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<><><><><><><><>Global Day of Clay
Wednesday, October 10th

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : 21209

Join us on Oct. 10th for a Global Day of Clay. During the day, our artists will introduce elementary school students from several Baltimore neighborhoods to the joy of clay with demos, studio tours, and hands-on mini-workshops.

From 4-7pm, “On The Map” events will include the dedication of “Clayworks Way,” the celebration of our one year re-opening anniversary, student and community arts displays, studio and exhibition tours, refreshments and music.

“Welcome to the Clayborhood,” gallery exhibition featuring Baltimore Clayworks’ and ceramic artists representing clay schools and centers throughout Maryland and D.C., continues through November 3.

Global Day of Clay Participants in Maryland coming soon.

<><><><><><><><>Sip & Shine: An After-Hours Experience
Thursday, October 11th • 12-2pm

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 21230

Join us for an after-hours experience with wine, scavenger hunt, and workshop! Arrive at 6pm for a scavenger hunt through our current mega-exhibit, Parenting: An Art without a Manual, and stay for a hands-on make-and-take activity. Wine & snacks will be served. Get ready to dig through our treasure trove of all things sparkly and create a one-of-a-kind MOSAIC MAGNET! All supplies and inspiration provided. Bring a friend or two! Participants must be 21 or older. Space is limited, call 410-244-1900 today to register. $35 general public, $30 museum members.

<><><><><><><><>ALLLLLL NATURAL // Traveling Home // Wandering Properties | Opening Receptions + Kick Off for Open Studio Tour
Friday, October 12th • 6-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : 21230


Image caption: Antoinette Suiter, “Canary Island Date Palm”

Curated by Adriel Luis, “ALLLLLL NATURAL” features artists Selin Balci, Maggie Gourlay, Caroline Hatfield, Catherine Mapp, Kaitlin O’Keefe, Antoinette Suiter and Chiang Tai, who consider the thin line between reality and fantasy. Each work illustrates the tensions between what is, and what isn’t. They question if all that emerges from the earth is necessarily real, and if that which is made in our hands and our minds is immediately synthetic. Composed of materials that are organic, manufactured or of dubious origin, these works beckon people to suspend their grip on reality, and to recognize that the very core of human nature is the instinct to make believe.

Traveling Home (Members Gallery)
An Exhibition of Sculptural Works by Rachel and Jon Lundak

Image captions: Jon Lundak, “On the Tarmac, Again”

“Traveling Home” is a collaborative exhibition by Rachel and Jon Lundak, featuring sculptural works that explore the similarities and differences between the spaces people travel through, and the spaces they call home. Through a series of objects and installations, the artists unify their unique perspectives to examine transitory spaces, and ideas of “house” versus “home.”

Wandering Properties (Project Space)
A Multimedia Installation by Brian Funk

Image caption: Bryan Funk, “Wandering Properties”

A kinetic sculpture and video installation by Baltimore-based artist Brian Funk, “Wandering

Properties” is a playfully political work that employs humor to explore social constructs surrounding the suburban home and infrastructure. Utilizing common household materials and projection mapping, Funk creates an immersive environment of miniature, motorized suburban homes that awkwardly putter along within the space. Viewers are invited to engage with the piece, gently mediating as the properties snag and push against each other.

School 33 Art Center’s 30th Annual Baltimore Open Studio Tour
Saturday, October 13th – Sunday, October 14th

various locations

School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour celebrates the 30th year of its annual showcase of artist studios throughout Baltimore City on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 10am to 6pm. The citywide event invites the public into artists’ workspaces to view or purchase original works of art, meet the artists and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their creative processes. More than 100 Baltimore-based artists working in an array of visual media, including painting, sculpture, photography and digital media, participate in this year’s tour.

The anniversary weekend begins with a kick off event on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm, held together with the opening reception for School 33 Art Center’s fall exhibitions: “ALLLLL NATURAL,” in the Main Gallery, curated by Adriel Luis and featuring artists Selin Balci, Maggy Gourlay, Caroline Hatfield, Kaitlin O’Keefe, Catherine Mapp, Antoinette Suiter and Chiang Tai; Rachel and Jon Lundak’s Member’s Gallery show “Traveling Home;” and “Wandering Properties” by Bryan Funk in the Project Space.

Open Studio Tour is held in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore and National Arts & Humanities Month, which take place every October 1-31. School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour is produced by School 33 Art Center, which is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA). A list of participating artists and studios is below and online at

<><><><><><><><>Dress Up and Disco Color | Opening Reception
Saturday, October 13th • 7-10pm

218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Terrault is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition “Dress Up and Disco Color” a collaboration with Make Studio.

Exhibition Runs: October 13 – November 17, 2018

“Dress Up an Disco Color” celebrates the work of six dedicated and talented artists from Make Studio, a community-based arts organization that provides multi-modal arts programming to individuals with disabilities. The works of Alex Albert, Clara Baker, Tony Labate, Kareem Samuels, Margie Smeller, and Jerry Williams paint a portrait of the aesthetics and vibrancy of artists commonly typed as “outsiders”, highlighting the observations and points-of-view of these artists and artists alike to increase the inclusivity in the arts sector in Baltimore and beyond.

There will be sleeves of artwork by all Make Studio artists available for purchase in addition to the pieces included by the above featured artists.

Artist Biographies:

Alex Albert – Alex joined Make Studio within the first few years of its founding, and he at first gradually increased his studio time and now attends weekly to focus on his painting. Previously he primarily enjoyed drawing (usually in sharpie, exclusively and densely layered) for many years. Alex particularly enjoys depicting family members, friends, favorite places, and animals. He has a distinctive style in his choice of t-shirts. Alex is a graduate of St. Elizabeth School and resides in Harford County.

Clara Baker – Cara joined Make Studio in 2017 and has since immersed herself in numerous variations on a theme: imagery of buildings, family, and pets created in a variety of media, from paper to wood, to watercolors to acrylics. Always in good cheer when she arrives at the studio from her other job at a greenhouse, Clara enjoys the camaraderie among the artists and is always keen on being up-to-date about upcoming exhibitions and other Make
Studio events.

Kareem Daniels – Kareem joined Make Studio within our first few programming years. After having made art at home and at St. Peter’s Adult Learning Center for some time, when he began working in the studio regularly he experimented with watercolor, acrylic, and more, to colorfully share the positive and spiritual messages of his heroic alter ego, “Bible Boy”. Since then he has become expert in doing portraits of himself, friends and family, celebrities, and superheroes, both of his own creation and otherwise. Kareem also is a budding food blogger, documenting his many colorful meals in photographs and in drawings. He says that being part of an art studio community is “my dream come true.” Kareem works in the kitchen at Stanley Bracket Decker.

Tony Labate – One of the first artists at Make Studio, Tony began attending the studio in 2010. He is a reliably expert source of information about classic films, television, and music of the late 20th century (among many other things). He is a resident of Catonsville, MD, a graduate of the St. Elizabeth School, and, in his words, “a would-be writer of poetry” who also loves to draw. As a high school student Tony began working with the residents of the Charlestown Retirement Community, who he affectionately referred to as his “oldsters”, providing entertaining presentations on topics enjoyed by both Tony and the residents. He currently volunteers at the Enoch Pratt Library branch in Hampden.

Margie Smeller – Margie is a seasoned visual artist, having honed her craft over many years working on commissions at home, exhibiting her work in solo shows and as part of a collective with the Artists’ Gallery in Frederick, MD, and having worked with the Scott Key Center (Frederick) and Art Enables (Washington, DC). Her art is dense, colorful, and unexpected, sometimes containing hidden poetry. Margie says that she currently draws inspiration from coloring books – truly embracing the “coloring book craze”, but you’d be hard pressed to match her imagery with any coloring book. She is also a talented athlete, competing in varied sports including skiing, bowling, and kayaking, and is currently excelling at snow-shoeing! She makes a trek (by car) from Mt. Airy, MD to the studio twice each week.

Jerry Williams – Jerry was Make Studio’s very first program artist! He has been a prolific artist for as long as he can remember, filling page after page with drawings and paintings of his favorite subjects. His favorites include superheroes, circus performers, wrestlers, all things Star Trek, and many more. Jerry completed a large format 2017 calendar as tribute to the closing of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, after having hosted not just one but TWO Ringmasters at the studio over the past few years. As much as he loves to paint and draw, he also enjoys sculpture using found materials and has demonstrated his personal technique for papier-mâché to students, teachers, and community members of all ages. A graduate of the St. Elizabeth School, he currently works in landscaping and grounds maintenance when not at Make Studio.

<><><><><><><><>The Walters Gala & Party 2018: Metamorphosis
Saturday, October 13th • 6pm

The Walters Art Gallery
600 North Charles Street : 21201

This exquisite annual event provides major funding for the Walters’ innovative education and exhibition programming and supports free admission for all. Every year, the Walters benefits over 150,000 people, including over 70,000 visitors who participate in education programs and 40,000 PreK–12 students and teachers. The Gala provides vital unrestricted support that is more important now than ever before to ensure all people in our community can connect with art and the humanities.

Learn more about Walters Gala & Party 2018: Metamorphosis

The Gala
6 p.m. to midnight

Guests begin the evening with cocktails at 6 p.m. on the Sculpture Court, followed by a three-course gourmet dinner served in the galleries. While dessert is being finished, the Party has just begun. Gala guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy music or a nightcap in the after-dinner lounge.

<><><><><><><><>Freedoms and Burdens | Professional Development Speaker Series
Saturday, October 13th • 12-2pm

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St NW, Ste 101 : Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Hamiltonian Artists is excited to host Professional Development Speaker Series (PDSS) program: Freedoms and Burdens. Join us at the Hamiltonian Gallery, Saturday, October 13th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Freedoms and Burdens investigate strategies artists use to support themselves in a changing economy, as they pursue fulfilling, meaningful, and sustainable careers of their own design. The panel discussion features Alex Ebstein, a Baltimore based artist and curator, Natalia Nakazawa Assistant Director of EFA Studio Program, artist, and educator, and Henry Thaggert a DC-based philanthropist and collector. Hosted and Organized by Baltimore based artist and educator Amy Boone-McCreesh and Brooklyn based Madeleine Cutrona a visual artist, admin, and educator.

Alex Ebstein is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD. She received her MFA from Towson University in 2015, and her BA in Studio Art from Goucher College in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include Victori + Mo gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Cuevas Tilleard in New York, NY, Frutta Gallery in Rome, Italy and Kent Place Gallery in Kent, NJ. She has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including shows at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY with TheRemix, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Crossing Collective in New York, NY, Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Loyal Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work has received write-ups in the New York Times, FastCo, Self Magazine, Baltimore Beat, City Paper, Beautiful Decay and ArtFCity. In addition to her studio career, Ebstein is the founder and director of three galleries in Baltimore between 2009 and present, Nudashank, Phoebe and Resort. Ebstein is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Natalia Nakazawa is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She is currently the Assistant Director of EFA Studios, a program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, which provides subsidized studio space to over 100 artists in midtown Manhattan. Additionally, she implements educational programming and young artist mentorship for NYC public school students through the Museum of Arts and Design.

Her work has been recently exhibited at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York, NY), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), SELECT Art Fair (Miami, FL), Gateway Project Spaces (Newark, NJ), The Space for Public Art (New York, NY), Blackburn 20|20 Gallery (New York, NY), Splinters & Logs (Brooklyn, NY), California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), PLAySPACE Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Casa de la Ciudad (Oaxaca, Mexico), Queens Museum of Art (Queens, NY), Topaz Arts Inc. (Queens, NY) and ISE Cultural Foundation (Soho, NY). Nakazawa received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MSEd in general and special middle childhood education from Queens College, and an MFA in studio practice from California College of the Arts.

Henry Thaggert is a collector and art patron in Washington, DC. Mr. Thaggert [or Henry] has served on boards of several arts institutions including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the George Mason University’s School of the Arts, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, the Stamp Gallery at University of Maryland, and the Millennium Arts Salon. He has also served on selection panels for Hamiltonian Gallery, the Arlington Arts Center and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.


BmoreArt Magazine Party November 15: 7-9 pm at Union Craft Brewing

More information available here

Join us for the launch of our Home Issue at Union Craft Brewing’s new home!

This party is an opportunity to support local art and artists and to celebrate creativity in the city we love. It’s also a chance to enjoy the things we love most at home: Beer, Pizza, Tacos, Magazines, and wearing whatever you damn well please.

Issue 06 features the photography of Devin Allen, writing by Kondwani Fidel, the amazing homes of artists, wearable fiber-based sculpture, the art of Zoë Charlton, the hows and whys of collecting with Schwanda Roundtree, and the stories of those who have intentionally made Baltimore their creative home. This issue is an exploration of what home means to different people, and how it is unique to Baltimore.

Tickets include a new magazine, Union Craft beer, pizza, tacos, and SKEE BALL !

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