BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events June 14-20

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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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Hands Please: Rosemary Liss
Thomasson Theatre
Corner of Paca and Franklin Streets (outside) and 426 Franklin Street
Tuesday, June 14 : 8:15 – 11:15 pm

Please join us at the Thomasson Theater for Rosemary Liss’s projection installation “Hands Please”. The piece can be viewed from outside the building on Paca and Franklin Streets. Inside the space at 426 W Franklin Street Rosemary will have additional pieces and sensory foodscapes for your consumptive pleasure.

<><><><><><><><>lightcityLight City Baltimore Water Taxi/Walking Tour
Wednesday, June 15th : 10am

Inner Harbor Ampitheater
Pratt and Light Streets : Baltimore 21230

Water Taxi/Walking Tour: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 10am. Tours depart from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets. Attendees should meet at the Amphitheater by 9:45am. Capacity is limited to 49 passengers. An RSVP to [email protected] is required to reserve a space.

<><><><><><><><>-YaQd-bUSpice Girl Documentary Screening
Wednesday, June 15th : 6-10pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Join us for the official premiere of the documentary “Spice Girl” celebrating baltimore drag queen Cinnamon St. Michael through more than 50 years in drag.

Doors open at 6pm with full cash bar, followed by entertainment and showing of the film at 7pm with a QandA and more entertainment following.

Be there to celebrate and support this extraordinary person, loved and charished by so many – and join us in a celebration of a quite incredible life and career.

This is an OPEN event but seating is limited – so to secure your tickets, simply email with your name and how many tickets you need and you’ll be all set.

<><><><><><><><>uK79cDMfThe Barnes Collection: Who, What, Where, Why, When
Thursday, June 16th : 7-9pm

Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture
225 Holiday Street : Baltimore 21202

<><><><><><><><>bXvJlcCWGoing Down Mount Moriah
Thursday, June 16th : 8pm

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

$10 – $15 Sliding Scale

EMP Collective welcomes Philly performance artist Emily Bate (and company) for a guest performance at EMP! Opening performance featuring Rahne Alexander (Baltimore).

ABOUT THE SHOW Going Down Mount Moriah is DIY choral theater and feminist spectacle. A choir rises up from a murky lake bottom: there’s finger-pointing, navel-gazing, rollerskating, and rattling the bars of the cage. Is it a house show gone off the rails, or the Babysitter’s Club turned into a bloodthirsty cult?! A show exploring the extent to which trauma constitutes personhood, Going Down Mount Moriah will tell you jokes, terrify you and sing you to sleep, not in that order.

<><><><><><><><>QhVaV_5XRipple Effect – Opening Reception
Thursday, June 16th : 5:30-7:30pm

Top of the World Observatory
401 East Pratt Street : Baltimore 21202

The Top of the World Observation Gallery presents “Ripple Effect,” an exhibition of paintings by Sylvie Van Helden and Christine Buckton Tillman, on view from Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, September 25, 2016. A free opening reception takes place on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Guests must arrive by 7pm to be guaranteed entry. Light refreshments will be served. Top of the World is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at 401 E. Pratt Street.

“Ripple Effect” explores the work of two artists who employ fluid painting techniques, utilizing liquid acrylics, inks, and gouaches on paper, mixing them with processes such as collage and digitally printed fabric.

Christine Buckton Tillman is interested in botanical imagery and man-made interpretations of natural forms, as well as textile and pattern design. Often utilizing pencil, ink, and gouache, she has recently begun digitally printing her works on paper onto fabric. Also drawing from natural imagery, Sylvie Van Helden exhibits works from her series entitled “The Legend of the Koi”, which describes the persistence of a school of Koi swimming against a powerful waterfall. In this illustrated story in which one Koi finally summits the waterfall, turning into a powerful dragon, Van Helden utilizes acrylic, ink, and collage with correction tape on paper.



Sindikit Friday Performance Series
Friday, June 17 : 7 PM – 9 PM

405 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Curated by interdisciplinary artist Jaimes Mayhew for the Friday Performance Series, ‘sindikit presents DESIDERIUM, a ritual performance by Jordan Sanford and Joseph Faura. DESIDERIUM explores trauma, grief and healing through the potential liminality implicit in magick rituals.

Jordan and Joseph serve as the intermediaries between participants and the elemental forces by embodying sacred entities who “consume” the grief of others, to in turn help us remember, heal, and cleanse ourselves—and each other—from our personal and collective grief.


Sa5dh4dTBrad Blair / Pat Alexander / Blake Carrington – Opening Receptions
Friday, June 17th : 7-9pm

155 Gibbs Street : Rockville 20850

Brad Blair is an award winning, emerging artist and Maryland native who recently earned his M.F.A. from Florida State University and a B.S. Degree in Fine Arts, with a focus in Ceramics, from Towson University. His other-worldly artwork stems from interests in the biological sciences, cryptozoology, the future of genetic engineering, and the unknown. Brad has been actively exhibiting his artwork in both national and international juried exhibitions. Currently, Brad is teaching classes to all ages at Baltimore Clayworks and is creating artwork of his own within his at-home garage studio located in Street, Maryland.

Taking advantage of the Gibbs Street Gallery’s wall of windows and artificial light, Pat Alexander creates an installation of pigmented cast-paper rocks and boulders, cast shadow and small abstract paintings inspired by rock-laden landscapes in Newfoundland, Canada, Vedauwoo, Wyoming and Cappadocia, Turkey. The main impetus for Pat Alexander’s work is the inherent beauty and precariousness of the natural world.

Blake Carrington (b. 1980) works within the spheres of the visual, sound, and performing arts. He has had solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and Central Utah Art Center, featuring a range of work from inkjet painting to video installation using custom software systems. Parallel to his work in the visual arts context, he writes and performs original audiovisual compositions and releases full length albums. His debut Cathedral Scan was released in 2011 by the LA-based Dragon’s Eye Recordings, and in 2012 Radio del Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid commissioned a follow-up. Working collaboratively, he has created and performed concert visuals recently with Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective in New York, Abu Dhabi, Paris and Marseille. He has also co-founded a collaborative silkscreen print label called Personal Desire Propaganda that promotes the work of 35 artists, and previously co-founded and curated a public art platform called Urban Video Project that has featured work by Trevor Paglen, Jill Magid, and others. He received a Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant to research media arts in Japan, and is a 2014-2015 NYFA Fellow. Blake was born in Indiana and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

<><><><><><><><>13442590_1957130937846676_6292344387215202936_oPiece by Peace: Finding Meaning Through Artistic Meditation 
Friday, June 17th : 6pm

Impact Hub
10 East North Avenue : Baltimore 21218

Sip some wine and collage with professional multi media Artist Brianna Faulkner to shake off the work week with other arts enthusiasts. Make an  8×10 canvas work of art while sipping on wine. The workshop will be held at Impact Hub Baltimore, part innovation lab, part coworking space, part community center. Our members are innovators and entrepreneurs dedicated to Baltimore and beyond.

Materials provided will be:

  • magazines
  • scissors
  • glue
  • canvas

(supplies are limited and will have to be shared by all atendees)

B Faulkner is a writer and mixed media artist currently residing in Baltimore MD. Her work has been a part of several exhibitions in the DMV area in addition to being featured in local galleries, restaurants, boutiques, churches and on book covers. She holds creative story-telling workshops for after school initiatives and women’s organizations.

<><><><><><><><>8atMmO1IMagic Portal Block Party
Saturday, June 18th : 1-4pm

Gold Street; between Division and Etting
2145 Division Street : West Baltimore

Time of Event: 1-4:00pm

1-2pm: Program

  • Presentation by Jubilee Youth Artists
  • Choir and Praise Dance Performances by Patterson Asbury AME Zion Church and Greater Manifestation Worship & Praise.
  • Rhema Word (Spoken Word) 2-4pm:
  • Food
  • Music
  • Mural Making (and other art activities)
  • Face Painting

Jubilee youth have been working in collaboration with residents of Druid Heights and members of Patterson Asbury AME Zion Church and Greater Manifestation Worship & Praise to create Magic Portal, temporary sculptural activation of the vacant lots on Gold and Division Streets in West Baltimore.

The portal is constructed of wooden posts and pieces of scrap sourced from the local environment to symbolize a tunnel of transformation. Magic Portal opens at the Northwest corner of the intersection, providing residents an opportunity to step away from their everyday worlds and move through a unique space, adorned by flowers created by community using recycled materials. The archway leads towards a seating area with abstract wooden sculptures on the other end.

The sculptures are inspired by photographs from the 1930’s-1960’s taken in the area by the late photographer for the Afro-American newspaper, Paul Henderson. The portal is a symbol of transformation and is a tool for traveling through time to learn about community history. Through this project, we honor our past, provide opportunities to learn and participate in the work being done currently in the community, and dream of visions for the future.

Join us for the Magic Portal’s block party celebration which will take place on June 18, 2016, 1-4pm to celebrate the 6 month long collaborative community process and to bless the space. Youth leaders will present on their experience working on the project, there will be choir and praise dance performances by the churches, participants will have an opportunity to help paint a mural that will be installed temporarily on the the wall of a building next to the four lots. The sculptures will be de-installed in mid-August and move to other locations where they will find permanent residence.



Not Now: Hermonie “only” Williams
Saturday, June 18 : 7-10 PM

Gallery 4
405 W Franklin St., Baltimore MD 21201

Exhibition Runs: June 18 – July 22, 2016

In my exhibition at Gallery 4 entitled ‘Not Now’ I present a series of pieces derived from the affections of anxiety and depression, the potential of substance, the notion of bodily presence, absence, and residue. These artworks are an investigation into the ethical and aesthetic problems at the core of ‘personal expression’. Fragility and vulnerability are defined by charred wood sculptures which hang in an ambiguous relationship to charcoal pigmented cement. Graphite, inherently dark and reflective, recedes from the viewer with an introspection so severe that it appears to cave in on itself. Drawings that seem so heavily obvious as to make ascribing further significance uncomfortable. Pointed and sheared polycarbonate rods are obstinately staged with expectant resolve.

Please join me Saturday June 18th 7-10 pm for an unsophisticated synthesis of angst and elegance.

Hermonie “only” Williams grew up in Orange County, California. She lives and works in Baltimore, MD.


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Art & Funding: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, June 21 : 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Join BmoreArt for a panel discussion with four artists who have receieved significant grants in the region: Wendel Patrick, Lu Zhang, Edgar Reyes, and Ashley Minner.

Moderated by Erin Fostel, this conversation will include grant-winning strategies and an honest discussion of the actual impact – and responsibilities – of grant funding on one’s art practice. This discussion features artists from our new print journals!

Pictured Above: Wendel Patrick in his studio photographed by Justin Tsucalas for Issue 2!

Tickets are free but you need to register via Eventbrite. Seating will be limited !

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