‘If you love it, frame it,’ Medart Gallery advises
Shop, art gallery has been family owned for 50 years
This year marks the 50th year of art for Medart Gallery & Custom Framing located in Dunkirk Gateway Business Center on Town Center Boulevard.
Medart Gallery is a family-owned and operated business that offers original oil paintings, limited edition prints, modern art, tableware and pottery, glassware, gift items and more, and provides custom picture framing, photo restoration and select art conservation services.
The gallery was founded 50 years ago by William and Annamaria Radosevic, who met in Italy and discovered they shared a common passion for art. The Radosevics’ daughter, Teresa Schrodel, serves as gallery director. Their son, Frank Radosevic, produces the gallery’s custom picture frames.
“When it started in 1968, it was a wholesale business importing Italian oil paintings, wholesaling them to art galleries and other frame shops that also sold art,” Frank Radosevic said.
“That’s what we did growing up,” Schrodel said. “We would go to Italy, purchase the paintings, come back and wholesale them up and down the East Coast.”
In 1979, William and Annamaria Radosevic opened their first gallery as a concessionaire for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at Andrews Air Force Base. Six years later, the Radosevics opened a second gallery, their first in Calvert, at Bright Center West in Owings, and continued to offer art as a roving concessionaire to military installations across the Washington area.
“The people that ran the concessionaires at Andrews always liked our mother,” Frank said. “A space became available on the [base exchange] complex, so we opened up a shop there called ‘Anna’s Place’ … my mom did that for years.”
“She had art everywhere,” Schrodel added. “Dad ran the gallery down here. Mom ran the gallery on Andrews.”
In 1992, the Radosevics moved the gallery’s operations from Owings to a retail space in Dunkirk Marketplace, then later relocated the gallery to its current location in Dunkirk Gateway Business Center on Town Center Boulevard.
“The customers have been wonderful,” Schrodel said. “They’ve followed us.”
Over the years, Medart’s offerings have grown to include original oil paintings, art prints, gallery-wrapped canvases, sequential art, limited-edition prints, photographs, ceramic baking dishes, pottery, tableware from Italy, fused glass, religious art and Christian gifts, hand-crafted jewelry from Pen- ny James Jewelry Co., ceremonial flag cases, medal cases, ready-made frames, unique gift items and more.
From initial consultation and material selection through framing delivery, Medart’s custom picture framing services let customers showcase their one-of-a-kind works of art, photos, diplomas and certificates, memorabilia, medals, keepsakes, collectibles and other items of value.
“If you love it, frame it,” Schrodel said.
The gallery also offers photo restoration services, as well as select conservation services for art that may be damaged or in poor shape.
“We work with a couple conservators, a paper and a fabric conservator, we bring in on particular projects that need their attention,” Frank said.
Throughout the year, Medart will celebrate its 50th year in business with a quarterly drawing where entrants will receive a chance to win a $500 gift cer- tificate and a piece of Penny James jewelry designed by local artist Heather Maertens.
“We’re doing one drawing a quarter, and people can enter each quarter,” Schrodel said. “The way to enter the drawing is to bring in canned food items that will, in turn, be donated to the Ladies of Charity Food Pan- try in North Beach.”
Medart hosted a 50th anniversary celebration at its gallery in Dunkirk that was expected to include gallery founders William and Annamaria Radosevic; Maryland’s first lady, Yumi Hogan; members of the county’s board of commissioners; and state and local officials.
Carmen Schrodel shrink-wraps a framing order at Medart Gallery & Custom Framing located on Town Center Boulevard in Dunkirk.
Gallery director Teresa Schrodel, left, and the gallery’s custom picture framer, Frank Radosevic, stand at the counter.