Gallery Conversation: we’re not meant to do this alone

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Gallery Conversation: we’re not meant to do this alone

with Marian Simms and Charles Mason III 

FRI NOV 5 | 6-7PM

On Friday, November 5th, Creative Alliance will host a free Gallery Conversation in support of the main gallery exhibition “we’re not meant to do this alone”. Taking place both in the main gallery and on Zoom from 6-7PM, exhibition Curator, Charles Mason III, will be joined by moderator Marian Simms, and artists included in the exhibition. 

Addressing the crowd at the opening reception on Saturday, October 16th, Mason offered that “we’re not meant to do this alone” is a gift to his friends, near and far, and in particular the artists included: Jessica Elena Aquino, Samantha Dominik, Ayana Evans, rod jones ii, Baseera Khan, Nadia Rea Morales, Jotham Malavé Maldonado, and Erin M. Riley. The exhibition features a nearly complete spectrum of media, including painting, tapestry, sculptural installation, photography, video, and performance. Mason will discuss the inspiration for the exhibition, his choice of works, and his vision for the installation at Creative Alliance, among many other topics. 

This conversation is FREE and the public is warmly invited to attend.



Charles Mason III is an interdisciplinary artist from Baltimore. Mason III received his AA in General Studies from the Community College of Baltimore County, 2010, BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2014, and his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2019. He has curated several shows in Baltimore and Philadelphia as well as had solo shows in Baltimore, MD most recently at Goya Contemporary Gallery 2021, and in Philadelphia, PA, at Spillway Collective, 2019. He has participated in group exhibitions, A Gathering, HOUSING Gallery New York, NY, Radical Reading Room, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY, Breaching the Margins, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, CARPE DIEM, UTA Art Space and Surface is only a Material Vehicle for Spirit, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL to name a few. He has work in the permanent collection of the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Special Collections, he is also a recipient of the Maurice Freed Memorial Prize. 

Marian Simms was born and raised in Baltimore, MD (b.1996). She has been involved in the arts throughout her life, and currently works in Hamden at Goya Contemporary Gallery. She began her visual arts education at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School and Carver Center for Arts and Technology. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sculpture at Temple University in 2018. After graduating from Temple University, she received a Certificate of Completion in an Art History Course at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. During the past year, she founded Studio Marlyn, a graphic design studio that strives to be inclusive. Marian has been a prominent volunteer during her time in Philadelphia at Spiral Q as well as in Baltimore at Zoll Studio of Fine Arts. Simms is a recent addition to the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center community as a founding member on the exhibition committee; where she along with her committee curate, design, and execute poignant exhibitions.


Covid Safety Policy 

  • Vaccination Status: All audiences ages 12+  entering the galleries or theater for exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops or other theater-based gatherings are requested to be vaccinated against Covid-19. We ask that you bring a copy of your vaccination card or a photo of your card as proof of vaccination status.  If you have chosen to avoid vaccination due to religious or health exemption, please have proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of entering the premises.

  • Masks: Please wear your mask during your visit unless you are actively consuming a beverage. Masks are required in all areas of the building, including the gallery and theater.

  • Spacing: We are a small venue and physical distancing will be very limited, however, standing room will be available in the gallery.  You will likely have fellow audience members directly next to, in front of, and behind you, at a distance of less than 6 feet.

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