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July 14, 2005|By Kate Campbell

Fine `Essences'

Fine wine and French art are a natural pairing, and strolling through an exhibit and nibbling hors d'oeuvres go hand in hand. The Walters Art Museum commemorates Bastille Day this evening with The Essence of Wine, bringing two sensory pleasures together. Guests can sample a variety of vintages, snack on fare provided by the Peabody Court Hotel's restaurant and enjoy The Essence of Line: French Drawings: From Ingres to Degas, which includes more than 75 works from French artists. The Gregg Hatza Trio will play jazz on the gallery's Sculpture Court.

"The Essence of Wine" will accompany "The Essence of Line: French Drawings From Ingres to Degas" 5-7 tonight, 600 N. Charles St. The wine event is for those 21 and older, and admission is $15. Reservations are recommended. Call 410-547-9000, ext. 212, or visit

Letter art

"G" is for gum, gourds, gravy and garlic at the Alphabet exhibit at the Pinkard Gallery beginning tomorrow. Forty-eight artists have rendered the familiar characters in a variety of media to explore the artistic elements of our alphabet, including an artist who drew each letter using sketches of corresponding food. There are images of a dancer contorting herself inside a black spandex bag to form the letters and an enormous quilt with letter stitching, as well as a collection of letters fashioned from slender metal pipes.

"Alphabet: An Exhibition of Hand-Drawn Lettering and Experimental Typography" is at the Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1401 Mount Royal Ave., tomorrow through July 31. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. There is a reception tomorrow, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission to exhibit and reception are free. Call 410-225-2300 or visit

Big art, small package

Michelangelo's David. La Pieta. The Statue of Liberty. There's no denying the power and emotional resonance of large sculpture. But the artists of Sculptors Inc., a nonprofit group founded in 1983, ask patrons to appreciate the appeal of minute masterpieces starting tonight and running through Aug. 22. The "micro" exhibit, which the artists affectionately refer to as "Honey, I Shrunk the Art" and "Monumental Micros," includes 90 sculptures by 40 artists, none of which exceed the dimensions of 2 by 3 by 5 feet.

All pieces on display are for sale, with prices ranging from $50 to about $500. The group will host a reception Sunday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

The "Micro" sculpture exhibit is at the Gallery at the Monkton Community Arts Center, 1901 Monkton Road in Monkton. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday through Monday. The reception is Sunday, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Gallery admission and reception are free. Visit or call 410-472-0470.

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