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Best Baltimore Businesses With Art Galleries

August 12, 2013 6:00 AM

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Business and the arts are familial siblings whose common history can be found in the graffiti adorning the walls of the ancient and doomed Roman city of Pompeii. A trendy, astute and culturally attuned atmosphere pays homage to the role art plays in all levels of society, from home to business. Intrinsically valuable, displays of art provide the basis for discussions ranging from politics to social commentary symbolized by ever-changing communal aesthetics. By offering walls to local artists, savvy businesses acknowledge the visual relevance of art in history and contemporary society. Check out these Baltimore businesses and organizations where art moves the soul.

Bohemian Coffee House
1821 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 400-0022
www.bmorebohemian.com

A coffee house that boasts ownership by “real bohemians,” Bohemian Coffee House is a place to relax and enjoy coffee, a bite to eat and to enjoy company with like-minded free spirits. In tribute to art, the coffee house offers its space for local artists to mount an exhibit. All proposals are juried by staff. Visual art, musicians, poets and other artists are invited to become part of the legacy of the coffee house. The cafe’s walls have been graced by a wide range of art styles influenced by various cultures and movements.

Joe Squared Station North & Inner Harbor
133 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 545-0444
www.joesquared.com

Known for its hipster inclinations, coal-fired square pizza, risotto, quirky beers and a rum-amuck of rum selections, Joe Squared at Station North & Inner Harbor has a demonstrated commitment to food, drink, music and art. In July, Station North Art featured the visual works of Brady Starr, who has shown his work at the Metro Gallery, City Arts Gallery and other Baltimore art spots, as well as at the Blue Door Gallery in New York. The July show featured an exhibit of visual art from Make Studio, which supports the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. A schedule of live music and other events are featured on the website.

Station North Arts Cafe Gallery
1816 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 625-6440
www.stationnortharts.com

With a philosophy of “small-batch from scratch” fare, the Station North Arts Cafe Gallery is a favorite hangout for the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Baltimore crowds. Music, art, food and conversation mix with downtown culture at this critically acclaimed restaurant. In July, the cafe featured Ryan Stevenson and Jon-Michael Moses photography and a Hustle & Flow photo and video show. Check out what’s happening next at the website.

Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower
21 S. Eutaw St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(443) 874-3596
www.bromoseltzertower.com

Built in 1911, the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, which is modeled upon the design of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, has a unique history that has included a commitment to the arts from the beginning. Home to the Baltimore Office of Promotions & The Arts, the tower provides modern studio art space for both literary and visual artists. Art studios house more than 30 artists, whose work ranges from watercolors to film. Every Saturday  through Aug. 31, the tower offers an open house tour of in-house artists.

Current Space
421 N. Howard St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 343-9295
www.currentspace.com

An artist-run gallery, Current Space is located in a renovated space in the downtown area. Serving as a nexus of artistic and cultural endeavors, it has been operating since November 2004. In February, the organization opened its film darkroom to the public. Fighting the trend of digital photography, Current Space is offering courses and workshops on all aspects of film photography. Based on the community-supported art model, the program’s mission is to assist local artists through various activities, including education, outreach and exhibits.

Jeffrey B. Roth has won numerous state and national news and feature-writing awards during his career. A well-known crime writer, investigative reporter and a feature writer, Roth writes for a number of magazines and newspapers. Listed in the Locus Index of SciFi and Fantasy authors, Roth is the author of a number of published short stories and poetry. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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