Artwork of four students displayed in Annapolis


March 12, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ARTWORK BY four west Columbia students is on display at government buildings in Annapolis.

The students are among more than 300 Maryland young people whose artwork was chosen for display during the legislative session.

A pencil drawing of a snail by Wilde Lake High School sophomore Aloua Muminova hangs in the lobby of the State House.

Artwork by Adam Crew, a student at Wilde Lake Middle School, is on view on the second floor of the State House.

Works by Wilde Lake Middle students Todd Henderson and Melissa Murrell are on display in the House Office Building.

The student artists were invited to a ceremony at the State House on March 1 to kick off Youth Art Month. After the ceremony, Gov. Parris N. Glendening and his wife, Frances Hughes Glendening, held a reception for them at Government House.

The student exhibit is part of a two-year celebration of the arts initiated by Frances Glendening.

The art will be on display until early April.

Actor takes new role

Hickory Ridge residents may remember Burt Tapper as a former member of the village board.

But the amateur actor is playing a different kind of role as one of the leads in Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass" at Silver Spring Stage.

The play, set in Brooklyn in 1938, explores what it meant to be American and Jewish on the eve of World War II.

Tapper plays Phillip Gellburg, a Jewish man whose wife, Sylvia, mysteriously becomes paralyzed from the waist down.

Unable to find anything wrong with Sylvia, her doctor begins to probe her psyche for clues to her illness.

Tapper described his part as "the most challenging role I've ever had."

While the play deals with the issues of the times, he said, "what makes it complex is the unraveling of the relationship of the husband and wife."

A manager for the Department of Defense, Tapper became interested in acting when he was in college in the 1970s.

He has appeared in more than 25 productions in the Baltimore-Washington area. Columbia theatergoers may recall his performance in the Rep Stage production of "Six Degrees of Separation" in 1994.

"Broken Glass" is running on weekends through March 29.

Ticket information: (301) 593-6036.

The theater is at 10145 Colesville Road.

Teachers read at mall

Several staff members from Swansfield Elementary School spent part of their Sunday afternoon at The Mall in Columbia.

But they weren't shopping.

The teachers volunteered their time to read to youngsters for Swansfield Day at Junior Editions bookstore.

Swansfield PTA President Jane Holcomb said she organized the event to encourage reading.

"Children love to see their teachers outside of the school setting," she said.

The school will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from book sales during the four-hour event.

Readers included Swansfield Principal Karon Ganjon.

Joining her were Joann Olchowski, Nancy Malwitz, Noel Harris, Cathi Souder, Sue Dvoskin, Kate Ponder, Nuala Duffy, Anne McGonigal, Janet Tlanda, Inga Tannenbaum, Ann Wood and Sandra Finck.

Poet to lead series

"The consolation of poetry is that beneath the differences, we're all really tied together," said Clary's Forest resident Karen Arnold.

Arnold will lead a four-week video and discussion series on contemporary poetry at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 25 at Howard County Central Library.

The theme will be "The Harmony of Difference."

Lucille Clifton of Columbia, Hilary Tham, Li-Young Lee and Seamus Heaney are the featured poets.

Participants will view videos from "The Writing Life," a cable television series produced by the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society.

"One of the most exciting things for me is that reading it with a group expands the poetry for me," said Arnold. "It restores the oral dimension."

She is poet-in-residence at Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel.

She also conducts a lunchtime creative writing and poetry reading series for employees of the Rouse Co.

Registration for the series is under way.

Information: 313-7850.

Chorus sings in Washington

West Columbia's five elementary schools were represented in the Howard County Children's Chorus when it performed last month at the U.S. Postal Service Museum in Washington.

The ceremony was held to dedicate a new stamp, "Helping Children Learn," in honor of the National PTA's 100 years of service to schools.

The chorus, directed by music teacher Saundra Cunningham, includes more than 100 fourth- and fifth-graders chosen by audition at the beginning of the school year.

Participating in the chorus are Ilana Burger, Nicole Wishnies and Rachel Tranen of Bryant Woods; David Calder and Lauren Byrnes of Clemens Crossing; Matthew Basch, Caitlin McGing and Laura Zimmerman of Longfellow; Kathleen Nehl of Running Brook; and Ali McDonough, Austin Hayden, Joel Zaslow and Michael Townsend of Swansfield.

The chorus will perform for Kids Fest April 5 at Chatham Mall, and the Howard County Government Expo April 19 at The Mall in Columbia.

It will conclude the year with a spring concert on May 4 at Long Reach High School.

Sisterhood fashion show

The Sisterhood of Beth Shalom Congregation will present a trunk show of fashions from A Clothesline, a boutique in Potomac, at 7: 45 p.m. tomorrow at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane.

Spring and summer clothes and accessories will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sisterhood. The fee for nonmembers is $2.

Sisterhood members Tracey Diener and Cheryl Hammer are working with A Clothesline to provide fashions.

Robin Decosta, vice president of programming for the Sisterhood, is organizing the event. Board member Irva Gabin is handling publicity.

Information: 531-5115.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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