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Quick Sketches, July 9 and 10

July 9, 2009

And so it starts: The weekend prior to Artscape is the most jam-packed weekend of gallery openings of the summer, and increasingly one of the busiest gallery hopping opportunities of the year. More than 10 opening receptions are going on this weekend-and that’s not counting the opening of the Jessica Walton and Sarada Conaway-curated See You Again Last Year exhibition at CCBC Catonsville Gallery that we were unable to make it to Wednesday evening. So take a deep breath and put your best gallery hopping shoes on. Here goes it.

Thursday, July 9¬with opening receptions from 6-8 p.m.
origins and interrelationships, featuring Marcia Wolfson Ray, Bill Schmidt and Anita Walsh, opens at the gallery at Stevenson University. Local Color, featuring Alyssa Dennis, Megan Hildebrandt, Christine Sajecki, and Gary Thompson, opens at Towson University’s Center for the Arts Gallery. And Genesis of Form, featuring sculpture MFA candidates from from Towson University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of Maryland College Park, opens at Towson University’s Holtzman Gallery.

Friday, July 10 (times denote opening reception)
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Me We at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

Curated by Aïdah Aliyah Rasheed and featuring works inspired by Emory Douglas, Shepard Fairey, and Abdoulaye Konaté.

5-8 p.m.: Studio Artists Exhibition at School 33.

Group exhibition featuring current/recent School 33 resident artists, including Anne Chan, Rosetta DeBerdardinis, Amanda Engels, Matthew Freel, Aaron Yamada-Hanff, Seon Kim, Kathleen MacKinnon, James Murphy, and Bill Tamburrino.

6-8 p.m.: Convergence 09: Graduate Thesis Exhibition at Maryland Art Place.

Featuring Alan Callander, Ellen Durkin, Michael Dax Iacavone, Susan Main, Katherine Mann, Robby Rackleff, and Leslie Shellow.

7-10 p.m.: Imperato Film Fest at Gallery Imperato.

Featuring Corrine Bot, Christine Chin, Bill Domonkos, Matthias Egger, Laura McClanahan, Joe Parker, Gautam Rao, Carl Stevens, Celine Trouillet, and more.

7-10 p.m.: Abandon Ship at Current Gallery.

The final show at one of the more vital independently run gallery spaces in recent years. A must.

8-11 p.m.: Martin Atkins Collection at Metro Gallery.

A collection of Martin Atkins’-yes, the veteran British drummer of postpunk/industrial groups such as Public Image Ltd., Killing Joke, Ministry, and Pigface-photography, limited-edition vinyl, and music memorabilia.

Non-Artscape exhibitions with Friday receptions: MICA’s MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition features work from 11 graduating artists in the Fox building galleries, featuring an artists reception from 6-8 p.m. And Stuart Hudgins’s The Art of Jazz: Illustrations opens at Gallery 1448′s Artists’ Housing with a reception from 6-8 p.m..

Tune into Quick Sketches tomorrow for Saturday’s events and beyond.