CRISFIELD — A former retail building that a few years ago housed a church as its last major tenant has undergone extensive renovation and is ready for its reopening as Gallery 413.
Located uptown across the street from the U.S. Post Office, 413 W. Main Street is now the headquarters of the Crisfield Arts Syndicate. It will feature visual art in all forms and the public is invited to its reservation-only grand opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 6.
The featured artist will be internationally acclaimed sculptor David Turner of Turner Sculpture in Onley, Va. He has been sculpting figures in bronze with his father William since 1983 and his work can be found all over the country, from private homes to public attractions and businesses (visit www.turnersculpture.com for photos and details).
In addition to a David Turner sculpture designed especially for the Crisfield Arts Syndicate, the gallery opening will include works of art by many local artists and others from around the state.
Also, there will be a special section devoted to work by the multimedia students at the Somerset County Technical High School.
The Crisfield Arts Syndicate is an independent nonprofit organization formed in late 2018 to support art and artists in Crisfield and the surrounding areas. The building on W. Main Street was acquired in early 2019 and has been undergoing an extensive renovation since that time. Prior to that through May of 2017 it had been for several years the Apostolic Worship Center, and before that the former Crisfield Paint & Carpet, now Bayside Home Center.
The renovated space is the first of three art-related activities to open. The other two will be workshop space and a learning center. They will open sometime next year.
At the grand opening there will be refreshments, music, a silent auction and a live auction of a David Turner sculpture. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event may be purchased online at www.crisfieldartssyndicate.org for $45 each (plus a $4.37 eventbrite fee) and cocktail attire is requested. Questions may be referred to board President Trish Kotzen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-651-8467.
Unrelated to the opening but on view outside will be the Crisfield Seafood Workers Mural which will be affixed to the building and unveiled on Nov. 5 by the Greater Crisfield Action Coalition and its partners. Cambridge muralist Michael Rosato is the artist for that project.