A photo of (left to right) Artist Louis Escobedo, Alan Brock & Yolanda Escobedo

A major art gallery has itself a new owner, who has pledged to follow the established traditions of the space’s two former owners. Details here!

South Street Art Gallery in Easton, Maryland, is now the property of artist and collector Alan Brock. An avid collector since 1986, Brock has amassed a robust collection of well over 200 original paintings by living artists whose work he admires. Fine Art Connoisseur profiled Brock in its February 2017 issue, highlighting his importance as a nationally recognized art collector.

Via the gallery’s press release: “Brock’s plan is to exhibit selected pieces from his personal collection while continuing to showcase the work of artists from the mid-Atlantic region. Eminent artists who continue to be represented by the gallery include Sue deLearie Adair, Jill Basham, Tim Bell, Lani Browning, Ed Cooper, Lisa Egeli, Hai-Ou Hou, Debra Howard, Sara Poly, and Nancy Tankersley. Recently he has added painter Christopher Best and will be introducing new and emerging artists from time to time. He also has bronze, steel, and wood works by sculptors Will Hemsley, Cheryl Langlais, Ted Morlock, Paul Rhymer, Mark Schwenk, David Stevens and Eric Tardiff.

“Still a working architect, Brock spends his three days a week at the gallery since January this year learning the business and making plans to offer interesting shows. In July he is offering all juried Plein Air Easton artists (plus some invited others) the opportunity to compete in a People’s Choice Exhibit at the gallery. The public will be offered the chance to vote for their favorite artist and the winner will be announced during the Plein Air Easton event, Saturday July 22, at a festive reception at the gallery. Brock states that he observed the public has limited opportunity to show appreciation for a favorite painting or artist during the festival other than by purchase, and he thought this opportunity would be a fun addition to the event.

“In August, South Street Art Gallery will premiere the first in an ongoing series of shows called ‘Introducing!’ These shows will feature new and emerging talent from the Mid-Atlantic region. In September, Stevensville artist Hai-Ou Hou will be featured in a show titled ‘Seeing the West through Eastern Eyes.’ Hou, who paints often in the Southwest, will exhibit plein air and studio paintings from her travels to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Zion National Park.

“In October, an artist from Texas, whom Alan met at a show at a gallery in Annapolis that featured works from a plein air trip to Cuba, will be featured. Bruce Bingham will be exhibiting new figurative works ‘with an edge’ as she explores our changing perceptions of the human figure.”

To learn more, visit South Street Art Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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