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]!

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Manufactured Beauty Spring Lecture Series : Beauty in the DETAILS
Tuesday, March 8th : 7-10pm

MICA, Falvey Hall
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Featuring: Ilias Papageorgiou of SO-IL, New York, NY

llias Papageorgiou has been with SO-IL, a Brooklyn, New York based firm, from its inception in 2008 and has been a partner since 2013. SO-IL brings together extensive experience from fields of architecture, academia and the arts, and aims to be an idea-driven design office.

SO-IL combines minimalist construction with highly contemporary material use creating clean, idiosyncratic space. SO-IL has worked on an array of projects ranging in scale from the master plan of a cultural campus in Shanghai, China to a series of prints for the Guggenheim Museum. The firm has also won numerous awards since its inception for their work and various competitions.

<><><><><><><><>kQkukz8TMake Night: Renaissance Painting – Drawing Under the Surface
Thursday, March 17th : 6-9pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

This spring, the Walters’ popular Make Night workshops highlight the special exhibition A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli. Each class begins with a free drink and a visit to the galleries, where you will find inspiration for the evening’s art-making activity led by artist Lance Moore.

Get creative and make a drawing in the style of a Renaissance master, then bring your drawing back for the next two Make Night sessions (Pigments & Colors on April 21 and Using Egg Tempera on May 7) to create your own luminous tempera painting.

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Outside the Margins: Contemporary Artists’ Books – Reception
Thursday, March 17th : 5-7pm

Julio Fine Arts
Loyola University : Baltimore 21210

Outside the Margins: Contemporary Artists’ Books is a juried show of regional book artists’ work on view in the Loyola-Notre Dame Library. Join us for a reception with the artists on Thursday, March 17, 5-7 p.m. As part of this exhibit, we are also showcasing the St. John’s Bible. There will be a brief talk about the Bible at 6:30 p.m. the night of the reception.

Paul Johnson will speak about his unique sculptural pop-up books on themes including motorized mobile homes, airplanes and steam locomotives with tall chimneys. There are no folds – all the sections are joined with hinges. Based in England, Paul Johnson is recognized for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts. Johnson is one of the UK’s most distinguished paper engineers. He has received the Colophon Award from the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and the Portnall Award from the UK Society of Bookbinders. His work is in most major collections in the USA including the Cooper-Hewett Museum in New York and the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

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Friday, March 18th : 6-8pm

Crystal Moll Gallery
1030 South Charles Street : Baltimore 21230

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Friday, March 18th : 7-10pm

Women’s Exchange
333 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

This month, it’s all about VISION. Join us on FRIDAY, March 18th from 7-10PM at The Women’s Exchange’s Abell Room (333 N. Charles Street).

FEATURING:

Michelle Antoinette, founder of Brown and Healthy
Brianna Faulkner, visual artist
Walker Marsh, founder of Tha Flower Factory flower farm
Theljon Allen, trumpeter and musical guest

Vending by: A Day N June, vintage clothier

**SunSets is hitting the road for the spring/summer season. Please note this month’s address change.**

As always, bring your good energy, an open mind, and a friend! Free entry. Free wine.

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Sporadic Salon Artist Reception and Jazz Performance
Friday, March 18th : 5-8pm

Full Circle Gallery
33 East 21st Street : Baltimore 21218

Join our reception for our 3rd annual anything-goes salon!
Show Dates: February 27 – March 24, 2016
Wine, food, jazz and art. What could be ebtter to welcome in Spring?!
Sax performance by Kenneth Friedman

Artists Include: Geraldine Pontius / Dr. Barbara Young / David Orbock / Russ Bradshaw / Ervin McDaniel / Brad Ziegler / Mary Opasik / Frank-Maurel Asonganyi / Matthew Saindon / Richard Eskin / Alycia Breene / Tom MacIntosh / Brian High / David Paul / Elise Fields / Richard Barbieri / Shannon Finnel / Mary K. Skeen / Sonnie B. Mason / Lane Walbert / Dana Hauprich / Kira Kikla / Peggy Fox / Howard Ehrenfeld / Art Benson / Penny Harris / Josh Sinn / Al Ewing / Lew Fifield / Natalie Nadozirny

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Friday, March 18th : 7-10pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

The first Art After Hours in January sold out in just six days! Non-Member tickets for this event go on sale Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. Experience after hours access to the New Arrivals: Gifts of Art for a New Century exhibition, participate in a New Arrivals Challenge, dance and ‘mortify’ all with an embarrassing childhood memory. For sale throughout the evening are signature Van Gogh Vodka cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks, as well as Clementine’s sliders, tacos, and flatbreads. Must be 21+ to attend. Purchase Tickets

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Saturday, March 19th : 11-4pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Honor the unique history of the African-American experience in Maryland, connect with local cultural groups, and enjoy energizing performances, storytelling, and art activities. The festival is free for all ages and no registration is required.

Performances

12:30–1 p.m.
Wombwork Production Inc., Next Generation Art Ensemble presents The African American Experiencethrough song and dance

3–4 p.m.
Urban Foli, Afro Jazz Fusion band featuring 10+ of Baltimore’s best musicians, performs with traditional and contemporary instruments

Art Activities & Featured Artists

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
African Wiki Sculptures inspired by sculptor Mamma Sallah Jenkins
Community Mural Painting inspired by painter and muralist Ernest Shaw
Super Hero Capes inspired by painter E.L. Briscoe
Kafi D’Ambrosi, photographer
Special Guests

11 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival
The Friends of Benjamin Banneker
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Noon–1 p.m. and 2–3 p.m.
Roaming Waltee: Explore the museum and look for Waltee in the galleries

1–4 p.m.

FREE Pixilated Photo Booth

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Wonder Commons Presents: Diorama-ram
Saturday, March 19th : 11-4pm

1145 Wicomico Street : Baltimore 21230

This is the public event’s page for this event.
Wonder Commons presents Diorama-Rama Deux, a celebration of creative storytelling inside the box. Join us in our second year as we compete for awards and celebrate what can be seen through the miniature. Introductory Diorama demonstration by artist Jim Doran.
Beer generously provided by Diamondback Brewing Company.

DIORAMA:
Must be smaller than 3 feet at longest side. Can contain electricity, moving parts or be static. Judges will be looking for clarity of story and creativity.

THEME:
“March Madness” – Take it as you will…

AWARDS:
Top three best Dioramas, Audience Favorite, Most Innovative Material, Most Grade School, the Cornell Prize and the Akeley Award.

JUDGES
Chris Rothe – Founder, Write Notepads & Co.
Alix Fenhagen – Managing Director, Single Carrot Theatre
DS Bakker – Model Builder
Jaime Kauffman – Program Director at Art with a Heart
Bruce Goldfarb – Writer and Nutshell Expert
Elissa Blount Moorhead – Cultural Sherpa

If you are competing with a diorama, please email [email protected] to secure table space and alert us to any special needs..

***Dioramas are not mandatory to attend but are strongly encouraged!

<><><><><><><><>gentrification1Gentrification (kNOT) : Film Screening and Conversation
Saturday, March 19th : 1-2:30pm

Exit the Apple
2334 Guilford Avenue : Baltimore 21218

The Gentrification (k)NOT Movie is a documentary that explores gentrification while in the Station North area of Baltimore. The film examines the meaning of the term gentrification and how it is part of a system that displaces people from their homes and neighborhoods when a neighborhood undergoes great demographic change. Filmmaker Judith Lombardi, a social worker turned sociology professor turned social documentarian, will facilitate an audience discussion after the screening.

Open Hours is a monthly program hosted at the BMA. The public is invited to propose events, workshops, lectures, and experiences to take place in the new Joseph Education Center. Open Hours events are about creating community together through conversations, exchange and learning. It is a time to share what the program organizer knows and cares about, and build relationships with others.

Open Hours are free and open to the Public.

 

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LINGO Series: Quarterly Artist Talk / Part One
Saturday, March 19th : 4:30-7:30pm

Exit the Apple
2334 Guilford Aveneu : Baltimore 21218

Is a quarterly artist talk that focuses on higlighting the various stages of an artist’s career. At each artist talk Dwelaa will be highlighting three artist who represent emerging, mid – career, and senior level artist’s. Together we will get to know more about each artist, their thoughts on subject matter, research, location, culture, media, the artworld, the world we live in, and more. Join us while we dive into the minds of creative’s and pull out their unique differences and similarities.

F E A T U R E D  A R T I S T S 

DAVID IBATA

David Ibata is an American-Jamaican-Congolese painter from the Washington DC metropolitan area. He received his education from the Corcoran College of Art & Design (BFA, 2008) followed by the New York Academy of Art (MFA, 2010), and has been a copyist at the National Gallery of Art since 2012. His work focuses on figurative painting and portraiture and takes inspiration from contemporary cinema, current events, and personal history.

SHEILA CRIDER

Sheila Crider produces two and three dimensional mixed media works primarrily on paper. Crider’s work focuses on making objects that challenge notions of decorative and fine art while questioning what purpose “the artist” serves in the 21st century. It is centered in the construction of contemporary pictures using texture, pattern, line, color, form, sequence, and volume, with goal of integrating image, object and frame. Recent projects include Community of Hope Conway Clinic in Washington, D.C., Recent group exhibitions include Kreeger Museum and the Katzen Gallery ( American University) in Washington, UMUC Gallery in Greenbelt and Gallery Molly Krom in NY. Her work was featured in the spring 2014 issue of Studio Visit Magazine, #25. Crider lives and works in Washington, D.C.

MORGAN MONCEAUX

Morgan Monceaux is a painter, singer, dancer and historian. Born 1945 and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, he credits his mother, also a singer, with awakening his lifelong interest in music and art. After studying music and theology at Bishop College, he served in Vietnam and wandered around the country for many years before moving to New York and beginning to paint.

His work exemplifies what it is to be a visionary artist. He has no formal training in art, and as a homeless person, lived much of his adult life outside conventional society. His work does not belong to a folk tradition but is inspired by a private vision that exists apart from traditional notions of art and art-making. However, in recent years, success has brought Monceaux rewards to which many formally trained artists also aspire.

He was discovered in the early 1990s by an East Hampton gallery owner.While still working as a janitor and painting in his spare time, Monceaux passed by a gallery in East Hampton that specialized in primitive American art. “I saw the works in his window. The images were raw just like mine,” he recalls. “So I walked in and said ‘I know someone who can do this.’ And the owner said, “No one out here can paint like this.” That’s when I told him that’s what I did.”

His very first series of paintings, “George to George, the Presidential Portraits” has been exhibited in galleries and libraries all over the United States.Three of his “Jazz: My Music, My People” pieces are in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

He lives and paints today in Baltimore, MD.

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Claire Elliot: #24K Gold
Saturday,March 19: 5 PM – 7 PM

Charmington’s
2601 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

With a special performance by Alisa L. Brock and A Work in Progress Theatre Company!

More info here.

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Sunday, March 20th : 2-3:30pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Learn about work being undertaken by Julia Brennan, textile conservator, consultant to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, and owner of Caring for Textiles in Washington, D.C. to study and preserve Thai textiles. Following the lecture, see a textile banner from the Walters’ Doris Duke Collection of Southeast Asian Art that is over 66 feet in length and has never been on view. Today, thanks in part to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Walters has one of the largest and finest collections of Thai bronzes, paintings, and objects outside of Thailand.

This lecture and the conservation treatment of the Doris Duke Collection of Southeast Asian Art are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-30-13-0460-13).

<><><><><><><><>3FAtdx12Consumption: Food As Paradox Panel Discussion : Tea with Myrtis
Sunday, March 20th : 2-4pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

Panel Discussion: Sunday, March 20th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm offered as part of the Tea with Myrtis art salons series. Fee: $20.

Consumption: Food as Paradox examines how food is inextricably linked to the social, political and economic aspects of life—class, culture, race, religion, gender and health. A baker’s dozen of contemporary artists, working in paint, collage, porcelain and printmaking, explore food and its connection to the world around them.

Food is enjoyable and accompanies a lifetime of celebrations. Sharing the tastes of our individual homes and homelands can be a way to cross divides between classifications of people—relating to others over a foodway can lead to greater cultural understanding and empathy. But that can also be displaced by tremendous anxiety. Passing down traditional recipes can morph from intergenerational connections to memories of slaves who worked in the kitchen and the continuation of the domestic sphere forced on women. Images of watermelon and berries evoke racial tropes. Adorable animals in TV dinners remind us of the flesh that we consume, but obscure with words like ‘meat,’ ‘beef’ and ‘pork.’ And piles of this meat reveal gluttonous men who treat women with a similar desire for consumption.

Food can be made holy, blasphemous or banal based on the religion, class and race that it is tied to. How can we know what arbiters of taste and health we can trust? Foods are alternately villainized and sainted—their status constantly in flux, depending upon a variety of mysterious government agencies and corporations. We are a nation obsessed with dieting but plagued by illnesses resulting from the ways food affects our bodies. The artists of Consumption investigate these concerns, propose questions to ask, actions to take and, occasionally, offer a view of a future that is healthier in body and cross-cultural relations.