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.

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Beautiful Leadership Workshop featuring Toby Thompkins @ 2640 Space
Tuesday, April 7 from 4-7

Red Emma’s 2640 Space
2640 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Please join us for a listening conversation on “beautiful leadership”, led by author and guest speaker Toby Thompkins.

This workshop explores the role and path of a leader’s personal and/or professional struggles as a catalyst for leadership growth and ultimately social transformation. Participants will begin to identify for themselves and share with others the beliefs, habits, and tools that have been used during moments of significant struggle.

The event is open to all people to who want to collectivity build and sustain a creation of a future where everyone matters.
Sponsored by MICA’s Office of Diversity and Red Emma’s 2640 Collective

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FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture
Wednesday, April 8 from 7 – 8:30 pm

University of Maryland College Park
Benjamin Banneker Room 2212

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an artistic effort to agitate the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent.

“FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is a creative activist collaboration to upset the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent. We believe that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in America to face the realities of sexual violence, and we envision a world where sex is empowering and pleasurable rather than coercive and violent. To promote this needed conversation, we create art actions to generate media attention and get millions of people talking. According the Huffington Post, ‘FORCE is doing a good job with a hard to digest topic, capturing the public imagination with their tactics’.”

FORCE is organized by artist-duo Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle. Both Hannah and Rebecca live, work, organize and teach in Baltimore, MD.

Come out and learn more about how you can promote a culture of consent!

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Taste and Tour with the Walters Enthusiasts
April 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Walters
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Join the Walters Enthusiasts for drinks and networking followed by a tour of the new exhibition Rinehart’s Studio: Rough Stone to Living Marble. WE members will receive one free drink ticket with registration. Not a member? Join today.

For more information about the Walters Enthusiasts, please email [email protected].

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Special Toppings by Nicole Ackerman @ Gallery CA
Reception Friday, April 10 from 7-10

On view April 10, 2015 – May 1, 2015

Gallery CA
440 East Oliver Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Nicole Ackerman (b.1990) is an artist currently working and living in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA in General Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She primarily works in the medium of collage.

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Unfriendly Skies: Birds, Buildings, and Collision @ Goucher College
Artist’s reception Friday, April 10, from 6-9 p.m., with an artists’ talk at 7:30 p.m.

On View March 31, 2015 – May 3, 2015
Goucher College Silber Art Gallery
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204

Unfriendly Skies: Birds, Buildings, and Collision will be presented at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Athenaeum from Tuesday, March 31, to Sunday, May 3, 2015. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In this exhibit, 17 artists investigate bird deaths in Baltimore. The artists explore elements such as light pollution and building collisions that kill as many as 1.3 billion birds each year in North America. The efforts of Lights Out Baltimore and related conservation programs provide the inspiration for their work.

Featuring works by Rose Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Miranda Brandon, Stephanie Garmey, Aaron Heinsman, Brian Henry, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Ursula Marcum, Lisa Moren, Tim Nohe, Jenny O’Grady, Lynne Parks, Ben Piwowar, Nicole Shiflet, Nick Clifford Simko, Chris Siron, and Van Wensil.

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POP-UP KOREA TOWN! Opening Reception
Friday, April 10 from 4 – 6 pm

Seoul Rice Cake, 2016 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD

Pop-Up Korea Town is a exhibition/ Korean restaurant & business pop-up event happening for only 3 days on April 10th-12th! Come see an art exhibit at Seoul Rice Cake Store, then enjoy a special deal or discount of a delicious Korean meal or service at a Korean owned business in Korea Town, Station North. This event is generously sponsored by MICA Office of Community Engagement.

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ALL THAT Art Fair and Block Party @ Platform Gallery
Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Platform Gallery
116 West Mulberry Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Platform Gallery is pleased to present ALL THAT, on view at 116 W Mulberry Street. ALL THAT is a celebration of the multifaceted Baltimore art spaces and galleries. Baltimore has a range of DIY, artist-run spaces, nonprofits, and commercial galleries, which reveal the breadth of ambition in the city. ALL THAT is an opportunity to showcase each space in its individual strengths while supporting Baltimore’s spirit of camaraderie. The spectrum of artists chosen by each venue will be a reflection of the aesthetics valued by Baltimore. ALL THAT is an art fair and a block party all in one.

ALL THAT showcases work from the following Baltimore spaces:

Area 405
Current Space
Galerie Myrtis
Gallery 788
Gallery CA
ICA Baltimore
Jordan Faye Contemporary
John Fonda Gallery
Lease Agreement
Lil’ Gallery
Maryland Art Place
Penthouse Gallery
Platform Gallery
Springsteen Gallery
Terrault Contemporary
XOL Gallery

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Time Lapse: Annual Benefit Fashion Show @ MICA
Friday, April 10 @9 pm / Saturday, April 11 @8 pm

MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

COST: $15, students; $20, general public (MICA Community Show: $7, students; $12, faculty and staff; $20, guests)

Friday, April 10, 9 p.m. (MICA Community Show) and Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m. (General Public Show)
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Tickets: $15, students; $20, general public (MICA Community Show: $7, students; $12, faculty and staff; $20, guests), will be available at the MICA Store (1200 W. Mount Royal Ave. and store.mica.edu); limited tickets will be sold at the door.

This year’s Annual Benefit Fashion Show presents an opportunity for viewers and participants to discuss the elements of evolution, an endless process in the developmental growth and adaptation over time, continuing through natural order. Time Lapse also allows student artists and designers to expand on ideas and events of the past, discover how they reoccur in the present and predict patterns of the future. It is a chance to re-interpret historical themes and evolving fashion.

Proceeds from the 22nd Annual Benefit Fashion Show help support students involved in diversity programming and scholarly pursuits through the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development, which sponsors the show. The event is one of many ways MICA continues to provide comprehensive diversity programming that supports the students’ academic and social needs.

Designers: Jeremy Cain ’15 (General Fine Arts BFA), Carly Carlock ’15 (General Fine Arts BFA), Caroline Creeden ’16 (Fiber BFA), Erin Dowd ’17 (Fiber BFA), Camille Hallin ’16 (Fiber BFA), WuQing Hipsh ’16 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA), Ashley Lian ’17 (Fiber, Humanistic Studies BFA), Kevin Lowenthal ’16 (Fiber BFA), Sarah Middleton ’17 (General Fine Arts BFA), Skylar McCormick ’16 (Interactive Arts BFA), Ursula Populoh ’15 (Fiber BFA), Arooj Qamar ’16 (Fiber BFA), Sebastian Ruiz ’18 (Architectural Design BFA), Jesse Satterfield ’15 (Fiber BFA), Cindy Stauffer ’15 (Fiber BFA), Molly Sydnor ’15 (Fiber BFA), Luca Tanaka ’18 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA), Leslie Xia ’15 (Graphic Design BFA), Hennie Yeh ’15 (Graphic Design BFA) and Kat Zotti ’17 (Fiber BFA). Director: Sydnor. Assistant Director: Natovian McLeod ’15, ’16 (General Fine Arts BFA, Teaching MA). Graphic Designers: Amadeus Guchhait ’15 (General Fine Arts BFA), McCormick and Xia. Media: Winston Frazer ’16 (Painting BFA) and London Zhang ’17 (Painting, Graphic Design BFA). Production: Stella Lee ’16 (Fiber BFA) and Khadija Adell ’15 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA).

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Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home Performance by Ellouise Schoettler
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 5 – 7 pm

MICA Lazarus Center
131 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Ellouise Schoettler is a professional storyteller whose husband and daughter are buried at Arlington. She has developed her story into a moving performance about the place that she will also one day call home. The performance will be followed by Patrick Sargent, also an Air Force veteran, demonstrating the art of hand-pressed paper made from old military uniforms.

Performance followed by a hand-pressed papermaking demonstration and conversation with artist Patrick Sargent
Fred Lazarus IV Center Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD
More info here.

This program, brought to you by Emily Kohlenstein’s MFA thesis project Healing Journeys: How Art Serves Our Military is free and open to the public. For questions about the performance, contact Emily Kohlenstein at [email protected]