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Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory at The Loading Dock (Final Location)
Jun 28 – Jul 3, 2016

The Loading Dock, Inc.
2 N Kresson St, Baltimore, 21224

The factory is now located at The Loading Dock in Southeast Baltimore

Hours & Days of Brickmaking Operations: Noon – 4 pm daily, Tuesday June 28 through July 3rd, extended hours Thursday June 30, noon – 6pm.

About the Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory:

Marian April Glebes, in collaboration with Josh Copus, launches the Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory. This project is an extension of Glebes’ year-long residency, in partnership with The Loading Dock, at the Baltimore Museum of Arts’ Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center. This extension of a collaborative interdisciplinary project is made possible by a 2015 Rubys Artist Project Grant, an initiative conceived with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

The Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory will make hand processed bricks, using local Maryland clay, with historic water-struck methods. Participants and visitors are invited to personalize and inscribe their stories in the handmade bricks. The project opens in Brick Hill at an historic machinist parts factory on May 31st. From there, the factory moves to the Baltimore Museum of Art, opening with a day long field trip tracing Baltimore’s brick making legacy with Max Pollock of Details Deconstruction and Eli Pousson of Baltimore Heritage. The factory will remain at the Baltimore Museum of Art until June 20th. On June 25th, there will be a public brick firing and celebration, after which the factory will relocate to The Loading Dock until early July. The bricks made during this project will become part of roving public art installations over the course of the next year.

This project is also supported in kind by Baltimore Clayworks, Friends of Wyman Park Dell and Taylor Clay Products Inc.

About Marian April Glebes: Marian is an artist and educator based in Baltimore, MD. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2009. A widely exhibited artist, Glebes currently facilitates cultural real estate development in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

About Josh Copus: Josh is a ceramic artist based in the Asheville area of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2007 and is a 2006 Windgate Fellow. In 2006 he started making bricks as part of his ongoing Building Community project.

About The Loading Dock: The Loading Dock is the nation’s first nonprofit salvaged architectural materials reuse center, founded in 1986.
Contact: [email protected], 410.456.7904
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“Now, That’s Cool!” New Acquisitions Unveiled
Wednesday, June 29th

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : Baltimore 21202

A signed photograph of Frederick Douglass; an 1802 advertisement for two runaway slaves from Frederick County, Maryland; and a door from the former Baltimore NAACP headquarters, nicknamed the “Freedom House,” are just some of the new acquisitions that will be on display in the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s exhibition, Now, That’s Cool!, June 29 – December 31, 2016. This is the museum’s first show that is comprised wholly of objects from the collection. The vast majority of the 40 plus objects in Now, That’s Cool! will be on display at the museum for the first time.

“This exhibition brings together recently acquired works that reaffirms the museum’s commitment to connecting people to Maryland’s past through the unparalleled journey of the African American experience,” says Charles Bethea, Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

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Summer Show – Opening Reception
Thursday, June 30th : 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present a summer group show of new works by Alfonso Fernandez, Julia Garcia, Minku Kim and Jennie Jieun Lee. This exhibition features paintings and ceramic sculpture which showcase the artist’s decisive hand, the classical form and its deconstruction. These experimental compositions are charged with a tension between formal sensibility and visceral emotion, in which moments of figuration are occluded by darkness, color, glazes, pours, drips and mark-makings.

Alfonso Fernandez (b. 1983, Mexico City) received an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, including recent exhibitions at the Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington DC and Circa Gallery, Minneapolis. Alfonso lives and works in Baltimore.

Julia Garcia (b. 1992, Pompano Beach) received an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in New York, Baltimore, and Rome, including Ballroom Gallery, Baltimore; Bleecker St Arts Club, New York; The Hole, New York; Blue Mountain Gallery, New York; and Libreria Cascianelli, Rome. Julia lives and works in Beijing.

Minku Kim (b. 1989, Seoul) has shown painting, drawing and sculpture internationally at galleries including The Courtroom, Brooklyn; All Things Project, New York; BrailleBerlin, Berlin; and Current Space, Baltimore. He is a 2017 MFA candidate in Sculpture at The New York Studio School. Minku immigrated to New York in 2005, where he currently lives and works.

Jennie Jieun Lee (b. 1973, Seoul) has exhibited throughout the US and internationally at galleries such as Marlborough Chelsea (Viewing Room), New York; Levy Deval, Brussels; Eleven Rivington, New York; Martos Gallery, New York; Cooper Cole, Toronto; and Galerie Lefebvre et Fils, Paris. Jennie lives and works in Brooklyn.

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The Last Book of Baghdad Release Party
Thursday, June 30: 7 PM – 9 PM

Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

To celebrate the release of The Last Book of Baghdad: Part Two of the Fallujah Burning Series, author Justin Sirois and editor Haneen Alshujairy will be at Atomic Books in conversation with Bret McCabe.

In the Last Book of Baghdad, Sirois explores a world where, under desperate conditions, a lost collection of poems might be able to save a person’s life. In The Last Book of Baghdad, we see Nisreen Abid robbed of two beloved things: Al Mutanabbi Street—the literary hub of Baghdad—and her husband. With Al Mutanabbi Street in ruins, Nisreen tricks a book printer to help her locate her kidnapped husband while navigating the deadly city. Baghdad is burning out of control. Little does she know, the book she uses as ransom to get her husband back will be the most important book of her life.

“Justin Sirois has some really important things to say, and we need to listen. The Last Book of Baghdad is raw, riveting and revealing. Sirois is a master storyteller with the rare ability to highlight the perspectives of both the oppressed and oppressors. I guarantee that soldiers, policy makers and people who love literate alike will benefit, appreciate and learn from The Last Book of Baghdad.” – D Watkins, author of The Cook Up and The Beast Side

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The Art of Storytelling
Thursday, June 30th : 6-9pm

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute
847 North Howard Street : Baltimore 21201

Come to a free and creative space and share experiences and interactions you’ve had with Baltimore City Police using any form of expression. Boasting testimonials, songs, poems, photography, artwork, and more, the evening will provide a rare and much needed platform for healthy and artistic exchanges concerning civil liberties and social issues.

ALL FORMS OF ART & EXPRESSION ARE WELCOME!

FEATURING:
Kondwani Fidel
Eze Jackson
Shannon Wallace
PFK Boom & Friends
Megan Kelly
The Incredible Creation
Brianna Faulkner
Bashi Rose
83 Cutlass
D. Chase
and more!!

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EarthseedxEarthseed + ALLOVERSTREET Block Party
Friday, July 1st : 4-9pm

400 Block of East Oliver Street
Station North : Baltimore 21201

People 4 People is an all ages, all access, block party on the 400 block of East Oliver Street that will coincide with the monthly Alloverstreet art walk that spans the many arts spaces of Station North. The event will feature fun activities, music, food, art, workshops, selected vendors, and more!

EARTHSEED is a Baltimore based arts & culture collective that focuses on uplifting and exhibiting multiple disciplines of art with a special emphasis on the oppressed, the misrepresented, and the underrepresented. As a collective we utilize the strengths of the arts and culture community within Baltimore to bridge the gap between multiple levels of class, race, and gender in hopes to create platforms for a more progressive arts community, as we focus on strengthening the community through events that are geared toward accessibility.

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New Public Sites “Inner Harbor Baltimore Drift” Walking Tour
starts Friday, July 1st : 2-3:30pm

McKeldin Square
Inner Harbor : Baltimore

Public artist Graham Coreil-Allen is launching his latest New Public Sites walking tour: Inner Harbor Baltimore Drift. The general public is invited to explore invisible public spaces hidden in plain sight on this alternative walking tour of Baltimore’s most recognizable public space.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a celebrated success of waterfront redevelopment, but its spectacular looks disguise a contested past and challenging present. During his Inner Harbor Baltimore Drift tour, Coreil-Allen will uncover the real stories of how powerful people, visionary plans, and community movements are still transforming the former industrial wharf into a premiere public space for all. Through poetic interpretation and participatory activities, Coreil-Allen will show how secret loading docks, coded brick patterns, environmental engineering, and forgotten monuments all reveal Baltimore’s hidden truths.

Tickets for the walking tour $15 each and can be bought through http://newpublicsites.org.

New Public Sites (NPS) walking tours explore the overlooked history, design and uses of everyday public spaces. Since 2007 public artist Graham Coreil-Allen has been interpreting everything from vacant lots and highway embankments to absurd architecture and found objects. Coreil-Allen and his New Public Sites walking tours have been featured in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, 99% Invisible, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architect Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper, BmoreArt, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Graham Coreil-Allen is a Baltimore-based public artist and organizer working with diverse communities to make cities more inclusive and livable through public art, civic engagement, design, and communications. Coreil-Allen has an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has staged public projects and programs for numerous organizations, places, and events both nationally and abroad. The artist is motivated by his desire to improve cities through Radical Pedestrianism.

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Small Victories / Rachel Bone / Madeline Cutrona – Opening Receptions
Friday, July 1st : 6-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

SMALL VICTORIES (MAIN GALLERY)

Featuring the work of Zimra Beiner, Frid Branham, Francisca Carvalho, Brian Davis, Brian Dunn, Mark Joshua Epstein, Erinn Hagerty and Adam Savje, Kyle Kogut, Matthew Moore, Seon Young Park, Mary Claire Ramirez and Amy Yee, “Small Victories” upends everyday moments and overlooked vestiges of society as a means to prompt intimate experiences, associating iconic gestures and symbolism through a group of artists working with castoffs, repurposed materials, and nostalgic ephemera. This relationship between experience and meaning causally constructs humble yet sincere artworks that run perpendicularly away from the narrow parallels of abstraction and figuration.

HOLD CLOSE WHAT I PASS ON (MEMBERS GALLERY) 
A solo exhibition of paintings by Rachel Bone

 Influenced by folk art traditions and storytelling throughout a wide range of cultures, Rachel Bone’s work in “Hold Close What I Pass On” incorporates lighthearted humor and opaque, flat color blended with a detailed use of pattern and line. In her newest collection of paintings, Bone utilizes gouache on paper to ponder the visual memories and traditions that will imprint upon her newborn son, exploring social structures which may be lost or permanently altered by one’s addiction to the internet as a primary social influence.  Her work also touches upon the obstacles women can create for one another through judgment and unnecessary competition, and contrarily, what joy they can bring each other with compassion, support, and friendship.

OFTEN TIMES OTHER PEOPLE WIN (PROJECT SPACE)
A solo exhibition composed of digitally printed and hand-drawn patterns by Madeleine Cutrona

 The exhibition is an installation composed of digitally printed and hand-drawn patterns that capture incongruent narratives within the post-recession landscape. Drawing upon Madeleine Cutrona’s interest in the ways that the American Dream is routinely reinvented and reproduced in our national imagination, the imagery represented is inspired by objects and experiences that reflect a perceived existence of economic stability. The printed patterns that comprise this immersive environment are digitally collaged from scanned drawings, cyanotypes and digital renderings, then output as inkjet prints. Combining physical mark making and digital reproduction, “Often Times Other People Win” echoes the daily mediations between one’s digital and physical selves.

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Baltimore Women’s Maker Collective Pop Up Shop
Saturday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 3rd : 6-9pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Join BWMC for our first Pop-Up, July 2+3 at Motor House

Motor House was once Load of Fun, at the corner of Howard and North Ave, and is now home to many art organizations that operate in and around Station North, as well as a studio space for established artists and organizations including Force, Joyce Scott, Ernest Shaw, and Cara Ober.  We’ll have access to the main gallery space which is big and sunny with giant windows, as well as an incredibly versatile black box space, with excellent acoustics.

From 11a-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, up to 17 Baltimore-based woman-identifying artists, artisans, designers, chefs, and creative entrepreneurs will sell their wares, promote their projects, and display free demos on digital fabrication, weaving, and printmaking. Oh, and did we mention you can get your daydrunk on with BEER from Lady Brew Baltimore?

We’ve also scheduled FREE workshops.

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Baltimore Love Project Book Launch
Saturday, July 2:6 PM – 8 PM

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
847 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

With the mural project as a backdrop, Rafael Alvarez (Baltimore Sun, The Wire) intertwines interviews and stories of the city to discuss community, art and love. Combined with a map, stencil, index and over 70 beautiful photographs by Sean Scheidt, we’re excited share another work of art!

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The Apartment at MICA’s Place
Sunday, July 3rd : 6-8pm

Community Arts @ MICA Place
814 North Collington Avenue : Baltimore 21205

Art is not just what is hung on or around the walls, it is the lives we all live trying to make it. Community artist Aaron Goldman will be living in the Rouse Gallery as an ongoing performance in reaction to student housing issues and the insufficient use of space by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

The opening (housewarming) will be held on Sunday, July 3rd. from 3 – 6PM. Come celebrate in welcoming my new home in the Rouse Gallery!

Activities, snacks, and refreshments will be provided!

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