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Seven local studios open doors to show artisans' work Sept. 7-8


WOULD YOU LIKE to spend a quiet day driving through the rolling hills of Carroll County, visiting the studios of crafts people?

Seven Carroll County studios will reveal hidden treasures produced by 15 juried artisans during the annual Studio Tour, which takes place Sept. 7-8. The event is sponsored by Carroll County Crafts Guild.

At Whye Clay Works in Finksburg, the students of Terry Whye will be on hand to demonstrate hand building in clay. Whye's pottery and sculpture are inspired by her observations of the natural world and the study of recent feminist reinterpretations of prehistoric artifacts.

"I find the process of working in clay a rhythmic circle, kindred to the cyclical movement of seasons and the spiral of life," Whye says.

Three other artists will be featured at the studio during the tour. Linda van Hart will display nature-inspired jewelry. Laurel Brown will share the art of traditional rug-hooking and her colorful handmade jackets. And Joanne Strehle Bast will offer jewelry created with threads, beads and polymer clay.

At Shiloh Pottery in Hampstead, Ken Hankins will create down-to-earth, traditional high-fired stoneware pots for everyday use.

Chris and Jackie Smith produce custom tile work and original ceramic pieces at Gooseneck Designs in Westminster. Art and architecture and the natural environment are the sources of inspiration for their tile.

Cat Tracks Studio's Carolyn Seabolt is known for her original fabric and silk designs on vests, jackets, neckties and scarves. During the tour, she will share her Westminster studio with Sondra Sarles.

"I find it a challenge to take a piece of furniture that looks beyond all hope and change it into a beautiful piece of art that is admired and used for a purpose," Sarles says.

Georgia Groomes weaves richly patterned, finely executed cloth, using a variety of fine, colorful threads. Her Orchard Studio sits high on a hill in Uniontown with a sweeping view of the countryside.

"My inspiration comes from this natural environment -- a nourishing feast of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, beautiful flowers, herbs, deer and other animals wandering by," she says.

Groomes will share her studio with Shirley Lippy. Lippy uses cotton, abaca and flax to create handmade paper items, such as stationery, book marks, framed collages and votive candle shades.

Honeysuckle Lane, a studio of pottery and floral design is also on the tour. The Keymar studio will feature Elisa Bowman, who combines her love of nature, clay and flowers into unique stoneware and floral designs.

Peg Silloway creates original designs for decorative hangings and accessories in stained glass at her studio, P.S. Designs in Manchester. Silloway's pieces are all handcrafted using the copper foil technique of L. C. Tiffany.

Silloway will share her studio with two others. Shawn Scanlan, who has been carving and printing original woodblocks for more than 20 years, says her relief prints have always had a symbolic, mythical bent, influenced by her love of nature and her Celtic heritage.

Patricia McCord's work will also be on display. "From an early age I remember my grandmothers crocheting beautiful lace doilies, tablecloths and bedspreads from cotton thread," McCord says.

Information: (800) 272-1933 or 848-1388.

Arts council exhibit

Running concurrently with the tour is "From Studio to Gallery," an exhibit at the Carroll County Arts Council gallery on Main Street in Westminster.

The exhibit runs through next month. Like the tour, the exhibit reflects the process of creating fine art products.

Information: 848-7272 or 876-8550.

Book discussion

Western Maryland College continues its popular "Books Sandwiched In" this fall. The first hourlong discussion at noon Sept. 19 will focus on "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt.

English professors Mary Bendel-Simso and Rebecca Carpenter will review the book.

The free, hourlong event is held in McDaniel Lounge. Participants are invited to bring lunch. Beverages are provided.

Pub Date: 8/26/96

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