May-June 2012 | THE DEAL OF THE ART

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ARTISTICALLY SPEAKING

THE DEAL OF THE ART

American Art Gallery's Barb Dougherty seeks to replicate the pivotal role of the European art dealer on the Eastern Shore

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

Though Barb Dougherty’s American Art Gallery in Snow Hill even has a representation of the Stars and Stripes as part of its logo, the inspiration for her gallery on N. Washington Street comes straight from the Old Country.
 
“I’ve spent years studying the legendary art dealers of Europe to learn who they were and what they did to promote the arts,” said Dougherty, who has a law degree, having 
specialized in intellectual property. “One thing I learned was that in Europe, art dealers played a pivotal role in bringing artists and art patrons together, which was a key reason why the arts were such a vital part of the continental culture. Unfortunately, we really don’t follow that model as much in the United States, so I made it the mission of the American Art Gallery to replicate that mentality of bringing artists and art patrons together.”
 
Dougherty has over 600 works of original art to be viewed and purchased, by artists such as Michele Byrne, Tara Grim and Luke Dougherty, Dougherty’s son, who has enjoyed success in the highly competitive New York art world. She also features original photo-graphy by pioneer aviator and billionaire Howard Hughes, as well as work from iconic abstract-expressionist painter/printmaker Robert Motherwell.
 
The gallery stages three solo exhibitions a year, including one in April that showcases the work of California artist Robert Burridge as part of her “Dining with Art” series, in which attendees get to enjoy a catered dinner, wine and dessert, all set to live music and 
followed by a group discussion with the featured artist.
 
The American Art Gallery specializes in contemporary and traditional two- and three-dimensional artwork by locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists, as well as emerging artists.
 
 
THE AMERICAN ART GALLERY
 410-546-4749
 


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