Remembering the Baltimore Realists Art: French artist Jacques Maroger influenced a group of artists for two decades, and his style is still being taught by one of those followers.

Inside Today: Fine Arts

May 12, 1998|By John Dorsey | John Dorsey,SUN ART CRITIC

Artist and art restorer Jacques Maroger (1884-1962) emigrated from France in 1939 and taught at the Maryland Institute, College of Art from 1940 to 1959. A student of and

believer in the materials and techniques of the old masters, he passed on his knowledge of the subject to his students.

Maroger became a mentor to a group of artists who later became known as the Baltimore Realists, and they have been followed by another generation who created in the same style. He was also a friend and instructor of Alice Garrett, who lived at the North Charles Street estate Evergreen (now Evergreen House, the Johns Hopkins University).

On Friday, Evergreen will open "Baltimore Realists," an exhibit of works by 28 painters including Maroger, Frank Redelius, Joseph Sheppard, Elizabeth Byrd Mitchell, John Brandon Sills and Alessandra Davila-Routian.

Also included will be works by Ann Didusch Schuler, former Maroger assistant who now teaches the Maroger method at the local Schuler School of Fine Arts.

A series of programs accompany the show. The opening reception, free to all, takes place at Evergreen on Friday from 5: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. On Sunday at 2 p.m. Francesca Schuler Guerin (daughter of Ann Didusch Schuler) will give a gallery talk at Evergreen. On June 20, exhibiting artists will hold a roundtable at Evergreen. On June 21 Ann Didusch Schuler will offer a painting demonstration at the Schuler School after a walk-through of the exhibition and lunch at Evergreen.

Evergreen, at 4545 N. Charles St., is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The show runs through July 8. Admission to the exhibition and a tour of the house is $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students. Admission to the exhibition alone is $3 for everyone. For information and reservations call 410-516-0341.

Celebrating Fonda

John Fonda (1929-1992) was an artist, art teacher and friend of artists who became much beloved in the 13 years he lived in Baltimore from 1979 until his death. He created, taught and collected ceramics, created exhibition opportunities (including the founding of the gallery at Theatre Project) and worked as an artist's model (when he wasn't working as a professional Santa Claus).

Currently a spate of shows commemorating the man and his work, collectively called "Fond of Fonda," are running in Southwest Baltimore and Fells Point. "Fonda's Hand: Art By," appears at three locations: Adler Gallery and Mencken's Cultured Pearl in Southwest and Halcyon Gallery in Fells Point. "Fonda's Face," a show of the art he posed for, appears at Margaret's Cafe in Fells Point. And the 1998 SoWeBo Festival Posters, with a printed border reproducing Fonda's beadwork, are at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop in Fells Point.

All Fonda shows run through May 31. Adler Gallery at 1327 W. Fayette St. is open 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays; Mencken's Cultured Pearl, at 1114 Hollins St., is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; Halcyon Gallery and Margaret's Cafe, at 909 Fell St., are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; Daily Grind, at 1726 Thames St., is open 9 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

For information call the Fells Point Creative Alliance at 410-276-1651.

Develop art skills

Eight summer adult art classes are being offered at School 33 Art Center. They include painting, drawing, watercolor, monotype, clay sculpture and photography. The six-week courses begin between May 19 and May 24, and each meets once a week on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening with the exception of a life drawing class on Sunday afternoons.

For information or a course brochure call 410-396-4641 between 8: 30 a.m. and 4: 30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Artists invited

Call for entries: The Tuttle Gallery of McDonogh School is currently scheduling its 1998-1999 exhibition season. Six shows

of professional work are planned, each one probably including two or three artists.

Those interested in displaying their work should submit, by May 16, the following: current resume, brief biography, artist's statement, short proposal of interaction with students, 10 to 20 slides in a clear plastic view sheet. All slides to include artist's name, title, date, size and medium. Include SASE for return. Send to Deborah Nobles-McDaniel, director, Tuttle Gallery, McDonogh School, P.O Box 380, McDonogh, Md. 21117-0380. For information call Nobles-McDaniel at 410-998-3511.

Focus on photography

The Maryland Federation of Art will hold its eighth annual open juried photography exhibition from Sept. 3 to Oct. 11. The exhibition is open to all artists, amateur and professional, working in a photographic medium. Jan Howard, curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of ** Art is this year's juror. Deadline for slides of original work and entry forms is June 23. For a prospectus, send SASE to Maryland Federation of Art, Dept. No. 2, P.O. Box 1866, Annapolis, Md. 21404.

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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