Artist's collection goes to local college Donation: Hiram Williams has made a gift of more than 100 mixed and multimedia works.

Arts Notes

December 07, 1997|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Internationally known artist Hiram Williams has donated his personal art collection to the Carroll Community College Foundation. The collection, composed of more than 100 mixed-media paintings and multimedia drawings, has an estimated value of $240,000.

"To have work by an artist of Mr. Williams' stature is a real coup for us," said Joseph F. Shields, president of Carroll Community College. "Mr. Williams' work will certainly enhance our reputation as a culturally oriented institution."

The Williams collection found its way to Carroll County with the help of Gregory Eckles, director of secondary schools for the Carroll County public school system. The artist is his uncle.

Williams, born in 1917, is from the abstract-expressionist school of art popular in the middle of the 20th century. Many of the themes addressed in his work have to do with the human condition, especially the psychological condition of mankind. Primarily a figure painter, Williams is also known for his landscapes.

The artist's work has hung in national exhibitions and is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.

Buy now, see later

Tickets go on sale today for "Riverdance -- The Show," the international production that's scheduled to come to the Lyric Opera House a year from now, Dec. 1-Dec. 13, 1998.

Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, "Riverdance" is a celebration of Irish music, song and dance that focuses on the evolution of Irish dance and its similarities to and influences on other cultures.

While the show will stay at the Lyric throughout its run, it is also part of the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre's subscription plan.

Tickets range from $19 to $62.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'For Richer and Poorer'

The Universal Studios film "For Richer and Poorer," starring Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley and partially shot on location in Carroll County, opens across the country Friday. In celebration of opening night, the Carroll County Arts Council will sponsor a showing and reception Friday to benefit the Children's Art Scholarship Fund.

The evening begins with a light supper reception at the Arts Council, followed by the screening at Hoyt Cinema at Cranberry Mall.

Tickets are $25 for Arts Council members and $35 for nonmembers. Advance paid reservation is required. Call 410-848-7272.

Coming to Center Stage

The British ghost thriller "The Woman in Black," adapted by Stephen Malltratt from the book by Susan Hill, has been added to the lineup of Center Stage's 1997-1998 main-stage season. And plans for the production of Paula Vogel's Obie Award-winning drama "How I Learned To Drive" have been finalized.

In "The Woman in Black," a British barrister obsessed with the belief that his family has been cursed by a mysterious dark-cloaked woman hires a skeptical young actor to help re-enact his encounter with the woman and exorcise his terror. As the story unfolds, the boundary between nightmare and memory begins to blur.

The play, Center Stage's fifth offering of the season, runs from March 20 through April 19 in the Pearlstone Theater.

"How I Learned to Drive," by former Marylander Paula Vogel, has been the talk of New York since its off-Broadway premiere last spring. A look at the too-close relationship between teen-age Li'l Bit and her Uncle Peck, "How I Learned to Drive" was crowned the season's best new play, sweeping the Obie, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel awards.

The play, the sixth and final production of the season, will be presented May 8 through June 7 in the Pearlstone Theater.

Tickets for both productions range from $10 to $40. Call 410-332-0033.

Dutch paintings

"Masters of Light: Dutch Painters in Utrecht during the Golden Age," a collection of 74 paintings from a group of Dutch old masters who influenced such artists as Rembrandt and Vermeer, will be on view at the Walters Art Gallery Jan. 11 through April 5. After its Baltimore presentation, the exhibition will travel to the National Gallery in London.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Walters will present "The Origins of Dutch Painting: Manuscripts from the Fifteenth Century," Jan. 12 through April 16.

Organized by the Walters Art Gallery in cooperation with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the National Gallery in London, "Masters of Light" is considered a groundbreaking exhibition that presents the first comprehensive look at the painters working in the city of Utrecht during the Golden Age, the cultural and economic flourishing of the Dutch republic in the first half of the 17th century.

Admission to "Masters of Light" is $8; $6 for seniors; $5 for students; $4 ages 6-17; and free for museum members and children under 6. For more information, call 410-547-9000.

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