Art Notes


April 09, 2004

McDaniel Lounge concert to feature Tex-Mex music

Neon signs and a dance floor will turn McDaniel Lounge into an cantina for the next Monday Night Music concert, "Bo Eckard presents, Tejano! A Celebration of Tex-Mex Border Music," at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The free concert, featuring conjunto music from Texas and northern Mexico, was organized by Eckard, a senior lecturer of music at the college.

Eckard, a bass player and vocalist, will be joined by Ed Clinton on the guitar and baja sexto (a 12-stringed Mexican instrument), Jon Seligman on drums and percussion, J.W. Sayre on percussion and Mookie Segal on accordion.

Guest artists from the community will also perform.

The celebration of Tex-Mex border music will include rancheras, musical works roughly equivalent to American country-western music, and cumbia, a slower and more rhythmically intense music.

Information: 410-857-2599.

Film discussion series probes African identity

McDaniel College's 2003-2004 Film and Discussion Series explores the gap between tradition and heritage and modernity in African cultures in America and on the African continent during African Identity in a New World.

All films and discussions are free to the public and are suitable for children 10 and older.

The next film will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday in Room 108 of Hill Hall. A Question of Color confronts the sometimes negative feelings many African-Americans harbor about themselves and their appearance.

Filmmaker Kathe Sandler digs into the world of color consciousness, a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal.

Information: 410-386-4632 or 410-857-2791.

Carroll Arts Council presents nature exhibit

The Carroll County Arts Council will present The Great Outdoors: Wildlife and Sporting Art, an exhibit of regional artists, from Thursday to June 5 in the Tevis Gallery.

The exhibit offers diverse interpretations of nature through two- and three-dimensional works, including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.

A free opening reception with the artists will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Artists include: Kathy A. Boyle of Salisbury, songbird carvings; Al Burk of Sykesville, waterfowl decoys; Susan Ruddick Bloom of Westminster, photography; Terry Miller of Westminster, pencil drawings; SungHee Moon of Westminster, fish carvings; Lou Pasqua of Pittsburgh, painting; Stephen L. Perrine and Richard D. Rollings of Westminster, painting; Shelley Steinle of Westminster, painting miniatures; Paula G. Waterman of Eldersburg, painting; Bruce A. Woodward of Sykesville, painting.

Waterman paints outside nature scenes. Miller applies graphite to paper for a photographic sense of realism. Woodward celebrates the serene angler and natural rhythms of field and stream.

Perrine's paintings include a trout stamp. Bloom celebrates the fox hunt with camera and computer. Carvings include Moon's fish, Burk's waterfowl decoys and Boyle's song birds. Pasqua paints animal portraits.

The Carroll Arts Center is at 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Three museum trips to explore history of art

Carroll Community College is sponsoring a series of trips with artist and educator Susan Williamson to area museums to explore the history of art as represented in their collections.

Combining museum trips and class time, these courses will examine art collections from the ancient world through the 21st century. Each day will begin with an introduction to a specific art period, followed by a bus trip to the museum and more discussion upon return.

Trips are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 1601 Washington Road. A box lunch will be provided.

Spring trips are:

April 16, Baltimore Museum of Art: Discover art from the modern world and examine realism in the 21st century.

May 14, the African Museum and the Sackler Gallery in Washington: Explore early art forms ranging from primitive African sculpture to sophisticated design of Islamic pottery.

June 11, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore: Take a whirlwind tour of art produced by self-taught individuals.

The cost is $50 for each trip. Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Information: 410-386-8100.

College offers course in wildlife photography

Carroll Community College will offer a noncredit course in wildlife photography from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 21 to May 26, and Saturday, May 22, at the Gateway School next to the college campus.

Topics include tips for finding wildlife, developing your own method, equipment you'll need, producing sharp images, techniques for getting close, obtaining proper exposure, and working safely and responsibly with wild animals.

Troy Ringley, who has 25 years' experience in outdoor and studio photography, 10 years as a professional, will teach the class.

Information: 410-386-8100.

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