‘If you love it, frame it,’ Medart Gallery ad­vises

Shop, art gallery has been fam­ily owned for 50 years

The Enterprise - - Business - By CAROL SMITH csmith@somd­news.com

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.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY CAROL SMITH

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.

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