In the face of a declining economy new exhibition spaces continue to pop up. Two recently opened ones, with regular gallery hours and planning regularly changing shows, expand the scene with their spaces in Owings Mills and South Baltimore.
Sculptures by Jim Paulsen and Greg Moring on the front lawn of a small Reisterstown Road building draw the attention of motorists to the Gatsby Design Gallery. Just opened on Dec. 7, it occupies the second floor of the building, where the inaugural show consists of 10 artists including Bill Duffy, Mia Halton, Patti Tronolone, Moring, Paulsen and Howard Ehrenfeld.
The gallery is owned by Kathleen Roberts, who also owns the interior design firm Gatsby Design which occupies the first floor. A native of Kentucky, Ms. Roberts grew up in Baltimore and was a teacher before going into interior design. After the business moved into the building in September, she says, "the upstairs space was empty and I decided to dedicate it to local art." She organized the first show using the slide registry at Maryland Art Place.
The current exhibit will run "through January," she says, "and after that I would like to put on 12 shows a year. We will have openings, but not on First Thursdays [of the month, as do downtown galleries]. Design will be taking a back seat, because I want to learn and do good shows, and it's not going to be magic."
Upcoming exhibits, Ms. Roberts says, may include a one-person show of Halton works in February, followed by another group exhibit "and I would like to do theme shows, such as a show of African art, but so far that's indefinite. I'd also like to have seminars, and demonstrations by artists."
A varied slate of activities is also on the menu for Resurgam Gallery & Books, owned by furniture restorer and soapstone sculptor Randy Whitlock and directed by silversmith Bonnie North. It opened in mid-November with an exhibit of gouaches by Washington-based artist Maureen Jordan Tierney, which closes Jan. 12.
On Jan. 25 the gallery will open a show of beadwork by Joyce Scott, Barbara Volk and others, followed in early March by a two-person show of works by Jimmie Miller and Germaine Lanaux, each of whom creates collages.
The multi-purpose gallery also "will be a vehicle for me to sell jewelry," says Ms. North; new and used books are for sale, and there will be monthly lectures on such subjects as the Mayan calendar, herbal medicines and aboriginal art. "I would also like to start a Federal Hill Arts Association, and have an art street fair sometime in the warm months."
The gallery, says Mr. Whitlock, takes its name from a flask bearing the picture of a Phoenix and the word Resurgam, issued by the Baltimore Glass Works in the 1850s to mark the city's resurgence from an 1850 fire.
Gatsby Design Gallery
When: Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 9917 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.
When: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 910 S. Charles St.