The gallery was the brain child of Sally Carter and Pat Lewis. Sally owned a small building just north of the Rt 5 and Hollywood Road intersection. It was located at 119 Jefferson Street, where Cheseldines service station is now. It had been a print shop at one time, and was named the North End. That became the logical name of the gallery, as it was at the North End of Leonardtown.
Sally had a pottery business there until a school bus ran into the front of the building in early 1986. The business had to close in order to make repairs to the building. It was during that time Sally re thought the idea of her business. She and her friend Pat, decided to start an artist co-op.
Local artists were contacted, meetings were held, and a co-op was formed. The members helped to refurbish the small building by painting, cleaning and making it suitable to show lots of varied art work. The gallery was opened for business on September 1,1986, with it's first show.
The gallery remained in this location for about 7 years. At that point, Sally needed to sell her building. The group looked around and was lucky to find the location where we are now located. The building had been a dress shop in it's early days. It had then been home to a few businesses, but at the time we found it, it was vacant and in need of a tenant. Again, the members put in a lot of elbow grease to turn the building into a gallery space. Lots of painting, cleaning, new carpeting, and hanging rails were installed. The North End Gallery has been in it's present location since March 1993.
The Mulberry Fields Room
The gallery space in the back is named "The Mulberry Fields" room, dedicated to founding members and supporters of NEG in early days. Named after their home in Valley Lee, Mulberry Fields is a former working plantation from the 18th century. It was saved from developers in the 1960's by the Jansson family who moved to St. Mary's in the mid 60's and kept it as a working farm. The Jansson's were influential in starting the summer concert series at St.Marys College, organizing the Potomac River Association and helping found the North End Galley. Holgar Jansson and his son Gordon, were both artists and supporting members of the gallery. Mary Jansson was a force on her own, as was their son Eric, supporting both environment and arts in Southern Maryland. They played a vital role in keeping property at Piney Point from becoming turned into an oil refinery!
Many artists over the years have enjoyed the support and hospitality of the Janssons at Mulberry Fields, painting the beautiful landscape with free range to their property. Most of the Janssons have passed away over the years, but the property is still in the family and hopefully, will remain intact.
Our space at the gallery is dedicated to the Jansson family from Mulberry Fields.