Helping to put the art in this weekend's Artscape are several galleries outside the immediate, jammed-packed festival area.
Among exhibits being put on in conjunction with the annual celebration are two at Towson University's Center for the Arts.
The Holtzman Gallery houses Genesis of Form, a look at the starting concept for an artwork and the final result, featuring sculptors from TU, the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland. And Local Color, in the Center for the Arts Gallery, offers a juried show from 2009 Artscape visual arts entries, including photography, painting and drawing by artists throughout the Baltimore region.
Both exhibits run through Aug. 9 at the Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. For more information, call 410-704-2808 or go to towson.edu/centerforthearts.
At the College of Notre Dame, In Place features photography by Sondheim Prize finalist Leslie Furlong, along with Jennifer Dorset, Edward Winter and others. The exhibit, offering diverse perspectives on the sense of place, indoors and out, runs through July 31 in the Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame, 4701 N. Charles St. Call 410-532-5582 or go to ndm.edu/gormleygallery.
More arts action on area campuses: An exhibit brings together sculpture (Marcia Wolfson Ray), painting (Bill Schmidt) and print (Anita Walsh) in a show called Origins and Relationships, through July 31 at the Stevenson University Art Gallery, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road. Call 410-486-7000 or go to stevenson.edu.
And the theme of memory unites pieces by Andrea Chung, Magnolia Laurie, Branden Rush and others under the heading See You Again Last Year, running through Aug. 7 at The Gallery at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. Call 410-455-4246 or go to ccbcmd.edu.
In downtown Baltimore, the H&H Arts Building has three spaces going full tilt.
Gallery Four (galleryfour.net) brings together work by Baltimore, Washington and Los Angeles artists in a show called Protocol:Syntax/Semantics through Aug. 29. The Whole (wholegallery.blogspot.com) addresses the theme of repetition in a 10-artist show called Radix, through Aug. 9.
And at Nudashank Gallery (nudashank.com), Where the Sun Don't Shine explores a world without color as represented by works of seven artists in various media. The show runs through Aug. 1.
The three exhibits are on the third and fourth floors of the H&H Building, 405 W. Franklin St.
Work by nine artists-in-residence at School 33 will be on display through Aug. 1 at the studio, 1427 Light St. (410-396-4641, school33.org). And politically charged art will be the focus of Me We, running through Saturday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. (410-276-1651, creativealliance.org).
Not officially connected to Artscape, but in the neighborhood, is the newly opened Positron Gallery, which unveils Live Wire, an exhibit of new work by such local artists as Joanna Barnum, Mike Fila and Anne Israel. The show runs Saturday through Aug. 15 at the gallery, 210 W. Read St. Call 551-697-3790 or go to positrongallery.com.
Stimulus grants from NEA
While politicians and bloviators in the various media debate whether the federal stimulus package has produced any results, arts groups around the country can point to $50 million in grants just awarded by the NEA as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Local recipients of the grants, aimed at helping organizations retain arts jobs that would otherwise be lost because of the economic downturn, include:
Baltimore Museum of Art, $50,000; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, $50,000; Center Stage, $50,000; Fells Point Creative Alliance, $50,000; Baltimore Clayworks, $25,000; Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association, $25,000; Museum for Contemporary Arts, $25,000.
Also, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts received $250,000 and the Maryland State Arts Council, $318,600.
Renee Fleming tickets
Tickets for Renee Fleming's Dec. 17 recital at the Lyric Opera House will go on sale Wednesday. The glamorous, golden-toned soprano will be accompanied by pianist Gerald M. Moore in what is being described as "a recital of operatic arias."
Tickets from $30 to $125 will be available at the box office, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave.; by phone at 410-900-1150 or 410-547-7328; and online at ticketmaster.com.