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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Citizen Artist Baltimore Listening Session : Central
Tuesday, January 5th : 6:30pm

The Wind Up Space
12 W. North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Citizen Artist Baltimore Listening Session : SouthWest
Saturday, January 9th : 3pm

Zella’s Pizzeria
1145 Hollins Street : Baltimore 21223

Citizen Artist Baltimore Listening Session : West
Monday, January 11th : 7pm

Jubilee Arts Center
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Citizen Artist Baltimore announces arts voting initiative and six city-wide listening sessions ahead of the 2016 primary election.

Citizen Artist Baltimore is a call to action for individuals, organizations, institutions, and foundations to work together to advance inclusion of the arts, culture, and humanities as an issue in the April 2016 Primary Mayoral Election and beyond. The growing partnership consists of grassroots artists, community cultural leaders, and organizations including the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Citizen Artist Baltimore invites everyone who cares about the arts in Baltimore to participate in its city-wide series of listening sessions throughout the month of January 2016. Using the findings from these listening sessions, Citizen Artist Baltimore will present mayoral candidates with a questionnaire for comment and make their responses publicly available via web, print and social media.

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Grit Fund 2: Information Session #2
Wednesday, January 6th : 6-7pm

Jubilee Arts Center
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : Baltimore 21217

The Grit Fund, administered by The Contemporary, supports unincorporated and collaborative artist-organized activity that contributes significantly to Baltimore’s arts landscape but seldom qualifies for traditional funding. The fund provides 8-12 grants in amounts between $1,000–$6,000, totaling $50,000 annually.

The Contemporary will lead 4 free information sessions and 3 free workshops in different venues throughout Baltimore City. Each of the 4 info sessions will cover the same information and provide details on the Grit Fund application process, guidelines, eligibility, funding priorities, and more. Each of the 3 workshops focuses on a different topic outlined below. You are welcome to attend just the info session or workshop portion of each event, or both. While attending an info session and/or workshop is encouraged, attendance is not required to apply for funding. No RSVP necessary.

Submissions open: December 8, 2015
Submissions close: January 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

gritfund.org

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Cody Pryseski Solo Exhibition, Opening Reception
Thursday, January 7th : 6:30-10:30pm

Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21231

Cody Pryseski is a Baltimore-based artist specializing in portrait and figurative oil paintings.

He takes a humanist approach to painting, believing in the value of classical, traditional training and techniques. Inspiration is key, but then you have to put in the work. His attention to detail and quality compels him to continually re-work his canvases, until he achieves the right mood. The goal is to capture the personality, even the psychology, of his subject.

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Friday, January 8th + Saturday, January 9th

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Expanding into 2 full nights of pure magic and hosted, as always, by old time music and  crankie masterminds, Anna & Elizabeth, this festival has become the premier event of its kind, exploring the many ways the hand cranked scroll puppet show known as a crankie, can be interpreted by artists from near and far.
Two shows! |8pm | ADV $15, $12 mbrs. | +$3 at the door
WITH THE INCREDIBLE:
Liz Downing
Katherine Fahey w/ Valeska Populoh, Caleb Stine, & the Kearly Family
Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick & Lisa Hillring
Ashley Minner
Erik Ruin w/Joshua Marcus (Philadelphia)
Ellen Gozion (Pittsburgh)
Kevin Sherry
McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter
Clare Dolan (Vermont)
& your hosts, Anna RG & Elizabeth LaPrelle (virginia)
And, of course, Anna & Elizabeth

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d49qcHru道 Michi: Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity + More, Opening Receptions
Friday, January 8th : 6pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209

Baltimore Clayworks is proud to announce  Michi: Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity, and three new exhibitions in our galleries starting January 8 at 6PM. The opening reception is Friday, January 8 from 6-8PM. This event is free and open to the public. These exhibitions will close on Saturday, March 5.

In our Solo Gallery, international exchange artist, Huang Hung Yu, will exhibit ceramic work resulting from her four month residency through our exchange program with the Tainan National University of the Fine Arts in Taiwan. A special reception will be held on Sunday, January 3, 4-6PM, free.

In partnership with Towson University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Essex, wood fired work by students enrolled in ceramic art programs at these schools will be on display in the Project Space. These college students participated in a wood firing at Baltimore Clayworks’ wood kiln, during a fundraising event in October, where they gained experience and knowledge about wood firing in a three chamber noborigama kiln.

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ALLOVERSTREET January 2016
Friday, January 8th : 5-10pm

Various Galleries
East Oliver Street : Station North

First ALLOVERSTREET of the New Year!
5:00 – 7:30PM: Alloverstreet Kick Off
7:00 – 10:00PM: Openings on East Oliver Street & Guilford Avenue.
Free.

Alloverstreet is a night of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many art spaces of East Oliver Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Come celebrate the first Alloverstreet of the new year on Friday, Janurary 8th with openings from 7-10PM. We are excited to announce that each month of the new year, Alloverstreet will be kicking off with a happy hour sponsored by Union Craft Brewing at the Station North Tool Library that will be followed by a short talk by a participating Alloverstreet gallery and/or an artist of their choosing. This month we will be hosting Bonnie Crawford Kotula and Terrault Contemporary.

5:00 – 7:00PM: Alloverstreet Kick Off & Happy Hour @ Station North Tool Library
7:00 – 7:30PM: Artist Talk @ Area 405 featuring Terrault Contemporary & Bonnie Crawford Kotula
7:00 – 10:00PM: Art Openings on East Oliver Street & Guilford Avenue (details below).

THE MAGIC SHOP
@ Labbodies
Labbodies is celebrating our 2 year anniversary with The Magic Shop by Alexander D’Agostino!
The Copycat, Unit B203, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21202.

SPECIAL COMBO
@ Terrault Contemporary
A Juried Exhibition selected by Doreen Bolger, Amy Cavanaugh-Royce, and Lu Zhang.
Works by Travis Childers, Will Clayton, Jack Coyle, L. E. Doughtie, Breon Gilleran, Zoe Graham, Luke Ikard, Christina Joseph, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Rachel Hayden, Sean Hovendick, Khanh Le, Bonny Leibowitz, Jason Schechter, Ally Silberkleit, Amy Yee, and Chris Zickefoose.
The Copycat, 1515 Guilford Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21202.

FOREVEREVERGREEN
@ La Bodega Gallery
What determines a “green” space? We welcome everyone to join us in the new year with an interactive forest of sounds, sents, feelings and, of course, green.
The Copycat, Unit A100, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21202.

VOTER REGISTRATION
@ Penthouse Gallery
Organized by Citizen Artist Baltimore.
The Copycat, Unit B501, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD.

GREENMOUNT WEST SALON SHOW
@ Gallery CA
A salon that highlights the talent, diversity and skill of artists living and working in and around the Greenmount West neighborhood in Central Baltimore.
440 East Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202.

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO HOME LOBOTOMY
@ Guest Spot at The Reinstitute
A solo show by Paul Gagner.
1715 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202.

OPEN MIC NIGHT
@ C4-Gallery
Open mic night with food, craft beer and photography by Charles Talkoff.
The Copycat, Unit C402, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD.

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sarahSarah Jacobs : Our Stories, Opening Reception
Saturday, January 9th : 5-10pm

RandallScottProjects
216 West Read Street : Baltimore 21201

RandallScottProjects is pleased to announce Sarah Jacobs Our Stories opening January 9th continuing to February 6th. This will be Sarah Jacobs’ first solo exhibition with RandallScottProjects.

Our Stories, consists of bright, tightly rendered paintings. Traditional and contemporary patterns gathered locally and from around the globe collide and change one another in dramatic, often swirling compositions. Jacobs uses visual patterns to represent modes of thought or patterns of living. We each categorize and frame the mystery of existence in unique ways, we tell ourselves stories, but our paradigms usually do not easily accommodate those of others. These painted interactions speak of the complexity and beauty in discovering, navigating, and adapting to new philosophies. The paintings hope to illustrate the possibility of creating something fresh by combining or adapting extant ideas.

Jacobs’ work, although it looks hard-edged, perhaps computer generated from a distance, is meticulously hand-painted. This obsessive devotional aspect of its production is essential because the subject matter, although hopeful, relates to human vulnerability.

Based in Baltimore, Jacobs received her MFA in 2010 from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has lived and worked in the United States and Britain. Her work has exhibited in the UK, Poland, Germany and the United States, and she has taken part in artist residencies in Germany and Colombia.