Tired of your Elvis art? Try health center auction GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

February 24, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

The subject of art has resulted in some of the livelier discussions in our home. My husband favors covering all the walls with large pieces of furniture. Whatever peeks through should then be covered with prints of John Wayne or ducks. My personal choices lean toward portraits, unusual landscapes and colorful abstracts.

As a compromise we are now searching for a portrait of The Duke standing in a field watching a turquoise duck with three wings.

So what's hanging on your walls?

* A series of plates depicting the early years of Elvis and a second series of serving platters depicting the later years of Elvis.

* A 24-by-36 photograph taken at Caldor showing you and your mate superimposed on a brandy snifter.

* An aerial photo of your neighborhood where your house is completely covered by trees. (The only item you can identify for sure is the Slip-n-Slide in the back yard.)

* A velvet painting of a unicorn your friend purchased at a Texaco station that still smells faintly of unleaded.

Perhaps we all need some new artwork.

As if anticipating our needs, the Glen Burnie Health Center Association has scheduled an art auction Friday at Michael's Eighth Avenue. The preview begins at 7 p.m. with the bidding starting at 8 p.m. on pieces from the Heisman Art Gallery in Ardmore, Pa.

Admission is $5 per person, which includes complimentary wine, soft drinks, coffee, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the evening will be used to complete the $200,000 renovation of the building that houses the Glen Burnie Health Center. An auction last winter netted $8,300 and kicked off the yearlong fund-raiser.

For the second year, Sen. Michael Wagner, a Ferndale Democrat, is the host of the event. He has donated the use of his catering hall, the staff and most of the refreshments.

The gallery will present about 150 pieces for auction, with opening bids ranging from $30 to $150. Several collector pieces also will be available. Cash, personal checks, VISA, MasterCard and American Express can be used for payment.

Patrons who enjoyed the auction last year already have made requests for specific types of art -- including ceramic pieces, nautical art, nostalgic railroad pieces and local scenes of Annapolis and Maryland.

Committee Co-Chairwoman Kathy DeGrange suggests that patrons think ahead about what size, shape and colors will enhance their home decor. The one-hour preview is designed to allow examining the art in a leisurely manner.

DeGrange also wants to reassure novice auction patrons that this is meant to be a fun evening.

"This isn't like an 'I Love Lucy' show, where scratching your head will result in an accidental purchase," said DeGrange, laughing. "These are the people from your neighborhood running this auction. We're here to have fun and raise money for a good cause."

Several local businesses have donated door prizes. Perhaps the most sought-after prize will be two sets of box seat tickets to an Orioles home game. Other prizes include two season concert tickets from the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum, two season passes to Pasadena Theater Productions, four tickets to Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School's annual Manhattan After Dark, 30 pool passes for the 1993 swim season at the Glen Burnie Park Swim Club, a deli tray from Lucky's Convenience Market, make-overs and photo sessions from Be Dazzled, dinner for two at Theismann's, dinner for two at Timbuktu, and a gift certificate from Honey Baked Ham in Severna Park.

Advance tickets are available at The Little Frame Shop, 1007 Crain Highway, S.E., or by calling 768-1692. Tickets also will be available at the door.

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Local Scouting groups will begin "Scouting For Food" throughout the area on Saturday. Nine Scouting units will cover Glen Burnie.

As part of the Four Rivers District Community service project, the boys will distribute donation bags to households throughout the area. Residents are asked to place nonperishable food items in the bag. The filled bags will be collected the following Saturday, March 7.

The collected food will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank and other charitable organizations. More than 75,000 pounds of food was collected last year, said Four Rivers District Director Kevin LesCalette. The district encompasses Anne Arundel County north of Route 50.

BBM Delivery & Services of Severn is donating delivery trucks and drivers to transport the donations from collection points in Arnold and Linthicum to the Maryland Food Bank.

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Holy Trinity Catholic Church has scheduled a visit from the Red vTC Cross Bloodmobile from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Sunday at the church hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Anyone wishing to donate is encouraged to make an appointment. Information: 761-0658 or 766-5070.

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