Students' different strokes on display for a day


July 08, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR TWO HOURS today, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City will be an art gallery -- complete with a gallery talk, paintings for sale and lots of food.

The art on display was created by students in Zina Poliszuk's drawing and painting classes, part of a senior program offered by the county's Department of Recreation and Parks. Most of the artists in the class are age 55 or older.

Poliszuk, who lives in Ellicott City, has been teaching seniors in Howard County for about 13 years. She has been organizing the annual show for at least five years, she said.

Artist students in the class invite friends and family, and provide the food, which typically includes noshes such as cheese and crackers, veggies and dips, sandwiches and desserts.

"I do a little gallery critique," Poliszuk said. "It's fun."

The art students display work that they have completed during the 10-week program. "I don't highlight anybody specifically," Poliszuk said. "I hang something from everyone."

Most of the artwork is for sale.

"It becomes a party," Poliszuk said.

One student is Beatrice Hardy, who lives in Oella and has been taking lessons with Poliszuk for years. She said the art shows have gotten more popular over the years.

"It's a good chance to look at a lot of art in one spot," she said.

Hardy said she looks forward to Poliszuk's classes.

"I've been working with Zina for a while," she said. "I think she's an excellent teacher."

Hardy said she has learned "a tremendous amount" in her years of taking art classes. "She really takes the time to share her talent," Hardy said of her teacher. "She doesn't just tell you what to do. She shows you."

Poliszuk divides her time between teaching art and pursuing her career as an artist. Her watercolors have been shown at Margaret Smith Gallery in historic Ellicott City, among other places. She also teaches children in a workshop in the basement of her home.

The art show and gallery talk is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center on Frederick Road. Information: Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-313-7279.

Scholarship winner

Andrew J. Gnagey, a recent graduate of Centennial High School, has received a $12,000 scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City. Gnagey was one of 21 students in Howard County public schools to apply for the annual scholarship.

Robert Scarburgh, secretary of the club, said to qualify students must have lived in the county at least five years and maintain a high grade point average. They also must write an essay. A group of high school counselors, typically one from each school, goes through the applications and makes recommendations. Then the Kiwanis board of directors makes the final decision.

Gnagey also received the $1,000 Marilyn Yetso Memorial College Scholarship.

Brock Yetso, executive director of the Ulman Cancer Fund and a fellow Centennial graduate, established the award in honor of his mother, who died of colon cancer in 2000. Gnagey lost his father to a brain tumor in 1999.

Local graduates

Thomas Breihan of Ellicott City received the Jean Marie Richard Memorial Prize from Syracuse University in New York.

The prize given to Breihan is awarded annually to a graduating English major with a top grade point average and a talent for writing.

Casey Rae McCormick received a bachelor's degree in biology from Lynchburg College in Virginia. McCormick, the daughter of Michael and Carolyn McCormick of Ellicott City, graduated from Mount Hebron High School in 1998.

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