THE BIG SHOWS Late December is frequently an art-looking quiet time, as the year comes to a close along with a number of gallery shows. During this time, though, some of you may be taking a day off here and there so as not to lose any 2009 vacation days, or perhaps just have a few more days off than normal because of the time of year. If so, do yourself a solid and check out any one of the big shows soon to close at one of city's institutional museums. Over at the Walters Art Museum (open Wednesday-Sunday, closed Dec. 24 and 25), Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece offers a rather different entry point into classical art, and this free exhibition closes Jan. 3. Over at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture (open Wednesdays-Sundays, closed Dec. 25), the fascinating exhibition 381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story ends Jan. 3. And over at the Baltimore Museum of Art (open Wednesdays-Sundays, closed Dec. 25), the mammoth Matisse as Printmaker runs through Jan. 3, offering a sterling reminder why the BMA has always been in the Matisse business.
OPENINGS The Towson Arts Collective Show--featuring works by Grace Doyle, Katie Rickman, Jerry Seaton, Howard Greenberg, Edwin Remsberg, Rams Brisueno, and Sandi Love--opens Dec. 18 at Gallery 17 (inside Utrecht Art Supplies, 229 W. Chase St.) with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
CLOSING Matthew McConville: Minument ends its run in the Creative Alliance at the Patterson's Minstallation gallery Dec. 19, while Torkwase Dyson and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum's astro_nautic%u2013done well and Renée van der Stelt's Fugitive Drawings gallery shows end Dec. 19, too. The annual fine-art pottery sale Winterfest ends Dec. 30 at Baltimore Clayworks. Painter Daniel Stuelpnagel's From Sea to Shining City ends Dec. 31 at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum. The exhibition of Erin Fitzpatrick's portraits and Christopher Graham's photography ends Dec. 30 at the Shine Collective. Emily Wandres' Intimate Exposures and Underwater Series ends Dec. 31 at 13.5%. Pat Dennis' Love and Politics ends Dec. 31 at the Minas Gallery. Elizabeth Cadwalader's The Road Ahead ends Dec. 27 at the Carroll Mansion. The Affordable Art Show ends Dec. 27 at the Art Gallery of Fells Point. Artist/Gardener ends Dec. 31 at Steven Scott Gallery.
COMMENCEMENT EXHIBITIONS MICA students graduating this month occupy the campus' gallery spaces through Dec. 20. Check out the BFA, MA, and MFA students in the Fox 2 and 3 galleries, the Main Gallery, Brown 3 and 4 galleries, and the Middendorf Gallery.
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