BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events June 21-27

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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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Truth Booth
Station North YNot Lot : North Avenue and Charles Streets

Tuesday, June 21st – Wednesday, June 22nd : Noon-6pm
MICA’s Cohen Plaza : 1301 West Mount Royal Avenue

Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester and Hank Willis Thomas of the CauseCollective are taking their famed “Truth Booth” on a tour of all 50 states to document this pivotal moment in history. “This project is not only a public art tour, a website and a documentary video project—the Truth Booth is also a generosity project,” said Cause Collective co-founder Hank Willis Thomas.

“The goal is to provide Americans with a safe space to share their thoughts, ideas, dreams and truths about the upcoming election, or anything that inspires them.”

The installation will be at MICA’s Cohen Plaza on Tuesday, June 21 and the Ynot Lot in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District on Wednesday, June 22.

About the Truth Booth: The Truth Booth project, founded by the Cause Collective in 2011, has previously traveled to Ireland, Afghanistan, South Africa and parts of the U.S. The project has collected more than 2,000 statements ranging from, “The truth is Legos” to “The truth is I’m proud to be Afghan” to “The truth is I’m a tomboy and I hate pink and I hate princesses.”

More information about the Truth Booth is available at


Art and Funding: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, June 21st : 6:30-8:30pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

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!

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


<><><><><><><><>iWDhEy_dWriters LIVE: Tim Newby, “Bluegrass in Baltimore”
Wednesday, June 22nd : 6:30pm

Enoch Pratt Free Library – Canton Branch
1030 South Ellwood Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Author Tim Newby will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and Its Legacy By: Tim Newby.

Among the influx of Appalachian migrants who came to Baltimore looking for work in the 1940s and ’50s was a talented crop of musicians who made the city the center of the bluegrass world. Bluegrass in Baltimore is the first book to take an in-depth look into how the music that was played in Baltimore came to wield influence across a broad musical landscape.

The journey of these Baltimore musicians was not an easy one. They struggled in the face of a music industry that viewed the music they made as the “poorest example of poor man’s music.” There were missed opportunities, personal demons, and prejudice against their hillbilly backgrounds. However, the music they made and the influence they had has lasted forever.

A teacher in Anne Arundel County, Tim Newby is the features editor of Honest Tune Magazine. He is an active participant in Baltimore’s thriving musical scene.

<><><><><><><><>JYINzNV1Kathy Strauss Gallery Talk : Measuring the Sky
Wednesday, June 22nd : 7pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

In her mixed media prints, scientist and artist Kathy Strauss highlights some of the gorgeous life forms from both the sky and the sea, weaving together the underlying physical and mathematical structures with their outside appearances. As most of us bump along through our daily lives, we get caught up in scheduling and details, forgetting to wonder at the truly grand, universal, and unifying things in our world. Political discussions and societal debates that seem so immediate and important change over time, and then fade from memory. But the underlying structures of our universe remain unchanged. Their discovery represents some of mankind’s noblest work, all while being largely ignored by most people. Strauss’ artwork alludes to the grandeur of this world – and universe – that remains to be explored.

On Wednesday, June 22, at 7:00 pm, Strauss will present an interactive gallery talk, Measuring the Sky. This free event addresses how we found our place in the universe, thanks in large part to astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt’s work. Up until about 100 years ago, humankind did not really know that much about the universe. This changed when Leavitt discovered a way to measure the distance between the earth and distant galaxies.

<><><><><><><><>UP0SrKKUTeresa Duggan : Baltimore Photographs – Opening Reception
Thursday, June 23rd : 6-7pm

Pratt Library – Light Street Branch
1251 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

 Photography exhibit featuring quirky and vibrant Baltimore City street scenes as explored by foot and bicycle. On display in June through July.

See more of her photos here and here

Meet the Artist reception event Thursday June 236-7pm. Come meet the artist and chat about photography in the city.

<><><><><><><><>b02RRTQyArt / Sound / Now : Wendel Patrick and Mark Brown & Carrie Fucile
Thursday, June 23rd : 7-8:30pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Immerse yourself in live music while you enjoy the galleries. The Art/Sound/Now performance series returns this summer, with a new lineup of Baltimore musicians performing original compositions inspired by the art. The series is held every third Thursday night this summer.

Tickets here:



MICA MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions

June 24 – July 8

MFA, Studio Art opening reception Friday, June 24
Closing Reception – Friday, July 8th5-7PM
Decker, Meyerhoff, Riggs and Leidy Galleries


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Mapping Classroom Culture: Finland, Baltimore, and In Between: An Installation of Art Based Research
Works by artist-teacher-researcher Sherri Fisher

Center for Art Education Gallery in the Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Center
Exhibition dates: June 18 through July 18, 2016

Please join us for the exhibition reception and gallery talk from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13th.

The Master of Arts in Art Education Program and The Center for Art Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art are pleased to present Mapping Classroom Culture: Finland, Baltimore, and In Between, by artist-teacher-researcher, Sherri Fisher; an installation of arts-based research in the Center for Art Education gallery in the Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Center.

Artist’s Statement by Sherri Fisher:
As a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Award, I spent four months in Finland—the “center” of the movement on student centered learning environments—where I conducted arts-­‐based research on K-­‐12 classroom culture. I went with an interest in examining teacher/student communication in highly effective classrooms, to see how these conversations influence classroom culture. Based on field notes and research documentation from numerous Finnish classrooms, my research emerged as collage-­‐based concept maps that serve as both discussion starters and orientations to a way of thinking or to a specific place and time. Eventually, the findings largely became about autonomy: its roots, value, and place in education and culture. Autonomous learning is a constructive process that involves actively seeking meaning from, or even imposing meaning on, events (Candy, 1991: 271); it can be thought of as a social process that redistributes power and shifts the role of participants related to the construction of knowledge in the learning process (Thanasoulas, 2000). Upon returning to my own Baltimore County classroom, I often found myself very lost as I bounced these ideas around: I seemed to have the wrong map! I therefore returned to the research practice I employed in Finland, to now look at what autonomy means in my own classroom.

Artist’s Bio:
Sherri Fisher is the Visual Arts Department Chair at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore County, MD, USA. An art educator for over ten years, Sherri she has been recognized, at district and state levels, for the quality of her teaching, and both the Kennedy Center and The College Board have commended her school for excellence in arts integration. She holds a BFA from Purchase College SUNY and a MAAE from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2010). Sherri serves as the Eastern Region Secondary Representative for the National Art Education Association and has presented at many national conferences on the aesthetic values of high school students as well as on classroom culture. In 2011 Sherri traveled extensively in Peru with the Fulbright-­‐Hays Group Projects Abroad program, sponsored by Morgan State University. In 2015 Sherri undertook an independent Fulbright in Finland, as an artist-­‐scholar associated with Aalto University. And this year Ms. Fisher was named NAEA Eastern Region High School Art Educator of the Year and Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, Southeast Area.


tacArt Auction + Music Party
Friday, June 24th : 6-11pm

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : Towson 21204

 Friday, June 246-8pm Bid on Local Art & Prints by Famous Artists during our Silent Auction & Wine Basket Raffle led by Board Secretary, Professor Rich Wilson, Philosopher, Artist, Photographer, & Wood Sculptor.

Join us for a Tango Demonstration by Roger Petersen & Elizabeth Elder at 6:30pm & Bid on a series of Roger’s tango lessons & a bottle of Malbec!

SHAKE IT & Play Percussion at our music after party (9pm) led by TAC Performing Artist in Residence, Richard “Ricardo” Dinges.

 <><><><><><><><>13433077_1228600030484370_5998584498338386389_oGabriel Kirk : The Process of Translating Art – Artist Reception
Friday, June 24th : 6-8pm

Silo Point Gallery
1200 Steuart Street : Baltimore 21230

<><><><><><><><>brickBrick Burn
Saturday, June 25th : 6-9pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209

Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to partner with Josh Copus and Marian Glebes to fire bricks from the Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory at the BMA (Second Location). Join us for a wood firing, beer garden by our wood kiln generously provided by Union Craft Brew Co. and a brick dance party, the new dance craze sweeping Baltimore.

This extension of a collaborative interdisciplinary project is made possible by a 2015 Rubys Artist Project Grant, an initiative conceived with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Special thanks to all additional individuals and organizations that made this project possible: The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Loading Dock, Inc., Baltimore Clayworks, Union Craft Brew Co., Taylor Clay Products (NC), Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Company, Friends of Wyman Park Dell, Life After Boring Studios and everyone that created a brick at any of the mobile community brick factories!

jerrellArt in the Hands of Men featuring Jerrell Gibbs – Opening Reception
Saturday, June 25th : 3pm

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

The Reginald Lewis Museum will open its Art in the hands of Men exhibition featuring artist Jerrell Gibbs. The exhibition will feature nearly 10 works by Gibbs, primarily composed of his appropriated works of Franklin, the silenced African American male from Charles Schultz’s, Peanuts.

As an African American male growing up in Baltimore City, Jerrell Gibbs uses Franklin as a means to reflect on his experience as a black male in Baltimore. The collection touches on issues such as displacement of lower income families, deficiency within urban school systems, social class, and stigma’s placed upon a specific race of people.

The Art in the hands of Men exhibition is a collection of works from 9 artists, with works dedicated to the acknowledgment of African American trailblazers in art, history and popular culture, past and present.ere.

<><><><><><><><>4wvMu1QsThe BIG Show & The Little BIG Show – Opening + BIG Show On Stage
Friday, June 24th : 6pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

One of the very first Creative Alliance extravaganzas, our members’ annual salon-style exhibition proudly displays over 200 works of art by professional and novice artists alike.

An annual favorite of participants and viewers alike, The Big Show & Little Big Show is our members’ opportunity to show off their visual art creations.  Any and every member is encouraged to submit one work of art that will be hung in a massive, salon-style show.  Artwork can be of any media, and members of all ages are encouraged to participate, with a special $5 fee for youth ages 17 and younger.  With so many novice and professional artists exhibiting in one place, The Big Show & Little Big Show is a fantastic opportunity to find and purchase completely unique and affordable works of art for your growing collection.

Special to our year-long 21st Birthday celebration, for the first time ever The Big Show will feature a members’ Performance Night on June 25th following the gallery reception, where any member who can sing, act, juggle, dance, play an instrument, conduct magic, or any other stage-worthy activity can also show off their skills!  Check out the event page HERE for more info about registering!

<><><><><><><><>pPG16EcqWaste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling – Exhibition Opening
Friday, June 24th 

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

The concepts of recycling and reuse are often touted as a modern, even trendy approach to dealing with the overwhelming volume of material culture created by mankind. However, recycling was already a common practice by the medieval period. With ancient gems, written pages, scraps of metalwork, and used ivories, medieval artists were skilled at making use of older materials. This exhibition, which includes over 20 objects, explores medieval approaches to recycling through the mediums of gold, ivory, stone, glass, and parchment. Stunning and important in their own right, these works of art have unseen layers of history that can now be newly understood through modern research.

<><><><><><><><>qqVYUPjCAnalog Dialogue – Opening Reception
Saturday, June 25th : 5-8pm

Full Circle Photography
33 East 21st Street : Baltimore 21218

Photographic darkrooms still prove to be magnificent caves of mystery for three photographic artists – Amy Finkelstein, Tatiana Gulenkina, and Kei Ito- who are connected through their use of chromogenic printing. The dialogue between these artists’ work describes how process is critical to form. Here, thelanguage of optical photographic exposures on paper, speak of experimentation, technical exactitude, and unique ways of utilizing non-digital photographic materials. Within this experiential topography, these artists draw on such concepts as personal history and bodilyrhythms, the intuitive states of the creative process, and the choreography of creation in artmaking.

<><><><><><><><>oqx-0vhcGrl Pwr & Discwoman Unite!
Saturday, June 25th : 9pm 

The Crown
1910 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

 Grl Pwr + Discwoman = MagicDo not miss this epic evening taking over both rooms at The Crown!

Founded by Frankie Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine Tran, Discwoman is a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency—representing and showcasing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club Discwoman has since produced and curated events in 15+ cities—working with over 150 DJs and producers to-date.

TT the Artist

Dj Haram (DW)

Bearcat (DW)






Dj Pancakes

$7 (that’s less than 1$ per performer……….)

Donations will be encouraged and accepted for Baltimore City resident Rejjia Camphor’s college deposit fund. She describes herself; “Weird, young, black and fierce Rejjia Camphor, is a spoken word artist, poet, writer and social justice activist from Baltimore, Maryland. She will be attending Hampshire College in the fall to study creative writing, film, photography and hopefully education. She likes everything in black, grey and red, has 2 kittens, 2 toads and 3 turtles and would do anything for a dark chocolate Klondike bar.”

<><><><><><><><>_9rf7Ax7The Group Show – Opening Reception
Saturday, June 25th : 6-9pm 

3402 Gough Street : Baltimore 21224

Y:Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our sixth exhibition, The Group Show;a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of 17+ Maryland­based artists. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6pm­9pm.

Hailing from a broad range of artistic backgrounds, The Group Showbrings together an eclectic ensemble of Maryland artists who thrive on their abilities to create and self­express. An exciting array of artworks will be displayed including but not limited to: photographs, sculpture, mixed media, drawings and paintings.

Featured artists include:

Sebastien Arbona
Maria­Theresa Fernandes
Chelsea Klusewitz
Susan Lowe
Stephanie Schafer
Ruth Strauss
Cheryl Atkins
David Hubbard
Christopher Koch
Jim McPherson
Leslie Schwing
Maxine Taylor
Blake Conroy
Karen Klinedinst
Cathy Leaycraft
Richard Moure
Martha Simons
Marcie Wolf­Hubbard
…and more!

<><><><><><><><>kp0uyWDITo Be Black in White America – Opening Reception
Sunday, June 26th : 4-6pm 

Galarie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

To Be Black in White America explores the politicization of the Black Identity in the United States. From legalized slavery to the most recent, hateful thing that Donald Trump said, a minority of Americans have been desperately and diligently fighting against a White power structure for equality throughout the nation’s relatively short history.

Social media is full users asking if we are back in the 1950s or ‘60s. The truth is that we never left the Civil Rights Era completely in the past. Institutional racism and personal vitriol—which we have seen plenty of during the presidential campaigns—have always been present. They crop up when vile words provoke violence or when an act of violence incites protests.

While the subject matter surrounding White power structures is as vast as the Middle Crossing, the artists featured in this exhibition are able to identify and clearly express difficult but highly specific aspects of this struggle.

<><><><><><><><>7BVaapmuSheila Crider: Volume Revisited – Opening Reception
Sunday, June 26th : 3-6pm 

New Door Creative
1601 St. Paul Street : Baltimore 21202

“Volume Revisited” features 3-d structured paper works, and a selection of embellished oil-based monotype prints from the series “Between Rocks and a Hard Heart Place”. Organically inspired volumetric works explore contour and space with intricately manipulated ribbons of painted line. The visual range of the show is divergent and contemplative.During her extensive career Sheila Crider has exhibited nationally,  and  has been honored with Artist Residencies at Cite Internationale Des Artes, Paris, France; Leighton Studios, the Banff Center in Alberta Canada; and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, New York.  Recent commissions include a 2015 sculpture installation for the St. Elizabeth’s Way Finding Project in Washington, D.C.

The work of Sheila Crider has been publicly collected by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The Library of Congress Print Collection, The Mino Washi Paper Museum, Mino, Japan; and the Yale University Book Collection.

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