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April 17, 2003|By SUN STAFF

Art by its handlers

Largely unacknowledged, and always behind-the-scenes, art handlers are the backbone of an art exhibit. Employed by galleries, museums, auction houses and shipping companies, they carefully pack, transport and install artwork.

And if you think that's all they do, think again. Often, these folks create their own works of art, at times even inspired by the works they are handling. The exhibit Art Work: An Exhibition of the Art of Art Handlers, running today through May 9 at CHELA, showcases a variety of works by art handlers. An opening reception takes place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today; a closing reception is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 9.

On display are paintings by Andrew Prayzner, an installation by Ross Bell, sculpture by Mike Smith, mixed media by Chris Lowery, sculpture and an installation by Donna Keiko Ozawa, paintings by Theodore Kersten and an installation by Noel Heberling and Carlyle Micklus. The show is curated by Danielle Sara Frank.

The exhibit runs today through May 9 at CHELA, 3500 Boston St., No. 210. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-342-1800.

That shore is pretty

Love the serenity of the shore? Oil painter Margaret Lee displays coastal images, still-lifes and images of Tuscany at her Recent Works exhibit, running now through May 11 at Main St. Gallery in Annapolis.

Lee presents thoughtful landscapes representing various moods set by a changing daylight. She also offers realistic oils with strong light and deep shadows on various canvases.

The show runs through May 11 at Main St. Gallery, 109 Main St., Annapolis. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays. Call 410-280-2787.

Questioning society, self

Korean-born artist Haelim Allen displays her New Work in Gallery I at School 33 Art Center Saturday through May 23. Utilizing personal artifacts, mixed media, hand-sewn objects and found objects, Allen has created installations that question the role of society in developing a sense of self. On April 26, there will be a gallery talk from 3:15 p.m.-4 p.m. and a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the artist.

Visitors to School 33 also can view the exhibit Bread and Roses: 100 Years From the Lower East Side to the Maquiladoras by Laura Burns and Rachel Schreiber in Gallery II. And in the Installation Space, visitors can see Residence Display, an installation on the perceptions of public and private spaces. Gallery talks for both exhibits take place at 3:15 p.m. April 26, with artist receptions at 4 p.m. that day, as well.

The exhibits run Saturday through May 23 at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Call 410-396-4641.

- Compiled by Lori Sears

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