The Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Martin Lawrence, Van Nuys, CA; and Neiman Marcus. Robert Troxell has acted in two short Kickstarter funded films, Sushi Cop, 2015, and I Dig Persepolis, 2014.


Lynn Silverman : “Lookout” – Opening Reception
Thursday, February 4th : 6-8pm

Stevenson University Gallery
1525 Greenspring Valley Road : Stevenson 21153

The windows depicted in Lookout were photographed in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and the Czech Republic, countries where Lynn Silverman lived for an extended period of time. Numbering over one hundred images, this series is a collection of observations into how we live in proximity to other people and nature, and how we strike a balance between the desire for contact, concern for security, and our need for privacy.

Each window serves as a point of orientation in the way it frames a variety of situations. Access to the view outside is mediated by the design of the window dressing, such as curtains, blinds, or shutters that affect the flow of natural light. The contrast between inside and outside may be seen as a dialogue between private and public spaces, the self and the other.

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Friday, February 5th : 7-10pm

Penthouse Gallery
1511 Guilford Avenue : Stevenson 21202

BLK LUV is a gallery event hosted by the BALTI GURLS in homage to Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. Featuring works by Suldano Abdiruhman, Jenné Afiya, Chanel C. Cruz, Ashley Chambers, N’Deye Diakhate, Donnisa Hinson, Khadija Nia Adell, A. Isabel, Sophia Yeshi and a performance piece by members of the collective.
Musicby DJ Trillnatured.

Friday, February 5th : 5-10pm

300 + 400 Blocks of East Oliver Street
Station North : Baltimore 21202

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. We hope you will join us on Friday, February 5th! As usual, we will be kicking off the night with a happy hour sponsored by Union Craft Brewing at the Station North Tool Library that will be followed by an Alloverstreet Talk directly next door at Area 405. This month we will be hosting Lighthole! and Nakia “Fire Angelou” Brown. All is, of course, free.


Please Join BmoreArt at the Tool Library Happy Hour! We will have our magazine for sale there too!

5:00-7:00PM – Happy Hour at the Station North Tool Library (417 East Oliver Street).
7:00-7:30PM – Talk by Lighthole! and Nakia “Fire Angelou” Brown at Area 405 (405 East Oliver Street).
7:00-10:00PM – Art openings on E Oliver St and surrounding area



Objects of Construction
Friday, February 5: 7-10 pm

16 West North Avenue

Opening in tandem with with Station North’s February ALLOVERSTREET the exhibition runs for the duration of the month and features sculptural work by seven local artists: Khadija Adell, Tiffany Black, Katie Duffy, Annie Farrar, Magali Herbert-Hout, Hermonie Only, and April Wood.


risingupRising Up – Opening Reception
Friday, February 5th : 7-9pm

Gallery CA
440 East Oliver Street : Baltimore 21202

This exhibit is the second showcase this year of artwork by students from Connexions: A Community Based Arts School. Located in the Greater Mondawmin region, Connexion’s students witnessed first hand the effects of the events on April 27th, 2015. The artwork in this exhibition is a visual examination of the socio-­political factors that lead up to the Baltimore Uprising, expressions concerning the emotional impact of institutional violence, and visions for the future­ —- all from the perspective of young people. The exhibit includes 2­-dimensional and 3­-dimensional works, installation, and video projections created by students who participate in Christine Stiver and Ada Pinkston’s 6th ­& 12th grade visual art classes.

<><><><><><><><>Y_VGN817Paul Gagner: A Beginner’s Guide to Home Lobotomy – Closing Reception and Discussion
Saturday, February 6th : 2-4pm

Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute
1715 North Calvert Street : Baltimore 21202

Guest Spot @ The REINSTITUTE is pleased to announce the solo exhibition A Beginner’s Guide to Home Lobotomy, by Brooklyn-based artist Paul Gagner. The exhibition will open on Saturday, December 12, 2015 and will be on view through Saturday February 6, 2016. The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 7pm-10pm. The opening will coincide with Guest Spot’s holiday celebration, with a special evening of cocktails and light fare.

Modernism, the great purveyor of abstraction, has been the leading benefactor of framing the contextaround representationalism as a mere arbitrary system.  Paul Gagner’s paintings illustrate the tension between the modern impetus to abstraction and the resistance to direct representation, while addressing the systematic approach of authoritative critique.  The artist’s psyche is culled from many directions,  usually resulting in a path in tandem with either school: representation or abstraction. Gagner’s ability to work between these distinct contradictions is a sign that the justifying rhetoric of modern intentions may have more to do with an authoritative bias against representationalism rather than relational analytics of the works themselves.

EAT LOVE ARTS – Opening Reception
Saturday, February 6th : 6-8pm

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : Towson 21204

EAT•LOVE•ARTS, a visual arts exhibit of food from around the world, explores both beauty and global issues related to food.  The opening reception is Saturday, February 6, from 6-8pm.

D.C. Food photographer, Maia Truesdale-Scott, has organized this exhibition in partnership with the Towson Arts Collective.  Maryland Wine, a video by Richard Dinges and David Sawyer, will be featured in the exhibition.  In addition to promoting food relief programs and international restaurants in the region, artists in the exhibition include:  Shelley Amstel, Julia Calkins, Andrea Chesaniuk, Norm Dubin, Howard Greenberg, Perry Kapsch, Marty Katz, AnnaLyse Lanier, Jenee Mateer, Julia McTighe, Charles Mens, Edwin Remsberg,  Jerry Seaton, Stephanie Smith, Lois Wolford, and Donna Yarish.

<><><><><><><><>QU9uGkNTArt in the Hands of Men – Opening Reception
Saturday, February 6th : 3-8pm

The Incredible Little Art Gallery
823 East Baltimore Street : Towson 21202

Presented by Shawn Kwofi Holmes and Jerrell Gibbs. Curator: Shawn Kwofi Holmes. “Art in the Hands of Men” Artists’: Jerrell Gibbs, Ernest Shaw, Tariq Touré, Black Genius Art Show, Anthony McKissik, DeJuan Patterson, Brad Talley, Jason Harris, and Eric Briscoe.

About The Incredible Little Art GalleryThe Incredible Little Art Gallery promotes artistic diversity by fostering creativity, learning, and appreciation of the arts. Our exhibitions, workshops and events make art an accessible experience for all, building community among and between art students of all ages, professional and amateur artists’, inner city and suburban residents, die-hard art fans and first time art appreciators. Founded by Jerrell Gibbs and Milly Vanderwood, The Incredible Little Art Gallery is the youngest African- American-Owned Art Gallery in Baltimore. Located in the heart of Baltimore’s historic downtown neighborhood, the Gallery provides opportunities for aspiring painters, sculptors, photographers and other creatives to hone their craft and showcase their work.


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