Art in Expected and Unexpected Places
Fronda Cohen Director, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences
Artwork is blasting out of local studios into Towson and landing in some pretty unexpected places: A radio station. A furniture store. A restaurant. A park.
The gallery scene in Towson offers both traditional and non-traditional exhibition spaces. Here’s a snapshot of just a few of the many places where you can explore the work of seasoned and emerging artists. Most works are for sale, so you can add to your collection or make your first purchase of original art. You’ll be enriching your life while supporting local artists.
• Towson Arts Collective's new Ellene "Brit" Christiansen Arts Center includes a gallery and classroom, plus room for artists to work in front of its street-level windows. The 3,600 square-foot space on 40 W. Chesapeake Avenue triples the size of their previous downtown Towson gallery. Works from Baltimore Watercolor Society artists are on view until October 25.
• Mosaic and mixed media visionary artist Loring Cornish inaugurates a new rotating exhibit space for local artists beginning October 24 at The Sofa Store on Cromwell Bridge Road atop Luskins Hill.
• World-class artists regularly exhibit at the Asian Arts Gallery at the Towson University Center for the Arts. Art Filipino: Works by Master Artists is on view through October 26.
• Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery, next to the Kraushaar Auditorium, features the evocative nature paintings of Julia Sutliff: Sundry Moods through November 1. The Silber Gallery regularly shows contemporary works.
• The Holtzman MFA Gallery at the Towson Center for Fine Arts features Alexis Granwell: Traces of Remains through November 2. On view are large-scale etchings that suggest structures within evocative atmospheres and abstract sculptures out of wood, fabric, cardboard and other materials.
• Baltimore artist Charlie Barton’s silk screen prints of local scenes are currently on display at Bread & Circuses Bistro on Delaware Avenue at Chesapeake.
• Towson Framing Gallery features the intriguing work of Mark Eisendrath and Yvon Creighton, November 8-23.
• Atwater’s at the Shops at Kenilworth exhibits a range of work by local artists.
• Visual and performing arts come together at the gallery at the WTMD radio studios at Towson City Center.
If you want to go very old school, stop by the Historic Courthouse gardens on Pennsylvania Avenue. You’ll find a reproduction of Alexander the Great Cutting the Gordian Knot by 16th century Italian painter Giovanni Paolo Panini, courtesy of the Walters Art Museum’s “Off the Wall” program. Okay, it’s not for sale, but the museum just might have a post card you can afford.
Thanks to the creativity of our local artists and partnerships with local businesses, universities, and arts organizations, you never know where you might find inspiration.