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What's new at Nouveau

This month is a big one for Nouveau Contemporary Goods at 519 N. Charles St. It's the 10th anniversary of the store, which sells contemporary furniture, gifts and housewares; and it's the grand opening of Nouveau's expanded space next door where Nyborg's used to be.

The move gives Nouveau about twice as much space, so there will be new lines of furniture and more bedding, towels and "a lot more fun stuff," according to operations manager Jeff Broome. With the opening of the new space (probably the weekend of Sept. 28) will come new hours: Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday and Friday till 8 p.m., Saturday till 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

For the second year, Country Home magazine has come up with a list of the top 10 collectibles. These are 1996's hot items:

Mini-piece quilts

Tiny buildings

Old West gear

Primitive lighting

Wooden sleds

Small drawers

Children's portraits

Rustic benches

Articulated figures (like marionettes)

Primitive signs

Curious as to how things have changed in a year? Last year's list consisted of basketry, Christmas ornaments, painted furniture, small structures, decoys, Old West memorabilia, early advertising, garden fixtures, quilts and toy trains.

This may surprise you, but the National Garden Bureau has named 1996 the Year of the Radish. This crunchy root, which is high in potassium and ascorbic acid and low in calories, comes in a variety of sizes and shapes that you'll probably see only if you grow them.

Seeds are available at your local garden center for fall planting. They need a sunny location and loose, well-drained soil. Short-crop radishes will mature in less than 30 days. Radishes can also be grown in a container; they need only 4 or 5 inches of soil.

Twelve ceramic artists from across the country will have their works on exhibit at the Baltimore Clayworks gallery, Sept. 6-28. "The works inform, enhance or otherwise create a dynamic tension between the form and the surface of the piece," says guest curator and local artist Peter Kaizer. Hence the name of the exhibit, "Surface + Form."

The gallery is located at 5706 Smith Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 578-1919 for more information.

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