Winter in Baltimore is a dim and chilly time of year when outdoor events are somewhat prohibitive. Thankfully, during this time of year, the art scene in Baltimore comes alive with fairs, exhibits and more to make it worth your while to head to markets and museums and see what the thriving creative minds in Charm City have to offer in the way of their talented crafts. Here are a few must-see events for the 2014-15 winter season.
The Visionary Experience: St. Francis To Finster
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Date: Through Aug. 30, 2015
In rare moments throughout history, visionaries have experienced sudden inspirations that struck them like a bolt of lighting, causing grand leaps in creative and inventive genius, seemingly overnight. In their 20th original exhibit, the American Visionary Art Museum showcases some of the most brilliant spontaneous works of art, invention, math and spirituality ever achieved by monumental figures of history. This exhibit showcases such evolutionaries as self-tutored artist Rev. Howard Finster, visionary and painter Ingo Swann, famed musician Jimi Hendrix, polymath Walter Russell, the works of sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick as drawn by Robert Crumb, new religious groups and leaders Uriel of Unarius Academy of Science, Father Yod and The Source Family and architect Paolo Soleri.
“From Rye To Raphael: The Walters Story”
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Date: Through April 17, 2016
The Walters Art Museum celebrates its 80th anniversary by combing the archives and bringing out some of the most unique pieces originally donated to the museum by the Walters family. This unprecedented exhibit features 200 works specially chosen to represent the finest the gallery has ever offered, and specifically illustrative of the contributions the Museum has brought to Baltimore’s diverse art scene. The exhibit also features never-before-seen photographs and historic materials that tell the tale of the family responsible for bringing this Museum that sits as one of the undisputed leaders in American art museums.
Randall Scott Projects
216 West Read St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Date: Through Dec. 20, 2014
Randall Scott Projects has opened a new gallery in Baltimore. To commemorate the opening of this groundbreaking gallery, RSP is kicking things off in style with the “Eyelid Movies” exhibit by visionary James Busby. Busby uses an intensive and intricate method of “sculptural paintings” that take on a 3D appearance of intricate grids and labyrinths that are engaging and hypnotic. These paintings work with the lighting of the room so that as the viewer shifts their position in the room, the painting shifts with them. When you visit the exhibit, we recommend you stare at the paintings for 10 seconds, then close your eyes to be treated by a reverse-image of what you have seen on the back of your eyelids.
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St. John’s Church
2640 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Date: Dec. 6, 2014
Baltimore is not simply a place to view art produced by exclusive artists paid for high-priced work; Baltimore is a city of the people, and there are dedicated local craftspeople who never see the limelight. This is where The Charm City Craft Mafia comes in. This group promotes the offerings of crafty local-types who don’t just make art you can view – they make art you can own. Come to their annual Holiday Heap this December and treat yourself to a charming marketplace full of arts and crafts that are adorable, charming and must-have items for the holiday gifting season.
MICA Art Market
Maryland Institute College of Art
1301 West Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217
Date: Dec. 10 and 13, 2014
Baltimore is packed with art schools and museums, all with a catalog of events and exhibits so that art fans are never without something to view. However, once a year, the Maryland Institute College of Art brings the finest art from its brilliant young students to the street level where anyone may not only view them, but actually own them. Head out to the Art Market this December, and vie for the opportunity to own any of a fine selection of illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, book arts, toys and wrapping paper. Take advantage of the opportunity to own or give the gift of art during the busy holiday season.
Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.