It was First Thursdays, the monthly open house of Baltimore art galleries, that lured Cartuche uptown.
The gallery, which was located on South Charles in Federal Hill, moved last year to North Charles to a space between the Steven Scott and Craig Flinner galleries.
"Where we were before, we weren't in First Thursdays," says Marc Horowitz, co-owner of the gallery with Lois Hodes, "and First Thursdays are pretty big. We get 300 to 350 people in here. That's more people than were at my bar mitzvah -- except most of them brought gifts."
Some things about the old Cartuche (besides Marc Horowitz's sense of humor) are instantly recognizable in the new Cartuche. The gallery still has an emphasis on local artists and it still has the purple carpet.
Not just the floors but the walls are covered in plush purple (literally wall-to-wall) carpeting, which Mr. Horowitz says makes the artworks "pop out".
In keeping with the First Thursday schedule, the owners havshifted to exhibitions that change monthly. Starting Thursday they will have "The Flower Show," which will be devoted to paintings that include flowers and was inspired by the Flower Mart held in Mount Vernon Place in May.
The artists include Ann Schuler, Nancy Conrad, Melvin O. Miller Jr., Barbara Curran, Nancy Faye Epstein, Wanda Hurt, Yvonne Hartmann Smith, Darlene Rebechi, Jane Neary and Donna Graul. The show closes April 30.
The following show, "Still Life and Landscape," will be devoted to graduates and faculty of the Schuler School. It will run May 2-28.
The gallery also includes some sculpture, porcelain, bronzes, crystal, antique furniture, silk flowers and accessories -- "unique items," Mr. Horowitz says.
"We wanted to be in with the other galleries," he continues, "and we wanted our artists to get more recognition. Here we have better access and higher visibility -- plus in the old place, I was out of room."
The gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. On the first Thursday of every month the gallery is also open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cartuche is located at 511 N. Charles St. The telephone number is 783-5550.