Stevens Forest students create colorful personality portraits


September 10, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A COLORFUL "Student Body" is to be on display for parents, families and visitors who attend Stevens Forest Elementary School events.

The colorful display of students' "personality portraits" is hung on the wall in the art/gymnastic wing of the school. Art teacher Nancy Charamella and Maria Barbosa, the school's artist in residence, inspired 175 students to interpret their personalities on a 4-inch plastic disk.

The children were asked to bring in buttons, beads and "found" objects from which to design pictures of their personalities. The finished disks are colorful and intriguing. Representations include hobbies, favorite studies -- even a few fantasies.

Barbosa, now teaching at Hood College and living in Frederick, hails from Brazil. She sees the students' work as individual cells of the larger student body. She designed the framing for the exhibit.

Charamella expressed her thanks to Giant Food stores in Oakland Mills and Owen Brown for donating the plastic deli covers that were used as the base for the works.

Comcast at Owen Brown

Owen Brown Village manager Ruth Bohse explains that Comcast Cable's construction, under way in the village, means digging to install new cable boxes and repair old ones.

Diane Wilson, special assistant to District 3 County Councilman Dennis R. Schrader, and Comcast representatives have discussed these issues with the Owen Brown board of directors.

Because the 1984 Cable Act gives the company the right to use utility easements, the Comcast boxes must be placed near Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. transformer units.

If residents request, Comcast will landscape the boxes. The Owen Brown Village Board has asked Comcast to redesign the boxes with round corners to make them safer for children and to change their color

Information: 381-0202.

Volunteer needed

The Rev. Richard Tillman at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic parish needs a volunteer coordinator for the children's nursery.

The nursery can also use volunteers to enable parents to attend Mass while the children enjoy their play area.

Information: 715-0942.

Library youth board

Dede Fellrath of the East Columbia library at 6600 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown invites all middle school students to join the Youth Advisory Board, which meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

The students help plan events and services for their age group

TC and enjoy after-school refreshments. Registration is not necessary.

By the way, have you noticed the library's striking new logo? Check it out.

Art and artists' reception

The public is invited to visit the Columbia Art Center's exhibit of Joan Bevelaqua and Jerzy Kajetanski's artworks this month.

Bevelaqua's watercolors are in the Main Gallery, and Kajetanski's mixed-media works are in the Studio 1 Gallery.

Bevelaqua is resident artist at Historic Savage Mill and director of its New Artist Member Gallery. She is known for her watercolors of interiors. She teaches at CAC and Howard County Center for the Arts.

Kajetanski was a Polish resistance fighter during World War II. While a prisoner in a forced labor camp, he continued to draw on whatever paper was available and retains these works in his personal collection. Since moving to Columbia in 1988, his work has taken on a lighter feeling. His impressionistic oils are included in the show, as are his oil pastels of local sites.

Both exhibits have a public reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 as part of the Howard County Center for the Arts' Gala, which includes art galleries in Columbia, Ellicott City and Glenelg.

Information: 730-0075.

Long Reach High

Long Reach High School's open house was a success, with hundreds of students and family members walking through the three floors of classrooms. The school's "Lightning" Booster Club's members were at their promotion tables, decked out in the school colors -- silver and purple -- selling T-shirts and stadium cushions.

Booster president Janet Matusewitch announced that students will be bringing home order forms for all of the club's items -- hats, shorts, shirts and sports bags -- so that all families will have the opportunity to support the students' events.

Long Reach High's PTSA had a convenient sign-up table for new PTSA members and gave out free samples of pizza, which will be the organization's fall fund-raiser.

PTSA officers are Stan Rappaport, president; Kim Boone, first vice president; Linda Betts, second vice president; Melinda Newell, secretary; and Harold White, treasurer. PTSA delegates are Susan Koontz and Carol White.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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