Museum extends hours for Andrew Wyeth show

Arts Notes

February 09, 1997|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Baltimore Museum of Art has extended its hours for the final week of the "Andrew Wyeth: America's Painter" exhibition to accommodate the crowds trying to see to the show. Since its opening Sept. 25, more than 134,000 visitors have attended the exhibit, and it is projected that 155,000 will have seen the show by its Feb. 16 closing date.

The number of visitors to the Wyeth exhibit is not expected to meet the museum's attendance record, which was set in 1991 when 215,000 visited the 14-week Claude Monet exhibit.

On view in the Matisse Gallery of the Cone Wing, the Wyeth exhibition's extended hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday .

The show features 50 works by the American artist, including portraits, landscapes, still lifes, nude figure studies and interiors. Also part of the exhibition are works from the classic Wyeth series, including the Olson and Kuerner families, and Wyeth's famed model, Helga. All but one of the works are on loan from a single private collector, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Admission is free for museum members and children ages 6 and younger; $1.50 for ages 7 through 18; $3.50 for seniors and full-time students; $5.50 for adults. The BMA is on Art Museum Drive near North Charles and 31st streets. For further information, call (410) 396-7100.

Three new plays to be read

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival will conduct a marathon reading of new plays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.

The three new plays by Baltimore playwrights are under consideration for production this summer during the BPF's 16th season. Final play selection will be announced by the end of March.

This year's Baltimore Playwrights Festival members include the Vagabond Players, Spotlighter Theatre, Fell's Point Corner Theatre, Ellicott Theatre and Arena Players.

Admission to the reading is free. Call (410) 276-2153.

Deadline for grants Feb. 24

Baltimore City individual artists and nonprofit cultural organizations have until Feb. 24 to apply for the 1997 CityArts Grants.

The grants are offered in three categories -- community arts project grants to individual artists, community arts project grants to nonprofit cultural organizations and general funding grants to nonprofit cultural organizations.

Awarded in visual arts, performing arts and literary and theater arts, the grants are used to provide high-quality arts activities to local communities.

Applications are available at the Baltimore Arts Tower, 21 S. Eutaw St. Call (410) 396-4575.

Artists' studio tour

The registration deadline is Tuesday for artists wishing to participate in the Ninth Annual Open Studio Tour, to be sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture and the School 33 Art Center April 12-13.

Participation is open to professional artists with studios in Baltimore City. Artists with studios outside the city may rent or share a space in the city for the day.

To register, each participating artist must submit a completed registration form and $15 registration fee, 10 labeled slides in a 9-by-12-inch plastic slide sheet, a current resume and a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of slides. Call (410) 396-4641.

More access to museum

The B&O Railroad Museum has received a $100,000 grant from the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation for an admission program for seniors, physically and mentally challenged individuals and low-income families in the Baltimore region. The program is geared to opening the museum to an underserved audience.

About 25,000 tickets are being sent to area schools, senior centers and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and are being distributed through such programs as Headstart, the Associated Jewish Charities, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. For more information about tickets, call (410) 752-2465.

Lunchtime videos

The Columbia Association Art Center is offering a free lunchtime video series at noon Mondays. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy videos on art, travel or ballet.

Topics include "Artisans of the Washington Cathedral," tomorrow; Jacques Lipchitz, Feb. 24; Jacques-Louis David, March 3; "Carmen" (ballet), March 10; Georges Seurat, March 17; and 20th Century American Art/Whitney Museum, March 24.

The center is at 6100 Foreland Garth in Long Reach Village. Call (410) 730-0075.

Auditions

Auditions for A. R. Gurny's comedy "Cocktail Hour" will be held at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at the Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. The script calls for one male and one female, ages 25-35, and one male and one female in their 60s. Call (410) 563-9135.

The Handel Choir of Baltimore has limited openings in all sections for experienced vocalists to sing Mendelssohn's "Elijah" an April 13 performance. Applicants need to be good sight singers. For an audition appointment, call (410) 366-6544.

Theatre on the Hill, a professional company in residence at Western Maryland College in Westminster, conducts auditions for its summer season 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1-2 at the college's Alumni Hall main stage. Participants should prepare a short monologue, one ballad and one up-tempo song, and come dressed to dance. This year's season includes "My Fair Lady," "Blood Brothers," "Noises Off" and "Winnie the Pooh." Company members are paid, and housing is available. To schedule an audition, call (410) 857-2599.

Auditions for the Spotlight-er's April-May production, "Complete Works of Wllm Shksp," by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, will be held at noon March 1 at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. Needed are three males, various ages. Call (410) 366-0396.

Pub Date: 2/09/97

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