New Abingdon business is a hair salon + an art gallery

Expect the unexpected at Subtle Rebellion Salon Gallery, where the chemistry between ‘citified” stylist Lisa Jones Butz and gallery director Lisa Sincok is reflected in the art and atmosphere of the business

New and even long-time residents will be pleased to discover Subtle Rebellion Salon + Gallery, which in January opened in the Abingdon space vacated by The Greenery.

Operating as a cooperative initiated by Lisa Jones-Butz the new business is aptly named considering, at first glance, combining a place where hair is cut, colored and crafted into fashion with a place where juried art is offered for sale seems a bit, well, citified.

Not so, according to Jones-Butz. She said, “Design and an and fashion and hair – it all relates.”

Jones-Butz grew up in Bel Air and graduated from C. Milton Wright High School, class of 1987 Since then, she has come and gone as educational and professional opportunities presented themselves.

First graduating from Roberts Institute Flair Design in Timonium, she attended the Clairol Institute in New York City to hone her hair coloring skills. Coming hack to finish a degree at Harford Community College, she next earned a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from the University of Baltimore. Of course, she supported herself cutting and coloring hair and was tapped to do hair at fashion and hair shows.

Opportunity knocked when she accepted a color educator position with Wella. Soon, she was jetting around the country teaching in high-end salons in New York and California three days a week, while working at a Baltimore salon four days a week.

An attractive woman with a distinctive sense of personal fashion, Jones-Butz continued doing hair and fashion shows and found herself onstage with a microphone, describing hair fashion to audiences, and on TV doing morning makeover segments for a Baltimore TV station. With her communications background, the segue to writing about hair and fashion and planning fashion pages for magazines was a natural one.

In essence, the Bel Air girl became a successful, professional urban woman. With husband Stephen Butz, a Fallston High School graduate and successlul software entrepreneur, she traveled the world. They fell in love with art along the way.

The couple eventually became a family and decided to settle in Harford County to raise their three young children. The nod to their somewhat rural roots didn’t mean they could leave behind the influences that shaped them.

Fast forward to Subtle Rebellion Salon + Gallery. With the support of family and friends, Jones-Butz has created her perfect world in 1.200 sq. ft of space the couple renovated over three months. Divided by a graceful arched wall, the space features high ceilings, pendant and spot lighting and a subtle black, white and gold color scheme that inspires the creation of art through hair design on one side and the display of art on the other.

Two hair professionals have joined the cooperative, seasoned stylist Amanda Vaughn and Megan Little, who Jones-Butz said “is young but has talent like nobody’s business.”

Jones-Butz said, “Each is outstanding in the field. I don’t have time to nurture young stylists. Everything out the door still has my name on it, so it’s got to be high-end, fashion forward and cutting edge.”

Artist Lisa Sincock joined the cooperative as gallery director. New art is displayed monthly, and, Subtle Rebellion Salon + Gallery has artists booked through September to display and sell their work. Art by Jim Condrun and James VonMinor is scheduled for May.

Photography by select local artists was up when the business opened. Jones-Butz said, “We sold three pieces. It’s all reasonably priced.”

In time, Sincock plans to bring in multiple artists working in varied media under themes.

The public is invited to opening parties for each showing, scheduled for the second Friday of each month from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. The gallery will host artist meet and greets about two weeks later, depending on artist availability.

Hair appointments can be scheduled online at Subtle Rebellion Salon + Gallery is situated at 3007A Emmorton Road, is also on Facebook.

Article from May, 2011 Harford Ledger