roycrosse & Ruth Pettus: Conventions
Artists Reception Saturday, March 26th 2011 6-9 pm
March 26th to April 24th 2011

Area 405 is pleased to announce a two person show: Conventions, an exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculpture and installation by roycrosse and Ruth Pettus.

roycrosse was born in Trinidad and has since lived and worked in Canada and throughout the United States. He moved to Baltimore in 2002 and along with continuing to make and show his own work nationwide, he runs Westnorth Studios in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. roycrosse has been featured recently in Sculpture Magazine and dozens of solo exhibitions, collections, and commissions. For more information about roycrosse

For Conventions, roycrosse’s body of work, titled War and Peace, is a series of several installations reflecting upon the contemporary political climate and foreign policy.

Ruth Pettus was born in New Zealand. She spent her childhood in London and Australia then moved to the U.S. settling in Baltimore. Ruth’s ominous large scale paintings feature shadowy figures on deserted landscapes. For the last 12 years, Ruth has also been working with cast off shoes, growing a collection of unique storytelling pieces that create bigger installations. Ruth’s paintings and shoes have been exhibited internationally.

For Conventions, Ruth’s large paintings fill the walls of Area 405 and her armies of shoes fill the floors. For more information about Ruth Pettus

Additional events and artist gatherings and talks to be announced.

Since 2003, Area 405 has hosted a range of events from visual arts exhibitions and dance performances to video screenings, theatre and experimental music performances. Area 405 also serves its community by hosting benefits and meeting space for non profits, schools and neighborhood groups. Area 405 offers one of the region’s largest exhibition spaces. At nearly 7,000 square feet, this former industrial site is an ideal context in which to present large-scale exhibitions. It is housed in a 160 year old 66,000 square foot artist owned building where over 30 artists create. Area 405 is solely run by volunteers.

This exhibition is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For more information about the gallery or this exhibition, please visit Area 405’s website at or contact us at [email protected]

Gallery hours for Conventions are Sundays noon-3pm and by appointment.
Area 405 is located at 405 East Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.