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This Week: Oletha DeVane’s ‘Spectrum of Light and Spirit’ book launch webinar, Elizabeth Talford Scott at MCHC, Lipstick, A Queer Farce opens at Fells Point Corner Theatre, opening reception for Creative Alliance’s Residents, Black Power Freedom Party & Reception at St. John’s College, Winter Workshop Show opening reception at Ink Spot Press, Impact Hub + Baltimore Jewelry Center present Heart of the Butterfly: Designing Peace in Station North, uninhibited black space II curated by Charles Mason III opening at Gallery CA, and an Elizabeth Talford Scott community celebration at the BMA — PLUS Made in Baltimore Store applications open 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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Oletha DeVane | ‘Spectrum of Light and Spirit’ Book Launch Webinar 
Thursday, February 1 :: 4pm
posted by UMBC CADVC

Edited with text by Lowery Stokes Sims, Symmes Gardner. Foreword by Rebecca Uchill. Text by Leslie King-Hammond, Christopher Kojzar, Serubiri Moses, Oletha DeVane, Tadia Rice.

FEBRUARY 1, 4PM EASTERN TIME: WEBINAR BOOK LAUNCH, FEATURING OLETHA DEVANE, LOWERY STOKES SIMS, CHRISTOPHER KOJZAR, AND SERUBIRI MOSES.

Maryland-based artist Oletha DeVane (born 1952) has long been a prominent presence in the Baltimore-area art scene, working in all media, including public sculpture. Spectrum of Light and Spirit documents the first full retrospective of her work, from early paintings to video artworks and interactive sculpture.

Among the works presented here is a large-scale carved sculpture, N’Kisi Woman—Universal N’Kisi (2021–22); nkisi is a Kongo cultural figure invested with sacred energy. The work reflects DeVane’s fascination with how materials convey meaning and reemerge as myths and memories.

“Oletha DeVane is a wayfinder and a storyteller,” says the retrospective’s curator, Lowery Stokes Sims. “Over the last five decades as she has traveled in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, she has been inspired by the stories and characters she encounters, bringing the unexpected to light, while finding new nuances in the old and familiar, and unexpected correlations among those varied cultures.”

Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit is available for pre-order now through D.A.P.!

 

 

Image: Abstract #1 , quilt by Elizabeth Talford Scott, 1983. Museum purchase 2023. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Museum Collection.

First Look—Material & Memories: Elizabeth Talford Scott and the Crazy Quilt Tradition
Thursday, February 1 :: 6:30-8pm
@ Maryland Center for History and Culture

Visit MCHC for February’s Free First Thursday and get a first look at our newest quilt exhibition, Material & Memories: Elizabeth Talford Scott and the Crazy Quilt Tradition. Quilting and art enthusiasts are invited to celebrate the culmination of community collaboration and work by student curators from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Exhibition Development Seminar. A light reception will follow. Museum admission is free all day for Free First Thursday.

 

 

Lipstick: A Queer Farce by Lane Michael Stanley
Friday, February 2 | Ongoing through February 25
@ Fells Point Corner Theatre

Fells Point Corner Theatre Announces
Lipstick: A Queer Farce by Lane Michael Stanley
Running February 2-25, 2024
Shows Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday Matinees are at 2pm
All tickets $24

There is a pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, February 1

Continuing its 36th season of untold stories, FPCT proudly presents the Baltimore premiere of Lipstick, A Queer Farce, by Lane Michael Stanley and directed by Jeff Miller. Lipstick is a silly, sweet farce with a heart of gold and a drawer full of sex toys. Anna has invited Kelly over for dinner, but is it a date? Or just hanging out? Just in case that wasn’t confusing enough, a cavalcade of visitors crashes their evening – an ex-girlfriend, a nebby bestie, a handyman, a mom, and a parade of potential suitors. Hijinks, of course, ensue, in this play-shaped love letter to the queer community.

This play contains adult material and is not suited for children.

 

 

This Land Will Cost You, Anna Divinagracia

Come Through: Resident Artist Exhibition | Opening Reception
Friday, February 2 :: 6-9pm
@ Creative Alliance

Exhibition Opening: FRI FEB 2 | 6-9PM
On View: FRI FEB 2 – SAT MAR 2

Join our wonderful resident artists as they showcase the journey of their art practice since they started at Creative Alliance. Sound, photography, and collage will fill our second-floor gallery! For over 10 years, the resident artist program at The Patterson has supported artists from Baltimore and the nation. We continue the tradition with the opening of applications for the 2024 cohort.

Artist Bios

Hoesy Corona is an uncategorized queer Latinx artist of Mexican descent living and working in the United States. He creates work across a variety of media spanning installation, performance, and video. He develops otherworldly narratives centering marginalized individuals in society by exploring a process-based practice that investigates what it means to be a queer Latinx immigrant in a place where there are few. He choreographs large-scale performances and installations that often silently confront and delight viewers with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Reoccurring themes of queerness, race/class/gender, nature, isolation, celebration, and the climate crisis are present throughout his work. Hoesy has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and public spaces in the United States and abroad.

Corona lived in Mexico, Utah, and Wisconsin, before moving to Baltimore, MD, in 2005 to establish a professional practice in the arts. He is a recent GKFF Artist Fellow 2019 & 2020 in Tulsa, OK, and is a former Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow 2017-2018 in Washington, DC. Most recently he was a Nicholson Project Artist in Residence in Washington, DC.

Anna Divinagracia is a Philippines-born Baltimore-based photographer and creative director. Divinagracia transforms her shared experiences from both Baltimore and Filipino culture into intimate presentations of reality through her lens. She creates a personal nostalgic narrative that explores themes of love, tenderness, family, and home that challenges issues of acculturation and identity as an immigrant. Divinagracia holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the illustrious Morgan State University.

Melissa Hyatt Foss is a musician, instrument-maker, and composer hailing from Maryland and Vermont. After receiving her BA in Art History at James Madison University she relocated to Argentina where she studied and developed her career as a performer, researcher, and teaching artist for over a decade. She completed her Master’s degree in Musical Creation, New Technologies and Traditional Arts at the National University of Argentina, specializing in the recreation of ancient sound artifacts of the Americas and electroacoustic composition. For seven years, she was a soloist with the Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and New Technologies, performing in Argentina and touring abroad in Europe and Central America.

Melissa has cultivated an interdisciplinary practice that takes shape in sound sculptures, musical instruments, and organic electronica. Her work is a multifaceted contemplation of the beauty of our human heritage, the wisdom of our ancestors, and a search for their place in our world today. Her composition “Hanblecheyapi,” which was composed using a collection of her own hand-built instruments from the three Americas, was one of the International Rostrum of Composers’ 12 recommended works in 2018 and has since been broadcast by the BBC and other radio programs in Finland, Portugal, and Austria among others.

Baltimore native, Ajee Hassan, is a multi-disciplinary Beauty Artisan. Using the art of hair as her medium, her work is at the intersection of beauty and wellness. With extensive training in color application, cutting techniques, and skin-enhancing services, her aim is to empower individuals to step into their greatness — building their confidence and self-esteem through personalized styling education and self-care strategies. As an artist with a meticulous eye for cultivating beauty and overall wellness, she has founded Diverse Methodology – an artistry platform dedicated to amplifying her creative expression through the transformative power of beautification, with healing through art at its core.

Christopher Johnson, MFA, southernly known as KOLPEACE, is an artist, South Carolina made. His practice intersects Studio Painting; Live Performative Soul Painting; Murals; Community Artist workshops with youth, adults, and elders; and Video & Photo documentation that incorporates his southern style of (trill, trap, and soul) performance art. In attempt to protect and encourage the culture of Black peace, he grew to love and spread through portraiture. KOLPEACE (Kids Only Love Peace) is a key to teaching education, stories, and encouragement through painting. Incorporating music, artistic tools and unique tools to produce art in the matter of minutes in front of multiple backgrounds of audiences & community. His murals and studio works tap into his cultural upbringing with visual influential people in his life, while experimenting with media in efforts to spark conversations and teachings. “I believe portraiture captures the spirit and soul of the individual painted on the surface. My paintings are intended to engage and encourage the viewer while diving deeper into each subject’s being. I want whomever to have an everlasting feeling of peace in that moment. My performances evoke a strong spiritual value, which allows my ancestry characteristics to take over as I tap into my southern roots and bring the people together.”

D.C.-born, Hyattsville-raised twins Eleisha Faith & Tonisha Hope McCorkle hold BFAs from NYU in Studio Art. Formerly enrolled in the Visual and Performing Arts program at the Jim Henson School of Arts, Media, and Communication, the two have been curating, studying, and creating art since they were 13. At 17, the twins lost their mother to the rare lung condition of sarcoidosis. Since then, the two have used their art as a space of healing–creating immersive experiences that engage with loss, grief, and identity. They have decided, after spending almost a decade developing their crafts individually, to come together and form an interdisciplinary collaborative. Depicting their experiences, their work speaks to the candid, yet uncanny truth of Black life, while simultaneously severing from a cyclical narrative deeply rooted in pain and disenfranchisement. Collard greens, hair, and faith are some relics represented in their work. Sourced from their own lives, the pair began to see their worlds collide as they grew into a new state of consciousness as one, traveling multiple dimensions in their work and conflating the ideas of reconstruction and resilience. Their work serves as a spiritual process towards completion–utilizing 2D, 3D, and 4D elements as puzzle pieces to form the bigger picture. Deconstructing materials in their practice, the dynamic duo reconstructs narratives through veracious and symbolic imagery to communicate stories of Black life, food, rituals, healing, spirituality, and magic.

Bria Sterling-Wilson is a photographer and collage artist from Baltimore, Maryland. She received her B.F.A in Photography and Digital Arts from Towson University, Towson, MD in 2021. Sterling-Wilson uses found imagery, magazines, newspapers, and fabrics to construct alluring scenes, portraits, and interiors to express the black experience. Sterling-Wilson has exhibited works in Sanquhar, Scotland, Brooklyn, New York, Los Angles, California, Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C, and Baltimore, Maryland. Bria has been featured in BmoreArt Magazine, Create! Magazine, Contemporary Collage Magazine, EBONY Magazine, and Black Collagists: The Book.

 

 

Black Power Freedom Party & Reception: The 10 Points and Beyond
Friday, February 2 :: 6-10pm
@ St. John’s College

Black Power Freedom Party & Reception: The 10 Points and Beyond

In honor of Maryland’s Year of Civil Rights, open Black History Month with the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture!

Inspired by the Black Panther Party’s 10 Point Program, join us in a grand celebration as we pay homage to the radical Black history makers of Maryland who have fearlessly challenged the status quo and left a lasting mark on history, art, and culture.

This event promises to be a captivating journey through time, spotlighting these extraordinary individuals who have shaped our state’s history and paved the way for progress and social justice reform.

Program highlights include:

  • A curated conversation with Maryland native and NAACP Image Award-winning author, Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Live music by April Sampé & Dem B-More Katz
  • Black History Month Honorees Myrtis Bedolla, Carl Snowden, and more
  • A special pop-up exhibit dedicated to the evening’s honorees
  • Great food, and much more!

Guaranteed to inspire activism and ignite forward-thinking conversations, join us for an evening of honoring the past and calling to action for the present and future.

 

 

Winter Workshop Show | Opening Reception
Saturday, February 3 :: 2-4pm | Ongoing through February 25
@ Ink Spot Press

The Ink Spot Press presents: Winter Workshop Show
Please join us for our annual winter workshop show!

Opening February 3, 2-4pm
On view thru February 25, 2024
Open Saturdays 2-4pm and by appointment

Contact: [email protected] | 443-798-1167
943 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
www.theinkspotpress.com

 

 

Heart of the Butterfly: Designing Peace in Station North
Saturday, February 3 :: 3-5:30pm
@ Impact Hub

Peacemaking in Baltimore: dismantling the harm of redlining policy

Impact Hub Baltimore and the Baltimore Jewelry Center invite you to an engaging event focused on addressing the ongoing impact of redlining policies in our city during the Baltimore Peace Promise Weekend.

The Baltimore Peace Movement organizes four Peace Promised Weekends a year to provide the community with life-affirming events across the city! There will be an acknowledgement of the history and impact of redlining in Baltimore, Station North’s geographic and historic significance in Baltimore’s story, with panel discussion with Station North artists, placemakers, and peacebuilders and how their projects create peace and heal redlining.

Together, we’ll explore the history of redlining’s harmful impact and the modern-day activities that promote peace in our communities. Then an immersive, creative workshop for participants to imagine their own creative visions of peace in Baltimore in breakout groups. Each panelist will join a group to help inspire community members. We will come back together, share our visions for Peace in Baltimore and seal them with a meditation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from local leaders, share your own experiences, and celebrate the peacemaking in Baltimore. Together, we can create a more equitable and inclusive Baltimore. See you there!

 

 

uninhibited black space II, curated by Charles Mason III | Opening Reception
Saturday, February 3 :: 4-7pm | Ongoing through March 1
@ Gallery CA

uninhibited black space II
On view: Saturday, February 3rd through Friday March 1st
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3rd, 2024. 4-7pm

uninhibited black space II is the continuation of an exhibition celebrating the impactof Morgan State University. This exhibition highlights the cultural impacts andcontributions of Morgan State to the greater Baltimore art scene while also seeking support and fiscal sponsorship for Two Lane Stories, an endowment created by artist, curator, and educator Charles Mason III with the intent of providing monetary support and professional development opportunities for Baltimore visual art students, including travel along the east coast to various galleries, institutions, and conferences.

In uninhibited black space II, you will be confronted with multi-generational work
that is a representation of what it means to feel seen, to feel care and love exemplified in installation, painting, and video. The artists want the audience to sit with their work, study, hear, and understand that given the space to exist, we are beautiful, loving, and deserving of that for us. We are thinkers, we are people, we are Morgan State University.

About the curator:

Charles Mason III (Baltimore, MD) received his AA degree from CCBC, BFA from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and MFA in Studio Art from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 2019. He has curated several shows in Baltimore and Philadelphia as well as had solo shows which include Screaming in Silence, My Salvation is Love (The End), at Anna Zorina Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2022, Goya Contemporary Gallery Baltimore, MD, 2021, and Spillway Collective, Philadelphia, PA, 2019. He has participated in group exhibitions, The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, co-organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM), Charm City, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy, Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD, A Gathering, HOUSING Gallery New York, NY, Radical Reading Room, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY, Breaching the Margins, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, CARPE DIEM, UTA Art Space and Surface is only a Material Vehicle for Spirit, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL to name a few. He has work in the permanent collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, the Whitney Museum of American Art Special Collections, and the Hammer Museum Grunwald Center Collection, he is also a Trawick Prize winner.

 

 

Elizabeth Talford Scott Community Celebration
Sunday, February 4 :: 2-5pm
@ Baltimore Museum of Art

Celebrate the art, life, and legacy of Elizabeth Talford Scott during an afternoon inspired by theEyewinkers, Tumbleturds, and Candlebugs exhibition and No Stone Left Unturned: The Elizabeth Talford Scott Initiative.

Join us for a live rendition of Floating on a Thread, the exhibition’s music commission produced and performed by Bashi Rose and Adam Holofcener, with performers Michele Blu, Akilah Divine, Scott Patterson, and Cheyanne Zadia. Hear from MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) instructor Deyane Moses and former program participant and educator Mygenet T. Harris as they share the impact, process, and history of the EDS program, and meet artists, educators, students, community leaders, and innovators during a reception catered by Xquisite Catering.

 

 

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2024 Baltimore Old Time Music Festival – Vendor Application

This year will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry with our market located outside along the waterfront. We are looking for Baltimore City, Maryland, and DC creators that showcase the talent of our region.

Apply before January 31st for a special on your vendor fee – $75!

All vendors applying after January 31st – $100

 

 

Belonging | Call for Entry
deadline February 4
posted by Visionary Art Collective

Belonging is a virtual exhibition centered on the power of art to cultivate connection and community. Transcending the limits of culture and language, visual art is a medium that connects us through our shared human experience–providing an opportunity to better understand ourselves and the world around us. For this exhibition we’re seeking work that fosters a sense of belonging between the artist and viewer by speaking to both our individual and collective experiences.

In addition to selecting a wide range of artists to be featured in our exhibition, our team will award 3 special prizes.

1st Place: Exclusive interview in New Visionary Magazine & Podcast
2nd Place: 2-Page Spread in New Visionary Magazine
3rd Place: Feature on the VAC Blog

To learn more and submit your work, please visit: visionaryartcollective.submittable.com/submit

Deadline: February 4, 2024 at midnight ET

 

 

Open Call For Solo and Group Exhibitions
deadline February 9
posted by Harmony Hall Arts Center Main Gallery

Harmony Hall Arts Center’s (HHAC) Main Gallery is now accepting *solo and group* visual art exhibition proposals for the 2024 – 2025 season. Harmony Hall Arts Center’s season runs through September 2024 until July 2025. This call for entry is open to *all* Visual Artists living or working in the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.

Harmony Hall Arts Center is located just 15 minutes from National Harbor in Prince George’s County.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM, Friday, February 9, 2024.

Beginning of Proposal Selection Notification Date: Friday, March 1, 2024

Artwork submitted *cannot* have been exhibited in any of Harmony Hall Art Center’s galleries within the last 2 years.

 

 

2024 Made In Baltimore Store Applications Open
deadline February 11

The applications for the 2024 Made In Baltimore Store pop-up at Harborplace are now open.

 

 

FREE THE BOOKS: A Print Exhibition CALL FOR PRINTS
deadline February 16

Hive Center for the Book Arts and Evanston Public Library are pleased to join Starshaped Press in their FREE THE BOOKS campaign by presenting FREE THE BOOKS: A Print Exhibition in March 2024 at the Evanston Public Library’s main branch at 1703 Orrington in Evanston IL.

To participate in FREE THE BOOKS: A Print Exhibition, please fill out the form below, and send your banned book print(s) to Evanston Public Library, c/o Heather Ross and Jamie Thome; 1703 Orrington, Evanston IL 60201 to be received by FEBRUARY 16, 2024. If you’re local to Chicagoland, and wish to drop your work directly at the library, please bring it to the second floor Reader’s Services desk by the deadline. Sliding scale entry fee of $5-$35 to help Hive with costs related to the exhibition can be submitted via Venmo (@Hive-CenterfortheBookArts) or Paypal (info@hivebookarts) or with a check.

FREE THE BOOKS: A Print Exhibition will run from March 1-31, 2024, and EPL+Hive will present related programming during the month of March (TBD). We hope that FREE THE BOOKS: A Print Exhibition will morph into a traveling exhibition, to make its way all across the country. Printers can choose if they’d like to participate in that traveling portion by indicating on the form below. If you opt OUT of traveling exhibition, you will be responsible for return shipping or pick up of your print.

Printers may also offer prints from the exhibition for sale, and 100% of proceeds from your sales of prints will be yours to keep. We recommend that you direct all print sales to your website or social media, as neither EPL nor Hive will handle sales of work from the exhibition.

There is no limitation to how many different prints you send to exhibit, and size is limited to 4 feet either direction. Work can be framed or unframed. Unframed work will be exhibited by special clips that will not damage the work while it’s at EPL. EPL, Hive, nor Starshaped Press cannot guarantee other damage might happen, nor will we be held liable for other damage if it occurs, as the space is indeed for the public.

While we absolutely support your right to utilize curse words of all kinds in your work, we respectfully ask that you be mindful of the audience of all ages that will view FREE THE BOOKS: A Print Exhibition when you select what you’d like to exhibit, and note that specially placed ornaments (asterisks and the like) can be well placed, if that’s your jam.

To read more about Starshaped Press and the Free the Books initiative, click here.

 

 

Martin House Creative Residency Program
deadline February 16

The Martin House Creative Residency Program is a project-based residency that provides creative individuals a designated time and space to develop new works of the imagination inspired by one of the great examples of 20th century architecture. The primary goals of the program are to:

  • Nurture creativity by offering individuals from multiple disciplines a thought-provoking environment in which to produce works and present them to our community.
  • Expand interpretation of our site through active solicitation of diverse perspectives and voices.
  • Provide audiences across racial, ethnic, and economic lines an opportunity to discover and engage more fully with the Martin House and the creative arts.
  • Strengthen the Martin House and the region as a center for architecture, art, design, and culture.

The residency is a competitive program that is open to applicants who seek the resources to support ongoing projects or the creation of new work. Creative makers who are selected to participate will generally spend 2-4 weeks onsite either consecutively or incrementally within the specified residency term. Length of stay is project-based and determined by the needs of the applicant and in alignment with the Martin House schedule.

Residents are also expected to deliver a free public program, performance, exhibition, or other creative presentation in order to share their Martin House-inspired work with the larger public.

End-products may revolve around many of the themes central to the Martin House. Subjects of inquiry may relate to architecture, art, art history, landscape, building and design, social history, state and local history, issues of gender, race and class, modernism, urbanism, housing and gentrification, business and industry, the history of technology, cultural studies, engineering and applied sciences, for example.

 

 

Arts Capital Grant
deadline February 16
posted by Maryland State Arts Council

The Arts Capital grant supports the sustainable growth, stability, and longevity of eligible organizations delivering arts and cultural education and experiences to the general public.

Maryland-based nonprofit organizations delivering arts and cultural education or experiences as a core part of their mission or vision with $3 million or less in annual operating costs are welcome to apply. This grant supports capital projects and purchases of equipment that:

• Improve or produce a complete, useable and accessible arts facility
• Integrates energy-efficient technologies
• Improves the effective delivery of, or access to, an organization’s arts and cultural programming

 

 

header image: Bria Sterling-Wilson, from Creative Alliance's Resident Artist Exhibition

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