Put on your coat and boots and warm stuff and head out to see great art in Baltimore this weekend. Start off with Maryland Arts Day on Tuesday. Then, on Friday visit the new Single Carrot Theatre space for a group show curated by Rosemary Liss. If you want to experience the Station North Renaissance, ALLOVERSTREET is happening on Saturday, where visitors can trek to five arts spaces on East Oliver between Guilford and Greenmount. Head to DC on Saturday for Man-on-Man action: a group exhibit featuring Tom Hill, Frederick Nunley, John Thomas Paradiso and Dwayne Butcher at doris-mae. And on Sunday, get warm and cozy at Galerie Myrtis for a Tea with Myrtis panel discussion and event.

unnamed-1

Join Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) at the 16th annual Maryland Arts Day—February 12—to show your support of equitable access to vibrant arts across the state, and to join Maryland arts advocates in presenting Governor Martin O’Malley with the Outstanding Leadership in the Arts Award.

Maryland arts supporters will meet in Annapolis to network with each other and connect with state legislators in support of the Governor’s fiscal year 2015 budget of $16.2 million in general funds for the Maryland State Arts Council, as well as the Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts, which allocates an additional $2 million to the Arts Council.

Also at Arts Day, MCA will award its annual Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award to Fred Lazarus IV, president of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Mr. Lazarus has, over the last four decades, had a lasting impact on arts advocacy at the city, state and federal levels.Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will present the keynote address and a performance is scheduled to take place following a 1pm lunch.

………………

1656219_10201408213266926_222695399_n

Losing Ground curated by Rosemary Liss at Single Carrot Theatre
Closing Reception Friday, February 14 from 6-8 pm

“We tell our little story, staring out. We come up with a beginning while knowing the end, and this is trouble. We trudge on, into winter, losing ground, looking back, trying, slipping, telling a tale of summer, a sinking feeling amid the leaving geese and slush. It’s coming, little one. Truth. Real cold. Now, where’s my shoes?”

Featuring work by:
Alex Ebstein
Rosalie Eck
Morgan Frailey
D’Metrius John Rice
Catesby Taliaferro
Alison Worman

An early reception will take place before that night’s performance of Flu Season. Come have a drink with us, bring a date or don’t, and take a look at the newly opened Single Carrot Theatre.Single Carrot Theater 2600 N Howard St. Baltimore, MD 21218

………….

cercone

ALLOVERSTREET is a new, monthly night of simultaneous openings and events on East Oliver StreetThe February ALLOVERSTREET will be this Saturday, February 15, 2014 across five arts spaces on East Oliver between Guilford and Greenmount.

In conjunction with ALLOVERSTREET, Process Collective and Penthouse Gallery present REGALIA, works by Dean Cercone and Evan Price curated by Kimi Hanauer
………………

Dwayne Butcher

Dwayne Butcher

Man on Man:Tom Hill, Frederick Nunley, John Thomas Paradiso and Dwayne Butcher at doris-mae
February 15-March 14, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, February 15, 6-9pm
Artists talk: Sunday, March 2, at doris-mae
1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor
Washington DC 20009

In Man on Man, four artists directly or indirectly comment on the formation of the masculine identity and the representation and expectations on men in contemporary society. In addition, they each use materials and methods in ways that are unexpected and exciting, challenging the notion of craft as fine art and the traditional medium and materials men and women have used to express themselves.

Frederick Nunley (solo space) was taught quilting by his Appalachian grandmother who was a nurturing force in his creative development. In his work, he challenges the notions of what traditional quilting is, creating pieces that have formal concerns—line, color, pattern, abstraction—to satisfy his need to explore the medium (if you will). At the same time, he’s created traditional quilts that resonate with his personal history.

Tom Hill’s painting career spans decades and his work, as one can easily see, is influenced in part by pornography. His earlier work was mostly representational pieces featuring the male form on strong background colors. These paintings also used text to elaborate on the visual content. Later, the representational images in his paintings began to dissolve into an abstraction that plays with the surface and interacts with the background in a challenging way. Text is still present and equally as provocative. The male image in his work is no longer strictly defined but is integrated into a completed piece.

John Thomas Paradiso (solo space), likewise, has been influenced by gay male pornography. His representational work, though, is created with needle and thread and not paint, putting a distinctive edge on the craft. The pieces are hand-stitched on fabric like leather and camouflage with radiating lines around each figure. The result is a dynamic image that creates a pulsing surface tension. In John’s larger multi-panel pieces, he references quilting but with a narrative quality like the piece with Secret Historian subject Samuel Steward in the center square. An Ohio native and academic, Steward sits appropriately enough within the Ohio star quilt pattern.

Finally, Dwayne Butcher rounds out the exhibition with work in the project space. His video piece, 2000, illustrates the challenges of maintaining a 2000 calorie-a-day diet with a sense of humor and nostalgia. Seen in six panels, the work not only relates to the quilted pieces in the solo space, but subverts our expectations. Here in each panel is a nicely dressed and groomed man stuffing his face with bacon, pizza, Doritos and the like. On opposite walls of the project space, the artist provides commentary himself with large hand-cut words admonishing him to be a man.The work in both spaces, be it the subtle history in a quilt or the more explicit nature of Tom and John’s work or Dwayne’s honest confrontation with himself, comment on the challenges and triumphs of being male today. Join us for this exhibition at doris-mae.

…………………..

unnamed-4

Tea with Myrtis Art Salon
Sunday, February 16th 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Panel Discussion: Examining the Legacy of Tom Miller, Andy Pigatt and Elizabeth T. Scott.
Panelists: Vanessa Pigatt (daughter of Andy Pigatt) and Joyce J. Scott (daughter of Elizabeth T. Scott) and Myrtis Bedolla, Moderator.

Indulge in sweet and savory treats and a variety of delicious teas. Tea sponsored by Organic India Tulsi Tea.

Registration Fee: $20

image: Elizabeth T. Scott
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, 1992
mixed media on fabric
5 3/4′ x 4 3/4′
(click image to enlarge)
Courtesy the Joyce J. Scott Estate

Tea with Myrtis Art Salon
February 16, 2014 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Fee: $20

ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT! Register here by February 13.