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July 29, 2004|By Annie Linskey

Walters' manuscripts

More than 20 illuminated manuscripts are on display in a cool, dim gallery at the Walters Art Museum in a show called Illuminating the Word: Gospel Books in the Middle Ages.

The books originate from Europe and North Africa. Pages open for view are intensely detailed, illustrated with brilliant colors and covered in text written in ancient languages. One page is almost entirely brushed with gold. Another is covered with delicate Irish lattice designs. One manuscript dates from 875 A.D., is worth millions of dollars and will not be on display again for at least five years.

The manuscripts are part of the Walters' permanent collection. For conservation reasons, many of these books can not be displayed often, so don't miss the opportunity.

The Walters Art Museum is at 600 N. Charles St. It is open Wednesdays-Sundays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on second Fridays. The show will be up through Oct. 3. Call 410- 547-9000.

Mighty women

Who says European history is exclusively full of dead white men?

The Slayton House Gallery's current show -- titled Nature-Woman-Spirit -- highlights some of the late great European (and one or two Asian) women warriors and leaders. Eleven oil paintings by Columbia-based artist Roxana Sinex are of various grand dames including Joan of Arc and Visagoth Princess Brunehilde.

The show, which includes 42 works by three artists, also explores nature as a theme. It includes pastels of ospreys, herons, falcons and other birds and landscapes by Cher Compton of Highland. There are also color photographs of owls, eagles and other birds by Columbia native Jerry Weinstein.

The Slayton House Gallery is at 10451 Twin Rivers Road, Wilde Lake Village Green in Columbia. Hours are 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. The show will be up through Aug. 13. Call 410-730-3987.

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