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This Week:  Trixie Little at Ottobar, solstice walk at Cylburn Arboretum, holiday market at Motor House, Die Hard interactive movie night at Creative Alliance, Highlandtown Gallery Holiday Show, and Frederick Arts Council presents The Salon — PLUS MAP’s Call for Entry at Zekes 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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Tuesday, December 20 – Thursday, December 22
@ Ottobar

Naughty Elf, Pint-Size Powerhouse and Queen of Burlesque TRIXIE LITTLE presents her hilarious holiday cabaret– HOLIDAY HOOTENANNY! Now with more nuts than a fruit cake! With the gravely voiced best selling author and songster Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith with live toe-tappin’ music by the ridiculously talented Sunny Sighed and B’ald Lightning!

Round up your mistletoe carrying, snow snorting, reindeer riding, mischief making, eggnog guzzling outlaw friends for the adult holiday show you’ve been waiting for! Expect outrageous acrobatics, grown up puppets, mind-blowing striptease, your favorite sing-a-long songs, side-splitting shenanigans, home baked goodies and even a photo shoot with Santa in a g-string.



Wednesday Walk: Learning the Land/Winter Solstice Walk
Wednesday, December 21 • 12-1pm
@ Cylburn Arboretum

Wednesday Walk: Learning the Land!

We will take a walk through the Cylburn grounds to learn about Cylburn, past and present, led by Cylburn expert and former Baltimore City Naturalist Glenda Weber. This walk will take place on the Winter Solstice, which is a great time to be able to see features of the land otherwise covered in foliage.

Attendees should meet at the Vollmer Center at noon.



Motor House Collect-A-Thon Holiday Market
Ongoing through Thursday, December 22
@ Motor House

Motor House is proud to close out the 2022 season with the “Collect-A-Thon” Exhibit and Holiday Market curated by their Director of Operations, Tori Muñoz. The entirety of the exhibit is mindfully priced with no piece exceeding $500. The exhibit’s intended focus is for art consumers to purchase for the holiday season. The Holiday Market will be held Friday, December 16th from 7pm – 10pm.

Featured Artists:
Tima Aflitunov Bukola Arthur Brandi Lewis Valerie A. Smith Alphonso Smith Jr.



Thursday, December 22
@ Creative Alliance

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, it’s DIE HARD! Shout the lines, play games, imbibe Bruce drink specials, and win stuff! We’re making your favorite Xmas action movie into an interactive movie night. Prizes for the best 80s/90s office holiday party attire!
Your Ridiculous Hosts: Jennifer Marsh & Heather Keating

Come early to mingle with your hosts, get your game pack, grab a drink, & get the BEST seat!
A limited number of game packs will be available at the door prior to the show. It includes everything you need to “play” the Die Hard Movie Game (which we made up)! Heads up – there are squirt guns – you may get wet.

Wait list begins in-person 1 hour prior to showtime. 



Highlandtown Gallery Holiday Show | Exhibition Closes
Friday, December 23 • 12-3pm

Highlandtown Gallery offers an ever-changing selection of original works by local artists in a wide range of styles, genres, and media. Both first-time art buyers and seasoned collectors will find pieces to enjoy in the gallery’s inviting historic space or online storefront.

Visitors will find an eclectic mix of fine art, artisan crafts, jewelry, sculpture, and mosaics as well as Baltimore and Highlandtown-themed gifts.

Highlandtown Gallery
248 S. Conkling Street
Baltimore, Maryland



The Salon: Winter Showcase & Artist Market
Ongoing through February 15
@ FAC Art Center

The Frederick Arts Council announces a winter showcase and artists market featuring the work of 13 artists and makers from the Greater Frederick area on view on the first floor of FAC’s Art Center at 5 E 2nd St, Frederick, MD 21701.

The show will run through mid February.

In this French salon inspired artist market and showcase, highlighted is affordable artwork from local artists for sale under $200. The work in this exhibition ranges from traditional mediums such as plein air paintings and ceramic sculptures to new mediums including digital art prints and painted skateboards. Visitors are invited to buy work directly off of the walls. All proceeds are granted to the artist.

Artists included in the Salon are: Aalok Trivedi, Alan Browne, Annie Boyer, Alana Yap, Christopher McGranahan, Emma Sandler, Janet Seifert, Joann Kandel, Lee Ann Tristano, Mira Nair, Nora Schaefer, Rose Weinhorr, and Sneha Abraham.

The FAC Art Center also currently houses an interactive installation by environmental artist Pamela Moulton on the second floor and a Creative Lab on the third floor where visitors have the opportunity to make their own crafts. Consider scheduling your holiday shopping from The Salon in line with FAC After Hours events including bi-monthly improv jazz, weekly film screenings, Meditative Dance, Creative Writing workshops and more!



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New American Paintings | Call for Submissions
deadline December 31

We sponsor six juried competitions per year. The forty winners of each competition receive a four-page, full-color spread in New American Paintings. Five of the annual competitions focus on geographic regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Pacific Coast), and the sixth is only open to current Masters of Fine Arts candidates who are attending schools based in the United States, and current year graduates.

Eligibility: Our competitions are open to all artists working within the United States. We define the activity of painting broadly, and all styles and media are welcome, as long as the work is singular. There are no educational requirements to apply to our regional competitions, only the MFA competition. Artists applying to the MFA competition may also apply to their respective regional competition in the same calendar year. Regional competitions open 60 days prior to the deadline.

Why apply? Meaningful exposure. New American Paintings has a targeted readership of more than ten thousand art collectors, art world professionals and art ethusiasts who have a deep interest in contemporaary painting and discovering new artists.



The Breakfast Special: Cartoons & Cereal | Call for Entry
deadline January 4
posted by Maryland Art Place

It’s Breakfast Time! We’re bringing back the nostalgia of childhood morning breakfast. Do you recall spending your mornings pursuing the back of a cereal box, or beating your siblings to that special prize hiding inside, all while you skimmed that week’s installment of your favorite cartoon? Zekes’ Coffee Shop and Maryland Art Place (MAP) are seeking artworks related to morning cartoons, cereal boxes and anything related to the nostalgia of breakfast as a kid. Want you to create your own imaginative cereal box cover?? That’s cool too – just make it funny! Works related to breakfast foods and beverages are also welcomed.

The reception will be held at Zeke’s Coffee located at 4719 Harford Road on Saturday, January 21 between 10 am and 12 pm. This reception is breakfast themed, jammies are encouraged.



The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program
deadline January 8

The Studios is MASS MoCA’s artist and writers residency program situated within the museum’s factory campus and surrounded by the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Operated by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists department, the residency runs year-round and hosts up to 10 artists at a time. Artists of any nationality can apply for stays of 2 or 4 weeks.



Bethesda Film Fest
deadline January 10

The 11th annual Bethesda Film Fest is accepting applications! All Washington, D.,C., Maryland and Virginia filmmakers are invited to submit a short documentary film to this year’s festival. $1,000 is awarded to each selected filmmaker & films will be screened on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2023 in downtown Bethesda.



Good Hart Artist Residency
deadline January 11

The Good Hart Artist Residency in Harbor Springs, Michigan, invites applications for 2023 and early 2024 residencies. This residency program provides dedicated visual artists, writers, or composers at any career stage with up to 21 days in residence. Each artist is housed in a private residence with a detached studio and provided with a $500 stipend, a kitchen stocked with basic foods, a few home-cooked meals from local hosts, and a quiet setting along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Applicants must pursue their art, writing, or composing as a professional career and are considered based on their submitted work, interest in the program, and proposed community engagement.



Being Seen | Juried Exhibition
deadline January 14
posted by The Artists Gallery Frederick

This call is open to all artists 18+ years living in Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware living within an easy driving distance of Frederick, Maryland and not currently represented by TAG/The Artists Gallery.

Eligible works include original paintings, drawings, prints mixed media including original works of digital collage and manipulations, photographs (both analog and digital formats), and sculpture created within the last three years.

First, second, and third place will be awarded cash prizes, as well as three honorable mentions chosen by the jury.



34th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition
deadline January 15
posted by Gormley Gallery

Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University is now accepting entries for the 34th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2023

AWARDS: A minimum of $1,500 available in purchase prizes

JUROR: Teri Henderson, Arts and Culture Editor of Baltimore Beat

ELIGIBILITY AND MEDIA: Drawings and prints (not photography) in any medium up to 60 inches high (with frame) are eligible with no limitations as to color, surface, or materials. All drawings and prints must be original works of art. Each artist may submit up to 3 works online only. No mailed or emailed entries will be accepted.

ENTRY FEE: A nonrefundable entry fee of $36 entitles the artist to submit up to three entries.

SELECTION PROCESS: Initial jury will be of online submissions received by January 15, 2023. Notification will be by email on January 31, 2023. Accepted drawings and prints received by March 3 will be juried for purchase prize awards at the value set by the artist. No substitutions will be accepted. Works selected for purchase prize awards will become the property of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

SUBMISSIONS: Submissions are accepted online at

EXHIBITION DATES: March 13 – April 21, 2023


CONTACT: gormleygallery[at]ndm[dot]edu.



Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize
deadline January 16
posted by BOPA

BOPA is proud to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 18th edition of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize. This year’s prize is supported in part by the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Sondheim Art Prize will award $30,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. Approximately three finalists will be selected for the final review and their work will be exhibited in the Walters Art Museum from July–September 2023. The remaining semifinalists will have a selection of their work exhibited at School 33 Art Center in September–October 2023. The application deadline is Monday, January 16, 2023.

We will also be awarding two residencies to finalists not selected for the SondheimPrize: a six-week, fully funded residency at Civitella Ranieri in the Umbria region of Italy, and a residency at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore.



Baker Artist Portfolios
deadline January 17
posted by GBCA

All artists with an active portfolio on January 17 will automatically be considered for one of this year’s awards. A $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize will be awarded to one artist in each of the six artistic disciplines. One of the six selected artists will receive an additional $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, for a total of $40,000.



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