HoCoPoLitSo also has produced more than 75 editions of The Writing Life, which are available on videocassette. About four to six shows are produced annually, and air on cable television stations in five Maryland counties and in Baltimore. Each 30-minute show runs for a month. This month, poet Gwendolyn Brooks is featured.
When events require tickets, they are available by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to HoCoPoLitSo, ILB 239, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia 21044, or by calling 410-772-4568.
The Columbia Foundation, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G15, Columbia. Information: 410-730-7840, or www.columbia foundation.org.
Founded in 1969 by James W. Rouse, the Columbia Foundation is a community organization that supports new and existing services and programs, including human services, educational programs, community affairs and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
Grants are awarded in two cycles. In the fall, operating grants are allocated for such expenses as rent and telephone service. Project funding is set in the spring. Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-2787; or www.hocoarts.org.
Local arts organizations short on funds often turn to the Howard County Arts Council. The council was established in 1981 by grass-roots activists and local artists to foster the arts and arts organizations.
The council was designated as the fiscal agent for county government funds for the arts in 1984. It manages four grant programs and for the 2005 fiscal year distributed more than $315,000 to 41 arts and cultural organizations, including Rep Stage, Candlelight Concert Society and the Columbia Orchestra.
For information and application information, contact the arts council or visit its Web site. The deadline to receive funding in 2006 for the community arts development grant program is May 4, and the deadline for the Artists-in-Education program, which gives money to local PTAs to bring artists to schools, is June 8.
Artists' Gallery 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Information: 410-740-8249.
Artists' Gallery is a cooperative that showcases the works of its members.
Instead of open monthly shows, artists are chosen by a jury and become members. They are entitled to bring in one to two pieces each month that are guaranteed to be displayed. Typically, one or two members are featured each month, with works from the other members also on display. Sometimes an invited guest is featured.
Members pay $30 a month to hang their work, plus $120 in annual membership dues. The gallery receives a 20 percent commission on each piece sold.
Because the members run the gallery, they take turns staffing the facility.
The show changes every month with a reception to launch the exhibit.
Most member artists live in Columbia, but they come from as far away as Anne Arundel County. Their works include paintings, photographs, fire-brushed and embossed copper, watercolors, acrylics, oils and pastels, stained glass and painted furniture.
Through Friday, Jing Jy Chen of Laurel will showcase her Oriental brush paintings.
From March 28 through April 29, Debbie Hoeper's watercolors will be on display. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 1. From May 2 to 27, the gallery will feature an exhibit of Sheila DeLaquil's watercolors. A reception is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 6. All receptions are free.
From May 30 through July 1, the gallery will highlight the painted furniture and oil paintings of Kelmie Snider and the pastels of Barbara Steinacker. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 3. Slayton House Gallery Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Information: 410- 730-3987.
Slayton House Gallery has been operating since at least 1979, in coordination with the Howard County Center for the Arts and under the direction of the Wilde Lake Village Board.
The gallery, reopened in March 2004 after renovation, has improved lighting and hanging systems. Most of the art displayed in the gallery hangs on the wall, but sculptures also are occasionally featured.
Through April 16, the Baltimore Watercolor Society will show its work. April 21 to May 14 will feature the works of Mary Marple and Marita Gebhardt, both watercolorists. From May 19 through June 11, Bill Stromberg will show his oils and watercolors, and Andrei Trach will show oils. Columbia Art Center 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Information: 410-730-0075.
The Columbia Art Center serves as Columbia's community art center.
It offers art through classes, exhibits, lectures, gallery sales, equipment and space rental.
Classes for beginners through advanced artists are available for students as young as 6, and are offered in subjects that include ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, stained glass, tai chi and jewelry design.
The 30-year-old center also offers workshops and a summer arts camp for first through eighth grades.