Students creating tile mural to mark anniversary


March 24, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STEVENS FOREST Elementary students are celebrating the school's 25th anniversary by creating a work of art.

Art teacher Nancy Charamella and guest artist Gail Albert are working with the school's 350 children to make a 4-by-5-foot mosaic-tile mural, designed by Albert, to commemorate the school's birthday.

When not helping to place the tiles, the students are making cut- or torn-paper mosaic designs.

Each child is making a design based on a theme assigned by grade, and coordinated with studies in other classes.

First- and second-graders are drawing and pasting letter and number designs.

Third-graders are designing mosaics using the principle of symmetry -- a concept they are studying in mathematics.

And fourth- and fifth-graders are designing personal logos, related to an activity from Black History Month.

The completed artwork will be hung in the school.

Albert, who is the mother of first-grader Terra, is a professional artist and says she wanted "to do something special for the school."

She is cultural arts executive on the Stevens Forest PTA board.

In addition to the many hours she spends at the school, Albert finds time for her professional work. She is painting a mural, "Christ's Baptism at the River Jordon," for Good Tidings Tabernacle in Beltsville.

Charamella's talented students are also exhibiting artwork at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City.

Papier-mache rockets -- made by Sia Henry, Mark Berge, Jennifer Thorne, Erik Wells and Lauren Kaufmann -- were selected to be part of the center's exhibit, "Youth Art Month: Informed by the Combination of Image and Text."

Gabriel Dilone and Karen Johnston's 3D papier-mache rockets can also be seen at the east Columbia Library.

And collages by Paige Walter and Wataru Inoue are on exhibit at Howard County Central Library.

25 years of skating

There is another east Columbia 25th anniversary that everyone can enjoy.

The Columbia Figure Skating Club is celebrating 25 years of presenting ice shows.

This year's production, "Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales On Ice," will be performed at 2: 30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1: 30 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunderhill Road, in the Oakland Mills village shopping center.

This is an opportunity to see first-class skating in our neighborhood.

Many of the club's skaters compete in national and regional events.

East Columbia resident Pat Muth has been the club's artistic director -- and the moving force behind its yearly ice show -- for 25 years.

Skating is a family affair for three east Columbia families: the Bucklers (parents Alicia and Chuck and children Amanda and Amy); the Thornes (parents Chris and Jane, and children Jennifer and Sarah); and siblings Jason and Shana Weisberg.

Skaters from our neighborhood include Amy Adler, Nina Charity, Lisa Headen, Melissa Ivester, Brianna Kitchelt, Alexandra North, Ryann Pfeferstein, Sydney Sigler, Pat Stephens and Jessica Straub.

L Tickets, which cost $8.50, can sell out early for this show.

Information or reservations: call 410-461-9948.

Musical neighbors

Another talented east Columbian, Frances Motyca Dawson, will direct the Columbia Pro Cantare's performance of Mozart's "Requiem" at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. in Baltimore.

The concert is presented in collaboration with the church's choir, directed by Dr. Elam Ray Sprenkle, whose original composition, "That Music Always 'Round Me," set to a text by Walt Whitman, will be premiered at the concert.

East Columbia singers -- 36 in all -- will perform. Admission is free.

The Pro Cantare is a nonprofit group, funded in part by the Columbia Foundation, Howard County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ice that cake

The phrase, "icing on the cake," brings sweet thoughts to mind.

The Columbia Teen Center has plans to make them a reality by sponsoring a teen and parent cake decorating class Saturday at the Icing on the Cake store in Timonium.

The learning and sharing experience includes the benefit of taking home a treat.

The cost is $25 for parents; $15 for teens, including materials and transportation.

Call Bobbie Whyte at 410-992-3726 to reserve your place.

Sharing the rewards

"Gain-sharing" is a rewarding experience.

On Thursday, County Executive Charles I. Ecker presented awards and bonus checks to county employees as part of the pilot gain-sharing program.

East Columbians Stan Colby and John McNeece, who are 911 Center dispatchers, were among the honored employees at a ceremony held in the Howard Building in Ellicott City.

Gale Benson, coordinator for the gain-sharing program, explains that "it is a motivational tool and incentive to perform above the norm, involving a team of employees."

The program allows county employees to share in the financial benefits of improvement and productivity, Benson said.

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