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Fairhaven residents, employees display their artworks

Dave Taylor holds his photograph of sunrise over the Magothy River, near Annapolis. Taylor, who has worked for Fairhaven for more than 30 years, is showing this photograph in the retirement community’s employee and resident art exhibit. The exhibit closes Aug. 27.
Dave Taylor holds his photograph of sunrise over the Magothy River, near Annapolis. Taylor, who has worked for Fairhaven for more than 30 years, is showing this photograph in the retirement community’s employee and resident art exhibit. The exhibit closes Aug. 27. (Robert LaFollette photo)

The Ruth Dodge Art Gallery at the Fairhaven retirement community is hosting its annual show of artworks by residents and employees. Everyone is invited to come by and take a look at the art show, which runs through Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The gallery is just inside the main door of the Beasman Center of the community, at 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville. Admission is free, and you can visit anytime during the open hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The employee and resident art show is a long-standing tradition at Fairhaven. "This started a number of years ago," said Robin Somers, Fairhaven's executive director. "We have a continual display of professional artists," Somers said, referring to the six-week exhibits that run year-round at the community. "We wanted to have one of these be our residents and staff," she said.

This year's exhibit features 53 works of art by more than 30 residents and employees. The display includes paintings in a variety of media, photographs and wood sculpture.

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The exhibit also includes framed hooked wool and cross-stitch works. "There are some beautiful needlework pieces," said Somers.

One of this year's exhibitors is Dorothy Pumphrey, a resident at Fairhaven who attended Maryland Institute College of Art and studied with several artists in the Baltimore area. She has applied her skills to a portrait of a studio model for the art show.

Another exhibitor is Fairhaven's facilities manager, Dave Taylor, who has been working at the community for more than 30 years. He is a longtime photography enthusiast and is presenting his photograph of sunrise over the Magothy River, near Annapolis, in the show.

Somers described how sharing art works has brought the residents and staff new insights about each other. "This just brought the relationships to a new level," she said.

"The arts culture is so important to our community," said Somers. "This is a place of people sharing talents and passions for the arts and fun."

To learn more about the exhibit, call Fairhaven at 410-795-8800.

Labor Day race

It's not too late to sign up for the 11th annual Labor Day Rogue Race 5K sponsored by the Eldersburg Rogue Runners. Following the 5K, the group is also offering a 1-mile Color Run, which the signup flier describes as "untimed and lots of fun."

The race and the run are scheduled for Sept. 1. The 5K, which is timed, will start at 8:30 a.m. The Color Run will start at 9:15 a.m. The events will be held at Liberty High School, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

If you are an Eldersburg Rogue Runners member, registration is $25 for either the 5K or the Color Run, or you can pay $30 and run in both events. For nonmembers, the prices are $30 and $35, respectively. Each paid registration includes a T-shirt and eligibility for raffle drawings.

Children age 6 and younger may run for free, if accompanied by a paying adult. Children with a free registration will not receive a T-shirt.

Awards will be given for overall performance and age-group performance. The age groups are 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over.

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The Eldersburg Rogue Runners supports runners of all ages and abilities, and provides service and scholarship support to the community. The Labor Day Rogue Race events are the only fundraisers for the organization.

To register, print out the mail-in form available at errun.org/events or register online by going to http://www.active.com and searching for "ERR Labor Day." If you have questions, you can contact the Eldersburg Rogue Runners at errmembership@gmail.com or 443-280-1589.

Nancy McKenzie covers Berrett, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Gaither, Gist, Johnsville, Louisville, Marriottsville and Sykesville. Contact her at 410-848-2260 or mckenzietimes@comcast.net.

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