The Star-Democrat from Easton, Maryland on December 12, 2014 · Page 17
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The Star-Democrat from Easton, Maryland · Page 17

Easton, Maryland
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Friday, December 12, 2014
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on the web • The Bargaineer • December 12, 2014 • Page 17 By D McBriD ELKTON — Like the sign welcoming visitors to town says, the arts were alive in downtown Elkton on Friday night. That’s partly because it was the grand opening night for The Gallery at 122 Main. The artist-run small business is owned and operated by Carol Mangano, Kimie Ranken and Ki Crittenden. “Elkton is a gathering place for the arts community,” Mangano said. She said the business received a warm welcome, estimating about 80 people dropped in on Friday night. The event coincided with the monthly arts loop held on the first Friday of the month. Before opening the gallery, the three artists involved were not close. Each also hails from a different local artist community: Mangano from Elkton, Ranken from Havre de Grace, and Crittenden from Lincoln University. With each juggling other responsibilities, the co-owners will take turns working in the store. The Main Street addition, which is meant to be both shopping and art studio space, takes the place of Belle Connelle’s Emporium. Belle Connelle’s recently relocated to Chesapeake City. It also places The Gallery at 122 Main, sometimes called Gallery 122, right next to established business The Palette & The Page, which sells work from local artists. But everybody is friends here. When owners of The Palette & The Page heard a storefront would be opening up, they encouraged another arts business to move in. Right now, Elkton’s Main Street is primarily home to businesses relating to the court system. The Palette & The Page owners Patti Paulus, Lynn Whitt, Margie Blystone and Janet Youse stopped by Gallery 122 on Friday night to welcome the new business to town. Gallery 122 also found support form local artist Jessica St. Clair, who designed the gallery logo. Right now, the small gallery has work from the owners on display: acrylic, oil and oil pastels on canvas by Mangano; fine silver jewelry crafted by Ranken; and original pottery and ceramic art created by Crittenden. In the coming months, the new business owners said they hope to see the shop grow as a gathering place. The shop has a homey feel. The walls are done in welcoming shades of orange and green. Customers are encouraged to sit down for a complimentary mug of hot tea. The business will cater to the local arts community and those hoping to learn more about the arts. One of the walls in the front gallery area will exhibit work from other artists. The owners will also teach workshops in the shop’s lower level that opens up to Howard Street. And to a back room will sell art supplies to cater to the local arts community. “A.C. Moore is one of my favorite places to go, but it’s so far away,” said Mangano, who is also an art educator with Cecil County Public Schools. Mangano said she also sees the business expanding its offerings. A pantry area is in the process of being filled with kitchen specialties, like salt and olive oil. Vermont maple syrup that is harvested by a Gale- na couple is also on the way. The new owners believe they are off to a strong start. “We’ve been attending local merchant meetings, and we fit right in,” Mangano said. The store is located at 122 Main St. in Elkton and can also be found on Facebook. Holiday store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays as well as during holiday events hosted by the Elkton Chamber & Alliance. Starting in January, the store will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The store will open on Sundays for workshops. Arts community turns out for gallery opening The Gallery at 122 Main joins Elkton downtown CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY DARA MCBRIDE The Palette & The Page owners Patti Paulus, Lynn Whitt, Margie Blystone and Janet Youse welcomed new neighbors Carol Mangano, Kimie Ranken and Ki Crittenden at an opening for The Gallery at 122 Main.

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