Local artists to work in rail car's studio


August 04, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BARBARA SCHNELL of Hampstead and Suzanne Mancha of Manchester will be featured in the railway car artist's studio, part of the national Artrain museum.

The Artrain will be open at the Maryland Midland Railway tracks in Taneytown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. The studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Schnell, a children's art educator, will paint a pastel portrait of Taneytown Mayor Henry C. Heine tomorrow morning, and return for another portrait Friday.

Mancha, a watercolor instructor, will paint felines in watercolor Friday afternoon.

Jewelry artist Linda VanHart of Union Bridge will be in the studio tomorrow afternoon and Saturday morning. Weaver Georgia Groomes of Uniontown will be in the studio Saturday afternoon. Basketweaver Joyce Schaum of Taneytown will be there Sunday morning and quilter Laurel Brown, also of Taneytown, will demonstrate her art Sunday afternoon.

For 28 years, the Artrain has brought national artworks to small towns in America. Sponsored by DaimlerChrysler, the museum is contained in five historic rail cars and includes changing exhibits, guest artist space and a gift shop. The current exhibit is Artistry of Space, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

In addition, many artists and craftspeople from Carroll County will exhibit work in an adjacent tent. The Artrain and exhibit by local artists is directed by Nancy McCormick, economic development coordinator for Taneytown.

Admission to the Artrain and art exhibit is free.

Information: 410-374-2015.

Children's art on exhibit

The lively imaginations of 60 Hampstead children are on display in an art exhibit at Hampstead Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St., through Sept. 3.

The exhibit is open from 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. daily and during public meetings.

Most of the children attend Spring Garden and Hampstead elementary schools and were taught by art teachers Jan VanBibber, Barbara Hammond and Brigitte Delzingaro.

Colorful works show study of primitive world cultures that create art with materials such as bark or scraps of fabric. Crushed and flattened paper bags simulate bark for brilliantly colored tempera paintings by Brennan Opper, A. J. Whorton, Allie Boltz and Robby Pagels, third-graders at Spring Garden.

Another style of bark painting, composed by the Papunya aborigines of Australia, uses an icon and dots of paint to tell a story. On exhibit are dot paintings by Amy Green, Kristina Stracke, Sydney Gutkoska, Amanda Slaysman and Ian Becker, fourth-graders at Hampstead Elementary.

The mola art of Mexico, usually done with layers of stitched fabric, was created with cut paper by Spring Garden pupils. Those showing mola art are Alitzah Utain, Tim Bubb, Scott Placide, Megan Sainz and Nancy Cook.

In contrast, the computer was a drawing tool for grades three, four and five at Hampstead Elementary. Heather Zipprian, Alex Griffith, Melissa Little, Amanda Hartsock, Reid Jordan and Brett Ford are displaying computer art.

Springing from a historical fiction reading series and collector's item dolls, the Dear America Doll project at Spring Garden taught fourth-graders how to sew and dress a large soft doll. They wrote imaginary journals about the doll's travels across America during westward expansion.

Dolls on display are by Amanda Peacock and Emily Murray, with the journal and doll by Megan Sainz.

Traditional watercolor inspired by large florals of Georgia O'Keeffe are exhibited by Brianna Stefanelli, Erica Price and Rebecca Jacobson, all of Hampstead Elementary. A seascape by Lexis Franz from Hampstead Elementary is also displayed. Other watercolors are by Spring Garden pupils Alexa Schwartz and Brandon Meekins, and Colleen Nevin of North Carroll Middle.

Self-portraits in pencil include Bradley Green, Ilana Kelsey, Shaina Zelesnick, Trevor Huey, Amanda Zentz, Krista Ford, Danielle Callahan, Garth Knoch and Danielle Melillo.

Also included are paintings by Brittany Wagner, Max Ricketts-Uy, Kati Hoffman, Samantha Spencer and Christy Pearre, from Spring Garden and Hampstead elementaries. Colored-tissue stained glass butterflies are shown by Ashley Phipps, Travis Bean and Laura Nevin, all of Spring Garden. Pastel and cut paper form a night landscape by Nicholas Ros, also of Spring Garden.

Weaving yarn is a popular project at Spring Garden. Kristyna Hnizda depicts a rabbit and Megan Kauffman, a yellow daisy, in their fifth-grade weaving. Color patterns were woven by Ricky Silver, Christie Debelius, Jared Baranowski, Stephanie Green and Emily Schaefer, all second-graders.

Striking and unusual work includes a papier mache Egyptian sarcophagus by Andrew Brooks, a scratchboard drawing by Joy Fritz and paintings in the style of Matisse by Lorien Gordon and Kristin Scherbarth. They are pupils at Hampstead Elementary.

Information: 410-374-2761.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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