Artists form partnership to spur artistic activity in communities


June 12, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ARE YOU AN ACTOR without a stage? Or a painter without a gallery? You are no longer alone.

Hoping to bring art into every Carroll County community, a group of artists, one of them representing each town, has formed the Municipal Arts Partnership (MAP). A project of the Carroll County Arts Council, it encourages performances, exhibitions and arts activities in each community. Phyllis Gettier represents Manchester, and Tammy Brasseaux represents Hampstead.

"What [MAP] is doing we've been doing in Manchester for about four years," Gettier said. "They've been showing Manchester as an example."

MAP representatives seek people involved in every artistic discipline. They attempt to coordinate performances or exhibits to showcase talents. For example, a doctor's waiting room or a local restaurant can be used to display an artist's works. A church or fire company social hall can be the stage for a dance or theatrical performance.

"I've been doing a talent search since January for fine arts, dance, performance, everything that pertains to art," Gettier said. "We're trying to make local artists visible, and not just centered in Westminster [with] the Arts Council. We hope to make people aware of the amount of home-grown talent they have in their community."

Gettier just completed the fourth art exhibit at the Manchester Town Office. Ten painters exhibited their works. Sculptors, glass etchers and others have shown works.

Gettier, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Maryland Institute, College of Art, has taught private and public students for "a long time" and was one of the first to teach art in county recreation programs. Her pen-and-ink drawings of Carroll's historic buildings enhance materials sent to prospective business tenants by county economic development officials.

Brasseaux dedicates time to MAP while working full time with her home-based graphics business. She's a visual artist who combines textural collage and graphic images into sculptures.

Local artists, performers, actors and musicians, or anyone with space available for events, are encouraged to call their local MAP representative.

D8 Information: Gettier, 374-4404; Brasseaux, 239-7760.

Art show in Littlestown

A maple-shaded Artists Path will be included in the 25th Good Old Days on Aug. 17 in Littlestown, Pa. The art show, separate from the enormous arts and crafts show, was begun a few years ago by Maureen Crum, artist and wife of Tom Crum, committee chairman.

Several spaces are available for artists to sell two-dimensional artwork.

Good Old Days sponsors a parade Thursday, and area merchants hold sidewalk sales Friday. On Saturday, Crouse Park will attract hundreds of visitors with an antique sale, flea market and arts and crafts show.

Littlestown, which dates to 1765 and calls itself the "home of Americana," is two miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line on Route 97.

2& Information: Crum, (717) 359-9440.

Officers elected

Mary Jo Pollock has been elected president of the Field's Homeowners Association. The association represents residents of about 640 homes in Roberts Field of Hampstead. Former President Mary Landon will serve on the board of directors.

Claire Spampinato has been elected vice president. Matthew Grice will continue as treasurer. Teresa Prince will continue as secretary.

Committee chairs include: Mike Lopez, land use; Hal Prince, architectural review; Maureen Laderer, social; and Mary Landon, youth community service.

& Information: 239-9792.

Fire hall crab feast

It's not too late to reserve tickets for a midnight crab feast sponsored by the Field's Homeowners Association. The event takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight July 26 at the Hampstead Fire Hall.

Besides hot steamed crabs, the menu, catered by Monaghan's Pub, includes crab soup, pit beef and turkey, salads, dessert, and draft beer and soda.

Music will be provided by disc jockey Kubla.

Tickets are $25 and may be reserved until July 13.

Information: Maureen Laderer, 239-7398.

Pub Date: 6/12/96

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