This week, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Instead of heading to the mall on Friday, we strongly suggest you visit a local museum with family and friends, especially those from out of town, and patronize local holiday shopping events (and buy a BmoreArt magazine at Trohv or the IAC Pop Shop to seal the deal!).
There aren’t too many new shows opening in galleries, but we have curated this week’s picks to help you make the most of your holiday time off! You’re welcome.
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]!
Beats Bars & Brushes #AUTUMN
Friday, November 27th : 5:30pm
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201
I wanted to formally invite you all to the Fall 2015 installment of Beats Bars and Brushes. Weback at it again; infusing hip hop music and art from Baltimore. We have a dope line up of young vendors, emcees, visual artist and producers. I would encourage you all to come out and support the movement.
We are the art collective known as Cre3sol. Cre3sol is a word that takes its credence from the Spanish word “crisol” which means melting pot. As an art collective, we believe that all artist, of any genre, can come together to create a fresh, full and spiritual experience.Our primary focus is to promote and help with the development of the young up and coming artist in the city of Baltimore.
Thank You and I look forward to seeing you!
DJ RAY ROCK BABY
Made in Baltimore Pop-Up Shop – Holiday Delights
Friday, November 27th : 4-7pm
+Saturday/Sunday, November 28-29 : 10am-5pm
The Made in Baltimore shop is back! The Industrial Arts Collective and The Women’s Exchange have partnered to bring you cool new gift ideas from 80+ Baltimore designers, manufacturers and maker spaces.
Avoid the malls & traffic (take the Circulator), support local manufacturers and fill up on Relay Foods & Union Beer
BAZAART Holiday Art Market
Preview Friday, November 27th: 5:30-8pm
FREE Saturday, November 28th : 10am-5pm
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : Baltimore 21230
American Visionary Art Museum’s annual holiday art market returns! Hundreds of original creations by over 40 regional artists and craftspeople, including paintings, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, apparel, and other work that simply defies categorization! Shop local on #SmallBusinessSaturday and support these original makers! FREE ENTRY, and be sure to visit the museum, Sideshow gift shop, and the all-new 3rd floor restaurant at AVAM, Encantada!
Location: American Visionary Art Museum, Jim Rouse Visionary Center 3rd Floor. Note: Bazaart shoppers are welcome to tour the entire Jim Rouse Visionary Center for free on Bazaart day, and the rest of the museum is open 10am-6pm, regular admission applies.
BAZAART First Dibs Preview Party:
Friday, November 27 • 5:30–8pm • $20, $10 AVAM Members
Beat the crowds! An opportunity to get the first shot at the original creations by over 40 regional artists and craftspeople prior to the Saturday BAZAART extravaganza. Admission is just $20 ($10 for Members) & benefits AVAM!
2nd Annual Holiday Celebration + Bazaar
Saturday, November 28th : 2-6pm
Eubie Blake Cultural Center
847 North Howard Street : Baltimore 21201
Come celebrate the holidays with Eubie Blake with our 2nd Annual Holiday Celebration and Gift Bazaar!
A new holiday shopping experience!
Food, movies, art, storytelling and more!
Drop-In Art Activities: Landscapes
Saturday, November 28th + Sunday November 29th : 11-4pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201
Explore landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes! Paint places you wish to visit, create a city, and make a collage of the world around you.
Every weekend join us in our studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Check out our monthly themes and visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you!
- November 7 & 8: Seaside Scenes
- November 14 & 15: Fantastical Cities
- November 21 & 22: On the Horizon
- November 28 & 29: Torn Paper Landscapes
American Crazy Quilts
closes Sunday, November 29th
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218
Seven elaborate quilts from the late 1880s are unique labors of love as well as masterfully created artworks. Pieced together with silks, velvets, and brocades; ornamented with paint, ribbons, and beads; and embroidered with threads of varied colors, crazy quilts have a delightfully arbitrary quality that belies the skillful planning that went into making them.
Perhaps inspired by Japanese ceramics with asymmetrical patterns of crazed or cracked glaze, crazy quilts provided women with a perfect opportunity to rebel against the tamer cotton quilts of earlier generations and flaunt their artistic abilities with painting on fabric, outline embroidery, and the arrangement of asymmetrical pieces and embellishments.
At the height of the Victorian era, the “crazy” look was seen as the epitome of sophistication. These quilts were the rage for a decade or so, but the tide of fashion turned against them and they were condemned for the very excesses that had once brought them praise.
New Day Campaign: Talking Touched with Fire II
Monday, November 30th : 7pm
44o East Oliver Street : Baltimore 21202
The third in a three-part Talking Touched with Fire Series, in which creative people come together to share their reflections on the relationship between mental illness, addiction, and creativity.
This event is part of the Talking Touched with Fire Series
Not Yet Lost! The Art of Maryland Sign Painters
Temporary Exhibition, Ongoing
Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway : Baltimore 21230
This exhibition features the rich history of Maryland’s sign painters and is guest-curated by Samantha Redles as her thesis for her Master of Fine Art in Curatorial Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
Not Yet Lost! highlights local sign painters who have transformed Maryland’s visual landscape and examines the art of hand-lettered signs through the work of individual artists. Most of the objects and art displayed are on loan from private collectors and the featured artists. The exhibition is an opportunity to experience rare photographs, artifacts, memorabilia, and original artwork. The exhibition examines the processes behind different types of hand-lettering and humanizes this commercial form.
Redles’ thesis reflects on a time before computers when sign painting dominated advertising. Trained craftsmen carefully painted all of the traffic signs, storefront signs, billboards, large advertisements, and more. The exhibition will be open through January 3, 2016.