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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Cans n Drafts: Summer Poetry Party at EMP Collective
Wednesday, August 5: 7 pm

E.M.P. Collective
307 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
WEDNESDAY | AUGUST 5 | 7PM | Free

This summer, Cans n Drafts is hosted a writing workshop dedicated exclusively to poetry led by MFA and poet Tracy Dimond. This seven week workshop focused on fostering a wide range of poetic voices, expanding expectations, and creating new, original work consistently.

On August 5th, 7PM, participants will be presenting a wide array of poetic works developed through the workshop. The reading is free and open to the public.

ABOUT TRACY DIMOND: Tracy Dimond is a local writer and literary organizer. She is the co-founder of InkPress Productions and author of I Want Your Tan and Sorry I Wrote So Many Sad Poems Today.

ABOUT CANS N DRAFTS: Led by EMP Collective co-founder Brad Cartwright, Cans n Drafts is a writing workshop series and development program dedicated to the production of new work. Cans n Drafts provides a staging ground for experimentation, growth, and risk-taking in a nurturing and collaborative setting. This series includes: low-cost writing workshops; special weekend workshops; literary arts festivals and events; public staged readings; and project development from idea to fully-produced work at our space.

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Gallery Talk: Arms & Armor with Baltimore Knife and Sword
Thursday, August 6th : 6:30-7:15 pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St. : 21201

Join Kerry Stagmer and the team at Baltimore Knife and Sword for a tour of the arms and armor collection. Stagmer’s company is world-renowned for their stage combat weapons and was recently featured on the popular webseries Man at Arms: Reforged. Tour participants will learn how some of the weapons in the museum’s collection were constructed and how they were used, and will be treated to a look at some of Baltimore Knife and Sword original creations.

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Light City Baltimore Social Meet-Up and Walking Tour
Thursday, August 6th : 7-9 pm

Top of the World Observation Level
401 E. Pratt St, 27th Floor : 21202

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in partnership with What Works Studio and Visit Baltimore, hosts a social meet up and walking tour of the Light City festival footprint on Thursday, August 6 from 7pm to 9pm beginning at the Top of the World Observation Level located at 401 E. Pratt Street, 27th floor.

This is an opportunity for artists, musicians and performers to network and view unique aspects of the Inner Harbor for potential locations of projects for Light City Baltimore. 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.

The social meet up is a networking opportunity for those interested in submitting a proposal for the Call for Entry for Light City Baltimore to meet and greet other artists in the community. Light fare and refreshments will be served. With sweeping harbor views, the Top of the World Observation Level offers a bird’s eye view of the festival footprint.

At approximately 8pm, a walking tour of the Inner Harbor begins at the 9/11 Memorial in front of the World Trade Center and ends at the Rusty Scupper Water Taxi stop. Anyone interested in nominating a specific site for their Light City project proposal is encouraged to attend.

The deadline for proposals for the Call for Entry is August 31, 2015The Call for Entry can be found at www.lightcity.org. Attendees are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. For more information, call the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632 or visit www.lightcity.org

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“Reflections On Color” Artist Reception
Friday, August 7th : 5-9 pm

Hamilton Gallery
5502 Harford Rd. : 21214

Hamilton Gallery welcomes all guests and neighbors to join us in enjoying our neighborhood and our city.

An artist engages color to convey meaning, create form, and stir emotion. Hamilton Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition “Reflections on Color” featuring the work of Salvadore Delvisco, Karen Klinedinst, Angela “Raincatcher” Roberts, Valerie Smith, Maxine Taylor, Bridget Z. Sullivan and the artist members of Hamilton Gallery. This exhibition explores the artists’ contemplations of color – the artists’ unique point of color reference coupled with their distinct color interpretation.

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Terrault’s ONE YEAR Anniversary and Opening Reception of History, Experience, Revelation by Bobby English, Jr.
Friday, August 7th, 2015

Exhibition Runs: August 7th – August 29th, 2015

Terrault Contemporary
1515 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Bobby English, Jr. creates empowering, yet self- destructive metal and earth sculptures inspired by world mythologies, ancestry, identity, dreams, and the dualities of nature. His process is very laborious and exhausting, yet it is meditative and spiritual. While creating sculpture, and even after completion, there is a dialogue happening between the form and English’s body. The dialogue ultimately becomes mystic, almost ritualistic, thought-provoking performances that he feels are channeled from the many mythological archetypes that he understands both from his own life experiences and those of his ancestors.

Often times, these performances become uncomfortable, alienating, dangerous, and painful. However, physical and/or spiritual distress aids English in connecting to his higher-self; pain for pleasure. English wants people to be inspired to connect with the divine nature within themselves, their personal mythologies, and be comfortable in the expression of their divinity, their true selves.

It is also our one-year anniversary, come celebrate with us for knocking out 20 successful shows in our first 12 months!

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School 33 Open Studios, Tiffany Jones
Saturday, August 8th : 11am-2pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light St. : 21230

School 33 Art Center and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts present   “Open Studio Saturdays,” where resident artists of School 33 open their studios to visitors on select Saturdays throughout the School 33 Studio Artist Biennial Exhibition.

Saturday, August 8, 11am-2pm: Open studio of Tiffany Jones

Visitors can stop by any time during the artists’ open studio hours to see their studios, ask questions and get to know the artists. One of School 33’s newest residents, Elana Webb, will give an artist talk in her studio during her open studio hours on July 11 at 12pm.

On display in the Main Gallery from June 12-August 22, 2015, the Biennial exhibition 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. This exhibit is part of the Artscape Gallery Network 2015.

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Dog Days of Summer FREE BLOCK PARTY!
Saturday, August 8: 5-8 pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21224

We are closing the street in front of the Creative Alliance for a FREE community block party to honor our best friends and the the Dog Days of Summer! We will be setting up an outdoor movie screen to watch Best In Show!

SCHEDULE:
5-7pm Exhibition Opening Reception inside
6pm Activities Outside
8pm Screening of Best In Show

ACTIVITIES:
Doggy Photo shoot in the BUS Stop
Make your own doggy ears to wear
Have your face painted like your pet
Get involved amazing local pet charities
Enjoy tasty dog themed food
Look at pet inspired artwork inside Creative Alliance
Gather your family and friends to watch Best In Show outside!

Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome to join.
Get Involved! Contact [email protected] to find out how you can help.
Sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery

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Opening Saturday, August 8: 4-6 pm

Jubilee Arts Baltimore
1947 Pennsylvania Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21217

Shana Goetsch’s exhibition “Eskhara” explores the psychological precursors to physicality through a series of watercolor paintings that focus on the material relationship between art and trauma; more specifically, art and healing psychological wounds or scars. On view August 2015, opening reception Saturday, August 8, 4-6 pm.

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Made in Baltimore Pop Up Shop Opening Party
Hosted by Industrial Arts Collective
Saturday, August 8 : 7-10 pm

Industrial Arts Collective
16 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

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Esther Ruiz: The Whole is Other Than the Sum of the Parts at Platform Gallery

Opening Saturday, August 8: 7-10pm

Platform Gallery
116 W Mulberry St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
August 8th- 31st, 2015
Gallery hours: Sat-Sun 11-5pm

PLATFORM is pleased to present, THE WHOLE IS OTHER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS, a solo exhibition of works by ESTHER RUIZ on view at 116 W Mulberry Street.

THE WHOLE IS OTHER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS comes from the Gestalt Theory or the “Law of Simplicity,” meaning that the whole is neither greater nor lesser than the totality of its individual components rather, each is entirely different, and should be considered within a separate context. Ruiz, inspired by space operas, pop culture, geometry and the setting sun, creates objects that operate simultaneously as miniature landscapes from a distant future (“A planet with neon cosmic dust rings and a triangular shaped moon, which align perfectly as they slip away from the sun…”) and actual size sculptures informed by the distant family of Minimalism. In the past, Ruiz has exhibited distinct works together, neatly curated as a collection of singular fleeting moments stuck in time. THE WHOLE IS OTHER THAN THE SUM OF OF THE PARTS focuses on Ruiz’s solid narrative, with each piece made to speak in a perfect symphony that is dependant on the collective to reach the desired sound.

Ruiz’s minimal approach gives the viewer an opportunity to appreciate the material honesty of each player within the fictional landscape constructed primarily through Ruiz’s organic sculptures accented by synthetic colors and shaped neon. THE WHOLE IS OTHER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS is comparatively accented by a few of Ruiz’s smaller geode sculptures outside the main gallery. Each piece is elegantly abstract and evocatively representational.

ESTHER RUIZ received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Rhodes College in 2011. She has shown nationally and internationally at various galleries including Brooklyn Wayfarers, New York; Platform, Baltimore; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Field Projects, New York; Fridman Gallery, New York; Regina Rex, New York; and The American Center for Physics, College Park. She was born in Houston, Texas, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.