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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<><><><><><><><>gQ8x9zHPThe View From Here: A New Landscape by Mary Walker – Opening
Thursday, February 25th : 5:30-7:30pm, Gallery Talk 6pm

Rice Gallery, McDaniel College
2 College Hill : Westminster 21158

Baltimore artist Mary Walker is featured in a solo exhibition at McDaniel College. Walker uses imagery and conceptual ideas from natural science and landscape in her wall-hung constructions. She combines painting and sculpture in her work.

She said, “[I am] interested in contrasting geometry and gesture, man-made and natural, chance and planning.”

According to Walker, “Each piece in this current series combines several parts as well as varied materials that interact to form a whole. Some of the works are quite large, 16 to 18 feet wide, and reference the landscape we experience on a daily basis; an eye-filling environment of asymmetrical beauty and homely detritus that is both natural and man-made. The smaller works take a closer more edited look at these combined elements of culture and nature.”

She added, “I’m paying tribute to the material landscape of our daily experience that we often forget to value for the beauty and strangeness of its lowly elements.”

Walker received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including Minneapolis’s MC Gallery, Denver’s 1/1 A Gallery and Chicago’s ARC Gallery. More information about Walker can be found at http://artistmarywalker.com.

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Amy Boone-McCreesh: Shared Histories – Artist Reception
Thursday, February 25th : 6-8pm

Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road : Towson 21204

Amy Boone-McCreesh’s new body of work was created by using past works as a visual vocabulary. Through collage and a variety of mixed-media processes, the past elements combine with new compositions to create a visual experience that are both cyclical and unifying. Digital processes clash with the handmade in an effort to create a dynamic personal aesthetic. There is an awareness of power removed and gained when an image becomes divorced from its origin, and then changed beyond recognition. The recycled imagery appears in both a digital and physical way, leaving the viewer unaware of the source while at the same time producing a new visual language. The result is a temple of visual excess: a colorful, maximal experience. Three-dimensional elements and wall vinyl allude to the world beyond the picture plane and expand the visual environment.

Shared Histories a solo exhibition featuring mixed-media works by artist Amy Boone-McCreesh will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from January 25th through March 28th, 2016. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public and accessible to all, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 6-8 p.m. You may visit www.goucher.edu/rosenberg  for more information. Please note the gallery will be closed March 14-20th, 2016 for Spring Break.

<><><><><><><><>OIGU0e51Eat, Love, Art Wine-Tasting Fundraiser
Friday, February 26th : 7-10pm

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : Towson 21204

Support TAC by purchasing tickets to our Friday, February 26th Wine Tasting Fundraiser! $25 ticket includes a raffle ticket for a bottle of wine valued up to $100!

The Eat, Love, Art exhibit, curated by DC photographer Maia Truesdale Scott, will also be on view.

Eat, Love, Art Wine Tasting Ticket $25.00

Includes event ticket and raffle ticket for bottle of wine valued at up to $100.

<><><><><><><><>dIdSCv8NRising Up – Closing Reception
Friday, February 26th : 7-9pm

Gallery CA
440 East Oliver Street : Baltimore 21201

This exhibit is the second showcase this year of artwork by students from Connexions: A Community Based Arts School. Located in the Greater Mondawmin region, Connexion’s students witnessed first hand the effects of the events on April 27th, 2015. The artwork in this exhibition is a visual examination of the socio-­political factors that lead up to the Baltimore Uprising, expressions concerning the emotional impact of institutional violence, and visions for the future­ —- all from the perspective of young people. The exhibit includes 2­-dimensional and 3­-dimensional works, installation, and video projections created by students who participate in Christine Stiver and Ada Pinkston’s 6th ­& 12th grade visual art classes.

ConneXions is a charter school that was founded on four pillars: community, leadership, scholarship, and discovery. Located in the Greater Mondawmin region, the program is designed for young people interested in arts, activism, and in­depth learning. The mission of our school is to develop the leadership potential of children by preparing, inspiring, and empowering them to take responsibility for themselves and their city. We aim to promote a supportive, safe, and respectful community that challenges its members to achieve their maximum social, emotional, and intellectual growth while contributing to the collective needs of the group.

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Afrofuturism: The Future of Black Power
Saturday, February 27 : 12 PM – 4 PM

Impact Hub Baltimore
10 E North Ave, Ste 5, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The Inspiration Factory presents a series of workshops, lectures and community building activities for Youth and the Loving Adults that support them! Come out and go BLACK to the Future! Professor Koko Zauditu-Selassie (Music and the notion of identity, global diaspora), Professor Rev. Junaita Gilliam (Our Preception of God), Educator Tracie West (Vision Boards), Dr. Glenda Lindsey (Healthy Communities in 21st Century), Derek J. Lindsey JD (Black Minds Matter/Reparations for Slavery)…..and a few other awesome people doing wonderful things in the Community of Baltimore.

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Bromo Art Walk
Saturday, February 27: 12 PM – 4 PM

Bromo Arts District
218 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Visit downtown Baltimore’s Bromo Arts District during open gallery hours on Saturday, Feb 27 from 12-4pm!
Grab a drink, snacks & check out contemporary artwork from 9 Baltimore galleries.

PARTICIPATING GALLERIES:

1. Open Space (sneak peek! opening reception from 7-10pm)
512 W. Franklin Street
Christina Haines & Lucia Maher-Tatar
February 25, 2016
http://openspacebaltimore.com/

2. Phoebe
510 W. Franklin St
HEADSPACE: Jordan Kasey and
Carolyn Salas
January 30 – February 27, 2016
phoebeprojects.com

3. Rope
508 W. Franklin St
This Is Only A Test by Erika Blair
January 20 – February 27, 2016
http://508rope.net/

4. Springsteen
502 W. Franklin Street
Ready to Drop
January 30 – March 12, 2016
springsteengallery.com

5. First Continent
500 W. Franklin St
Jeremy Cimafonte
January 30 – February 27

6. Gallery Four
405 W. Franklin Street
(H&H Building, 4th fl)
Dark Passenger
Peggy Chiang, Patricia Moisan and John-Elio Reitman
January 30 – February 28, 2016

7. Current Space
421 N. Howard Street
Cake Out in the Rain
February 6 – 28, 2016

8. Maryland Art Place
218 W. Saratoga St
Maryland Artist Registry Juried Exhibition
January 21 – March 26, 2016

9. Jordan Faye Contemporary
218 W. Saratoga St, Top Floor
Dorit Feldman | Reflective Geophilosophy – courtesy of Towson University
February 12 – March 20, 2016
The Thrive Showcase
February 20 – March 20, 2016

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ldb11pc_Call Waiting: Frank Hallam Day – Opening Reception
Saturday, February 27th : 6-8pm

RandallScottProjects
216 West Read Street : Baltimore 21201

RandallScottProjects is pleased to announce Frank Hallam Day Call Waiting opening February 27th  continuing to March 26th . This will be Frank Hallam Day’s first solo exhibition with RandallScottProjects.

Seen as if magnets for the detritus of daily life in a metropolis, Day’s intimate yet subtly epic images register traces of the demands that govern our urban existence: postings for job adverts, signs of commercial pleasure, and listings for entertainment spectacles or social advancement opportunities. These sites are also a lens through which to view the particulars of Bangkok itself, whether the city’s conflicted sense of modernity, its vernacular habits or expression of guerilla creativity and politics. Many of the markings in the booths are tags by graffiti artists and also messages left by street protestors during the recent years of Thailand’s political meltdown.

The sense of a modernity in flux figures large across all the photographs. We measure our advancement through the passage of new technologies but Bangkok’s phone booths signify a retarded history, emblems of a glut of time past and time present. In the shadow of glistening office towers these booths have all but disappeared in other major cities but here they are everywhere, derelict, vandalized and sometimes newly installed. Outside the encrusted enclosures and visible through the planes of Perspex, life goes on in all its idiosyncrasies, people eat on pavement tables, children play and sleep, tourists hail tuk-tuks and sex workers mingle.

However, Call Waiting is not a sociological document of the type that maps the rich contrasts of a contemporary Asian city. Rather, Day’s formalism cultivates intense moods and surprising resonances, touched by a noir sensibility of abandonment, neglect and mystery. —Brian Curtin

<><><><><><><><>np7QLRopHalf Past, Two Rocks Back : Lucia Mahar-Tatar + Christina Haines
Saturday, February 27th : 7-10pm

Open Space
512 West Franklin Street : Baltimore 21201

I stare at the sky most when I’m awake at night. With the lamp out, it takes a moment for my eyes to adjust and to feel lonely. How could it have seemed so dark a moment ago? It seems bright now. The sky’s color looks like the warm twilight on CRT monitors, right before an image emerges after pressing “power.” I used to stare until faces and shapes appeared through the fog, eager to know if I needed to change the channel. Is it my show. Do I like the show.

The word for recognizing figures in random information is “pareidolia”–it’s the name for seeing faces in the hills of Mars or for catching religious figures in a water stain in the ceiling, that kind of thing. It’s a private moment, one you might wave off, but the reason that it’s satisfying is because when you catch the eye of the face in the rock, the rock sees you back.

There are no faces in the sky at night. I’m awake. There is the faint glow.

Lucia Maher-Tatar (b. Albuquerque, NM 1993) is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She recently co-directed Something Crossed My Mind…, a multi-disciplinary fashion event, and included work in Salon of 1808 at 609 N. Paca. She will be participating in Open Space’s seventh annual Publications and Multiples Fair.

Christina Haines (b. Philadelphia, PA 1989) is a ceramicist and artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She maintains a product line of utilitarian ceramics recently exhibited at Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair and Baltimore Clayworks and will be exhibiting at Open Space’s seventh annual Publications and Multiples Fair as well as the Chicago Zine Fest.

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Opening Day Talk: Carlo Crivelli and the Italian Renaissance
Sunday, February 28 : 2 PM

The Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tickets Available @thewalters.org
$10 / Free for Members

In celebration of the opening of “A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli” and the artist whose rare and dazzling paintings mix the otherworldly with the everyday, the Walters presents a panel discussion with three special speakers. Explore why Crivelli is unique among 15th-century Italian painters with Stephen J. Campbell, Henry and Elizabeth Wiesenfeld Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University; investigate the physics and science behind the construction of panel paintings with Karen French, Walters Senior Painting Conservator; and marvel at the proper techniques for slaying dragons with Joaneath Spicer, James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art.

Karen French: “The Devil is in the Details: Constructing a Crivelli Altarpiece”
What was involved in making a multi-panel altarpiece or polyptych? How did a Renaissance artist and his workshop prepare wooden panels and use limited materials to create rich, illusionistic paintings? Crivelli worked in the transitional time between the Italian Gothic era and the Renaissance, his gold backgrounds, naturalistic figures and manipulation of materials reflect this in his paintings.

Joaneath Spicer: “How to Slay a Dragon”
Crivelli depicts St. George slaying a dragon using the wrong kind of lance. Any hunter or historian could have told him to paint a different weapon, one that could actually be used to kill a dragon. So why would he make this “mistake”?

Stephen Campbell: “Beyond Rome and Venice: Carlo Crivelli and the Renaissance in the Adriatic”
This talk will specifically address that which makes the work of Carlo Crivelli so distinctive. Using excellent examples of painting from the Marches in the Walters’ collection, Campbell will highlight the special advantage the Museum has for talking about Crivelli in relation to his contemporaries.

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VNBuYKg4Here, There & Elsewhere – Opening Reception
Sunday, February 28th : 4-6pm

XOL Gallery
830 Park Avenue : Baltimore 21201

To shake off the winter freeze and usher in the spring season, XOL Gallery has the pleasure to invite you to an opening reception for a group exhibition entitled “Here, There and Elsewhere”, showcasing artists from the United States, Europe and the Middle East, spanning from early to mid-20th century impressionist and modern art, all the way to contemporary paintings from XOL Gallery’s collection.

Exhibition runs through March 20, 2016
Viewing Hours: By appointment only.

<><><><><><><><>CqQr8FmbThe Nude, An Exploration – Reception with the Artists
Sunday, February 28th : 4-6pm

Still Life Gallery
8173 Main Street : Ellicott City 21043

Featuring Five Maryland Artists: Rick Casali, Palden Hamilton, James Adkins, Dottie Dunsmore, and Tim Kelly

Wine and Cheese Reception with the Artists Sunday February 28th, 4:00-7:00pm

5:30pm – ArtTalk & Q&A with Rick Casali “Sculpting & Casting the Human Face and Figure”

Since the days of our ancient ancestors, the human body has always been a favorite subject of artists, but today it is unusual for an entire art exhibit to be devoted to the naked human form. Still Life Gallery presents more than 50 works- paintings, drawings and sculpture– by five Maryland artists who strive for perfection in capturing and portraying the compelling, timeless beauty of the human body.

<><><><><><><><>y9IDeEjQVan Hanos: Intercalaris – Closing Reception
Sunday, February 28th : 6-9pm

Rowhouse Project
2640 Huntington Avenue : Baltimore 21211

January 2 – February 29
Closing Reception: Sunday, February 28: 6-9PM