Glenwood artist turns expertise into lessons for other painters


September 04, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN GLENWOOD resident Liz Donovan submitted her sunlight-filled watercolors to the North Light Book Club, she hoped to be included in an anthology of artists' works.

She never expected to write a whole volume.

But after seeing her work, the book club directors asked her to produce a "how to" work.

"Painting Sunlit Still Lifes in Watercolor" made its debut in July as the main selection of the book club for artists and art lovers.

Donovan knew as a child that she would be an artist.

She says she was "always the best artist in my class" and a constant doodler.

After graduation from Washington-Lee High School in Virginia, she attended the Corcoran School of Art, married, and raised a son and two daughters.

As her children grew, she continued her education at Maryland Institute, College of Art.

She studied with notable artists, including Gary Robertson, who introduced her to watercolors. Donovan paints in oils as well.

She enjoys traveling and paints small "landscapes on the spot" when she is on the road.

Donovan's signature on her watercolors is followed by "NWS."

The National Watercolor Society accepted her as a signature member after she won a major award in an NWS show and passed several examinations.

She a member of the Board of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and a member of many other professional groups.

To produce her book, Donovan learned to use a computer. She set up a darkroom in her home, where she could develop pictures of her work in progress.

A tiny studio in the house she shares with her husband, Dick, became her retreat for the year it took to produce her book.

The house is filled with her work, including kitchen tiles she painted that are reminiscent of old Dutch tiles.

This fall, Donovan will attend a professional artists' workshop in Maine led by Don Stone, where she will paint and have her work critiqued daily.

When she returns to Glenwood, she hopes to give workshops in painting still lifes and landscapes.

Meanwhile, she is arranging a show of the 33 paintings she did for her book.

In addition to her list of professional awards and memberships, Donovan is an member of Glenwood's Cattail River Garden Club.

Clarksville's community

Clarksville Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association will hold its first general meeting, a dessert social, at 6: 30 p.m. Monday at the school.

Families who attend should bring a dessert to share.

Clarksville Elementary's PTA will sponsor two fund-raising activities this fall.

Margie Shandruck and Renee Brown are having a gift wrap sale.

This year, they will add chocolates to their list of available items.

Kathie Underwood is chairing the Schools Now Campaign, sponsored by WMAR News Channel 2 and Scott Erickson of the Baltimore Orioles.

Until Sept. 26, you may order $12 coupon books that potentially are worth about $3,000 in savings.

Officers of this year's Clarksville PTA are Amy Jaffee, president; Missy Mattey and Kathie Underwood, vice presidents; Laurie McFee, treasurer; Liz Williams, recording secretary; Deborah Adler, corresponding secretary; and Maria Gordon and Linda Pinkston, PTA Council delegates.

They are assisted by committee chairwomen Karen Whitney, Fran Ziegler, Vivian Mazzarino, Anna Florio, Linda Rhee, Madonna Schlect, Mary Fran Fry, Becky Yoshitani and a host of other eager Clarksville Elementary School parents.

Mount View visit

Mount View Middle School staff members invite parents to back-to-school night at 7 o'clock Sept. 11.

Principal Marion Payne will welcome parents, who will have the opportunity to see their child's classrooms and meet the teachers.

Information: 410-313-5545.

Musicians audition

Angelo Gatto, a Glenwood resident who founded and directs the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, will raise his baton to open the orchestra's 34th season this month.

Gatto will hold auditions Saturday and Sept. 13 for new members (sixth grade through college) for the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Symphonette and the Maryland Youth Symphony Flute Choir.

Auditions by appointment are at Catonsville Community College, Humanities Building Q, 800 South Rolling Road.

Next summer, the orchestra will play several concerts in London at an international festival of American music.

After the London tour, the orchestra will give several concerts in Paris.

The Symphonette is a new group that will give young instrumentalists an opportunity to develop their repertoire, before joining the orchestra.

To make an appointment for an audition, students should call Margaret Gatto at 410-442-5645.

Youth horse show

The Howard County Youth Horse Show Series continues with warm-ups at 7: 30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Schooley Mill Park on Hall Shop Road in Highland.

This is one of the bigger shows sponsored by the Howard County 4-H clubs.

Judging of many classes begins at 9 a.m. and runs until late afternoon. Spectators are welcome.

The Howard County Youth Horse Show series is designed especially for beginning and intermediate riders.

Information: Lynn Jacobson, 301-596-9461.

Win a car

How would you like to drive around town in a new car?

You can win one in the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center's first Mazda Miata Raffle.

The center will sell 4,000 tickets, and you can purchase them for $25 each or five tickets for $100.

Singer Deanna Bogart will pick the winning ticket for the Miata on Oct. 4 at the center's Cherish the Child dinner and concert featuring Bogart.

Tickets to the concert and dinner are $50. Concert only, $20.

Information or concert tickets: 410-489-3663; raffle tickets: 410-489-5100.

Glenwood's Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, a nonprofit facility founded and directed by Dr. Helen Tuel, serves many special-needs riders.

If you enjoy golf and would like to support the center, join the Sixth Annual Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center Golf Tournament at 11: 30 a.m. Tuesday at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links.

The $125 fee includes golf, lunch and dinner.

Information: Ken Varney, 301-670-0800.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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