IF YOU STOP by Orchard Studio in Uniontown this weekend, you'll probably see Shirley Lippy stirring cotton fibers, cattails or lint in a vat as she discusses the papermaking process.
Georgia Groomes might be weaving a shuttle across her loom as she works on a shawl in a gradation of rich colors. At Cat Tracks Studio in Westminster, Linda Van Hart will probably be creating a piece of jewelry with grapes or dogwood leaves -- two symbols she frequently incorporates into her work to share her hopes for the world.
For Van Hart, grapes represent bountiful harvests; dogwood leaves, constant renewal.
Each of these artists and five others will share their work and some of its secrets during the Carroll County Crafts Guild's Open Studio Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
"We have grouped several artists at three studios throughout the county," said Lippy. "Participants will get to see artists actually creating something, and they can see what actually goes into a project."
In addition to demonstrating papermaking, Lippy will also show embossing ad laminating. She and all the other artists will have finished work for sale.
Studios and artists participating in the Open Studio Tour include: Cat Track Studio, 811 Rolling Ridge Drive, Westminster: Carolyn Seabolt, Art For Cat Lovers; Linda Van Hart, sterling jewelry; Sharon Schaeffer, handmade baskets; guest artist Jim Margroum, briarwood pipes.
Orchard Studio, 2949 Uniontown Road, Uniontown: Georgia Groomes, hand woven works; Shirley Lippy, handmade paper.
Shiloh Pottery Inc., 1027 Brodbeck Road, Hampstead: Ken Hankins, pottery; Judi Froehlinger-Schlichter, art quilts.
Flowers, foliage and fun
Members of the Carroll Garden Club and Carroll Young Gardeners are competing in the District Five Flower Show at Fairhaven Thursday.
More than 300 gardeners from the region will bring flowers, foliage, herbs, vegetables and beautiful arrangements for the competition.
This event is a great opportunity for folks to stop in one place and see a tremendous array of plants that are blooming in gardens at this time of year.
Petunias, marigolds, asters, zinnias, hostas, ferns and fruited shrubs are only a small part of the flower show, titled, "Natural Wonders of the World."
Flower arrangements, from contemporary pieces to 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century period pieces, will be displayed. There will even be little niches for arrangements under 8 inches and under 5 inches tall.
Offering their own interpretation of an "Alice in Wonderland" theme, children in Carroll Young Gardeners created arrangements in cups and saucers.
Young Gardeners competing Thursday are: Kaitlyn Brewer, LeAnne Hollinger, Rachel Cunningham, Scott Davis, Ian Finch, William Hoge, Ben and Rex Kable, Cameron Loats, Maggie Miller, Pat O'Loughlin, Elizabeth Sebastian, and Lewis Shepperd.
"If you want to see what people grow in the fall this is an excellent opportunity. It could be a pleasant afternoon for free," said Mary Ellen Bay, garden club member.
Creative drama workshops
Characterization, improvisation, pantomime, movement and voice will be some of the skills featured in a four-session series of drama workshops for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The Saturday morning workshops, which begin Oct. 24, will be taught by Jean Burgess, an educational theater specialist, actress and director. Local audiences know Burgess' work from her many performances at Theatre on the Hill.
She has also taught at the Kennedy Center and through the Smithsonian's Youth Theatre Education Program.
Burgess is working on her doctorate in educational theater at New York University.
The sessions, which will take place at the Arts Council Gallery at 15 E. Main St. in Westminster, will stress imagination, concentration, self-confidence, group work and creative expression.
Students in kindergarten through second grade will attend from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m; and students in grades three through five will attend from 10: 15 a.m. to 11: 15 a.m.
Tuition is $20 for Arts Council members and $25 for nonmembers.
Information/reservations: 410- 848-7272.
Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 9/21/98