Final art exhibition event in Emerge Baltimore series to run Oct. 6-Nov. 23

Final Emerge Baltimore exhibition. Image courtesy of BOPA.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) will present three solo exhibitions in the third and final phase of the 2022 Emerge Baltimore artist series.

The opening reception will take place at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition will run until Nov. 23. 

‘A huge error’: BOPA rethinking dates for Artscape 2023 after complaints that they would conflict with Rosh Hashanah

Donna Drew Sawyer, CEO of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, speaks at The Walters Art Museum. Photo by Ed Gunts.

After the agency that puts on Artscape announced last week that next year’s festival would be held Sept. 13-17, 2023, residents pointed out that the dates would overlap with Rosh Hashanah in 2023, Sept. 15-17.

20th annual Pigtown Festival returns with food, crafts, and iconic pig races

Pigs race in the “SQUEAKness” at a previous year’s Pigtown Festival. Photo courtesy of Pigtown Main Street.

Festival season continues in the city with a celebration recognizing one of southwestern Baltimore’s most historic communities.

The 20th Annual Pigtown Festival will welcome thousands of residents and visitors to occupy five blocks of Washington Boulevard on Oct. 8 from noon to 7 p.m. 

Artscape returning in 2023 as a five-day event Sept. 13-17

Donna Drew Sawyer, CEO of the Baltimore Office for Promotion & the Arts, speaks at the Walters Art Museum in summer 2022. Photo by Ed Gunts.

After a three-year absence, Baltimore’s Artscape festival will return next year as a five-day event in September, not in mid-July as it has always been in the past.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra welcomes children ages six months to three years old to Music Box Children’s Series

Children learn about instruments from a BSO musician at a Music Box Children Series event. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is shaping the future musicians of the world with its Music Box Children’s Series. 

This Saturday, in the lobby of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the BSO will perform two half-hour concerts that focus on music enthusiasts ages six months to three years old.  

Video of the Week: Birdland Murals

A mural at Oriole Legends Park painted by artists Ernest Shaw, Christopher Batten and Gaia. Screenshot from video by Baltimore Orioles.

Artist Ernest Shaw says murals can emanate great power, particularly the ability to shape how young people see the world.

Shaw is one of the artists who were commissioned to paint murals for Oriole Park at Camden Yards as part of the “Birdland Murals” series.

The 56th Fells Point Fun Fest will return with a 3-day event of local shopping, live music, and free family fun

The view from the main stage of the 2021 Fells Point Fun Fest. Photo courtesy of Fells Point Fun Fest.

Editor’s note: The festival has been postponed due to storms forecasted for this weekend. Organizers now plan to hold the festival on Oct. 28-30, pending city approval.

One of Baltimore’s largest community events is back again bringing cheer and charm to the cobblestone. 

The 56th annual Fells Point Fun Festival will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 on Thames Street along the waterfront in historic Fells Point.

The free entry event will offer live music performances; hundreds of food, drink, retail vendors; and a load of fun for the entire family.

Enjoy trash wheel-inspired art, craft beers, and more at ‘Trash Wheel Fan Fest’ Saturday

Mr. Trash Wheel collects trash and debris from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Photo by Chesapeake Bay Program, via Flickr

Mr. Trash Wheel and his family — Professor Trash Wheel, Captain Trash Wheel, and Gwynnda the Good Wheel of the West — work hard to remove floating debris and keep the Inner Harbor clean from tons of waste.

Now, Baltimore’s favorite trash collecting water creatures invite residents to a night of celebration and appreciation at the Trash Wheel Fan Fest.

New exhibit to explore role of B&O Railroad in enslaved people’s journey to freedom

B&O Railroad Museum opens a new exhibit on the Underground Railroad network this weekend. Image courtesy of B&O Railroad Museum.

The B&O Railroad Museum will unveil a new permanent exhibition, “The Underground Railroad: Freedom Seekers,” this weekend.

BmoreArt’s Picks: September 20-26


BmoreArt’s Picks: September 20-26

This Week: Kevin Tervala lectures on Abstraction and African Art for the Art Seminar GroupBmoreArt’s Jeffrey Kent and Cara Ober in conversation with Devin Allen and Bill Gaskins in a Connect+Collect Virtual Talk, Jo Smail opening reception at Goya Contemporary, Plein Air Painting at Evergreen, John Waters at Maryland Center for History and Culture, Oletha DeVane opening reception at UMBC, September Bromo Art Walk, and Corita Kent and J.M. Giordano opening receptions at Goucher–PLUS Center for Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship and more featured opportunities.

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Photo by mpclemens/Flickr Creative Commons.

Skip the hook. The intro. The topic sentence. Skip the subject. The thesis. Skip all supporting evidence. Enter only, conflict: I don’t want to be a writer anymore.

In July, when I first felt this, I could almost literally feel the wall going up. Less a metaphor for writer’s block; more a metaphor of writer’s won’t. I won’t write, I thought, I wiggity willingingly won’t. The why of which, unclear—all the bubbles marked dark and heavy, then moving through the scantron without yet a final result.

But I did have my suspicions:

Baltimore Architecture Foundation to host ’Doors Open Baltimore’ festival celebrating city’s historical structures

Image courtesy of Doors Open Baltimore.

After two years of virtual events, Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) is back in person for its 9th annual “Doors Open Baltimore” festival.

BAF, an organization that encourages the celebration and recognition of Baltimore architectural history, heritage and design innovations, will host a free city-wide festival of architecture and neighborhoods.

Testival will feature park and neighborhood tours as well as behind-the-scenes tours of Baltimore landmarks during the first weekend in October.

Maryland Opera to return for fifth season in November

Tenor Dinyar Vania, as Alfredo, and soprano Jennifer Forni, as Violetta, perform in Maryland Opera’s production of “La traviata” in February 2019. Photo by Ed Davis.

Maryland Opera will kick off their fifth season in November with a performance of “Ritorna Vincitor.”

Video of the Week: Glass Blown Guitar

(Right) Glass artist Tim McFadden, of McFadden Art Glass, creates a guitar-shaped trophy for the Baltimore International Guitar Competition. Screenshot from video by Baltimore Classical Guitar.

Baltimore is home to a vibrant arts and music scene, where artists born locally and abroad meet, create, and share their craft.

Among the plethora of events showcasing artistic talent is the Baltimore International Guitar Competition this month.

Elijah Cummings’ portrait by artist Jerrell Gibbs was unveiled this week in the nation’s capital

Artist Jerrell Gibbs stands next to the portrait he painted of the late Elijah Cummings, which will be permanently displayed in the Elijah Cummings Room, formerly the House Oversight and Reform Committee Room, in the Rayburn House Office Building of the U. S. Capitol Complex. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Museum of Art/Facebook.

Nine months after Jerrell Gibbs’ portrait of the late Elijah Cummings was first shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art, it has gone on view in the nation’s capital.