Art, nature meet at show

December 04, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The Carroll County Arts Council will celebrate the ties between art and nature at the sixth annual Art in Nature of Art juried show and sale this weekend at Bear Branch Nature Center.

Nature inspires the artist and natural materials provide the source for much of today's art and crafts, said Hilary Pierce, executive director of the arts council. The show is a way to demonstrate the varied approaches to art in nature.

"My work falls right into the theme," said Ann Booth, who will show etched and tinted glass. "The whole concept of the show has expanded to include a broad range of art mediums."

The show, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, features 40 area artists whose works range from crafts to fine art.

Laurel Brown, a "nature-oriented" carver and fabric artist, has attended the show several times and said she is looking forward to this year. The new member of the Crafts Guild will demonstrate rug hooking and show her recently completed pond series.

"All the artists will be at the show to discuss their works and demonstrate their crafts," said Ms. Pierce. "This is a selling show, too, with a broad range of mediums and prices."

An "Earth-friendly" gift shop will sell birdhouses and feeders, "Earth-conscious" stocking stuffers, and handmade soap and paper.

The show will be a "nice mixture of real and interpretive art," said Ms. Pierce, and it will mark the first time the new center, on the grounds of Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center, opens to the public.

Music from ballads to bells to traditional dulcimer sounds will fill the air as folk singer Roger Himler, dulcimer artist Ivy Allgier and the Bells of St. Mary's handbell choir play tunes.

Admission is free.

The center is at 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. Information: 848-7272.

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