Prints show artist's impressions of her travels through Ireland


November 06, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TO VIEW THE intricate prints of Manchester artist Shawn Scanlan is to discover two solo journeys through Ireland, unveiled through the carvings of a printmaker and journalist. The prints look to be from Celtic history, but are very much her own and are accompanied by original writings.

Twenty-five prints are on exhibit in "Aisling, The Journey," at Carroll County Arts Council Gallery in Westminster. A reception to meet the artist will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. It will have an Irish flavor, with Irish hammer dulcimer music by Walt Michaels plus mulled wine and cold cider.

"I keep journals constantly. Sixteen writings are mounted next to [16] pieces, not as an explanation of the prints, but impressions I had along my journey, both last year and this year," Scanlan said.

For part of two summers, she has wandered with a backpack through County Clare. Scanlan described Fanore, a favorite area: "Fanore is not a town, but a place, a stretch of road. There's the mountain and the sea, large stones, everything I like. I felt a deep attachment and had a lot of personal experiences, spiritually enlivening experiences there. I spent a lot of time alone and listening, being part of the landscape."

Aisling, pronounced aah-zling, is a Celtic word for dream, or vision or a story about that vision.

"The word describes best what I'm trying to do with my life. My artwork is my life's work, even though I have to work a regular job. I do artwork, pull it deep from within myself, and hopefully it speaks to people in a positive way. It's very important for me to share this vision," she said.

In an all-day public studio in the Great Hall at Carroll Community College on Monday, Scanlan is scheduled to carve blocks and print from them, and demonstrate how she marbleizes paper, a technique she uses when matting the prints.

Scanlan also is showing her work at Slayton House Gallery in Columbia and at Aisling Gallery Co. in Durango, Colo.

Information: 848-7272.

Women's club breakfast

The Women's Club of Hampstead is offering advance, reduced-price tickets to its all-you-can-eat breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at Hampstead Fire Hall.

Advance tickets are being sold at Hampstead Pharmacy, Towne Pride Interiors and Timeless Creations.

Tickets at the door will be $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children age 6 and younger.

Bedlam in Lineboro

At least 3,000 people, or twice as many as last year, rode hay wagons in Lineboro during the six nights of "Bedlam in the Borough," the annual haunted hayride put on by Lineboro Volunteer Fire Company.

"We had five wagons and tractors donated for use by local farmers," many of whom volunteered to drive all six nights, said Jim Buckley, publicity chairman for the company.

Wagons of 30 or 40 "moms, dads, grandparents, and children," Buckley said, enjoyed the scare from volunteer firefighters along the route.

"It seemed like the response was wonderful. People commented that the ride should have been longer," he said. "The kids would say, 'Mom was scared, but I wasn't.' "

At the station, firefighters and auxiliary members served dinner platters and staffed a small carnival.

An auction of donated items was held by four volunteer auctioneers. Donations of apples, potatoes, books and furniture were auctioned for about $2,000. The total raised during the six-day event has not been tallied.

Volunteers from Hampstead, Manchester, Butler, and Pennsylvania areas of Shrewsbury, Glen Rock and York County covered for Lineboro during the fund-raiser.

"People from other fire companies also were helpers," Buckley said.

"We really have good rapport," he said. "What was really nice, the firefighters who sat in the ready room later came back with their families to go on the hayride."

Information: 374-2197.

Hampstead business meeting

The general membership of Hampstead Business Association meets at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium at Black & Decker Corp. on Hanover Pike.

Information: 239-5555.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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