Hollis Sigler's seemingly childlike works turn out to be...

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January 08, 1995|By John Dorsey

Hollis Sigler's seemingly childlike works turn out to be 0) anything but childish

Chicago artist Hollis Sigler has gained a national reputation for her paintings and drawings about personal issues, done in what's called a faux-naif style -- at first glance they might look like the work of a child, but they are really done with great sophistication. In recent years her works have dealt with her extended bout with cancer, but recent works such as "Save Room for Dessert" in her latest show at Steven Scott return to an earlier theme: love. Some are about lesbian relationships, but others deal with love in a more general sense. At the Steven Scott Gallery, 515 North Charles St., through Feb. 25. For information, call (410) 752-6218. At 2 p.m. today, Sigler will lecture on her work at Washington's National Museum of Women in the Arts. For information, call (202) 783-7370. Two Latin American artists who create paintings on social and political themes form the exhibit to open at Halcyon Wednesday. Antonio Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Baltimore, creates allegorical works influenced by the Mexican muralists and by American painter Thomas Hart Benton. Santiago Vaca, whose "La Gran Invencion" is shown here, was born in Ecuador and now lives in Chicago. His paintings deal openly with violence and imperialism in Latin America; they have been compared to the works of Leon Golub and Sue Coe, and one critic has said they "grab the viewer by the throat, forcing him into a netherworld of war and political repression." At Halcyon Gallery, 909 Fell St., through Feb. 26. For information, call (410) 675-7620.

John Dorsey Postal rates may have gone up, but A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" is still going strong. The two-person epistolary play has been performed by hundreds of pairs of actors in various combinations since its 1989 New York debut, and the tradition continues at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Under Ed Perry's direction, a half-dozen couples are rotating in the roles of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd 3d, a WASP couple whose relationship is chronicled in a half-century of letters. At the playwright's insistence, the letters are read, not memorized.

The performance at 2 p.m. today features John Bruce Johnson and Audrey Herman, who also appear Jan. 15; Sue Hess and Richard Kirstel appear at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Branch and Dickens Warfield appear at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27; Gerald Riley and Ina Samuel appear at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 2 p.m. Jan. 22; and Stanley Morstein and Iris Blankman appear at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Tickets are $8 and $9. For more information, call (410) 752-1225.

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J. Wynn Rousuck

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