Visual Arts

March 23, 2003

Artists' Gallery

10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Information: 410-740-8249.

Artists' Gallery has gone through three name changes, evolving into a cooperative gallery that showcases the works of all of its members.

Instead of open monthly shows, artists are chosen by jury once and become members. They are entitled to take in one to two pieces each month that are guaranteed to be displayed. "It's up to you to maintain your quality," said artist member Pat Roberie. "It's not like, `Well, we don't like your work this month.'"

Members pay $30 a month to hang their work, plus $120 in annual membership dues. The gallery receives a 20 percent commission on each piece sold.

Because the members run the gallery, they take turns manning the facility nine hours a month.

The show changes every month with a reception to launch the exhibit. The gallery also showcases monthly one or two artists, who may take in several pieces to exhibit.

Most member artists live in Columbia. Their works include paintings, photographs, fire-brushed and embossed copper, watercolors, acrylics, oils and pastels, stained glass and painted furniture.

"We learn from different members," said Roberie, who uses traditional pastels and oil. "Some of us never knew some of these techniques. We inspire each other to try different things. It's not rigid. You're open to explore different things. It keeps the creativity flowing and keeps us working because we have to produce each month."

The gallery also features an annual Distinguished Artist Series. This year, the sculptures of Alzaruba will be displayed through Friday. His exhibit, The Unknown Sea, features abstract wood sculptures based on ships.

Other exhibits include: Image-Egami, silverprint photography by Joan Forester, from March 31 to May 2, with a reception April 4. Photographer Karen Probasco will exhibit her work May 5-30, with a reception May 9.

Six associate artists will display works that include oil and pastels, four watercolor exhibits and one colored-pencil exhibit June 2-27 by Michael Syphax, with a reception June 6.

A theme show of landscapes featuring members' works will be exhibited June 30 to Aug. 1, with a reception July 11. A Summer Invitational will be held Aug. 4-29 when artist members invite guest artists to display their work, with a reception Aug. 8.

Oriental brush paint artist Jiny Jy Chen will exhibit her art Sept. 2 to Oct. 3. (No reception date has been set.) Photographer Paul Marycz will show his work Oct. 6-Oct. 31, with a reception Oct. 10. Clarence Page's fire-brushed and embossed copper will be exhibited Dec. 1 to Jan. 2, with a reception Dec. 5.

Slayton House Gallery

Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Information: 410-730-3987.

Ever since Slayton House was built in 1967, it has been known as the "arts building." Its subtitle was "Center for the Arts."

"Our focus is to make art accessible and give local artists the opportunity to show, so it's different than a commercial gallery," said Bernice Kish, village manager and director of the gallery. "I also have to look at the artworks. It can't be improper or controversial because it's a community center. It's a community center that happens to have a gallery."

Slayton House Gallery has been operating since at least 1979, in coordination with the Howard County Center for the Arts and under the direction of Wilde Lake Village Board.

The gallery will display a group showing of four artists' diverse works in Merging Lives -- Diverging Styles through April 19: the watercolors of Deborah Hoeper; Pat Roberie's figurative oil and pastel works; Kelmie Snider's painted furniture and oil paintings; and Denise Tarbell's stained-lass windows.

Columbia photographer Youlong Yang and his sister Chinese brush artist Youhong Yang of China will exhibit from April 24 to May 17, with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 3.

Jim Mitchell and Dave Hornick will exhibit their black-and-white photography from May 22 to June 14, with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 24.

Wall To Wall, featuring the mixed media of Jane Wall and photography of her son William Wall, will be displayed from June 18 to July 12, with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 22. Watercolor artist Donna Winterling and Beth Turpin, who works in acrylics, will exhibit from July 17 to Aug. 16, with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 20.

National Quilting Association

Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-461-5733 or www.nqaquilts.org. Sandra McDonald, administrative aide for the corporate office: 410-461-5733.

Quilting is an art form that has grown so popular that the National Quilting Association, based in Ellicott City, lists 4,500 worldwide members, 280 guilds in the United States, about 30 guilds in Maryland and four in Howard County.

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