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Arts: Museums, Literature

August 19, 2004|By Annie Linskey

Book covers, murals

Can a book be judged by its cover? Visitors can judge covers without their books starting Saturday, when Annapolis artist Rob Wood's illustrations - including original paintings for popular fiction book jackets - will be on display at the Dawson Gallery.

The show includes illustrated covers for several Stephen King books and murals used by the National Park Service, the Audubon Society and Smithsonian museums.

Wood will be at the gallery Saturday to answer questions.

The Dawson Gallery is at 44 Maryland Ave. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-269-1299.

Pieces heavy and light

A new show by stockbroker-turned-artist J. Clayton Bright goes up tomorrow at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art. There will be 45 works on display - mostly bronze sculptures of people or animals.

However, four of the pieces, (including a life-size cow) will be fiberglass casts rather than the final bronze statues. Some of the metal statues are too heavy and cannot be moved, according to the museum.

The museum will hold an artist reception Aug. 29, and Bright will be there to answer questions.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Art is at 91 Key St., City Park, Hagerstown. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed on Mondays. Call 301-739-5727.

Copies, scenes, travels

This is the last chance to see an exhibition of sketches by Baltimore native Alfred Jacob Miller.

The 19th-century artist is known for his watercolors and oils of fur trappers and traders. But this Walters Art Museum exhibit, The Recollections of a Baltimore Artist: Sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller, displays sketches from his personal album of various topics: copies of the old masters, scenes from his life in Baltimore, travels to Europe and Africa.

"They are mostly recollections. He probably did them as a mature man recollecting his youth," said William R. Johnston, curator of the exhibit.

The Walters Art Museum is at 600 N. Charles St. It is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on second Fridays. The show will be up through Sunday. Call 410-547-9000.

- Annie Linskey

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