BmoreArt’s Picks: August 16-22

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Emerald Encounters: Salman Toor at the BMA

This Week:  Unveiling Resistance exhibition continues at The Galleries at CCBC, MAP presents a J.M. Giordano fundraising auction for Baltimore Abortion Fund, Baltimore Old Time & Bluegrass jam at R. House, Station North SIPS, BROS cosplay karaoke at No Land Beyond, CLLCTIVLY’s We Give Black Fest at West Covington Park, Single Carrot Theatre’s  Kiss Me Mr. Musk a climate change parable at Baltimore Theatre Project, To Go Faster opening reception at Current Space, and Crystal Moll’s 9th Annual Plein Air Show — PLUS Hopkins Symphony Orchestra community auditions and more featured opportunities!


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Wine Club Pick-Up Reservations | August 13th — James River Cellars Winery



Unveiling Resistance
Ongoing through September 9
@ The Galleries at CCBC + Online

For centuries, art and object making has served as a tool of resistance. Through song, dance, and hand-made objects, ancient cultures gave praise, asked for strength, and mobilized their peoples in order to fight against evils both physical and metaphysical. In modern history, artists have used their practice to provide social commentary and critiques against injustices affecting humans worldwide.

Unveiling Resistance is a snapshot of the broad scope of issues concerning artists based in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. This exhibition hosts a captivating group of artworks regarding issues including the prison industrial complex, refugee crises, racialized violence, and other oppressive systems inflicted on marginalized groups.

Artists in this exhibition use well-known figures such as Kwame Ture (otherwise known as Stockley Carmichael), Sam Sharpe, and the “Founding Fathers” of the United States to draw attention to important historical accounts as well as propagandas that force us to question the information we’ve been indoctrinated with. Other artworks depicting scenes of dilapidated neighborhoods, protests and marches, and refugee migrations portray communities currently under siege. Controversial objects such as the American flag, ropes, fire hoses, and African masks illustrate the intricacies of oppression – they each invoke complex thoughts and emotions that are determined by one’s own life experiences.

The mere fact that this exhibition exists is an act of resistance and an exercise in a freedom of speech we have the privilege of utilizing. Change begins when we each start to question why and how we need to alter our own participation in the status quo. Through platforms such as this, we are able to identify these atrocities and amplify the voices that dare to speak out against them, while at the same time incorporating symbols of victory. By including both scenes of struggle and triumph, Unveiling Resistance aims to inspire the impulses necessary to create the change we want to see in the world. Like Dr. Kaba Kamene said, “It ain’t over ‘til we win.” So, let’s continue to galvanize a positive social evolution.



We Used to Live at Night Benefit Auction
Sunday, August 14 – Sunday, December 14
hosted by Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is honored to support the Baltimore Abortion Fund (BAF), in collaboration with critically acclaimed photojournalist, Joseph M. Giordano through the sale of select digital photographs from his recent exhibition “ We Used to Live at Night” (held at MAP in May 2022).

MAP, the producer of this new giving site and the exhibition “We Used to live at Night,” created the giving site specifically for the purposes of drawing attention and visibility to this important cause. Registration to participate in the sale is easy and free and can be accessed at [email protected]. Proceeds mutually benefit both Baltimore Abortion Fund and MAP, both 501 c) 3 charitable organizations. The virtual Exhibition and Sale can be viewed HERE beginning TODAY, Sunday, August 14 at 10 am and concluding on Sunday, December 14 at 5 pm.

The Baltimore Abortion Fund (BAF) was founded in 2014 and provides financial assistance and practical support to individuals who live in or travel to Maryland for abortion care. BAF supports clients residing in all 23 counties of Maryland and Baltimore City. BAF believes that abortions are essential healthcare and a human right.

We Used to Live at Night” covers 25 years of Baltimore After Dark and includes shots of underground scenes, drag scenes, crime scenes, club scenes, music clubs, portraiture, and more. Selected images for the site are from Giordano’s book “We Used to Live at Night” published by Culture Crush Editions, NYC in 2021. Shots were taken from 1994 and continued until Covid-19 ended the old way of living at night for good.

Joseph M. Giordano is a Baltimore-based photojournalist who has been featured in ProPublica, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Washington Post, The Baltimore City Paper, i-D Magazine, and Rolling Stone to name a few. Giordano is the co-host of the podcasts 10 Frames Per Second and Photo Flip
The ‘We Used to Live at Night” sale will run from August 14 – December 14 , 2022.



Baltimore Old Time & Bluegrass Jam at R. House
Tuesday, August 16 • 7-10pm
@ R House

August 16th // 7-10pm
September 6th // 7-10pm
R. House // 301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

The legendary Baltimore Old Time & Bluegrass jam is coming to R. House for two evenings of acoustic stringband music! All are welcome to play along in the jam regardless of skill level or instrument. Even if you don’t play, you can come to soak in the scene, listen to the music and grab a bite to eat from one of the ten food stalls or a drink from R. Bar. It’s THE happening spot in town for food and community.

On Tuesday, August 16, Ken & Brad Kolodner will lead the Baltimore Old Time Jam from 7-10pm. The first hour of the jam will be a “slow jam” so anyone can hop in and play along at a moderate tempo. From 8-10pm, they’ll kick up the tempo for the “fast jam.” Imagine a sea of fiddles, banjos, guitars and more all swelling together in a chorus of joyous tunes!

On Tuesday, September 6, Alex Lacquement & Lucas Chohany will lead the amazingly fun Baltimore Bluegrass Jam from 7-10pm for a jam featuring bluegrass songs and instrumentals. Come with a song or two to lead – or just show up and jam along.

There is an abundance of free parking at R. House next to the space or caddy-corner in the police department parking lot (available to R. House patrons).

If all goes well, who knows — this may become a weekly jam at R. House. Let’s show the love to R. House for giving this a chance!

Best of all, the jam is FREE!



Station North SIPS
Wednesday, August 17 • 5-8pm
@ Station North Arts and Entertainment 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
Joe Squared
Tapas Teatro
Alma Cocina Latina
Guilford Hall Brewery
The Depot

For more details please visit or follow us on Instagram @stationnorth.



Cosplay Karaoke: A Baltimore Rock Opera Society Benefit
Thursday, August 18 • 7pm
@ No Land Beyond

Sign-up to perform and choose songs begins when the doors open, but we’ll also have a DJ spinning tunes for a non-stop musical evening.

Pick your songs ahead of time with our online karaoke catalog.

Tickets are $10 (free admission for BROS supporting members) and will be available at the door and on our website. Members must purchase through our ticketing page to receive their discount. You can pay cash at the door to avoid convenience fees, but card transactions will have a small extra charge. All ticket proceeds benefit Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s 7000-year journey to engage and entertain Baltimore & beyond through the power of ROCK!

Can’t be there? We’d sure love it if you could make a donation!



We Give Black Fest
Friday, August 19 | Ongoing through Sunday, August 21
@ West Covington Park

Baltimore social change organization CLLCTIVLY will celebrate national Black business and Black philanthropy month in August with the launch of We Give Black Fest, a new three-day festival working to change the narrative for Black-led organizations through collective impact, community, and celebration.

Taking place August 19-21 at West Covington Park in partnership with the seventh annual Vegan Soulfest, We Give Black Fest combines several of CLLCTIVLY’s dynamic events, including CLLCTIVGIVE, Black Business Quest, and the Changemaker Awards with new programming and musical performances in partnership with Vegan SoulFest.

The entire festival experience centers on community impact, where attendees will support initiatives that uplift and benefit Black-led nonprofits, philanthropy efforts, and plant-forward veganism.

“CLLCTVLY’s mission is to provide Black-led social change organizations and changemakers with a platform to increase their visibility, expand their impact, and foster deeper connections through community,” said founder Jamye Wooten. “We invite Baltimore to join us in supporting these boots-on-the-ground organizations dedicated to making change a reality in Baltimore and providing for the future of Black Baltimore.”

Attendees can enjoy mouthwatering Vegan cuisine from the Conscious Market, jam out to soulful vibes from national and local artists and DJs, dive into empowering activations and cooking demos, donate and support Black-led organizations and take part in panel discussions and harbor side chats with community-led organizations and Black-led vendors. We Give Black Fest will also feature expert talks by Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson from the Children’s Defense Fund, Susan Taylor Batten from ABFE, and E. Bomani Johnson from Forward Promise, along with headlining performances from Jade Novah, Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, Daley, and Grey, to name just a few.



Kiss Me Mr. Musk a climate change parable
Friday, August 19 | Ongoing through Sept 11
@ Baltimore Theatre Project

Devised by the Ensemble
Text by Genevieve de Mahy, T Canady, B Kleymeyer
Directed by B Kleymeyer

The Chesapeake Bay expands and sea levels rise into Baltimore City. In this post-human world only our trash remains. What do these inanimate objects do without humans? Can they build a society of their own? A cheeky exploration of climate change action, denial, and what we leave behind.

Performing August 19th through September 11th at The Baltimore Theatre Project



To Go Faster | Opening Reception
Friday, August 19 • 7pm | Ongoing through September 11
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present “To Go Faster,” an exhibition of works by Ashling Han, Maren Henson, Lehna Huie, Haomin Peng, Anxiong Qiu, Jennet Thomas, and Haochen Zhao; curated by Tado Art Centre in collaboration with MICA NFAT Media. Please join us for the opening reception!

Opening Reception: August 19, 7-10pm
Exhibition Duration: August 19 – September 11
Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 1-5pm, during Garden Bar hours, or by appointment

A constant mix of acceleration and deceleration defines our era of pushing forward yet ceaselessly returning. Contemporary culture has become a scene of excess, oppression, and nihilism in this context. As for contemporary art, it is a witness of the contradictory moment, transforming the conflicts and anxieties of different latitudes into subjective experience, helping the contemporary subjects adjust to the competing yet incoherent forces in contemporary society.

“To Go Faster” explores the power of “faster” in contemporary art practice and critiques the anomalous state of human society as a result of “deliberate” accelerated growth.

The exhibition creates a dialogue between young student artists and senior artists who are recognized in the industry. Through such dialogue, we can recognize the force/power of “Faster” in current art practice and think about our art as artificial method’s subjects deal with the anomalous state of human society as a result of deliberate accelerated growth.

This exhibition is curated by TADO ART CENTRE in collaboration with MICA NFAT Media. Tado Arts is an arts organization headquartered in London with branches in New York and Shanghai. It aims to provide a platform for global artists to promote the development of contemporary art and design. MICA Art Thought club promotes art through works and words from graduating MICA students and professional artists, archiving and sharing artists’ interviews and studio visits to inspire others. Curating art exhibitions is also part of their mission to promote the local artists and bring different cultures and visions together globally.



9th Annual Summer Plein Air Show | Opening Reception + Demonstrations
Saturday, August 20 • 3-5pm
@ Crystal Moll Gallery

On August 20, 2022, we host the Opening Reception of our Annual Summer Plein Air Show. (Plein Air : En plein air, a French phrase meaning “in the open air,” describes the process of painting a landscape outdoors.) All the paintings in the gallery were painted on location. We are showcasing the works of 40 artists with over 80 pieces. The exhibition is on display and on view thru October 1st.

Artists: Allison Swan, Amanda Milliner, Ann Crostic, Ann Schaefer, Anne Reder, Barbara Schatz, Beth Bathe, Carol Cowie, Carol McClees, Charles Newman, Chris Rapa, Christopher Best, Collin Cessna, Crystal Moll, Elizabeth Rhoades, Ellen Sinclair, Eva Rotolo, Gavin Bromell, Geraldine Pontius, Jane Knighton, Janice Kirsh, Jess Buckles, Jim Rehak, Karen Winston-Levin, Kathleen Kotarba, Kristin Hill, Lissa Abrams, Lon Brauer, Lynn Mehta, Maggii Sarfaty, Mary Veiga, Michael Kotarba, Nancy Fine, Paul Bertholet, Shawn Costello, Therese Spadaro, Tim Kelly, Tom Ritchie, Vlad Duchev and Zhaobo Li.

Opening Reception August 20th happenings:
Inside the gallery, the curated show is to be enjoyed. (With a glass of vino or bubble water)
We are thrilled to announce that artist Charles Newman will be painting a demo from 3:30 – 5:00
Wet painting show and sale. We have invited any and all artists to paint throughout Baltimore on the 20th.
The artists will bring completed works and set them up for viewing on the sidewalk by the gallery on South Charles Street in Federal Hill. These freshly created works will be on display and for sale from 3:00 – 5:00.

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Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Open Community Auditions 22-23 Season
Thursday, September 1 – Saturday, September 3
@ JHU Homewood Campus

Hopkins Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra made up of JHU (non-Peabody) students, faculty/staff, and Baltimore-area community members. Audition sign-up for the 22-23 season is now open. Anyone is welcome to audition and participation is free. For more information on audition requirements and how to sign up, visit . Folks can reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Dates: Auditions sign-up is open now through 8/26/22. In-person auditions take place Thursday, September 1- Sat, September 3 on the JHU Homewood campus.



USArtists International
deadline September 1
posted by Mid Atlantic Arts

USArtists International supports in-person and virtual performances by American artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. The program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines.

USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States.

USAI provides grants of up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail.



Reframing Recovery | Call for Submissions
deadline September 2
posted by VisArts

September is National Recovery Month. VisArts invites individuals to submit photographs/images/designs/artworks that address the struggle of addiction, the process of recovery, portraits of those we have lost to addiction and portraits of those who’ve found a path forward through recovery.

Submitted work will be reviewed for inclusion by VisArts’ Gallery Department and community partners.

Selected work will be part of a five-night projected installation visible on the windows of VisArts’ Studio 156 beginning September 22, 2022.



The Portrait | Call for Submissions
deadline September 4
posted by SE Center for Photography

The Portrait. We use portraits as objects of remembrance and reverence, of seduction and glorification. From the keepsakes in lockets as tiny remembrances of love, to the likenesses of leaders meant to inspire and seduce with their power. They can stir, and confront, and drive us to action. Just as they can lull in longing for a time since passed.

Our juror for the The Portrait is Richard McCabe. Richard McCabe is a curator, photographer and writer based in New Orleans. He was born in England and grew up in the American South. In 1998, he received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University. Since 2010, he has been the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived.



IMPACT Public Art Project at Zeke’s | Call for Entry
deadline September 5
posted by Maryland Art Place

Coffee Anyone!? Maryland Art Place is proud to bring its IMPACT Public Art Projects to Zekes. We’re kicking off this first show at Zeke’s Coffee Shop by highlighting artists that live or work within Baltimore City limits. Each quarter MAP will be producing small-scale exhibitions out of Zeke’s Coffee shop. Each show will vary in theme and focus. For the inaugural show MAP and Zekes would like to focus on Baltimore-based artists for a group slated to open Thursday, September 29th, 2022.

About Zeke’s: In 2005 Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market. One year later he opened a retail space on Harford Road in Lauraville, and further expanded his operations to a fully functioning café just down the street at 4719 Harford Road in 2017.

The deadline for submission is Monday, September 5 by Midnight. The exhibition will take place at Zekes Coffee Shop running from Thursday, September 29 through Tuesday, January 11 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 29 time TBD.



Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund
deadline September 5

The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund is currently accepting applicants who live in the greater Baltimore City area to apply for the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Incubator Program. Screenplays, narrative films, documentaries, and AR/VR/XR projects are eligible for this program.



deadline September 7
sponsored by LOOSEN Art

The current events that provoke mass migration, as shown by the war in Ukraine, or those involving millions of people driven by hunger or, as is also happening in more developed countries, driven by the search for working opportunities, well testify such a human behavior inherent in its own nature, a behavior that explicits the need and urgency of a universal recognition of a right which is still too often opposed today by a widespread cultural xenophobia.

Mobility, transition and structural collapse of barriers, these are perhaps some of the presuppositions that allow a contact, an exchange, an enrichment and an evolution of the human species.

Through this call, the field of visual arts proposes itself as a place in which testimony and manifestation of ideas, concepts and visions on the theme of migration and geo-political borders are given.



header image: Haochen Zhao, Caterpillar Time, Fabric, polyester stuffing, acrylic, wire, 39" x 35" 2022

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