Trees exhibit personality at Foundry Street show
FOUNDRY STREET STUDIOS AND GALLERY
Savage Mill. Works by Jane Wall and Anne Hanna
Jane Wall gets downright personal about the deciduous characters in her "Trees" exhibit, says coop member Ann Ruppert. "They're almost tree portraits," she says with a laugh. Shown sans their leafy covering, in acrylic-on-canvas winter scenes of gray, beige, and brown, the trees are all ones Ms. Wall has intimately known. "Each of the trees is a personal friend of mine," the artist's statement reads. "Diversities" by Anne Hanna, shown in a separate room, is just as its title indicates: a wide-ranging group of "very precise, concise" watercolors of everything from her dog to planes, trains, and automobiles. (Both through April 7.) Call 776-4113.
Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane. "The Electronic Image"
Sister Mary Jacque Benner believes that graveyards contain some of the greatest "lost art" around. This exhibit (through April 5) might be seen as her technological homage to the angels, grieving human figures frozen in perpetual sorrow, and amusing curios found in cemeteries. Field-trip grave rubbings these works are not. With the help of a Commodore computer, Sister Mary digitally manipulated monument images taken from cemeteries as far away as Savannah, Ga., and as close as Greenmount Cemetery to create 3-foot-by-4-foot colorful objets d'art. Aside from introducing mood and expression, "the computer brings out a lot of elements about the images we don't see with the human eye -- the corrosion, the maimed parts that have suffered from the weather and environment," she says. Appropriately, the exhibit is accompanied by an electronic score by Anthony Villa fashioned from fragments of requiems, Gregorian chants, and old melodies associated with mourning and death. Call 323-1010.
511 N. Charles St. "Baltimore Scenes by Baltimore Artists"
Stepping off the streets of Baltimore and into Cartuche during this exhibit (through April 4) may give a feeling of deja vu. The show consists entirely of prominent city scenes -- Fells Point, Pimlico, The Block, Hollins and Thames streets -- interpreted through the eyes of the artists who call Baltimore home. These include Melvin Miller, Laddie Waters, Betsy Kirk, Nathaniel Gibbs, Crystal Moll, Bonnie Fous Reynolds and Gerardo Gomez-Moreno. Not surprisingly with such a varied group, the media employed run the gamut from photographs and pencil drawings to watercolors and oil-on-canvas paintings. Call 783-5550.
MONTPELIER CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
12826 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel. "We Are The Homeless."
In this exhibit (through April 26), photographer Neil Graham gives voice to 25 homeless individuals in his hometown, Burlington, Vt. Graham dedicated a year of his life to snapping photos of and interviewing his subjects, whom he found through care workers and a friendly homeless liaison, Storey Buck. Their answers to basic questions like, "How did you come to be this way?" accompany the photographs. Though the backdrop is Burlington, the implications are universal, he feels. "This could be Anywhere, U.S.A.," he says in a soft, decidedly un-didactic voice. "It's been said we're all homeless except for one or two paychecks," he continues. "I know the reason people have a problem dealing with the issue. It strikes close to home." Call 953-1993.