Store opening

July 20, 2008|By Joanna Brenner

TAG Galleries

732 S Broadway, Fells Point

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

443-759-7639 / www.taggalleries.com

Brothers Cory and Ian Woods and friend Leif Romsaas opted for a life devoid of staplers and paperweights when they left their cubicles and opened TAG Galleries in Fells Point. The three had always had the desire to open their own business, and that dream became reality on June 14, after almost a year and a half of development and networking.

The walls in TAG are lined with contemporary paintings by artists from all over the world. But the displayed works are only a sample. The wall is also decorated by a flat-screen TV, where customers can browse through an inventory of hundreds of works by the featured artists.

"We have artists with big followings, but not a lot of people in Baltimore have seen them," said Cory. "We're trying to capture the current generation."

You can also find T-shirts with prints done by contemporary artists as well at TAG. The shirts are made from organic cotton and the owners try to use inks that are environmentally friendly. They are planning on expanding their line of clothing in the near future.

"The clothing is usually done by the same artists as the paintings," said Romsaas. "It's a better story for the customer."

Prices at TAG range from about $80 to $200 for artwork, and $30 to $40 for clothing. Some of the featured artists include Aaron Jasinski, Ashton Howard and local artist Ryan Hoge.

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