Area residents looking for a unique Christmas gift this year may want to consider a visit to one of several galleries in Catonsville.
On Dec. 15, the B'more Artists Guild will hosting a family friendly event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the second floor auditorium at the Bloomsbury Community Center.
Twenty-eight artists from the Baltimore metro area, including many from Catonsville will display their paintings, prints, works of sculpture and works from salvaged materials. There will also be jewelry and fashion wear for sale.
Most of the items will be for sale for less than $100, said Edward Williams, a Catonsville resident with the guild.
"We're trying to create a presence in the community, " said Williams, who created the large mural on Bloomsbury Avenue near the intersection at Frederick Road last spring. "We're hoping this will become a more permanent community art center."
Williams, a Pennsylvania native who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, said the community has been very supportive of the local artists guild.
He said Frederick Road businesses such as Sam's Bagels and Frederick Road Veterinary Hospital, the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce and Narcissus Hair Salon on Bloomsbury Avenue have agreed to display local artists' work on a regular basis.
A recent addition to the venues providing exhibition space is the David Mikow Art Gallery, 1002 Vineyard Hill Road, in the Foxhall Manor community off South Rolling Road.
The gallery, in the home of Asher Mikow and Carolyn Forestiere and their two children, Dax, 6, and Sky, 3, is named in honor of Asher's father, a watercolor artist who died at age 27.
Shoppers considering a print made by a specific technique can view a variety on display Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. at the gallery.
The "Images in Print" display is the second in the gallery, following an exhibition of photographs in October.
The 31 prints are by 26 students and recent graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where Forestiere is political science professor.
"People really love working with their hands. There's something magical involved," said Irene Chan, who teaches printmaking at UMBC.
"Printmaking works very well with the current technology," she said on the students' use of computers in their work.
"But it has a very special look. Printmaking is very unique," she said during the exhibition's free opening reception Dec. 7. "You can't get something like that from an ink jet printer."
The prints, in various sizes and colors and made by different techniques, are arranged along the walls of two rooms on the right side of the residence.
They are arranged so the middle of the print is at eye level, said Calvin Custen, who co-curated the show with Chan.
"It was pretty straight forward and easy," said Custen, a Wheaton resident who also teaches printmaking at UMBC.
"The students, for them, this is a nice shot in the arm," he said. "For most, this is their first exhibition."
Atwater's bakery is also providing exhibition space for a group of area residents to make their debut.
The second-floor of the shop at 815 Frederick Road will have paintings by adult artists from the Staub Art Studio on display.
The bakery has been providing free exhibit space for local artists, including its own employees, since January, 2011.