Creatively Cool 2015: Abbey Parrish

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Platform Gallery Co-Founder Abbey Parrish. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

Platform Gallery Co-Founder Abbey Parrish. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck


Back in the summer of 2014, we spotted a fresh and unfamiliar face to capture for our street style series in Charles Village. As we don’t take names for such posts, hence the ‘strangers’ aspect, we ended up titling this street styler ‘Cerulean Blue,’ after the color of her wedges.

“Yeah! I stalked SWS on social media for ages before we met, and so I was so pumped when you asked me to stop for a photo,” Abbey Parrish said.

At that time, she was newly moved into the neighborhood, and was talking about gearing up to open an art gallery downtown. We don’t see too many of the strangers we’ve photographed on the street, but it came to no surprise to the now-cofounder of Platform Gallery that we’d meet again.

“Baltimore is so small,” Parrish said. “I figured we would run into each other at openings or shopping.”

Co-founding and co-directing the Mulberry Street art venue with business partner Lydia Pettit, Platform Gallery opened up to the public for their first art exhibit, Tradition and Interpretation, featuring the works of Jeffery Kent and Stephen Towns.

Since then, Platform Gallery has curated a number of shows that are interesting, through-provoking, and simply quality work.

And as much of her routine, Parrish can be spotted running around for meetings or errands dressed to kill. We recently met up with the 23-year-old for coffee. She entered the shop in a bodycon black dress with matching stilettos. Her ever-changing hairdo was a bleached buzzcut.

“I had to wear uniforms uniforms my whole life, so I think my style is a bit all over the place,” Parrish said. “I’m tired of conforming.”

Staying true to her nonconformist ways, she’s able to apply the same style to Platform Gallery, introducing a varied selection of artists, as she and Pettit try to do their part in growing the Baltimore art scene.

“It’s tiny, but mighty,” she said. “My friend Abdu Ali said that Baltimore is unruly, and I feel like this is the status quo we are always striving for. There’s room to grow, scream, and kick your feet.”

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