The arts thrive in Anne Arundel

May 13, 2007|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun

Few people speak of Anne Arundel County's visual arts with greater authority than Cynthia McBride, whose gallery on Main Street is among the city's most prestigious.

A dedicated arts promoter, McBride has championed the Annapolis Gallery Association since it started with 10 members in 1980. It has since grown to 20 member galleries.

"Annapolis art galleries are thriving with the support of art collectors from Annapolis and beyond, including international visitors, many who come regularly to Annapolis," says McBride. "Artists are painting all year, providing galleries and collectors with new work. In our gallery, we show the work of over 60 artists and most of the Annapolis galleries show 40 or more regional and national name artists. The number is impressive in this small town."

According to AmericanStyle Magazine, Annapolis is one of the top 25 small-town art destinations.

In August, the Annapolis Gallery Association sponsors an Art Walk - this year on Aug. 16, when at least 20 galleries will participate. Art Walk provides an ideal opportunity to explore participating galleries' diverse offerings while watching artists at work as visitors enjoy music, entertainment and refreshments.

In addition to galleries at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Quiet Waters Park, and St. John's College's Mitchell Gallery, several facilities in historical downtown Annapolis offer a range of art for viewing:

ARTFX Gallery at 45 West St. showcases artwork from 70 mostly local artists in pottery, paintings, collage, sculpture, jewelry, wood and stained glass. Information: 410-990-4540.

The Annapolis Marine Art Gallery at 110 Dock St. This is one of the few galleries in the country devoting its entire presentation to marine art by living artists. Information 410-263-4100.

A little distance from City Dock is Main Street Gallery, a two-story building that includes original oils, watercolors, photography, bronze and metal sculpture and one-of-a-kind furniture. Information: 410-280-2787.

Wynn Bone Casa Nova Gallery at 161 Main St. has a diverse group of artists who express both beautiful and grotesque aspects of our environment and explore concepts of balance and the passage of time. Information: or at 410-280-8840.

American Craftworks Collection at 189B Main St. specializes in traditional fine art and craft work by Maryland artists in wood, glass, pottery, jewelry and scrimshaw. Information: or 410-626- 1583.

Gallery 1683 at 151 Main St. offers contemporary art. Dances with Light, a solo exhibit by Caroline Jasper, will be featured from May 25 to June 22. Information: or at 410-280-2140.

McBride Gallery at 215 Main St. is the largest in historic Annapolis. McBride's represents some of the area's finest artists, working in a range of styles and in a variety of media. Information: 410- 267-7077 or www.mcbridegallery. com.

Easy Street Gallery, off Main at 8 Francis St., is a family-owned gallery founded in 1979 by Marsha and Terry Moore; they were joined by daughter Megan in 1995. Easy Street exhibits the work of more than 300 artists. Information: www.easystreetgal or 410-263-5558.

Annapolis Pottery at 40 State Circle is a spacious studio-shop featuring ceramic pieces by local and national artists. Information: 410-268-6153 or www.annapolis

The Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery at 18 State Circle opened in 1968 as a nonprofit venture. MFA Circle Gallery contains two exhibition spaces: the Main Gallery and Holley Gallery. Information: or 410-268-4566.

Ann Munro Wood Studio at 14 State Circle specializes in portraits of pets, landscapes and murals. Information: 410-268-9555.

Aurora Gallery at 67 Maryland Ave. showcases the work of American artists working in clay, glass, painted silk and handmade jewelry. Information: 410-263-9150 or

Dawson Gallery at 44 Maryland Ave. specializes in fine 19th- and early 20th-century painting. Information: 410-269-1299.

La Petite Galerie at 39 Maryland Ave. is founded and owned by Malou Kopicki, who offers paintings from international artists. Information: or at 410-268-2425.

Maria's Picture Place at 45 Maryland Ave. has local and national art with the largest selection of Annapolis scenes available anywhere in town. Information: 410-263-8282.

DMG Artwork at 47 Maryland Ave. has exhibit and studio space for artists. The gallery provides prints at reasonable prices. Information: 410-269-6161.

Whitehall Gallery at 57 West St. features antique maps, etchings and original paintings from contemporary watercolors by local artists to Mandarin Chinese. Information: 410-269-6161.

For further information on this year's Art Walk and to take a virtual tour of many of the participating galleries, visit www.artin

Also participating in this year's Art Walk are galleries not in downtown historic Annapolis.

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