English art therapist contributes to museum Arts Notes: American Visionary Art Museum will receive works by psychiatric patients in England.

November 26, 1995|By Jenny Komatsu | Jenny Komatsu,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Among the benefactors of the American Visionary Art Museum, which opened Friday, is Edward Adamson. Mr. Adamson, an English artist who worked as a psychiatric art therapist for 35 years, amassed a collection of some 40,000 artworks given to him by patients as a way of assuring their


The collection has been housed in England at the estate of

Miriam Rothschild, in the village of Ashton near Cambridge, where it has been open to the public on weekends and by appointment. But it cannot remain there indefinitely, and Mr. Adamson, now 85, has been looking for a permanent home for it.

Museum founder Rebecca Hoffberger has offered to take as much as the museum can accommodate for its collection, and the rest may go to an English psychiatric hospital. The division of the collection has not yet happened, but Mr. Adamson says the more purely psychiatric works will stay in England, and the more aesthetic works will come to Baltimore.

Two works are in the museum's inaugural show, "Tree of Life." They are an apple-wood figure of a standing man, by an anonymous artist, and the painting "Who Am I? Where Am I? Why Am I?" by the Canadian artist William Kurelek.

Local label wins

Maggie's Music, the Annapolis-based record label, was voted "Record Label of the Year" by the Washington Area Musicians Association at the association's annual WAMMIE award ceremony in Washington. The label specializes in Celtic and Celtic-American music. Several of the label's artists also won awards, including Amy White, who won for best new artist.

'Motherless' author

Hope Edelman, author of the New York Times best-seller "Motherless Daughters," will be the guest speaker at a brunch for motherless women beginning at noon Dec. 3 at the Waterfront Hotel Restaurant on Thames Street in Fells Point. The brunch sponsors will also discuss the formation of a weekly support group for motherless daughters. The cost of the brunch is $10. Those interested are encouraged to reserve a space soon. Call (410) 675-4524.

Cloisonne seminar

Don Viehman, master enamelist/artist, will present a seminar on the art of cloisonne at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, which is sponsoring the event. The seminar is free and will be conducted at 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 116. Call (410) 239-2804.

Early music

The Towson State University Early Music Ensemble will present a free performance of "The Play of Daniel," a 12th-century mystery, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Call (410) 433-8803.


* The Fairview Players will hold auditions for "Out of Order," a comedy in two acts, Dec. 2-3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairview United Methodist Church Community Center, located at Jarrettsville Pike in Pheonix. Call (410) 592-6688.

* Theatre Hopkins will hold auditions for David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" Dec. 2 beginning at noon at the Merrick Barn on the Johns Hopkins University campus. The play calls for men in their 40s and 50s. Actors should bring a resume, photo and an audition monologue. Paid positions for experienced technical help are also open. Appointments can be made by calling (410) 516-7159 between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

* The Fell's Point Corner Theatre is looking for actors who can sing and dance for its spring production of the musical "110 in the shade." The theater will hold auditions 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12 for all roles except Starbuck. Actors are asked to dress for dancing and to prepare a song and bring sheet music. Call (410) 466-8341.

* The Spotlighters Theatre will hold auditions for "Psycho Beach Party" at noon Dec. 2 at 817 St. Paul St. Call (410) 752-1225.

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