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With his art, what's in the street takes a seat -- a painted seat


The colorful streetscapes of Baltimore artist Harry Evans Jr. have crept off the canvas and onto chairs. And an exhibit of his work, "Painted Neighborhoods/Painted Furniture," now at Meredith Gallery on Charles Street, includes both paintings and furniture.

In a series of folding chairs, rowhouses cover the seats. The seat of an antique plank bottom chair is covered with scenes of the State House in Annapolis. All are done with the brilliant sense of color and the straightforward, quasi-naive style that characterizes his work.

Mr. Evans, who lives in Edmondson Village, began painting Baltimore's historic buildings in the 1950s when many old buildings -- often beautiful and architecturally valuable ones -- were being demolished.

His interest as an artist led him to become an amateur historian and collect old photographs and written materials on the city's history. In his paintings, he strives to have every detail historically correct.

The exhibit of Mr. Evans' work will be on view through Feb. 29. The hours at the gallery are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Meredith Gallery is located at 805 N. Charles St. The telephone number is (410) 837-3575.

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