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June 16, 2005|By Kate Campbell

French drawings

Sunday through Sept. 11, the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art will co-host The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas, also featuring works by Jean-Leon Gerome, Jean-Francois Millet and Henri Fantin-Latour. The museums will split the nearly 150 works in this joint exhibit.

The Museum of Art's display will focus on the highly polished pieces the artists intended for sale and display in Paris, while the Walters will feature works that illustrate the creative process through facial and figure studies, landscapes and studies of color and composition.

The exhibit runs Sunday through Sept. 11. The Walters Art Museum on North Charles and Center streets is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is $2-$10, free for children under 6 and members. Admission to the permanent collection is free 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and all day on the first Thursday of every month, and admission to "The Essence of Line" will be half-price. Call 410-547-9000 or visit www.thewalters.org. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Admission to the permanent exhibits, which include "The Essence of Line," is $5-$7, free for children 18 and under. Admission is free every first Thursday. Call 410-396-7100 or visit www.art bma.org.

Gallery Imperato

From Sunday to July 16, Gallery Imperato will feature Street Nature, an exhibition from Towson-based Laura Amussen and Brooklyn-based Scott Newcomb. The gallery will host a reception June 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Amussen's sculptures incorporate such organic materials as bamboo, rust and foliage mixed and layered. Newcomb uses bright colors in his encaustics, which consist of pigment mixed with beeswax and affixed to panels with heat.

The exhibit runs Sunday-July 16, with a reception June 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m.- 7 p.m Sunday. Admission is free. Call 443-257-4166 or visit www.galleryimperato.com.

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