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Islamic art show opening drew 1,900 to Walters

More than 1,900 people attended the opening of "Islamic Art and Patronage: Selections from Kuwait" at the Walters Art Gallery last Sunday, the largest single-day attendance at the Walters since some 4,000 people attended the museum's Black History Day last Feb. 4.

According to museum spokesman Richard Gorelick, an additional 2,000 people attended previews of the exhibit, which features more than 100 objects covering more than 1,000 years of Islamic art. The artworks were assembled by Kuwait's exiled ruling family.

The exhibit has already been the subject of out-of-town stories in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and Washington Times.

The Walters' all-time best-attended exhibit is last year's "Splendor of the Popes: Treasures from the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums and Libraries," which drew an average of 1,000 visitors a day.

The Islamic art exhibit will be at the Walters through Feb. 17. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 547-9000.

Center Stage auction

The 14th annual WBAL Auction for Center Stage will be held Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Among the items to be auctioned over WBAL-AM (1090 kHz) are two round-trip tickets to Amsterdam from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and lunch for a student with Mayor Kurt Schmoke.

During the previous 13 years, the auction has raised $900,000 for the theater.

Individual or businesses who want to donate items or services with a value greater than $50 should call Sydney Wilner at 685-3200.

Symphony funding

If there are any doubts about the broad appeal of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, they should be dispelled by the recent survey of government financial support for area scienfitic and cultural institutions taken by the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments.

According to the survey, the BSO is receiving $590,000 in the current fiscal year from the five area suburban jurisdictions -- more than twice as much as eight other major institutions located in the city. The Baltimore Museum of Art was second with $233,000.

Moreover, the BSO was one of just two institutions to receive some support from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. The other was Center Stage, which got a total of $162,000 in suburban support.

The BMA received more local government support than any other organization, with $3.4 million. Nearly $3.2 million of that came from the city.

The survey showed that total suburban support of arts and science institutions increased 40 percent over last fiscal year, to $3.4 million, but that it still lags far behind that of the city, which contributes $12.7 million.

Hess honored

Speaking of government support for the arts, Sue Levin Hess -- who as chairwoman of Maryland Citizens for the Arts spearheaded the lobbying effort that led to this year's $2.4 million increase in state funds for the Maryland Arts Council -- has been honored for her public service by her alma mater, Goucher College.

Ms. Hess, a 1953 graduate of the college who lives in Salisbury, was honored through Goucher's 10-year-old Public Service Awards Program for her efforts on behalf of Maryland arts groups.

In addition to chairing Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Ms. Hess is a member of the executive board of the national State Arts Advocacy League of America.

A call to artists

Maryland Art Place has issued a call for entries for a collaborative audiovisual installation examining the roles of gender in intimate relationships. Ten artists will be invited to collaborate with "a spouse, lover, partner, significant other" to produce slide segments on the subject. Some suggested topics are role models, culture and value systems and biological and sexual influences. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 19, 1991.

Also, MAP has extended to March 31, 1991, the deadline for proposals for a special project, installation or renovation plan for the building facade of the non-profit gallery at 218 W. Saratoga St. The proposal should "transform our turn-of-the-century facade into a monument to contemporary art," the gallery says.

For more information, call 962-8565.


The following audition is coming up:

*Pumpkin Theatre is holding open auditions Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Roland Park Public School, 5207 Roland Ave., for its March production of "Circus in the Wind." The children's theater is looking for men and women 18 and over for musical and non-musical roles. For information, call 323-9402.

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