Fleckenstein Gallery’s new location in Hamden

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After a 2-year hiatus, Fleckenstein Gallery is back in the art scene withnew exhibits.

After spending seven years in Towson, in which Fleckenstein Gallery showed a variety of artists We had shown a variety of artists, they purchased some frame-making equipment in 2006 and decided to focus on getting that part of the business up and running. They developed a line of “gallery frames” with splined corners and a variety of finishes, as well as affordable framing for artists. We used the equipment in a shared space in the old Schwing building in Hampden.

Painting by Joan Erbe
When the former occupant purchased a place in Pennsylvania and moved out, they decided to consolidate the framing and the art parts of the business at the Hampden location, and spent the latter part of 2007 preparing the space and moving in. Even earlier this year various improvements have been made: opening up the octagonal windows in January, coating the distressed floor in February (you can still see where the horseshoe-shaped bar was located from the Carl’s Bar days, and somewhere behind the old wood paneling in the back is a mural of a Western scene), putting up sliding panels for the corner
samples in March, painting a mural (designed by Nancy Scheinman) on the building in April and May, and adding a free-standing art unit and a proper design table in May, topped off by our steel outdoor sign designed by Randy Slaysman of Slaysman Forge. After all this, they were finally ready for the art gallery!

Drawing by Deborah Donelson
The grand opening reception occurred June 12th. The venerable 81-year-old featured artist Joan Erbe was “holding court”, seated and meeting with her many friends and admirers, along with her friend/fellow artist M K Dilli. The place was packed, the tables were full of colorful foods and drinks, the walls were full of colorful art, and from what I understand, we seem to have created a little “buzz” about the place. Everyone loves the contemporary art gallery feel in this old industrial building.

painting by John Viles
They have images of work by Joan Erbe, M K Dilli available upon request; you can also take a peek at some work at some work on the website at

Fleckenstein Gallery & Archival Framing
3316 Keswick Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays 11am-7pm
Saturdays 12pm-5pm and by appointment

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