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June 09, 2005|By Sam Sessa

`Battles' exhibit

From his methods to his subjects, Baltimore native Ryan Jedlicka's new exhibit at Current Gallery focuses on struggles. Called Battles, the exhibit of paintings and drawings opens tomorrow and runs through June 27. With works large and small, Battles depicts human, animal and abstract forms confronting one another, exploring change and the idea of bettering oneself through struggle. Jedlicka constructed some of the images by painting layers of bright colors, applying writing samples and painting over them -- in the process changing them in hopes of finding resolution. In addition to Battles, Current Gallery will display collaborations between Jedlicka and Julie Benoit in the gallery's front portion and works from six guest artists in the gallery's rear portion.

"Battles" by Ryan Jedlicka opens tomorrow at Current Gallery, 30 S. Calvert St. An opening reception will be held 7 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and by appointment. Call 410-244-7003 or visit www.currentspace.com.

McBride's 25th year

In its 25th Anniversary Show, the McBride Gallery will present works from all 60 of its artists. The exhibit, which opens Sunday and runs through June 30, features mostly small paintings along with selected larger paintings and sculptures. A public reception will be held 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. In its 25 years, the gallery has seen its number of artists swell from 15, when it opened in 1980, to 60 today.

McBride Gallery's "25th Anniversary Show" opens Sunday and runs through June 30. A public reception will be held 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. McBride Gallery is at 215 Main St. in Annapolis. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-267-7077 or visit www.mcbridegall ery.com.

Bethesda Art Walk

Art lovers interested in Bethesda's scene can tour 14 galleries for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow during the Bethesda Art Walk. While all 14 galleries are open to the public, seven will participate in a guided tour, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow's Art Walk highlights the public opening of the Bethesda Painting Awards exhibition at Fraser Gallery. In this exhibition, see which four of the eight finalists were awarded $14,000 in prize money.

The free Bethesda Art Walk runs 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow. A guided tour leaves the Bethesda Metro Center, at Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. and continues through seven of the 14 participating galleries. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www. bethesda.org. The Bethesda Painting Awards exhibition runs through July 6 at Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-718-9651 or visit www.thefrasergall ery.com.

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