The North End Gallery of Leonardtown is committed to promoting work of the finest traditional and contemporary artists of Southern Maryland. The rich and historical area along the rolling farmland and magnificent shores of the Chesapeake region provide an inspirational setting for artists working in many different mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, hand-pulled serigraphs, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, decorative art, stained glass, painted silk, and photography.
The gallery features a diverse and vibrant roster of emerging and renowned artists who are committed to developing their craft and who support the arts throughout Southern Maryland. The mixture of functional and fine art reflects their eclectic and ever-changing commitment to providing new and exciting work for display.
The gallery works change every month. The First Friday of each month is marked with a reception from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. that features the works of select artists and a monthly theme. The public is warmly welcomed to share in these celebrations, meet the artists, and get an early peek at newly released art. For more information please link to Gallery Special Events and First Fridays.
A Brief History of North End Gallery
In 1986 a group of talented artists from the Southern Maryland area joined forces to discuss starting a cooperative gallery in Leonardtown, MD. Sally Carter, a potter, and Pat Lewis, a painter and sculptor originated the idea of a gallery featuring local artists. That meeting resulted in the founding of the North End Gallery. The first exhibit opened in September of 1986 with 25 artist members showing their works.
The North End Gallery got its name from the original building on Rt. 5 which had housed the old “North End Printing Shop”. Sally Carter had a pottery studio there. An unfortunate accident which involved a bus coming through the front of the building resulted in rebuilding the front area. This gave Sally and her friend, Pat Lewis the idea of forming a gallery of local artists to use this new lovely space. This was the first home of the gallery and was our location for about 5 years, then the group moved to the current location on Fenwick Street.
Today, the North End Gallery is a thriving gallery with up to 35 member/owners who actively participate in the promotion, management, and support of day-to-day activities. This unique owner/membership cooperative effort assures a high level of commitment to providing our customers with the best selection of creative work available in the region.
The gallery members are actively involved in building our commitment to the community through the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, the Leonardtown Business Association, the St. Mary’s County Department of Tourism, St. Mary’s College, and various youth programs throughout Southern Maryland. New artist member/owners are considered for inclusion through a juried review process by the current members periodically throughout the year. Contact the gallery for more information.
North End Gallery is a proud member of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce and has been chosen as “Southern Maryland’s Finest Gallery” by Maryland Life magazine for the last 3 years