Art is a very personal experience. What one person may perceive as the use of color and texture to reflect society's values, another person may view as "Elvis On Velvet -- The Early Years."
Over the years, my attic has been transformed into a gallery of sorts: A display of unusual pictures that are a testament to my questionable taste in art.
The largest piece in the collection is the first one my husband and I bought, circa 1976, at Montgomery Ward for $29.99.
A "sofa-size" painting of three children and a balloon or two, it was very yellow and matched the living room throw pillows.
That painting rests in our attic next to the pictures of sad children with big, brown eyes that used to hang in my bedroom.
The only thing I really miss inmy collection is the painting of a bullfight that my mother used to have. It was electric and when you tuned the switch, the eyes on the bull glowed. It was pretty bizarre.
My collection, albeit unique, likely will stay in the attic away from the public. But that's not the case with one area resident.
Marty Lenhoff's paintings -- a collection of watercolors, pastels and oils -- will be on display from Oct. 6 to Nov. 1 at the North County Library, 1010 Eastway.
A graduate of Western Maryland College, Lenhoff taught art in Maryland publichigh schools. Her work has been exhibited throughout the state.
Currently an instructor for Anne Arundel Community College in the continuing education programs, Lenhoff works with seniors at the Pascal and O'Malley senior centers.
"Every spring I organize a showing of my students' work at the library. At the last show they invited me toshow my own work," Lenhoff said.
She has selected several pieces to show her different styles.
"It doesn't look as though they weredone by one person because there is such a variety," said Lenhoff.
The community is invited to meet Lenhoff at a reception from noon to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 at the library.
Glen Burnie United Methodist Church will officially welcome two new members of the pastoral staff at a reception following the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
The Rev. HiRho Yoon Park joined the congregation in July as the associate pastor to the Rev. Olin Herndon. Park is beginning her ministerial career at Glen Burnie Methodist after training at Phillips Graduate Seminary.
Originally from Korea, Park has been in the United States for five years. Initially there was some concern over how well she could assimilate into the community, but those doubts were short lived.
"Her different cultural background has become an asset," said Herndon. "She is a person of tremendous depth and insight. Her charm has captivated this congregation. The Bible study group that she leads has increased over 50 percent since she started."
Another newface at the church is Jeff Thompson, who is joining the staff as director of music.
"He was selected on the basis of what he could do to meet the needs of this church," said Herndon.
Thompson has set his goals on "developing the chorus and music program to the highest possible level," Herndon said.
While the congregation adapts to the new members, a few less-spiritual changes must be made to make the duo comfortable.
"We are remodeling the choir area to accommodate Jeff's legs. At 6 foot 5, we had to rearrange the organ area and cut out part of the floor to make room," said Herndon. "On the other hand, we have to put blocks behind the pulpit for HiRho. She's only about5 foot 2 and she can't see without standing on something."
The community can meet Park and Thompson at the church's annual Harvest Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday on the church grounds, Crain and 2nd Avenue S.E. Several activities have been planned for the day.
Cushions of mums and other fall plants will be sold, and a country store will offer homemade jams, jellies, apple butter and fresh produce.
Trash & Treasures will offer flea market items for the bargain hunter, while members of the church's craft groups will sell their wares. Quilts made by the Quilting Queens will be on display and available for sale.
While you enjoy a bite of lunch served by the Methodist Men's group you can have your car washed by members of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship.
Once again the members of VFW Post 434 and its auxiliary are sponsoring the Voice of Democracy competition for Glen Burnie Senior High sophomores, juniors and seniors.
The theme for this year's contest is "Meeting America's Challenge." Students are invited to prepare and record a three- to five-minute speech on the topic.
Winners will progress to district competition and then possibly to the state and national levels. First prize at the national level is a $20,000 college scholarship, second prize is $15,000, third prize is $10,000, while an additional 14 awards between $1,000 and $5,500 will be distributed.
Last year, Glen Burnie sophomore Danielle Stetz represented Maryland at the nationals.
For moreinformation about the program, contact Raymond Johnston, counselor at the high school, or call Post Chairman Henry Bullen, 761-8337.
On the flea market and craft fair front:
* Country Club Estates Recreation Association is having an indoor flea market, 8 a.m. to 1p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, in the recreation hall on Paul Marr Drive.
Tables are still available for $10 in advance. For reservations, call 761-0317.
* Tickets still are available for the Glen Burnie Jaycees' Crab Feast, from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road.
The cost is $19 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under.
During the afternoon, a big screen TV will broadcast the last Baltimore Orioles game from Memorial stadium.
For ticket information, call 766-0378.
Glen Burnie Senior High's Foreign Language Club will be washing cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at the Rax Restaurant on Aquahart Road. The group is trying to raise money for a three-day trip to Washington.