Artists capture those serene moments NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro


November 04, 1992|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Watercolor paintings are always enjoyable to view, it seems. Perhaps we recall some pleasant dabbling in water and paint and can appreciate skillful work. Maybe it's because the watercolorist seems most easily to portray those quiet moments of insight we would all like to sense more often.

The paintings by Marge Wickes, Marsha Leiter and Fran Nyce -- artists whose works are on exhibit at the Carroll County Office Building on Center Street through November -- are worth a look.

The trio has studied with award-winning Manchester watercolorist Sue Mancha, who teaches privately and at Carroll Community College.

They are presenting still-life compositions -- groups of flowers, bottles, seashells and vegetables.

For Marge Wickes, painting is discovery. Vegetables are her point of departure. Using what could be termed a stream-of-consciousness technique, she builds the humble lobes of peppers, onions or fruits with layers of rhythmic, color-saturated brush strokes.

She says her paintings "are about color, and how colors relate and touch other colors -- how paint makes the [vegetables] -- that's what's exciting."

Look for her patty-pan squash. "It's my absolute favorite," she says.

Mrs. Leiter's solidly structured compositions show the benefit of studio art study, which she's taken at the Maryland Institute and Carroll Community College.

Sometimes she paints from photographs, as she did for a recent Guatemalan series. Part of that series is on exhibit at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor.

At the county office building, she'll exhibit paintings of seashells, bottles and flowers.

"Watercolor seems to be what I enjoy the most," she says.

Fran Nyce won best of show in the first senior citizens art $H competition in the "Maryland You Are Beautiful" program. With that accolade, she was awarded a week's relaxation in Ocean City. She will show a recent seascape, autumn landscape, orchids, poinsettia and antique brass scales with onions.

"That's my favorite," she says.


Route 86 heads north to Lineboro, where the annual Christmas Craft Show sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Company will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The firehouse will be full, upstairs and down, said Doris Dickmyer, president of the 45-member auxiliary.

Among the 20 booths will be some featuring those handmade sweaters and caps that were so well-received last year, a candy stand, baked goods and pressed flowers. New this year will be wooden, handmade lawn-size reindeer and sleighs, she said.

"We'll serve good homemade soup, cream of broccoli or vegetable, and sandwiches, with pies and cakes for lunch," she said.

At 4 p.m., the auxiliary will raffle a quilt that was cross-stitched and quilted by ladies of the auxiliary.

To park, turn left on the driveway before you get to the firehouse and drive behind the building.


Heather Smith, 14, of Hampstead will represent the Chesapeake Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when she rides on the church float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.

Heather's ride in the Pasadena, Calif., parade rewards her hours of community service given as a member of the church's Pathfinder Club, one of 30,000 such clubs around the world. She has helped feed the homeless in Baltimore, collected baskets of food for the needy, and routinely played alto sax and piano for residents of local nursing homes, said her mother, Cheryl Smith.

"She's discovered it's more important to take care of other people, that you'll be taken care of in the process," said Mrs. Smith.

After Heather and her family -- father, Tom; brother David, 12; and her mother -- arrive in California on Dec. 25, they will join 75 other church members who will work around the clock for six days to dress the float with 40,000 roses, other flowers and seeds.

Heather and eight other honorees from the United States and Canada will ride on the float in the nationally televised parade.

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