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Edward Hopper
These artists win awards for painting the town
These artists win awards for painting the town

Let painters loose in historic Ellicott City, and they'll quickly create enough pretty pictures to fill an art gallery. The pictorial proof is hanging on the walls of the Howard County Arts Council, which is located just a short drive away from the depicted scenes. "Paint It! Ellicott City" contains work by 25 painters who participated in an en-plein-air paint-out that was juried by artist Terry Shovlin, who teaches at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, in Towson. It's appropriate that this exhibit's first-place winner depicts what amounts to the gateway to the historic district. Hiu Lai Chong's oil painting "Ellicott City" is compositionally...