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August 25, 2005|By Sam Sessa

Footprints in sand

For about 15 years, photographer Laura Vernon-Russell went to the same beach on the bay and noted how certain objects left their mark -- however fleeting -- in nature. She chronicled animal footprints planted in wave-rippled mud and marks left by refuse strewn along the shore. She then processed some of the black-and-white photographs in a darkroom and some on her computer. The images are collected in her Gallery 1448 show Making Tracks.

Making Tracks, photographs by Laura Vernon-Russell, opens at Gallery 1448 tomorrow and runs through Sept. 25. There is a reception from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. tomorrow. The gallery is at 1448 E. Baltimore St. Call 410-327-1554 or visit www.1448.org.

Functional art

Winnie Coggin dubs the pieces in her coming show, Visions in Clay, "artsy-functional." While some of them are 2 feet tall and primarily for show, others have more practical uses. There is a series of vases about a foot high with a Japanese kimono look to them that would be ideal for holding a small arrangement of flowers, she said. She used the Eastern coil method, where the artist beats coils of clay into shape by hand rather than use a pottery wheel, for about 10 pieces.

Winnie Coggin's Visions in Clay: New Sculptural and Functional Work opens Monday and runs through Sept. 30 at the Artists' Gallery. There is a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 17. The gallery is in the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Call 410-740-8249.

Growing canvas

With redevelopment rapidly changing the city, 22 artists chronicled the new growth. Current Gallery displays the result in an exhibition called Under Construction. The show includes painting, photography, literature and a window installment. Tomorrow's reception runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a party with three bands.

Under Construction opens tomorrow and runs through Sept. 11 at Current Gallery. The gallery is at 30 S. Calvert St. Call 410-244-7003 or visit www.currentgallery.com.

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