New gallery wants new artists

ID8 owners will showcase community talent

Arts: museums, literature

March 25, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Gallery ID8 is a new Fells Point art space that offers a wide variety of salable items, from mixed-media works and marble sculpture to tiny prints and large-scale paintings.

But co-owner Tony Walker says the purpose of the endeavor is not the commerce of art but the display of community talent.

"One of the main goals of the gallery is to celebrate local artists," says Walker, who opened the location earlier this month with his wife, Melinda.

A construction worker, an art-student-turned-framer and a butterfly farmer are among the 27 folks now showing at the bright and cheery Fleet Street spot.

Though diverse in background, all those included have two qualifying characteristics, Walker says.

"As long as they have a story and they [make art] for the love of it ... that's what it's all about."

In addition to its first-floor pastiche of works, the Walkers' gallery currently exhibits a second-floor show of friends' works titled Body Electric.

The two-person display features mixed-media sculptures by Tom Pergola II and nudes on paper by J. Roy Hopkins.

After that inaugural exhibition comes down in mid-April, the hard-working couple (they're nurses at the Johns Hopkins Hospital by day) plan to feature as many locals as they can manage in their quaint space.

Walker says that in the coming months they'll be actively looking for area artists -- particularly beginners, students and hobbyists -- who are interested in showcasing their work at Gallery ID8.

"I wish I had a place as big as Wal-Mart. We'd like to get everyone involved," he said.

Gallery ID8 is at 2007 Fleet St. Hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, noon-9 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Sundays.

Call 410-276-8190 or visit

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