Tip From An Arbiter Of Taste: Real Art Is Not Laminated

Neighbors/Glen Burnie

January 29, 1992|By Bonmita Formwait

In past columns, we have discussed art and its influence on our lives. When choosing a painting, the right combination of color and texture can make a personal statement about the buyer as well as the artist.

I admit that my taste in art is somewhat questionable. I can hear my friends mumbling, "Didn't she try to decorate her kitchen once with potholders?" And, yes, we did have a big picture of John Wayne hanging in the bedroom for years. What's your point?

In an effort to assist my friends and neighbors in Glen Burnie with any future art purchases, I'd like to pass along an "art faux pas"or two that have occurred over a lifetime of my attempts to decorate.

* Try to avoid decorating your main living areas with mirrors promoting assorted beer products. It doesn't matter that you won them at the Big Glen Burnie Carnival. The look just screams: "I'm a single guy who drives a 17-year-old Dodge Dart with big tires on the rear AND Day-Glo pink windshield wipers."

* If it has been laminated on apiece of wood that resembles a slice from a tree trunk, keep going. If you see my husband buying yet another picture of a cowboy on a laminated slice of wood that resembles a tree trunk, CALL ME IMMEDIATELY.

* Remember that mass-produced art (whether purchased at Price Club, the Texaco station on Ritchie Highway or Home Interiors) lacks a certain element of surprise. How many of us have pictures hanging in the dining room with geese wearing gingham bonnets and carrying baskets? Everyone? I thought so.

But there is hope for us yet, Glen Burnie. . .

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No, it's not another starving-artist sale at the local hotel. It's an

art show and auction presented by the Glen Burnie Health Center Association, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

The collection, from the Heisman Fine Arts Gallery of Ardmore, Pa., will feature oils, watercolors, lithographs, etchings, prints and sculptures.

All art is guaranteed to be priced substantially below gallery prices, with most starting bids between $50 and $150.

Patrons are invited to preview the art between 7 and 8 p.m. while being entertained by the chamber music of the Eight Avenue Brass Quartet.

The $5 admission ticket includes hors' d'oeuvres, wine, beer, cheeses, fruits and desserts. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the evening will be used to help pay for a capital-improvements campaign by the health association to modernize thehealth center.

Ticket requests should be addressed to: The Glen Burnie Health Center Association Inc., 416 A Street, S.W., Glen Burnie21061. For more information, call 766-8596.

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Move over Michael Bolton and Rod Stewart, Bobby & The Believers are going to show youwhat the Motown sound is all about.

The 10-piece band will be providing the music for a dance sponsored by the county chapter of the American Diabetes Association, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Feb. 29 at the Glen Burnie Elks Hall.

The dance is a fund-raiser for the A.D.A., which provides diabetes education and research. The organization also supports Camp Glyndon, where children with diabetes can have fun while they learn to control their illness.

Tickets are available for a $15 donation, which includes music, dancing, beer, set-ups, game wheels, snacks, raffles and door prizes. A cash bar will be open for mixed drinks.

Tables of 10 can be reserved.

For reservations, contact Lois Neilson, 859-3390, or Ralph McKie, 987-6086.

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Members of the Glen Burnie chapter of the Jaycees will be at Harundale Mall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to give out "I.D.-A-Kid" packets to parents.

This is the first year the chapter is participating in this safety program, said Laurie Dzurko, who is co-chairing the project with Deb Stevens.

"We're using a pre-printed program which provides a packet for pictures, fingerprints and information on the child. It is designed to provide information if the child ever turns up missing," Dzurko explained.

Members of the Jaycees will be available to take photos of children and assist in the fingerprinting process.

There is no charge for this service, but donations will be accepted tohelp offset the cost of the packets.

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The Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels will present their annual football and cheerleading sports award banquet on Feb. 2.

The luncheon has been scheduled for 1 to 3:30 in the cafeteria of

Brooklyn Park-Lindale Middle/Junior High School on Hammonds Lane.

Trophys and team pictures will distributed to the players following the luncheon.

Those who have not been notified should contact their coach or Jack Sikes, 768-7911.

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Areminder: Tickets are still available for Holy Trinity's annual bulland oyster roast Sunday to benefit the North County Emergency Network.

The event, which will run from 2 to 7 p.m., will be held in thechurch hall on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

The $20 ticket price includes food, dancing, beer and set-ups.

For information, call Joe Weaver, 761-0427.

A.J. Bartlinksi's Martial Art of Karate at BWI would like to thank everyone who helped make its food and clothingdrive a big success. The school collected more than $600 worth of food and clothing. It will be donated to a local church, which will give it to needy families.

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