BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events December 19 – 25

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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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<><><><><><><><>Frederic Nauczyciel & Pete Cullen | Opening Reception
Tuesday, December 19th : 5-8pm

Hotel Indigo
24 West Franklin Street :: 21201

Join us on December 19th at 5pm for the opening reception of Frederic Nauczyciel & Pete Cullen at Hotel Indigo, hosted by Maryland Art Place.

Frédéric Nauczyciel is French artist who works between Paris and the US. He uses the media of photography, video, and performance and is inspired by dance, cinema and American photography. In his work he has explored the complexity of social life, be it rural or urban. He employs a nuanced type of portraiture that treats his protagonists in the context of the fabric of their surroundings.

Pete Cullen is a Baltimore-based American artist born in 1981. He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2009. He is currently an adjunct instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County.

<><><><><><><><>Beyond Flight: Birds in African Art
Wednesday, December 20th – June 10th, 2018

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive :: 21218

This exhibition presents approximately 20 works that illustrate the honored place birds hold within numerous African cultures. Inspired by our recent acquisition of a rare Pende Gitenga mask of the early to mid-20th century, the exhibition considers the role of birds within initiation, healing, and harvest rituals; within home décor and security; and within hunting practices. Long considered wondrous beings that transcend known worlds, birds have enjoyed a strong and steady presence in African life for centuries. Included are works that cite birds by material or motif made in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria.

This exhibition is co-curated by former Associate Curator of African Art Shannen Hill and Interim Associate Curator of African Art Kevin Tervala.

<><><><><><><><>Last Stop Hops & Shop
Thursday, December 21st : 5-9pm

Peabody Heights Brewery
401 East 30th Street :: 21218

Are you a last minute kind of holiday shopper? Can’t make it to Holiday Heap? Swing by the Peabody Heights Brewery on Thursday December 21st for our 4th annual Last Stop Hops & Shop!

Fulfill all your last-minute shopping needs while enjoying a relaxing evening of pizza and beer! We’ll have 20+ local artists and makers in the tasting room.

Shop handmade, support local businesses and enjoy delicious local food and beer while you browse and buy. Dizzy Cow Pizzeria will be on site serving up deliciousness again this year! Hope to see you there!


Closing Reception for Corynne Osterman: Super Hot Female
Thursday, December 21: 7-9 pm

218 W. Saratoga St. 3rd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Join us on December 21st, 7-9 PM for the closing reception of ‘SUPER HOT FEMALE’ a solo exhibition featuring paintings by Corynne Ostermann. Last day for viewing hours are Saturday, December 23rd 1-5pm.

In this body of work, Corynne Ostermann examines the digitization and creation of pop cultural images of femininity. As an individual who also works within the music industry, she is interested in the intersection of reality, digital reality, and hyper produced imagery through mainstream pop outfits (major record companies, advertising agencies, specific designers, etc.), and how these pop channels and imagery create a communal dissertation of pop femininity to be consumed at rapid-fire online as well as replicated in the real world. By using decades-old images of pop stars, cheesecake pin-ups, dead princesses, or out-of-date imagery, the work in Super Hot Female invokes non-linear notions of time, nostalgia, and the future through compressed and collaged digitally-collected images.

Working with banal feminine symbols, words, and objects juxtaposed with moments of abstraction, recognizable images and objects, Ostermann creates grids, windows, and overlapping image structures that create a screen through which the picture is perceived. These filters are intentionally defunct, employing layers of transparency and overlap to suggest destabilized meaning and subjective response. The intersection of symbols and recognizable objects and moments of abstraction propose notions of fantasy, decoration, femininity, and the digital realm, as well as root the symbols in a nonexistent material and bodily plane.


Solstice Party w/All Ball, Hellp, David Jacober, Alli Clendaniel
Thursday at 8 PM – 11:59 PM

12 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Join us and celebrate the Winter Solstice with:
All Ball
David Jacober
Allison M. Clendaniel

Doors at 8:30, $7


Gallery Faves of 2017 | Jazz Opening Reception
Thursday, December 21st : 6-8pm

Crystal Moll Gallery
1030 South Charles Street :: 21230

Crystal Moll Gallery is proud to present our annual GALLERY FAVES SHOW featuring paintings by some of our favorite artists we have showcased in 2017.  Enjoy an evening of art, jazz, wine and good company!

Participating artists include: Ann Crostic, Bennett Vadnais, Tim Kelly, Janice Kirsh, Crystal Moll, Rae Hamilton, Jaimie Wallace, Blair Atherholt, Lynn Mehta, Tom Ritchie, Carol Lee Thompson, Michael Gaudreau, Bruno Baran, Tim Bell, Maria Marino, Beth Bathe, and more.

Enjoy Live Jazz with Roland Dorsey and Dave Leoni on December 21st

Crystal Moll Gallery opened in 2009 and is home to urban landscape paintings, prints, art tiles and cards by Crystal Moll. This Federal Hill gallery also showcases the works of many local painters with an emphasis on plein air.


FAM & Tribe Winter Solstice Celebration at Metro Gallery
Friday, December 22: 8 pm

Metro Gallery
1700 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland

Firehouse Arts & Music (FAM) & Tribe (Powwow, Electric Marmalade) present a Winter Solstice Celebration & Variety Show featuring a diversity of creative forms including music, dance, visual art, comedy, fashion design & more! Join us in celebrating the inner & outer transformation from darkness into light on the darkest day of the year.

Featured Musical Acts:
Holy Mountaineers (multimedia project featuring a array of performers & visual artists- including members of Telesma & Baltimore Afrobeat Society, etc.)
Asa Kurland (of Slow Lights– indie/ funk rock)
Tobias Hurwitz (lead guitarist for Baltimore Ravens & others)
Conor Brendan (folk rock)
Hypnotic Buddha (experimental/ psychedelic electronic)
The Intergalactic Council of The Intergon (electronic)
Moss Garden (experimental electronic –

Featured Visual & Performance Artists:
Justina Prince (fashion design)
Archie Jamieson (comedy)
Kelly Ann Richmond (dance & visual art)
Bex The Artiste (avant-garde art)
Summer Blake (visual art)
MetaPainting (visual art collaboration facilitated by Scott Frias)
Sum Juna (visual art)
Lindsey Golden (dance)
Jason Sage (multimedia)
Seth Milder (projections)

Vendors include:
Jode Mode (Jewelry)
Jess Crutchfield (Thai massage)

$10 // 18+


Spruce & Hearth | Immersive Gallery Show | Closing Reception
Saturday, December 23rd : 3-8pm

Hosted by The Black Rabbit
407 East Federal Street :: 21202

Join The Black Rabbit this Holiday Season as we bring to you ” Spruce and Hearth “.

” Spruce and Hearth ” is a Scandinavian inspired, immersive gallery show hosting multiple Baltimore Based Artists in a cozy row home in Station North.

This holiday Season, shop local and support local artists.

Artists Include:

Alix Tobey Southwick
Scott Philip Goergens
Chelsea Springham
Fox Glove Bags
Lorraine Imwold
Eva Sandstrom
Theresa Keil
Rob Clatterbuck
Matt Muirhead
Douglas C. Johnson
And so many more!!

*cocktails, hot cider and treats will be provided

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