“The Ground” Opening Reception – The Contemporary

“The Ground” Opening Reception – The Contemporary

February 18, 2017 – Hutzler Brothers Palace Building

Pictured (LtoR) Debra Rubino, Maryland Institute College of Art vice president of strategic communications; Joe Rubino, Baltimore-based photographer/videographer; and Lu Zhang, The Contemporary interim director

Pictured (LtoR) Cole and Aisha Pew, Dovecote Cafe owners

Pictured (LtoR) Deana Haggag, The Contemporary outgoing executive director; Calli Cutbush, Halfaker & Associates IT Recruiter; and Brian Checco, AiNET director of marketing

Pictured (LtoR) Pam Sweeney, AiNET senior vice president; Deepak Jain, AiNET CEO; Enderstone Jain, 2 years old; and Margot Jain, community volunteer

Pictured (LtoR) Jimmy Wilson, Baltimore-based musician; and Joanna Golden, The Contemporary board member

Pictured (LtoR) Michael Jones McKean, show artist; son Esme, 1-year-old; and Julie Grosche, artist

Pictured (LtoR) Lauren Winning, Baltimore/DC-based artist; Tula Honkala, Baltimore-based artist; and Judy Stone, Montgomery College professor/artist

Pictured (LtoR) Daniel Wickerham, Baltimore-based artist; Malcolm Lomax, Baltimore-based artist; and Nick Scholl, Money Map Press web developer/opera singer

Aggregating for Aesthetics (February 18, 2017) The historic Hutzler Brothers Palace building was bustling again as art lovers filled the former lobby for the opening night reception for “The Ground,” a commisioned exhibition of work by Richmond and New York-based artist Michael Jones McKean.

Folks perused the multi-room, two-story art installation…

…all set up in the long vacant space, originally built in 1888 as the first department store in Baltimore.

Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.