New art gallery to open its doors today

Jeanne Mueller has been involved with local art associations with other local artists for a long time. They attend meetings, shows and workshops together, but showing their art has never been a collective effort.
Coastal Point • JONATHAN STARKEY: The new Gallery One and Artisans’ Framing shop opens on Route 26 today, Friday, Feb. 17.Coastal Point • JONATHAN STARKEY:
The new Gallery One and Artisans’ Framing shop opens on Route 26 today, Friday, Feb. 17.

That was until now. Mueller and 15 other local artists have teamed up to open a new art gallery and framing shop, Gallery One and Artisans’ Framing, which will open on Route 26 across from Lord Baltimore Elementary in Ocean View today.

The gallery, which will sell “affordable art,” according to Mueller, ranging from $150, will hold a preview reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the gallery. Anyone is welcome to attend.

“We saw a need and we wanted to do it,” Mueller said of opening the store. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to reach out to the community and bring art in.”

Mueller said that the 16 artists — who have varying styles of art ranging from local scenery to seascapes to European countryside depictions to floral and still life art — will take turns in staffing the gallery.

While the original and limited edition prints of the 16 artists, including one sculptor, will be the highlight of the gallery, Mueller said that they will also look to display artwork from other local artists within the community.

But for the time being, the work of the 16 staffing artists will remain as the highlight of the new gallery. According to a press release announcing the gallery’s opening, the artists will offer a “wide mixture of backgrounds and interests.” Some became professional artists after retiring from other professions and others have been professional artists all along.

Some are well known on the local art scene, and others are new but have “already created a small stir by their presence,” according to the release. But all will be staffing the gallery and shop so, in turn, they all expect to be relatively well known in coming months.

Anyone is welcome to stop in during business hours and meet the staffing artist. The gallery’s winter hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, and holidays, but hours will change in the summer.

The hours for the framing shop are the same as that of the gallery.

Mueller said she couldn’t present a price range on frames and mats but it will be competitive with other shops in the area.

“Everyone’s framing needs can be met by the wide array of frames and mats available,” the press release says.

Mueller said that she and the other 15 also have future aspirations for the store beyond the framing shop and the gallery. They hope to team up with other local art galleries to bring collective art shows back to the Route 26 “corridor.” They also hope, in the future to offer art workshops for children and adults alike. But those ideas, as with showing other local artists, is still in the planning stages, she said. Right now, they are just trying to get all 16 founding artists on the same page.

“It’s been a bit of a challenge getting 16 people to agree,” Mueller said. “But for the most part, we’ve all been thinking the same thing. It’s been fun.”