Start your weekend early on Wednesday, with a leisurely drive to Bethesda during rush hour to support several of Baltimore’s finest painters (ahem) at the Bethesda Painting Awards. On Thursday, celebrate June with the second annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival at Creative Alliance. On Friday, check out Kyle Bauer’s new sculpture at Pinebox Art Center and stop by MICA and School 33 to see new exhibits. Then, on Saturday you can enjoy a flamenco performance at Area 405 and experience Selfie, a new group exhibit at Guest Spot at the Reinstitute. – CO

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Bethesda Painting Awards 2013 Exhibition of Finalists and Awards Ceremony Wednesday, June 5

The Bethesda Painting Awards is downtown Bethesda’s annual juried art competition that exclusively honors painters from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. $14,000 in prize monies are awarded to the top four painters annually.

Congratulations to the 2013 Finalists:
Joan Belmar – Takoma Park, MD
Dennis Farber – Lutherville, MD
Christine Gray – Alexandria, VA
Hedieh Ilchi – Rockville, MD
Barry Nemett – Stevenson, MD
Cara Ober – Baltimore, MD
Erin Raedeke – Gaithersburg, MD
Bill Schmidt – Baltimore, MD

The 2013 Bethesda Painting Awards exhibition will be held June 1-29 at Gallery B.

Finalists were selected by accredited jurors Tim Doud, Duane Keiser and Christine Neill.

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Second Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival Thursday, June 6 at the Creative Alliance

The Charm City LGBT Film Festival is back and the movies are better than ever! Our second annual festival brings to Baltimore seven feature films and 3 wonderful shorts celebrating queer lives, offering insight into civil rights issues and reveling in gay pride. These films, at turns hilarious, riveting, heart breaking and sexy, will delight and enlighten, no matter where you fall on the Kinsey scale! $12, members $7. Weekend pass $60, $35 mbrs.

June 6-9, 2013

http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2…See More

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Pinebox Art Center presents Charting Course, A Solo Exhibition by Kyle Bauer
Reception: Friday, June 7 from 7-9 pm

Kyle Bauer fabricates plaster molds from both his own constructed forms and objects that are found in the vicinity of his home and studio. These components are then slip-cast and combined into mixed media, large scale sculptures and installations that convey balance, tension, and control. Bauer’s method of building these structures through arranging, stacking, and piling is closely related to his background in restoration and preservation, particularly of houses and furniture. These mixed media sculptures combine a graphic reference to maritime navigation, along with the metaphor of a journey. Bauer’s installation is intended to aid the participant in navigating the gallery space, and it encourages viewers to investigate and interact with the sculptures.

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The Art Connection in the Capital Region and MICA’s Alumni Association Exhibit

June 5 – 16, 2013 at MICA’s Decker Gallery

Reception June 11, from 5-7 pm

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“Images and Ruins” at School 33 Art Center
curated by Michelle Gomez

The exhibition will be on view from June 7-August 2.

The opening reception will be held Saturday, June 22 from 3-6pm in School 33’s second floor gallery.

This show features a group of 8 artists who use alternative photographic processes to manipulate images. These images become ruins, bringing to light the mind’s processes, and giving viewers a look into how artists deal with memories, fears, past experiences and repressed histories.

Featured Artists: Twiggy Boyer, Chajana denHarder, Michael Koliner, Shannon LaRue, Erin Maywhoor, Joseph Parra, Nick Clifford Simko, and Heather Stratton.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6pm.

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
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SELFIE at Guest Spot at the Reinstitute
June 8, 2013 through July 13, 2013

Opening Reception: June 8, 2013 7-10 pm
Hours: Wednesday 5-7 & Saturday 1-5 or by appointment
Location: 1715 North Calvert St. Baltimore, MD

Artists: Julie Benoit, John Bohl, James Bouché, Gina Dawson, Lisa Dillin, Alex Ebstein, Jean Frater, Skye Gilkerson, Lesser Gonzalez, Carl Gunhouse, Ryan Hoover, Jason Hughes, Lou Joseph, Katie Kehoe, Rob de Oude, Jassie Rios, Ginevra Shay, and Amanda Valdez

Guest Spot at THE REINSTITUTE is pleased to announce its upcoming group exhibition SELFIE, which opens on June 8, 2013. SELFIE commemorates Guest Spot’s two years in existence and the exhibition will feature select artists with whom we’ve worked in the past.

SELFIE is a group exhibition that examines the origins of commerce: the principle of trade. All participating artists will create work to trade with each other. The experience relies on the ability of artists to self-determine value, while overcoming the major disadvantages of commerce through the double coincidence of wants* of the barter system.

The coincidence of wants problem is an important category of transaction costs that impose severe limitations on economies lacking money and thus dominated by barter or other in-kind transactions. The problem is caused by the improbability of the wants, needs, or events that cause or motivate a transaction occurring at the same time and the same place.

SELFIE: Picture of yourself, usually taken by yourself. “Miss McBee hates when people post selfies of themselves on facebook, she already knows what you look like. 168 more pictures does not solidify the aesthetic value of who you are.”
Trading will happen during the opening at 9pm.

GUEST SPOT AT THE REINSTITUTE
1715 N. CALVERT STREET BALTIMORE MD 21202
WWW.GUESTSPOT.ORG

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Una Noche Flamenca
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8pm at AREA 405
Doors Open at 7:15

If you’ve seen ANNA MENENDEZ, EDWIN APARICIO and RICHARD MARLOW perform at AREA 405 in years past, we know you’ll be back. If you’ve never had the pleasure, you are in for a rare treat – three of the most talented flamenco performers in the country will grace our gallery-turned-taberna for one night only. Seating is limited and historically these tickets sell out fast!

Individual tickets for $40 or get two tickets for $75.

Light tapas are included in the ticket price. A cash bar will serve wine, beer and sangria.

Dancers: Edwin Aparicio, Anna Menendez, Yolit Yospe
Guitar: Richard Marlow
Cante:Hector Marquez Cajon:Behzad Habibzai

Purchase tickets here.