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Weekend show features work of 3 local artists


The work of three local artists will be featured Sunday at a show and charity fund-raiser at the Annapolis Art Gallery.

The artists -- Allen Board, Neil Harpe and Richard Harryman -- will be on hand to meet prospective buyers and talk about their work, show organizer Dana Stokes said.

"People usually like to know the face behind the painting," Ms. Stokes said. "A piece of art hanging on your wall has a lot more meaning if you have met and spoken with the person who did it. It becomes a personal item."

Vincent Rocha, an expert on appraisals and restoration, also will be present to answer questions about his techniques.

Mr. Board will display hand-colored "Pen & Inks," while Mr. Harpe will introduce a new series of oil paintings called "Marshes along the Eastern Shore." Mr. Harryman will feature his portrait of country singer Kenny Rogers commissioned by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The oil painting, which shows Mr. Rogers standing before a group of children afflicted with cystic fibrosis, was based on photographs taken by Mr. Harryman during Mr. Rogers' Baltimore concert last summer and a video of some of the children.

Fifty limited-edition poster-size prints will be sold for $500 each. Proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Mr. Harryman said he became involved because of his longtime relationship with a friend's daughter who has the disease.

"You would not suspect she has any problems," he said of the 8-year-old girl. "But it gets to you when you realize that she might not live to be a teen-ager."

Mr. Harryman said he is pleased to be involved in the fund-raiser.

"This is a win-win-win situation," he said. "The children win, I get some exposure, and a majority of the money received is spent on research for the cure. It's a good project."

The show will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is at 5 Parole Plaza. For more information, call 573-1670.

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