Naturally noteworthy


April 18, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

A frog table, an angel table and a desk whose drawer pulls are a frog and three bugs are among the whimsical creations of Berlin artist Patti Baltrotsky, who embellishes odd pieces of furniture with lively motifs from the natural world.

Baltrotsky's work is on view this month at the Art League of Ocean City. It includes furniture, decorative items and mosaic wall paintings. Half of the proceeds from each sale will ben-efit the Worcester County Humane Society and the Art League of Ocean City. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call 410-524-9433.

Collaborative effort comes to the table

A collaboration between Pfaltzgraff, the York, Pa.-based producer of tablewares, and Nautica, the clothing design firm associated with classic fashions, has produced Nautica tableware. There are two collections. Signature includes stoneware, wood and glass accessories in cheerful red, white and blue. The other collection is called Bermuda, and features mix-and-match patterns called Calico, Indigo Rose and Rattan. For more information, call Pfaltzgraff at 800-999-2811. -- K. M.

Gardening Stewart style

Martha Stewart, style maven and indefatigable marketer, wants to move into your garden. She has introduced a new line of outdoor furniture, tools and planters, called Martha Stewart Everyday Garden. The line, available at Kmart, includes tables, chairs and patio umbrellas, a hammock, long- and short-handled tools, terra-cotta planters and garden-storage containers. Additionally, Stewart plans to add seeds and bulbs to the line. Prices range from $1.49 (for a ball of jute twine) to $799 (for a five-piece, cast-iron-look aluminum dining set in the Southampton collection). -- K. M.


* You can still catch the stunning display of quilts made by members of the Baltimore Heritage Quilting Guild from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the gymnasium at Friends School, 5114 N. Charles St. There will be more than 200 quilts on display, and a large merchant mall. Chances can be bought to win a quilt designed and stitched by guild members. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $5.

* Pottery, prints, paintings, sculpture, stained glass and jewelry are among the items by artists of the Mill Centre Association that will be on display this coming Saturday and Sunday. The event is part of the 11th annual Baltimore Open Studio Tour, sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture and the Friends of School 33 Art Center. Studios will be open from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free, and there is ample parking. The Mill Centre is at 3000 Chestnut Ave. For more information, call 410-467-4038. --K.M.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

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