In the eye of the beholder
The word "home" means different things to different people, a point most clearly illustrated in a new exhibit that opens this week at Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St.
The exhibition is an appreciation of the meaning of home through both abstract and realistic expressions.
Pam Thompson and Margaretha Bull tracked the concept of homeland from the perspective of North American indigenous culture. Craig Pleasants used homelessness as his topic. Luis Flores explored the perspective of Salvadoran refugees in the United States, and George Chang created the ideal dream house. Brigid Globenski, a photographer and anthropologist from Baltimore, photographed the interiors of neighborhood homes here and in Washington.
In addition to the visual displays, the show offers poetry readings, lectures, performances, concerts, gallery talks and workshops. For a complete schedule of "Home," call (410) 962-8565. It's nearly impossible to protect your toddlers from every accident in the home, but there's a local company out there that wants to help you prevent as many accidents as possible.
Fritz and Susan Gilson founded Baby's Environment Inc., which offers safety advice and products, after their own decision to have children prompted them to seek affordable devices and solutions for keeping their offspring safe. His background in construction and hers in community service built the foundation for Baby's Environment, an independent affiliate of Baby Proofers International.
The couple offers safety products and a free in-home safety review. For the price of a crib, an entire home can be baby-proofed, says Mrs. Gilson.
One common mistake made by parents, she says, is placing toxins such as prescriptions and cleaning products in cabinets thought to be out of children's reach. Instead, she suggests keeping such items in a locked area or a tackle box.
:. For more information, call (410) 889-5909. Take in the fragrant smell of history during "Homewood in Flower: A Country House Spring" at the Homewood House Museum on the campus of Johns Hopkins University through April 27.
The elegant Federal period country house built by Charles Carroll Jr., son of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is decorated with spring flowers as it would have been when occupied by the Carrolls in the early 1800s.
hTC In addition to floral decorations made according to authentic records of the period, there will be special tours of the historic landmark and exhibits of early 19th century gardening books. Catalogs are available.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is $5 per person with group rates available. For more information, call (410) 516-5589.
A craft show in Washington
'Tis the season for craft shows, large and small.
One of the most popular is the Washington Craft Show, which opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, and spotlights 100 artists from 31 states. The show runs through April 26 at the Departmental Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. N.W., in Washington.
Baltimore artist David Bacharach, the only craftsman to have participated in all 10 Washington Craft Shows since 1983, will show his metal jewelry and sculptural baskets.
About 1,200 applicants vied for the 100 spots available at the show. Works include jewelry, basketry, turned wood and clay objects, furniture, knitwear, hats, gloves and musical instruments.
Sponsored by the Smithsonian Women's Committee, the show's proceeds will benefit the Smithsonian Institution. Cost is $6 at the door or $5 for Smithsonian Associates, senior citizens and children under 12.
Visitors will be able to buy objects directly from the artists. For more information, call (202) 357-2700.