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 lovingly updated on a daily basis.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]!

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CityLit Celebration 2004-2014

Wednesday, June 25, MICA’s Brown Center
5:30 VIP Reception ($75)
6:30 General Admission ($40)
FOOD AND DRINK, MUSIC AND LIT FOR ALL!

Direct link to purchase tickets.

The festivities will include readings by writers who are past board chairs:
— photographer Adrianna Amari
— peace activist/memoirist and CityLit founding chair Chic Dambach
— physician, art critic, and poet Michael Salcman
— Hammett Award winning author of international intrigue novels Dan Fesperman

Music by The Wayfarers.
Delicious fare caterted by NANCY by SNAC.
WYPR’s Aaron Henkin will serve as emcee.

The Brown Center is located at 1301 West Mount Royal Ave. (See map.) Parking is available on the street and in the Bunting Lot. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $75 for admission plus special VIP reception. Please make ticket purchases via CityLit’s secure donation page at CityLit Project.

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DISSOLUTION & TRANSFORMATION at MAXgallery

This exhibition features 13 regional artists: Kini Collins, Jessica Damen, Megin Diamond, Michelle Dickson, Annie Farrar, Cianne Fragione, Pat Dennis Giroux, Artemis Herber, Daniel Herman, LaToya Hobbs, Ruth Pettus, Maxine Taylor, & Sandra Wasko-Flood

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday June 26, 5pm – 8pm
Show runs June 26 – August 2, 2014
Gallery Hours are Thursdays 6 – 9 & Saturdays 11 – 6
Gallery Talks: Thursdays 7-8

MAXgallery is a proud partner of the Artscape Gallery Network
For more info, contact Maxine Taylor at 410-804-7459

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Social Fabric: A Solo Exhibition by Kevin Rohde @ Baltimore Clayworks

Reception: Friday, June 27 from 6-8 pm
Exhibit Runs June 27 – August 9, 2014

Social Fabric is the culminating exhibition of Kevin Rohde’s first year in Baltimore. Rohde was selected from over 20 national and international applicants to be the recipient of Baltimore Clayworks’ Lormina Salter Fellowship, a year-long residency that provides the selected artist with a studio and materials stipend. The exhibition runs June 27- August 9, 2014. With an opening reception on Friday, June 27, from 6 to 8 pm. Admission is free. More info here.

Arriving in September, Rohde began sculpting figurative work with meticulous detail. Each figure is poised in anticipation, caught in a moment of confrontation with the unknown. His work deeply examines what it is to be human and further explores how we relate to one another and fit into our culture. Working from photographs taken of other artists, friends’ children and others, Rohde selects poses and props that build a narrative – connecting his history to the greater society surrounding him. The end result is a figurative sculpture representing how we interact with one another.

Fabric is another important element in Rohde’s work. This exhibition will debut a new body of ceramic work that focuses on fabric as a singular theme. Rohde uses clay to sculpt realistic looking cloth as a metaphor to discuss our relationships and the greater world we in which we live.

Originally from Binghamton, New York, Rohde earned his MFA from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania in 2012. He has taught figure sculpture classes at various educational programs and currently is an instructor at Baltimore Clayworks. He was recently selected as one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artists for 2014.

Built from solid clay, carefully cut apart, hollowed out and flawlessly reassembled, the craftsmanship is impeccable. Don’t miss this exhibition of hand-built figures and sculptures – visit Baltimore Clayworks to engage with these sculptures and become a part of the story.

Also on display in our Solo Gallery, ceramic sgraffito artist Rebecca Grant, winner of the 2013 Cups Benefit Show, will exhibit her functional porcelain pottery.

Baltimore Clayworks is a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two reclaimed and renovated buildings located across the street from one another. This organization offers classes, artists’ spaces, exhibitions, and programs throughout the community. Gallery hours are 10AM – 5PM, Monday through Friday, and 12-5PM Saturday through Sunday. For more information call Baltimore Clayworks at 410-578-1919 or visit our website, www.baltimoreclayworks.org.

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LABBodies: The Coffee Lab

Friday, June 27 at 10 pm @ Canteen
1821 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

HEY! Meet me at the Coffee Shop for unscrupulous gossip and forbidden discussions! We invite the general public (including politicians, artists, writers, and thinkers to gather at The Canteen( the former Bohemian Cafe) after hours. The atmosphere will be casual, inviting and the metaphorical coffee will always be flowing.

Come find common ground by engaging in conversation with delightful (often energetic) Performance Artists exchanging new ideas, discussing poetry, philosophy, political science, the weather etc.
We encourage coffee shop goers to arrive to the cafe lab by 10 pm.

FEATURING: Sun , Grim Mak , Martin Kasey, Alexander D’agostino

More info here.

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Memory: Captured Moments at [email protected][werks]

Artist Talk & Reception: Saturday, June 28, 4:00 to 6:00 pm / Talk begins at 4:45 pm
Exhibit Runs June 27 through August 15, 2014

Featuring artists Rick Cleaver, Jim Condron, Robert Creamer, Kurt Godwin, Katie Pumphrey, Nancy Scheinman and Ronnie Spiewak.

Memory: Captured Moments examines how an artist’s observation of his or her subject matter evolves over a defined interval — an hour, the course of a day, two-weeks in the garden, a thirty-year career or forty years in the studio. For these seven contemporary artists, invented worlds and cosmologies emerge in each of the selected works through experimentation, iteration and playfulness. While the creative processes of the individual artists differ, all work with recreating familiar shapes, spaces, color and light. This familiarity serves to elicit automatic memories, memories that occur without conscious intent, prompting the viewer to consider how observations and perceptions change over time.

Artscape: Friday, July 18, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Case[werks] Showroom & Gallery
1501 Saint Paul Street, Suite 116, Baltimore, MD 21202

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Creative Alliance BIG SHOW and Dance Party
Saturday, June 28 from 5:30pm – 12:00am

A raucous mash-up of giant art opening, homecoming week, and wild dance party, The Big Show, Big Party is Creative Alliances’s longest running event. Over 150 piece of artwork by our members are hung salon style in the gallery, as Creative Alliance friends old and new come from near and afar to hang out and buy from a diverse array of reasonably priced work.

Then we head into the theater for a full on Patterson dance party extraordinaire w/ Graham Hatke (DJ Exclaime of 4 Hours of Funk) and Eduardo Chabot aka DJ eDDible, plus go go girls! Drink specials all night long!The Big Show, Big Party w/ DJs Graham Hatke (4 Hours of Funk) and more!

Opening Reception: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Dance Party: 8pm – midnight
On View: Jun 28 – Jul 26

Free for Members, Join Today! $5 for General Public

BIG SHOW MEMBER ART DROP-OFF June 18-21, 11am-6pm

LITTLE BIG SHOW: Now young artists can submit artwork to The Little BIG Show!

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21224

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Impossible Eye: Miranda Pfeiffer and Ginevra Shay at Rock512Devil

Reception Saturday, June 28 from 7-10 pm
Exhibition: June 28 – July 19

Since 2011, Miranda has worked almost exclusively with mechanical pencil on paper, developing a unique approach to hatching and illusionism, in a series of large, panoramic landscapes, Solitary Stones. In her new series Rock Line, Pfeiffer scales down to two and three-foot square drawings, rendering situations both imagined and observed. If Solitary Stones created an immersive narrative through spatial depth and composition, then Rock Line depicts what can be understood of a drawing in an instant. By including the corner of one’s eye, the tip of one’s nose or finger, Miranda’s drawings simulate the immediate vantage point of a human body.

Trained in darkroom photography, Ginevra abandoned the camera as a documentation tool and began working with materials on light sensitive paper to explore the minute interactions between materiality and process. Raum Bilder, her most recent series combines collage and diorama to establish a dynamic space in which the prescribed meaning or use of images – collected from advertisements and mass-produced publications – is dissolved. These photographs explore the tonal quality, form, and texture of each image and use them like a paint stroke, or ground to build new meaning and purpose within the diorama. Through this process, Shay is able to explore photography as a material in unique object making.

A conversation between the artists began in November of 2013 that focused on the deviation from realism in their respective practices. In their new series, both Pfeiffer and Shay return to the tendencies of Paleolithic art described by Arnold Hauser in A Social History of Art:

“It was a technique without mystery, a matter-of-fact procedure, the objective application of methods, which had as little to do with mysticism and esoterism as when we set mousetraps, manure the ground, or take a drug. The pictures were part of the technical apparatus of this magic; they were the “trap” into which the game had to go, or rather they were the trap with the already captured animal—for the picture was both representation and the things represented, both wish and wish-fulfillment at one and the same time. “

Impossible Eye marks a convergence of optic and haptic senses, through textural and spatial illusionism and the material associations of imagery. Literal and direct, the artist’s processes construct these other worlds without ceremony.

Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator who studied Studio Art and Art History at the University of Vermont. Ginevra’s work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. She participated in recent exhibitions at The Finnish Museum of Photography (Finland), Notre Dame University (Maryland), John Hansard Gallery (United Kingdom), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), and Guest Spot (Baltimore). Her publications are in the libraries of The International Center for Photography, Indie Photobook Library, Houston Center for Photography, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Miranda Pfeiffer is an artist and animator. She has shown at Commune1 in Capetown South Africa, Open Space in Baltimore, Maryland, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sh is a Kenan Fellow and a recipient of the Nancy Harrican Prize, given through the Baker Artist Fund. Currently, she is living in Los Angeles California.

Rock512Devil
512 W Franklin St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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Nikki Moser

MICA MFAST MFA Thesis Exhibition

Reception Saturday, June 28th from 6-8p in The Lazarus Center and Decker Galleries

Featuring works by Laura Borneman, Nikki Moser and Miguel Navarro (in the Lazarus Center/Grad Studio Center)  and the work of Erin Barach, Ashe Lathe and Joy Moore  (in Decker, Fox Building).

* Featured Image at top by Joy Moore. More info on each grad student here.

In addition, there will be an exhibition of MFAST Faculty called Disperatus, on view in the Meyerhoff Gallery located in the Fox building, from June 28th through July 12th, 2014.

Participating Mentors and Facilitators include: Timothy App, Zlata Baum, Mark Alice Durant, Bruce Feldman, Billy Friebele, Nicole Herbert, Jayme McLellan, Dianne Pappas, John Penny, Brooke Sealover, and Renee Van der Stelt.

 There will be a reception coinciding with the opening reception for the MFA in Studio Art 2014 Thesis Exhibition on June 28th, 2014 from 6 to 8pm.

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The Art of the Collectors IV at Galerie Myrtis

Art of the Collectors IV features works from private collections created by prominent African and African American artists. Included in the exhibition are paintings and sculptures by artists who played an integral role in the Harlem Renaissance, as well as those whose works informed the landscape of American art.

Opening Reception Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Exhibition Dates Sunday, June 29 – Saturday, August 2, 2014
Curator’s Talk Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Talk is free and open to the public. RSVP is required as seating is limited.
More information here.

Featured Artists: Alexander (Skunder) Boghossian, Elizabeth Catlett, David Driskell, Palmer Hayden, Alvin C Hollingsworth, Joseph Holston, Jacob Lawrence, Joyce Lomax, Edward Love, Artis Lane, Thomas P. Miller, Frank Neal, Gene Pearson, Anderson Pigatt, Elizabeth T. Scott and more…

Film: The afternoon will begin with a viewing of the BBC documentary The World’s Most Expensive Painting which addresses provenance.

Presentation: Myrtis Bedolla, Founding Director of Galerie Myrtis will share her perspective on current trends in the art market, what makes art valuable and the role of the gallerist. Myrtis possess over 20 years of experience as an art dealer, and adviser to institutions and private collectors in the acquisition and sale of fine art.The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required as seating is limited.Email: [email protected] to reserve your seat.

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Front Room: Seth Adelsberger at the BMA
June 29–November 2, 2014

A variety of luminescent and textured paintings from Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger demonstrates the artist’s innovative approaches to painting over the past five years. In intense blues and saturated magentas, he creates hisSubmersion Paintings by staining untreated canvases with rich washes of acrylic paint before applying a thick layer of gesso. In his hands, this viscous white paint is unorthodoxly sandwiched in between the initial stained layers and a final wash of color, adding texture and dynamic form. More info here.