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<><><><><><><><><><>7yq8bxuuBaker Artist Portfolios Technical Assistance
Wednesday, January 4th : 3-6pm

The Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201

The Baker Artist Portfolios (www.bakerartist.org) were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The online portfolios are open to artists working in all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties.Artists who create a Baker Artist Portfolio are automatically eligible for one of six Baker Artist Awards, which include significant monetary prizes, an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as a feature on Maryland Public Televisions Artworks. These prizes will be awarded to an artists who exemplify a mastery of craft, commitment to excellence, and a unique and compelling vision.

The portfolios and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund (www.bakerfund.org) and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (www.baltimoreculture.org).

 About Technical Assistance
Need personalized help with your portfolio?
Want to work on your portfolio while being able to ask questions?RSVP for TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE to receive hands-on help with your portfolio from GBCA staff. Drop in to work on your portfolio with assistance, or schedule 30 minutes of one-on-one time.Bring your computer, or reserve one of ours.

<><><><><><><><><><>lh906es1Perri Brierly-Bowers :: Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, January 5th : 6:30-10:30pm

Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue : 21231

Perri Brierley-Bower is a local passionate and creative photographer who tirelessly works to create new and inspiring images. She graduated from International Center of Photography in Manhattan NY in 2013. She is inspired by fantasy, femininity, and the world as it is around her. She worked as a fashion photographer for a year in Berlin, Germany.  Soon after she moved back to baltimore and started an online monthly zine called Fantastic! magazine.

The images portray a love for femininity, in men and women.  The first room, displaying a more concrete approach, offers documentary work from Nepal, entitled. “A Girl Named Deepika Karki”.  The second room portrays the love of the feminine through a personal lens, entitled “Dear Diary, I Love Being a Woman”.

<><><><><><><><><><>jcf8h7vvLa Vie en Bleu: 26th Annual Juried Exhibition + Crossfade :: Openings
Thursday, January 5th : 7pm

Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane : North Bethesda

Inspired by the season-long exploration of blues music, Shades of Blues, Strathmore devised a simple concept—put out a call for artists to respond to the concept of “blues” using the medium of their choice. The invitation was open ended and the response surpassed any expectation—of over 1,000 works submitted for review, 146 works by 101 artists were selected to be shown in La Vie en Bleu, the 26th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition, on view in the Mansion at Strathmore from Saturday, January 7 through Sunday, February 19, 2017. The resulting exhibition is one of the most diverse Strathmore has presented in terms of number of works, themes explored, and mediums on display—17 different methods including ceramics, woodwork, photography, textile and collage work, printmaking, and jewelry, as well as acrylics, oil, watercolor, and pencil. The exhibition features work by artists from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, as well as North Carolina, Louisiana, Indiana, Georgia, and more.

A companion and counterpoint, Strathmore’s Invitational Gallery presents Crossfade. The largest number of submissions for the primary exhibition, La Vie en Bleu, came from Maryland, and Crossfade serves as a bridge to the vibrant Baltimore arts community. The Invitational Gallery features work by five young Baltimore artists exploring perception, reality, and the influence that technology has on worldview.

A free, public Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.

<><><><><><><><><><>224437_559481040731755_1492564834_n4th Annual Holiday Art Mart :: Artists Reception
Friday, January 6th : 5-9pm

Hamilton Gallery
5502 Harford Road : 21214

The Hamilton Gallery will be brimming with over 300 pieces of beautiful artwork and fine craft. Locally created work is priced at or below $150 for the gift giving season.
Your purchases may be taken with you at time of purchase or you may pick the work up at a later date. Join us for our first Fridayevent December 2, 5-9 pm to get the first pick of our amazing offerings.

Hamilton Gallery exhibiting artist members:
Jude Asher, Loring Boglolio, Schroeder Cherry, Ron Cohn, Donna DiSciullo, Ned Epps, Marcus Dagold, Amy Klainer, James MacDonald, Stephen Majchrzak, Charles Mens, Lynn Poshepny, Theresa Reuter, Peter Smith, Valerie Smith, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Maxine Taylor, Linnea Tober & Alex Vanicky.

Hamilton Gallery welcomes all guests and neighbors to join us in enjoying our neighborhood and our city.

<><><><><><><><><><>1ihkbjlzTeapots VIII :: Opening Reception
Friday, January 6th : 6-8pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : 21209

Clayworks offers you some hospitality to fight the winter’s chill with our exhibition: Teapots VIII, juried by nationally recognized ceramic artist and educator, Sam Chung. Join us for our opening reception on Friday, January 6, 2017; from 6-8PM which is free and open to the public! Our juror, Sam Chung, has selected a vibrant array of artists for Teapots VIII. Perfect for collectors and students alike to explore vessels showcased in our gallery for daily domestic tasks or fancier ones for more elaborate rituals.

Sam Chung relates in his juror’s statement that Teapots VIII celebrates “the teapot as one of the most recognizable and iconic pottery forms throughout the world. It’s a form that has evolved throughout history in many cultures, yet its function remains constant, to deliver tea. Not many ceramic forms point at such a specific ritual as the teapot does. The handle extends an offer to the user’s hand, the lid invites the user to insert tea and hot water, and the spout delivers the reward. It’s a magical object that mediates a series of actions for a specific beverage.”
“There is probably no other pottery form that is as complex as the teapot. What other form demands so much attention to so many things? Form, design, function, ergonomics, pouring, scale, and history are among many of the factors that one can address. It also has the most sculptural potential within the vernacular of pottery and continues to be one of the most broadly interpreted forms in ceramics. From strictly functional, to cube-shaped, to figurative, to organic, the teapot has taken on so many variations. It has been one of the most creatively interpreted forms in historical and contemporary ceramics.”

<><><><><><><><><><>ekvpy8hk4th Annual Baltimore Crankie Festival
Friday, January 6th – Saturday, January 7th

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

Baltimore’s extremely popular 4th Annual Baltimore Crankie Fest returns with three enchanting, magical shows. This spellbinding hand-cranked scroll puppet show, known as a crankie, includes the individual work of master artists. New crankies will be debuted this year with musical accompaniment, and more.

W/ Anna & Elizabeth

The Draptomaniacs

Katherine Fahey

Matt Muirhead

Liz Downing

McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter

Hidden Eye Theater

Stevie Dissinger & The Atlantic Waves Guest musicians more!!!!!!

This festival has been abile to thrive thanks to the generous support of John Cammack & Kimberly Warren, Mark & Vicky Collins 

Fri Jan 6, 8pm | Sat Jan 7, 4:30pm & 8pm | $15, $12 mbrs | +$3 at the door

This festival always sells out! Advance tickets suggested. 

<><><><><><><><><><>vv3zyvrcElizabeth Burin: Near and Far :: Closing Reception
Sunday, January 8th :: 1-4pm

Bismark/Wilson Gallery
1760 Bank Street : 21231