Gallery Ten is the newest art gallery in Carroll County. It is located at the new bed and breakfast in Taneytown — Georges on York, at 10 York Street.
The inn is the brainchild of Sharon and Chris Tillman. They have always wanted to own an inn. The couple made this move in 2017. In addition to being innkeepers, Sharon Tillman is a marketing and communications professional. Chris Tillman is a civil engineer who works in his family paving and sitework business.
It took them two years of extensive searching to find the right property. When they saw this house, they knew it was the perfect property in the right location. The house is known locally as the Baumgardner House. It was built in two phases: 1840 and 1870. The layout is perfect for an inn and the rooms are huge. “It also has elegance,” Sharon Tillman said. The house itself is warm and welcoming. People just want to be here. It is decorated in comfortable elegance in a modern setting. It took a year in renovations to ready the house for occupancy.
“Being at the crossroads of Carroll, Frederick and Adams [Pennsylvania] counties is an ideal location. Taneytown was welcoming, excited and supportive of our endeavor. We feel the renaissance coming to Taneytown and we want to be part of it. There is a lot of new energy here, especially in the downtown historic district. This city has so much potential and it is set to do great things,” Sharon Tilman said.
Georges on York has five guest rooms, all with en suite baths. With all the renovations they did, they essentially built a new house inside a historic house. They offer a locally sourced home-cooked breakfast to guests. While Chris is the lead cook, the couple works as a team in all phases of the business. One of the features of the inn is the large common spaces including an outdoor patio. The inn also offers full wi-fi access for the business traveler as well as amenities for weekend guests.
Gallery Ten has always been part of their plan. Sharon Tillman was an art major at the University of Delaware and has worked in the commercial art field. They wanted to offer something in addition to guest rooms and thought that Taneytown needed an art gallery.
Art is something they are passionate about and they have the space to present both emerging artists and established artists. The gallery is in the formal living room. It is unique because it offers the viewer a chance to see art in a living space environment. The room was designed purposely as a gallery including the layout and lighting.
For more information or to contact Chris and Sharon Tillman, visit Georgesonyork.com.
The first exhibitor at Gallery Ten is photographer Steve Aprile, of Taneytown. Aprile always thought he would enjoy photography. When he retired from the Social Security Administration, he began to take photographs.
In 2006, Aprile and his wife moved to Easton on the Eastern Shore. The area is rich with photographic opportunities. According to Aprile, there are great instructors and an active camera club called the Tidewater Camera Club. Aprile took photography classes at nearby Chesapeake Community College and at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Since he and his wife have four grandchildren, there were many opportunities for taking photos.
“Easton is a good place to take photographs because of the Chesapeake Bay, the wetlands, the historic buildings and farmlands. I enjoy being outdoors, so it is another excuse for me to be outside,” Aprile said.
Aprile participated in shows held by the camera club. The Avalon Foundation holds the Plein Air Easton (pleinaireaston.com) the largest and most prestigious plein air competition in the United States, offering over $30,000 in prizes and attracting artists from around the county. At that time, it also had a photography contest. He also participated in shows at the Talbot County Community Center as well as at the Academy Art Museum.
Aprile’s cousin was a professional photographer and told him if you want to get better at photography, enter competitions. Following that advice, Aprile entered the Chesapeake Bay Foundation calendar contest. His image of a Great Blue Heron was chosen to be on the cover in 2012. He also entered the Maryland Division of Natural Resources Calendar Contest. Aprile had a full color image of Assateague Island ponies playing in the surf selected for publishing in their calendar.
Aprile and his wife moved to Carroll Vista in Taneytown to be closer to their family. Carroll County offers great opportunities for photography with its parks, wildlife and landscapes. Aprile joined the Carroll County Camera Club (www.carrollcountycameraclub.org). The club has lots of opportunities to exhibit and they are a very supportive club. Aprile participates in the exhibit the club has annually at the Carroll County Arts Council (carrollcountyartscouncil.org) and at Carroll Community College (carrollcc.edu).
“If something catches my attention and I can take a photo of it, I like to share it. There is no point to it otherwise,” Aprile said. “I think for someone who wants to pursue photography, joining a camera cub is their best option. Being a club member gives you more opportunities to learn and share your photographs.”
Currently, Aprile’s exhibit at Georges on York will last through April. The next two shows he will participate in are the Camera Club Shows and the Members Show at the Carroll County Arts Council.