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.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]! Our fall calendar is loaded!

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Autumn Leaves: The Poplar Group

Tuesday, September 30 at 6 pm at Area 405

Join us for the first big Autumn Leaves event, featuring the Poplar group!

Doors Open: 6:00 pm / Presentation Begins: 6:45 pm

FEATURING: 7 “Leaves” from the project will take 7 minutes to share, from the stage, reflections on the meaning of life…. Birch Leaves are: (In alphabetical order)

1) Juanita Brown
2) Tori Burns
3) Paul Freedman
4) Julie Gabrielli
5) Robert Ginyard
6) Seth Knopp
7) Donna Jackson Nakazawa

> Performances by the Goaldiggers The Sankofa Project and by Slangston Hughes

> An art exhibition featuring portraits by Eric Briscoe, Zoë Charlton, Ian MacLean Davis, Paris Johnson, Tiffany Jones, Nicole Buckingham Kern, and Ernest Shaw, and 49 symbolic drawings by Peter Bruun.

> Creative writings about each “Leaf” written by Slangston Hughes

The event is FREE and open to the public!

Attendees are encouraged to arrive soon after the doors open to have time to view the art, see slideshows created by the “leaves,” enjoy light fare and refreshments, and mingle with one another before the presentation begins.

Hosted by Brad Rogers and Jennifer Strasbaugh

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Exclusive Panel: Photographer Joseph Giordano with Maryland Civil Rights and Black Power Heroes 

Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum proudly brings together an exclusive panel of Civil Rights and Black Power Movement luminaries onWednesday, October 1, 6-8pm as part of the opening events for its newest exhibition Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black PowerThe panel will examine the movements’ legacy in this 50th anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act. Panelists include:

Eddie Conway, a member of the Black Panther Party in Baltimore, MD who was freed in March 2014 after serving 44 years in prison. His supporters have long called for his release, citing political motives and a paucity of evidence surrounding his arrest for the killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway is also the founder of Friend of a Friend, a prison mentoring program.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who participated in the Freedom Ride, a protest launched by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1961 whereby volunteers rode buses into the South to challenge segregation on interstate buses and travel facilities. Ms. Mulholland today resides in Arlington, VA.

Helena Hicks, an activist who boldly helped desegregate the lunch counter at Read’s Drug Store with sit-ins as a Morgan University student. Her activism preceded the more famous sit-ins in Greensboro, NC.

Robert Houston, an American photographer and Maryland native who has documented civil rights struggles for over half a century. His noted work includes capturing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People’s campaign. Photograph by J.M. Giordano.

J.M. Giordano, a photographer from City Paper. His photographs for the exhibitionStruggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power capture both the well-known, as well as unsung, freedom fighters of the era in formal portraits. His work establishes a new visual history of this pivotal American era. While historic images of civil rights and Black Power leaders exist through photojournalism, Giordano uses the art of portraiture as a statement of the prominence of these individuals.

Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power exhibition features individuals of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in almost life-sized portraits. On view include Marylanders Dr. Helena Hicks, Simeon Booker, Dr. Maulana Karenga, and Robert Houston. The exhibition is on view October 1, 2014 – January 14, 2015 and intentionally spans the 50th anniversary years of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is Baltimore’s premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland’s African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast’s largest African American museum, occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located at 830 Pratt Street, Baltimore near the Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. The museum is also accessible on Baltimore’s Charm City Circulator Orange and Green Routes. For more information, please call 443-263-1800 or visit www.RFLewisMuseum.org

Parking  $6 validated parking is available across the street at the PMI Garage at 815 E. Pratt Street. Present your parking ticket to be validated at the museum. Metered parking is available near the museums and the Little Italy neighborhood. Additional visitor information at RFLewisMuseum.org/visiting.

 The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture / 830 E Pratt St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

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Recent Paintings by Markus Baldegger at C. Grimaldis Gallery

Opening Reception Wednesday October 1 from 6-8 pm
Exhibit runs October 1, 2014 – November 15, 2014

Recent Paintings is a survey of Markus Baldegger’s work from the past few years. He approaches painting more cognitively; the aim of his work is not narrative but is reduced rather to the possibilities of color itself. For Baldegger, painting is the opportunity to perceive things differently: different forms of light, changes of light, changes during the day, light in the early morning and in the evening. It is impossible for Baldegger to replicate a painting, as the thought is then gone, the situation has passed, and nothing can be repeated. The process of painting is dedicated to the moment, imponderable, versatile, and full of possibilities.

Painting since the 1980′s, Markus Baldegger has had an extensive and successful career in Europe with museum exhibitions at the Siegerland Museum (Siegen, Germany), the Leonhardi Museum (Dresden, Germany), and the Daniel-Pöppelmann Museum (Herford, Germany).

Click here to preview more artwork by Markus Baldegger.

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25th St. Station Battle Big Art Raffle & Fundraiser Happy Hour at Atomic Books

Wednesday from 6 – 9 pm

A number of folks involved in the battle against the 25th St. Station Walmart paid for legal services out of pocket. This fundraiser is to help them out.

For every beer or wine you buy at Atomic Books’ Eightbar from 6-9, Atomic Books will donate, via Bmore Local, $1 to this fundraiser to help cover legal expenses.

The raffle features an awesome selection of prizes and artwork from some of our favorite local artists and musicians including:

– A signed set of 3 Future Islands LPs PLUS a pair of Tickets to any upcoming Future Islands show (excluding festivals)
– And mostly likely one or two additional pieces of artwork!
– An original drawing/print by Alex Fine
– Three lovely prints from Elena Johnston
– An original drawing from Nolen Strals
– A set of rad letterpress prints from Baltimore Print Studios
– Photo print by Steve Linda
– A signed print by Post Typography
– Andy Cook’s photo book of the Baltimore music scene
– An original drawing/print by Phil Davis
– Photo print by Michael Northrup
– Art by Monique Crabb
– PLUS MORE!

Show up by 8:00 to participate in the raffle. All raffle donations benefit the legal fund of the 25th Street Station opposition group.

Atomic Books @ 3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

To today donate, please visit the GoFundMe page:
http://www.gofundme.com/25th-street-station

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(e)merge October 2-5 in Washington DC

The fourth edition of (e)merge takes place October 2-5, 2014 at the Rubell Family’s Capitol Skyline Hotel, in Washington, DC.

The (e)merge art fair connects emerging-art professionals from around the globe with collectors, curators and cultural decision makers in Washington, DC.

The GALLERY PLATFORM features participating galleries in hotel rooms and other spaces on designated floors. The ARTIST PLATFORM features a vetted selection of works by independent artists throughout the hotel’s public areas and grounds. (e)merge’s two exhibition platforms inspire a new echelon of art collectors and provide curatorial access to the latest movements in emerging art.

More info here: http://www.emergeartfair.com/about/

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True Grit at Full Circle Gallery, with Jordan Faye Contemporary

RECEPTION: Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 7-10pm
DATES: October 4, 2014 – November 1, 2014

FULL CIRCLE GALLERY, in coordination with THRIVE at Jordan Faye Contemporary is pleased to announce TRUE GRIT, an exhibition to launch Jordan Faye Contemporary’s latest program and new exhibition center. ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) Baltimore chapter president, Jonathan Hanson, curates this collection of photographic works from photographers whose main interest is telling Baltimore’s story from a street level view. With the psyche of a blue collar, hard working, hard living town, Baltimore offers a truly unique urban experience, representations of which echo in the conversation, history, lifestyle, and contemporary self-image of its inhabitants. The true grit of this town is in its shear willingness to keep going. Baltimore can be raw; it can be charming; it can be dangerous. It can also be very, very sweet. TRUE GRIT will touch on the narratives and mundanity of life in Charm City rather than the iconic and ballyhooed. Please join us for a reception and conversation with the artists on Saturday October 4th from 7pm to 10pm. A curator’s talk with the artists will take place Saturday October 25th at 1pm at Jordan Faye Contemporary.

The exhibition at Jordan Faye Contemporary will run concurrent with a collection of portraits and street photographs by the students at Wide Angle Youth Media showing at Full Circle Gallery. This preview exhibit features work from WAYM’s Youth Photography Traveling Exhibition and aims to change how youth are perceived, shifting the focus on

Baltimore’s youth to one of celebration and encouragement. The full exhibit will travel in partnership with with Enoch Pratt Free Library in the spring of 2015.

FULL CIRCLE GALLERY is a dedicated exhibition space for photographers, located on the first floor of Full Circle Ltd, a fine art services studio near Station North. Full Circle has been a member of the arts community in Baltimore for 27 years, supporting artists’ projects through its professional services. It works to build a stronger photographic community in the region by sponsoring multiple exhibitions each year. Stay informed about upcoming exhibitions including “call for entries” by contacting the studio at 410-528-1868, by emailing [email protected], or on Facebook:www.facebook.com/pages/Full-Circle-Photo/292625452177. Sign up for the newsletter here: http:// fullcirclephoto.com/contact/

Full Circle Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am-2pm