BmoreArt’s Picks: May 17-23

This Week: Baltimore Crankie Festival at Creative Alliance, American Craft Council Marketplace at the Convention Center, Andrew Snyder and Clay from the Classroom opening reception at Baltimore Clayworks, Transforming the Prototype at Baltimore Jewelry Center, Kumasi J. Barnett exhibition at The Peale, Tricia Zimic and Kevin Herdeman opening receptions at Gallery Blue Door, Liliana Guzmán and We Are Present group exhibition openings at Creative Alliance, Linda Campbell Franklin workshop at Gallery 1448 — PLUS Maryland Arts Summit Artists Bazaar Call for Vendors and more featured Calls for Entry!

BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

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2022 Baltimore Crankie Fest
Friday, May 20 | Ongoing through May 22
@ Creative Alliance

Watch the world’s greatest stories unroll before your eyes! Baltimore’s beloved festival of scrolled panoramas known as crankies, returns for its 8th year of fireside wonder!

* All performances will feature the same lineup of artists and musicians *

View the full program of performers, including their bio’s and info about their crankie’s, here.

Featuring: Emily Schubert | Katherine Fahey | Tine Kindermann w/ Michael Winograd & Josh Kohn | Maise O’Brien | Samuel James | Donna Oblongata | Dirk Joseph | The Bronze Medalists

The American Craft Council’s American Craft Made Marketplace
Friday, May 20 | In-person, Ongoing through May 22

Our flagship marketplace is back, and we can’t wait to gather in person again after two years! Come out to support and shop from more than 350 artists and take a weekend to celebrate all things handmade. Can’t make it to Baltimore? The online side of American Craft Made is designed to bring our exciting marketplace to you wherever you are.

Now in its 45th year, this ACC event was formerly known as our Baltimore American Craft Show. Mark your calendar and join us for the stellar handmade goods and inspiring connections with artists you’ve come to expect—with a fresh new look and feel.


We’re pleased to announce that our Baltimore event will be free to attend in 2022—part of our effort as a nonprofit to keep this marketplace accessible at a time of economic uncertainty for artists and shoppers alike. American Craft Made is one of many ACC programs intended to celebrate craft and uplift the field. When registering, you will have the opportunity to make a donation to help us continue supporting artists’ livelihoods and connecting people to craft through events like this one. The suggested donation for admission is $15.

Summer Exhibitions | Opening Reception
Friday, May 20 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through July 3
@ Baltimore Clayworks

Our summer exhibitions are approaching so mark your calendars! “Clay from the Classroom”, our annual summer group show celebrating community work will be featured in our Main Gallery, and “Reinventing the Wheel” by renowned ceramicist and educator, Andrew Snyder in our Solo Gallery. The opening reception for both exhibitions will be on Friday, May 20th from 6 – 8, masks and social distancing required. Our summer exhibitions run from May 20 – July 3, 2022.

Clay from the Classroom

Clay from the Classroom is our annual exhibition celebrating the talent and triumphs of our beginner through advanced students, featuring ceramic art from our kilns and various classes of the past year. In addition to our students, we will feature our Springboard and Mezzanine artists who share studio spaces under the roof of our historic building.

If you’d like to be featured in the show and have work to share, please contact our Exhibitions Curator, Mary Cloonan at All work is due by May 13th, 2022.

Reinventing the Wheel

The Solo gallery will host the Andrew Snyder’s innovative show Reinventing the Wheel in which he created a portable, hand-powered potter’s wheel for his students to use at home during the pandemic. Compact and potent, drawing from historical examples and constructed from readily available materials, it allowed his students to throw at home, while offering a unique set of challenges and skills. Hand-powered wheels are a slower, more meditative process compared to the speed and control of the electric ones we are accustomed to. This unique exhibition reexamines and celebrates the time honored tradition of hand wheels and shares the lessons they can teach us as contemporary clay artists. Andrew Snyder is a professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where he teaches ceramics and curates their gallery.

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