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Resident's exhibit at Ascension features works inspired by local beauty

Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, is continuing an exhibit of the paintings of Rodgers Forge resident Lee Stierhoff — through March 2.

Lee, a three-year resident of Rodgers Forge, was thrilled when Ascension approached him and invited him to exhibit his paintings.

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He was also delighted with the space provided: The Parlor.

"There is natural light and it is a wonderful size, as my paintings are large."

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The Parlor's gallery area is open for viewing Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lee says he has found the Forge a very pleasant place to live — very conducive to his art, as he has a studio in his home and very close to the countryside.

Lee loves to spend time in the woods, with his dogs, where he often finds inspiration for his paintings.

He has been painting in the Mid-Atlantic region for 15 years, and his works were recently chosen to be part of the juried Art for Land's Sake show, a production of the Valleys Planning Council.

The 2011 Art for Land's Sake show was held at Halcyon Farm, a 122-acre horse farm just north of the Greenspring Valley in Lutherville.

Another Forger, Louise Catlin, recently received a 25-year service award last spring from Calvert School.

Louise is a beloved figure at Calvert, who has taught seventh age, the pilot class and sixth age during her years at the school.

Concurrent with these years, Louise has also been a devoted member of the Calvert Home Instruction Program team.

On Feb. 12, at 3 p.m., the Sundays at Central Concert Series will present the award winning artist, Andrea Picard, and Irene Kim in a kaleidoscope of works. Romanian folk dances, Schubert's "Rondo Brillant," Strauss' Violin Sonata and Karen Amrhein's Violin and Piano Sonata will be among the highlights.

We continue with Chris and Dave Batten's cross-country trip: "We spent two days at Lake Tahoe, one day driving around Yosemite and another day driving around (and around, and around) the Giant Sequoia National Park.

"Both days were spent with either our mouths hanging open in awe or pulling over to take yet another photo of the beauties we were seeing. Did you know that the bark of a Giant Sequoia can be two feet thick?

We spent a wonderful night in Carmel (no sign of Clint Eastwood), a day touring the Hearst Castle in San Simeon and a day in Solvang, Calif. Solvang is a small village founded by 13 families from Denmark. It's not Copenhagen, but it was fun to stroll the streets past windmills and marvelous bakeries."

May all of us be filled with love as we wish everyone happy Valentine's Day on Feb 14.

Till we meet again...

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