Saturday, September 29, 2012

At the Artists' Gallery in Columbia

"Chincoteague Marsh" by Bonita Glaser, the featured artist at the Gallery in October. Among Bonita Glaser's watercolor subjects are local scenery and inspirations from visiting Britain. Glaser has captured some of the old Howard County in her local scenery, too, and inspired me to take a drive on less familiar county roads in a quest for the original scenes (before it's too late?). Gallery members were setting up for October's show this morning, and the monthly reception will be this Friday evening, October 5, 6:00-8:00pm. I enjoyed last month's fabulous show, which included the pottery of Winnie Coggins, and I had to acquire a couple of pieces from Coggins' new Blues series. Fortunately, some of Coggins' pottery is always on display at the Gallery, and I spotted other pieces being put out for October. Also, watch for the Oriental style of painter Jing Jy Chen in November. hocoblogs@@@ The Artists' Gallery is located near Columbia Town Center's lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway.
An example of Winnie Coggins' Blues series, which features a lot of variations using the same set of colors dominated by blue. The finish has a painterly look on a variety of plates, bowls, vases and lidded jars.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Confluence of Old and New Howard County

The county's new Robinson Nature Center affords a close-up view of the Middle Patuxent River, which is normally invisible to me as I drive on the county roads and see only the name of the river on overpasses. At this spot in the shadow of the Cedar Lane overpass, you can see the ruin of Simpson's Mill and another bridge that once carried a lane across the river. Out of the frame to the right side of the bridge and up a slope, some new construction was visible when I took this shot recently. Later, as I drove back onto Cedar Lane from the Nature Center, I discovered that the construction is for yet another new development -- this one called Simpson's Mill! Now I'm even more grateful that, thanks to some foresight on the part of the Robinson estate, we managed to save a larger portion of wild area along with some county history than would have been possible had we let this land go to more development. The ground around the mill ruin is gradually being cleaned up, and there is word of plans to scrub the graffiti. The overpass will have to stay, but the experience of seeing the ruin under it is surreal. hocoblogs@@@
site for the Robinson Foundation and the Nature Center

Saturday, September 22, 2012

photo: a frog's eye view of the universe

at River Hill Garden Center's landscape design center last weekend (Our county coordinator for the Maryland Reptile and Amphibian Atlas was intrigued by my report of frogs hanging around the tubs and ponds of local nurseries.)