47 works to be shown at exhibition

September 30, 1994|By Karen Zeiler | Karen Zeiler,Contributing Writer

In "Winter Party," a goose glides along a river near the snowy bank, creating ripples that reflect the orange cast of a sunset.

The placid scene is from a watercolor by Suzanne Mancha -- one of 47 works that will be on display at the third annual Artists' Exhibition and Sale, which opens Sunday at the gallery of the Carroll County Arts Council, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.

The show will run through Oct. 28.

Sponsored by the Carroll County Artists Guild, the exhibit will feature the works of 23 local artists. Acrylics, oils, clay sculptures and oil monoprints will be on view, and many will be for sale. Prices range from $75 to $525.

"The most difficult thing for artists is to find a place to show [their] wares," said Sandra Cook, president of the Carroll County Artists Guild. "We look at ourselves as a focal point for that."

A well-known watercolorist and art instructor, Mrs. Mancha will be showing another work, "Winter's Colors."

The painting, a still-life of African violets, appeared on 1,200 postcards mailed to promote the exhibit.

"It has to be one of the nicest things that's happened to one of my paintings," said Mrs. Mancha, who lives in Manchester and has been a member of the Arts Council for 20 years. "It has been really serendipitous."

Admirers of the piece, which carries a $325 price tag, may purchase it in the form of a 11-by-17 inch poster, which will be sold at the show for $3.

"St. George's Post Office" is one of two watercolors by artist Ron Derencz that will be on exhibit. The work depicts the historic landmark in Bermuda.

Mr. Derencz, 46, is a self-taught artist who honed his skills reading and attending workshops.

An engineer for Westinghouse, he discovered he had a knack for painting about 12 years ago.

After watching an artist produce a piece in half an hour at a local shopping mall, he went home and decided to try his hand at it. He started working in oils, but switched to watercolors about five years ago.

Emily Murray, who has been painting for 20 years and has a studio in her home in Westminster, will exhibit pictures of the county courthouse and Baugher's Restaurant.

"I really think Carroll County is a passing scene," said Ms. Murray, whose painting of a farm in Hampstead was part of the 1993 exhibit.

The Artists Guild has 31 members who meet every month. Ms. Cook hopes the monthlong show will help boost membership -- and county support.

"Our aim is to keep art in the forefront of the community and keep our legislature aware art is thriving in Carroll County," she said.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

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