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Arts: museums, literature

April 24, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

12-year-old Shpanin gets a solo exhibit

He's only 12 years old, but Stanislav Shpanin has a talent so exceptional that Gallery 44 will, for the first time in its 30-year history, present a solo show of a juvenile artist's works.

Shpanin, a native of Azerbaijan, began drawing at the age of 3 and has studied art since age 6 at the Palace of Children in Baku, Azerbaijan.

This solo showing is Shpanin's premiere exhibit in America. He will display oils, acrylics, watercolors and works created with oil sticks.

A reception and preview will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the gallery. The public is invited, but reservations are required. An exhibition and sale take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be a kosher brunch with Shpanin and his family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are required. The exhibition and sale continue, along with a painting demonstration by the artist, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Gallery 44 is at 9469 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Call 410-465-5200 for reservations or more information.

Big book signing

Sure, you've been to book signings. But have you ever been to a mega book signing? As in 16 authors, many of whom are best-selling novelists? The authors will be signing autographs and meeting fans tomorrow at Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe in Boonsboro, Washington County. The event is sponsored by Washington Romance Writers.

Participants at the mega book signing will be Nora Roberts (who also writes as J.D. Robb), Janet Evanovich, Barbara Samuel (who also writes as Ruth Wind), Susan Mallery, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Ruth Glick (who also writes as Rebecca York), Donna Kauffman, Carole Bellacera, Hope Tarr, Karen Lee, Mary Blayney, Judi McCoy, Susan Donovan, Michelle Monkou, Elizabeth Holcombe and Laurin Wittig.

The mega signing runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro. Free admission. Call 301-432-4588.

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