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This Week: Free Tickets to the Baltimore Center Stage production of Euripides’ Bakkhai, Susan Yanero at Washington Studio School, Young Blood opening reception at Maryland Art Place, Dynamic Range highlights Baltimore photographers at Connect + Collect, Station North Sips, Art After Hours returns to the BMA, the 15th Annual Boundary Block Party, Black Cherry’s Puppet Slamwich, Kibibi Ajanku leads a Natural Dye Initiative Juneteenth talk + workshop at MICA, and a Juneteenth celebration at the Lewis Museum — PLUS Charm City Fringe Fest is seeking volunteers and more featured opportunities.

 

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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Euripides’ Bakkhai
Ongoing through June 18
@ Baltimore Center Stage + Online

Thanks to their generous supporters, Baltimore Center Stage is offering free tickets to their production of Euripides’ Bakkhai running now through June 19, 2022. This new adaptation by Anne Carson features original music, debauchery, and a whole lot of wine. There are both virtual and in-person viewing options.

This isn’t your English teacher’s Greek tragedy. Dionysus, the god of wine, is totally over everyone’s drama so he’s going to incite the women of the land to raise hell in this immersive explosion of the classic play. Featuring original music, debauchery, and a whole lot of wine, Bakkhai is a cautionary tale about the consequences of a civilization’s fear of the unknown.

 

 

Susan Yanero: Paintings and Drawings
Ongoing through July 1
@ Washington Studio School

Washington Studio School (WSS) is pleased to present Susan Yanero: Paintings and Drawings, an exhibition of new work completed during the past two years of pandemic isolation by the D.C. artist and Washington Studio School founding faculty member. The exhibition invites viewers into Yanero’s vivid and highly impastoed world through more than 20 paintings and drawings of varying scales and will be on view from May 6 to July 1, 2022.

In an essay featured in the 2013 catalogue accompanying Yanero’s exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, painter Alan Feltus says:

“Susan’s paintings come from deep within herself and at the same time have the wisdom of great painters from the history of art…it is clear that Susan internalizes her understanding of the paintings of past centuries in a kind of innocently direct and honest way, almost unconsciously. It is as though Duccio, Masaccio, and Uccello reside within her being and have become inseparable from herself…I believe few painters have so vivid an inner world as the content of their work, so interesting a personal mythology, so magnificently depicted. And few painters are as true to themselves and as far from pretense as Susan Yanero.”

 

 

Young Blood | Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 14 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through September 3
@ Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is proud to announce a call for Young Blood, an exhibition showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates.  We are soliciting artists from local (Maryland) universities who are currently or have recently graduated from MFA programs. MFA candidates who graduated this year (2022) are eligible to participate in this exhibition opportunity.

This marks MAP’s 13th Young Blood program which has, to date,  provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 Young Blood has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis project(s). The exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging in media.

 

 

Dynamic Range: An Exhibition Featuring Eight Baltimore-based Photographers
Wednesday, June 15 | Ongoing through October 1
@ Connect + Collect

Exhibiting Artists: Devin Allen, Kelvin Bulluck, Jill Fannon, Joseph Hyde, Saskia Kahn, E. Brady Robinson, Justin Tsucalas, and Elena Volkova

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”  – Aaron Siskind

One of BmoreArt Magazine’s most significant achievements is publishing the work of a variety of locally-based photographers in full bleed formats, where their compositions not only capture the essence of a story or represent other artists, but function as art in itself. From our very first print journal, our team sought out photographers who were trained as fine artists as well as photojournalists, allowing for a dynamic range of contrasting photo essays where visual communication offers surprising, authentic, and often breathtaking moments.

For any photographer, the “maximum dynamic range” is the widest variety of light a digital camera sensor or strip of film can capture, measured in F-stops. Although we cannot offer a quantitative measure for the various selection of images offered within this exhibit, it was curated in the same way that we produce BmoreArt publications: collaboratively and in conversation with each individual artist.

Header Image: Shuttlecocked by Justin Tsucalas

 

 

Station North Sips
Wednesday, June 15 • 5-8pm
@ Station North Arts District

Our arts district happy hour is coming back as a monthly event! Participating venues will offer unique specials every third Wednesday of each month. Take this opportunity to explore Station North Arts District with a snack or drink in hand and the company of music and sunshine.

Mention “Station North Sips” for specials and more at the following venues:

  • Showroom Bar at Motor House

  • North Avenue Market

  • No Land Beyond: $7 “Spiced Orange Crush”

  • Joe Squared: Free 10″ Cheese Pizza with Pitcher of Beer, $5 “Gin-Eric Spring Spitz”, $5 “Whiskey & Boh Combo”, Extended Happy Hour

  • Tapas Teatro

  • Alma Cocina Latina: $10 “Coctel Tropical”

  • Foraged

  • Guilford Hall Brewery: $5 drafts all night

  • The Depot

  • The Crown

 For more details please follow us on Instagram at @stationnorth.

 

 

Art After Hours: Together Alone
Friday, June 17 • 8-11pm
@ Baltimore Museum of Art

Baltimore’s favorite late-night art party returns to the BMA with an evening designed to encourage self-expression and new connections. Inspired by the Salman Toor: No Ordinary Love exhibition, Art After Hours: Together Alone presents visitors with evening access to galleries, international house music by DJ Taj and MC Noor, cocktails and appetizers by Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen, in-gallery poetry performances by Kelly Xio and Aeon Ginsberg, and much more.

Express your inner artist in a blind portrait drawing experience with Baltimore-based artist Kevin Sherry. Feel a sense of connection by playing the Fleeting Encounters game for your chance to make new friends, and win local experiences including free candle-making classes with KSM Candle Co., a tintype portrait session with Wormhole Workshop, and a tea tasting with Cuples Tea.

 

 

15th Annual Boundary Block Party!
Saturday, June 18 • 12-4pm
@ 1501 Eutaw Place

For 15 years The Boundary Block Pary has brought people together across boundaries of race, class, and neighborhood. To celebrate the 15th year of the event, the party will be bigger than ever and will return to its original location on Eutaw Place!

Lock the date in and we will see you there:

Saturday, June 18, 2022
1501 Eutaw Place
12:00 – 4:00 PM

 

 

Black Cherry’s Puppet Slamwich
Saturday, June 18 + Sunday, June 19
@ Black Cherry Puppet Theater

An evening and afternoon of puppetry performance for grown-ups!
Black Cherry Puppet Theater
1115 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Saturday June 18 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm 
Sunday June 19 Matinee at 1:00pm
Doors open 1/2 hour before each showtime with limited seating!
Properly worn masks and/or vaccine or negative COVID test within 72 hours required

 

 

Natural Dye Initiative Community Juneteenth Indigo Talk and Dye Workshop with Kibibi Ajanku
Saturday, June 18 • 1-6pm
@ MICA Lazarus Center

WHAT: Natural Dye Initiative Community Juneteenth Indigo Talk and Dye Workshop with Kibibi Ajanku

WHERE: MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV auditorium and West parking lot at 131 W. North Avenue, Baltimore

WHEN: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022

DETAILS: The event is free and open to the public, though sign ups are required. Please use this link to register.

BALTIMORE — The Natural Dye Initiative (NDI) — led by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) — is pleased to announce a Juneteenth Indigo Talk and Dye Workshop, featuring well-known indigo cultural worker Kibibi Ajanku.

The NDI is a partnership working to build Baltimore and Maryland as centers of a natural dye propagation and processing ecosystem. The initiative is growing indigo and working with farming partners in Baltimore, the Maryland Eastern Shore, North Carolina and the South Carolina Low Country.

“After three years of research and demonstrations, we are expanding up and out, and building an ecosystem of teaching, growing, processing and selling,” Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Sheri Parks said. “The value of us being an educational institution and a non-profit organization is that we can surround the community’s economic development with the very rich history and cultural contexts of natural dyes. The enthusiasm of the community has been tremendous — people want to know more and how they can get involved — so we work to share both the fun, and the knowledge, of this highly meaningful art practice.”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • 1 to 3 p.m.
    Come to hear from Kibibi Ajanku speak about the heritage and practice of West African Dye traditions and the Africans who were enslaved to build an industry. Learn about the Natural Dye Initiative and how you can get involved, then stay for the still-rare chance to get your own hands in the dye by dying a T-shirt (provided)!
  • 3 to 4 p.m.
    Prepare your T-shirt (tying with rubber bands)
  • 4 to 6 p.m.
    Get a chance to see the Natural Dye Initiative-Arabber Indigo cart! We join the honored Baltimore tradition with an Arabber and his decorated horse drawn indigo vat. It is the first of a series of planned neighborhood Arabber-Natural Dye Initiative events.

 

 

Juneteenth Celebration: Education as Liberation
Monday, June 20 • 12-4pm
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Did you know that the first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910, the same day recognized for Juneteenth?  What better way to celebrate the special man in your family than by celebrating this significant moment in our history at the Lewis Museum as we focus on the theme, “Education as Liberation.”

Join Johns Hopkins University professor Dr. Lawrence Jackson as he discusses tracing his family’s emancipation history back to Virginia in his book, My Father’s Name and A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War He will also discuss his personal journey with race, fatherhood, and homeownership in his newest book,  Shelter: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore.  Then discover how McDonogh School is remembering its legacy with enslaved people with an artist talk with Oletha DeVane who was commissioned  to create the sculpture installation, Memorial to Those Enslaved and Freed.

Barbecue lovers can learn about grilling and its significance in Black communities as a Juneteenth tradition with business owner, Damian Mosley from Black Sauce Kitchen. Sample smoked barbecue biscuit sandwiches, smoked string beans with some strawberry lemonade. Finally create a Juneteenth flag or a Juneteenth and Father’s Day button to commemorate the day with artist Reba Goodall. A Father’s Day giveaway will be provided while supplies last.

While you’re here,  don’t want to miss the Men of Change: Power.Triumph. Truth. Exhibition to learn about Black men as iconic changemakers.

Free.  Let us know you are coming.

 

 

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Charm City Fringe Fest | Call for Volunteers

Remember us? I know, I know – It’s been a while. We’ve missed you and are really excited to re-start the Charm City Fringe Festival!

Over the last 9 months, we’ve undergone strategic planning and now we’re seeking new members to join our team!

Have you ever wanted to work with a team of people that envisions Baltimore as a supportive and sustainable place for performing arts and artists?

Do you have an urge to help produce an annual performing arts festival in Baltimore that unites people through art, builds community, provides a place for weird, and empowers artists in producing bold, fun entertainment?

Let us know how you’d like to help by completing this quick form! It’ll only take a couple of minutes. We promise!

 

 

History Through Art Youth Contest 2022 | Call for Entry
deadline June 30
sponsored by Baltimore National Heritage Area

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) invites Baltimore City youth to participate in our 3rd Annual History Through Arts Competition. The purpose of this contest is to engage City youth in an art exhibit showcasing their unique talents while also expressing their view of life in Baltimore City. The expectation is that the artwork will reflect Baltimore’s historic people, places, significant architecture or represent a historical event.

BNHA will host a summer exhibit showcasing this artwork in partnership with the Downtown Partnership in 2022. The contest is open to Baltimore youth ages 9-18. Submissions can take the form of photography and works on paper. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2022.

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) works to promote, preserve and enhance Baltimore’s legacy through history, arts and culture. Find out more at explorebaltimore.org.

*** Must have parental consent to participate. ***

*** Artists retain all rights to their work. BNHA will only use the work for promotional purposes.***

For a work in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release form the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to BNHA upon request. A model release is available on the heritage area’s website. (Click here for the form.)

AWARDS

Grand Prize      $300

Second Place      $200

Third Place   $100

Honorable Mention (2)   $50.00 Gift Card

 

 

The LPB Current Issues Fund (CIF)
deadline June 27
posted by Latino Public Broadcasting

The LPB Current Issues Fund (CIF) provides production and post-production funding to documentary films from the Latino American perspective (60 or 90 minutes only) that explore contemporary civic and social justice issues, incorporate a journalistic approach into the filmmaking process, and have resonance for a U.S. national audience.

Journalistic practice must be integral to the project, with commitment to fairness, objectivity and accuracy. Journalistic practice is broadly defined and may include, but is not limited to extensive research, accessing public records and data, public accountability or investigative approach, transparency of sources, and a reliance on facts.

LPB is looking for stories that explore timely issues, demonstrate artistic storytelling and have potential to engage communities in civic discourse beyond the broadcast.

LPB will accept applications for production and post-production funding; R&D applications are not accepted for the CIF. Funding requests may range from $40,000 up to $100,000. Applicants are not eligible to submit applications for additional funds from the Public Media Content Fund.

 

 

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The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists
deadline June 30
administered through Queer|Art

Queer|Art is pleased to introduce The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists. Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this new annual $10,000 grant, awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field.

The Illuminations Grant is made possible entirely through support provided by visual artist Mariette Pathy Allen, whose body of photographic work over the last forty years has been squarely focused on expanding cultural consciousness around gender and transformation. The development of this grant was stewarded by consultant and writer Aaryn Lang, working in collaboration with Mariette Pathy Allen, Serena Jara, and Queer|Art.

“The Illuminations Grant not only highlights the lacking representation of Black trans women in the visual arts,” says Lang, “but also seeks to confront the systemic barriers that deny them artistic opportunities and a sustainable craft. By supporting this grant, Mariette Pathy Allen challenges herself and the art industry to see Black trans women as more than mere subjects, while forging a new pathway for visual artists within this community to thrive.”

 

 

General Exhibit Applications
deadline July 1
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations.

For detailed entry guidelines, visit https://hocoarts.submittable.com/submit or email exhibits@hocoarts.org. The next deadline for submissions is July 1, 2022.

HCAC manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2,100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am- 8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12- 4pm. The Arts Council galleries are closed most federal holidays. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gallery hours are subject to change. To confirm gallery hours and review COVID-19 visitor guidelines, or to learn more about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit hocoarts.org.

 

 

Call for Exhibition Proposals
deadline July 8
sponsored by Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center currently seeking exhibition proposals for our 2023/24 gallery schedule. Proposals are not limited to jewelry and might include thematic exhibitions or exhibitions showcasing an artist or group of artists. The BJC is looking for exhibitions that explore the gallery setting in an unexpected way, seek to place jewelry and craft within a larger context, and expand connections in our community at large. We are especially excited to see proposals that create a diverse and inclusive gallery space in order to elevate underrepresented voices. Visit our website to learn more about the proposal process. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 8th.  Please contact bjcexhibitions@gmail.com with any questions.

 

 

header image: Header Image: Shuttlecocked by Justin Tsucalas, from Dynamic Range at Collect + Connect

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