Leedy-Voulkos has a secret entrance for renters through a patio area scented by nearby barbecue restaurants.
The trees, wrapped in strings of light, form a bower that shades the brick walls and large galvanized planter tubs encrusted with colorful broken dishes and bottles.
Each object appears to have found a new purpose: a birdbath is now a shrine to a saint. A cracked mirror plays a part in a mosaic.
Up the dark, steep staircase, the same story of renewal plays out.
At Studio Above, a working-artists studio owned by Leedy-Voulkos, there’s Ada Koch, the studio’s proprietor and one of the tenants.
Koch was a sales rep at Hewlett-Packard until she began selling her paintings and teaching art across the metro area. She runs a program called Art About Town, which aims to attract artists who otherwise might not find a way into the arts scene.
Another tenant, William Rose, worked for H&R Block until his mid-40s, when he picked up his daughter’s sketchpad on a whim and discovered a hidden talent. Now you can find his work on Strathmore drawing pads — each pad has one of Rose’s drawings on the cover.
His work also appears in the 2012 movie “The Forger,” starring Josh Hutcherson (of “Hunger Games” fame) as an artist. All of the character’s drawings are Rose’s.
Deb Callaway, this month’s featured artist at Studio Above, taught English for 30 years and has been painting for 40 — full time since her retirement in 2010.
She’ll show 21 paintings, including her popular “Marbles,” which are heavily influenced by Wayne Thiebaud’s use of color and cobalt shadowing. She has sold nine of 15 “Marbles.”
This is Callaway’s second showing at Studio Above.
“Ada welcomed me as another artist in the community,” she said. “There’s a real feeling of camaraderie there — let’s see how we can make this better for each other.”
Koch added: “Art can be a lonely profession, and we try to give it a little buzz. You can be competitive and have a hard time being with other artists, or we can see art as something personal and all work to support each other.”
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6-9 p.m. Friday
Studio Above, 2016 Baltimore