Home portrait artist's work gets national display

NEIGHBORS

July 14, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOCAL ARTIST Charles Beck is featured in the August edition of Victorian Homes, available on newsstands.

Beck, a Mount Airy resident who has been commissioned to paint home portraits locally and nationally, was asked by Victorian Homes to paint portraits of three contest-winning homes in the magazine's Victorian Colors Contest.

The homes were selected for their use of color, historical accuracy and overall effect of the external paint scheme. The first-place winner received an 18-by- 24-inch watercolor home portrait by Beck, which is featured in the magazine. He also painted watercolor portraits for the second- and third-place winners.

Beck has been painting home portraits since he was a teen-ager, when a portrait of his parents' house caused friends and neighbors to request home portraits. His clients include the son of nationally known TV personality Maury Povich.

In addition to home portraits, Beck has provided several area newspapers with drawings of Carroll County landscapes, architecture and community events and his work has been displayed in area businesses. He sketches a wide range of subjects and enjoys using a variety of art media.

When working on home portraits, Beck first does a preliminary sketch to capture the personality of the house. When painting, he tries to match the colors as closely as he can, but because painting is an interpretation of the subject, an exact color match isn't always possible or desirable.

A painted home portrait can reveal not only the reality of a house, but the underlying personality of its owners as well. Clients can choose to have flowers, trees or structural aspects of their house altered to achieve a desired effect in the finished portrait.

Beck recently designed a Web page to give his work more national exposure: www.charlesbeck.com. It features many color and black-and-white pictures of his work, including watercolors, pen-and-ink, and charcoal portraits of Mount Airy homes.

The site includes Halloween greeting cards that can be purchased.

"The Internet is such an important aspect in marketing a product today," says Beck. "It gives me the opportunity to reach people who otherwise would not know about my work."

Those who visit the Mount Airy Web page can see other examples of Beck's work. Information: 301-829-3321 or e-mail to cbeck80@cs.com. Victorian Homes Web site: www.VictorianHomesMag.com.

Vacation Bible School

Winfield Bible Chapel, 5407 Woodbine Road, invites children and adults to attend its "SonZone Discovery Center" Vacation Bible School. Classes are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through July 21.

This year's theme will be science discovery and will feature "Professor Mega-noggin," who will incorporate imaginative science activities in the classes. All ages from children through adults are welcome. A Promotion Day will be held at the chapel from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow. Participants should be prepared for water games and other activities.

Information: Lynda Grimes at 410-781-6843 or the church office at 410-795-4125, e-mail the church at wnfldbible@aol.com or visit its Web site at winfieldbible.org.

Fire queen contest

Attention all young women: Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company is looking for a new Fire Prevention Queen.

The contest will be held July 24 during the firefighters' carnival. Female contestants between ages 16 and 21 are encouraged to apply. First prize is $100.

The winner will participate in parades, make appearances at schools and in the community and represent Mount Airy in the Carroll County Fire Prevention Queen Contest. Application packets may be picked up at the firehouse, 702 N. Main St., Mount Airy.

Information: the firehouse, 301-829-0100 or 410-795-8055.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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