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Montpelier/South Laurel: New exhibits at Montpelier Arts Center

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, who holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she currently works and teaches, presents her mixed-media work in "Passages II," one of three new exhibits at Montpelier Arts Center that will be on view through May.

This newest installment of her Travelogue series features the cultural and social transformation of contemporary China, and the influence of Western culture on this transformation. On view is a video documentary "Unfolding Nai Nai," that tells the story of a Chinese family's emigration to Taiwan, and then to the U.S., as refugees from the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The documentary contrasts some of the older generation's values with more modern ones using old photographs, audio interviews and videos of modern Chinese cities.

Also on view are Sam Lacombe's representational paintings of geometric forms and neon signage. Lacombe cites Edward Hopper's use of his art to explain the American condition, and aims for his own work to elevate everyday objects "to the level of court painting."

In the third gallery, you can view Rufus Norman's colorful figurative works, which tell stories and capture the colors and movements of Norman's birthplace in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Montpelier Elementary is proud to send five students to the 2012 Kids for Science STEM Fair. They are fourth-graders Jayci Abrahms and D.J. Pigrom, and fifth-graders Sahar Al-Gazzali, Xavier Smith and Isaiah Thomas. The dates for this science, technology, engineering and math fair are Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Good luck and best wishes to the Montpelier students.

Registration applications are being accepted for the 2012-2013 school year for children residing in the Montpelier Elementary service area. You can register at the school weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-kindergarten registrants must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, meet income eligibility (proof of income required) and reside within Montpelier Elementary's attendance area. If your child will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, they are eligible for kindergarten and must be enrolled prior to the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Go to and follow the links to the Parents' Page for more information.

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