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Jan. 31: Maryland artists display works in Hodson Gallery

Monday, January 31, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A curated exhibit of works by nine Maryland artists and an art collective will be on display Feb. 18 through March 7 in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center at Hood College.

A reception and artists’ gallery talk will be March 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The show features a collection of traditional and contemporary media by Seth Crawford, Caroline Devereaux, Pilar Diaz, Dina Kelberman, Stefani Levin, Andrew Liang, Antoinette Suiter, Virginia Warwick and Showbeast, a touring puppet show and video series.

Crawford, whose sculptures focus on material culture and social phenomena, takes commonplace objects and, through the use of surprising media or skillful transformation, changes their typical meaning. The award-winning artist has exhibited in Baltimore, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

Devereaux, a published illustrator and freelance artist in watercolor, ink, oil and pencil, appropriates old photographs to make wistful, nostalgic and sometimes whimsical drawings. She has worked in a variety of capacities for television, film, commercial and Internet-based productions.

Diaz, a costume designer and fiber-based sculptor, will exhibit bright, eye-catching costumes created for performances.

Kelberman will display abstract paintings derived from photographs of mundane items such as office plants.

As a costume designer and fiber-based sculptor, Levin creates objects of various sizes—from very small to very large—and costumes using foam and fabric. Her work has been exhibited in various museums throughout Baltimore.

Drawing from animation, cartoons and contemporary pop art, Liang’s paintings feature an array of characters, each with a particular look, personality and color scheme.

Suiter’s display will include an animation in which the sound bite and the moving objects create a strange, uncanny relationship.

Warwick, a performance and multimedia artist, will display objects from her past performances as her alter ego, Olivia the Sea Turtle.

Showbeast, whose five members have performed for audiences throughout the country, will present a video.

For more information about this and other exhibits at the Hodson Gallery, contact Milana Braslavsky, curator, at