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Julio Fine Arts
Loyola University Maryland : 21210
The Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland presents Fragile Vessels, an exhibit of work by Cheryl Derricotte and Nate Lewis. Derricotte’s work on glass and paper is shaped by home (or homelessness); natural beauty (or disasters), memories of happiness (or loss). Both glass and paper are translucent and seemingly fragile, yet they are hearty enough to survive the passage of time between civilizations. Originally from Washington, DC, Derricotte lives and makes art in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds the Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University. Awards include Emerging Artist at the Museum of the African Diaspora; Gardarev Center Fellow; Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’ Visionary Scholarship and a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/ National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant.
Lewis’ work is a visual reflection of the competing elements of genetics, the microbiological world, human intervention through medical care, and appeals to the divine which all have a stake in determining the outcome of patients in critical care units. He makes repetitive cellular cuts on paper that reveal these unseen competing elements, creating textures and movement that mirror the internal transformations of patients, their families, and himself. Lewis, originally from Beaver Falls, PA, lives and works in Washington, DC. He has been working as a critical care registered nurse for six years. In 2008, he began pursuing the arts through the music of the violin. In 2010, he began pursuing the visual arts. A self-taught artist, drawing inspiration from anatomy, physiology, disease processes and his nursing experience, he creates stunning, intricate sculptures out of single sheets of paper that visually combine the aesthetics of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and textiles. Lewis is represented by Morton Fine Art, DC.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 the artists will each speak about the processes involved in their work. Light refreshments will be served.
Cheryl Derricotte will also lead a free workshop on Secrets to Successful Crowdfunding for activists, artists, and entrepreneurs from 8:30-10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. More info at http://bit.ly/2eRifF4.
801 22nd Street, NW : Washington DC
Gallery 102 is pleased to present Destruction, an exhibition featuring works by various artists with different levels of experience living in or near Washington, DC.
Destruction explores the process of deconstruction as a process of creation through the ruin of various works of art. The works on display will be destroyed throughout the run of the exhibit by artists and visitors themselves. Viewers can expect to participate in shattering pottery, tearing apart canvases, shredding paper, and other forms of destruction. Each artist featured has a different reason for wanting to display their art with the knowledge that it will be transformed. However, the exhibit will ultimately explore what it means to fail, and what can be considered creation.
Many of the artists featured are students at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University who are in different stages of their art careers. The exhibit itself, as well as its theme, has been organized and developed entirely by freshman students at GWU enrolled in a Dean’s Seminar about art exhibitions and curation.
Exhibition dates: November 14 – December 2, 2016
Notre Dame of Maryland University : 21210
This exhibition presents recent paintings and photographs from two bodies of current work by Ajay Malghan. Malghan uses alternative materials to create one of a kind paintings and photographs which explore the element of alchemy as the catalyst in their creation.
<><><><><><><><><><>Andrea Zittel :: Lecture
Wednesday, November 16th : 6:30pm
MICA Brown Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217
As part of her week-long residency at MICA, internationally-known artist Andrea Zittel will give a public lecture.
Andrea Zittel (born in Escondido, California 1965) is an American sculptor, installation artist, and Social Practice artist. Zittel’s art is a direct response to her environment and daily routines — transforming everything necessary for life, such as eating, sleeping, bathing, and socializing into artful experiments in living. Blurring distinctions between life and art, Zittel’s projects extend to her own home and wardrobe. Wearing a single outfit every day for an entire season, and constantly remodeling her home to suit changing demands and interests, Zittel continually reinvents her relationship to her domestic and social environment. Seeking to attain a sense of freedom through structure, Zittel is more interested in revealing the human need for order than in prescribing a single unifying design principle or style. Altering and examining aspects of life that are for the most part taken for granted, Zittel makes hand-crafted solutions that respond to the day-to-day rhythms of the body, and the creative need of people to match their surroundings to the changing appearance of life.
Andrea Zittel lives and works in Joshua Tree, CA. Recently, Zittel has had significant museum surveys at Magasin 3, Stockholm in 2012 and Schaulager, Basel in 2009, which followed an extensive touring exhibition “Critical Space,” 2006 -2007 which traveled to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; New Museum, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Vancouver Art Gallery. Her work can be found in notable private foundations and public institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockhom; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; among many others.
UMBC Arts & Humanities Building
UMBC : Catonsville
IMDA MFA Program alumnus Jaimes Mayhew ’10 and Rahne Alexander will discuss their Baltimore Museum of Art installation Queer Interiors, presented as part of the BMA’s Commons Collaboration initiative related to the exhibition Imagining Home. The project conceived and produced by Rahne Alexander and Jaimes Mayhew is comprised of a larger-than-life bed, shelving and other furnishings, personal artifacts, and a multimedia wall quilt known as the Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt. This component of the installation pays homage to Baltimore album quilts and the AIDS Quilt, with the aim of presenting a crowd-sourced multimedia portrait of the city’s LGBTQI+ communities. The exhibition is now on view at the BMA through August 31, 2017.
Rahne Alexander is a video artist, musician, and performer. Her film and video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, MIX (NYC), Freewaves (LA), Homoscope (Austin) and Cinekink (NYC) and she is an alumna of the Experimental Television Center residency program. Rahne was featured in the 2010 documentary feature Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, and she performs frequently with several bands, including Santa Librada, Guided By Wire and The Degenerettes. She is a former curator/organizer of Baltimore’s avant-garde Transmodern Festival and the long-running, award-winning queer cabaret Charm City Kitty Club. From 2011-2015, Rahne led operations and development for the Maryland Film Festival.
Jaimes Mayhew ’10 M.F.A., intermedia and digital imaging, is an internationally exhibited interdisciplinary artist and arts organizer. He has worked both independently and collaboratively on research-based socially engaged projects. Mayhew’s recent project, Samesies Island, explores the possibility of an imaginary separatist island built by and for transmen, collaboratively produced with input from other transgender men. He has collaborated with such notable groups as The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, a Boston-based art research collective, and The Museum of Transitory Art, a Slovenian artist collective. In 2012, Mayhew collaborated with Kristen Anchor to produce a two-part exhibition featuring queer Icelandic and American artists that was exhibited in Reykjavik and Baltimore. As a solo artist, Mayhew has received funding for projects from The Fulbright Commission of Iceland, Provisions Library (District of Columbia) and The Maryland State Arts Council.
CIRCA Catalyst, produced by the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A catered lunch, with vegetarian options, will be provided by CIRCA.
Bird in Hand (Brand new book cafe collaboration between Ivy Bookshop and Artefact!!!!)
11 East 33rd Street : 21218
Master Story Tellers at The Ivy Bookshop is a series exploring the art and craft of storytelling. Our objective is to delve into the nature of narration, gaining insight from a range of different art forms and practitioners. Literature, journalism, film, graphic design, documentary photography, music—each is a distinct mode of communication, a means of structuring a narrative employed to share information, relate experiences and tell a story.
Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator and graphic designer. She is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum since 1992, she has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office, Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture, Letters from the Avant-Garde and Skin: Surface, Substance + Design.
MICA Lazarus Center Auditorium
131 West North Avenue : 21201
What is the role of the arts in revolution? Photographer J.M. Giordano, visual artist and musician Paul Rucker, multi-disciplinary artist and educator Joyce J. Scott, MICA painting chair Tony Shore and UMD professor Sheri Parks (moderator) will talk about how the arts can serve as a tool to examine society and to amplify the voices that most need to be heard.
Space is limited, please RSVP for the Artists Panel.
BmoreArt Magazine Launch Party
Thursday, November 17th : 6-8pm, (museum stays open until 9)
Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201
Now, more than ever, we need to come together and celebrate that which is GOOD.
Join BmoreArt on Thursday, November 17 to celebrate our newest print journal! We explore the theme of Legacy in Issue 3 – celebrating the ground- and ceiling-breakers who have come before us and those who are actively building new legacies for the future. We can’t think of a better place than The Walters to explore our collective cultural history.
A ticket gets you a copy of the new magazine, open bar, seasonal snacks, Pixilated photo booth, tunes from DJ Trillnatured, and the knowledge that you’re supporting independent cultural journalism in the region!
If you’re reading this right now, and you love BmoreArt, you should plan to join us on Thursday! We want to hear from you about what you’re seeing and reading, and what you want from this publication going forward.
Student tickets $15 (we have about 5 left!) and grown artists $25. All going fast!!!
All proceeds support the next print issue due out next spring.
Promotional video by amazing BmoreArt Intern Catrell Thomas!!!
Did we mention the photo booth is back???
School of Design Sound Stage
Stevenson University : Owings Mills
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
When the gallery lights go down, the party lights come up for Art After Hours. Experience late-night access to Matisse/Diebenkorn and other exhibitions, participate in art challenges to win prizes, and create art, and enjoy music, food, and drinks.
This special Art After Hours features the popular Stoop Storytelling Series. Hear true personal tales in Making Their Mark: Stories about People, Places & Things That Shape Us.
Stoop Storytellers include:
Tickets on sale November 2. This event is for people aged 21 and older.
5707 Smith Avenue : 21209
Please join us for our annual Jazz Preview Party on Friday, November 18 from 6p to 8p at Baltimore Clayworks for a sneak peek of our most popular exhibition and shopping event of the year – WINTERFEST 2016 and the ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE. Enjoy the unveiling of fabulous ceramics, while enjoying a potluck and listening to live jazz!
In lieu of tickets, we ask you make a suggested donation – $20 for members, $25 for non-members – and bring a small dish to participate in the potluck!
The Jazz Preview Party celebrates the gift of arts, change of season and the last exhibition of the year in the Baltimore Clayworks galleries. It is an evening shared with dedicated patrons of Clayworks, while reveling the fabulous ceramic works and enjoying tasty hors d’oeuvres and libations. Clayworks will also feature ‘Exit 17 Trio’ to play throughout the evening for guests to enjoy – making it festive and lively for everyone.
The Jazz Preview Party is a unique opportunity for Clayworks supporters to preview and purchase works before the public opening of the annual Winterfest exhibition that features emerging and established artists by invitation along with the Annual Holiday Sale, which features works from Clayworks’ resident and associate artists — just in time for the many seasonal gatherings!
We ask those interested in attending the Jazz Preview Party to consider making a donation in advance or upon arrival, which allows Clayworks to garner funds to support the educational programming, exhibitions that are free and open to the public, community arts that ensures that everyone has access to the arts, while pushing ceramics in a direction that is creative and inspiring for the Baltimore community. All funds will go toward and help kick-start our end of year annual appeal goal of $100,000!
Crafted Hair Studio
3526 Chestnut Avenue : 21211
Crafted Hair Studio, owned and operated by Rachael Epstein, (located at 3526 Chestnut Avenue in Hampden) and Guest Curator Lisa Dillin are pleased to announce Not Your Mama’s Fibers (Radical Textiles) – the second exhibition in a year-long series exploring contemporary notions of “craft”.
Not Your Mamma’s Fibers (Radical Textiles) showcases ten local and national artists working with a variety of fiber arts such as quilting, embroidery, weaving, sewing and the repurposing of found materials serving to communicate ideas of empowerment, protest, personal identity and our relationship with digital culture. Opening ten days after a historic and contentious presidential election, the works in this exhibition are artifacts of American ingenuity and the ongoing struggle to create a social and political landscape that reflects our individual ideals and desires.
Artists include: Margo Benson Malter, Susie Brandt, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Tanya Garcia, Robin Kang, David Page, Amber Robles-Gordon, Aaron McIntosh, Maggie Thompson and Melissa Webb.
An opening reception will take place on Friday, November 18th from 7-9 pm: light refreshments will be served. The exhibition will be on view November 18th, 2016 – January 14th, 2017.
PICTURED ABOVE: Tanya Garcia “Strong women” | “Mujeres fuertes” from the series Contragolpe | Counterpunch
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : 21201
A mysterious box taunts two eccentric magicians. They must solve a series of curious riddles and metaphysical puzzles in order to unlock its secrets.
Magicians Francis Menotti and David London bring Cerebral Sorcery back to the stage, 15 years after it first premiered! Featuring a series of magical vignettes, the duo takes audiences on a philosophical journey into the human mind, and the quest for understanding.
Its a magic show for your brain!
Recommended for ages 16+
1400 Greenmount Avenue : 21201
Studios, maker spaces, DIY workshops, and tech labs are popping up in neighborhoods across the city, and even within progressive working environments, encouragement and support for marginalized groups are lacking. The Baltimore Women’s Maker Collective (BWMC) came out of a desire to address the need for more progressive work environments to grow intersectionality and encouragement through support for marginalized groups. With the support of a grant from the The Contemporary Grit Fund,this group of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and craftspeople has been able to expand the visibility of BWMC and celebrate the achievements of all people in Baltimore and beyond who are breaking gender and racial barriers.
Through the exhibition, events and workshops in conjunction with XXChange, we hope to build and complement the community and conversations already taking place. All events and workshops are open to the public, free or on a sliding pay scale, and are safe spaces for all who would like to participate.
As part of BWMC’s mission to skill share and promote women makers, we’re teaming up with Open Works and Station North Tool Library who will generously host low-cost and free workshops and demonstrations.
Candle Making demonstration with Knits, Soy, and Metal
Intro to Draping with Valencia James
Bonnie Crawford Kotula: Free form soldering circuits
Towson Arts Center
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : Towson
On the final day of our “Anything Goes Salon” we’re hosting a fundraiser to benefit the performing arts program at TAC “Brit” Arts Center.
Your $5 admission at the door includes a raffle ticket for a bottle of fine wine, along with light refreshments and entertainment.
Jazz vocalist Mandy Kriss & her pianist Otis will perform starting at 7pm
The benefit is from 6-9pm on Saturday November 19.
With your purchase of artwork of $50 or more from the tonight’s show, get a 10% off coupon for your next TAC art purchase over $50 — use your coupon during TAC Members’ MADE IN MARYLAND HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW in December and give the gift of local arts!
Did you know that TAC IS A 501c3 Nonprofit Arts Organization? All donations are tax deductible in the USA. When TAC artist sells their work, they donate 20-40% of the sale price to TAC for to help cover our operations, rent, and utilities – your purchase supports a local artist and keeps the lights on for the arts in Baltimore County!
16 West North Avenue : 21201
Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore presents Who’s Afraid of Magic?, an exhibition by Macon Reed at Spacecamp in Baltimore, MD. Incorporating multiple video projections and works on paper in a wall-to-wall painted landscape Who’s Afraid of Magic? addresses extensive “witch” persecutions over a three hundred year period in Europe, drawing ties between these cruelties and the rise of early capitalism. Working from Silvia Federici’s text Caliban and The Witch, this multi-media installation questions notions of power as it relates to intelligence and bodies, fictions and realities, and the perceived threat of both imagination and magic. Video works include a ritual sacrifice of a human maypole and intimate, playful storytelling within a diorama of brightly colored small sculptures. Reed’s DIY pop aesthetic mixes with painted images of medieval torture devices, asking us to connect the dots between historic and contemporary treatments of “other” and things we do not understand.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
811 Cathedral Street : 21201
Symphony Number One is back with more from Beethoven’s Kitchen, our new concert series for chamber music and tasty treats! We’ll open the year with pianist Elizabeth Hill and the strings of SNO performing the music of Brahms and Bentz!
Brahms, Piano Quintet
Nicholas Bentz, Carried by the Sky (WORLD PREMIERE)
Columbia Art Center
6100 Foreland Garth : Columbia
Nationally recognized Baltimore artist Tim Kelly captured three top awards at Plein Air Easton 2016 (Maryland), the largest and most prestigious plein air painting competition in the United States. In the past 5 years he has won an astounding 25 top awards at regional plein air painting competitions. He is an artist to watch, one whose work we believe to be an excellent investment for art collectors/investors wishing to catch a “rising star” painter on the ascent.
Most recently, in September 2016 Tim was invited to enter two of his paintings into the American Masters Show at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, alongside some of America’s most recognized artists.
A lifelong Baltimore area resident, Tim Kelly is an “Artist’s Artist”, a versatile Master painter whose greatest talent lies in turning the mundane into the sublime; reality, but better. Even harsh aspects of the city are rendered a bit more beautiful, a bit more romantic; whether a street-lit back alley, a boat docked in the night, or the inside of a bar. Tim’s careful, sensitive translation of ”real world” into “painter’s world” reveals a detailed, parallel universe of beauty that is usually hidden in plain sight.