Relief fund established for artists affected by Ellicott City flooding

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A relief fund has been set up to help artists affected by the Ellicott City flooding.

UPDATE: The member-owned Artists' Gallery is stepping up to support flood relief in Ellicott City, where many artists and art businesses suffered losses.

The Artists' Gallery had been planning to move from its Columbia location to Ellicott City; that plan is now on hold. Members issued a statement saying:

"We consider ourselves very fortunate that we had not yet moved ... and, therefore, did not lose anything. But knowing how much other merchants, galleries and residents in Ellicott City are suffering, we are taking up a member collection for the Ellicott City Partnership to support their flood relief work and we are offering a portion of all August sales to this organization. We hope many of our friends and neighbors will help us in this effort."

The exhibit runs through Sept. 2 at Artists’ Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. A reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call 410-740-8249, or go to

Among those badly affected by the historic flood in Ellicott City were artists who had studios and galleries there.

To assist them in recovering, the Howard County Arts Council has set up Re-create: Ellicott City Artist Relief Fund. Donations can be made online.

In addition, a portion of proceeds from sales in the seventh annual exhibit "Paint It! Ellicott City 2016" will be donated to the fund. That exhibit of plein air works at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, has been extended through September. The council reports that some artists in the show are donating all proceeds from sales to the relief fund.


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