sent out an e-mail press release last Friday, Oct. 23, announcing immediate relocation plans:
Gallery director Cheri Landry confirmed the move but wanted to clarify that the decision was a pragmatic matter. "More than half our space is another company, and with the economy and everything they ended up having to close down," Landry says when reached by phone later that afternoon. "We knew we weren't going to be able to stay here—it's a huge space and it's expensive and we wouldn't have been able to afford it on our own. So we're going to venture out and find a new space that is more ideal for us.
"The thing is, it's such odd timing because, I can't explain this, but for some reason we've been doing better than ever," Landry continues. "And it's crazy because these past few months, each month we do better than the last month in terms of art sales. And I don't know if it's because we finally hit that five-year mark where you kind of make it or break it. And we're finally to a really good, strong point."
Even in an art community as relatively compact as Baltimore's, Gallery Imperato has always felt a tad afield in its Locust Point location on East Fort Avenue. While the city doesn't boast a specific concentrated area that functions as a "gallery district," it still feels easy enough to migrate from East Baltimore's
downtown to Hampden's
on those increasingly frequent Baltimore weekend evenings packed with dozens of openings/receptions. Even being fairly near the
and local veteran
didn't make getting to and from Imperato all the convenient—especially for anybody trying to gallery hop by bike or public transportation.
Better visibility factors into Landry's current search for a new space. "We definitely want to stay in Baltimore city—I want to be on a street that has a lot more traffic so we can be a little more visible," she says. "I've always really wanted to move the gallery, to be honest with you. I love the look of our space but I want to be more visible. We're in a courtyard, tucked away."
Although Landry admitted to being a little "mentally and physically drained right now"—everything had to get packed by last Friday—she's enthusiastic and optimistic about the relocation. A change for the gallery is a good thing at this point in time. "It's exciting because today is actually our last day in our current space, which feels really good," she says. "It means I can finally start narrowing down the search for the ideal new location. I want to move as soon as possible. I think we're going to be able to find something very quickly—that's the plan at least. I don't want to be dormant for too long. I'm still available for appointments, studio visits, and what not. I just can't put on another show until we get another space and I don't want to put too much of a pause on my exhibit schedule. So the sooner the better."