BmoreArt’s Picks: May 31 – June 6

This Week: Justyne Fischer and Morgan Monceaux exhibition continues at New Door Creative, PRIDE month at Creative Alliance, BSO’s Symphony in the City with Wordsmith at Patterson Park, C. Grimaldis Gallery hosts a reception for Ben Marcin, Katie Pumphrey and Ray Winder at BMA’s Violet Hour, book launch for Teri Henderson at Red Emma’s, and Mary Anne Arntzen,Andy M. Clark, and Matthew Russo’s Incongruent Animation reception at MONO Practice — PLUS Katharina Cibulka’s “SOLANGE” call for public input at NMWA and more featured opportunities!

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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LIVES IN THE CROSSHAIRS: Sharpshooters, Champions and Angels
Ongoing through June 12
@ New Door Creative

Co-featured in the exhibition are works from the Shadowball series by the late Morgan Monceaux. The series depicts in portrait and print the colorful legacy of the Negro Leagues. It chronicles a broader history of baseball, while reflecting on the ongoing struggle for justice and equal rights in America.

Lives in the Crosshairs: Sharpshooters, Champions and Angels is a contemplative dialogue between printmaker Justyne Fischer, and mixed media portrait and printmaking artist Morgan Monceaux. Fischer and Monceaux share printmaking as a creative process, and portraiture to render persona. Their reflective oeuvre is a visual chronicle of life narratives—buried, and miraculous tales of character, strategic brilliance and sheer will. In the process, they incite the spirits of these largely forgotten lives, and recapture the context within which they lived.

Among the artists who have historically engaged many aspects of society in their work, Social Justice printmaker Justyne Fischer explores the fibrous roots of American racism and its enduring impact. Her skilled precision and diligent investigation of cultural history and events invoke the stories of ancestors that have shaped our nation in meaningful ways. On view are meticulously detailed, hand-pulled prints that reveal her agility as storyteller, printmaker and painter.

A visionary artist and history buff, Monceaux was inspired by the narratives of artists, leaders and cultural icons. He would define hidden corners of history and research the subject. A sampling of his series of mixed media portraits includes topics such as international royalty (The Royals), African American opera legends (Divas), the shared history of African Americans and Native Americans in the West (My Heroes, My People), and Jazz greats (Jazz).

Fischer and Monceaux engage subject matter that is compelling and often astonishing. The viewer will recognize recurring themes of marginalization and scorn within a context where broader notions of supremacy are typically evidenced or forever implied. The exhibition depicts anecdotal tales of lives that have punctuated the annals of history in ways that magnify the broader context of the American experience.

PRIDE at Creative Alliance
Wednesday, June 1 | Ongoing through June 30
@ Creative Alliance

Critically acclaimed Atlanta-based soul singer, Donnie makes his Baltimore debut backed up by Baltimore’s finest musicians with 2 unique events in 1 night. For the early show, he delivers a 20th-anniversary performance of his critical masterpiece “Welcome To The Colored Section” – a powerful and spiritual look at black life, history, gay love, and race relations with a personal perspective that channeled his idols. The late show will be the inaugural Soul Karaoke with Donnie at Creative Alliance. Take your chance to share the stage with Donnie and duet on some of our most beloved soul classics. The dress code for the evening is Superfly or Fabulous, so be sure to show up in your best, ready to party.


THU JUN 9 | Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School
SAT JUN 18 | WORKSHOP | Improv Bump & Grind with GiGi Holliday
SAT JUN 18 | Gilded Lily Burlesque presents Instrumental Tease
FRI JUN 24 | Donnie’s “Welcome to The Colored Section” (20th Anniversary Celebration)
FRI JUN 24 | Late Night Soul Karaoke Live with Donnie

Symphony in the City
Wednesday, June 1 • 6:30pm
@ Patterson Park Observatory

The BSO’s Symphony in the City series is back! Symphony in the City brings the Orchestra out of the concert hall and into community locations across Baltimore City. Led by BSO Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush and featuring spoken word artist, Wordsmith, in partnership with the Friends of Patterson Park include a combination of classical favorites paired with pop music specially arranged for Wordsmith to perform with the BSO.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:30 PM

This outdoor event is free, but you must reserve tickets online. For more information visit: or email Patron Support at or call 410-783-8000.

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