Weekend art exhibit evokes some childhood memories

School 33 Art Center to offer works for auction

December 06, 2003|By Aron Davidowitz | Aron Davidowitz,SUN STAFF

What if you could own artwork representing someone's childhood memory?

This weekend, at the School 33 Art Center, you could get a chance to do just that.

Area artists have contributed drawings, sculptures, photographs and other forms of art depicting their holiday recollections for the Sell Your Childhood Memories exhibit and auction. The art will be offered for sale in a silent auction.

The display of works in School 33's second-floor gallery will be complemented by a collection of obsolete electric toys, says curator Gary Kachadourian.

Vincent Donarski, 25, a Minnesota native pursuing a graduate degree in studio art at University of Maryland, College Park, based his mixed-media sculpture on his memory of playing in a sandbox, pretending to be an employee at his father's gravel construction business.

The display will include a simple sculpture called "Allowance," a 50-cent roll of pennies clamped to a platform by Gard Jones; a page from artist Kenn Sakurai's younger brother's diary; and a sketch entitled "Ducko" by James DiLisio.

Amy Eva Raehse, 30, from New York contributed a couple of ink drawings of toys she and her sister played with growing up. "Family Reunion" shows small finger puppets called "little people" in a bizarre family reunion where a child and the pet dog have been excluded.

The memory is partly made-up, according to Raehse, an artist and director of Goya-Girl Press.

"I never had a dog growing up," she said.

Sell Your Childhood Memories is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. today and tomorrow. At the same time, School 33 will also offer a separate sale: One-Off: A Sale of Wearable Art, Accessories and Small Works. Admission to both is free.

School 33 Art Center is at 1427 Light St. in South Baltimore. Call 410-396-4641 or go online to www.school33.org.

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