Dec. 7-10: MICA Art Market

The MICA Art Market, featuring the work of 275 students, alumni, staff, and faculty functions best if you do not know who you are shopping for so that when you find the perfect object that you absolutely must buy, you simply cast back through your array of family and friends to find someone it fits. For example, in years past I have stood with a haunting, hand-drawn zine about loneliness and cutting in my hand knowing that I had to buy it and trying to match it with a recipient who would appreciate its spare prose and delicate images without taking offense at this odd stocking stuffer (my twentysomething niece) or wondered what teen in the family would like this bracelet made of interlocking rusted nails (a goth child) or considered, who should I give this exquisite photograph of blue, back-lit Baltimore vacants to (I had to keep that one for myself). A portion of the proceeds go to student scholarships and as for the rest, you feel good forgoing the middle man to fork over cash directly to some talented young artist knowing that you’re helping pay for their next skein of yarn or tube of paint or bottle of glitter—or even just the ramen they need to keep going. Dec. 7-9 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., MICA’s Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 669-9200, mica.edu, free. (Karen Houppert)

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