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Light City Baltimore Artist Tours
Wednesday June 17: 10 am – 12 pm

Inner Harbor Amphitheater – Water Taxi Pavilion
Baltimore MD

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in partnership with What Works Studio and Visit Baltimore, invites area artists to attend a Light City Baltimore Tour of the Inner Harbor to give interested artists an opportunity to view the festival footprint. The tours are held Wednesday, June 17 or Tuesday, June 30 from 10am to 12pm.  Premiering March 28-April 3, 2016, the inaugural Light City Baltimore will be the first large-scale light festival in the United States featuring art, music and innovation programming and will be a platform to shine a light on Baltimore’s innovation and creative communities.

Tours begin with a free Water Taxi tour of the Inner Harbor, followed by a detailed location view on foot. The tours are designed to give anyone interested in submitting a proposal through the Call for Entry an opportunity to view the festival footprint, to see and hear about locations in the Inner Harbor that might offer inspiration for a proposal and meet up with potential collaborators. Artists may also inquire about requirements for submitting a proposal or ask questions about the process.

Artists, musicians and performers who have questions about the Call for Entry for Light City are encouraged to consider attending. Tours begin promptly at 10am and depart from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater.  Guests are encouraged to arrive approximately 10 minutes before departure on the Water Taxi, wear comfortable shoes and should plan to bring a water bottle and sunscreen.

The Call for Entry can be found at www.lightcity.org. Attendees are asked to RSVP at [email protected] to reserve their seat as space is limited. For more information, call the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632 or visitwww.lightcity.org

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The Purple Necklace – A Performance by Jim Pirtle
Wednesday, June 17: 7-9pm

Single Carrot Theatre
2600 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

The Purple Necklace is a powerful text and video based performance culled from Jim Pirtle’s writing, following the death of his partner Amanda from suicide.

Pirtle’s one hour performance pays homage to his partner while confronting suicide and its aftermath. The work is intended to open the door for a broader understanding and conversation on this still taboo topic. Following the performance will be a panel discussion on the topic of suicide and behavioral health lead by Peter Bruun the founder of Baltimore’s The New Day Campaign

ONE NIGHT ONLY Admission FREE
Seating is limited: RSVP here.

Jim Pirtle is an acclaimed performance artist living in Houston Texas. He participated in the communities seminal alternative art scene in the 80’s and 90’s coming to prominence along with such friends and current art luminaries as Rick Lowe, Mark Flood, Mel Chin, The Art Guys, and Nestor Topchy.

The Baltimore performance, part of an East Coast tour, is sponsored by the New Day Campaign.

 

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Blood Red + Photographs by Stephen Frank
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18th 5:30-7 pm

Howard Community College, Horowitz Center
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway : Columbia, MD 21044

The Galleries have chosen to explore the theme of “blood” through artists’ use of the color red. Artists may choose to explore the more “positive” side of blood as a powerful, life giving force, or the more “negative” connotation that comes with the loss of blood through destruction, pain, and death.

June 11 – July 19, 2015

The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery: BLOOD RED: An Invitational Exhibition

The Art Department Gallery: Photographs by Stephen Frank: From North Dakota to Shanghai and Return 1914-1915

Gallery Hours: Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
General admission to the Horowitz Center Art Galleries is free.
Be sure to check the exhibit schedule for upcoming receptions and other special events.

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Monument Quilt Happy Hour
Thursday, June 18th 5-7 pm

Pen & Quill
1701 N. Charles St : Baltimore 21201

FORCE is working to change the conversation around consent and rape culture. Join FORCE founders Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle for a happy hour to raise funds for the Monument Quilt, a public healing space by and for survivors.

10% of the proceeds will go towards FORCE’s spring giving campaign.

Donations will be accepted at the event; any amount, from $5-$1000, will help us reach our goal of $20,000 by June 26th. We are more than halfway and know we will get there with your support. Give today! themonumentquilt.org/donate

A national project with it’s hometown here in Baltimore, the Monument Quilt is many things – an educational tool to raise awareness about rape culture, an artistic representation of the epidemic of sexual assault that we hope will compel lawmakers to take action, but first and foremost it is a public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse.

More than 600 squares have been collected and shown throughout the country. We are working towards a display of 6,000 squares spelling out “Not Alone” on the national mall – a huge an important statement in our nation’s capital. Along the way we are having conversations that raise awareness and make change at the social, cultural and policy levels.

We need your support to ensure that we are able to conduct more workshops, secure additional displays and purchase the supplies to make more quilt squares. Whether you can give $5 or $50, your money will make a difference in our work to honor survivors and end rape culture.

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Cross This Line

Thursday, June 18th 6-8 pm at MAXGallery

MAXgallery & the Artscape Gallery Network present CROSS THIS LINE, A Partnership of Emerging and Established Baltimore Artists
June 18 – July 25, 2015
Closing Reception Saturday, July 25, 2 – 4 pm
Art Talks Saturday June 27, 3pm | Saturday July 11, 3pm
126 N. Madeira Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday 2 – 6 pm
or by appointment
Contact Maxine Taylor

[email protected]

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BmoreArt & CreativeMornings presents: June Speaker Happy Hour
Friday, June 19: 5-8 pm

Union Craft Brewing
1700-D Union Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

BmoreArt and CreativeMornings, along with Union Craft Brewing, are coming together to form a trifecta of happy hour good times. BmoreArt.com and Creative Mornings are both dedicated to bringing art centered content with a Baltimore focus to an engaged audience.

The June CreativeMornings June lecture series features Belinda & Terry Kilby of Elevated Element. With the use of drones, the two offer never before captured perspective with aerial photos. Their talk is at 8:30 am at the Baltimore School for the Arts. RSVP here.

We are following up the morning festivities with a happy hour at Union that same night. Belinda and Terry will be in attendance, so please feel free to chat them up. If you have any questions about the event, shoot us an email at [email protected]

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Waiting For Something To Happen in the Project Space, Pentimento in The Members Gallery, and The School 33 Studio Artist Biennial in Gallery One

Friday, June 19th 5-7 pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light St : Baltimore 21230

WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN is a solo exhibition by Dominique Zeltzman.

PENTIMENTO is a solo exhibition by Mike McConnnell, School 33’s 2014 Lotta Art fundraiser “Best in Show” Recipient.
Mike McConnell was a successful commercial illustrator before recently dedicating himself to fine art. His years with graphic design are apparent in his compositions, as he profits from his extensive experience turning concepts into visual solutions. Nature lyrically weaves through his work, combining with artistic influences and memories of bicycle trips. His work is complex, fun, and often witty. Using wood panels that allow him to aggressively scrape and sand back into the paint, using the paint in a collage-like technique to define shapes.  His paintings often suggest a narrative, but interpretations are left to the viewer’s personal reactions and imagination.

The School 33 Art Center Studio Artist Biennial  is an exhibition featuring the work of the current artists-in-residence at School 33 Art Center. The showcase features artists Atsuko Chirikjian, Michelle Dickson, Chip Irvine, Tiffany Jones, Jonathan Latiano, Dan Perkins, Olivia Robinson, Ruri Yi, and Elana Webb and is curated by Sarah Doherty.

In 2008, School 33 Art Center established the Studio Mentor Program which facilitates studio critiques and professional development for resident artists. Twice a year prominent practicing artists and arts professionals from the mid-Atlantic region are invited to conduct one-on-one studio visits and provide support and constructive feedback to help the resident artists fulfill their creative goals. Every two years, a mentor is chosen to serve as curator for the “School 33 Art Center Studio Artist Biennial,” and 2015 Biennial curator Sarah Doherty is the current studio mentor. Doherty is an award-winning professor of sculptural media at the Maryland Institute College of Art and an accomplished professional artist and curator in Baltimore.

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Abrasion Resistance
Saturday, June 20th 5-8 pm

Full Circle Photo
33 E. 21st St : Baltimore 21218

DATES: June 20 – August 1 2015

The gallery kicks off it’s summer, Artscape Gallery Network show with a wine and cheese reception. Featured in Abrasion Resistance are Stephanie Benassi, Leah Miriam Cooper, Jay Gould & Brian P. Miller. The exhibit brings together artists whose technical breadth are divergent from each other yet representative of the wonder & complexity in contemporary photographic practice. The direction of the show is towards work that is positive thinking and expands our vision both poetically & intellectually while proving invulnerable to abrasive deconstruction.

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THICKER THAN WATER: Closing reception and Artist talk with Claes Gabriel
Sunday, June 21: 1 – 2:30 pm

Platform Gallery
116 W Mulberry St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Artist Talk: 1-2:30pm with accompanying beverages.
Three Open studio visits following. First come, first served! Please email [email protected] to apply.

Platform Gallery is pleased to present THICKER THAN WATER, on view at 116 W Mulberry Street. THICKER THAN WATER is a solo exhibition of the work of CLAES GABRIEL, Philadelphia based Haitian-American artist. THICKER THAN WATER seeks to promote and covey the personal and sacred aura behind each “being” created by Gabriel.

“My first memory of painting is eating the paint tubes because I thought they were toys. My early years were spent watching my father paint. Everything instinctual that I know about color and composition I learned from him. I am fascinated by creatures from other worlds.”

CLAES GABRIEL was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti in 1977. Gabriel immigrated to the United States in 1989 and in 1999 graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in painting. Gabriel has exhibited internationally: Haiti, the US and France. He lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

PLATFORM was founded in 2014 by Lydia Pettit and Abigail Parrish on the first floor of Platform Arts Center. Functioning as a commercial gallery, Platform promises to create driving, thought-provoking shows that question the relationship between artist, curator, and community as well as providing opportunities for Baltimore and regional artists to show their work. Run by women, Platform is an open, safe space for artists to meet and collaborate with community members of any class, race, gender, or age in hopes of influencing future shows and programming. Exhibitions span from new age artists that are influential to contemporary art to curated historical investigations of art in Baltimore. Platform promises to excite audiences beyond the art community, challenge convention, create new paths, and open its doors to change.

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Borders, Boundaries, and Barricades
Opening Monday, June 22th

Gallery CA / La Bodega Gallery / Labbodies
June 22nd- July 4th

LabBodies, a performance art laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland is pleased to present Borders, Boundaries, and Barricades, a two week long performance art review highlighting the performance art community in Baltimore. The festival is scheduled for June 22nd- July 4th at Gallery CA, La Bodega Gallery, and LabBodies Performance Art Laboratory in Baltimore’s Station North neighborhood. The review will feature works from emerging to mid- career artists based in Baltimore and will incorporate scheduled performances, interactive installations, artist talks, and a panel discussion.

The two week long festival will examine the concept of borders, visible/invisible lines that separate two or more political or geographic areas.  A border is an edge, a limitation, a boundary. They may be real/imagined; internal/external; self/other; life/ death; of the city/state. Borders  both bring us together as well as define our wounds. Despite the complexity of this liminal space that borders create, we often find ourselves working with or against them in our everyday interactions as they strictly monitor and circumscribe our movements. This series of events will include performances, interactive installations, and lectures that will feature the work of artists and curators who live and work outside of the margins of borders.

LabBodies is a performance art laboratory based in Baltimore Maryland that provides a format for artists working in the arena of performance art to exhibit their work, with the primary values of collaboration, experimentation, and interaction. LabBodies has been commissioned by Art Outside Maryland (2015) The Baltimore Museum of Art (2014), Bromo Arts District (2014) and Transmodern Performance Festival (2014) to create ephemeral happenings that engages audiences with our signature interactive time-based works. The Vision of LabBodies is to establish Baltimore as a location where regional, national and international performance artists live and work through: ongoing series of performance art events, performance artist residencies and a new series of performance art festivals. To date, LabBodies has showcased over 50 local, regional, national and international performance artists. The Laboratory was founded in 2014 and is under the direction of Dr. H. Corona and Dr. A. Pinkston.

Tickets can be purchased online here. Please note that all events at Gallery CA are free: http://baltimoreborders.brownpapertickets.com/. More information about after parties, and schedule will be uploaded onto our website.