IT ALMOST didn't happen, but the timing was right and Abby Schwarz, 11, is a published author and artist. The Marriottsville girl had a drawing and a paragraph published in the November/December issue of New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams.
Abby's work was published in the "Draw Luna" section of the publication, in which girls are asked to submit their explanation of what Luna, the spirit of the magazine, looks like, along with a written explanation.
"I felt that Luna is the spirit of the gust of power that went around the world, and girls can do anything they want," Abby said.
Here are her words published in the magazine: "Luna is a radiant gust of power. She carries every strong female accomplishment and blows around the world, reminding girls to believe in themselves. She reminds them that they can make a difference."
Abby was notified that her work would be published the day before she was to leave for a three-week vacation with her parents, Ann and Mark Schwarz, and brother Jesse, 9. When Jesse went out to get the mail that day, he came in shouting excitedly that Abby had received a letter from New Moon. The publication required that her parents notify it within two weeks, so they contacted the magazine immediately.
Ann Schwarz wasn't surprised that Abby's work was chosen. "When I saw what she had done, there was no way they could reject it," Ann said. "I felt in my heart of hearts that it would make it in."
Ann Schwarz raves about the magazine. "This publication has helped her hold on to that feminine power," she said. "It's all about publishing girls and showing them that they have a voice."
New Moon focuses on the lives of girls and women, portraying role models as powerful and in charge of their lives.
Through publishing work by girls, the magazine says it offers them a chance to have their voices heard and their dreams taken seriously. A group of girls ages 8 to 14 makes decisions on the material that is to appear.
Abby's drawing was chosen from hundreds of submissions, said Deb Mylin, managing editor of New Moon. "It's such an honor for Abby to have her work chosen," Mylin said.
Abby learned about the magazine from her grandmother, Susan Goldsmith of Salt Lake City. "From the first day Abby got that magazine, she wanted to get published," Ann Schwarz said.
A sixth-grader at Mount View Middle School, Abby loves sports, plays and writing. She is working on a novel and is compiling a scrapbook of news clippings and quotations in which people express their feelings about the terrorism of Sept. 11. Abby isn't sure if she wants to earn a living by drawing or writing, but she believes that she will always write.
"I want to write books in my off time like realistic fiction," she said. "And it would be great to help people around the world."
The Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, will hold its annual fine arts and craft show, "Singular Sensations," from Dec. 6 through 16. The holiday exhibition will showcase crafts and art for sale for $150 or less. Pottery, stained glass, photographs, jewelry, sculpture, paintings and fiber work will be available.
A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Admission is free.
Art by Cher Compton of Highland and Elizabeth Riordon, Cecilia Battle, Gwendolyn Nicklaus, Loki Keilholtz and Christopher Laubach, all of Clarksville, will be on display.
Information and gallery hours: 410-730-0075.
The All-County Gifted and Talented (GT) Orchestra, made up of 95 middle school children, and the Enrichment Orchestra, made up of 70 elementary school children, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the River Hill High School auditorium in Clarksville.
Pupils were chosen by audition for both orchestras, and almost every Howard Country elementary and middle school is represented. The children have been practicing every week for months.
The GT orchestra is led by Rosemary Lather, and the enrichment orchestra by Annette Szawan and Patrick Walls.
The concert is free and open to the public. Information: 410-313- 6927 or 410-313-7120.
Former three-time state wrestling champion and River Hill alumnus Brandon Lauer, a redshirt freshman at West Virginia University in Morgantown, won a division of the Navy Classic Wrestling Tournament this month in Annapolis.
The No. 4-seeded Lauer defeated wrestlers from James Madison, The Citadel and the Naval Academy before defeating Rene Hernandez of Purdue, 8-4, in the finals of the 133-pound division. Lauer is 7-1 this season.