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The Night Shift

This Week: Kristen Hileman and Connie Imboden lecture with Art Seminar Group, Baltimore Pride Film Fest at the Parkway, Bromo Arts Walk, Visions of Night – Exposure Bash at Maryland Center for History and Culture, Do Whatever You Want All the Time screening at Maryland Art Place, Baltimore County Arts Guild’s Arts & Drafts Festival, Baltimore Jewelry Center Summer Sale + Anja Eichler residency talk, Remnants of Mystical World at Catalyst Contemporary, Donnie performs at Creative Alliance, and Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s Swanktakular — PLUS MASB Artist Travel Prize 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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LECTURE: Kristen Hileman, “Connie Imboden: Alchemical Photography”
Tuesday, June 21 • 1:30pm
hosted by Art Seminar Group


Connie Imboden: Alchemical Photography

Kristen Hileman, independent curator

Over the course of 2020 and 2021, independent curator Kristen Hileman collaborated with Baltimore-based artist Connie Imboden to undertake an in-depth review of five decades of Imboden’s photography, documenting the work for future generations of scholars, curators, and collectors. Hileman will discuss Imboden’s career from the 1970s forward, examining the way she has staged the human figure amidst mirrored surfaces and water-filled environments to achieve extraordinary technical effects and create emotional images that reveal both the struggle and beauty of the human condition. In addition to being a deeply respected artist and teacher, Imboden has advocated for the strengthening of community through the arts in her role as President of the Board of Governors of the William G. Barker Jr. Memorial Fund, a fund that has provided financial awards to individual artists in and around Baltimore for nearly 15 years. The artist will be present for the discussion.

$15 door fee for guests and subscribers (no fee for members)

Tickets can be purchased here for $15:



2022 Baltimore Pride Film Festival
Tuesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 23
@ SNF Parkway

The SNF Parkway Theatre is thrilled to partner with the Pride Center of Maryland to present the 2022 Baltimore Pride Film Festival. The Festival will take place June 21-23, 2022.



Bromo Art Walk
Thursday, June 23 • 5-9pm
@ Bromo Arts District

Experience the Bromo Arts District during a night of artistic performances, exhibits, and open studios on Thursday, June 23, from 5-9pm. Curate your own tour of the district and visit the 20+ participating creative groups. Register for free tickets to receive event updates and access to special promotions.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We will be hosting an after party for Bromo Art Walk attendees! This will be held in Current Space’s courtyard located at 421 N. Howard Street. Join for music, drinks, and a good time. Please show your Eventbrite registration (digitally or printed) at the door. Please enter through Tyson Street (the alley), located between Mulberry and Franklin Streets.



Visions of Night: Baltimore Nocturnes—Exposure Bash
Thursday, June 23 • 5-9pm
@ Maryland Center for History and Culture

Drop into the newest photography exhibition Visions of Night during the Bromo Art Walk, an unguided tour of some of the best spots in Baltimore’s Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District.

Meet and mingle with the contemporary artists from the exhibition, J. M. Giordano, Sydney J. Allen, Webster Phillips III, John Clarke Mayden, and MCHC Curator of Films & Photographs Joe Tropea. And perhaps encounter the spirits of the historical photographers lurking around the corner.

Visions of Night: Baltimore Nocturnes is funded by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist PortfoliosRegistration to this event is requested.



Do Whatever You Want All the Time: The Baltimore Music Scene 2005 – 2020
Thursday, June 23 • 6pm + 7:30pm
@ Maryland Art Place

We’re excited to announce two additional screenings of our new short documentary “Do Whatever You Want All the Time: The Baltimore Music Scene 2005-2020” on the evening of Thursday, June 23 at Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St. in Baltimore.

Held at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., these screenings will also be free, thanks to support from, and will feature discussions with the filmmakers and featured musicians afterward.

“This film would never have been made if it weren’t for Maryland Art Place Director Amy Cavanaugh, who has been extremely supportive and helped us get the grant from PNC Foundation which we used to make the film in the first place,” said Sam Sessa, who directed the film. “After the premiere, we wanted to present this film at MAP before we screen it anywhere else.” – Sam Sessa

Both of these screenings are first-come, first-served, and will feature panel discussions with Abdu Ali and other musicians from the film as well as complimentary refreshments.



Arts & Drafts Festival
Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26
@ Guinness Open Gate Brewery

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Baltimore County Arts Guild present the return of the inaugural Arts & Drafts Festival. The three-day, free summer music and art event celebrates the Baltimore County art community with live music, visual artist vendors, hands-on art activities and specialty beer releases.

The fun kicks off Friday, June 24, with a concert featuring Sweet Leda and Lower Case Blues, from 6 to 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday guests can enjoy and purchase art from over 60 regional artists specializing in pottery, woodworking, stained glass, acrylic and watercolor painting, mixed media and more. This interactive, visually-engaging exhibition serves as a marketplace for unique, curated pieces. In addition to visual art, local musicians will be taking to the festival stage with live performances continually throughout the day. The full list of participating visual artists and live music performers at the Festival Stage can be found here.

WHEN: Friday, June 24 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

WHERE: 5001 Washington Boulevard, Halethorpe, MD 21227

HOW: This is a free event open to all. (No tickets or registration)

WHO: More than 60 of the region’s best artists. All children must be accompanied at all times by an adult of legal drinking age.



Baltimore Jewelry Center Annual Summer Sale
Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

The BJC will host its annual summer sale, taking place in person Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th and online through July 8th. The BJC hosts a limited number of sales each year that provide opportunities for jewelry artists working in the studio to sell their work and patrons a chance to buy handmade jewelry while directly engaging with makers. Artists in the sale consist of instructors who teach at the BJC, working artists who utilize the BJC’s studio, students of the BJC’s educational programs, and other local jewelry artists. This is a juried sale and each artist will present a unique line of work. Included jewelry pieces are made of sterling silver, steel, brass, copper, gemstones, and alternative materials. The sale will take place at the BJC studio from 5-8pm on Friday, June 24th and from 12-7pm on both Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th. Entry to the sale is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the summer sale the BJC’s current three-month mid-career resident, Berlin-based artist Anja Eichler will give a culminating artist talk about her residency experience with the BJC on Friday, June 24th at 7pm. The Baltimore Jewelry Center’s artist residency is one of its core programs and offers four different types of residencies for artists at different places in their careers, including an one-month emerging artist residence, a BIPOC residency, a one-month mid-career artist residency, and a three month residency that’s available to both emerging and mid-career artists. Eichler took a non-traditional path to jewelry making, leaving her previous career in Economics & Business Administration in 2008 to pursue an education in contemporary jewelry, via Alchimia, School for Contemporary Jewellery, in Florence, Italy. Since then Anja has split her time between Berlin and Shanghai, where she has become immersed in China’s growing contemporary jewelry scene. In addition to her final presentation an exhibition of the work Eichler has created during her residency will be on view.



Remnants of a Mystical World | Open House
Friday, June 25 • 12-5pm | Ongoing through July 30
@ Catalyst Contemporary

Catalyst Contemporary presents “Remnants of a Mystical World”, a group exhibition featured in both galleries. The work examines ideas of surrealism and spiritualism by capturing and ruminating on the body in the photographic medium.

The photographs in “Remnants of Mystical World” offer various scenes and ruminations on life, death, and the numerous elements outside our material world. Through the lens of warrior-based attitudes and resilience, the works come together to present mystery and even approaches to death. Featured artists include: Greg Dohler, Chrissy Fitchett, Kei Ito, Erika Larsen, Rebecca Marimutu and Geoff Robertson.

The visual conversation among these six artists in the gallery is an investigation of the realm beyond our physical world. Looking to the past, present and possible futures, the exhibition brings together relationships between ancient and new visions of what lies beyond.



Donnie: Welcome To The Colored Section
Friday, June 24 • 7:30pm
@ Creative Alliance

“Rare indeed is the album that’s both of its time and timeless—the recording that perfectly captures the mood of the moment it was birthed in, yet remains as fresh and relevant decades after its release. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, which celebrated its 50th-anniversary last month, is perhaps the most iconic example; Donny Hathaway’s stunning 1970 debut Everything Is Everything and Stevie Wonder’s 1976 masterpiece Songs in the Key of Life are also part of this select club. And so is Donnie’s lesser-known but equally powerful The Colored Section.

Originally recorded and released in 2002, in the immediate wake of 9/11 and the run-up to the Iraq War, The Colored Section’s soulful meditations on Black history and identity, racism, consumerism, violence, spirituality, self-empowerment, and gay love still sound as vibrant, vital, and pertinent as-if they were waxed yesterday. The songs take clear-eyed, open-hearted aim at issues that, for better or worse, we’re all still grappling with here in the third decade of the 21st century.”
– Dan Epstein (Flood Magazine, 2017)

Craig Alston | Bass
Usani Pate | Keyboards
Spyda | Drums
Sol Edler | Backing Vocals
Rona Rawls | Backing Vocals

Suggested Dress Code: Superfly & Fabulous

Stay after this show for the late-night show ‘Late Soul Karaoke with Donnie’ at 9:30PM

Subscription ticket $30 for both shows.




Swanktacular VII: Return of the Swank
Saturday, June 25 • 8pm
@ Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Crawling out from the deep, dark dungeons of social responsibility, this monster science could not destroy, the swankiest party in Baltimore returns! Swanktacular VII: Return of the Swank!

After a three-year hiatus, the Swanktacular is back IN-PERSON to make you go bump in the night with an evening that celebrates the look, feel, and sounds of classic monster movies of the 50s and 60s. No need to wait for Halloween to get out your grease paint and fright wigs and join us for a monstrous evening of excellent food and drink, music, and a frightening amount of fun(draising)! Main event food and drink info coming soon!

All proceeds go towards helping BROS make rock operas, events, and continue to operate in our HQ.

General Admission – $100

VIP Admission – $150
– Includes a special pre-event dinner from 6 PM – 8 PM at Peter’s Pour House. Walking distance from the main event with an open bar of wine and beer, a special signature cocktail, and dinner featuring a selection of their delicious bar-fare appetizers and main entree.

Rock Operative supporting members enjoy a one-time $50 discount on General Admission or VIP tickets.

Our main event will feature:

– For our headliner the one and only Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory

– The BROS House Band playing classic musical treats and epic bangers

Protean Books & Records DJing Baltimore’s best collection of 50s and 60s Monster Music on vinyl

– A Swanky Silent Auction with goods and services from local artists, businesses, and professionals

– Scary food, monster drinks & horrific sequels!

Be there and be scared!



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History Through Art Youth Contest 2022 | Call for Submissions
deadline June 30
posted 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.



Lois Moran Award for Craft Writing | Nominations Accepted
deadline June 30
posted by American Craft Council

The longest-serving editor of American Craft magazine and a monumental figure in the history of the American Craft Council, Lois Moran was a tireless proponent of the field of American craft. She had a mission to elevate the importance of craft for a broad audience. The ACC is seeking nominations for an award in her name recognizing the work of writers committed to moving the craft conversation forward.



deadline July 7
sponsored by LOOSEN ART

Paradigm of modernity, since the first half of the 20th century, photography has become a means through which authors such as Florence Henri, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, and many others, offer new visions of reality: all this is done by observing, analyzing and asking questions on several levels, such as a scientific, cultural, and social one, regarding objects / subjects, but also regarding the role and the deepest meaning of the photographic act.

Thanks to the advent of the digital world, its applications and its operational transversality, new techniques, procedures and conceptual approaches to the “writing of light” are today in continuous evolution. Contemporary experimental photography proposes new languages and new aesthetics concerning the experience of man in the relationship with the environment and its perception.



2022 MASB Artist Travel Prize
deadline July 15
posted by BOPA

The MASB Artist Travel Prize, by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB), awards $6,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living in Baltimore City.

The $6,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford. Past winners have traveled to Morocco, Czech Republic, Japan, Peru, Ghana, Senegal, and throughout the United States

Loghaven Artist Residency
deadline July 15

Loghaven Artist Residency’s mission is to serve artists by providing them with a transformative residency experience and continued post-residency support. The residency is located on ninety acres of woodland in Knoxville, Tennessee. Artists live in five historic log cabins that have been both rehabilitated and modernized to create an ideal setting for reflection and work, and they have access to new, purpose-built studio space. All Loghaven Fellows are awarded stipends to support the creation of new work during the residency.

International Art Textile Biennale
deadline July 17
posted by Fibre Arts Australia

Fibre Arts Australia is highlighting the contemporary practice within Art Textiles as an art form in the second International Art Textile Biennale (ITAB). IATB seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art textiles and invites submissions, from Australia and Internationally, that reflect a wide range of works related to the textile medium. Prizes total AU$15,000, with a top prize of AU$8,500.



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