december, 2019

1dec2:00 pm- 4:00 pmPicture Whimsies: A Celebration of Art through Music


Event Details

On Sunday, December 1, a unique art and music event that interprets and celebrates the original paintings of nine local artists will be held at The Enoch Pratt Central Library.  Through a nine movement “Pierrot” suite written by award winning Peabody graduate student, Bobby Ge, the paintings, will be set to music including flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cello.  Attendees will have the opportunity to listen and experience the art through his music.

Bobby Ge, pursuing his Master’s degree at The Peabody Conservatory, noticed paintings by local artists hanging at the Charles Theater. The paintings that caught his attention were by Art10 Baltimore, a collective of artists who have been painting together for more than 10 years.

“He reached out to us and asked if he could create original music based on our work, “said Jennifer Berk, one of the Art10Baltimore artists. “Since then we have collaborated on a unique partnership that pairs his musical composition with our visual work. It’s the culmination of over a year’s planning and will tell the story of nine original paintings through music,” Berk added. 

Based on the belief that art should not be an insular experience, Ge has composed the suite dividing it into three distinct sections that explore the emotion of each painting using a polystylistic approach. Ge, through his composition, creates unity between the paintings. Born in America and raised in Shanghai, China, Ge returned to the U.S. to attend Berkeley.  He holds a degree in composition theory and physics. He is a recent award winner of the International Music Competition held in Harbin, China. The musicians and conductor are students of Peabody. 

Art10Baltimore artists share a common vision—that in a fractured world, the power of each artist’s unique individual language is elevated by community.  After 10 years of painting, critiques and the occasional raucous dinner, their work has evolved to be cohesive while remaining diverse. The paintings of Art10Baltimore have appeared in juried and non- juried shows throughout the U.S. as well as in a number of private collections.  

There will be an opportunity to view the art before and after the concert.  Attendees will be seated to listen and experience the art through the musical performance.  Following the concert, the audience will have an additional opportunity to view the paintings, meet the artists, Bobby Ge, and the musicians.  

The event will take place on Sunday, December 1, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Enoch Pratt Library • 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore •  France-Merrick Creative Arts Center

For more information contact: Jennifer Berk, 443.286.4955, [email protected]com or Cathy Hickman, 443.722.7399, [email protected] 



(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Enoch Pratt Library

400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore 21201