RENAISSANCE FINE ARTS GALLERY
1809 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. "Pastels on Paper and Serigraphs by Israeli artist Zule."
Colorful, lively and highly romantic images of the cafe society of Buenos Aires during the '20s and '30s highlight this exhibit (through June 10) by Argentina-born artist Zule. Zule, who emigrated to Israel in 1962 and continues to live there, has 50 works on display. They are pastels on paper (painted entirely with her thumbs) or acrylic on canvas (done with a paintbrush). Her paintings focus mainly on the lives of the inhabitants of La Caminito, the artist's quarter of Buenos Aires. "There's a fantasy to it, a dream-like quality" said gallery director Sarah Mantis. "These aren't heavy works, there's a lightness to them, and a humor." Ms. Mantis says Zule's works use color to express the vitality and cheerfulness that embodied the Quarter. Call 484 8900.
If you're the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and you're hoping to raise funds through an art sale, you'd almost certainly feature works that highlight the bay, along with the people and wildlife who live on or near it. And that's exactly what visitors to the Mitchell Gallery (and adjoining Key Auditorium lobby) will find over the next few days. The works by 50 artists and 17 photographers span a variety of media, from watercolors and oils to duck decoys and other sculpture. Prices range into the thousands of dollars but works can also be had for under $20. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow through Tuesday, with a preview party this evening (tickets are necessary for the preview; call 268-8816). The Bay Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization with 78 members.