Otherworldly drawings

Colorful, almost cartoon-like, drawings by Nelson Aldin are worth a look at Gallery ID8 in Fells Point.

The works have a playful Dr. Seuss quality -- otherworldly creatures crawl across a plain, men roller-skate with trees sprouting from the tops of their heads, anglers wander around an open space with fish dangling from their lines. It is fun, wild stuff.

The show, Mirth and Madness, will be up through Dec. 26.

Gallery ID8 is at 2007 Fleet St. Hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; noon-9 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-276-8190 or visit

Weeping for art

What makes your tear ducts spray? Gone with the Wind? A dog with only two legs? A painting by Vermeer?

If it is the latter, you'll be in good company tonight when artist Israel Hershberg gives a lecture, On Paintings That Make Him Cry: Epiphanies and Burning Ambitions.

The free lecture, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will also cover works by Chardin, Corot, Degas and others.

The lecture is in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building in Matton Center on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Call 410-516-6705.

Decorative arts talk

On Sunday, Sumpter Priddy III will discuss his take on decorative arts. Priddy recently published a book on this topic. There is a light reception at noon, and the lecture begins at 1 p.m.

It is being given in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society titled American Fancy, Exuberance in the Decorative Arts 1790-1840. Priddy curated this show, which will be up through March 20.

The lecture is $15 for non-members and $10 for members.

The Maryland Historical Society is at 201 W. Monument St. Call 410-685-3750, ext. 321.

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