Neo-romanticism on display at Steven Scott baseball art at Bendann



515 N. Charles St. "The New Romanticism."

Like 19th century Romantic painters and poets, the artists whose works are presented here (through June 29) have abandoned the confines of the studio to seek their inspiration in nature. Baltimoreans Tom Miller and Philip Koch, and New Yorkers Wolf Kahn and April Gornik are among the 24 neo-romantics featured. Gallery owner Steven Scott says "all the scenes have a sense of infinity to them. You can see out forever and ever." The artists use wide vistas, sometimes landscapes and occasionally cityscapes, to create a sense of drama -- and at least one, William Lesch, uses artificially colored light to give a desert scene an almost surreal quality. The exhibit, which is part of the gallery's third anniversary celebration, consists of oil paintings, drawings, pastels, water colors and lithographs. Call 752-6218.


221 E. Redwood St. and Towson Town Center. "Where Men Play a Boys' Game."

In honor of this, the final season of Orioles baseball at Memorial Stadium, Bendann is featuring a series of prints commemorating the old ballpark. William Feldman, an avid fan whose works are on permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and Bill Purdom each contribute game-day portraits of Memorial Stadium. In addition, they and fellow New York artist Andy Jurinko have also done renderings of other ballparks, such as Yankee Stadium and now-torn-down Ebbett's Field in Brooklyn. The show will run through the end of the baseball season. Call 539-0185.



Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. "Four Women in Fiber."

Fiber art is the focus of the women featured here (through June 9). Some of the works, like Sacha Schapiro's large transparent fiber constructions, are sculptural, while others are two-dimensional carpets or wall hangings. Whatever the shape or form, says gallery director Andree Maslen, these works emphasize aesthetic over utilitarian value. Lois Lunin's brightly colored, four-inch-square pieces are composed of intricately weaved silk thread and are, according to Ms. Maslen, distinctly "jewel-like" with a Persian flair to them. Collette Mitchell is showing hand-dyed woven wool carpets and an Ikat wall hanging. On Nancy Warner's hand-woven and hand-spun fabrics are landscape designs and a "peace banner." Call 825-6045.

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