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<><><><><><><><><><>UuYgktBYSherri Fisher : Mapping Classroom Culture: Finland, Baltimore & In Between
Wednesday, July 13th : 5-7pm

Fred Lazarus IV Gallery Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Sherri Fisher, Former Visual Arts Department Chair of Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts and 2015 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, Finland (New Art Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Schools)

The Master of Arts in Art Education Program and The Center for Art Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art are pleased to present Mapping Classroom Culture: Finland, Baltimore, and In Between, by artist-teacher-researcher, Sherri Fisher; an installation of arts-based research in the Center for Art Education gallery in the Fred Lazarus IV Graduate Center. .

Exhibition dates: June 18 through July 18, 2016

Please join us for the exhibition reception and gallery talk from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13th. Bring your friends, your students, and your colleagues; and please forward this message or post and share this announcement with any who may be interested in arts-based research, art education, or local and global educational issues. All are welcome!

<><><><><><><><><><>13498135_1198862153466879_908281896964521218_oYoung Blood 2016 – Opening Reception
Thursday, July 14th : 6-9pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : Baltimore 21201

Exhibition Dates: July 14 – August 20, 2016

Every year MAP’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) curates Young Blood, an annual exhibition of works by recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. The exhibition includes emerging artists from area colleges such as Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson and The University of Maryland College Park.

This years Young Blood exhibition includes:

Tom Boram (UMBC, MFA Intermedia and Digital Arts)
Elena Debold (UMBC, MFA Intermedia and Digital Arts)
Sarah Eargle (Towson)
Taha Heydari (MICA, Hoffberger School of Painting)
Kei Ito (MICA, MFA Photographic and Electronic Media)
Andrew Paul Keiper (MICA, MFA Photographic and Electronic Media)
Dane Winkler (UMCP)
Jowita Wyszomirska (UMCP)

To date, Young Blood has provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for 72 transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 this program has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis exhibitions.

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Thursday, July 14th : 6:30-9pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. His artistic collaboration with these inspiring characters reveals both their dignity and despair as they begin to re-imagine their lives outside the dump. A moderated Q&A session will follow the screening.

Presented in partnership with The Maryland Film Festival.

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Thursday, July 14th : 7pm

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

EMP’s latest gallery exhibition features the works of Woven Autonomo.

Woven Autonomo was founded in late 2014 by Avery Gabbiano and Erick Antonio Benitez. They are a sonically focused collective based in Baltimore, MD, and have been involved with group exhibitions out of La Bodega Gallery. The first of these exhibitions, Oil on Oak, was a group project including a dialogue between live sound performance, ceramic artists, fiber artists, and painters. This exhibition coincided with the release of the Collective’s first recording of the same name. Woven Autonomo continues to install sound art, release music, engage in performance, and collaborate with an array of multidisciplinary artists.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The language of light emits throughout space like a vehicle for concepts and emotions. When it interacts with the language of sound, the two phenomena combine to form a synergistic relationship. This synergy creates a portal into a space that encourages transcendence. ‘Relics’ explores this relationship through installations that utilize projections, industrial objects, and sonic apparatuses. The work can be experienced through surface level physicality, which is looking into the portal, as well as be a guide towards deeper dialogue, which is stepping through the portal. The pieces that comprise ‘Relics’ are steeped in ritual, and point towards the necessity of consciously creating portals as ritual.

FEATURING
Margo Elsayd, Melani Hekimoglu, Avery Gabbiano, Erick Antonio Benitez, and Ixto.

<><><><><><><><><><>En9atGYxVisiting Artist Roberto Lugo – Happy Hour
Thursday, July 14th : 5-9pm

Pen & Quill
1701 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to announce a happy hour for Visiting Artist, Roberto Lugo. Lugo will be visiting Baltimore to work with our Community Arts program. Help us kick off his visit with a happy hour to support his housing at LABStudios!

Also being celebrated are “Postcards From Baltimore” a collection of postcards that feature Baltimore artists’s work, and is curated by residents of 1720 Saint Paul Street, and produced by Life After Boring Studios (LABStudios). Curators Joseph Faura, Brittney-Elizabeth Williams, Tori McReynolds and Jaimes Mayhew chose works that reflect on loss and renewal. Sets of cards will be for sale at the happy hour.

Roberto Lugo is a potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. All of these roles are rooted in his childhood. Having had no formal music or art training, he often practiced table drumming and writing hip-hop lyrics as it was customary to “battle rap” during lunch Instead of art class, he drew in his composition book, and marked every wall that I could. “Graffiti” was a way to get my name into the community, to attain a local fame. Today his graffiti is defacing social inequality, he teaches communities to make mosaic murals to honor victims of gun violence. He sees his pottery as a process of transforming the ground we walk on into something we eat from; we search all day for the perfect spot to put it on display. In many ways this transformation of tragedy into triumph is a metaphor for his life’s story. http://robertolugostudio.com/

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Please join us at |’sindikit | on July 15, 2016 from 7-10pm. We’re excited to present multiple artist projects, opening during Artscape.

In June Cindy Cheng and Cheeny Celebrado-Royer turned Space 1 into a shared studio, creating an ambitious collaborative installation.

Carolyn Case and Zimra Beiner created individual projects in Space A, responding to both the architecture of the space and the lesser known parts of their respective practices.

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Cheeny Celebrado-Royer & Cindy Cheng
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Zimra Beiner
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Carolyn Case

July 15 – August 20, 2016
Opening July 15 7- 10pm

405 E. Oliver Street 2nd Floor
Baltimore MD 21202
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405 E. Oliver Street 2nd Floor
Baltimore MD 21202

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Friday, July 15th – Sunday, July 17th 

Pen & Quill
Mount Royal and North Charles Street : Baltimore 21202

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announce the details for the 35thannual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival. Artscape returns to Baltimore on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 from 11am to 9pm and Sunday, July 17 from 11am to 8pm on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.  The theme for this year’s Artscape is “Space: Explore What’s Out There,” which is incorporated throughout the festival’s visual and performing arts programming.  The 2016 festival is headlined by Wyclef Jean on Friday, July 15 at 7:30pmThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30pm and the Legendary Burning Spear on Sunday, July 17 at 6:30pm on the BGE Main Stage at the Maryland Institute College of Art. For a complete schedule of music performances, visit www.artscape.org.

The festival theme of space is a starting point for interpretation, tangible, literal and metaphorical, and spans across all disciplines. The theme is also a nod to the vast STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)-related organizations and businesses within the Baltimore Metropolitan region and to pop culture’s current fascination with all things intergalactic.

The festival features six space-related large-scale art installations: ART/HAB, a space age habitat housed in three geodesic domes, Celestial Light – Act 1. Sun and Act 2. Moon, two large-scale sculptural elements that measure 20 feet in height and feature performance art; Crater!, a fictional meteor crash site-turned alternative art space; Moloch’s Institute for Extranormal Research that explores “the truth about alien visitors to planet earth;” Space Place, consisting of illuminated inflatable planets and the sun; and the The Mother Ship Connection, an exhibit of performance art featuring a model mother ship. Festivalgoers will be able to explore the physical, relatable distance of space travel with “The Grand Tour,” a model “solar system” of planets on Charles Street.

<><><><><><><><><><>nH690YozArtist-Run Art Fair
Friday, July 15th – Sunday, July 17th 

Charles Street Parking Garage
1714 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Returning for its third year, the Artist-Run Art Fair provides Artscape visitors access to the work of emerging contemporary artists, as exhibited by artist-run galleries and curatorial projects from Baltimore and around the country. Artist-run spaces are a vital part of a city’s contemporary art community and the Artist-Run Art Fair showcases this thriving national community. Artist-Run Art Fair is curated and organized by Open Space, an artist-run gallery located at 512 West Franklin Street in Baltimore, MD.

2016 Artist-Run Art Fair Participants:

Labbodies (Baltimore, MD)
The White Page (Minneapolis, MN)
Current Space (Baltimore, MD)
Good Weather (Little Rock, AK)
Short House (Los Angeles, CA)
JAUS (Los Angeles, CA)
Platform Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
The Front (New Orleans, LA)
make Studio (Baltimore, MD)
Terrault Contemporary (Baltimore, MD)
Open Space (Baltimore, MD)
HOUSEBOY (Pittsburgh, PA)
Fernwey Gallery (Chicago, IL)
Gallery Aferro (Newark, NJ)
Bookish Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
Phoebe (Baltimore, MD)

Friday, July 15, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, July 16, 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, July 17, 11 am – 6 pm

The Artist-Run Art Fair is FREE and open to the public.

The BmoreArt Journal of Art + Ideas: Issue 2 will be available for sale at the Bookish Baltimore booth !!!!!!

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<><><><><><><><><><>3sm0TuuFSummer Sale
Saturday, July 16th – Sunday, July 17th 

Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 East North Avenue : Baltimore 21218

Saturday & Sunday | July 16 – 17 | 12 – 6pm

Beat the heat of Artscape by joining us at the Baltimore Jewelry Center for a sale of work by members of our community! Featuring unique handmade jewelry by:

Annie Chau
Elizabeth Hay
Maria High
Sally Hopkins
Soojin Jeong
Jenn Parnell
Beth Payne
Shane Prada
Mary Raivel
Cat Ronalds
Nina Scala
Elaine Zukowski

<><><><><><><><><><>koMEN-CVTiny Rhymes + Letitia Van Sant
Saturday, July 16th : 7pm

The Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21231

The Alchemy of Art is excited to welcome Tiny Rhymes from Buffalo, NY and their two opening acts one of which is Baltimore local musician Letitia VanSant. Doors at 7pm Show at 8pm.

Buffalo-based chamber-folk group Tiny Rhymes just announced its upcoming tour of the Eastern and Southern states, slated for the last two weeks of July. Featuring tight vocal harmonies, richly melodic string lines, and the introspective songwriting of leader Sharon Mok, the group has received favorable press from its native Western New York and beyond. Artvoice writes, “Some people like to write songs while others tell stories. Vocalist/guitarist Sharon Mok tells her audience a story. Her voice floats beautifully above the acoustic sounds of her “chamber-folk” band only to be matched with the soothing sounds of cello and violin. Tiny Rhymes offers listeners tranquility and leisure and it’s clear they’re here to stay.”

Letitia VanSant is a singer, songwriter, and storyteller known for her distinct voice and warm, honest stage presence. Whether she is accompanying herself on the banjo, ukulele, or guitar, or backed up by a three-piece band, VanSant’s sound draws from many of the nooks and crannies of Americana – from traditional old time to warbling indie folk. Her lyrics, which are informed by a long-standing interest in social justice, explore spiritual questions about human nature and society.