Nestled on Main Street in downtown Ellicott City, the six-month-old Gallery f64 is filled with fine-art photography from around the world featuring amateur and professional photographers. Cityscapes, portraits and action shots line the light blue walls. The stark contrast of the red and black logo gives Gallery f64 a modern edge.
Doug Bruns, a professional photographer and owner of the gallery, is excited that his gallery is the newest addition to this weekend's Howard County's Road to the Arts.
"We hope to showcase photography as an art form to the general public, while educating them about Images for Change," he said.
Images for Change is a nonprofit foundation that awards grants to young people to help others abroad, Bruns said.
The Howard County Art Council's 18th annual Road to the Arts starts today at 13 art galleries throughout Howard County. Admission is free.
"The Road to the Arts began as a way to promote the breadth and diversity of the arts in Howard County, to bring the galleries and museums together with the common goal of fostering the arts, and to encourage residents to visit and learn more about local artists and arts organizations," said Trish Budd, deputy director of the Howard County Arts Council.
Some galleries, including the Columbia Arts Center, the Howard County Department of Education Professional Gallery and the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, have participated in the Road to the Arts since the beginning.
"We've been involved for all of these years to expand our exposure outside the Columbia art community," said Trudy Babchak, assistant director of the Columbia Arts Center.
The Columbia Arts Center will have a courtyard ceramics sale that will include demonstrations in conjunction with Road to the Arts.
Jann Tambullero, who has been affiliated with the Columbia Arts Center for 12 years, will participate as a demonstrator this year. In the past, Tambullero has sold her work in the courtyard sale.
"I've always enjoyed the Road to the Arts," she said. "It's always nice to see how people respond to what you have made and to get a sense of what the community responds to."
Jim Atkins, director of visual arts for Howard Community College, said the event is important to the prosperity of the local art community: "It's great that people in the visual arts community in Howard County cooperate with each other. We are all part of an artistic community. We should support each other and not just compete."
County Executive Ken Ulman is scheduled to attend a reception at 6 p.m. today at the Howard County Center for the Arts. The county will be honored for winning the Americans for the Arts 2007 National Award for County Leadership. The award honors the county government for advancing the arts in Howard County.
Howard County's Road to the Arts runs today through Sunday. The Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, has free Road to the Arts maps to mark the gallery destinations. For more information or to obtain a map, contact the Howard County Arts Council at 410 313-2787 or at www.hocoarts.org.