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Art To Dine For Season is here again!
Art To Dine For season of sparkling soirees is here again! Our fascinating collectors, designers, artists, musicians, singers, dancers and arts lovers generously welcome you into their homes, lofts, studios or workplaces for an insider's view of Baltimore's vivacious art scene. Art To Dine For supports Creative Alliance's free and reduced artistic, youth education, and outreach programs.
- SEPTEMBER -
Barn Dance! - SAT SEP 10 | 6:30-9:30pm
Carolyn Black-Sotir and Michael Sotir open their handsome renovated barn at Silo Hill in Phoenix for a night of wide-ranging line dancing!
Make It & Break It - FRI SEP 16 | 6-9pm
Celebrate with Creative Alliance’s Artesanas Mexicanas piñata artists as they share their traditions and teach you how to create and design your own brilliant piñata star with full tissue paper details. Special prices for children!
Art Camp - SAT SEP 17 | 2-4:30pm
Look forward to an afternoon of pure fun and bring the kids, too! Explore the 100-year-old barn Virginia Sperry has converted into her welding studio where she creates life-sized animals and birds out of steel.
Spice & Rice - SAT SEP 17 | 7-10pm
Add some spice to your life and come feast on an extravagant Sri Lankan spread prepared by chef, author, DJ, and tour guide Skiz Fernando.
Cultural Ambassador - WED SEP 21 | 6-9pm
Musical Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Host of WYPR’s Maryland Morning, Tom Hall shares his experiences as a broadcaster, performer, lecturer, writer, and educator and discusses the energetic evolution of the local art scene.
History Meets Contemporary - FRI SEP 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
Architect and artist Myrna Poirier’s 200-year-old multicolored grouping of four clapboard rowhouses decorate Ann Street in Fells Point. Learn about the house’s history, renovation, and art while sipping wine and enjoying music in Myrna’s colorful walled garden with its 100-year-old grapevine and waterfall.
Fruitenanny - SAT SEP 24 | 4-7pm
Once a circa 1915 barn, Creative Alliance trustee Lauren Calia and husband Angelo Otterbein's
The Jeweler and the Cook - SUN SEP 25 | 6-9pm
Gourmet cook Eddie Seidel prepares foods in interesting shapes, colors, textures and patterns that guests can sculpt inspired by the organic designs of Jewelry designer Shana Kroiz’s jewelry. Guests are encouraged to play with their food!
Art Transcends - THU SEP 29 | 6:30-8:30pm
Photographers Aliza and Michael Friedman open their Pikesville home for guests to enjoy an evening of international arts. Along with her beautiful, original jewelry, guests can view the art the couple has collected from Israel, Nigeria, Thailand, Monte Carlo, and China -- as well as a delicious Middle Eastern Dinner. Ultrafaux plays original jazz.
- OCTOBER -
Laugh Track - SAT OCT 1 | 6-10pm
Paul and Mary Streb host a raucous evening of stand-up comedy when the hilarious duo Jason Weems and Elahe Izadi perform at the Streb’s contemporary home in Columbia.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) - SUN OCT 2 | 10am-1pm
Pedal along the hilly paths, slow down and take in the beauty
Experience a rare cinematic treat at this special screening of two award winning short documentaries about Baltimore produced by Lillian Bowers.
Chill with friends, as jazz flutist Andrea Brachfeld and her quartet offer an evening of spicy jazz at Betamore, one of Baltimore’s hottest new tech and education spaces.
The Nature of Things - SUN OCT 30 | 2-5pm
Spend the afternoon immersed in the work of sculptor John Ruppert while sampling Pan-African cooking.
SOLD OUT! Museum Secrets - SUN OCT 30 | 6-9pm
Learn about former director of the Walters Art Museum Gary Vikan's book, available this fall, “Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Art Director” over a three-course gourmet meal prepared by Gary and Elana at their Guilford home.
- NOVEMBER -
From Holy Land to Graceland - THU NOV 3 | 6-8pm
Partake of the King’s favorite foods - peanut butter and banana sandwiches with a side of bacon wrapped meatballs prepared by Kim Battista - while scholar and raconteur, Gary Vikan, tells fascinating stories about the ways Elvis fan “worship” parallels medieval deification rituals.
Paper Marbling - SAT NOV 5 | Noon-3pm
Drop colored inks in water, next swirl, feather, blow, or brush them into a pattern, and capture the colors on paper. Let your creative side loose and take home a notecard, bookmark, or stationery!
Italian Sunday Supper - SUN NOV 6 | 3-6pm
Expect a slightly rowdy affair full of laughter and wine and a spread of delectable foods! Learn the secrets of making traditional pasta. Play bocce and lawn games in Patterson Park before and after supper.
A Wheel Good Time - SUN NOV 13 | 4-7pm
The Potters Guild of Baltimore knows how to throw a party! Guests can get down and dirty with clay and experiment at the wheel. Enjoy delicious soup in hand thrown bowls.
Creative Alliance Resident Artist Update!
Creative Alliance houses eight live/work resident artist spaces on the second floor of The Patterson. We select emerging, midlevel, and established artists who work in a variety of media and are producing several extraordinary, innovative projects right now! Read the recent accolades of our current residents and bios of four new resident artists who are moving in this summer!
Creative Alliance is delighted to announce that our resident artist Amy Sherald won 1st place in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Sherald is the first woman ever to win first place in this prestigious invitation-only, bi-annual competition. Sherald will receive a $25,000 award and an opportunity to create a portrait for the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Sherald also just opened new exhibition of her paintings at Chicago's Monique Meloche Gallery. The exhibition, "A Wonderful Dream," is on view through August 27, 2016. amysherald.com
After winning the Mary Sawyer Baker Prize in 2015 for REWIND, which was first exhibited at Creative Alliance, resident artist Paul Rucker’s riveting body of work was subsequently on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Paul continues to garner international recognition for his interdisciplinary artwork and performances. In late 2015, Paul was awarded a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. This was followed in 2016 by a residency at The MacDowell Colony, one of the most prestigious fellowships in the United States, a Media Arts and Performing Arts Rubys Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) with the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (fall 2016), and a 2016 Artist as Activist Fellow: Racial Justice + Mass Incarceration through the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Rucker is included in the upcoming "American Power" exhibition opening July 7 in Seattle at Center for Contemporary Art (COCA). He is also exhibiting in the group project "Out of Sight," as part of the 2016 Seattle Art Fair this August.
Alice Gadzinski’s sculptural work is an examination of authenticity, a Sisyphean pursuit of an “original.” She explores ideas of taste and the pressures of social performance, examining the present through past "camp" iconographies. Influenced by the point of identity formation when childhood pretending evolves into adulthood denial, Gadzinski uses elements of the The Lawrence Welk Show to create work in a space between reality and fantasy. Each piece demonstrates a guilty pleasure in the artificial and the construction of female identity. In revealing the norm as artifice and facade, her work redefines social obstacles as a source of empowerment.
In 2016, Gadzinski earned her MFA in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Rinehart School of Sculpture, and her BFA in Photography from the Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI in 2010. In 2015 she was a teaching artist at the American Visionary Art Museum, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at MICA. While at MICA she was the recipient of the Perna Krick ’31 & Reuben Kramer ’32 Fellowship, a Graduate Research Grant, the Rinehart School of Sculpture Merit Scholarship, and MICA’s LAB Award.
Adam Davies’s unmanipulated photographs explore points of intersection between architecture and the natural world. He received an EdM from Harvard University and a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2010 to 2013, he was a Lecturer & Media Specialist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and previously held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon, Robert Morris, Catholic, and Harvard universities. Davies is a past recipient of the Vira I. Heinz Endowment Fellowship and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. His photographs have appeared in a number of publications, including East City Art, Photo Review, and Triple Canopy Magazine. He has been a resident at Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Chinati Foundation, Jentel, and the Edward Albee Foundation. Davies has received multiple fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in support of his current long-term project, which is an examination of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century public transport infrastructure in the Mid-Atlantic region. Recently, he was honored as Outstanding Emerging Artist at Washington DC 30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards and is the recipient of the 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award.
JERRY ALLEN GILMORE
Jerry Allen Gilmore’s most recent work reflects his realization that life’s every movement possesses a humorous bend in the river, where “one may be given aid by animals, magicians and shamans or menaced by devils, clowns and bumble bees. Where you go depends upon where you have been, and where you can go depends upon what you can imagine.” As with his previous work, his new pieces are autobiographical, full of repurposed and retraced narratives, such as identity, sexuality, spirituality, beauty and mortality.A prolific painter and printmaker, Jerry Allen Gilmore has exhibited internationally since 1978, including such prestigious venues as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Phipps Center for the Arts, DeVos Art Museum of Northern Michigan University, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center in New York. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Denver Art Museum, the Scottsdale Public Art Program, the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and the State of Utah Fine Art Collection. Gilmore earned his MFA in Painting and Drawing from Washington State University in 1981 and his BFA in Fiber and Painting from Western Washington University in 1979.
Tiffany Lange is an artist, designer, and illustrator. From puppetry to children’s book illustration, the intent of her art is to pause the commotion of everyday life and guide the audience toward a lighthearted sensory experience. She employs imagery that is introspective and whimsical—generating curiosity with rich hues, dynamic characters, and intriguing exaggerations of dimension. Lange is Creative Director at Charm City Puppets and the marketing agency Giant Sprout Creative, LLC. She creates custom puppets for a range of national clientele with Charm City Puppets and Chicago-based VonOrthal Puppets, and has worked as a puppet designer and teacher since 2002. In 2013, she moved from Chicago to Baltimore, and is excited to be bringing more puppetry to Charm City through group classes and private instruction. Tiffany has collaboratively designed several successful puppet-based shows, including Berwyn Avenue at the Raven Theatre and Don Quixote for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Tiffany earned her MS degree in biomedical visualization (medical illustration) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to this she attained a BFA with a biological sciences minor from Clemson University in South Carolina, and completed a concentration in Fine Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Cameron Shojaei started drawing dinosaurs at the age of three; now he paints girls, animals, and plants at age twenty-five. Not a fan of squarish, inorganic, minimalist, non-representational design based work, he considers his aesthetic grandfathers to be the big hitters of Art Nouveau (Klimt and his consorts). Today, Shojaei paints family portraits of babies, grandmas, and dogs to pay the bills and burn in (relative) anonymity. He hopes that his legacy as an artist will be to bring representational, traditional, Rubenesque figure painting back to the main stage of high art, and to push out the fine-art-wallpaper and slash-and-burn painting techniques that dominate today's contemporary galleries.