An Open Housefor this event is scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the beautiful Roland Park Gallery at 4800 Roland Avenue. Please register here for a spot at the Open House as spaces will be limited due to the COVID regulations.
Stop by for a sneak peak TODAY, 8/27, from 9:30am – 5:30pm or TOMORROW, 8/28, from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Email Noelle or Liza to schedule an appointment before next week’s opening reception.
Some bookstores boast having a cat on the premises, but a new bookstore in Parkville has dedicated a Twitter account and part-ownership to its domestic, short-haired black beauty.
Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery, which opened Jan. 21 at 7221 Harford Road, counts 361 Twitter fans for its bookstore cat Stan Lee. And bookstore owner Melissa Eisenmeier even jests that her cat is her business partner.
“It’s something I started half joking about after seeing an article about a bookstore cat in New York City, who apparently said he was the co-owner, and Stan Lee acted like he was in charge. Some might have a bookstore cat, but the bookstore cat being part owner is something of a novelty.”
The bookstore specializes in both new and used books from small press publishers, including Philadelphia’s Lanternfish Press, Lethe Press of New Jersey, Oregon’s Ashland Creek Press and Baltimore’s own Mason Jar Press. The shop also stocks fun non-book items, including dog bandanas, bookmarks and notecards made by locals. The gallery also features local artists and emphasizes abstract art. Eventually she would like to stock more locally made arts and crafts.
For all of its present-day economic issues and social challenges to overcome, Baltimore in 2017 faces no shortage of creative voices, particularly in its black communities. Next weekend, the Baltimore Museum of Art is providing a platform for those voices to convene and share their recipes for success.
Across the street from F. Scott Fitzgerald Park in Bolton Hill is the die Botschaft 1628: Art & Culture Gallery. Built in 1873, the house in which the gallery resides was “a shell when I bought it in 2004,” said gallery owner Marcia Hart.
According to Hart, the Geatty family built the house at 1628 Bolton Street and it stayed in the family for more than a century. Unable to maintain their 6,000 square foot home, the Geatty’s sold it in 2000. Hart said, “The new owners made disastrous attempts at renovation. There was a tarp on the second floor that collected water which had pooled and smelled.”
Acoustically hung ceilings – the kind that are found in office buildings that drop into sections – had been attached by notching the house’s ornate plaster cornices. The night before the closing of the sale to the previous owners, the marble fireplaces were stolen.