BALTIMORE INFILL SURVEY Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts visual art coordinator Gary Kachadourian's latest project seeks to tackle one of the city's eyesores: vacant lots and buildings. The Baltimore Infill Survey is a "Flickr-based site that has been set up as a forum to discuss how this resource may be used." Potential participants are invited to download an image and "alter it with a possible vision for how these spaces can be used again." This specific space is a middle-of-the-block vacant lot and the adjacent vacant homes. The lot is approximately 85 feet wide. Download the image, modify it with an idea, and send it with any accompanying text to firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted to the Flickr site. This project is being coordinated by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and the Baltimore Design Conversation. The fifth installment of the Baltimore Design Conversation's interactive talk series occurs Feb. 4 at the Windup Space from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and features Eric Gordon (from hub2.org), George Kleb (Operation Reachout Southwest's SNAP), Sarah Zaleski (Baltimore Sustainability Plan), and architect Steve Ziger.
CALL FOR ENTRIES The College of Notre Dame of Maryland's Gormley Gallery has announced its 20th National Drawing and Print competitive exhibition. Drawings and prints in any media--save photography--are eligible, with a minimum of $1,500 available in purchase prize money. The deadline is Feb. 6. Visit their website for more details.
OPENINGS The Art of Collecting opens Feb. 5 at the Gormley Galley with a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. An exhibit of MICA student Mónica López-González' color photographs opens at An die Musik Feb. 5 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friends with Benefits (or how 143 means I love you)--Art Under Ground Studio's second-annual Valentine's exhibit saluting the better half--opens Feb. 7. To the Teeth--works by a group of artists from the Creative Alliance at the Patterson's resident artists and their colleagues--opens Feb. 6 with a reception from 6-9 p.m. as part of the Creative Alliance's open house. Yo! The Power of Love in 3-D!--featuring works by members of the Charles Theatre Workers Union--opens at the theater Feb. 5 with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Erotica '09: "Callipygian Desiderata"--Christina McCleary and Trudy Babchak derriere-inspired works--opens at Gallery 1448 Feb., 6 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Faceless Pinups--paintings by local artist Elisa Wells--opens at the Ottobar Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. Allison Pasarew's solo work goes up in Dougherty's Irish Pub Feb. 5 with a reception from 6-9 p.m.
LAST CHANCE Talking Heads . . . Figuratively Speaking--the group show of Rebecca Waring, Regina Brown, Gil Jawetz, Thomas Del Porte, and Craig Paul Nowak--closes Feb. 5 at Gallery 321.
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