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THE BALTIMORE SUN

FINKSBURG ARTIST Terry Whye immerses herself completely in her projects, be it dream interpretation, recreational swimming or her clay artwork.

Yet she also feels it is important to emerge and rest once in a while, a concept she explores in her exhibit at the Carroll County Arts Council, "Diving and Resurfacing."

"I consider myself a multisensory person, using all of my senses consciously and frequently," Whye said, adding that claywork allows her to reach people on a number of levels.

For example, dishes activate people's sense of taste when they eat off them, as well as sight and touch; clay pots can activate the sense of smell if used to hold potpourri or grow flowers.

"I like to get all of the senses going," she said.

However, this exhibit - which runs through Sept. 23 at the Arts Council gallery on Main Street in Westminster - is a departure from the pottery for which she is known. The pieces, which range from small, hand-held figures to large sculptures 2 feet to 3 feet tall, all depict Rubenesque women swimming, stretching or in various states of repose.

"I found it very refreshing to work with big, abundant, voluptuous forms," she said. "They're not very abundant in our society."

Facial features, clothing and hair are all noticeably absent from the pieces, allowing viewers to bring their own impressions to the sculpture rather than reflecting on whom the piece resembles.

"I want people to relate to them as archetypes," Whye said, noting she wants to avoid having the pieces placed within a certain time or cultural context. "I want people to look at the themes, which I think are pretty universal."

Whye said she was also motivated by her recent study of artistic female figures throughout the centuries, including those created as far back as 20,000 years ago in what is now Europe.

"I've tried to imagine what they meant to those cultures," she said, adding she then thought about how new images and roles of women are emerging in our society. "I think it is time to look for new symbols, time to reinterpret those images."

Finally, the figures - which appear in her dreams - are reflections of Whye's interest in dream interpretation and her swimming for exercise.

"There's a lot of reasons why I work with them," she said.

Whye will speak at this month's Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Arts Council gallery. Participants, who are asked to bring a brown bag lunch, will be working with clay while discussing their images of divine women.

Cost is $1 for individuals who are not members of the Arts Council. Dessert and beverage will be provided.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Coping with Alzheimer's

Mary Catherine Saporito, education assistant for the Alzheimer's Association of Maryland, will present a program on the disease at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Carroll County General Hospital, 200 Memorial Ave., Westminster.

This free program, sponsored by the Learning Center, will include time for answers to more personal questions about memory loss and aging. Registration is required.

Information: 410-848-2244.

Vegetarianism

Discover the differences between vegetarianism and veganism while learning three recipes at a workshop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Carroll County General Hospital Women's Place, 291 Stoner Ave.

Fees are $25 for the evening, which includes an opportunity to taste the vegetarian dishes that will be created. Registration is required.

Information: 410-848-2244.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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