New Berlin Art Gallery Thrilled with Early Reception

(SEPT 3, 2015) BERLIN, MD – Several months of renovations culminated with a grand opening of Berlin’s newest art gallery last week.  On Aug. 28 Art in the Fields opened at 6 S. Main St. to a crowd of local residents and town officials. The gallery is home to more than 50 pieces of modern art.

“Art as art is always inspiring,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “This project is certainly inspiring for the Town of Berlin.”  Williams and other town representatives joined owners for a ribbon cutting in front of the gallery as it opened its doors to the public for the first time.

Many of those present were eager to see what had been done with the interior of the gallery, which was formerly Mid Atlantic Pain Management. They were greeted with gleaming wood floors and white walls covered with the colorful work of Andy Warhol and other modern artists.  According to Kelly Lehman, gallery manager, in its main room Art in the Fields will feature a different artist each month. The well-known Campbell’s Soup and Marilyn Monroe prints of Warhol’s are on display now and will be followed by an exhibition of work by Erte, an artist and fashion designer. Ilya Bolotowsky will be featured after Erte.

Williams said he expected the gallery to be a good addition to the Berlin Arts and Entertainment District.  “We’re extremely excited this day has come,” he said Friday. “We’re grateful Art in the Fields has chosen Berlin for this gallery.”

New Berlin Gallery Hosts Successful Reception

(Sept 3, 2015) BERLIN, MD - Art in the Fields formally opened the doors to the revitalized space last Friday to reveal their Art in the Fields Gallery, which is filled with dozens of works from Andy Warhol’s renowned “Sunday B. Morning” series.  Visitors at the opening were impressed by the transformation and expressed their excitement of what the gallery brings to Berlin.

        Mayor Gee Williams and Gallery Manager Kelly Lehman

        Mayor Gee Williams and Gallery Manager Kelly Lehman

“I’ve been to several ribbon cuttings for some of the businesses here and this by far was the most well attended,” Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells  said. “I think people are excited to have an art gallery here. It brings a whole new feel to our Main Street. We’re not just boutiques and restaurants – we actually do have several art galleries here, and we have artists in Berlin.  “Everyone asks me what makes Berlin so cool – why is it America’s coolest small town? I think this new gallery is a great example, and it just adds some extra cool onto what we were already doing,” Wells added. 

Mayor Gee Williams said the gallery was a perfect addition to the arts and entertainment aspect of Berlin. “I think it can be a wonderful attraction – not just for our guests – but for our local residents in town and in the region, and for all kinds of experiences,” he said. “It’s a great way to enjoy art you already appreciate, and I think it’s also going to be great for people to widen their art experience.”  Williams said he has already spoken to the owners about the potential for educational experiences involving local school children.  “Working with the schools, working with other youth groups, working with the Berlin Youth Club – that’s just the beginning,” he said. 

Berlin Goes Pop; Warhol Show Marks Friday Gallery Opening

(Aug. 27, 2015) BERLIN, MD - Andy Warhol once said, “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.”

After waiting nearly five months, Warhol’s work will be featured on Friday during the grand opening of Art in the Fields, a new gallery in Berlin.  Prints from Warhol’s Sunday B. Morning series will be on display during an opening reception on Friday from 2:30-5 p.m., with a ribbon cutting set for 3 p.m. The celebration will continue on the following day with a second reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

“[Warhol] was a leading figure of pop art, and probably one of the biggest artists of the 20th Century,” Gallery Manager Kelly Lehman said. “He liked to take ordinary objects – something you’d see at the supermarket like a Campbell’s Soup can or a Coca-Cola bottle – and just give it a new meaning and give it more depth.”

Sunday B. Morning includes the “Marilyn” series, featuring Marilyn Monroe, “Mao,” featuring People’s Republic of China leader Mao Tse Tung, as well as the “Flower” series and the aforementioned Campbell’s Soup run of prints.

New Berlin Gallery Will Feature International Artists

(JULY 16, 2015) BERLIN, MD – Andy Warhol. Erte. Ilya Bolotowsky.  Not names you’d typically associate with Berlin.  The connections behind a new downtown gallery want to change that.   The gallery, Art in the Fields, located on Main Street, is expected to open later this month.

Unlike the numerous Berlin shops that feature work by local artists, Art in the Fields will showcase work by internationally known 20th century artists. The first exhibition will feature the Sunday B. Morning prints of Andy Warhol—including the iconic Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup prints.

It was Warhol who inspired gallery manager Kelly Lehman to set up a stand selling ice cream and soda outside the gallery as it undergoes renovations.  “Andy Warhol first showed his rejected ad drawings at an ice cream parlor,” Lehman said, explaining that the parlor’s owners had offered Warhol their wall space when his work had been turned down elsewhere. “He was interested in products you’d find in the market — even Coke.”

Gallery Offering Works By World-Class Artists

(May 28, 2015) BERLIN, MD - A number of art galleries on the Eastern Shore hang works by local artists, as well as prints of well-known works, but few can boast a collection of original contemporary pieces by renowned artists such as Marcel Mouly and Andy Warhol.

That's about to change next month, when Art in the Fields opens its door in downtown Berlin.  Most of the gallery's work is obtained through the secondary market, meaning work that has already been sold at least once.  While the primary market generally works through galleries representing artists, the secondary market often includes auctions such as those held by Christie's and Sotheby's.  Art in the Fields often finds its pieces via this route.

Design Changes Approved for Berlin's Newest Art Gallery Art in the Fields

(May 7, 2015) BERLIN, MD – Renovations at the former Mid Atlantic Pain Medicine building — set to become an art gallery — are expected to begin this month.

Members of the town’s historic district commission gave approval to begin much of the exterior work they have planned for the building at 6 S. Main St. on Wednesday. The commission will meet with the couple again next Wednesday to discuss lighting and landscaping at the property.

Art in the Fields Opening Soon in Berlin, Maryland

(April 16, 2015) BERLIN, MD- One of the few remaining empty spaces on the revitalized Berlin Main Street has been filled, Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells announced this week.

Wells reported the sale of the former Mid Atlantic Pain Medicine building on 6 South Main Street during a mayor and council meeting on Monday evening. 

Cam Bunting of Bunting Realty in Berlin brokered the deal, which closed on Monday.  “It will eventually become an art gallery,” Wells told the council. “I’m meeting with [the new owners] on Thursday.” 

“It’s an ideal place for an art gallery,” Mayor Gee Williams said during the meeting.