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<><><><><><><><>lightcityLight City Baltimore Proposal and Budget Workshop
Tuesday, June 7th : 6-7pm

Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

Have questions about applying for Light City Baltimore? The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts invites artists, collaborators, performers, musicians and community members interested in applying for Light City to a series of information sessions. The information sessions are designed to give audiences a better understanding of Light City and how to submit a proposal. The following information sessions are scheduled for the month of June:

    • Proposal and Budget Workshop:Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 6pm to 7pm at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230

Calls for Entry for Light City 2017 are open and posted on www.lightcity.orgThe Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts seeks proposals from artists, artist collaborators, speakers and community organizations for the BGE Light Art Walk, Light City Innovation Conference and Neighborhood Lights.

Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area. During the day, Light City’s innovation conferences bring together innovators and thought leaders across key industries to explore ways to power social change.

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Joyce J. Scott – Artist Talk
Thursday, June 9th : 5:30-7pm

Goya Contemporary
3000 Chestnut Avenue : Baltimore 21211

Joyce JScott will discuss the glassblowing techniques used to create
her current exhibition, Generations.

Goya Contemporary is pleased to announce a landmark exhibition tracing the remarkable personal development of two African American female artists from different generations, each with her own voice yet each connected through overlapping themes, experiences, histories, and enduring friendship.  Individually striving for political and social change, the artists in  Generations have varied insight on what it means to make politically and socially conscious work based on the events of her time.  Whereas the assumption would be that the elder generation of artists expanded the field of possiblities  and the newer generation expanded upon techniques and technologies, this is not necessarily true.  Younger artists look to the past as much as their senior counterparts look to the future, demonstrating that the conversation is circular: a loop of intellectual exchange between the generations. Generations will examine how each artist’s identity influenced her practice, and how each has passed something to, or has taken something from the generations who came before and after.

Clark, influenced by the history of Yoruba hairdressing practices combined with the hair artistry practiced today in her American place of residence, points to the communicative power of  “The primordial fiber we grow”(1)  and its potent socio-political-biological implications.     Scott, influenced by a lineage of makers– particularly  her mother, Elizabeth Talford Scott, a celebrated fiber artist— has used beads, fabrics, mixed media, and found objects as her primary resources for exploring figuration and narrative that double as socio–political critique. Scott has been exploring  the Murano glassblowing process passed down from one generation of Venetians to the next.  Scott and Clark collectively express the importance of bequeathed traditions, and the drive to reinterpret and re–contextualize these traditions for future generations.   Curated by Amy Eva Raehse.  Part of Artscape’s Gallery Network of exhibitions.  (1) Clark paraphrasing Bill Gaskins, 2015

Generations will be on view at 3000 Chestnut Ave, Mill #214, Baltimore, MD 21211.   

The show runs from May 18 through July 18, 2016, with a reception May 18 from 6-8pm.

<><><><><><><><>QOv95i49Sanctuary: Artwork by Local Refugee Youth – Opening Reception
Thursday, June 9th : 5-7pm

Baltimore City Hall, North Courtyard Gallery
100 Holiday Street : Baltimore 21202

Come join Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project (RYP) and the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office to celebrate the opening of Sanctuary: Home, Identity, and Collective Visions of Community featuring artwork by local refugee youth. This unique showcase will feature an interactive art display and a chance to meet the artists. The exhibition will remain up through July 31 st , 2016.

*Important: Adults must have photo identification to enter City Hall.

<><><><><><><><>U_wmXONRMinas Konsolas: Paintings – Opening Reception
Thursday, June 9th : 5:30-7:30pm

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
21 South Eutaw Street : Baltimore 21201

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower presents “Minas Konsolas: Paintings,” a solo exhibition by Minas Konsolas on display from Saturday, June 4 through Saturday, September 10, 2016. A free opening reception takes place Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm where guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibition, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 21 S. Eutaw Street.

It is a challenge, standing on the threshold of the past, present, and future. Reality is an elusive commodity, created by each one of us, which feeds our perspective on everything we do. We are forever testing our willingness to step into the unknown.

The inspiration for Minas Konsolas’ work is the environment where he lives and the places he has visited, along with their history, myths, poetry and music. He creates his images by scraping and smearing paint onto his canvasses, alternately adding and eliminating in multiple layers. Minas employs intuition and a technical knowledge of his medium, with both coming together to guide him through his process of working.

<><><><><><><><>kfJFYxBHSpleencoffin Experimental Music Festival
Friday, June 10th – Saturday, June 11th

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

7pm-1am. Friday and Saturday
Doors at 6:30pm

Tickets:
$15: One-Day Ticket
$20 Two-Day Festival Pass (in-advance)
$25 Two-Day Festival Pass (at the door)

Tickets available for purchase here: http://tinyurl.com/spleencoffintix

Performances by:
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www.spleencoffin.com/festival/artists

<><><><><><><><>r1dfTTvaBaltimore Rock Opera Society Present: AMPHION – Opening Weekend
Friday, June 10th : 8pm – Opening Night, + more performances

Zion Lutheran Church
400 East Lexington Street : Baltimore 21202

Imagine if the film “Gladiator” had been scored by Led Zeppelin and you’re approaching the epicosity of Amphion: a gut-shaking rock n’ roll tragedy set in the year 532 AD in Constantinople.

On the eve of a historic peace with the Persian Empire, a court musician to the Emperor Justinian finds herself torn between her patriotic duties and her newfound love for the Persian ambassador’s daughter. Amphion’s supernatural songwriting ability has swayed the people of Constantinople in wartime and won her the love of the beautiful Nasreen… but will it be enough to save her?

The show features an eight-piece live band playing a wide swath of 60’s rock ‘n roll ballads, classic hard-rock and metal, while incorporating world influences with horns and auxiliary percussion. For the first time in any BROS show the live band will be center stage: their musical artistry and fusion with the onstage actors and eight-piece rock choir is truly the heart of this epic tale. Amphion is a brand-new retelling of the 2nd original full-length feature written and produced by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) as a part of the 2011 BROS Double Feature.

BROS is excited to premiere this show at the beautiful Zion Lutheran Church in downtown Baltimore, June 10–26. For tickets and showtimes, please visit our Tixato page!

 <><><><><><><><>WuyOAuI4Floetic Friday: An Evening of Hip Hop, Spoken Word and Open Mic
Friday, June 10th : 7:30-10pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 West Pratt Street : Baltimore 21201

Join spoken word artist Kondwani Fidel and friends for an evening of up-and-coming emcees, poets, and DJs in this series of spoken word and hip hop expression. Fidel has been called the “poet laureate” of Baltimore’s Luzerne Avenue by Baltimore City Paper. Open mic followed by program. Doors open at 7pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the museum cafe’ 7pm-9pm. Performances begin at 7:30pm. Admission: $6 members, $8 non-members. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

Photo by Kyle Pompey

<><><><><><><><>G0bZsoOTArt in Public Space Workshop
Friday, June 10th : 7:30-10pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Art in Public Space is a workshop for artists who are interested in learning how to apply for public art commissions. The workshop will focus on how to find project opportunities, types of public art projects – temporary and permanent, RFQ’s and RFP’s, the application process, developing a proposal, the artist selection process and fabrication. While the emphasis will be on percent-for-art programs other models will be discussed. The workshop is presented by Maryland State Arts Council‘s Public Art Program Director Liesel Fenner and Baltimore artists Jann Rosen-Queralt and Elissa Blount Moorhead . Guest speakers include Ryan Patterson and Kim Domanski from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. The workshop is free.

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Flora …and some Fauna

Friday, June 10th : 6-9 pm

Baltimore Jewelry Center: 10 E. North Avenue, Ste 130: Baltimore 21202

Join us for the opening reception of Flora…and Some Fauna. From cave paintings and illuminated manuscripts to Art Nouveau objects and still lifes, flora and fauna have been a continuous theme in our visual culture. It is only logical that plants and animals play such a large role in the decorative arts.

Humans have a strong connection to other living organisms, we rely on one another for emotional and physical nourishment. Sometimes that relationship is comforting, other times threatening. This connection may be what leads us to adorn our surroundings and ourselves with flora and fauna. Flora…and Some Fauna is an exhibition that looks at current representations of plants and animals in contemporary jewelry.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/907595606018562/

<><><><><><><><><>UZkPT7uxArtist Panel + Discussion with Performances by Marcus Civin and Bobby English, Jr.

Saturday, June 11th : 12pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

School 33 Art Center presents Shape Shifters: Performative Constructions by Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, and Bobby English Jr.,” an exhibition curated by Melissa Webb in the Main Gallery from Friday, April 22 through Saturday, June 18, 2016. Please Join us at 12pm on June 11, 2016 for performances by Marcus Civin and Bobby English Jr., followed by an artist panel and discussion of the ideas surrounding the exhibitionPanel members will include the Shape Shifters artists- Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, Bobby English Jr., & curator Melissa Webb, as well as performance artists Hoesy Corona & Ada Pinkston of Labbodies, Alessandra Torres, Laure Drogoul, & Leslie Rogers. Audience members will also be invited to participate in the discussion. School 33 Art Center is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 1427 Light Street.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

Performance art exists within the realm of the ephemeral, even when sculptural objects and environments are utilized by the artist. Shape Shifters presents performance works that explore the tangible and the tactile, incorporating layered, task-based actions relating to the sculptural elements of each piece. These are fluid, experiential spaces that exist in a performer-activated state, as well as in a state of stillness- holding the energy created by the performer’s actions.

In her installation murmuration, Renee Rendine continually constructs and deconstructs: appropriating, shifting, and reshaping the materials that make up her environment. Ultimately the residue created by her actions serves as a physical document of her movements. With This table is a drum/These feet are drumsticks/And I’m sick of It, Marcus Civin explores what it takes to march, to move your body through space as a statement of protest. Civin’s work alternately seeks to control the performative dialog- then allows viewers to take the reins. Bobby English Jr. marries sculpture and the body while exploring ritual and personal mythology. The Eye and I is a roving, meandering performance that builds on itself as time progresses, leaving evidence of internal and external struggle and catharsis.

<><><><><><><><>yAkVCIdnBricks in Baltimore Workshop
Saturday, June 11th : 11am-5pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

Personalize a brick made from local clay during this workshop about Baltimore’s early brick-making industry. Tour sites rich in historic brick and learn how to prepare clay. Then create a customized brick (to be fired off-site).

Featured speakers: artist Marian April Glebes, ceramicist Josh Copus, historian Eli Pousson, and Max Pollock from Details Deconstruction.

The event includes private bus tour, lunch, snacks, and bricks—one to be personalized and one ready to take home. Dress for a mess.

$65 BMA Members, Students, Teachers | $80 non-Members

Tickets on sale May 1. Space is limited. For more information, contact Jessica Braiterman at [email protected] or by calling 443-573-1836.

<><><><><><><><>6AkSSvaHHasan Elahi: Datamine – Gallery Talk
Saturday, June 11th : 3pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased announce our representation of artist Hasan Elahi, and to present our first solo exhibition of his work, “Hasan Elahi: Datamine”, on view from May 19th through June 25th, 2016. A catalog with an essay written by art historian Robert S. Mattison will be published to accompany the exhibition. Be sure to save the date for the opening reception with the artist, Thursday, May 19th from 6 to 8p.m.

Please join us in congratulating Elahi for his recent award of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for his work investigating contemporary issues of surveillance, citizenship, privacy, and technology. Elahi’s interdisciplinary photo-based works are based on his premise that “the best way to protect privacy is to give it away”. After the harrowing experience of being detained at an airport in 2002 due to an erroneous tip, Elahi was questioned and investigated by the FBI for months. Instead of resisting, he decided to go beyond his FBI agent’s expectations by amassing and publicly releasing tens of thousands of images and data that track his daily movements and activities.

Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually to selected mid-career artists, historians, and scientists who have shown exceptional ability and promise. Prior recognition for Elahi’s work include Creative Capital Foundation (2006) and Art Matters Foundation (2011) grants, and exhibitions at notable institutions such as the Venice Biennale, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Hermitage. He has also spoken to audiences at the Tate Modern, TED Global, the World Economic Forum, and countless others. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland.

<><><><><><><><>UVayaKQ_Dance & Bmore Presents: Celebrate Your Light
Saturday, June 11th : 2pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Since 2013 Dance & Bmore has brought music and dance to the residences of the J Van Story Branch Apartments in Station North Arts and Entertainment District. As part of Baltimore Housing, this 20 story building is home to many elderly and disable residences who bring a wealth of history and knowlege of the community that is being transformed into a bussling artistic hub. Through their creative colaboration with Dance & Bmore these residences bring their own artistic expression and voices into this ever growing culture community.

Dance & Bmore and the Elder Ensemble are excited to present a collective fusion of live music, vocals, spoken word, and dance. Original soul music, rhythm and blues and a hint of jazz are the signature sounds of this multigenerational ensemble piece entitled CELEBRATE YOUR LIGHT.

<><><><><><><><>yartFound Objects Show – Mary + Jim Opasik Artist Talk
Saturday, June 11th : 4pm

Y:ART
3402 Gough Street : Baltimore 21224

Raised in Baltimore City, and graduating from MICA in the 1980’s, Mary Opasik has been working with found object assemblage for over 28 years. In May 2015, Opasik traveled to Transylvania to participate in Inside Zone’s artist-in-residence program in Borsec, Romania; a town nestled at the base of the Carpathian mountains. Of Transylvanian decent herself, Opasik’s work in The Found Objects Show is influenced by an urban exploration of the Borsec’s crumbling villas, hospital and surrounding areas. A collection of Opasik’s archival color photographs of the small town are encased in frames assembled from relics collected in Borsec in addition to other found objects from her studio; offering her viewers an enchanting glimpse into the windows of her heritage. Opasik’s art has been exhibited in The Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama; the American Craft Council, Baltimore; and in galleries across the U.S.

While earning his electrical engineering degree from Purdue University in the 60’s, Jim Opasik worked as an assistant chef. It was his stint in the culinary arts that inspired Opasik to reconstruct ordinary kitchen utensils into whimsical figurative sculpture. “Food for the eye, one might say” Opasik has said. Collecting kitchen and metallic objects from flea markets, thrift stores, sidewalk sales and donations, the artist welds and rivets the items together to form surprising animal constructs. Opasik says he “is rewarded by the smiles, laughter and appreciation from the viewers when they recognize the repurposed kitchen objects that went into creation of the sculptures.” Opasik attended the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore in the 80’s. He has exhibited in museums and galleries nationwide and his art was also featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” (episode 419), a Turner Broadcasting TV series.

<><><><><><><><>_RzTcSUjOnly When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars – Closing Reception
Saturday, June 11th : 7-10pm

The Former Peale Museum
225 Holiday Street : Baltimore 21202

Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, a new body of work, including installations and performances, focuses on DeVille’s ongoing research of the Peale Museum’s building and the unruly nature of history. Founded as an arts and natural history museum, the original vision for the Peale Museum, by its founder Rembrandt Peale, was to create an institution that was simultaneously entertaining and scholarly, and to be used as an instrument of democracy. The building operated as such until 1829, going on to become many firsts including Baltimore’s first City Hall and the location of several of Maryland’s first public schools for African-American children.

Much of the building’s timeline had to be unearthed for this project, rediscovering facets of its past that had fallen through the cracks of time. In her work, DeVille’s investigations lead to the construction of narratives, environments, and experiences which reference histories that are often overlooked or forgotten. For this project, DeVille postures the Peale Museum’s site as a theoretical passage through spacetime, creating shortcuts for long journeys across history. Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars contributes both original research and new perspectives on little-known narratives and lost years of the Peale Museum’s building, opening the door for conversations on education, legislation, cultural preservation, and art’s ability to challenge our notion of time and history.

Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars is free and open to the public—additional information can be found at contemporary.org.

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13235255_1159672374096211_7610667022047917178_oDown the Line by Eva Wylie – Opening Reception
Saturday, June 11th : 6-9pm

ICA Baltimore @ Space Camp
16 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore presents Eva Wylie’s Down the Line, a site-specific wall installation at Spacecamp in Baltimore, MD. Printing directly onto the gallery walls and found materials, Wylie scrapes, folds and makes incisions as her printed imagery accumulates on the surface. Compressed conversations between nature and artifice, the organic and the synthetic, present and the past are at the heart of this work. An ambiguous iconography that combines remnants of family history, quotations, and screenshots enticing the viewer to survey disparate times, places, and perspectives sprawling across the gallery wall. “I attempt to balance the loss of an aesthetic sensibility in images of and from a disposable culture while, at the same time, working to re-infuse those images with elegance and beauty. Much of my work insists on its own ephemeral nature, celebrating its transience and perishability, while anticipating its own erasure: it will be painted over for the gallery’s next show”. But, until then, the installation will provide a means of exploring architectural textures, shapes and idiosyncrasies enlivened by the ephemeral beauty of a unique graphic dance.

Eva Wylie, evawylie.com

Eva Wylie received her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in 2003 and received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant in 2006. She has exhibited at Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN; Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia; Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. Wylie has had residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Graff Ateliers Montreal, Canada; and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. She also serves on the board at Second State Press in Philadelphia, PA. Wylie currently teaches Printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.

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The Women’s Exchange: Take 2 Talks “Art Community” with Alex Ebstein and Cara Ober
Sunday, June 12th : 5-7 pm

The Baltimore Women’s Exchange
333 N. Charles St: Baltimore 21201

TAKE 2 TALKS: 2 women + 1 topic – let’s get the conversation started

5 pm in the Abell Room

A new topical series featuring two local women entrepreneurs discussing the excitement, inspiration and challenges of starting, developing and running a business. The conversation is meant to be casual and appealing to all with time for questions and networking.