WHEN MANCHESTER watercolor artist Suzanne Mancha takes paint to paper, her brush builds excitement, manipulating contrasts in light and color. In her medium, the paper becomes a color in the painting.
"The white of the paper means an awful lot to watercolor painters. I either paint around white areas or mask them off. You plan for them. They add a really important sparkle to the painting," said Mancha.
Her style, reminiscent of contemporary photo-realists, often begins with photographic slides of scenes captured during travels.
She chooses the familiar homes, animals and bric-a-brac of Carroll County, the rugged sights of County Clare, Ireland, and places found in other travels. Unlike the photo-realists, however, she doesn't copy a projected image.
"I do my own drawing while looking at a slide, or from life, depending," said Mancha. "I use a viewer that gives the slide a depth. That permits me to create realistic paintings."
Ann Faust Baron of Hanover, Pa., joins Mancha in a two-woman exhibition, "Landscape of Light," at The Gallery, 32 Carlisle St., // Hanover, Pa., from Friday through July 27.
Baron often composes with large, unpainted areas that contrast with still-life subjects. Lace is a specialty.
"She loves to paint lace and tends to paint in series," said Mancha.
Both artists are well known as teachers at the Hanover Area Arts Guild. Mancha also teaches at the Owings Mills branch of Catonsville Community College and at her home studio.
Information: Mancha, 239-7163; Baron, (717) 229-2922.
Capture the moment
Your unforgettable moments captured on videotape can be televised over the Manchester town channel, 99. If you haven't a video camera to use, you might be given access to the town camera in the council chamber.
"We're looking for people who will sing, tell stories, show homemade movies or share videos of trips," said Town Councilwoman Charlotte Collett, "all to utilize our channel. Previously, we've only used it for council and planning and zoning meetings, one hour each evening."
Anyone intrigued about reaching a video audience in Manchester should call Phyllis Gettier, 374-4404.
Hampstead business group
The Hampstead Business Association meets at noon today at Dean's Restaurant, Main Street, Hampstead. The luncheon was scheduled to encourage more participation from members who can't make evening meetings.
The guest speaker will be David Duree, chairman of the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission.
The business association recently awarded a $500 scholarship to William Niner, a business major who graduated from North Carroll High School and intends to attend college.
Spurred by recent growth in membership, a supplement to the Hampstead Business Association Directory is to be distributed in late August to 6,000 homes and businesses. Members may request advertising space until July 10.
Information: LaVere Grimes, 239-5555.
New Trinity pastor
The Rev. Robert R. Rock was installed as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Manchester on June 23, a date that marked the 28th anniversary of his ordination.
The installation rite was performed by the Rev. R. Terrence Foor, chairman of the Catoctin Association Church and Ministry Commission. The service was well attended by UCC clergy and friends.
The church's senior choir, led by Ellen Martin, provided hymns, including the rousing "Go Ye Into All The World." The pastor's daughter-in-law, Dara L. Rock of Charlottesville, Va., played the flute, accompanied by Brenda Keyser.
Rock and his wife, Sue, came to Manchester in early May from Emmitsburg.
Children's pottery classes
If your kids like mud, they'll probably love clay. This week begins Summer Fun With Clay, a series of four separate weeks of lessons, glazing and firing at Shiloh Pottery, the traditional salt-glaze pottery studio of Ken Hankins.
Through July 26, children through eighth grade are taught from noon to 2 p.m. Cost per week is $75.
Last summer, the amusing animals, sculptures and functional vessels created at the weekly workshops were shown at the North Carroll Public Library.
Shiloh Pottery is at 1027 Brodbeck Road, which connects Hampstead-Mexico Road and Shiloh Road.
Information: Hankins, 239-8888.
Pat Brodowski's North Carroll neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 7/03/96