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Healthcare for the Homeless Client Art Show
Thursday, April 26th: 5-7pm
Healthcare for the Homeless
421 Fallsway: 21202
“Art can be a way for us to communicate…and to bridge gaps between different ages, genders and neighborhoods,” says Mako Williams, an artist and Health Care for the Homeless client.
Every spring at Health Care for the Homeless, its staff and clients come together with community members to celebrate art with Our Work, an exhibit of artwork by clients. While art is an important form of expression for many clients who attend art group year-round here at Health Care for the Homeless, the spring art show creates an opportunity for different segments of the city to come together out of a shared love of art—and to celebrate clients as artists first and foremost, versus individuals experiencing homelessness. And the possibilities for the joint efforts to end homelessness flow from there…
Join Health Care for the Homeless for its annual client art show on Thursday, April 26, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy artwork that spans a range of media, meet the artists, purchase their art and enjoy fellowship with others committed to building a just society for all.
Health Care for the Homeless works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by providing quality, integrated health care and promoting access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy, and community engagement.
Nora Sturges // Jae Ko | Opening Receptions
Thursday, April 26th: 6-8pm
C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street: 21201
On certain floors
Pale dirty light,
some captured iceberg
being prevented from melting.
See the mechanical moons,
sick, being made
to wax and wane
at somebody’s instigation.
— Elizabeth Bishop, Varick Street
C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present On Certain Floors, Certain Wonders, an exhibition of recent paintings by Nora Sturges which depict an imagined world of arctic ruin.
Strange scenes of a desolate land are occupied by man-made objects and structures – a tarmac, satellite dish, stanchions and wood planks. Vacant rooms and hallways of industrial banality suggest a subterranean facility where life has retreated indoors. The sparseness and specificity of these ordinary subjects, added to the intimate scale and detailed brushwork of Sturges’s paintings, inspire a complex narrative of life on a distant frontier. Although devoid of any human figure, these works signal a lingering presence of some unknown inhabitant, recently departed.
Nora Sturges received her BA in studio art from Bowdoin College and her MFA in painting from Ohio University. She has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and internationally, including recent group exhibitions in Toronto, Berlin and Montreal. She is the recipient of three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Sturges currently lives and works in Baltimore, where she is a professor and head of Painting and Drawing at Towson University.
For her solo debut at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Ko creates a site-specific installation entitled Escalante, the newest iteration in the artist’s Force of Nature series. Inspired by the canyons of southern Utah, Ko reconstructs the sandstone landforms with their curvilinear, gradated walls. The towering sculptural relief is created from cascading rolls of paper stacked floor to ceiling and shaped to fit the architecture of the gallery. Utilitarian Kraft paper transforms the gallery walls into undulating surfaces of intertwining light and shadow and immeasurable pages in suspended motion.
Escalante is accompanied by a selection of paper sculptures that trace Ko’s continuous experimentation with the material. She works by laboriously unwinding, and re-spooling miles of adding machine tape and submerging it in ink and graphite powder. As it dries, the paper swells into soft, biomorphic forms saturated with delicate lines. In recent works, rolled paper is shaped and thoroughly coated in glue, resulting in flawlessly engineered spirals that float weightlessly on the surface.
Born in Korea, Jae Ko received her BFA from Wako University, Tokyo in 1988 and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore in 1998. She received the Anonymous Was A Woman grant in 2012 and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2002. Formerly based in D.C. and Virginia, artist now works and lives in Maryland’s Western Shore. Her work is in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. and numerous private collections throughout the United States.
50 Years Since the Assassination of MLK: An Anniversary of Uprising | Exhibition Opening
Friday, April 27th: 6-8pm
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue: 21217
50 Years Since the Assassination of MLK: An Anniversary of Uprising
Exhibition Opening, Friday April 27th 6pm-8pm
Work on view: April 27th-May27th
Art and Stories from
Elder C. W. Harris
George “Doc” Manning
This art exhibit and event pairs artists and longtime West Baltimore residents to create work surrounding the 50th anniversary of 1968, centered on the stories and lives of the five residents. The history of the assassination of MLK, of the subsequent Uprising, and of Baltimore itself, will be told through their voices and, and interpreted in many art forms by their artist pairs.
At the opening event, artist/storyteller pairs will speak, expanding upon their process, their lives, and the stories that were most influential in the creation of this work. Closing out the evening, the Todd Marcus Quintet will perform music from their new album On These Streets which offers a musical portrait of Sandtown-Winchester and Upton and includes music reflecting on the unrest of 2015.
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