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This Week:  Kim Rice + Paul Rucker opening at Connect + Collect, Members Only Party at Current Space (become a member!), Katie O’Keefe virtual artist talk presented by Baltimore Jewelry Center, Kindred FX Film Screening featuring Courtney Lee-Mitchell at the Lewis Museum, Youth-in-Business Fashion Show at Jubilee Arts, Truepenny Projects Presents: Lyra and the Ferocious Beast at The Voxel, The Peale’s Birthday Bash, and Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall — PLUS Artscape call for volunteers + food vendors 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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Liberty and Injustice: Works by Kim Rice and Paul Rucker | Open House
Thursday, August 10 :: 6-8pm
@ Connect + Collect

Join us on Thursday, August 10th, from 6-8 pm at the Connect+Collect gallery to view the new exhibition Liberty and Injustice by Kim Rice and Paul Rucker.

Kim Rice and Paul Rucker are both prolific makers of labor-intensive, colorful, immersive sculptural works that captivate and educate. Both repurpose historic and unusual materials with the ability to harvest the hidden stories that animate these objects and challenge common assumptions. Beyond this, both artists are fearlessly, passionately socially engaged. In an America where our collective history is being actively redacted, purged, and politicized, Rice and Rucker’s multimedia sculptures, metaphor-laden images, and conceptual pieces take on additional urgency.

:: Thursday, August 10th ::
6-8 pm Opening Reception: Liberty | Injustice
Connect+Collect Gallery (2519 N. Charles Street)



Katie O’Keefe | Residency Artist Talk
Thursday, August 10 :: 7pm
Virtual, presented by Baltimore Jewelry Center

Join the BJC Thursday, August 10th at 7pm for Katie O’Keefes Residency Artist Talk. Katie O’Keefe grew up in Hudson Valley, New York. When Lyme temporarily limited her dexterity she shifted her practice; discovering the sensuality of working with thread. Katie received her BFA in Fiber Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. During her emerging artist residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center she has explored the interconnection between metalsmithing and embroidery, reimagining the thread and fabric cuttings from her large-scale figurative embroideries in her “Viscera” series. Join us for Katie’s talk in-person in the BJC’s gallery or online via zoom.



Current Space Summer Members Party!
Thursday, August 10: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Private Event for Current Space Members and their friends only. Become a member to join us!
Details & RSVP
Current Space Garden Bar, 421 Tyson St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

We’re thanking our members for their incredible support with an evening of snacks, drinks, tunes from Naomi, and photobooth by Side A! Dress code: Creative Cocktail Attire ✨

This private event is for members and their guests ONLY, so if you’re not a member yet, become one and join us! Memberships start at just $5/month and include perks like shop discounts, ticket discounts and private events (like this party!). Plus, we recently added a new perk for all membership levels: 10% off drinks at Current Space Garden Bar (not valid during happy hour or admissioned events)! Since our founding in 2004, Current Space has been putting on exhibitions, music shows, performance events, fashion shows, art markets, poetry readings, lectures, workshops, and more. Supporting members help make this possible and truly help us continue operating! Our deep and sincere thanks to everyone who’s already signed up to become a supporting member. You’ve had a huge impact on our capacity in the past couple of years and we’re deeply thankful.

– 21+
– The event is free for all sustaining membership levels, studio members, and screenprinting members, but PLEASE RSVP to attend.
– Members + guests only 🙂
– Each member can bring one guest.
– Snacks from Trinacria and drinks (beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic cocktails) are included with your RSVP
– Photobooth by Side A Photography
– Naomi will be here DJing
– Creative cocktail attire means go ahead and dress up a bit in whatever feels fun and fancy to you!



Kindred Summer Club Session 3 and Kindred FX Film Screening featuring Guest Speaker Courtney Lee-Mitchell
Saturday, August 12 :: 1pm ** CANCELED ** Reschedule Date TBD
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Kindred Summer Club Session 3 and Kindred FX Film Screening featuring Guest Speaker Courtney Lee-Mitchell

Saturday, August 12th | 1 pm<
In Person

Join us as we conclude our Summer Book Club with an in-person screening of episodes from the FX Series Kindred which was adapted from the celebrated Octavia Butler novel by writer and show-runner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

The afternoon will conclude with a conversation with Kindred executive producer Courtney Lee-Mitchell. From 2007 to 2012, Courtney worked in development for Cine Mosaic, the NYC-based production company founded by Lydia Dean Pilcher.

Films on which Courtney worked during her time at Cine Mosaic include the Mira Nair-directed feature films The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Amelia as well as the Fox Searchlight feature film Notorious about the life of Notorious B.I.G. directed by George Tillman, Jr. After leaving Cine Mosaic, Courtney began developing projects, including Kindred, through her company, 4th Power Films.



The YIB Fashion Show
Friday, August 11 :: 6-8pm
@ Jubilee Arts

Youth in Business (YiB) cultivates the entrepreneurial leadership skills of high school aged youth by providing hands-on experience operating an arts-based business. Over the span of six weeks, 16 youth ages 14 to 21, participating youth went through the process of developing products from ideation to market, under the leadership of five program alumni mentors and professional artist.

Powered by our core values of cooperative economic empowerment, personal and professional identity development, and youth voice, each team created a shirt around one of the following topics related to mental health, poverty, drive ambition and anything out of this world. After conducting market research, youth used their personal experience to create designs centered around their stories and hope for the future.

Tickets and more info here.



Truepenny Projects Presents: Lyra and the Ferocious Beast
Saturday, August 12 | Ongoing through August 27
@ The Voxel

“I am the creator of my own universe. Abundance is my birthright. I better myself each and every day. I am loved. I am loved. I am loved.”

Isolated on the planet Minerva, Lyra is desperately seeking for a magical gemstone that will grant her wish for penance. She is kept company by her adopted sigma jupiaryllis and her android, Hattie, but soon the three realize that they are not alone… there is an evil lurking in the shadows, searching for Lyra and hunting the coveted gemstone.

Expect a large puppet, strong language, strobing, haze, fog, and epic fights! We would rate this PG-13. Children are welcome but they should be accompanied by a guardian.

We are requiring that all audience members wear masks during Sunday matinee performances (August 20th and 27th)

If you are an artist or student, we want you to see our show! We have discounted tix available for you at every show. Contact us at [email protected] for the discount code!

If you are still having trouble paying for a ticket, please contact us about it at [email protected], we will make it work! We want to make sure as many people as possible can see this play.

Featuring: David Brasington, J Purnell Hargrove, Isaiah Harvey, Francesco Leandri, Alex Mungo, Mecca Verdell, and Caitlin Weaver

Written by Tatiana Nya Ford

Directed by Tessara Morgan

Designed, produced, and supported by our ferocious team: Madeline Baynard, Jordan Cahoon, Liz Dunlap, Jordan Ealey, Luke Farley, Sarah Leiva, Fay McNair, Mark Navarro, Eric Nightengale, Ellie Skoda, and Gerrad Alex Taylor



Peale Birthday Bash
Sunday, August 13 :: 10am-4pm
@ The Peale

Please join us at The Peale for our 209th birthday bash! It will be the biggest party downtown since we’ve invited our Holliday Street neighbors at Zion Church and The Real News Network to help celebrate! The event is free and open to the public from 10:00am to 4:00pm on August 13, 2023, and takes place at 225 Holliday Street. Guests will receive a complementary slice of Peale birthday cake at 1:00pm. Other tasty treats and beverages will be offered for sale from our partners at Dear Globe, including signature desserts and other curated refreshments. The birthday party is family friendly and great for people ages 1-100+. The schedule of activities includes:

All day: Eco-friendly, hands-on crafts in the garden for all ages: Create your own eco-friendly biodegradable stationery! Try your hand at making paper embedded with native wildflower seeds. Write on it, use it as gift tags, the possibilities are endless! Plus, try your hand at making paper seed bombs to throw onto neglected lots and medians. Sowing wildflowers supports a wide range of insects that couldn’t otherwise survive in urban or built-up areas. Plus, make butterfly and sunflower arts and crafts—a great way to experience the garden while being creative!

All day: New exhibitions on view, including The Guardians of Baltimore: Preserving Our Legacy, and Dark Beauty by Daisy Brown

All day: Birthday Story Wall for visitors to share their favorite birthday memories.

11:00, 1:00, 3:00pm: Tours of the building led by experts who helped with the building’s renovation from 2018-2022.

12:30-3:30pm: Beer and pretzels for sale in the garden at Zion Church (next to The Peale), along with self-guided tours of the historic building. A docent-led tour will be offered at 1:00pm. The German American Cultural Center will also serve wine, meats and cheese while refreshments last.

1:00pm: Birthday cake cutting and official happy birthday wishes to The Peale.

2:00-4:00pm: Catching up with the Neighbors: Storytelling with radio host Aaron Henkin, featuring special guests from Zion Church and The Real News Network, as well as historians Dean Krimmel and Jackson Gilman-Forlini. This program follows a group of Baltimoreans who were interviewed in 2017 as part of our original birthday bash.



The Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long-A
Sunday, August 13 :: 3pm
@ Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The smash-hit musical show that has been all around the world and is now back at the Jospeh Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

For those of you not yet converted, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along and free magic moments fun pack!

Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills. So get those vocal chords warmed up, cut up those chintz curtains and hurry down for the perfect afternoon out.

Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended!

*The BSO does not appear on this program



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Artscape | Call for Volunteers
posted by BOPA

BOPA is seeking enthusiastic and hardworking volunteers to support Artscape from Friday, September 22–Sunday, September 24, 2023. Volunteers can expect to support different front-facing and behind-the-scenes areas alongside diverse groups of staff and volunteer teams. Please note that all volunteer opportunities require various levels of skill, commitment, flexibility, and are subject to availability.

Festival volunteers will report directly to their assigned Production Coordinator/Assistant and will be responsible for supporting Artscape in one of eight focus areas, including hospitality, local stages, artists’ market, and more.



Seeking local food & beverage vendors for Artscape 2023
deadline August 12
posted by BOPA

Most applications for Artscape 2023 have closed, but we are still accepting applications for food & beverage vendors. The food & beverage application will close August 12, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.

We are looking for food vendors to create a rich culinary experience for festival attendees. Please note: BOPA has a commitment to local food, with at least 95% of accepted food vendors hailing from the state of Maryland.



Artina 2023: Queering Nature | Call for Submissions
deadline August 13
posted by Washington Sculptors Group

trangeness, irregularity, pushing back against traditional understandings of what “should be” or “has been” and entering into the unknown: to queer is to defy a single mode of representation, to question naming as an act of freezing or dismissing. Queer is not only a noun; it’s also a verb, an action. It’s not who, but how we are. To queer is to interrogate what is considered to be “natural,” to reexamine narratives and identify alternate viewpoints; to embrace a more fluid spectrum of viewing identity and gender, among other things. How can contemporary sculpture, installation, sound, performance and interdisciplinary projects embody the action of queering? How can material and form embody or imagine what is “other”? This call invites artists to submit existing or new sculptural and installation works that explore concepts of normativity or singularity, embodying a malleable spectrum of representation, perception, being, form, and materiality. — Stephanie Mercedes

Artists are invited to submit existing or new sculptures, and site-specific installations that fit the theme. You are welcome to take the theme and explore any metaphors in nature, society, politics, etc. Go wild! But provide a point of reference for your viewer/participant. All mediums are welcome, but all works must be suitable for outdoors with little to no maintenance.



Blinds, oil on panel, Mike McSorley, from Strokes of Genius 2022

Strokes of Genius | Call for Entry
deadline August 16
posted by Maryland Federation of Art

A painter creates with head, heart, and hand. The sweep and flow of the brush in that hand conveys all that is in the head and heart of the artist and physical power and emotional tenderness are transmitted to paper and canvas. The brushstroke becomes the artist’s voice and communicates with the viewer throughout time. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in any of the states or territories of the US, Canada, and Mexico to enter our 12th annual all-painting competition, Strokes of Genius. All original 2D work created through any painting media (oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines will be considered. Works selected by the juror will be exhibited in MFA’s Circle Gallery from October 25 – November 25, 2023. Exhibition Chair: Nichole Leavy.



Voices of Hispanic/Latinx Artists Exhibit | Call for Entry
deadline August 18
posted by Chesapeake Arts Center

All mediums of artwork will be considered for this exhibit, the only requirement is that the artwork is made by Hispanic/ Latinx artists in Maryland, D.C. or VA area.

There are also no restrictions on size as long as the work can fit in the gallery, and nontraditional mediums are welcomed. The artwork must have been created within the last five years. No nudity, violence or profanity is allowed.

ABOUT: Hispanic and Latinx Artists have continued to make monumental contributions to our nation’s past and present. National Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to the social, political, and cultural history and contributions of the Hispanic and Latinx Community, while also celebrating their enrichment in the future of America’s heritage. Voices of Hispanic/ Latinx Artists Exhibition will highlight artists from a wide range of identities, backgrounds, stories, and experiences, through the power of their creativity. This exhibit will be on display from September 7, 2023 – October 17, 2023 in our Hal Gomer Gallery at Chesapeake Arts Center.



Trash Wheel Fan Fest: Call for Submissions
deadline September 1
posted by Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore

We are looking for trash wheel inspired art, music, performance pieces, and desserts to showcase at Trash Wheel Fan Fest this year! If you are a creative type who loves the trash wheels, we need you! You could create craft pieces, drawings, paintings, collages, costumes, cakes whatever creative idea you may have to celebrate our trash wheel family. There is no project too small or too big. Describe your idea for trash wheel fan art below!

The public will be able to vote on artworks at Trash Wheel Fan Fest, and 3 winners will be selected to win a cash prize!



2023 Holiday Heap Application
deadline September 1
posted by Charm City Craft Mafia

Holiday Heap will be held on Saturday, December 9, from 9 am to 5 pm at 2640 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218. Vendors are required to be set up and ready to sell at 9 am. The first hour of the show is a ticketed Earlybird shopping hour, and the show opens to the general public at 10 am.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 1 and require a non-refundable $15 fee. If you have questions about the application, reach out to [email protected] well before the application deadline. Accepted vendors will be notified by September 15 and will be required to pay the vendor fee of $175 for an 8′ x 4′ space (or, for packaged food/drink and herbal goods vendors only, $125 for an 4′ x 4′ space) by September 22. Tables are not supplied, and all tables, racks, etc. must fit entirely within your allotted space, allowing you to enter/exit without disturbing your neighbors. We reserve the right to ask you to modify your display if it exceeds the space or interferes with other spaces/aisles. This show is a table-type setup, not a trade show booth setup.



Artist Family Residency | Call for Applications
deadline September 1
posted by Franconia Sculpture Park

The Artist Family Residency supports Artist Parents and Artist Youth alike with a one-two week residency at Franconia in July.

The Artist Family Residency supports Artist Parents and Artist Youth with a two week summer residency at Franconia in July. Coinciding with our Youth Installation Summer Camps, Families collaborate on shared work, and Artist Youth are invited to enroll in camp during the day, free of charge, while the Artist Parent is on-site continuing research/production. For Artist Parents, this is a self-directed residency with no pressure or expectation of finished work. The Artist Family benefits from the individual and shared creative process and togetherness.

Artist Families live on-site in our 4500 square ft. Artist House, where each resident receives a private room, shared baths, and two shared kitchens. We provide all groceries for meal preparation and make accommodations for special dietary needs. Artists are asked to meet nightly for dinner, where informal dialogue occurs. Artists are also invited to give public lectures, schedule studio visits with renowned curators, and receive professional career development and hands-on mentorship opportunities from staff and Visiting Artists. A culminating Parents and Community sharing of Summer Camp Works provides a joined capstone experience for the Artist Family.

Ultimately, Franconia aims to provide substantive value for parents and youth alike through a meaningful and productive residency experience for all.



Calling all models and dancers for Project Artscape
September 1-3
posted by BOPA

BOPA is hosting several Model/Dance Calls to connect local models and dancers with our 2023 Project Artscape designers on September 1, 2, and 3, 2023. Models/dancers may register for and attend all Model/Dance Calls as there will be different designers at each one.

All Model/Dance Calls will be held at School 33 Arts Center: 1427 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.



header image: detail of work by Kim Rice and Paul Rucker

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