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This Week: Tracie Taylor at Steven Scott Gallery, Hilton Carter book celebration at The Ivy Bookshop, Stoop Storytelling  + Queer Jewish Arts Festival at Creative Alliance, First Thursdays in Bromo Arts District + Mount Vernon, Asia North Closing Event at Motor House + The Parlor, Muse & Metaphor opening reception at Gallery 1448, Jonathan Gilmore Project at the Lewis, Mind on Fire * Ami Dang * Laure Drogoul at Current Space, Henson Homecoming at MCHC, and Baltimore Center Stage’s Gala — PLUS Comcast RISE grant program 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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Tracie Taylor: Manipulated Hand-Painted Photographs 1983-2023
Ongoing through August 31
@ Steven Scott Gallery

Taylor’s photo-paintings are in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD; Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, VA; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; WJZ-TV-13, Baltimore, MD, and numerous other corporate and private collections. In 2000 her work was included in “Gardener’s Delight” and in 2006 in “Vistas and Visions: Selected Landscapes from the Permanent Collection” both at National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Her photographs were chosen for two “Current Works,” juried exhibitions in 1992 and 2001, at the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, MO. She has participated in over seventy shows at Steven Scott Gallery two of which were solo exhibitions in 1990 and 2000. Publications include The Official Marshall’s Handcoloring Guide and Gallery, The Tools & Techniques of Handcoloring Using Marshall’s Materials and Handcoloring Photographs, How to Create Color Images from Black and White Photographs, and “HANDCOLORING PHOTOGRAPHS,” by James McKinnis. Steven Scott Gallery has represented the artist since it’s opening in 1988.

Tracie Taylor was born in Oakland, California in 1957. Her family lived in California and Hawaii before settling in McLean, VA. She moved to Richmond, VA where she received her B.F.A in Textiles at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1978 and her M.F.A in Photography/Film also at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983. Taylor is enjoying retirement from higher education first as Faculty/Administrative Director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Photography and Film Program and concluding as an administrator at University of Richmond’s Art and Art History Department. The extra time provides many additional hours to spend in the studio.

Steven Scott Gallery
917 Stubblefield Lane
Baltimore, MD 21202



An Evening With Hilton Carter: LIVING WILD
Thursday, June 1 :: 6pm
@ The Ivy Bookshop

The Ivy presents an evening with Hilton Carter in celebration of his new book, Living Wild! This special happy hour-style event will take place on The Ivy’s covered back patio, and offers a chance to hear from the acclaimed contemporary plant/interior stylist, author, and artist. 

Tickets are required, and can be purchased here!

Tickets are limited, and ticket options include $20 for entry or $65 for entry + a copy of Living Wild. Books will also be for sale at the event.

In his previous book, Wild at Home, Hilton Carter writes: “Have you ever walked into a plant nursery or greenhouse and instantly felt a change in the air? The feeling of calm that washes over you as you tilt your head back, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. This is the feeling you’re looking to replicate when you bring plants into your home.”

This is the feeling, too, we hope you will access this evening as we round the corner into June together.



Stoop Storytelling | Glitter, Gefilte, Guilt, & Guts
Thursday, June 1 :: 7:30pm
@ Creative Alliance

The Stoop Storytelling Series, in partnership with the Queer Jewish Arts Festival, presents Glitter, Gefilte, Guilt, and Guts: Stories by People Who are Jewish, Queer, and Here!

Got a story for this show? Submit it here! For the show, we are seeking individuals who identify as queer and Jewish to share a 7-minute true, personal tale. Stories can be about anything related to identifying as queer and Jewish—how you met your partner, your bubbie ally, how your chosen family is your tribe—we want to hear them all! 

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features “ordinary” people sharing the extraordinary, true tales of their lives. It showcases the stories of “ordinary” people, told in front of live audiences as large as 1,400. Stoop stories are weird, wonderful, hilarious, and heartbreaking — and, above all, intimate.

w/ Musical Guest Katie Long!



June First Thursday Arts in Bromo & Mt Vernon
Thursday, June 1 :: Galleries open until 8pm, After Party 9pm

On Thursday June 1, 2023, art galleries in the Bromo Arts District and in Mount Vernon will remain open until 8pm with an after party starting at 9PM at Current Space featuring two DJs starting at 9pm – JaySwann and DJ Brimafia. First Thursday was a staple of the Mt Vernon art circuit for many years and arts spaces are now looking to re-energize audiences and patrons. Galleries participating in this evening time event include Maryland Art Place, Gallery Blue Door, The Black Genius Art Show, Gallery 410, Cotyledon Arts, Black Artist Research Space (BARS), Nomünomü, Unit B, and Current Space. The Walters Art Museum is also open regularly until 8PM on Thursdays. Check each gallery’s website for current shows, events and how to access their spaces. Galleries participating are all less than a square mile from each other and are under a twenty minute stroll from one end to the other.

To learn more about participation galleries and other venues in these neighborhoods:



Closing Event: Asia North 2023
Friday, June 2 :: 5-9pm
@ Motor House + The Parlor

Celebrate the conclusion of Asia North 2023. Congratulate the artists featured in TRANSition/TRANSformation/TRANScendence. Enjoy performances by Xing Dance Theatre, Dami Soh Schlobohm, Nen Daiko, and Tvameva. Enjoy Chinese food.

Location Info:
Motor House, 120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
The Parlor, 108 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201


5:00: Exhibit opens at the Motor House and The Parlor and remains open until 9:00 pm. Speakeasy opens at The Parlor and remains open until 9:00 pm.

6:00pm: Welcome and Thai Music and Dance by Vorayot & Kittma Suksaichon and Somapa Thai Dance Company at The Parlor. Chinese food by Peter Chang provided by the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee at The Parlor.

6:45pm: Performance by Xing Dance Theatre Student Company at the Motor House

7:00pm: Performance by Nen Daiko at the Motor House

7:30pm: Music by Tvameva in the speakeasy at The Parlor until 9pm. Exhibit (at the Motor House and The Parlor) remain open until 9pm.



Muse & Metaphor | Opening Reception
Friday, June 2 :: 6-8pm | Ongoing through June 31
@ Gallery 1448

Six photographers explore their inspiration across time and place.

Friday June 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Schaun Champion
Frank Hallam Day
E. Brady Robinson
Paula Gately Tillman
M. Holden Warren
Elena Volkova

Gallery 1448
1448 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21231


Opening Reception 
Friday, June 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Open 
Saturday, June 3, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Artists’ Talk
Saturday, June 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Artists’ Talk & Book Discussion 
Sunday, June 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Closing Reception 
Friday, June 30, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.



First Fridays Music Program: Featuring The Jonathan Gilmore Project – Funktopia Nation
Friday, June 2 :: 6-8:30pm
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Relax and unwind from your week mingling at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with local musical performances. Explore our latest one-of-a-kind exhibitions with food and drinks by local chefs from Lexington Market. During our Black Futures, Black Imaginings Music Edition (April – August), experience a wide range of music connected with Black futurism involving the imagination, time and liberation. Come at 6 pm to view  Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined and celebrate Black Music Month at The Lewis while you get your P-Funk on with The Jonathan Gilmore Project as they present “Funktopia Nation.” Funktopia is part theater, part concert and full of original funk, soul, and R&B music that will take music goers on an intergalactic trip. Enjoy a theatrical concert performance featuring a series of songs from hip hop, blues, funk, and disco genres bringing together Jonathan Gilmore and a collective of Baltimore-based artists.



Mind on Fire * Ami Dang * Laure Drogoul
Friday, June 2 + Saturday, June 3 :: 8pm |
@ Current Space

Mind on Fire with music by Bobby Ge and Sebastian Suarez-Solis, Laure Drogoul, & Ami Dang!

Mind on Fire

Ami Dang

Laure Drogoul

Two nights!
Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd

Doors at 7, show at 8!
Tickets $10-30, pay-what-you-can

This outdoor show will be held in our rear courtyard. Enter through the alley at 421 Tyson Street.

Accessibility and Parking Info:

Events at Current Space are rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.



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Henson Homecoming—The Jim Henson Exhibition Opening Festival
Saturday, June 3 :: 10am-8pm
@ Maryland Center for History and Culture

Celebrate the legacy of Jim Henson with a museum-wide puppetry arts festival! Join us at MCHC for an entire day of live puppet shows, local artists, puppet-making, museum exhibitions, chalk drawings, live music, food, and film screenings with Sam and Friends author and Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin. A day for adult and family inspiration and imagination!

10:30–11:30 am Musical Performance Shake Out Your Sillies with Ms. Eliza

11–11:30 am  Live Puppet Show Ebony Sonshine Puppets

Ebony Sonshine presents “Happy and Healthy”, a puppet show centered on health and wellness with fun movement! Through puppetry, dance, and song, children will be encouraged to think healthy and learn how they can improve their healthcare. Stronger children lead to stronger families, thus leading to stronger communities. “Good Health is Good Business!”

12–12:30 pm  Live Puppet Show Danny Joe’s Tree House

Danny invites you to travel back in time and attend a “live studio taping” of an episode of Danny Joe’s Tree House called, “Calling All Cadets!”. During this performance, we will visit the past and receive a reassuring message from the distant future.

12:00–12:30 pm  Ribbon Cutting

1–1:30 pm  Live Puppet Show Danny Joe’s Tree House

2–3:30 pm  Film Screening  Sam and Friends: Jim Henson’s Early Days with Author Craig Shemin

Craig Shemin presents this program of Jim and Jane Henson’s early Washington, D.C. work, including surviving footage from the early Henson series Sam and Friends, as well as newly restored transfers of Henson’s Wilkins Coffee commercials. Craig will also discuss the creation of his book, Sam and Friends: The Story of Jim Henson’s First Television Show, which will be available for sale in the Museum Store.

4–4:45 pm  Book Signing  Sam and Friends: The Story of Jim Henson’s First Television Show

5–6:15 pm  Film Screening  Jim Henson Commercials and Experiments with Author Craig Shemin

This mind-blowing collection of shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Henson archives has been remastered in high definition from original film elements and contains newly discovered material. Highlights include an industrial film for Wilson’s Meat that must be seen to be believed and excerpts from experimental TV programs The Cubeand Youth ’68. Also included is Time Piece, the 8-minute Oscar-nominated experimental masterpiece directed by (and starring) Jim Henson himself.

Throughout the Day

Live music from Jazz Bay Project and The Tony & Gavin Conflict
Chalk art with local muralist Bridget Cimino
Food trucks
Blondie Donuts
Partner tables
Art-making with Port Discovery
Museum exhibitions



Baltimore Center Stage Annual Gala
Saturday, June 3

We are ringing in this significant milestone with creative and visionary flair. Truly unlike any other gala in town, the night will showcase exclusive performances, experiences, and adventures produced by our staff of skilled – and wildly creative – producers, artisans, and craftspeople.

The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and then unfold into private dining rooms and bars throughout the building. After dinner, guests will be invited to explore entertainment through every inch of our historic building, while enjoying refreshments, dancing, and the silent auction.

Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to support BCS’s Shared Space Initiative, a groundbreaking program that will provide community organizations the opportunity to use our building in new and exciting ways.



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Call for Volunteers
posted by Arts & Drafts Festival / Baltimore County Arts Guild

We are thrilled to offer many opportunities to get involved. Volunteer positions include setting up and taking down artist and activity exhibitor booths, greeting and guiding exhibitors and festival goers, managing communications and operations, and so much more! (There’s only one catch – all volunteers must be 21 or older.)

Volunteering also comes with many perks: Behind the scenes access to amazing local artists, a brightly colored t-shirt, free snacks and water, making friends with other cool volunteers, and best of all pitching in during the 3rd annual Arts & Drafts Festival.

Time commitments will be in 4 hour shifts with flexibility to sign up for one or many shifts while mixing in time to relax and enjoy the festival.



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Artist in Residence | Call for Proposals
deadline May 31
posted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Artist in Residence (AIR) program is an opportunity for the selected visual artist to work as an independent contractor developing a new body of artwork or to further develop projects already in existence. The Artist in Residence program aims to enhance the artistic and cultural life of Maryland by connecting established and emerging artists with Library resources and tools, creating meaningful connections with Library patrons, and contributing unique perspectives to our ever-evolving and growing community.



Gateways Project | Call for Proposals
deadline June 6
posted by Frederick Arts Council

Frederick Arts Council seeks qualifications from artists or artist teams to design coordinating large-scale artworks that will activate two of Frederick County, MD’s “gateway” locations. These gateways are pre-identified locations in Middletown and Walkersville, MD that serve as entrances to these Frederick County communities. The intent behind these artworks is to unify Frederick County’s individual localities and provide a sense of cohesion, with the artworks adhering to a common theme. The gateway artworks should be fairly large in size and visible to motorists as they are driving into each town (each gateway is located along a roadway). The artworks are intended for permanence and therefore should be able to withstand outdoor elements; each of the eventual artworks should be closely related to one another within an overall theme that can include variation on the theme that reflects individual town/location.



Common Ground | Call for Applications
deadline June 16
posted by Baltimore Clayworks

“Common Ground” is a community installation that explores the connection between community and nature. The gallery space is transformed into a garden oasis, offering a peaceful space for communion and reflection, cultivated by community members. Especially looking for vessels for plants including but not limited to hanging, wall, and table planters. We will provide the plants!



Monson Arts Fall Residencies 2023
deadline June 15

Monson Arts’ residency program supports emerging and established artists and writers by providing them time and space to devote to their creative practices. During each of our 2-week and 4-week programs throughout the year, a cohort of 5 artists and 5 writers are invited to immerse themselves in small town life at the edge of Maine’s North Woods and focus intensely on their work within a creative and inspiring environment. They receive a private studio, private bedroom in shared housing, all meals, and $1,000 stipend for 4-week programs or $500 for 2-week programs.

The Abbott Watts Residency for Photographers offers access to the photography studio and darkroom of Todd Watts in nearby Blanchard, adjacent to the former home of Berenice Abbott.

Fall Residencies:

8/28 – 9/07 2 Week Residency

9/11 -10/05 4 Week Residency

10/16 – 11/09 4 Week Residency

11/13 – 12/7 4 Week Residency

Residencies are open to artists at all stages of their career. Both US Citizens and non-U.S. citizens (with working knowledge of English) may apply. Applicants must not be currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program. PhD’s may apply if the time will support research. All forms of art are welcome to apply.



Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
deadline June 15

A variety of opportunities to stay at VSC. The standard VSC Fellowship: Eighteen fellowships for exceptional visual artists based on the merit of their work. Available for a 2-, 3-, or 4-week residency as best meets the needs of the artist. The Zeta Orionis Fellowship is a three-week fellowship for a women visual artist working in painting and/or with paint, who lives and works in the U.S. This award is based on merit. The Brian P. Kennedy Fellowship One two-week fellowship for a visual artist who is a painter and printmaker. This award is based on merit and is given in honor of VSC’s recent Interim Executive Director, Brian Kennedy, with gratitude for his dedication to VSC and its mission, and his commitment to supporting creative practice. Our residency includes a private room in a shared house, a private studio, meals, and access to the Visiting Artist and Visiting Writer Program. During every session there will be opportunities for residents to share their work through Resident Presentations and Open Studios.



Comcast RISE
deadline June 30

Comcast has announced a new round of 100 businesses in Baltimore City will receive comprehensive grant packages that include business consultation services, educational resources, a $5,000 monetary grant, creative production, media schedule, and a technology makeover. Comcast RISE is committed to supporting the growth of all small businesses, while advancing the objectives of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as community investment. The program was created to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth.

“This is a great day for Baltimore City’s small business community,” said Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Small businesses are the backbone of our city and local economy, and I’d like to thank Comcast for its continued commitment to small businesses in Baltimore and beyond.”

Beginning on June 1, and through June 30, eligible businesses in Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Philadelphia, and Portland, can apply for a grant package at A total of 100 grants per city, or 500 grants overall, will be announced in August and awarded in September 2023, bringing the total number of recipients to date to 13,500.



header image: Photography by Schaun Champion from BmoreArt Journal of Art + Ideas Issue 12

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