Since the 1970s American artist Buster Simpson has individually and collaboratively worked with and in environmental concerns with his creative output, whether it be creating his "Litmus Test" umbrellas whose skins react to acids in rainfall or, more recently, his "Whole Flow" for a Whole Foods store in California, which aerates the store's gray water and redistributes it to the landscape. His sculptural works and designs often find ways to be both aesthetically alluring and pragmatically utilitarian. Simpson delivers an artist's talk March 4 at 7 p.m. in the Brown Center's Falvey Hall.
Art of Memory--an installation by Seet van Hout--opens in MICA's Middendorf Gallery Feb. 26, while an exhibition of Uwe Poth's oil paintings, Artes Liberalis, opens in the Rosenberg Gallery the same day. Matthew Freel's Invisible Champion: Jack Johnson opens at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Feb. 26 with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Federal Hill's Metropolitan Coffee House and Wine Bar opens a show featuring the works of Sophy Tuttle and Davis Haakon Poyner Feb 27 with a reception from 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Hidenori Ishii's collection of new paintings, A Little Earthshine, closes Feb. 28 at the C. Grimaldis Gallery. Reuben Kramer's drawings from the Collection of the Maryland Institute College of Art closes March 2 at Galerie Francoise II. Maggie Gourlay's Patterns of Dislocation closes at School 33 Feb. 28. The Eubie Blake Jazz Institute and Cultural Center's pair of shows--Mammy's, Watermelon and Coons, which explores the impact of stereotypes in a multi-racial society, and The Golden Age of Black Broadway: 1890s to 1930s?--close Feb. 28. Ruth Pettus' ink studies, an extension of her "The Horizon Series," closes Feb. 28 at the Minás Gallery. Definition Gallery's 1st Annual Local Artist Group Exhibition closes Feb. 28. Deborah Bedwell's An Abundance of Cups closes Feb. 27 at Baltimore Clayworks. The Black Body Exhibition closes Feb. 28 at Moe's Art & Design. The Art Under Ground Studio's Friends with Benefits Valentine's show closes Feb. 28. Allison Pasarew's works at Dougherty's Irish Pup closes March 4 with a closing reception 5-7 p.m. March 1. Adam Estes' Disjointed closes March 4 at Joe Squared. And the salon show Kitchen Sink closes Feb. 28 at the Windup Space.