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Working with 'road kill'



18 State Circle, Annapolis. Cynthia Alderdice and Joe Dickey

Joe Dickey works with East Coast hardwoods, often (as he affectionately calls them) "road kill" i.e. timber no one else would want. He hand turns them to make vessel forms that at times suggest a bowl, or hang from the ceiling like planet-shaped spheres. Especially unusual are the articulated gyros and the finely finished goblets, turned of pewter and hardwood. When Cynthia Alderdice paints, she likes to start with raw materials, literally creating her works from scratch. Indeed, she paints with pigmented 100 percent cotton-rag pulp on a ground of her hand-made paper, at times introducing the collage element with woodcuts printed on her thin handmade Kozo paper. As for the works' content, she doesn't always want the viewer to know what they are looking at -- her works have an air of mystery about them, because there is "always something underneath," she says. Through Oct. 10. Call (301) 268-4566.


Roberts Gallery, Asian Arts Center. "Inner Surfaces: Works in Clay by Laura Speiser"

"You know [that] at the inside of a stone carving is more stone," says the artist, adding, "The inside of clay is where I work from. The viewer should be aware of inside and outside spaces." This exhibit emerges from a dialogue Ms. Speiser has with clay, throwing it on the wheel, then addressing it from the inside, pushing at the walls until they crack, taking on curvaceous forms that remind some viewers of parts of the human body. Because glazes seal the pots, Ms. Speiser works in oxides that keep the work open. The smaller porcelain pieces are soaked in salts, then fired, and the resulting colors are "always a surprise," she says. Through Oct. 12. Call 830-2807.

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