The Knight Gomez Gallery gets a new partner and a new name

October 22, 1991|By John Dorsey | John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic

A shift in ownership has changed the name of one of Baltimore's leading commercial galleries from Knight Gomez to Nye Gomez Gallery.

Gary Knight, one of the original partners with Walter Gomez, has sold his interest in the gallery, located on Leadenhall Street in South Baltimore, and Washington art collector Jorden Nye has bought into it, Mr. Nye said yesterday.

He also said the change will bring some shift in emphasis. "The gallery has done an excellent job in the first three years, primarily representing Maryland artists with some regional artists. Walter and I want to make the gallery a major player in the mid-Atlantic region. We will continue to concentrate on the mid-Atlantic, but from time to time we want to have national and international artists. We will continue to represent most of the artists we currently have."

Mr. Gomez yesterday described any foreseen changes as "a long-term goal. I don't want this to seem like Jorden's here and everything's going to change dramatically." He also said Mr. Nye's connection with the business will mean "more education to our clientele about collecting."

Mr. Nye, 41, said he has worked for the past 16 years in human resources management for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington. He became familiar with the Baltimore gallery through his art collecting interests, and has now left government work to go into the art business. He currently lives in Arlington, Va., but expects to move to Baltimore in a month.

Mr. Knight could not be reached for comment.

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