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This week: Maryland Art Place presents Andrew Gray at the Hotel Indigo, Welcome Homesick Presents… The Yellow Wallpaper at the Peale, MICA’s Grad Show V: Art Education M.A. Reception, McKinley Wallace III: Views of Morrell Opening Reception at Gallery CA, Quilting Craft Community Day at the Lewis Museum, VICE VERSA Closing Reception at MONO Practice, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding? Opening at St. Charles, Art of the Collectors VII Opening Reception at Galerie Myrtis, SuperHeroes Exhibition Opening Reception at Y:ART, and Jibber Jabber /// It’s Okay Maybe Closing Reception + Artist Talk at Current Space!

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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Andrew Gray | Opening Reception
Wednesday, July 24th • 6-8pm

Hotel Indigo
24 West Franklin Street : 21201

On View | July 20, 2019 – September 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 24 | 6 -8pm

Join Maryland Art Place (MAP) and Hotel Indigo as we celebrate the opening reception of paintings by artist, Andrew Gray.

Enjoy live music and light refreshments provided by Poets Modern cocktails and Eats.

Andrew Gray is a painter and designer continuing his practices in Baltimore, Maryland. After receiving his BFA in Fine Arts and working two years in the professional field of design, he now merges both experiences to create a unique visual language for his personal work. His personal work lightly touches on concepts inspired by his very diverse upbringing as an African-American child.

Validated parking is available at 15 West Franklin St. Garage.

The Yellow Wallpaper
Friday, July 26th + Saturday, July 27th

The Peale
225 North Holliday Street : 21202

July 26 & 27, August 2 & 3
8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
Tickets: Sliding Scale, $10 – $50

Welcome Homesick Presents…
The Yellow Wallpaper
By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Adapted for the stage by Aziza Afzal

Local Maryland theater collective Welcome Homesick Productions returns this summer with their latest play, The Yellow Wallpaper. The play is an original adaptation by Welcome Homesick co-founder Aziza Afzal, and is based on the Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1892 novella by the same name. It is directed and performed by Welcome Homesick co-founders Aziza Afzal, Emma Bergman, Sophie Cameron, Meg Lebow, and Clare Lefebure, with movement direction by Alayna Baron and original sound by Sam Dembling.

The Yellow Wallpaper provides an intimate look at one woman’s harrowing experience with postpartum psychosis, as the unnamed protagonist is placed on strict bed rest by her husband and physician. Fascinated and repulsed by the strange yellow wallpaper in her new bedroom, the woman begins to see ghostly figures trapped within the walls. This play is a psychological drama with strong feminist and gothic influences, appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Tickets are on a sliding scale $10-$50.

Grad Show V, Art Education, M.A. | Reception
Friday, July 26th • 5-7pm

MICA Riggs & Leidy Gallery
131 West North Avenue : 21201

On View: July 20 – July 26
Reception: Friday, July 26th 5-7PM

Views Of Morrell | Opening Reception
Friday, July 26th • 6-9pm

Gallery CA
440 East Oliver Street : 21201

Views of Morrell is a solo exhibition by McKinley Wallace III, showcasing a series of site-specific mixed media narratives about racial and economic turbulence in Morrell Park, a community in southwest Baltimore. In this exhibition, viewers will take notice of honest and meticulous, landscape interiors of various sizes, desires from the community, and activist posters created by McKinley Wallace III’s middle school youth. Since he began working in Morrell Park as an art instructor at Access Art, Inc., he learned that this small and historically white neighborhood is slowly becoming more culturally and ethnically diverse. In Baltimore alone, diversity has become a controversial euphemism that changes depending on who is talking about it. What does diversity currently mean for Baltimore? Equity and inclusion seem to have become more relevant topics. Like Wallace’s past work in his Respond and Under Blue series, Views of Morrell Park continues a conversation with viewers about what diversity and inclusion mean to them, what challenges come along with it, and how they, as residents and visitors, would respond if they were present within his charged and inconclusive paintings.

McKinley Wallace III is a painter and draftsman whose art depicts strength expounded by the oppressed and an educator dedicated to cultivating people-oriented environments that foster inclusive community building and high-quality learning. Wallace received a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His studio work has obtained both local and national attention, including solo exhibitions at MICA, Jubilee Arts, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Creative Alliance, and Gallery CA, as well as group shows at Connersmith Gallery, Gallery B, Towson University, Waller Gallery, Palazzo dei Cartelloni in Florence, and Interlochen Center of the Arts. He has also worked collaboratively to create murals for NIKE, Inc., Access Art, Inc., and Monarch Global Academy. In 2019, Wallace was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award.

Quilting Craft Community Day
Saturday, July 27th • 11am-3pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : 21202

Experience quilting at its finest with intricate quilt displays, trunk shows, craft demonstrations and a community quilt-in for Baltimore Ceasefire. Renowned Baltimore textile artist, Joyce Scott, will lead an artist talk on her family’s legacy and the work of her mother, quilter Elizabeth Talford Scott.

Families can enjoy dance performances and storytelling inspired by the African American quilters of Gee’s Bend. The showcase is organized by the African American Quilters of Baltimore.

Special museum admission price: $5

VICE VERSA | Closing Reception
Saturday, July 27th • 1-3pm

MONO Practice
212 McAllister Street : 21202

Please Join Us for the VICE VERSA Closing Reception!

Nick Primo + Hae Won Sohn

Closing Reception: Saturday, July 27, 1-3pm

VICE VERSA is a two-person exhibition by Nick Primo + Hae Won Sohn, and currently on view at MONO PRACTICE. The work examines the perceptions and sense of familiarity surrounding artist modes. Vice Versa relates to how the artists look to given opposing spaces and the impact it has on our ability to formulate constructivism. The aim is to decipher between what’s natural and the systems that reinforce structural ideas.

“The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the System. The visual aspect can’t be understood without understanding the system. It isn’t what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance.” – Sol LeWitt

The exhibition will run through July 27. The gallery hours are Thursdays and Saturdays 1-4pm, and by appointment.

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding? | Opening
Saturday, July 27th • 6-8pm

St. Charles
2701 North Charles Street : 21218

Artists: Zoë Charlton, Sarah McCann, Cara Ober, Nickola Pottinger, Ben Quesnel, Cecilia Terlizzi, and Stewart Watson

St. Charles is pleased to present What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?, a group exhibition of artists whose studio practices run concurrently with vocations involving their community. Along with teaching, curating, writing, publishing and collaborating, this group of artists use their studio practices as platforms for connection.

WSFAPLU? has gathered interdisciplinary artists whose work involves mosaic, craft, collage, and found objects. These processes and materials transmit the energy of transformation and share authorship with a larger community. As you walk through WSFAPLU?, you will encounter historical artifacts, pop cultural imagery, patterns and clips of disjointed text all highlighting the tenuous nature of language. Collaged imagery implies a mutable landscape, found objects take on uncanny forms, video and animation challenge relationships between the audience and the artist. By bringing together artists who advocate for their communities, we share an opportunity for peace, love and understanding.

Image: Cara Ober, Untitled from the Effigy Series, 2016

Art of the Collectors VII | Opening Reception
Saturday, July 27th • 6-8pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : 21218

July 27 – August 31, 2019

Art of the Collectors VII features works of art created by 20th and 21st century African and African American artists previously held in institution and private collections.  Artists: John Biggers, Lois Mailou Jones, Valerie Maynard, Frank Smith, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Stephanie Pogue, Faith Ringgold, Purvis Young, and more…

Faith Ringgold, Grooving High, Color Silkscreen 48/425, 35” x 49” Framed, 1996
Provenance: Johnetta B. Cole Collection

SuperHeroes Exhibition| Opening Reception
Saturday, July 27th • 6-9pm

3402 Gough Street : 21224

24 JULY — 17 AUGUST, 2019

Y:ART Gallery is pleased to announce SuperHeroes, which will present an accomplished group of Baltimore’s Art Stars. This magnificent invitation-only summer exhibition will be brimming with 2D, 3D, and performance art. As with 2018’s award-winning BRA SHOW, SuperHeroes will be a deluge of fascination for the eyes, ears & heart. The Opening Reception will be held July 27, 2019 from 6-9, and will feature performances by Laure Drougal, Mama Linda Goss, and Jocelyn Broadwick, so mark your calendars now as this is an event not to be missed!

What is a SuperHero?  Is it a being? A place? An object? A feeling? Does a SuperHero wear tights & a cape? This question will be explored through the eyes and minds of over 60 diverse local artists.  This exhibition will answer the question through varied mediums, from each artist’s personal perspective. Artists participating in the SuperHeroes Exhibition have been given no restrictions and are encouraged to contemplate what the subject means to them, which is expected to result in a mind-blowing sight to behold.

Artists featured in this exhibition are Shelly Amsel, Lois Borgenicht, Dan Brown, Patty Burgee, Ruth Channing, Lania D’Agostino, Megin Diamond, Lisa Dietrich, MK Dilli, Howard Ehrenfeld, Landis Expandis, Peggy Fox, Marcelle Fozard, Joanne Goshen, Helene Haviland, Sydney Hopkins, Patricia Hord, Andrea Huppert, Ian Jackson, Anita Klein, Minas Konsolos, Cathy Leaycraft, Nancy Linden, Liz Lipinski, Susan Lowe, Peggy Fox, Tonia Matthews, Raoul Middleman, Julia Niederman, Kate Norris, Mary Opasik, Jim Opasik, David Page, Gina Pierleoni, Pamela Phillips, Edmond Praybe, Donna Reinsel, Ronald Russell, Nieves Saah, Nancy Scheinman, Anita Schreibman, Beth Schwartz, Dan Schiavoni, Stephanie Schafer, Dan Shapiro, Stefany Sherman, Martha Simmons, Gregg Simonton, Mary Skeen, Leonard Streckfus, Zachary Thornton, Patti Tronolone, Dave Valle, Dan Van Allen, Leslie Wies, Junius Wilson, Cristian Wisha, Susan McCurdy Yonkers, Bill Yonkers, and more!

Jibber Jabber /// It’s Okay Maybe | Closing Reception + Artist Talk 
Saturday, July 27th • 7-10pm

Current Space
421 North Howard Street : 21201

Current Space is proud to present Jibber Jabber, featuring the works of Joe Roberts, Alicia Gibson, Jonathan DeDecker, Joe Grillo, Jason Silva, Dan Mandelbaum, Marlene Frontera, Jason Herr, and Joanna Fields, with a performance by Alex Silva and It’s Okay Maybe, a solo exhibition by Nicole Dyer.

Closing Reception: July 27th, 7-10pm
Artist Talk 8pm

Exhibition Duration: June 22nd – July 27th
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, noon – 4pm

Jibber Jabber: a group exhibition organized by Jason Herr and Jonathan DeDecker.

This exhibition includes a remarkable array of work with ideas woven together by Dreams, Childhood, Comics, Kitsch, Graffiti, and psychedelic experiences expressed through obsessive doodling, collage, amateur landscape painting and whiskey soaked ceramics.

Jibber Jabber rides the wave of the hermeneutic loop engaging with childhood absurdity, triggering teenage angst, to reach an UNDERSTANDING of adult anxiety. Which raises the question and need for this exhibition!? The need for meaning is projected through a spiraling vortex. Void of time and space to suck you in the other side of that tiny puckered hole to reach the phenomena of ENGAGEMENT.

Jason and Jonathan came together to organize this exhibition. Several pieces include the work of Jonathan DeDecker, Joanna Fields, Marlene Frontera, Alicia Gibson, Joe Grillo, Jason Herr, Dan Mandelbaum, Joe Roberts, and Jason Silva. While each of the individual works tell a story of their own. Jibber Jabber presents broader narratives of cosmological history,
innovation, and creativity.

It’s Okay Maybe: Nicole Dyer

In Berlin we make pancakes. Or “crepes” as Pearl calls them — although I don’t believe our batter was thin enough. I’ve just arrived off the long flight to Germany to the home of Lucy and Pearl. An artist mother and an artist child. Their apartment is an eclectic hodgepodge of half finished projects, pastels, cushions, and creations. Lucy is running late, as usual, and Pearl and I are in charge of breakfast. We decide the pancakes would be better with the addition of blue sprinkles. The sugar crystals creating an indigo watercolor within the batter.

The three of us crowd around the tiny enamel table in the narrow kitchenette. Shoving aside a box of this week’s produce — carrots, onions, browning clementines, and eggs surrender to our bounty. The thick stack of fresh hotcakes waft a lovers tune; simple ingredients of egg, flour, and water fib promises of full bellies, full hearts, sustained energy, and success. Pearl shows me how the children in Europe enjoy the thin patisserie – sprinkled with a mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon. I sip a cup of coffee while they eat; the sugary, carb loaded, and palatable meal intimidating me. How can a plate of food be both nourishing and dangerous? My cheeks grow red and hot as I watch the syrupy, blue bites pass happy, moist lips.

Nicole Dyer lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She received a BFA in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013, and studied abroad at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland in 2012. Her solo exhibitions include Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD; Casa Corval, Van Nuys, CA; and Annex 2E, Baltimore, MD. She has participated in two-person and group exhibitions including Terrault Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Savery Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; LVL3, Chicago, IL; and Field Projects, New York, NY. Residencies include Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT; Lighthouse Works In Fisher, NY; Glogauair in Berlin, Germany; ACRE in Steuben, WI; and Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. She is a recipient of a VSC/Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship, the 2019 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semi-finalist and a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields grant. Her work has been featured in BmoreArt, Title Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, Art F City, and Work In Progress Publications.

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