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This week: Summer Selections at Steven Scott Gallery, Eyal Azrad opening reception at Alchemy of Art, AVAM’s July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade!, the unveiling of Hanover Street Gallery: Reframing Pathways, the 3rd Annual Cherry Hill Festival, Zip 21214: art/work/home opening reception at Hamilton Gallery, Nick Sjostrom at Andie Musik, Walking On Water screening at the Parkway, Submersive Productions’ Altar Ego opening night at the Peale, and the ongoing Sondheim Finalist Exhibition at the Walters Art Museum.

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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July 3rd – September 28th

Steven Scott Gallery
808 South Ann Street : 21231

31st Anniversary Summer Group Exhibition featuring Robert Andriulli, Gary Bukovnik, Anne Marie Fleming, Red Grooms, Ellen Hill, Sheep Jones, Tom Miller, Kathryn O’Grady, Katja Oxman, Hollis Sigler and Frank Trefny.

Eyal Azrad | Opening Reception
Wednesday, July 3rd • 7-10:30pm

The Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue : 21231

Eyal Azrad is a Maryland based photographer with a passion for preserving moments in time that he can reflect on forever. His work is inspired by exploration and discovery of the natural world through skateboarding. He is fascinated by how the connections he forms with people through skateboarding coincide with the beauty of the world around him, and he captures these experiences in their most raw state. These connections impact who he is and the work that he chooses to create. Eyal displays his vision with the juxtaposition of natural and urban landscapes through photographs and upcycled displays of various materials. He also creates hand crafted mounts and frames from found recycled materials.

The Alchemy of Art is a local contemporary art gallery located in Fells Point, Baltimore. We focus on, but are not limited to, local Baltimore up-and-coming artists. The building, a historic convent converted into a modern space, still contains its original chapel. The large room is a unique space for exhibitions, with its abundance of natural light and its beautiful arched ceilings. There is also a small stage located in the back where we invite DJs and musicians to perform on occasion. The gallery was recently awarded Baltimore Style Magazine’s Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Gallery of 2018.

AVAM’s July 4th Visionary Pets On Parade!
Thursday, July 4th • 9am

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 21230

Calling all patriotic pet lovers! The American Visionary Art Museum presents its annual July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade on Thursday, July 4th, 9am. It’s free to participate, parade, or spectate! Held each year in memory of supreme animal lover and volunteer extraordinaire Ellis Rosen, this is a competition for peaceful animals of kind not yet ready for Westminster. Prizes galore with a shot at Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet Lookalikes, Least Likely to Succeed as a Pet, Best Visionary Pet Tricks, and more! Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome. The best communal pet parade in town is followed by the Pet Talent [Or Not] Show.

About the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is a Congressionally-designated national museum and education center dedicated to intuitive, self-taught artistry. It champions the role intuition plays in creative invention and innovation of all sort — be it art, science, engineering, humor or philosophy, and especially in compassionate acts of social justice.

Hanover Street Gallery: Reframing Pathways | Unveiling
Thursday, July 4th • 1pm-Midnight

Hanover Street Bridge

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to partner with the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership (SBG), the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI), Fusion Partnerships and Weller Development to curate the newly established “Hanover Street Gallery: Reframing Pathways”, an outdoor gallery space on the Hanover Street Bridge façade. MAP has carefully curated 24 works of art created by a diverse group of living artists with artworks primarily centered around abstraction, expressionism, and pattern & design.

The Hanover Street Gallery will present replicated and enlarged original works of art printed on vinyl. Works will be printed up to 12 feet high. Tombstone information will be available for each artwork so that visitors will have access to referential information such as medium of original artwork and artists name. The Cherry Hill Side of the Bridge will use replicated painting detail from artist, Dirk Joseph for the 10 archway columns under the bridge. Hanover Gallery artists include: Ernest Shaw, Will Shanklin, Se Jong Co, Sarah Tilton, Ben Marcin (C. Grimaldis Gallery), Emily Uchytil, Katty Huertas, Elli Hernandez, Alfonso Fernandez (C. Grimaldis Gallery), Magnolia Laurie, Rene Trevino, Karl Connolly, Jenee Mateer, Minas Konsolas, Timothy J. Horjus, Amy Helminiak, Terence Hannum, Jowita Wyszomirska, Dirk Joseph, and Trace Miller (Goya Contemporary).

Please join us on Thursday, July 4th in celebrating the unveiling of “Hanover Street Gallery: Reframing Pathways” held in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival. This free festival, in its third year, is expanding its vibrant, family friendly environment. Enjoy a day of local, regional and national music performances for all ages. Visit for more details. A fireworks show will take place at 9:30pm. For more information regarding fireworks please visit

3rd Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival

Thursday, July 4th • 1pm-10pm

Middle Branch Park
3301 Waterview Avenue : 21230

A celebration of the performing and visual arts, and cultural vibrancy of South Baltimore, the 3rd Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival will return to Middle Branch Park (3301 Waterview Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230) July 4 from 1:00 p.m.-10 p.m., with expanded programming that includes performances, food trucks, interactive “ARTivities,” and a fireworks show.

Co-founded by Cherry Hill playwright and great-grandmother Shirley Foulks and Youth Resiliency Institute Executive Director and musician Fanon Hill, the free festival will feature three headliners: house and dance music icon Crystal Waters, reggae legend Sister Carol, and indie soul artist Navasha Daya, as well as musical artists working across genres including soul, house, jazz, latin, hip-hop and more. Also performing will be members of the Youth Resiliency Institute’s Baltimore Guitarists Against Violence program (BGAV), a program which provides children and youth ages 8-18 living in communities with high rates of violence with an opportunity to learn how to play guitar. This year, master instrument maker Abu The Flutemaker and Safe Streets Cherry Hill will be honored at the festival for their commitment to the Cherry Hill community.

“Everyone from across Baltimore and beyond is invited to celebrate Cherry Hill’s historical and cultural significance as we tell our nation’s full story on Independence Day in South Baltimore’s Middle Branch park,” said Festival Co-founder Fanon Hill. “The future of Baltimore City and our country is dependent upon our ability to amplify the voices of those who historically have been silenced. We are grateful to South Baltimore Gateway Partnership for being the lead funder of this year’s festival. Their support allows us to make it bigger and better than year’s past.”

Free Festival Parking is available at Harbor Hospital’s Overflow Parking lot – 3001 S Hanover St.; Broening Park- 3001 East Dr.; and City Garage 101 West Dickman St.

For more information, visit or connect on social media at @cherryhillfest.baltimore or using hashtags: #CherryHillFest #HistoricCherryHill.

Walking On Water
Friday, July 5th • 7pm and 9:30pm

SNF Parkway Theater
3 West North Avenue : 21201

Ten years after the passing of his wife and partner, Jeanne-Claude, artist Christo sets out to realize, The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before.

Documented with uncensored access to Christo and his team, Walking on Water is a cinema verite look into Christo’s process, from inception to completion of his latest large-scale art installation.

The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world, unmediated by interviews, voice-overs or reenactments drawing the portrait of a man who deliberately places visceral experience over demagogy.

ZIP 21214: art/work/home | Opening Reception

Friday, July 5th • 6-9pm

Hamilton Gallery
5502 Harford Road : 21214

Hamilton Gallery located in the 21214 zip code is pleased to present the Artscape Gallery Network exhibition ZIP 21214: art/work/home featuring the work of artists who make their art or live in the 21214 zip code of NorthEast Baltimore. The community supports an active group of creatives, many who work in home studios. The exhibition hopes to reveal the treasure of artists busy making and showing their art right in our own backyard. ZIP 21214 guest artists include: Kathleen Adrian, Brennan Cox, Jim Doran, Donald Edwards, Cat Gunn, Darl Gnau, Dona Grant, Annie Howe and Cloe Irla.

Exhibition runs July 5,- September 1, 2019

Hamilton Gallery exhibiting artist members:

Jude Asher, Ariana Bock, Loring Boglioli, Schroeder Cherry, Ron Cohn, Diane Dennis, Jessica Devilbiss, Donna DiSciullo, Amy Klainer, James McDonald, L. Nef’fahtiti Partlow-Myrick, Lynn Poshepny, Theresa Reuter, Val Smith, Therese Spadaro, Grace Sweeney, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Maxine Taylor, Linnea Tober, Alex Vanicky & Tim White.

Hamilton Gallery welcomes all guests and neighbors to join us in enjoying our neighborhood and our city.

Altar Ego | Opening Night
Saturday, July 6th

The Peale
225 Holliday Street : 21202

Five dates only! July 6th, 7th, 17th, 20th, 21st. Staggered entry times. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled entry time.

Altar Ego is a completely self-contained 45-60 minute multi-sensory experiences for a group of up to five people. You are invited to a unique house party to learn more about your “model citizen” Vietnamese-American neighbor, and explore the boundaries between home and not home. (Actualized by Kim Le.)

Please note: you will be required to ascend and descend at least two staircases at a relaxed pace. Incense will be burned in your presence and food will be served with eating optional. Plan to arrive a full fifteen minutes before your scheduled start time and to spend about an hour (or more if you choose) at The Peale. Beverages and light snacks will be available (donations appreciated). Restrooms will be accessible before and after the experience. Coat racks and safe storage for bags will also be available.

Updates and more info here.

Nick Sjostrom | Fokal Point Singer-Songwriter Series
Saturday, July 6: 7:30 pm

An Die Musik
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Nick Sjostrom, one of the most talented and influential musical recordists in the history of the Baltimore music scene, performs on his own and with others at his first headline gig in…like a million years. Nick appears to be everywhere – engineering and playing on some of the region’s finest recordings (Caleb Stine, The Honey Dewdrops, Linda Nelson, Letitia VanSant, Ellen Cherry), performing with a variety of groups as a multi-instrumental sideman, releasing his own stunning album. Tonight, we finally get to see Nick deliver his own unique material. Come hear Nick Sjostrom – he is one of the great driving forces in the Baltimore music scene.

Tickets available here.

Exhibition of Sondheim Finalists | Ongoing

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201

The Walters Art Museum, in collaboration with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, is proud to present this exhibition that showcases the work of seven finalists in this prestigious competition, which awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the greater Baltimore region. This year’s finalists are Negar Ahkami, Akea Brionne Brown, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Schroeder Cherry, Phylicia Ghee, Jackie Milad, and Stephanie Williams. Reception with cash bar provided by Baltimore’s Union Craft Brewing.

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