Jug Bay seeks to combine art with ecology

February 18, 1994|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary wants an artist to bring the marsh inside.

The park in the southwestern corner of the county is looking for an artist to cover what is now a blank wall at the recently expanded McCann Wetlands Study Center. Park administrators are looking for an irregularly shaped mural about 20 feet by 14 feet -- in paint, tile or any other medium -- that is decorative and educational.

"The mural will be a teaching tool for us," said Chris Swarth, sanctuary director. "It needs to capture the ecosystem."

He described the wetlands habitat, home to a variety of animals, birds, insects and plants, as productive and always changing, but also mysterious.

Mr. Swarth said a mural that combines varying perspectives of marsh life -- from the osprey overhead to the turtle underwater -- would be appealing.

A grant of up to $5,000 will go the artist, to be selected in a competition, who does the mural.

Centermark Properties Inc., developer and owner of the Annapolis Mall, is footing the bill.

"Any good corporate citizen owes something to the community and the customers who make it happen," said Timothy S. Lowe, development director of the company.

Centermark's donation to Friends of Jug Bay, the organization that supports the park will be announced March 18 as part of the opening of Nordstrom's and 25 smaller stores in the mall's $75 million expansion, Mr. Lowe said.

Artists may apply for the grant by submitting a resume and six slides of recent works by March 4. Artists chosen by a five-person committee for interviews this month will be asked to show preliminary sketches of mural designs. The winner will be asked to have the mural completed by September.

Artists interested in applying may call the sanctuary at 741-9330 for details.

About 6,000 people visit the wetlands sanctuary each year.

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