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<><><><><><><><>Monument Quilt Healing Happy Hour + Launch
Wednesday, June 7th : 5-7pm

Pen & Quill
1701 North Charles Street : 21201

Join us for a happy hour as we launch the 2nd Annual Hike for Healing, taking place on October 21! 10% of all bar sales will be donated to FORCE. During happy hour, we’ll share updates from the recent West Coast Tour of the Monument Quilt and let you know how to sign up and support Hike for Healing this year.

All funds raised go towards the final display of the Monument Quilt, and ongoing collection of stories from survivors of sexual and domestic violence that are written, painted, and stitched onto red fabric. Our stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. More info at themonumentquilt.org. Donate now at themonumentquilt.org/donate

<><><><><><><><>Color Palate | June Edition
Thursday, June 8th : 6pm + 7pm

The Rowhouse Grille
1400 Light Street : 21230

Color Palate is a collaborative dinner experience between artist Kelly L Walker & Chef Tess Mosley. The coursed dinners explore the relationship between fine & culinary art realized in food. Chef Mosley’s delivery in each plate & her thoughtful interpretation of each painting are a true testament to her talents as a chef. The conversation between Chef’s interpretation of the artwork is inspired & evident in both flavor & plating. This experience for the guests will leave them excited for the next course. Welcome to COLOR PALATE PART DEUX.

$90 with pairings / $70 without pairings

Seatings are at 6PM & 7PM.

Please email us at [email protected]om to reserve your table!

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Baltimore Youth Arts: “Young, Black, and Gifted”
Pop-Up and Closing Thursday, June 8: 4-8 pm

GALLERY CA
440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Join BYA at Gallery CA for the final day of “Young, Black and Gifted.” Youth will have paintings, prints, shirts and other items on sale. Summer is around the corner and we have a bunch of hand-dyed tees that you want and need! There will also be a zine-making table where you can collab with youth!

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Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project
Friday, June 9 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 E North Ave, Ste 130, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Radical Jewelry Makeover: Baltimore is a community jewelry mining and recycling project. The project breathes new life into unwanted or discarded jewelry by challenging artists to utilize donated jewelry to make new work. The Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project is an exhibition featuring work by former participants of RJM.

Participating artists are Curtis Arima, Julia Barello, Angela Bubash, Raissa Bump, Elaine Butcher, Sid Caldwell, Melissa Cameron, Kat Cole, Jack DaSilva, Marilyn DaSilva, Sarah Holden, Mathew Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Deborah Lozier, Suzanne Pugh, Annika Rundberg, Caitie Sellers, Rachelle Thiewes, Stephanie Voegele, Adam Whitney, and Amy Weiks and Gabriel Craig.

http://radicaljewelrymakeover.org/section/383094_The_Artist_Project.html

https://www.facebook.com/radicaljewelrymakeover/

Exhibition dates: June 9 – July 7, 2017 with an opening reception and video screening Friday, June 9, 6 – 9 pm

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Murmurs: New Paintings by Lydia Pettit
Saturday, June 10 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown
24 West Franklin Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

An opening reception to celebrate new work going up at the library in Hotel Indigo (curated by the wonderful Amy Cavanaugh Royce). Come hang out then go to Terrault for their opening! There will be champagne!

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Deconstructed | Opening Reception
Saturday, June 10th : 7-10pm

Terrault
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Curated by Esther Ruiz

Artists: Rory Baron, Katie Bell, Douglas Degges, Renee Delosh, Kristen Jensen, Mike Hein, Clinton King, Anna Mikhailovskaia, Carolyn Salas

Opening Reception: June 10, 2017 7-10pm Exhibition runs: June 10 – July 1, 2017 Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1-5pm

Katie Bell Kristen Jensen Rory Baron

Whether temporary, permanent or in this context imagined, humankind has been making structures as long as we’ve existed. These structures mark time, history and memories, sometimes functional and others monumental.

The New York-based artists in ​Deconstructed​ all employ their individual aesthetic in making their own “structures”. Borrowing likeness from household items, architecture, formalism, symbols, and found materials, these artists deconstruct preconceived elements of structure to create distinct visual languages. At times combining the familiar with the unfamiliar and juxtaposing abstraction with representation while deconstructing defined uses of material, scale and imagery.

Degges alters quick snapshots of his labored paintings by zooming in and blurring them, he then prints them on canvas. Distancing the photographs and himself from the original paintings he deconstructs his own process to create fresh imagery.

Delosh combines hieroglyphs, symbols, and her own studio sketches to create an imagined structure that provokes the viewer to contemplate both the importance and humor of a monument.

Jensen boldly tops a wooden Dutch stool with a hand made ceramic “dunce cap” evoking caution and humor but also drawing into question the function of a stool to that of a pedestal.

Commemorating fragments of material that each found surprisingly beautiful and poetic, Bell and Hein surround found wood and linoleum with odd shaped structures of foam and Plexiglas.

Evoking household items and architecture, Baron and Salas eliminate color to highlight minimalist structures. A mailbox, a birdhouse, a doorway; these familiar objects are deconstructed and re-imagined as abstract forms calling into question the relationship of the body to the work.

While Mikhailovskaia’s work also uses a monochrome palette, her work deconstructs preexisting notions of scale by shrinking somewhat formalist sculptures to coffee table size pieces, calling to mind the all white works of predecessor Cy Twombly but with a more playful tone.

King explores, mixes and deconstructs the intellectual structures of the mind, using imagery form the depths of the subconscious and combining them to create abstract visual landscapes of the mind.

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Artscape Gallery Network | Reception
Saturday, June 10th : 5-8pm

Fleckenstein Gallery
3316 Keswick Road : 21211

The Artscape Gallery Network, a promotional campaign produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to connect Baltimore art galleries to a wider audience, kicks off Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm with a free reception at Fleckenstein Gallery and Make Studio, 3316 Keswick Road. This year, the Artscape Gallery Network highlights exhibits at 23 different art galleries throughout Baltimore City for art lovers to enjoy before, during and after Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival (July 21-23, 2017).  At the kickoff celebration on June 10, guests can view the exhibition Inside / Outside, featuring paintings by Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva and Alice Valenti and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served and the reception continues next door at Make Studio, another Gallery Network participant.

Artscape Gallery Network exhibitions highlight the 2017 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize applicants, along with artists working throughout the region. The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize awards a $25,000 fellowship to an artist living and working in the Greater Baltimore region and is held in conjunction with the annual Artscape festival. In addition, an exhibition entitled Dog and Pony Show at AREA 405 features work by Sondheim Prize Finalist Alumni, celebrating more than 70 artists who have shared the prestigious recognition. Dog and Pony Show is on view from June 24-August 6, 2017 with a free opening reception on June 30. For a complete listing of galleries participating in the Artscape Gallery Network: http://www.baltimorearts.org/gallery-network/.

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The Collaborative Theatre Company Presents: Alice in Wonderland
Opening Weekend | Friday, June 9th – Sunday, June 11th

Fells Point Corner Theatre
251 South Ann Street : 21231

The Collaborative Theatre Company will present “Alice in Wonderland” as its final show of its second season from June 9-25 at Fells Point Corner Theatre.

The Collaborative is presenting the Manhattan Project’s version of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 children’s story, which the company created through experimental rehearsals in the mid-1970s that culminated in an avant-garde interpretation of the classic work. The Collaborative is putting a philosophical 20th-century spin on MP’s version, with design inspired by “a trip into grandma’s attic,” according to Director Kel Millionie, who is also the production’s lighting and set designer.

“We are reimagining Alice’s antics in a raw journey through the human condition that is informed by some of the great minds of the 20th century, including Freud, Jung, Kafka and Dali,” Millionie says. “This show is a roller coaster of emotional and sociological insights. It’s ridiculous and utterly fantastical, and there are several moments that reflect on turbulent political climates, the id and even abstract expressionism.”

Alice’s adventures are told by an ensemble cast of six actors performing 32 different characters, including Humpty Dumpty (Chris Cotterman), Queen of Hearts (Holly Gibbs), Mad Hatter (Gabe Fremuth), Caterpillar (Nick Fruit), Cheshire Cat (Barbara Hauck) and dozens more larger-than-life characters. Sarah Burton completes the cast as Alice.

In addition to Millionie, the production team includes Christopher Flint (sound design), Ann Turiano (costume design), Mia Fiorentino (props), Kris Messer (dramaturg), Heidi Butcher (stage manager) and Aladrian Wetzel (producer).

The Collaborative will host a special gala Saturday, June 17. “Revelry: An (Actual) Tea Party” will include cocktails, Victorian finger foods, music, games, a silent auction and a contest for best outfit. Admission is free, and a cash bar will be available. The party will begin after the 8 p.m. Saturday performance of “Alice in Wonderland.”

“Alice in Wonderland” opens Friday, June 9, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore. The show is approximately 85 minutes. For more information, visit
www.collaborativetheatre.org.

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Beaver Dreams | Presented by Lost and Found Puppets
Sunday, June 11th : 5:30pm

Terrault
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Puppetry for all ages.

A puppetry and clowning show. Beaver Dreams tells a story about a family of beavers and a family of humans living in the heart of the Quebecois forest. The beavers go about their daily life: gnawing on wood and building dams, and the humans try to go about their typical summer chalet activities: sun tanning on the dock and dancing in the moonlight. But when the dam rises over the dock’s edge, there is a perpetual struggle between construction and destruction, between the animal and its adversaries. Both the beavers and the humans have the same nightmare that commercial development will destroy their corner of paradise. What if the beavers thought the same as us?

About Lost and Found Puppets:

Based in Montreal, QC, since 2016, Lost & Found Puppet Co. was originally created in Vancouver, BC in 2007. Members of the company include Maggie Winston and anyone who is interested in joining the company for any given project. Interdisciplinary collaboration and community activism are at the heart of the work. L&FP Co. is dedicated to the promotion of puppetry as a unique and valued art everyone can experience.

Lost & Found Puppet Co. has toured throughout BC and internationally. Productions explore human relationships to objects and nature, such as stories about lost socks, giant junk monsters, larger-than-life invasive plant species, beaver dreams, or grandma’s memories in her recycled quilt.

5:30pm | $12, $9 mbrs | + $3 at the door