Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Art Basel week in Miami

It's about that time again. Hotel rooms are booked, gallery directors are are stressing out over last minute preparations and parties are planned! If you're planning to check out the endless amount of art fairs taking place in Miami Dec. 3 through Dec. 6, expect to see some familiar work. Both Cara Ober and Rob Tarbell will be exhibiting at Aqua Art. Cara Ober will also be exhibiting at Scope. Both of these fairs are a must see!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Website Launch!

Gallery Imperato has FINALLY launched a new website. The design is more user-friendly and makes browsing through the artwork much more enjoyable. There is still more to come so check back for updates. We are currently working on an Artwork Search Filter, which will allow visitors to browse by size, genre, color, price range, etc. There will also be a detail image feature allowing for up close looks of your favorite pieces. Check out what we have so far... www.galleryimperato.com

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Gallery Imperato is currently in the process of relocating. We will be available by appointment only during this transition. Please call us at 443.257.4166 to make arrangements to view artwork.

We look forward to disclosing our new location and the date for a grand re-opening celebration!

Be sure to join our email list to receive these announcements.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Human Subjects

The City of Greenbelt, Department of Recreation Presents

Human Subjects
Paintings by Sasha Blanton

through October 30, 2009 @ Greenbelt Community Center Art Gallery

15 Cresent Rd. Greenbelt, MD 20770

From Follow @ Die Botschaft 1628

From Follow
Polaroid collages by Matthew Kern
through November 21, 2009

presented at Die Botschaft 1628
courtesy of Gallery Imperato

Die Botschaft 1628 is a new venue for art and culture in Baltimore's historic Bolton Hill neighborhood. "Botschaft" means "message" and "embassy" (in German), which describes both the architectural space and the cultural mission of this private gallery.

Die Botschaft 1628
1628 Bolton Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
by appointment only

To schedule an appointment, please contact Gallery Imperato at 443.257.4166.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

SMOKE RINGS: New works by Rob Tarbell

Gallery Imperato is pleased to announce

Smoke Rings, a solo exhibition of new work by Rob Tarbell from his series, Smokes. Comprised of smoke-marked works on paper that depict performing animals, the work intends to balance accident with control and give permanence to the ephemeral. The parallel between the artist’s subjects and unconventional process makes for a thought-provoking exhibition. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to animal rescue organizations.

The idea for Smokes stemmed from a self-help technique in which sentimental objects are burned to remove their emotional burden. Tarbell took the technique a step further by mounting paper to the ceiling in a Michelangelo-like fashion in order to capture the resulting smoke. Credit cards, photos and slides of his artwork are frequently sacrificed. In the process of being destroyed, the burning objects emit smoke upwards onto the paper thus capturing and containing the memory of what was. The finished pieces depict almost ghost-like images of galloping horses, dancing bears and trickster elephants.

Modifying the behavior of the animals for use in entertainment requires knowledge of their specific natures and how they would respond to different stimuli. The same is true for the use of smoke as an instrument for creating art. The properties must be known and used appropriately or the desired result will not ensue. Attempting to control and direct smoke onto paper is much like taming a wild animal. It is unpredictable and unnatural, yet the result is often breathtaking. The images are kinetic, powerful, haunting and beautiful. They seem to have a life of their own, a spirit, a memory.

Smoke Rings will run from September 18 - October 31, 2009.
Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 18th from 7-10pm.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wrapping Up The Summer In Style

Gallery Imperato's current exhibit, In a Material World... is a hit! The show is receiving great press coverage including a review in The Baltimore Sun, an in-depth interview of artist Melissa Webb by Cara Ober, and a soon to be out review by City Paper's Bret McCabe. People have come out to see the elaborate wears in record numbers and the opening reception (complete with gnomes, women on stilts and ballerinas) was a blast. The last day of the exhibit is September 12.

In A Material World...

Gallery Imperato is pleased to present In a Material World.... Elaborate costumes by fiber artist Melissa Webb will be on display from August 14 through September 12, 2009. A selection of related photographs by Uli Loskot, Lisa Dietrich, and aminibigcircus will accompany the wears. Guests can expect to be served by garden gnomes and mingle among hi-society stilt walkers at an opening reception to be held on August 14 from 7-10pm.

For four weeks Gallery Imperato will be transformed into a mystical dreamland, a haunted forest, a magical storybook, a warehouse of the imagination. The Topiary Woman, Death Dance Bird, Swamp Nymph, Ghost Bride and other key players from former films, living installation works, and lively performances will come to a stand still. Familiar favorites will be joined by newly emerging characters in an environment that allows for an up-close examination. For the first time viewers are invited to explore the saturated colors, complex textures, and history behind a number of Webb's tactile creations in an intimate group setting.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Imperato Film Fest: An Annual Event?

The Imperato Film Fest, currently on display through August 8th, is a success! The feedback has been great and there are plans to make it an annual event. Below are links to the reviews and write-ups we've received so far...

McCabe, Bret. "Orbiting Artscape." City Paper

Nicklas, Brandon. "Gallery Imperato Film Fest!" The Riverside Rambler

Anyone interested in submitting work for 2010 should be sure to join the gallery's mailing list to receive future calls for entries.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


July 10, 2009 - August 8, 2009
Opening Reception: July 10, 7-10pm

Gallery Imperato is pleased to announce the very first Imperato Film Fest, a group exhibition of short films. Professional and amateur filmmakers, video artists and enthusiasts from across the globe were invited to submit entires under ten minutes in length. Submissions came in from Canada, France, the Netherlands, and across the U.S., allowing for an interesting and diverse group of artists. The exhibition will feature short videos and films in a variety of genres including narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and multi-media.

Set up in true exhibition style, the films will be displayed on individual pedestals and viewing screens around the gallery. Viewers have the freedom to pick and choose which images are enticing enough to listen in on. Viewing stations are conveniently equipped with headphones to prevent the disruption of outside noise. The line-up of artists includes Corrine Bot, Christine Chin, Bill Domonkos, Matthias Egger, Laura McClanahan, Joe Parker, Gautam Rao, Carl Stevens and Celine Trouillet.

Best of Baltimore 2009

Congratulations to Cara Ober for making it into Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2009 issue in which she was named MVP for Visual Arts. Check out this new video of her in the studio...

Success at AAF NYC

AAF NYC proved to be a success for Gallery Imperato. Despite the current state of our economy, we sold 31 pieces and were able to make a profit in the end! Tarbell, Ober and Cannings were our biggest sellers. Joy Behar from The View even walkewd away with a large Ober canvas on Mother's Day! We plan to be back next year.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Urban Blight opens May 15th

Urban Blight
New Works by Alyssa Dennis
May 15 - June 27, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday May 15th 7-10pm

Gallery Imperato is pleased to announce Urban Blight, a solo exhibition of new works by Alyssa Dennis. Through a series of mixed media drawings, Dennis attempts “to track the development of urban living systems.” Her work is a collection of ideas, information and experiments that study the human relationship to the built environment.

Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on Friday May 15th from 7-10pm.


This Saturday, May 2, is the LAST CHANCE to view our current show, Patterns of Obsession. Please click on the following links to read some recent reviews on the show:

Obsessed with Patterns of Obsession by Sara Simonian
Innovation and Determination at the Gallery Imperato by Lauren Billingsley

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Dreamy Polaroid Art of Matthew Kern

Baltimore OutLoud newspaper just featured a great write up on Matthew Kern. Pick up a copy of today's paper or click on the following link to check it out... http://galleryimperato.com/press_file/Defektive_Arts_Article.jpg

His artwork can be seen in person in our current show, Patterns of Obsession, through May 2.

Patterns of Obsession

on display through May 2

Gallery Imperato is pleased to announce Patterns of Obsession, a three-person show that brings into light the visual and behavioral patterns of each individual artist. On display will be Dana Reifler Amato's luminous, three-dimensional drawings, Chris Bathgate's precision made, metal sculptures, and Matthew Kern's mixed media Polaroid collages.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Laura McClanahan at Arts club of Washington

Artist Laura McClanahan will be showing her Photo Cells at the Arts Club of Washington. Her work can be seen in the front and back parlors on the main floor. The show runs through May 30.

Opening Reception May 1, 2009
6:30 -9:00 pm

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street NW
Washington DC 20006

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Alyssa Dennis in the running for Sondheim Prize

Congratulations to Alyssa Dennis who is now a semi-finalist of the 2009 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Award. The prize will award a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators working in the Baltimore region. Three of the images she applied with are included in her current show Structures currently on display at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Best of luck Alyssa!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Smoke Drawings

Just got the first batch of works from Rob Tarbell's new series of smoke drawings. The series is called "Diagnostics" and they are all Rorschach tests. Very cool.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Alyssa Dennis at University of Baltimore School of Law

Work by Alyssa Dennis

Opening Reception: Wednesday February 18th, 5:30-7:00pm

RSVP (not required but appreciated) to UBGalleryofArt@ubalt.edu or 410.837.4689

Exhibit Hours: 8am-10pm daily through April 24th, 2009
click for directions and parking

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Getting a Little Greener

Gallery Imperato would like to do our part in protecting the environment by limiting the amount of paper we use. To help us out, please drop us a quick line to let us know if 1)You are currently email announcements/invitations to our openings in addition to postcard invitations, or 2)You currently receive postcards only but would prefer to receive email invitations.
Cara Ober dropped off a new painting for our inventory. I think this is my all time favorite piece by her...

A crate containing Shannon Cannings' paintings of water guns arrived today. This is the first time I've seen them in person. They are AWESOME! Can't wait for the opening on the 30th:)

Galllery Imperato exhibiting at AAF NYC

AAF NYC is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 - $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 70 galleries from the US, Europe, Asia, Canada and South America. AAF 2009 will debut at its new home at 7 West 34th Street this May.

May 7 - 10, 2009
7 West 34th St. New York, NY

Saturday, January 17, 2009


oil paintings by Shannon Cannings
resin paintings by Jessica Dunegan

January 30-March 14 at Gallery Imperato

Opening Reception: Friday, January 30, 7-10pm

read more here