Poster by local artist jazzes up festival


The Telluride Jazz Celebration, an international jazz festival in Telluride, Colo., has selected a work by Baltimore artist Mark Barry to use as its 1994 poster. The vividly colored poster depicts the legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk at the piano, accompanied by a drummer, saxophonist and a bass player.

The annual celebration, which runs this weekend, is one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the country.

Mr. Barry, who has lived in Baltimore for the past 12 years, is represented by Galerie Francoise et ses freres in Green Spring Station. His most recent show featured paintings which Sun critic John Dorsey called "sophisticated and humorous . . . pulsing with wild, intense, delicious colors." He also exhibits his work at the Gango Gallery in Portland, Maine, Marilyn Wilson Gallery in Birmingham, Ala., Swanson Cralle Gallery in Louisville, Ky., Limner Gallery in New York and the McNair Gallery in Telluride.


Baltimorean Sebrina Alfonso, music director and conductor of the Goucher Chamber Symphony, recently received an award in the American Symphony Orchestra's Stokowski Conducting Competition in New York.

No competitor was named first-place winner. Ms. Alfonso shared third-place honors with conductor Steven Zike. Ms. Alfonso has been affiliated with Goucher since 1988.


The Actors Theatre Company will present benefit performances of "Man of La Mancha" Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 19-20 at North County High School, 10 E. First Ave. in Ferndale. The performances will benefit North Arundel Hospital Foundation, the Grant-A-Wish Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For details, call (410) 760-5800.


The deadline has been extended to Aug. 12 for students to submit artwork to the first annual Mount Clare Mini-Masters public art exhibition. The show will run at Mount Clare Mansion in Carroll Park Aug. 13. For details, call (410) 837-3262.


* Harbour Theatre will hold auditions for its October production of "Bell, Book and Candle" at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at 106 Bloomsbury Ave. in Catonsville. The production calls for three men ages 25 to 50 and two women ages 25 to 50. For details, call (410) 325-6744.

* The Matthew Players will hold auditions for its November production of "Bye, Bye, Birdie" at 7 p.m. Aug. 14-15 in the auditorium of Cardinal Shehan School, 5407 Loch Raven Blvd. Auditioners should come prepared with music. For details, call (410) 426-3355.

* Fell's Point Corner Theatre will hold auditions for "Hyde in Hollywood" at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at the theater, 251 S. Ann St. The production calls for men and women of all ages. For details, call (410) 276-7837.

* The University of Maryland Chorus, directed by Paul Traver, will hold auditions for members of the community Aug. 25-27. The season will include Handel's oratorio "Belshazzar" and Bach's "B-Minor Mass." For details and to schedule an audition, call (301) 405-5571.

* Woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists are invited to audition for the new concert band at the Jewish Community Center. The all-volunteer ensemble, directed by Vladimir Svoysky, rehearses the first Sunday of every month -- beginning noon today -- at the Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. For details and to schedule an audition, call (410) 542-4900, Ext. 239.


Artists are invited to submit works to "Gifts for the Goddess," a group exhibition that will run Nov. 5-20 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Charles Village. Using the metaphor of the goddess, the show is thematically organized on the divine elements that the goddess symbol evokes, her connections to nature, her creative powers and her various female characteristics. The show is open to artists working in all media. The exhibition space is especially conducive to large installation work and free-standing three-dimensional art. Send five slides and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Gifts for the Goddess Exhibition, 2814 Halcyon Ave. Baltimore, Md. 21214 by Sept. 1. Call (410) 542-2804.

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