Baltimore Design Center. 200 W. North Ave.
Tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., a reception will be held for the second exhibit (through May 20) of Artshowcase member artists. Works by more than 50 individuals will be shown.
The day will also include an "Artist's Boulevard," where 12 members present their portfolios of unframed artwork, and an open house by the professional staff of the Baltimore Design Resource Center. On Saturdays from April 27 to May 18, a series of presentations on the "State of the Arts & Design" will be presented. Call 727-5980.
84 Franklin St., Annapolis. Turn-of-the-century life for African-American Annapolitans
This exhibit (through June 29) is just one outcome of a huge, 10-year-plus archaeological project conducted by the Historic Annapolis Foundation and the University of Maryland College Park.
It consists of recovered artifacts -- kitchen utensils, pottery, toys -- gleaned from digs at two formerly black neighborhoods. Oral histories from neighborhood descendants and archaeological comments also are highlighted.
The conclusion? Life for blacks and for whites in Annapolis was surprisingly similar at that time, if neighborhood excavations are any measure. Archaeologist George Logan calls it a significant conclusion, considering that other local digs, from earlier times, showed pronounced differences between the races. Call 974-2893.
CONRAD-MILLER STUDIO AND GALLERY
2007 Fleet St., Fells Point. Spring show -- paintings by Fells Point realists
Everything from flowers and still lifes to maritime pieces and landscapes are decking the walls of the gallery during its annual spring show (through May 5).
There are some connections between the works in the exhibit, however. All paintings are done in a realistic style, as co-op members are generally students of owners Nancy Conrad and Melvin Miller, or close friends whose work is similarly focused on realism. Also, the pieces are mostly oil and watercolors. Thirteen artists are represented this year, including Ms. Conrad, Mr. Miller, Carol Heck, Pauli Zmolek, Kathy Popera, Bob Strohman and Mary Jane Lauttman. Call 563-3190 .
ROCKLAND ARTS CENTER
8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Acrylic landscapes by C. Alden Phelps
"Accessibility" was one of the reasons the work of C. Alden Phelps, a 1989 winner of the Beautiful Billboards for Baltimore Contest, was chosen for this solo exhibit (through May 11).
Marylanders are no doubt familiar with many of his subjects, which range from the rolling hills of Carroll County to the 7-Elevens of urban areas.
The locales might not be instantly recognizable, however, as these common scenes are beheld from a bird's eye view. Mr. Phelps' latest focus has been on pavement -- parking lots, median strips and bank drive throughs -- looked upon from up high. He's also fascinated with the colors pavement comes in, says Jennifer Motruk, assistant to the director. Call 465-6700.