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Baltimore Fall Arts Guide 2012

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Fall is here, but don't hibernate yet: Baltimore's art scene has a full calendar of exhibitions, workshops, and other programming. From the dozens of events taking place as part of Free Fall Baltimore to a new narrative-themed show at the American Visionary Art Museum, here are the arts-related happenings you can't miss this season.

Be sure to also check individual art galleries in Baltimore and Baltimore art museums for additional exhibitions and programming.

Paradise Imagined: The Garden in the Islamic and Christian World
Through Sunday, September 23
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
Admission: Free

In cultures all over the world and across time, gardens have long functioned as spaces of invention, imagination, and myth-making. This exhibition explores the art of gardens, looking at the cross-fertilization of garden imagery between the East and West.

Free Fall Baltimore
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts has worked with area universities, galleries, theaters, and more to organize a month-long celebration of the arts. Throughout October, city residents and visitors can enjoy dozens of free performances, lectures, tours, and workshops. The programming is extensive, but some of the highlights include:

  • Every Sunday in October: Free admission to the Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • Monday, October 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Free admission to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Free admission to The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
  • Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Free admission to the Maryland Historical Society
  • Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m.: Bad Panda performed by the Baltimore Theatre Project
  • Sunday, October 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Historic Jewish landmarks bike tour by Baltimore Heritage
  • Sunday, October 14, 2-3 p.m.: Renaissance Family Festival at the Walters Art Museum
  • Tuesday, October 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Playful Poe by the Playrights Group of Baltimore
  • Friday, October 19, 9:10 a.m.: Open rehearsal by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Friday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.: Baltimore Ballet workshop at The Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Saturday, OCtober 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: 5th Annual Harbor Harvest
  • Saturday, October 27, 3 p.m.: Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) at the Walters Art Museum
  • Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m.: Growing Up Afro and Oral History at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture
  • Saturday, October 27: The Great Halloween Lantern Festival (3:30-6:30 p.m.) and Parade (7 p.m.) at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson
  • Tuesday, October 30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: Free admission to the American Visionary Arts Museum

The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth
Saturday, October 6-Sunday, September 1, 2013
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway Preview Party: Friday, October 5, 7-10 p.m., $20 (free for museum members)
Admission: $15.95 (adults), $13.95 (seniors), $9.95 (students/children), free for children under six

The AVAM's eighteenth annual thematic exhibition will use the raw power of visual storytelling as inspiration. Works will include embroidery, diorama, sculpture, film, graffiti, PostSecret confessions, and more. Visual narratives by more than 30 artists will be showcased.

Literary Arts Week
Saturday, October 13-Saturday, October 20
Citywide
Admission: Free

Literary Arts Week is a new initiative from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the CityLit Project. Some of the programming includes a literary walking tour through Mount Vernon (Wednesday, October 17), a poetry contest, writing workshops, and readings by local authors, poets, and memorists. All of the events are free as part of Free Fall Baltimore.

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe
Sunday, October 14–Monday, January 21, 2013
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
Admission: Free

This exhibition at The Walters Art Museum explores the wealth of European art to reveal the little known presence of Africans and their descendants in Renaissance society. Artwork shows the many roles they played there, including saints, slaves, aristocrats, farmers, artists, and diplomats. Artists include Gerard David to Peter Paul Rubens, and the portraits at the core of this show provide a window on an unsuspected facet of a society deeply affected by the expanding worldview of the Age of Exploration.

Open Studio Tour Weekend
Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Citywide
Admission: Free

Studio 33 Art Center has organized a two-day tour of more than 150 area artist studios. The diverse array of art includes painting, sculpture, photography, installations, clay, mixed media, and more. Open Studio Tour maps will be available in the Wednesday, October 19 edition of City Paper and online at the Studio 33 website.

Baker Artist Awards 2012
Wednesday, September 5-Sunday, October 7
The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr.
Reception: Friday, September 5, 6:30-10 p.m.
Admission: Free

This multi-disciplinary exhibition showcases the winners of the prestigious $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. This year's winners are musician Nathan Bell, photographer Alexander Heilner, and sculptor David Knopp. The prize was established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund to recognize Baltimore's artist and engage regional, national, and international audiences in supporting their work. Any Baltimore-area artist is encouraged to compete.

Bike Show
Thursday, September 13-Saturday, October 27
Reception: Thursday, September 13, 6-8 p.m.
Maryland Art Place, Power Plant Live! complex
Admission: Free

This fall, Maryland Art Place will host an exhibition centered on the relationship between people and their bicycles. Co-hosted by Bike Maryland, the exhibition will include bike-based installations, traditional portraiture, and more. During the exhibition, Tour du Port, an annual bicycle tour with five routes, will take place on Sunday, September 30.

LUX: Fall benefit & Juried Invitational Exhibition
Friday, November 9-Saturday, December 15
Closing Reception: Thursday, December 13, 6-8 p.m.
Maryland Art Place, Power Plant Live! complex
Admission: Free

Maryland Art Place will once again highlight state artists working in photography and digital media at this juried exhibition, which also includes a fall benefit gala hosted by Ray Lewis.

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