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Inspiration on display

September 13, 1998|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Abstract artist Ed Ransburg says personal memories can be a source of inspiration.

His acrylic painting, "Lost in the Forest," with its somber hues, portrays a wooded area he visited as a child in Frederick, Md.

"We would go there and play 'Planet of the Apes,''' he said.

"Break in the Night" shows an evening sky clearing, perhaps as a child might view it while lying on his back, said Ransburg.

The artist discussed his paintings during a reception to kick off the 1998-99 season of shows at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery on Sunday afternoon.

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A variety of artwork, including watercolors, acrylics, oils, photography, clothing, pottery, handmade paper, wrought iron sculpture and wood carvings can be viewed at the 41 S. Potomac St. gallery through Saturday, Oct. 10.

Regional artists participating in the show include Laurie Bartlett Culbertson, Bruce Wilder, Paulette Warwick, Deborah Simon, Bob Hasle, Antonio Mendez, Linda Calin, Maria Barbosa, Ralph Scorza, Beth Carey and Roby Backensto, among others.

Ransburg has been represented by the gallery for the past few years, he said.

Three of his paintings, which were a portion of a 20-part series, were sold to a Potomac, Md., collector as a result of the opening, he said.

Although they are part of an overall series, each work stands alone, he said.

Gallery Director Natoma Reed Vargason said the South Potomac Street location, where the gallery has been for about a year, suits its needs well.

"Having the space gives us the opportunity to offer more variety of artists,'' she said.

Each of the monthly openings is scheduled to coincide with Maryland Symphony Orchestra performances, she said.

"It gives people the opportunity to come to town - enjoy a concert and a meal and come to the gallery," she said.

Art enthusiast Sue Ann Sullivan of Williamsport regularly attends exhibits at the gallery.

"I love the gallery because they can present a variety of artists and media," she said.

The wooden carved ducks are her favorites, she said.

She also enjoys the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their backgrounds, she said.

"I like to talk to them and see what their inspiration was," she said.

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