BmoreArt’s Picks: August 15-21

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This Week:  Poetry contest finals with Little Patuxent Review at Enoch Pratt, Fashion Meets Art show at Motor House, Sondheim Finalists award ceremony at The Walters, New/Next Film Fest at The Charles, artist panel featuring Morel Doucet, M. Scott Johnson, Arvie Smith, Felandus Thames, and Dr. Myrtis Bedolla at the Lewis Museum, and a Mounted Fern Workshop at good neighbor — PLUS Center Stage’s Locally Grown Festival call for entries 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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Celebrating the 2023 Poetry Contest Finalists with Little Patuxent Review
Tuesday, August 15 :: 6:30-8pm
@ Enoch Pratt Free Library

In celebration of the finalists of the 2023 Poetry Contest with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Little Patuxent Review,  join us for an evening of readings by the three finalists, Anne Rong, Eleanora Hyde, and Bruce Sager, as well as Little Patuxent Review contributor Lisa Park, and Little Patuxent Review lead editor Chelsea Lemon Fetzer.

Anne Rong, the winner of the 2023 Poetry Contest, is a Taiwanese-American poet born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. She is currently studying English and government at Hamilton College, where she was awarded the George A. Watrous Literary Prize for poetry.

Eleanora Hyde, a 2023 Poetry Contest finalist, is a photographer, filmmaker, and poet living in Baltimore ever since the pandemic brought her closer to home. She loves capturing everyday beauty in any medium and her recent work can be viewed at

Bruce Sager of Westminster, Maryland, a 2023 Poetry Contest finalist, was awarded the 2014 William Matthews Poetry Prize, selected by Poet Laureate Billy Collins. The Indulgence of Icarus, a book-length poem, was released in 2016 by Echo Point Press. A prior book, Famous, won the Harriss Poetry Prize, judged by Dick Allen, Poet Laureate. An early book,The Pumping Station, was given the Artscape Literary Arts Award, judged by William Stafford, Poet Laureate.

Lisa Park, a contributor to Little Patuxent Review’s summer issue, is an adolescent medicine doctor, former college health director, mother, and gun violence prevention advocate. Her poetry has been published in Gyroscope Review and is forthcoming in Little Patuxent Review.

Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, a contest judge, is a 2019 Rubys recipient for the Literary Arts and a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s 2022 Independent Artist Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, Tin House, Mississippi Review, and Minnesota Review. Her essay “Speck” appears in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. Fetzer teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Baltimore, serves as vice chair on the board of CityLit Project, is a contributing editor at BmoreArt Magazine, and is the lead editor of the Little Patuxent Review.

  • This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually.
  • To attend in person we strongly encourage you to register here.
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program.
  • For more information about this event, email [email protected].

Pictured: (top row) Eleanora Hyde, Anne Rong, Bruce Sager, (bottom row) Lisa Park, Chelsea Lemon Fetzer.

Virtual Meeting Information

To join virtually visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Facebook or YouTubepage.



Motor House Presents Fashion Meets Art Show
Tuesday, August 15 :: 7pm
@ Motor House

We are excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Motor House Fashion Show will be held on August 15th from 7 – 9 PM in our Theatre. This show will feature our resident artists and offer attendees the opportunity to hear directly from them in a panel discussion at the end of the show. Artists exhibiting include: Yelé Stitches, The Groovy Vandal, Tamara Payne, and Nia Patterson with photography and models by Jazzy Studios. Admission is free and this event serves as the closing reception for “In-House”, our resident artist exhibit.



The Janet and Walter Sondheim Art Prize Finalists Exhibition Award Ceremony
Thursday, August 17 :: 6-8pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Registration required. Capacity is limited.

The Walters Art Museum, in collaboration with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, is proud to present the 18th-annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize Finalists Exhibition. The exhibition showcases the work of three finalists—Kyrae Dawaun, Nekisha Durrett, and Abigail Lucien—in this prestigious competition, which awards a $30,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the greater Baltimore region. Attend the award ceremony and reception on the Sculpture Court and be among the first to celebrate the winner and mingle with members of Baltimore’s arts community.

The 2023 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize is made possible through the generous annual support of presenting sponsor M&T Bank and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Image: Nekisha Durrett, Queen City (Vessels being prepped for installation), 2023, reclaimed brick, concrete, steel, handmade ceramic vessels, lighting; Abigail Lucien, Holding Your Name Like Butter in Your Palm, 2021, cocoa butter, bronze, sea salt, chicken feet, matches, soy wax, acrylic and vinyl on steel; Kyrae Dawaun, Luther, 2022, oil on wood. All artwork © the artists.



New/Next Film Fest
Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20
@ The Charles Theatre

WYPR 88.1 FM is proud to present a weekend-long celebration of film culture. Eric Allen Hatch, the former Maryland Film Festival Director of Programming, will curate the films for the festival that will take place at The Charles Theatre. New/Next will present emerging film work of international scope alongside a special emphasis on new and repertory work from the Baltimore and Maryland film scenes. There will be an opening night celebration in the lot across from The Charles, followed by a concert at the Metro Gallery.

Made possible in part by generous support from:

– William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Portfolios,

– The Abell Foundation

– The Baltimore Community Foundation

– The State of Maryland

– The Maryland State Arts Council

Link to tickets:



“The Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined” Artist Panel Talk- Part II
Saturday, August 19 :: 2pm
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Galerie Myrtis invites guests to join us for “The Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined” Artist Panel Talk Part II featuring Morel Doucet, M. Scott Johnson, Arvie Smith, and Felandus Thames, with exhibition curator Dr. Myrtis Bedolla, as moderator. The discussion will explore Afro-Futurism and examine how each panelist perceives their role within the arts. The panel will be hosted at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, August 19th, at 2:00 PM.

Join Dr. Myrtis Bedolla and artists from ‘The Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined’ exhibition for a thought-provoking conversation. Artists will explore how Afro-futurism drove narratives within their featured works. Bedolla, founding director of Galerie Myrtis, curated ‘The Afro-Futurist Manifesto’ for the 2022 Venice Biennale, will moderate the discussion.

‘The Afro-Futurist Manifesto’ brings together a stellar assemblage of African-American artists who construct a future forged in transatlantic links and Afrofuturism’s ideology to expand the notion of Blackness at the intersection of technology and liberation.”- Myrtis Bedolla, Curator



Mounted Fern Workshop
Sunday, August 20 :: 2-3pm
@ good neighbor

Join us for an interactive session where participants will learn how to create and maintain their own wall mounted fern. We will provide all necessary materials you need to create a unique piece that will bring a touch of nature into your home or office. You will also leave with the knowledge of how to maintain your mounted fern at home.

Grab a drink to bring to the workshop! good neighbor shop (at the bottom of the hill) serves coffee, tea, beer and wine. You are welcome (and encouraged!) to grab something to bring with you to the workshop!

Please Note: green neighbor is located at the top of the hill on good neighbor’s property. If you need help finding us, the staff inside good neighbor coffee shop can help direct you.

Parking: street parking is available. Please reach out to [email protected] if you need handicap-accessible parking.



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2023 Inaugural Locally Grown Festival
deadline August 28
posted by Baltimore Center Stage

Meet the creatives who put the “charm” in Charm City! Baltimore Center Stage’s inaugural Locally Grown Festival will bring together local performers, artists, and makers for a weekend of fresh voices, local connection, and theater in all its forms. Join us for this inaugural celebration of Baltimore’s brilliant, eccentric, and thriving arts ecology.



Juried Call for Art : The Art of Drag
deadline September 1

Derek Pentz (AKA Drag Rockstar Zenobia Darling) is curating a new art exhibition at Gallery 220 with The Havre de Grace Arts Collective titled The Art of Drag. The Art of Drag seeks to explore the evolution, history and social impact of modern drag as both a visual and performance art.

The exhibit will also highlight the stories behind the performers themselves, exploring themes such as survivorship, trauma-healing, and weight and body image, as well as socially imposed double standards regarding clothing and self-expression across genders.

Bearing that in mind, Derek and the gallery committee are calling for art that relates to ALL aspects of drag performance and history. Submissions are welcome from any visual artist whose work explores the high art of drag using various mediums including (but not limited to)…

●  Painting
●  Photography
●  Original pop art of drag influences, icons, and references
●  Handmade drag costumes and accessories
●  Any artistic exploration that relates to both mainstream and underground drag performing

The Art of Drag is scheduled to be on display at Gallery 220 from September 30th throughout October, which both serves as Havre de Grace’s Pride Month and celebrates National Coming Out Day on October 11th. By celebrating the magical art of drag during this profoundly meaningful time of year, we hope to debunk common misconceptions about drag, drag performers, and drag culture, as well as educate the Public about drag’s history as a mechanism for social change, personal expression, and self-healing.

Any art inspired by or evocative of the entire spectrum of drag is encouraged to be submitted. Additional dates and submission guidelines are below.



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

The landscape, whether grand or personal, has been a subject of photography since the beginning and played an important role in establishing photography as a fine art medium. Early on, both in history and most photographers experience, the landscape was one of most accessible and familiar subjects available.

Our juror for the Contemporary Landscape is Stephen Johnson. Stephen Johnson concentrates on landscape projects exploring wild, endangered spaces and human-altered lands, making images that depict a respect for life and the land with a real-world celebration of our relationship to nature.

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) and an archived, online slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived. Openings are timed to coincide with Greenville’s, First Fridays, a celebration of art, food and music.



L+A+N+D: An Experience of Discovery—Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
deadline September 4
posted by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

L+A+N+D (Landscape + Art + Nature + Design), an exciting, new initiative that annually celebrates innovative design concepts for immersive outdoor installations on a grand scale that will spark imaginations, conversations, and a deeper appreciation of the natural world.

Opening to the public Summer 2024

Now accepting proposals through Midnight, EDT, September 4, 2023!



Montpelier Arts Center-Public Art Opportunity
deadline September 5

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division (ACHD) of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation invites individual artists and artist teams to submit applications for exterior sculptural artwork to be installed on a temporary basis at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. ACHD is seeking existing sculptural works that fit the criteria described in this solicitation, rather than design and fabrication of new work.

The Montpelier Arts Center shares grounds with the Montpelier House Museum (Montpelier Mansion), a local historical landmark and venue for public and private events. The Arts Center houses galleries, artist studios and classrooms, as well as administrative offices. Both facilities are operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation. The Arts Center hosts gallery exhibitions and related events, classes for adults and children, as well as musical performances and other community events. As such, it is used daily for daytime and evening activities.

The selected artwork will be placed on a concrete pad sited on a lawn area at the center of the circular driveway directly in front of the entry to the Arts Center and grounds leading to the Montpelier House Museum. Dimensions of the concrete pad measure is approximately 14 feet in diameter and 6 inches in height. Based on engineering specifications, the pad can support a variety of types and weights of sculpture.



Still Something Singing | Call for Entry
deadline September 10
posted by Washington Sculptors Group

“Even when silvery fish after fish comes back belly up, and the country plummets into a crepitating crater of hatred, isn’t there still something singing?”

–from “The Leash” by Ada Limón (The Leash by Ada Limón | Poetry Foundation)

The Washington Sculptors Group is excited to partner with The Kreeger Museum for an exhibition of outdoor work. Artists are invited to submit images of existing sculptures and installations to this call for works that reflect the role of art in our contemporary moment. Artists may also submit proposals for new site-specific installations. All work must be suitable for being outdoors for a period of several months without the need for maintenance. Works will be installed on the grounds of the museum—the grounds have varied terrain and elevations and artists are strongly encouraged to visit the museum before submitting to ensure their work is suitable for the site.



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