Archive for August, 2012

Public Art in Gaithersburg

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Jennifer was one of our Public Art Survey Interns for Summer 2012. Read on to learn more about her experience surveying public art in Gaithersburg.

This internship experience made me notice and appreciate our community’s public art more than ever before. Personally, I would have to say that my favorite public art piece from the Gaithersburg area would be the bronze metal columns from Watkins Mill High School. I remember when I walked into the school and immediately this piece of art caught my eye. Something about the bronze metal and the color scheme appealed to me. I thought it was very interesting how the artist combined science, mathematics, and culture into one abstract piece of art.

Untitled by Evelyn Rosenberg at Watkins Mill High School

Another one of my favorite artworks was the Past, Present, and Future ceramic mural by Cheryl Foster at the Upper County Community Center. I thought it was amazing how Foster incorporated pieces of old toys in her mural. Although this piece of art has some damage, it has a meaningful place in our community. I hope this piece will be repaired and preserved so that others can enjoy it. [Editor's Note: Past, Present, and Future will be assessed by a public art conservator. Look out for a blog post about it!]

Past, Present and Future by Cheryl Foster and Cheryl Teichberg at the Upper County Community Center

Also at Stone Mill Elementary School, the Flower Clock and seven-panel mosaic mural by Lilli Ann, Marvin, and Ben Rosenberg were one of my favorite pieces. I loved how the mural was very bright and colorful, depicting flowers and a farm-like scene.

The Flower Clock by Ben, Marvin & Lilli Ann Rosenberg at Stone Mill Elementary School

My experience at AHCMC has helped me understand the importance of conserving public art and how it adds character to our community.

Behind the Scenes: Olney Theatre Center’s Little Shop of Horrors

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

A nerdy florist falls in love with a beautiful woman. It sounds like the typical romantic comedy…except for the part when a man-eating plant from outer space falls from the sky and changes everything.

But such is life in the grubby downtown district in Little Shop of Horrors. You might have seen the 1986 movie with Rick Moranis. But did you know that movie was based on an Off-Broadway musical written by Howard Ashman and composed by Alan Menken, which was based on a film of the same name released in 1960, which was actually one of Jack Nicholson’s first major motion pictures? (Yes, I hear your brains exploding.)

Since then, Little Shop of Horrors has seen a variety of reincarnations, from an animated cartoon series for kids to various revivals. Luckily, Seymour, Audrey and the charming yet dangerous Audrey II have come to Montgomery County and have rested on Olney Theatre Center’s stage. Hear from Martin Platt, Olney Theatre Center’s Artistic Director , on what he thinks the most interesting things about this production are:

As Martin mentioned, the Audrey II puppets in this production of Little Shop of Horrors are pretty spectacular. For a closer look, watch this interview with Renee Yancey, Little Shop of Horrors’ Production Stage Manager:

And if you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside of Audrey II’s head, you’re in luck! We’ve scored you a backstage look with Eric Brooks, one of Little Shop’s puppeteers:

Don’t miss Little Shop of Horrors at Olney Theatre Center in Olney, MD, showing now through September 9. Ages 10+. For more information, click here.