CRAIG FLINNER GALLERY
505 N. Charles St. "Leonetto Cappiello and the French Poster -- 1900-1940."
Though Leonetto Cappiello was Italian, not French, he was one of the leading figures in the school of French poster makers. In a sense he is probably most representative of the craft, as he was among the first to design posters as posters, rather than translating images or bringing sensibilities from another medium. The artists who produced these works were not the starving sort, as they earned a handsome living enticing the French public to buy such products as wine, liqueurs, and cigarette papers. In a manner typical of the genre, Cappiello would often use eye-catchingly bright colors against a field of black. His "green devil" piece is a classic of the school, says gallery owner Craig Flinner. Call 727-1863.
TOWSON STATE UNIVERSITY
University Union Gallery. "Disentangling From Dreams."
The title of this exhibit (through April 5), a combined thesis presentation by photographer Mary Skeen and sculptor Nicole Fall, was taken from one of Ms. Skeen's featured works. The piece combines a 6-foot black Plexiglas sculpture and black-and-white photography, an effect which "certainly dissolves the boundaries" between the two mediums, Ms. Skeen says. She and Ms. Fall decided to show their work together because their stylistic sensibilities are complementary. "Nicole's work is very organic -- her sculptures almost look like underwater life," Ms. Skeen says, while her own work is mostly of a stark, linear nature. Call 830-2808.