WITH A keen eye to the future and a respectful eye on the past, Sykesville artist A. B. Huddlestun is expanding her fine arts studio on the town's Main Street.
The renovations will open additional teaching and working space on the first floor and add residential space to the building's second story, which was destroyed in a fire during the 1930s.
Sykesville's mayor, Jonathan Herman, a contractor who specializes in historic restoration projects, is working with the artist to construct an exterior that closely reflects the building's original look and an interior that provides space for Ms. Huddlestun's growing art studio.
Ms. Huddlestun has dreamed of making improvements to the building since she opened her studio three years ago. "I could see the possibilities in the building immediately," she said. "Now I feel that those possibilities are being realized."
With high ceilings and stained glass edging the studio's front windows, the building boasts many features not found in contemporary architecture. In matching the studio's exterior to its "twin" next door, Ms. Huddlestun is preserving the look and feel of Sykesville. Several other downtown buildings have been renovated in recent years.
Ms. Huddlestun has found a lot of support for her project fromother businesses in town.
"Sykesville has really experienced a kind of renaissance in the last couple years. New businesses have opened and people are working to enhance the town's image" she said.
"Each person and every business here has something unique to offer and we are all respected and encouraged by that."
With working space greatly increased by the renovations, Ms. Huddlestun is also closer to realizing another ambition "having a studio where the work that an artist does is open to the public."
Ms. Huddlestun plans to offer an exciting variety of classes and cultural activities in her studio, including screening foreign films every month. Art classes for all ages are scheduled to resume after the renovations are completed in mid-April.
Skills classes will focus on perspective, methods, materials, identifying color and using different paints. Students in the imagination classes will be instructed in the creative process of seeing a project from several points of view. Composition classes will encourage both imagination and skill.
For more information, call (410) 795-8129.
Students meet author
Students at Sykesville Middle School had a rare opportunity to meet an award-winning author last week when Caroline B. Cooney was a guest at the school.
Ms. Cooney's visit was the highlight of the reading incentive program called "Caught Reading." The program was sponsored by the PTA.
The author of about 40 books for young people, Ms. Cooney was honored as the winner of the 1996 Maryland State Reading Award during the State of Maryland Reading Association Conference held last week in Towson. Students across the state voted her book, "Flight 116 is Down," as their favorite.
During her visit, Ms. Cooney presented autographed copies of her latest book to 10 students whose names were drawn from the reading incentive program.
Books were given to: Stacey Burke, Tina Heiges, Jennileigh Kilduff, John Kinch, Julia Loy, Laura McGinnis, Maria Slack, Allen Skierski, Margaret Smith and Lauren Swiston.
Agriculture at the mall
South Carroll residents will be reminded of the role that agriculture plays in our lives during the annual Ag Days at the Mall Friday and Saturday at Carrolltown Center.
The event is held in conjunction with the National Agricultural Days Celebration.
The program will feature exhibits and events celebrating farming and farm life.
Displays and demonstrations by area Homemakers clubs, dancing by the Carroll County Cloggers and square dancers, as well as performances by young vocalists are scheduled for Friday evening.
Saturday's highlights include a 4H fashion show from 11 a.m. to noon; an ice cream churn-off from 12: 30 p.m to 2 p.m.; a New Kids on the Block puppet show at 2 p.m. and a children's toy tractor pull from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Nature center events
The Nature Center at Piney Run Park is sponsoring a Members Only Day Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members are invited to enjoy lunch, guided hikes, demonstrations and activities.
Call 795-6043 to register.
Overseas book drive
The books are not always the ones children request, but plenty of schoolchildren in Nairobi, Kenya, are eager to receive books from America.
As part of their preparation for confirmation, some children at St. Joseph's Catholic Community are sponsoring a used (or new) book drive for primary school children.
Meghan Bittick, Mary Beth Dimaio, Marcy Evans, Kelly Knutson and Scott Riddle hope to gather a large number of usable books for students ages 6 to 10. The books will be shipped to Nairobi in May.
Donations can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church office or during Mass on weekends. Information: 795-7838.
Sherry Graham's South Carroll Neighbors column appears every Tuesday in the Carroll County section of The Sun.
Pub Date: 3/19/96