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Quick Sketches May 5-13

May 9, 2009

HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH The theme for the National Trust for Historic Preservation May 2009 Historic Preservation Month is “This Place Matters!,” which its web site says is meant to “raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods and communities.” Check out the current list of list of endangered local buildings in the Preservation Watch List–which includes the Clifton Park Valve House, the Sellers mansion, and the Scottish Rite Temple, among others–maintained by the nonprofit preservation watchdog the Baltimore Heritage, Inc. That organization awards the annual Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Awards that will be awarded June 18 at the Garret-Jacobs Mansion, and also sponsors walking tours through various historical Baltimore neighborhoods, such as the upcoming May 9 walk through Guilford and May 16 tour of Locust Point. Later this month, Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference (click here for a pdf file of registration information) takes over the Tremont Grand May 28 and 29; it is put on by Preservation Maryland with funding support from the Maryland Historical Trust.

Such activities aren’t the only architecture and design thinking going on this month, though. Morgan State University Master of Architecture Students Thesis Projects opens May 7 at the AIA Baltimore Bookstore and Gallery with a reception from 5-7 p.m. And the AIA Baltimore Chapter also sponsors a May 12 seminar titled “How to Start Your Own Design Firm,” and a number of the chapter member firms are taking place in the May 16 Canstruction competition at Harborplace and the Gallery, for which local architecture, engineering, and supplier firms collaborate to erect a sculpture out of canned goods, which are then donated to the Maryland Food Bank. Good fun for a good cause.

And the monthly Baltimore Design Conversation returns May 13 at the Windup Space. Design Conversation No. 8 is titled “Food,” and aims to be an “open forum for presentations & discussion on food shopping in Baltimore.” (Thank you, Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, for the reminder.)


May 7
French photographer Guillaume Pallat’s Baltimore Blue Lights opens in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery of the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Charles Cooper’s Bodaciously Bold opens at the Eubie Blake Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.

May 8
The Maryland SPCA: 140 Years of Caring opens at the Maryland Historical Society with its ticketed “Wine and Wag” reception from 6-9 p.m.

May 9
The reception for Maryland Art Place’s 23rd Annual Critics’ Residency Program starts at 3:30 p.m., after the 2 p.m. public forum. Masked–a 12-artist group show that explores secrecy and revelation–opens at School 33 with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Gallery Four’s Rectified–featuring the works of Gary Kachadourian, Julianna Dail, Ron Longsdorf, and Jackie Milad–opens with a reception from 5-10 p.m. Rebound–the two-person show of Rudy Shepherd and Valeska Populoh–opens at Paperwork Gallery with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Steel Images–an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Jason Witte and Renee Tantillo with Marina Windsor–opens at the Art Under Ground Studio with a reception from 7-10 p.m.

And Skullflora–an exhibition of Melody Nadia’s drawings, paintings, and comics–opens May 11 at the Station North Arts Cafe Gallery with a reception from 5:30-8 p.m.

CLOSINGS Sandbox–a collaborative projects between Denise Tassin and other Baltimore students–closes at the Gallery at Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville May 7 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. (an Art on Purpose project). And Soledad Salame’s Where Do You Live? closes May 10 at the Contemporary Museum.