Photographs and watercolors set for display at Slayton House


September 02, 1998|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WATERCOLORS AND photographs by two 30-year residents of west Columbia will be on display at Slayton House Gallery beginning Sept. 10.

The Lobby Gallery will feature "Here and There, Then and Now," an exhibit of watercolors by Longfellow artist Bob Kramer. "WILDE LAKE lake," a display of photographs by Wilde Lake resident Nick Vogel, will be hung in the Bill White Room Gallery.

Residents may recall Kramer's pen-and-ink sketches of Wilde Lake that were included in the village's 30th anniversary cookbook. He has also created note cards for the village and for the Columbia Association.

But it is watercolor painting that he considers his "first true love." Said Kramer, "I love the spontaneity and the excitement of watercolor."

He described it as a sometimes difficult medium because the paint cannot be worked over the way oils can. "I'm never sure it's going to turn out right," he said.

Kramer spent his career in advertising, retiring as creative director of Reliable Stores about three years ago. "Creating art is something I've been doing ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil," he said.

His interest in watercolor began when he was a teen-ager. He does representational works, often of places he has visited. Paintings in his show include scenes of England, Belgium, the southern United States and Ellicott City. One depicts the gazebo at Wilde Lake.

His involvement in his family's genealogical research for the past year led to an interest in old family photographs. Three of the paintings in the show are based on old photos.

Kramer had another show at Slayton House Gallery four years ago. He has also exhibited at the Artists' Gallery and Ten Oaks Gallery. He is a member of Howard County Art Guild.

A native of Romania, Vogel moved to Columbia in 1986 after living in Montreal for 20 years. Now living in a house facing Wilde Lake, he describes Columbia as "absolutely wonderful."

Vogel retired in 1987 after a career as an engineer for a company that makes simulations for the space program.

He recalled that his interest in photography began at age 6 when his parents gave him a Kodak camera. About five years ago he set a goal -- "to become a world-famous portrait photographer."

He started by going out every day to photograph people. Although he describes himself as shy, he would stop people on the street and ask to take their picture. He was pleasantly surprised to find that most people would agree.

"I learned how to take the photograph to their advantage," he said, adding that he was trying to capture the person's feelings and body language. Vogel sent photos to his subjects, many of whom told him that his photos were the best ever taken of them.

Vogel has frequently contributed his photographic services to events at Slayton House, including performances, meetings and last year's anniversary celebration.

At the request of Wilde Lake village manager Bernice Kish, he took photos of sites in the village for a poster contest in which participants guessed the locations of the photos.

"My definition of portrait changed," he said, "to include aspects of nature." It is these "portraits of nature" from the area around Wilde Lake that are featured in his show.

The Slayton House exhibit will run through Oct. 5. The public is invited to a free reception for the artists from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Music will be provided by Last Chance Band, a jazz group that performs regularly at Last Chance Saloon in Oakland Mills Village Center.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Students get extra help

Young children who need extra help to succeed in school are the target of a two-part state-funded program being offered in newly renovated quarters at Swansfield Elementary School.

A half-day pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds began last week with parent-teacher meetings. Classes started this week.

Teaching the class is Rachel Cook, who is new to Swansfield this year. She is being assisted by Brenda Orellana, who served as instructional assistant for the program at Running Brook Elementary School last year. The two women teach at Running Brook in the mornings and at Swansfield in the afternoons.

The pre-kindergarten program can accommodate up to 20 students. To qualify, children must come from homes where English is not the primary language, or be homeless, or have participated in a Head Start or Even Start program. Children can also be referred by the county's Office of Pupil Services.

In the second part of the program, kindergarten students are being assessed to determine which children would benefit from all-day kindergarten classes. The additional sessions will start later this month.

Swansfield Principal Earl Slacum said that the goal of the extended day kindergarten is to provide additional support so that all students can go into first grade as readers.

Jessica Cohen has joined the Swansfield faculty as a part-time kindergarten teacher. Serving as a part-time kindergarten assistant is Loretta Lawrence, whom many students knew last year as a lunch and recess monitor.

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