1730 Maryland Ave. "Sacred Harp Songs: New Work by Don Joint"
This gallery, which opened in June and spotlights artwork and antique furniture, is this month featuring new works by Don Joint that celebrate the 18th century movement of Sacred Harp Music -- developed to teach illiterates how to sing gospel music with the use of circles, squares and triangles. Joint uses gouache and colored pencil on brown paper to create colorful, geometric images representing his ideas of how the notes in these songs are shaped. To gain the full effect of these paintings, ask gallery owner Keith Huppert to play the tapes of Sand Mountain, Ala., Sacred Harp Music. Through Nov. 20. Call 385-1393.
GALLERY ON THE CIRCLE
18 State Circle, Annapolis. Hughie Lee-Smith
This New York City artist, known for his historic portraits, was commissioned by the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis to paint six portraits of famous African-American personalities, all of whom were born in Maryland: former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, John Murphy and Lillie Carroll Jackson. All portraits, which gallery administrator Marsha Zambernardi calls striking and very realistic, are accompanied by biographies. An opening reception, to which the public is invited, will be held Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Through Nov. 15. Call 268-4566.