Female artists exhibiting works at Quiet Waters Park until June 29


CALL THEM the poo-bahs of the paintbrush, 10 Anne Arundel County women are again exhibiting paintings in the visitors center at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

The show is the second for the informal club for female painters.

"These are very ambitious works," said Marianna Murphy, one of the artists who helped organize the show. She said the number of large abstract works made it difficult to hang the display but that she is happy with the results.

Exhibitors at this show are:

Murphy, who bases her oil painting on her experiences living in Italy.

Beatrice Selvin, who creates landscapes with bright acrylics.

Alberta Showalter Witzgall, who uses her childhood in Pittsburgh as inspiration for large surrealistic paintings.

Christine Dewyer, who paints country landscapes.

Pat Nees, who creates abstracts of life on earth and in space.

Glenda Hay, a former draftsman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, who draws inspiration from computer chips.

Jan Van Bibber, whose landscapes range from the miniature to as large as 2-by-4-feet.

Margaret Lee, who creates oil still lifes and furniture in the style of the Old Masters.

Mary Ellen Neff and Marion LeMoal who create landscapes in oils.

"It's an eclectic show," said Anne Peret, a staff member at Quiet Waters. "It's all paintings, but they range from impressionistic landscapes to collages and acrylics, fantastical images -- even high-tech style."

The women met at art galleries and at art workshops.

"Artists just gravitate toward one another," said Murphy.

The paintings are on display through June 29. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. There is no fee to see the art, but there is a charge of $4 per vehicle to enter the park. Yearly passes are available for $20 per vehicle.

All works are for sale. Prices range from $600 to $1,200, and the artists accept major credit cards. Payment plans are available.

Information: 410-222-1777.

Children's program offered

For the first time, and for one year only, 4-year-olds who live in the Eastport Elementary School attendance area will be eligible to attend a county pre-kindergarten program at Tyler Heights Elementary School starting this fall.

Applications will be available beginning today at Eastport Elementary. The school system will provide transportation to Tyler Heights.

"With school redistricting, we have not filled the program," said Barbara Griffith, coordinator of early-childhood education for Anne Arundel County schools.

The county has offered pre-kindergarten at Tyler Heights since 1979. It is one of 19 such programs countywide.

"It is a wonderful environment for the children," said Griffith. "They make friends. They have people who care about them, who work with them."

The program focuses on literacy, and under state education guidelines, children most in danger of failing in school are accepted. Children who are homeless, have limited English, have been referred by the county health or social services departments, or are being raised by teen-agers, grandparents or one parent are considered most at risk.

Two classes of 20 each will be offered at Tyler Heights and children from the Eastport attendance area will have priority placement in one of those classes.

To apply for the program, parents must provide the prospective pupil's original birth certificate and Social Security card, along with proof of residency and immunization records.

Participants will be chosen on July 15. Any qualified pupil who is turned away or who applies after that date will be placed on a waiting list.

Information: 410-222-5441.

Internship available

Navillus Farm, a 100-acre horse farm in Davidsonville, is accepting applications for its summer internship program.

The farm is the site of Anne Arundel Community College's horsemanship classes and the Naval Academy's equestrian instruction program. It also offers private lessons.

Information: 410-798-1992.

Pub Date: 5/26/98

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