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Disparate pieces working together; Serendipity: A double show at Western Maryland College's Esther Prangley Rice Gallery mixes the work of painter Henry Schneiderman and sculptor Patrick McGuire.


The Esther Prangley Rice Gallery at Western Maryland College is simultaneously exhibiting the work of two very different artists -- one who paints abstracts and another who sculpts.

The large wood-and-steel sculptures of Patrick McGuire and the abstract paintings of Henry Schneiderman are on display in the gallery in Petersen Hall.

An opening reception for the college's first art exhibit of the year will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today in the gallery. The artists will be available to answer questions.

"[Everyone] can come, eat, and enjoy art," said Don Schumaker, a college spokesman.

Both artists have a connection to the college. They are friends of art professor Wasyl Palijczuk, who felt the two could put a show together, McGuire said.

"[Palijczuk] went to Westminster to teach the same year that I started teaching art at Morgan State University and we knew each other at Rinehart [Maryland Institute of Art's school of sculpture] before that," McGuire said.

A lucky meeting

Schneiderman and McGuire were introduced by Palijczuk.

Palijczuk thought the gallery space was ideal to show these two artists' works' together, Schumaker said.

Schneiderman's paintings hang on the wall, while McGuire's sculptures take up the floor space. The two styles of art are different enough to interest a variety of people, said Schumaker.

Schneiderman agreed: "I think the show looks good."

He said his work and McGuire's complement each other.

Schneiderman, an art teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools, is exhibiting 38 linear abstract pieces, including acrylic and watercolors on paper and canvas.

His paintings are composed of lines, mainly focusing on squares and rectangles on grids. The paintings vary in size; some are as large as 4 feet by 4 feet. Many are full of bright colors, others have been done in black and white.

Schneiderman said he goes through periods where he deletes color completely from his paintings to see what happens compositionally and spatially. All 38 pieces are untitled.

Both artists active

McGuire is displaying 12 wood carvings inspired by the sculpted Celtic crosses of Ireland. One of the crosses, "Kinsale Lamentation," stands nearly 11 feet tall. Carved from cedar, the cross depicts a sheep's head. McGuire uses several types of wood and steel to create what he calls "the cross through transformation."

Schneiderman earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Maryland Institute of Art. His work was featured at Baltimore's Artscape in 1996 and 1990, at the Morris Mechanic Theatre, and in shows at Anne Arundel Community College.

McGuire studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He has a master's degree from the Maryland Institute of Art.

McGuire also has shown his art locally, including at the 100th Anniversary Exhibition of the Rinehart School of Sculpture; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Gomex Gallery; Catonsville Community College; and Loyola College.

The exhibit will remain in the Prangley Rice Gallery through Feb. 26. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Pub Date: 1/31/99

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