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Tattoo Studio’s Art Gallery in Towson offers opportunities to local artists

Skin, flowerboxes, libraries, gallery walls are all places to spy amazing artwork in Towson. Triple Crown Tattoo Studio Art Gallery owner Deirdre Aikin is making sure of that.

Aikin, who is also co-founder of Towson Creative Partnership and chair of the Baltimore County Arts Council, is committed to boosting the visibility of artwork in the community.

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She has a particular passion for giving forward, for helping local and up-and-coming artists find outlets for showcasing their work. She also has taken several Towson University art students under her wing so they can learn the processes involved in curating an exhibit and gain confidence in negotiating and advocating for opportunities for themselves in the art world.

The “New Works” gallery show by Greg McLemore opened May 9 and will be closing soon.
The “New Works” gallery show by Greg McLemore opened May 9 and will be closing soon. (Alison Graham)

The York & Penn Fine Art Gallery within Triple Crown sponsors local fine art and hosts local art communities.

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“In a relatively short period of time, Triple Crown has firmly positioned itself as the vanguard of the downtown district’s growing art scene. They are the equal of any gallery in SOHO,” says David Riley, Towson Creative Partnership Co-Chair.

Art exhibits returned this spring, and it has been a welcome event.

“The gallery is something everybody here has a lot of respect for,” says Connor Aikin, Manager of Triple Crown. “I’m excited that we’re back into the swing of things, full steam ahead. We’re starting to leave the pandemic behind us, and I think offering a space for people to finally get together again is what we all need. Art has always been a salve in times like these, and we believe the work we’re doing is important because of that.”

Thao Nguyen Foundation “Daybreak” art show in spring 2021 was a return to gallery exhibit opportunities.
Thao Nguyen Foundation “Daybreak” art show in spring 2021 was a return to gallery exhibit opportunities. (David Riley)

The Thao Nguyen Foundation art show, “Daybreak,” was the first featured exhibit when the studio was able to resume art shows in March.

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“It was a first marker of getting back since COVID. The first time I’d seen people so happy in a while,” recalls Connor Aikin.

The current show, “New Works” by Greg McLemore, opened on May 9. It presents artwork sketched in Nagasaki, Japan, rendered into paintings. It is the gallery’s first single-artist show, and the most focused and directed yet.

The “New Works” gallery show by Greg McLemore opened May 9 and will be closing soon.
The “New Works” gallery show by Greg McLemore opened May 9 and will be closing soon. (Alison Graham)

Coming up next, in late June and running through mid-July, will be a showcase of work from Haley Furman, a Towson University art student whose talent as an illustrator caught Deirdre Aikin’s attention.

Furman was also tapped to lend her skills to the BGE “Power of Art” initiative, designing and painting power boxes around town.

Additional art projects in the community in which Deirdre Aikin has played a role include the recently completed “Elements of Development” mural on the Towson Library building, and the downtown Towson flower box paintings that began last summer.

Beautifying spaces is a way to get people engaged and invested in keeping our community clean and safe, and brings smiles, too.

Two more gallery art shows will take place later this summer, and another in the fall. Check out the website triplecrowntowson.com or stop on into the studio/gallery to find out more.

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