Meet the Owner
Robert J. Buden
Robert Buden, owner and curator, came to Havre de Grace in 2002. He operated the building, known as Artists' Emporium, as a European tapestry import and distribution center. The gallery began as Holiday pop-up shops in both 2015 and 2016. With success during both of those seasonal events, he was encouraged by many to open the gallery up full-time. Now, the gallery is full with many artists, who compose a variety of pieces. In the gallery, patrons can find oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, diverse forms of sculpture, assorted pieces of jewelry, blown glass, and so much more. Mr. Buden seeks to remain engaged with the community and to continue bringing art and creativity to Harford County, art that appeals to a variety of people. He can be found in the gallery to chat about any pieces currently on display!
About the Gallery
Artists' Emporium was not always an art gallery-- it was erected in 1896 by a Philadelphia architect for the purpose of selling high-end women's clothing. The establishing owner ran Newmeyer's Clothing Store for a bustling town along the Susquehanna, through which many travelers passed and needed new provisions prior to reaching Baltimore. After the 1970's, local Allen Fair purchased the building, opening a mini-mall. Then, in 2002, Robert Buden purchased the building, utilizing it as his center for European wall tapestry import and distribution until 2008, and he has since turned it into a thriving gallery!