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Laura Era Artists, Troika Gallery owner

     Laura Era, Gallery Owner, and Professional Artist is an award-winning portrait and landscape painter. Born in Japan, but a native of the Eastern Shore, her artistic training began at an early age under the tutelage of her mother, portrait artist Dorothy F. Newland. 
      Laura has studied under many noted portrait artists and is an active member of The Portrait Society.  She is commissioned by the State of Maryland, Johns Hopkins Hospital, The University of Maryland and The Talbot Country Free Library. Children, adults and beloved pets have all been magically captured by her outstanding talent. Her paintings hang in collections throughout America and Europe.

     Laura is a well-respected art instructor having inspired many artists with her talent for teaching.  Her large waterfront studio in Dorchester County boasts of Eastern Shore light and ample space for her students.

 Laura Era
Troika Gallery

     Peg Fitzgerald, Troika Gallery Manager, has a background in art and holds a dual degree in journalism and studio art from the University of New Hampshire. A former editor at The National Art Museum and Gallery Guide, she created one of the first art guides to Soho in New York City. Peg was the Director of Communications at the Talbot Hospice Foundation for many years.

     Peg is an oil painter of landscapes and still life and has a fond appreciation for all things art. After raising five children she is now hoping to find the time to get back to her paints, although her grandchildren come first!  
     She is thrilled to manage Troika Gallery and awed by the talent!


 Peg Fitzgerald
Troika Gallery Manager

Expert Framing


     Jeff Swartout, Owner, Portside Framing in Annapolis provides expert, high quality Custom Framing to Troika Gallery customers with a personalized hands-on approach and attention to detail. All work is designed in-house at Troika Gallery with our extensive array of fine moldings in all shapes, sizes and finishes.
     A master in his field, Jeff uses only superb quality materials, museum quality glass, and boasts a shop with the highest state of the art machinery If you can visualize it, Jeff can frame it! 
     Let Troika Gallery and Jeff assist you with your framing. Jeff makes weekly visits to the gallery to pick up new work and deliver beautifully framed art.  Call the gallery, 410-770-9190, for details.

 Jeff Swartout
Owner, Portside Framing

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 Jeff Swartout
Master Framer

Expert Art Appraisal

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 Robert Koenke
Appraiser & Art Advisory

     Robert J. Koenke is a candidate of the American Society of Appraisers and has extensive experience in the art world. His specialty is sporting and wildlife art. His experience includes 24 years as owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of the world`s largest wildlife art publication, Wildlife Art.

     He has served on numerous art advisory boards including the Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN; the Waterfowl Festival, Easton MD; and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC and is a trustee of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.

     Mr. Koenke holds a B.A. degree from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN and a degree in Fine Arts Appraisal from Pratt Institute in New York. He has taught art and marketing. 
Robert can assist with Art Appraisals that may be necessary for a donation, insurance purposes, estates, collateral, consultation or for an equitable distribution.  He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and is a member of the American Association of Museums.  Call the gallery 410-770-9190 for details. 

Expert Art Restoration

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     Troika Gallery is proud to have a working relationship with a Fine Art Conservator, Ken Milton. As the sole proprietor of Fine Arts Conservation, Ken makes frequent visits to Troika Gallery to examine, document and treat paintings, frames and works of art. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Temple University and The University of Delaware in conjunction with The Winterthur Museum, Ken is well versed in his field.
     He is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic
 Works, The Guilders Association of America and The International Institute for Conservation of Historic Works.
     Please call the gallery at 410-770-9190 for more information.  Paintings may be brought to the gallery in advance of a visit by Ken. You will be contacted with a restoration estimate. 


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