Holiday exhibit is a minor miracle

Gallery G reopens after a disastrous summer flood

Arts

Museums - Literature

December 23, 2004|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC

The holiday group show at Gallery G of the Beveled Edge in Mount Washington celebrates more than just the festive season.

It's also a testament to a remarkable comeback after a calamity that might have sunk less hardy souls.

Last summer, a ruinous flood forced the gallery to move out of its longtime Falls Road location.

Fortunately, none of the artworks in the building were damaged, thanks to quick action by gallery owner Nancy Graboski and her dedicated staff. But for a time it looked as if the business might be forced to shut down for several months.

Thanks to an outpouring of help from friends and neighbors, who generously volunteered time and labor to help refurbish a new space in Mount Washington Village, the gallery reopened just 30 days later, however.

Graboski says that despite the difficulties she's encountered during the transition period, she's grateful for the terrific support she's received from Baltimore's arts community.

The show includes works by Beverly Ryan, Douglas Swartz, Leo Murphy, Sheep Jones and Anne Griffith, among others. Many have exhibited in previous shows at the gallery.

Griffith, for example, paints landscapes and images of animals that seem animated by conflicting moods. Jones' contribution is an oil-on-canvas titled Landscape With Tree, a theme she also has explored in previous shows. Swartz crafts imaginative tables, chairs and bowls from wood.

The exhibition runs through the end of January. The gallery is at 5616 Newbury St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-664-5700 .

For more arts events, see Page 33.

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