Youths welcome spring with an outburst of color


April 08, 2001|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SPRING FLOWERS and birds were making a big showing outdoors and indoors in the community as children from Linthicum Elementary School celebrated their own welcome to the season with an art show and reception at a local florist shop.

"Reinventing Flowers, a Burst of Bloom," was held recently at Flowers Extraordinaire by Stephen in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center on Camp Meade Road.

Thirty-five pupils proudly brought parents and grandparents to see their paintings, prints, drawings and collages, and celebrated the accolades with punch and cookies. Among the first things I noticed were the vibrant colors the budding artists used for their paintings, and the excitement and bright, happy faces as they showed them off.

Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat are now well-known to the youngsters at Linthicum Elementary.

Art teacher Valerie Dearing introduced 450 children in grades one through five to some French Impressionist and post-Impressionists, and to American, African and Japanese artists.

"We studied art forms from different countries. I wanted them to be familiar with multicultural art," Dearing said. "We also studied positive and negative space. They could see that it was OK and they could choose to leave spaces blank."

After the children had learned something about the artists and their works, especially those depicting flowers and birds, Dearing suggested that they choose one of those subjects to paint. Thirty-five of the pupils' resulting works were selected for display.

Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" was a favorite of several children. Some who chose to depict that famous work included fifth-graders Fred Wirshing and Michael Orchezowski, fourth-graders Sammie Brogunier and Joey Werling, and first-grader Brystal Gwinn.

Second-grader Chelsea Ambros enjoys painting, and although she chose a bunch of flowers for her project, she said, "At home I like to paint animals."

Third-grader Michael Kolodiej was looking at a green plant when he did his painting but confessed when asked to identify the variety he chose, "I have no clue." Michael enjoys painting at home, too, but favors drawing Pokemon.

Justin Bowers, Ashley Stitz and Cheri Schmidt, all in fifth grade, and Lauren Rauser, a fourth-grader, were among the pupils who liked the beautiful paintings of birds by John James Audubon. Justin used watercolors and highlighted his pretty birds with iridescent gel pens. Ashley favored the American flamingo, Cheri painted two owls perched on branches, and Lauren depicted indigo buntings.

Allison March, Anna Boisen, Patrisha Vavaroutsos and Carly Tacka, all in first grade, created renditions of the French Impressionists. Carly said she decided to put her flowers in a vase, adding, "I call them crazy flowers."

Other pupils with works in the show include: Jeremy Heiser and Madalynn Ross, first grade; Zachary Mitchell, Ethan Shipley, Olivia Hall, Lucas Cox, Christian Parsons, Haylee King and Alyssa Vance, second grade; Katie Albert and Nick Biermann, third grade; Rusty Arrowood and Colin Rudd, fourth grade; and Lindsay Summers, Patrick Daciek, Holly Springer, Courtney Bollinger, Kelly Auld, Rachael Howland and Ashlie Kelly, fifth grade.

Dearing said she likes staying close to the school in putting on shows in the community. Last year, her pupils had a showing at Lindy's Pharmacy in the same shopping center and at the Linthicum Luncheteria across the street.

"This year, I contacted Stephen Formwalt of Flowers Extraordinaire, and he was very receptive to work with me," she said.

Dearing is looking for other places to exhibit and said, "If anyone wants to come forward, I am always ready with something."

Woman's Club meeting

Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will hold its annual business meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at its clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.

The club will also make a presentation of awards to winners of its youth art competition and poetry/short story contest in area schools.

The business portion, open to members only, will include the election of five members to the board of directors for the 2001-2003 term and annual reports from committee chairmen and officers. Members who have not mailed ballots to nominating chairman Jean Rock should bring them to the meeting, at which ballots will be counted.

A potluck luncheon will follow the meeting.

Members are requested to bring usable items for the April 28 Spring Fling fund-raiser and items to fill the 40 "ditty bags" the club has made for veterans, modeled after bags made for military personnel for their personal effects during World War II.

Needed are deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, shampoo, lotion and other toiletries for men and women. The bags will be delivered to the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs' 102nd annual convention April 21-23 in Annapolis.

Information: Bernadette Simon, 410-859-4433.

Ferndale Day

This year's Ferndale Day celebration will be held May 6 at the field on Third Avenue off Broadview Boulevard.

Organizers are looking for vendors of handmade crafts. An addition to the event is an area reserved for flea market sales.

A 10-by-10-foot space costs $20, and vendors must bring their own tables.

Ferndale Day is sponsored by the Ferndale-Linthicum Area Community Council, which will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Ferndale Day and other community issues will be discussed. All are welcome to attend.

To reserve a vendor space or for information: Mary Stafford, 410-761-0557 or Leo Harnen, 410-761-5754.

Relay planning session

The next meeting of team captains for the Linthicum Relay for Life will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Northern District police station on Hammonds Lane.

Anyone who would like to participate in the June 15 and 16 American Cancer Society fund-raising event at Lindale Middle School is encouraged to attend.

Information: Sue McDonald, 410-721-4304, Ext.1509.

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