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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GUTSY: Storytelling Circle with Power Inside

Wednesday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
GALLERY CA
440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

For the past thirteen years, Power Inside has been bringing women in Baltimore together to create collective spaces for healing, growth, and change. We embrace our roots in feminist consciousness-raising and convene women’s groups in prisons, jails, shelters, and on the streets. On the evening of July 23, members of Power Inside will facilitate the simple yet radical feminist work of women’s circles, through telling and listening to stories from women whose every day experience is about being “GUTSY”. We will also invite participants to reconnect the personal to the political by sharing their own stories.

We ask that participants come on time (re: early) and be prepared to stay for the entire event. Space will be limited.

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We’re All Strangers Here at EMP Collective

Closing Reception Friday, July 25 from 7-9 pm

Inner worlds collide into extraterrestrial landscapes as artists create new terrains to be interpreted, reinterpreted, and to get lost in.

We’re All Strangers Here features the installation works of Gina Denton, April Camlin, Hoesy Corona, Nikki Painter, Lisa Krause, and Laure Drogoul.

More info here: http://empcollective.org/2014/06/17/were-all-strangers-here/

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Something Dawning at the John Fonda Gallery

July 18 – August 17

The John Fonda Gallery and Lee Heinemann is pleased to present work by Max Anderson, Jared Brown, Lee Heinemann, Amanda Metcalf, and Julia Yerger.

On view during Artscape and Baltimore Theatre Project showtimes.

The John Fonda Gallery / 45 W Preston St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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Shadowball: The Story of American Negro League Baseball in Portrait

Closing Reception and Artist Talk on Saturday, July 26th, from 5-7pm at New Door Creative

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, sports fans were wildly enthusiastic about ‘America’s national pastime’– baseball. Yet, beyond a handful of superstars, the colorful legacy of the Negro Leagues remains essentially unknown. In the tradition of the artist as griot, Monceaux brings to life a crucial scenario. He chronicles a broader history of baseball while reflecting on the ongoing struggle for justice and equal rights in America.

Morgan Monceaux’s current work-in-progress, “Shadowball”, pays homage to baseball’s unsung black legends. When completed, Shadowball will comprise a series of sixty-four 30 x 42 inch, mixed-media works on paper. Monceaux utilizes a variety of traditional art media and diverse materials to portray these men and women. A most interesting footnote to baseball history is that at least three female ballplayers also participated in the Negro Leagues. Toni Stone, a second baseman, was the first female to join the Negro Leagues playing with the Indianapolis Clowns (1953) and the Kansas City Monarchs (1954). Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, a pitcher, played with the Indianapolis Clowns for two seasons (1953-55). Connie Morgan, second baseman, played with the Kansas City Monarchs for two seasons (1954-55).

This exhibition of 26 paintings provides insight into Monceaux’s creative process. The figures are inspired by photographs of specific players. The artist sketches out the composition with graphite, capturing the subject’s persona and bearing. Historical facts are incorporated in black marker as text, including bold stencils. Text activates and provides visual clues to the subject. Color – applied with pastel, acrylic and oil paint – develops image and background. In these paintings the use of bold outlines projects the image, in striking contrast to the softness of pastels. Monceaux delights in incorporating recycled materials, and adds the final touch – the rallying cry-’take me out to the ballgame!’.

At New Door Creative, Shadowball presents the icons who contributed to the multifaceted story of baseball. Here are Satchel Paige – pitcher; Mamie “Peanut” Johnson – female pitcher; Hank “Hammer” Aaron – right fielder; Effa Manley – co-owner of Newark Eagles and the first female inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; and Andrew “Rube” Foster – organizer of the Negro National League. Monceaux takes artistic license to form his dream team of the best players among the East and West teams, creating a personal fantasy of a World Series.

LINKS: NewDoorCreative.com

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Linocut by Morgan Monceaux “Slim Jones” H22.25″ x W30 ” 2014

New Door Creative | 1601 Saint Paul Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21202 | T: 410 244 8244 | E: [email protected]

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3YEARS CELEBRATION BBQ + CURRENT EXHIBITION CLOSING

Sunday, July 27 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Guest Spot at The Reinstitute
1715 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Guest Spot at THE REINSTITUTE is proud to present Proximities, a solo exhibition of new works by Rob de Oude. In the Project Space, Alex Paik’s Paper Constructs will be on display. Both exhibits will open Saturday May 3, 2014 with the artists in attendance from 7pm to 10pm. The works will be on view through June 21, 2014.

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

WWW.GUESTSPOT.ORG