Wilde Lake artist's watercolor named best of show at state fair


September 28, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

Oops! Last week there was an error in one of the telephone numbers for information about the fourth annual Crafts Show at Atholton High School that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29.

The correct phone numbers: Rachael at (301) 725-1553 or Courtney at 992-3943.

Artisans are encouraged to call ASAP to reserve space. The cost of an 8-foot by 8-foot space at the indoor crafts show is $15.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Atholton Pom Squad, which is scheduled to compete in the National Dance Team Tournament in Orlando, Fla., in February.


Nancy DiTullo has been a resident of The Cove, on the shores of Wilde Lake, since 1969. For many years, and for many reasons, her aspirations to become an artist were pushed aside. The years passed, but she never gave up on her dream.

About eight years ago, she began taking painting courses at Goucher College.

"I've always had an interest in art and painting," she says.

"But, I never had the time to pursue it. Finally, I just decided to make time and began some formal training."

Since the courses at Goucher, she has worked diligently to hone her skills as an artist. Although it is still just a hobby, she says she has become more serious about her painting in recent years.

The hard work has begun to pay dividends. Ms. DiTullo's watercolor painting, "Red Delicious," a still-life depicting three apples, won both first place among adult amateur paintings and best of show award at this year's Maryland State Fair. More than 500 paintings were entered in the competition.

"The awards and recognition I have received for my paintings have encouraged me to paint more," Ms. DiTullo says.

"Winning the awards this year at the state fair was especially exciting. I'm very proud of it."

In addition to the awards from the Maryland State Fair, Ms. DiTullo's watercolors have also won first-place and grand champion prizes at the Howard County Fair.

More paintings, and more awards, are sure to come.


Space reservations are now being taken for the Atholton High School fourth annual Crafts Show, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29. The show is indoors at the school and will be held rain or shine.

The cost of an 8-foot-by-8-foot space is $15 and advanced registration for space is required. Tables are available.

In addition to the craft displays, used books will be sold. Donations of used hardback and paperback books will be accepted.

The crafts show and used book sale will benefit the Atholton Pom Squad, which is scheduled to compete in the National Dance Team Tournament in Orlando, Fla., in February.

For additional information, or to register for space, call 992-3943 or (301) 725-1552.


The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County is planning a community clothing swap from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 in Long Reach Village Center. The swap will be held in the shop that formerly housed the video store in the village center.

The swap will allow people to exchange good clothing and accessories they no longer wear for other clothing. The exchange cost is $1 per item.

The swap shop will be open three consecutive Wednesday evenings to accept donations of clothing, accessories and jewelry.

Those wishing to donate items should stop in between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 5 and 12. Clothing should be clean, in good condition and preferably on hangers.

Admission to the swap is $3 if you have donated items, and $5 if you have not.

All proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit the Domestic Violence Center.

For additional information, call the Domestic Violence Center at 997-0304.


Giant Food has begun its sixth annual Apples for the Students program. In exchange for register receipts turned in at schools, Giant Food offers Apple computers, accessories and other educational materials.

In the past five years, more than 500 computers, software and accessory items have been awarded to Howard County schools.

The Apples for the Students program will run through March 4 next year. Even if you don't have children in school, save the tapes and donate them to a neighborhood school.


Residents of Harper's Choice are invited to a meeting of the village board at Kahler Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Columbia Management representative Fred Paine, general manager of Columbia Village Centers, will discuss renovation plans for Harper's Choice Village Center and concerns about security problems at the village center.

For more information, call Jackie Green, Kahler Hall program coordinator, at 730-3888.


Last week, I mentioned the Grandparent Program sponsored by the Howard County Library.

If you are a grandparent or senior citizen who enjoys being around children and would like to share your love of reading and storytelling with youngsters, this program is for you.

Those interested in participating in the Grandparent Program are invited to attend a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 in the meeting room of the Central Library.

For more information, or to register for the program, call Marge Goethe, library associate, at 313-7860.

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