These fountains really rock


March 05, 2000|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Baltimore sculptor Jack Scott, who works in stone, wood, metal and ceramic, is especially fond of his river rock fountains, made of triangle-shaped stones from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. "It's a natural form in river rocks," Scott says.

The fountains, most designed for outdoor installation because they are supposed to splash and splatter ("When the rocks are wet, they just glow") are 5 to 7 feet tall and cost from $6,000 to $10,000 (that includes installation locally. Scott also designs gardens.) Desk or table-top fountains start at $500. Scott's work has been exhibited at Gomez Gallery and he was one of three artists to inaugurate Paper-Rock-Scissors in Hampden. For information, call Scott at 410-383-0569.

Cats and scents-ability

Everyone who's ever dealt with a cat knows how picky they can be about their litter. Some will use only one type, some want the box in a particular spot, some won't use the box when it hasn't been cleaned. For the truly finicky, however, perhaps only aromatherapy deodorizing and antibacterial kitty litter from Peppermint Pets will do. It includes dried botanicals and essential oils, with scents such as lavender, geranium and orange spice, and promises to deliver "a sense of inner growth and relaxation" as the cat uses the box.

Peppermint Pets cat box filler costs $6 for a 2-pound bag. It's available at pet and department stores. For information, call 800-859-5250 or visit -K.M.

A taste of Provence

Would you like to have a Corot, Matisse or Dufy hanging on your wall? Would you like to serve guests at your next dinner party tapenade and quail eggs, vegetable gratin, rabbit with garlic and preserved lemons, a fresh fruit clafouti? Long to live in a luxuriously appointed chateau in Provence?

Here's your chance. Art in Provence, run by New Englanders Hans Meijer and Candee Christoforides, offers workshops in both painting and cooking at Chateau de Mazenc, near the village of Dieulefit (between Lyon and Avignon). Art students get 48 total hours of instruction at various locations; cooking students visit markets, shops and a goat farm. Prices start at $2,650 (not including air fare).

For information, call 802-457-5169, or check the Web sites and You can also e-mail -K.M.


* Sugar, sand, marzipan, glass, porcelain, and real and faux flowers are among the elements used to provide a decorative finale to an 18th century meal, which was in itself a form of theater. The dessert course was the most spectacular. An exhibit called Just Desserts: An 18th Century Table Setting runs through May at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit (left), which features small statues and topiary, is in the Grand Salon from the Chateau de Draveil, one of the 18th-century French and English period rooms at the museum. The museum is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For information, call 215-763-8100. You can also visit the museum's Web site at

* Mike Owen, who managed the orchid collections at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania for more than 15 years and currently is in charge of plant production for Longwood's conservatories, will talk about growing orchids for beginners or experts at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the studio at Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton. Admission is $20. For information, call 410-557-9570.

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. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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