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Michael Bare's oil paintings are a reminder of places he has been that hold significance for him, like people who take photographs of their vacations.

The Baltimore artist's works are on display in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College through Nov. 15, along with the sculptures of Michael Parameros of Hampstead.

"This is a departure from our usual group shows," said Maggie Ball, the college's art director. "We are trying to give the public a taste of the artists' range and personality as viewed through a number of their individual works."

Something of who Mr. Bare is comes through his paintings. While looking at the muted blues, greens, yellows and browns of "In the Fields of San Gimignano," "Agia Anna" and "Thassos," one can see that those places, scenes from his trip to Italy and Greece, hold meaning for the artist.

"Paintings are an experience -- you're recording events that happened in your life," Mr. Bare said. "There's something in that feeling you have for the sense of the place and what happened to you there that makes the painting significant."

Other of Mr. Bare's landscapes are of local sites -- scenes in Baltimore County, Havre de Grace and Finksburg.

He frequently paints outside, capturing the scene in the open air while he watches the colors of the sunset or sunrise change.

"I like color, the shift in the light -- it changes minute from minute," he said. "The color captures the quality of light at the scene."

Because of the constant change, Mr. Bare's paintings are partly abstract, a style that helps create the true atmospheric effect.

When not painting outdoors, he can be found in his studio overlooking the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry.

Mr. Bare, 44, said he started painting when he was very young and received support from his teachers and parents. Now, he is "returning the favor" by teaching art to youngsters at Franklin Elementary School in Reisterstown.

Unlike Mr. Bare, Mr. Parameros designs his sculptures -- mostly people, but also some animals -- from his imagination.

"All the work in the show is freely done," the 61-year-old sculptor said. "I have no preconceived ideas or models. I look at the material. I have in my head an idea, a theme -- I know what I want to do -- and I execute from my imagination."

The 31 pieces in this show offer wood sculptures, mixed with some bronze, marble, soapstone and limestone works.

Much of his work, he said, reflects his Mediterranean heritage -- his parents came to the United States from Greece, and he has traveled there several times.

"I use a range of expression from realism to abstract," he said. "I like to have a variety of work to appeal to everybody."

The panel "Antigone" comes from the ancient Greek tragedy. "Empathy" is a striking piece showing his idea of the mother/child theme. There's a "Dove of Peace" in bronze and a symmetrical bas-relief of "Dancers."

Much of his work goes back to the very beginnings of art -- African, pre-Columbian, Mayan -- art "that gets back to the roots of humanity," he said. Form and shape are simple and pure.

All but two of the sculptures are for sale, Mr. Parameros said. The artist, retired from federal service, does sculpture full time now. He is represented by agents in New York City and Connecticut.

He has a sculpture on display at the National Gallery of Fine Art in Athens, Greece, and works in the Atlantic City, N.J., city hall and the Elizabeth, N.J., school system.

Mr. Parameros also will do work on commission, he said.

The artists' works can be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: 876-9656.

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