Works by 10 local artists displayed in Great Hall

NEIGHBORS

January 11, 1995|By PAT BRODOWSKI

A treat for the eyes begins today in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College when 10 members of the Carroll County Artists Guild show recent works.

The show includes about 70 representational works in pastel, oil pastel, acrylic, oil and watercolor media. It is open during regular college hours until Feb. 8.

The lineup of artists from around the county features three from the north county area. The artists will be at a reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The works are grouped by artist, an unusual method of display.

"Grouping the works by artist lets you see each artist's difference in perception of life around him," says Manchester artist Sue Mancha. "Every artist works from a different frame of reference.

For instance, if every artist had painted the same flower, each would have looked at it a different way."

Mrs. Mancha, known for her watercolors, is also known for her enthusiastic teaching style to students at her private studio and at the college. Several of her current and former students are in the show.

In addition to Mrs. Mancha, well-known artists in the show who also teach fine arts include Barbara Schnell of Hampstead, known for her classical style portraits and still-life scenes, and Stan Gilmore of Hampstead, known for pen and ink sketches of architecture.

Fellow Artists Guild members in the current show include four from Westminster. Diane Fisher is known for richly colored watercolors; Victor Lietzke is a landscape artist recently arrived from Virginia; Sophia Libman works in oil monotype; and Lula Thomas is a watercolor artist who recently arrived from Florida.

Artists from South Carroll include the invigorating work by Ken Nerim, who won the 1994 Maryland Senior art award, and Kathryn Shaffer and Ellen Joseph.

The Carroll County Artists Guild meets the first Monday monthly at different locations.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Westminster branch library.

To join the group, contact Sandy Cook at 549-6151.

G; Information: Lillian Osten, show coordinator, 848-9277.

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"Ireland is a place that keeps pulling you back," says Mrs. Mancha. She's heard this from local travel agent Gordon Wickes, who's traveled extensively in Ireland.

This May, Mrs. Mancha and Mr. Wickes are planning a week in Ireland for artists and photographers. They'll be in Ireland from May 14 to 22.

Fellow artists and photographers can join them by calling before Feb. 15.

The trip is planned for about 10 people and one or two places remain.

"I've been talking of this, dreaming of this for years," says Mrs. Mancha. "Gordon will take we artists out, leave us where we can work, and then pick us up. He's driving for us and will even help cook."

Arrangements have been made to rent a large cottage for the week in Sneem. The town is on the Ring of Kerry, an auto route known for its scenery and its roller-coaster path that hugs mountainsides rising 3,000 above the rugged ocean coastline.

For the artists, Sneem is a central location to the Dingle peninsula, the most westerly point in Ireland, and areas to the south selected for natural beauty.

There's plenty to absorb on paint and film. Dingle harbor sports sturdy fishing boats in crayon colors, its jumble of hillside streets surviving since the 14th century. At the tip of Dingle peninsula is a Gaelic-speaking area, where English is a second language and some folk customs prevail.

The artists will visit Killarney, with its 25,000-acre national park and herd of red Sika deer said to date from the Ice Age.

In Killarney, they'll investigate the limestone gardens and Elizabethan manor known as Muckross House.

Today it houses the Kerry Folklife Center, where bookbinders, clay potters and weavers are at work. The park next to it houses the Kerry Country Life Experience, where low-technology farming is shown in a style similar to the Carroll County Farm Museum.

In the southwest, Bantry Bay, awash by the Gulf Stream, harbors sub-tropical plants.

George Bernard Shaw once wrote on nearby Garnish Island amid Italian gardens of exotic plants including bamboo, camellias, rare conifers and palm trees.

"You don't usually think of palm trees in Ireland, do you?" Mrs. Mancha said.

"These places are spectacular," she said. "Of course, you have to understand it's going to rain, but you have to go with an open mind. I used to paint on location all the time.

"This trip is geared toward artists, and it's not going to be our only one," she said. "We'd love to do this again."

The trip costs $1,490, including air fare and transportation. Call for more details.

Information: Sue Mancha, 239-7163, Gordon Wickes, 876-1600.

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