Seniors' paintings honored

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April 16, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PAINTINGS FROM two art students at the Pascal Senior Center in Glen Burnie were selected for an inclusion in an exhibit on Lawyer's Mall in Annapolis featuring the work of senior citizens. The juried event is the first of several in May honoring senior citizens.

Paintings by Freida Smith of Severn and Grace Walker of Gambrills will be on display starting at 10 a.m. April 27. Both artists have been invited to a brunch given by Maryland's first lady, Frances Hughes Glendening.

Accompanying the artists will be their teacher, Marty Lenhoff, a staff member at Anne Arundel Community College who has been teaching art to seniors at the Pascal Center for 14 years.

Smith's pastel and Walker's oil painting were selected in a contest open to all Maryland residents 60 and older.

Lenhoff is thrilled that her students' work has been recognized. "What many people don't realize is that they were competing against professional as well as amateur artists," she said.

Area residents can enjoy the works of Walker and Smith when the North County library holds a reception and exhibit of work from students at the Pascal Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

The artists will be available to talk about their work, which covers a variety of media.

"Many of the paintings are so good that visitors ask to buy them, but most of the students keep them or give them to family members," said Lenhoff.

Artists whose work will be on display at the Pascal Center are: Nancy Barry, Alice Bessling, Roseanne Blakeney, Fannie Boisvert, Mary Bryl, Dee Buckner, Sylvia Bunoski, Fay Deli, Juanita Downs, Dorothy Drenner, Juliette Dunnard, Anna Fowler, Gerry Grega, Ann Haddaway and Margaret Hoyas.

Others include Marcelle Kennedy, Libbie Koether, Arnold LaFontaine, Mary Ellen Logsdon, Celia Marjoros, Michael Marjoros, Richard Maxwell, Rachel Rambo, Nick Ricci, Mary Samuels, Ann Schatz, Olive Sheckells, Jennie Shupe, Betty Treuth, Frank Walter and Rose Marie Weller.

'Kilroy Was Here'

More than 50 years after "Kilroy" proclaimed America's presence in World War II, the legendary cartoon doodle comes to life at Glen Burnie High's annual spring musical tomorrow, Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. for each performance.

Directed by drama teacher Bill Smith, "Kilroy Was Here" offers a campy look at the fears -- real and imagined -- of a group of soldiers visiting a USO Club in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1942.

Senior Justin Fox stars as Pvt. Joe Kilroy, whose mission is to determine how the USO club is being used by enemy agents to gain information.

His co-star, junior Sherry Fields, is Ruth, the director of the club. Senior Carrie Kiessling does a double turn as the love interest, Gladys, and the choreographer for the cast of 30.

Written by Bill Francoeur and Tim Kelly to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the play captures the style and spirit of the era's swing music and patriotism. Songs include the swinging "Jitterbug Saturday Night," a tango number called "Spies" and a patriotic salute in "Together We Must Stand."

A highlight of the evening will be a salute to the armed forces that will include members from each branch of the service.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. For information, call the school at 410-761-8950.

Spaghetti dinner

The congregation of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a spaghetti dinner and bake sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church hall. Proceeds will assist member Martin Lange with tuition and living expenses as he prepares to enter Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in the fall.

Martin will be following in the footsteps of his father, the Rev. James A. Lange, who recently retired as assistant pastor at St. Paul's. He is returning to college at age 33 to start a second career after operating his own computer business.

Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, Italian bread, desert and a beverage. Carryout is available. Guests are asked to make a donation. For information, call the church office, 410-766-2283.

Making children safe

Teaching children how to be safe is the goal of Children & Youth Day at 1 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 40, Post 40 Road and Fifth Avenue.

McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand to share safety tips and present each child with a safety book to preserve a recent photo and the child's fingerprints.

In addition, members of Glen Burnie's Volunteer Fire Company will provide an up-close look at a fire engine. For information on the free event, call Millie Franklin, 410-766-6614.

Pub Date: 4/16/97

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