`Opening Doors: Making a Difference'

June 15, 2006|By SAM SESSA

More than 70 local government and organization leaders designed tabletop doors for an exhibit at the Columbia Art Center. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., broadcast journalist Denise Koch, Howard County School Board members, animal rights activists, healthcare professionals and others contributed works to Opening Doors: Making a Difference. The collages, paintings and mixed media applied to the doors share meaningful events in the "artists'" lives that brought them to where they are today.

"Some are very cryptic in their symbolism; some very direct," said director Rebecca Bafford. "All of the small doors are engaging both aesthetically and intellectually, and we hope that it's more of an inspiration for people to know how these leaders got their start."

The Columbia Art Center's Opening Doors: Making a Difference runs through June 25. There will be a free reception 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. The center is at 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-730-0075 or www.columbiaassociation.com.

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