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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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MICA Art Market
Thursday, December 6th – Sunday, December 9th

MICA Brown Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

It is Art Market’s 12th year running! Stop by the Brown Center and get ahead on your holiday shopping with handmade gifts created by over 300 MICA students, staff, faculty, and alumni!
Art Market kicks off on Thursday, December 6th at 11 AM. We accept all major credit cards, MICARD, and cash. Please see below for our event details:
Event hours:
Thursday, December 6th – 11 AM to 7 PM
Friday, December 7th – 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, December 8th – 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, December 9th – 10 AM to 6 PM
We can’t wait to see you there! Have a beautiful holiday season!

Monument Lighting Celebration
Thursday, December 6th • 5-7:30pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201

Ring in the holiday season and the annual lighting of the Washington Monument during this free, family-friendly event. Enjoy seasonal performances, music, refreshments, and winter-inspired art activities. After you warm up at the Walters, head outside with 10,000 jolly Baltimoreans to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display.

5–7:30 p.m.

Cookies & Hot Chocolate
Sculpture Court, Level 2A
While supplies last

Winter Crowns
Sculpture Court, Level 2A

Scavenger Hunt
Pick up your clues on the Sculpture Court, Level 2A

Story Time with PJ Library
Stories will be read in the Collector’s Study at 5:30 & 6:30
Meet on the Sculpture Court, Level 2A

Gift Tag Decorating with Youth Empowered Society
Level 2 Lobby

Candle Making with PJ Library
Level 2 Lobby

Relax/Sensory Break Area
Quiet space and calming resources
Egyptian Art Galleries, Level 2

Luminary Art Activity
Mount Vernon Place South Park

5:30–7:00 p.m.

FREE Photos with Waltee
Sculpture Court, Level 2A

6:00–6:30 p.m.

Holiday Music performed by Wilkes School Chorus
Sculpture Court, Level 2A

6:15–7:00 p.m.       
Holiday-inspired tours led by Walters Curators
Meet in the Centre Street Lobby, Level 1

7:15 p.m.
Performance by Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women Cheerleaders
Sculpture Court, Level 2A

Mojdeh Rezaeipour: on matters of resilience (ھﺎ ﻗﺎﺻدک) | Reception
Thursday, December 6th • 6-8pm

Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
930 King Street : Silver Spring

The Open Gallery presents Mojdeh Rezaeipour: on matters of resilience (ھﺎ ﻗﺎﺻدک), from November 19, 2018– January 11, 2019. A reception will be held Thursday, December 6th,  6–8 p.m. The event is located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. The artist will give a talk on November 6th at 5pm in the Cafritz Lecture Hall. For more information, visit Free and open to the public.

on matters of resilience (ھﺎ ﻗﺎﺻدک) explores the spaces we are called to claim and reclaim between dualities of dark and light, pain and play, trauma and healing. In nonlinear collaboration with her past and future selves, Mojdeh Rezaeipour brings us inside of a semi-autobiographical landscape of learning and adaptation, where she engages in a process of piecing herself back together. Her organic mixed media self portraits, assemblages, and installations incorporate natural elements and her own body, as well as deconstructed photographs, early drawings and toys from the artist’s childhood in Iran. Through this playful deconstruction and reconstruction of personal narrative, Rezaeipour exposes a familiar language of individual and collective resilience.

Sughra Hussainy: Behold I am so eloquent in my silence | Artist Talk
Thursday, December 6th • 6:30pm

Andrew White Student Center, 4th Floor
Loyola University Maryland : 21210

November 29 – December 19, 2018

Trained in traditional Afghani and Islamic styles of art including miniature paintings, calligraphy, and illuminations, Sughra Hussainy uses her art to bring about social change. From November 29 – December 19, 2018, the Julio Fine Arts Gallery will present Behold how eloquent I am in my silence: The Art of Sughra Hussainy, an exhibition that follows Hussainy’s journey through her art—living in a country torn by conflict, escaping the Taliban, becoming an asylum seeker, and navigating a new language and country, all the while advocating fiercely for the importance and humanity of all people. Through her art, Hussainy can speak and encourage viewers to break down the preconceived ideas that enforce the boundaries between people and keep others’ voices silent. Hussainy’s art, though traditional in technique and style, speaks the language of social change, on behalf of women, of Muslims, of Afghanistan.

The title comes from a well-known poem written by the 13th century Persian poet, Rumi. The full text of the line reads “behold how eloquent I am without a tongue.” In translating this line from Farsi, Hussainy found “Behold how eloquent I am in my silence” to be a more accurate sentiment. And it was a sentiment that moved her deeply, as her artwork is her own form of silent, yet powerful, expression. “Behold” is both a call to action—to listen with our eyes—and a plea to discern, and to give voice and empowerment to those without. Hussainy’s life has held many challenges—the loss of her parents at a young age, religious conflict, living as a refugee—but she has turned to art to guide her through each one. Art gives Hussainy a platform and a voice through which to speak, and her eloquence, even ‘without a tongue’ is apparent in each work on view.

This exhibition is a partnership between Sughra Hussainy, the Julio Fine Arts Gallery, and the students in Dr. Kerry Boeye’s Islamic Art course, AH204 and the curatorial vision of the exhibition reflects that partnership and spirit of learning. Hussainy met with and learned alongside the students in the class, and the students’ research and understanding of the foundation of Islamic art have added immeasurably to the content of the exhibition.

Alice Gadzinski: Haute Glue | Reception
Friday, December 7th • 6-8pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

This exhibition will feature the works of late artist Alice Gadzinski. Her papier-mâché depictions of the everyday kitsch objects found in the homes of many provoke thoughts of negative ironic critique as well as strong optimism brought on by the love she saw captured in these objects. Viewers can see works Alice completed before her passing as well as collaborative works created in her likeness.

12×12 | Opening Reception
Saturday, December 8th • 1-3pm

Mono Practice
212 McAllister Street : 21202

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 8, 1-3pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, December  22, 1-4pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday 1-5pm; Saturday 1-4pm or by appointment
MONO Practice is pleased to present 12×12 /2018 a group show featuring a small works 12 inches and under.  The exhibition  features 19 local and national artists, representing examples of MONO Practices programing in contemporary abstraction and reductive art.  Most artworks are priced at $500 or under, providing a great opportunity to purchase a work of art for yourself or for a loved one.  Please join us, Saturday, December 8, for this special opening reception and get to know the featured artists!
Featured Artists:
Erick Antonio Benitez, John Bohl, David Brown, Sara Dittrich, Alex Ebstein, Ariel Cavalcante Foster, Terence Hannum, Tiffany Johnson, Haya Kim, Magnolia Laurie, Grace E. Lee, Cevahir Ozdogan, Nick Primo, Ben Piwowar, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Joseph Shetler, Haewon Sohn, Kenneth Yee, Ruri Yi
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