About 20 galleries will provide a fun way to explore their diverse offerings while supplying music, light refreshments and artists' demonstrations at the annual Annapolis Art Walk, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.
Visitors are advised to have any gallery representative sign or stamp their parking tickets to receive free parking at Hillman Garage off Main Street or at Gotts Court Garage at Calvert Street. The event is rain or shine.
With yellow balloons marking the way to all the galleries, art walkers could start at City Dock, where the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery is located at 110 Dock St. One of the city's oldest, this is the only gallery on City Dock and specializes in marine subjects including sailing representations.
It is a short distance to Main Street, where the 10-year-old Main Street Gallery is housed in a historic building at 109 Main St. An array of quality art in oil, watercolor, photography and sculpture is displayed in seven rooms on three floors. Gallery co-owner Christine Drewyer says artists Kirk McBride and Janice Antinucci will offer demonstrations.
American Craftworks Collection at 189-B Main St. is one of the region's newest galleries and features decorative glass, pottery, turned wood, accent furniture and jewelry. A walk north to 8 Francis St. is Easy Street Gallery, where a collection of stunning glass and decorative objects is showcased. Crafts demonstrations are on tap at Easy Street during Art Walk.
Handmade art in stained and fused glass, wood turnings, pottery, jewelry, scrimshaw, sculpture, paintings, photographs and prints created by 150 Maryland artists and craftsmen are featured at the League of Maryland Craftsmen at 216 Main St. The league will have artisans on hand plying their talents.
McBride Gallery at 215 Main St. is owned by Cynthia McBride, who has long championed local American Impressionists. McBride will hold demonstrations by two local Impressionists - Gavin Brooks and Tim Bell - who will illustrate their abilities to capture light.
Annapolis Pottery is a spacious studio-shop at 40 State Circle that displays original pieces created by local and national artists. Skilled potters will offer working demonstrations of their craft.
The Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery at 18 State Circle is a not-for-profit gallery exhibiting works of emerging and established local artists.
Munro Wood Studio at 14 State Circle offers landscapes and murals, and specializes in lifelike portraits. Art Walk participants can observe a 6-foot portrait being created at Munro Wood.
Maryland Avenue offers a touch of London's Bond Street with its first-rate galleries offering a wide range of collectible and museum-quality art. All Maryland Avenue galleries will participate during Annapolis Art Walk and all merit a visit.
Chesapeake Photo at Maryland Avenue and State Circle boasts a comprehensive photo collection ranging from Annapolis scenes to historic and nature photos.
At 39 Maryland Ave., La Petite Gallery specializes in 19th- and 20th-century eclectic art from American, European, Asian and South American artists.
Aurora Gallery at 67 Maryland Ave. displays the work of leading contemporary craftspeople in glass, clay, hand-painted silks and jewelry.
Maria's Picture Place at 45 Maryland Ave. offers limited editions, originals, photographs and posters plus a huge selection of Annapolis scenes.
Dawson Gallery at 44 Maryland Ave. specializes in museum-quality, late 19th- and early 20th-century American and European paintings.
Joining the Art Walk lineup for the first time this year are two new galleries: Garden Architects on West Street, where Amy Lutsko will create handmade botanical paper collages, and the Already Artists children's art gallery on Cornhill Street, where children can create artwork to take home.
Whitehall Gallery, at West and Cathedral streets, features historic maps, etchings and original paintings and watercolors.
The 49 West Cafe and Gallery has monthly exhibits by local artists with the European ambience of a coffee or wine bar.
ARTFX Gallery, a few doors down at 45 West St., features 55 regional artists working in pottery, jewelry, woodturning, glass, sculpture, painting, collage and photography.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum at 84 Franklin St. is dedicated to African-American history.
For additional information on the annual Annapolis Art Walk, check out the galleries' Web site at www.artinannapolis.com.