MARYLAND HALL FOR CREATIVE ARTS, CARDINAL 0) GALLERY
An environmental angle, says curator Lee Mills, is what holds together the works of the three diverse artists featured in this Annapolis exhibit (through March 2). Kathy Strauss, a biologist who works with batik, derives her imagery from ocean research, taking microscopic detail and blowing it up to a large scale. A "topographic" quality is created by Spelman Evans Downer through infrared photography, satellite imagery and, in oil-on-canvas works, the use of "impasto," in thick crests of heavy, built-up paint. And a sense of physical and temporal dislocation characterizes photographer Neil McGreevy's before-and-later diptychs, which chronicle the effects of time at certain physical landmarks.
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Director Janice Baskin carries a lot of diverse artists and artworks at the gallery, from woodcuts by Carroll Summers to oil paintings by H. Claude Pissarro, grandson of French impressionist Camille Pissarro. But one name may ring more bells than any of the others combined: Peter Max. If the name doesn't do anything for you, Ms. Baskin can clue you in with one sentence: "He's the guy who did 'Yellow Submarine.' " The hands responsible for those uptight Blue Meanies have loosened up a bit, she feels, becoming more fluid. (All works will be here indefinitely.)