Poetry, music celebrate life at arts organization's program


March 30, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE MAGIC of listening to poetry is that in a short amount of time, you can roll through myriad emotions and experiences while sitting in one comfortable spot.

That comfortable spot was the Ain't That A Frame Gallery on Main Street in Westminster on a recent Sunday.

A roomful of listeners experienced the joy of fly fishing, kneading bread and snapping pink plastic curlers in grandmother's hair. Through the poetry of Kim Ports, Lana Trabert, Shelise Holloway, Carolyn Scott, Christina Smith, Shawn Lockart and Rosann Kozlowksi, they also celebrated friendships, being a parent and the beauty of nature.

These experiences took place in a room filled with incredible art and moving music.

"It was absolutely wonderful," said Joe Fleck, a Westminster resident. "The artists were exceptional -- it was an uplifting afternoon."

There will be other Sundays that can take you away, and there is no charge. It's all part of a two-month program sponsored by Common Ground on the Hill, the music and arts organization at Western Maryland College that is noted for bringing talented people together to celebrate life and diversity.

Organized by Christina Smith, coordinator of the American Music and Arts Festival for Common Ground, the Sunday series began as a one-shot-celebrate-women deal.

"Then this show took on a life of its own," Smith said. "I hope we will do it again next year on a larger scale -- in this gallery and outside as well."

Smith met with Sandy Oxx, executive director of the Carroll County Arts Council, last week to talk about the series' future. They decided to hold a "music, poetry, artistic evening" one night every other month, beginning in August. The specific night and times will be announced in the arts council's July/August newsletter.

"It was fun Sunday. I was nervous at first, but I got over it real quick," said Wesley Michael, 12, daughter of Walt Michael and Christina Smith.

Wesley played several delightful tunes on the lap dulcimer with her friend Emily Martin, who is from Boyds.

"It is so relaxing to be here with this lovely art, with people who are looking for beauty in their lives in various forms," said Carolyn Scott, a school board member who writes "occasional poetry -- poetry for special occasions."

This Sunday, while listening to live music by Walt Michael & Co., you can look at handmade twig furniture by Mark Cherry, photography by Richard Anderson and "small paintings and other rectangles" by Lewis Schlitt.

On April 19, another poetry reading will feature Edgar Silex, Kevin Thornton and Phil Grout and music by the Jeanean & Carl Martin Family from Boyds. The events begin at 2 p.m.

Artists workshops

If you want more art, you can take one or several daylong Saturday workshops by artists who have been featured over the last month at the gallery.

Shawn M. Lockart will offer a Celtic print-making session April 11 and marbleizing and journal-making April 25; Jeanean Songco Martin will teach basic drawing April 18.

Information: 410-876-3096.

Peace Pole dedication

"Que la paz prevalezca en la tierra," "Amani Iwe ul mwenguni," "May peace prevail on earth."

In Spanish, Swahili, English, sign language, Hebrew, Korean, German and Hindi, students at Robert Moton Elementary School heard "May peace prevail on earth" many times during a dedication ceremony for a Peace Pole last week.

The Peace Pole was purchased by the school PTO and planted as a tribute to world peace. These 6-foot poles have been planted in more than 100,000 spots around the world, 5,000 of them in the United States. The pole is decorated in words saying in several languages "May peace prevail on earth."

Art teacher Bill Cape saw a Peace Pole at the Brethren Center in New Windsor and found it a moving plea for peace. From a list of more than 40 languages, the school selected Spanish, English, Swahili and sign language for the pole.

Surrounded by colorful pansies and adorned with streamers, the pole is in the front of the school where students and teachers pass each morning.

Students who spoke in different languages during the ceremony were Shaniqua Brightful, Swahili; Sasha Guevara, Spanish; Sarah Leidy, Korean; Evan Diamond, German; Harrison Bloom, Hebrew; Ankit Tatel, Hindi; Amanda Walker and Katia Anderson, sign language.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/30/98

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