Past faces present in portrait exhibitThe portrait as a...

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September 11, 1994|By John Dorsey

Past faces present in portrait exhibit

The portrait as a reflection of its time is the theme of "Portraits: Contemporary and Historical Works" at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick.

A group of 24 contemporary portraits by 12 artists from the United States and Canada are shown with 14 portraits by 12 artists depicting historical Frederick County figures from the period 1745 to 1900. The contemporary section includes "Esther: Bionic Punk" by Deena des Rioux of New York, shown here. The historical section includes works by Jacob Eichholtz, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Paul Hallwig and a number of unknown artists, one of whom created the portrait here of "Judge Richard Potts" about 1782.

The exhibit is at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick, through Sept. 25. Call (301) 698-0656. Baltimore native Trazana Beverley stars in "Flyin' West," a production of the Kennedy Center and the Crossroads Theater that begins a four-week run Tuesday.

A fact-inspired drama set in 1898 Nicodemus, Kan., the play focuses on fictional family of women led by the feisty Sophie Washington. Written by Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage and also starring Ruby Dee, "Flyin' West" celebrates the fortitude and determination of 19th-century African-American women.

It plays at the Kennedy Center in Washington Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Audio-described and sign-interpreted performances are on Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $37.50. Call (202) 467-4600. Ivy Parsons combines mica and slate with paint and gilt to create often large but surprisingly graceful sculptures influenced Italian mosaics. They may suggest such fluid forms as waves, and can possess an emotional resonance. For her current show at Halcyon, she has created a number of smaller works, such as "Steamed," shown here.

The show is at Halcyon Gallery, 909 Fell St., through Oct. 30. On Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. at the gallery Parsons will discuss the history of mosaics and influences on her work; there will be a $4 admission charge for her talk. Call (410) 675-6870.

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