Avenue Antiques will be celebrating the official opening of its expansion into the Ideal Theater building next week, with a special preview of the Walters Art Museum’s Off the Wall project.
The Off the Wall project displays recreations of classic pieces along main streets and outdoor public spaces, and The Archdukes Albert and Isabella Visiting a Collector’s Cabinet will be unveiled along Avenue Antiques' Elm Street wall at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, according to a news release.
The paintings are recreated on weather resistant vinyl and placed in "period correct frames" and hung on commercial walls and placed in parks. According to the release, the project is set to be fully unveiled in November and the pieces will remain on display throughout the city through April.
After the unveiling, Avenue Antiques will celebrate its expansion with a ribbon cutting. The celebration starts a busy weekend in Hampden with the Hampden Village Merchants Association’s First Friday event, and the next day will be the neighborhood festival Hampdenfest.
Elissa Stratti, owner of Avenue Antiques, discussed her plans to expand into the Ideal Theater building in March, after Woodward’s moved its auction house to another location in East Baltimore.
At the time there were rumors circulating that the Ideal would return to use as a theater.
"Sorry Hampden it’s not going to be a movie theater," Stratti told Patch at the time.