GATSBY DESIGN GALLERY
9917 Reisterstown Road
Works by Marvin Wies
Lifelong Baltimorean Marvin Wies is best known for his whimsical, colorful furniture, but this exhibit (extended through April 21) consists mostly of pieces that represent a new avenue of expression for the artist: 3-D painting.
The 3-D refers, in part, to the integral role the frames play in the pieces -- an evolution from Mr. Wies' furniture work, according to gallery owner Kathleen Roberts. Jagged-edged painted wood, dotted with intricate symbolic designs, the frames surround large, colorful, sweeping interiors she describes as "modernistic" and "expressionistic."
The furniture on display includes rustic, primitive pieces from the past as well as the more recent works that evince the modern approach to wood design demonstrated by the frames. Call 363-8431. 1809 Reisterstown Road
Landscapes are the theme of this exhibit (through April 30), though there are other connecting threads as well. All the artists displayed have been shown internationally; all now call America home, and all practice variations of impressionism, according to director Sarah Mantis.
Yoli, a native Peruvian and the only woman in the group, works in "Monet-ish" soft pastel oils. Lavie and Pierre Latour specialize in cityscapes and scenes, Theo Raucher in Alsace countryscapes. Aleah Koury, the only American and the one who leans most toward abstraction, focuses on broad skyscapes; Ghambaro, a transplanted Chinese, injects his European scenes with a bit of fantasy and romance, says Ms. Mantis. Call 484-8900.
UNICORN GALLERY OF THE TOWSON UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville
"Mixed Pleasures" by Josh Fendell
This exhibit (through April 28) changed its name from "Small Pleasures" to "Mixed Pleasures" after artist Josh Fendell was convinced to add some older, larger works to the predominantly 12-by-16-inch offerings.
Whether the result is small or large, though, the thematic inspiration remains the minute. He layers ink, felt-tip pen, and colorful acrylic paint over smaller-than-life images to form abstract, expressionist designs. Call 825-6045.