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Arts: Museums/Literature

September 30, 2004

Focus on Impressionism

Impressionism is the focus of the Walters' latest exhibit, which opens Sunday. The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes From Corot to Monet includes works from Barbizon artists.

Innovations from the artists of the Barbizon school led to the development of Impressionism. The Barbizon artists sought to capture changing moods of light and atmosphere in their landscapes, instead of depicting them in an idealized form.

The exhibition features 70 works, with paintings by Jean-Francois Millet and Theodore Rousseau, leaders of the Barbizon school, and major Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet. The show also highlights a collection of watercolors by Leon Bonvin, of which the museum has the largest collection in the world.

The Walters Art Museum is at 600 N. Charles St. and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and open until 10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. Admissions is free for members and $10 for adults. Senior citizens get in for $8, college students with ID (18-25) get in for $6, children ages 6-17 get in for $2, and kids under 6 get in free. For more information, call 410-547-9000 or visit www.thewalters.org.

Gehry's works

Models of recent work by architect Frank Gehry will be on display at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington. The exhibit, which opens Sunday, highlights Gehry's design contributions, including his completed projects as well as several still to be realized museum proposals.

Gehry's work explores the idea of form following function. The designs on display feature complex exteriors that reflect the diversity of the activities that take place inside and interiors that illustrate how the architecture interacts with the objects -- and the visitors -- in the museum. Also on display are Gehry's furniture designs.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is at 500 17th St. N.W. in Washington. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays. It is closed Tuesdays. Tickets are $6.75 for adults, $4.75 for senior citizens, $3 for students. For more information, call 202-639-1700 or visit www.cor coran.org.

Family pictures

Family diversity will be on display this month at Carroll Community College. Loves Make a Family -- a traveling photo and text exhibit featuring 55 black-and-white photos of gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual families -- goes up on Saturday. The exhibit also includes interviews from non-traditional families.

The opening on Saturday will include a performance by the 100-member Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. The opening is 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31.

Carroll Community College is at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays; 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 410-386-8259.

-- Meredith Lidard

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