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September 19, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

36 Clocks to Watch

Find time to visit the new exhibit Clock and Watchmaking in Early Maryland, running through Nov. 28 at the Homewood House Museum, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. On view are more than 20 tall case clocks, pocket watches and French mantel clocks from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, all on loan from state museums, private collections or Homewood House. The exhibit explores Maryland watchmaking and clocks, delving into the stories of the craftsmen and their patrons and the intricacies of the timepieces.

Included are a tall case clock by Gilbert Bigger (detail, top left), an Irish immigrant who worked in Baltimore from 1784 to 1816, as well as a French mantel clock in the shape of a sunflower (left), created between 1790 and 1815 for Gov. Charles Ridgely of Hampton. Other items include a George Washington mantel clock (above), made circa 1800 in Paris; a pocket watch owned by Samuel Chase; and a case clock made for Gov. Thomas Johnson Jr.

Museum admission is $3-$6. Call 410- 516-5589 for other events, lectures and programs on the exhibit.

Finally, an end to color roulette

Choosing a paint color shouldnM-Ft be a game of chance. But all too often it is. You excitedly bring the paint home, begin your interior painting job and then discover itM-Fs not quite right.

Benjamin Moore Paints has a solution. The manufacturer has created Color Samples, twoounce plastic jars of paint, just enough to take home and apply two coats to a 2-foot-by-2-foot area on your wall, and just enough to determine if the color works with your lighting, furniture and upholstery.

Color Samples are available in 260 colors. One jar retails for $3.49 at paint, home and hardware stores. Call 888-BMColor or visit www.benjaminmoore.com for locations.

Lawn refreshers

Despite what the thermometer shows, fall does, in fact, begin on Wednesday. And while your inclination may be to put away the mower and lawn-care products for a long winterM-Fs nap, donM-Ft do it, says home-improvement expert Lou Manfredini, who recommends performing several important tasks first. His tips:

Rake and remove leaves and fallen branches before fertilizing and aerating.

Apply fertilizer twice M-y in late September (to repair summer root damage) and late November (to strengthen roots and increase nitrogen). And aerate to relieve compacted soil.

Mow grass to one or two inches. And water the lawn well, as roots continue to grow after top growth stops.

Repair your damaged lawn with a mixture of soil and humus, then overseed and keep moist.

Visit www.acehardware.com for more tips.

Events

Learn the art of M-tHand- Painted Furniture,M-v 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 28 through Nov. 16 at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Artist Shelley Lowell teaches students to prepare the surface, apply the design, paint and finish. No experience necessary. To register, call 410-730-0075.

See whimsical furniture and accessories, from kinetic sculptures to unique tables, by artist Tim Gallagher at the exhibit Furniture Show, through Sept. 30 at ZYZYX!, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Call 410-486- 9785.

The invitational exhibit Tile: Matter and Motif, featuring works by 24 tile artists, runs through Oct. 3 at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave. Pictured above is Neil ForrestM-Fs M-tTrivet: Butterfly Nation.M-v Call 410-578-1919.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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