The Fraser Gallery, which closed its Bethesda storefront location last year, is set to return to Bethesda to host an exhibit by New York City-based artist David FeBland.
The exhibition is slated for Oct. 3 through Oct. 28 at Gallery B. Now a community art gallery operated by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Gallery B is the Fraser Gallery’s former downtown Bethesda location.
Fraser Gallery founder Catriona Fraser was among several Bethesda gallery owners who closed their doors following the economic downturn.
In recent months, “I’ve been doing exactly the same thing I’ve been doing the last 15 years – selling art – just without the storefront location,” Fraser said.
Fraser continues to represent about 20 artists, including FeBland, selling their work online and through art fairs.
“It’s important that I’m still giving my artists opportunities to not only sell their work but to also have exhibits,” Fraser wrote in an email to Patch. “That way they can get reviewed and I can introduce their work to new collectors.”
Fraser said she’s selling the same amount of work as she has been since 2008, when the gallery’s Bethesda storefront location was still open, though sales are “nowhere near where they used to be when the economy was better.”
Fraser is still deeply involved with the Bethesda arts community as a board member of the Washington School of Photography, the chair of the Bethesda Painting Awards and the Trawick Prize, and the director of the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival.
The exhibit will mark FeBland’s sixth solo exhibition with the Fraser Gallery. An opening reception is set for Oct. 12 in conjunction with Bethesda Art Walk.