`Time Frames' Ever wonder why old works of art in a...

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January 03, 2002|By Lori Sears

`Time Frames'

Ever wonder why old works of art in a museum generally don't look as old as they are? It's thanks in part to the work of conservators who preserve the pieces and keep them as striking (or nearly as striking) as when they were created.

Today, visitors to the Baltimore Museum of Art can learn all about the work of conservators at the program "Time Frames." BMA conservators will discuss the effects of time and the elements on works of art, and they will show how proper framing helps to preserve pieces.

Kids can make a craft using a Polish paper-cutting technique, frame their work and then take it home. All visitors can tour the galleries and look for details in the pieces that reveal time.

Also, the Tree Surgeons, a musical group that uses wooden instruments to create world-beats, will perform.

The "Time Frames" event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. Call 410-396-6314.

`The Gypsy Dance Bringer'

Learn all about the nomadic culture of Gypsies Saturday at the Walters Art Museum. In the program "The Gypsy Dance Bringer," storyteller, singer and actress Maria Broom presents the story of a group of ancient Egyptians who traveled to Europe, entertaining their way through the villages. First known as Gyptians, these singers and dancers later became known as Gypsies.

Broom will offer her dance and storytelling performance in front of the Mosaic Tile Map at the museum, and will use the map to illustrate how the Gypsy cultures expanded.

"The Gypsy Dance Bringer" performance begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free with museum admission ($8; $6 seniors; $5 ages 18-25; free for ages 17 and under). Call 410-547-9000, Ext. 237.

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