BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events August 1 – 7

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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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<><><><><><><><>Hey You, Come Back! | August Reading
Thursday, August 3rd : 8pm

The Crown
1910 North Charles Street : 21218

The world can still be beautiful. We missed you.

Thursday, August 3rd, 8pm – join us for words and feelings with Brandon Soderberg, Kendal Enz & Raena Shirali (visiting from Philly)!!

[Room change & accessibility: We’ve moved back to the Blue Room, which is up 2 flights of stairs that have a handrail. If you need assistance, get in touch with the Crown or JP Allen. See you there!]

Brandon Soderberg is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Baltimore City Paper. His work has also appeared in the Independent Weekly, Museum of Moving Image, Pitchfork, SPIN, Vice, the Village Voice, and the Washington City Paper among others. He is especially interested in moments when the arts collide with race and politics which is often or always if you think about it hard enough. He is also a member of Democracy In Crisis, a journalism project that intends to support alternative weeklies and take “alt” back from the Nazis. His latest project for Democracy In Crisis is “Daddy Lessons,” a country music zine for the Trumpocalypse.

Kendal Enz is a student in the MA in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University. As an undergrad, she studied journalism, and her first job out of college was as a journalist for a crummy local newspaper. She quickly realized that what she loved was writing fiction, not articles about the weather, and she quit her job. While she’s never won an award, or had a story or novel published, she is ever hopeful that her luck will change.

Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017). Her honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, & a “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She has also been recognized as a finalist for the 2016 Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize & a 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Her poems & reviews have appeared in Blackbird, Ninth Letter, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Four Way Review, & elsewhere. Born in Houston, Texas, & raised in Charleston, South Carolina, the Indian American poet earned her MFA from The Ohio State University. Most recently, she was the Spring 2017 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry. She currently lives in Philadelphia & serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine.

<><><><><><><><>In & Out the Window: Promise Land | Reception + First Fridays Hampden
Friday, August 4th : 6-9pm

Make Studio
3326 Keswick Road Front : 21211

An exhibition for the Artscape Gallery Network, In & Out the Window: Promise Land showcases a collaboration between Make Studio artists and Madeline Becker, to whom “the result is a piece that is far more joyful, energetic, and lively than anything I could have imagined. The Make Studio artists’ spirit formed an environment that became ‘Promise Land’.”

On display in our gallery will also be large scuptural works by Becker and a selection of recent Make Studio artists’ work.

The exhibition runs from July 28-August 11. The reception on August 4 coincides with First Fridays in Hampden and is free and open to the public.

About Madeline Becker:
Becker is a freelance videographer, editor, and sculptor living and working in Baltimore City. Originally from Cincinnati, she moved to Baltimore to study painting and video I film at MICA. Her interest in light as a medium and as metaphor drives her video and
sculpture work.


Dog Days of Summer Block Party
Saturday, August 5th : 4:30-8pm

outside of Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

The Dog Days of Summer Block Party is BACK! We close the street in front of the Creative Alliance for a FREE community block party to honor our 4-legged best friends!
Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome! You know your dog best.

Pools for swimming, TONS of tennis balls & treats!
Art activities for the whole family!
Doggy Obstacle Course! Doggy Tutus! Doggy Magic!
Get involved with amazing local pet charities
DJs spinning pet-inspired tunes all day
Adoptable Dogs!!

Ice Cream Pet Services
Rams Head Live!

<><><><><><><><>Conditional Light //// in/outside room/f | Opening Reception + 3rd Anniversary 
Saturday, August 5th : 7-10pm Reception / 10pm-2am Anniversary

218 West Saratoga Street, 3rd Floor : 21201

‘Conditional Lights’ consists of paintings with light boxes and wood sculptures housing lights by Se Jong Cho and Dave Zimmerman. Both artists create an experience to translate their conscious minds through the exhibited works, which become a lexicon of the audience’s conscious mind. Because experiencing is inherently more abstract than viewing, the content they can share through the created experience can be greater than through visual perceptions alone. Through these objects, the artists intervene the light, the source of one’s vision. The audience becomes part of the exhibit as the lights are triggered by their presence when passing the work. The illuminated works remain lit for three minutes and then turn off when no further movement is registered.

‘in/outside room/f’ consists of paintings by Se Jong Cho that depict various rooms or roofs along with artifacts that mimic the paintings in the space that are presented. She painted the rooms and roofs as a context to explore her intuition. The placement of the objects inside of a room or outside on a roof is arbitrary with no symbolic gesture. The result is a certain style: a precise depiction of objects using controlled color selection. Cho refers to Cocteau who writes: “Style is the soul, and unfortunately with us the soul assumes the form of the body” in refuting the decorative encumbrance any work of art with style may face. These paintings are things depicted through a certain style that should be experienced, because there is no content in these paintings, but aim to captivate the audience.


August 5th also marks the 3rd Year Anniversary of Terrault! Come celebrate our 3rd year at the opening of this exhibition, and there will be an after party to follow at New America Diner (429 N. Eutaw St.)

There will be live music, late night food, specialty cocktails, and drink specials!

<><><><><><><><>More Illustration: BAI Student and Faculty Show | Opening Reception
Saturday, August 5th : 5-7pm

Tectonic Space
2000 Greenmount Avenue : 21218

Tectonic Space is excited to host Baltimore Academy of Illustraion for a BAI Student and Faculty Art Show!

Founded by Jonathon Scott Fuqua, Alex Fine, and Greg Houston in 2015, Baltimore Academy of Illustration is an institution that specifically focuses on illustration. The Academy offers offers students of all economic levels the opportunity to receive high-quality, college-level instruction in illustration.

Events and presentations will be featured throughout the month. Check back for more details to come.

For more information about Baltimore Academy of Illustration, check out

*More Illustration will be on display from Saturday August 5- Sunday August 27, 2017. For more information and event updates visit our Facebook page: or visit us at For more information about the Baltimore Academy of Illustration, visit

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