May-June 2011 | UNITED ARTISTS




Local artists form a co-operative in Ocean View that brings stirring works of original art to an eagerly waiting community

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

Established in 2005, Gallery One is an artists’ cooperative that comprises a coterie of well over 20 artists and artisans who hail from the Eastern Shore regions of Maryland and Delaware. Their Ocean View gallery is teeming with original work and fine-art reproductions ranging from paintings and multimedia flat art to glass, photography, pottery, sculpture and textiles.

The artist-owners — who have most recently been joined by accomplished pastel artist Laura Hickman — offer a wide variety of styles and media. Inspirations for subject matter may come from sources as immediate as local scenery and seascapes or as remote as the European countryside, with florals, still lifes, figures, portraits and abstract renderings all offered in traditional and contemporary motifs.

The gallery, online at, meanwhile, is refreshed on an ongoing basis, and the entire space is rehung once a month to ensure that customers are treated to the most recent and best work available.

Each month, a special theme exhibit is displayed in which each of the artist-owners offers a painting representing his or her unique perspective on that theme. In May, for example, the theme is “Paintings and Their Sources,” while June will see the artists display their interpretations of what is described only as “Liquid.” 

Classes and workshops are held throughout the year for artists of all experience levels and are taught by resident artists in addition to well-known local, national and international instructors. Recent offerings have included watercolor, oil, sculpture, dichroic glass, collage and drawing. In July and August there are various classes offered for children.

“Many of our artists also do commission work,” reported Jeanne Mueller, one of the gallery’s artist-owners. “They’ve been hired to do things like custom portraits and illustrations of homes or other special places and events.”

On April 30, Gallery One celebrated their impending sixth summer season of business and was open to the public for the general consumption of snacks, libations and some brilliant local artwork.

Gallery One is open year-round and seven days a week. It is easily accessed from all parts of the Eastern Shore.

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