- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Primitivistic “fiber collages” of flatly designed landscapes and flowers burst with color in the Spectrum Gallery’s exhibit, Sophia McCrocklin: Colors of Optimism. The artist grew up in rural Kentucky, and the state’s fiber arts and rural countryside clearly influence this joyful work. Landscapes such as “Vineyard View,” “Heartland” and “On the Trail” could be pieced sections of quilts; her flower images could be cut from early country stencils. At Spectrum, 1132 29th St. NW. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 15. Free. 202/333-0954.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Pity you can’t wear pajamas and bunny slippers into the Round House Theatre Silver Spring. Storyteller Jon Spelman is such a compelling (and relaxing) painter of word pictures that you have to fight the urge to curl up at his feet with a blankie and beg for another tale. He’s not a sleep-inducer — far from it — but there is something infinitely soothing and diverting about Mr. Spelman’s new work, Jon Spelman: Off the Map, that puts you in an amiable reverie. His quiet insights about rediscovering nature and taking the road less stressful are a balm for the ear and imagination. Hurry, please: The show closes Sunday. The Round House is at 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31 to $39. Call 240/644-1100.

— Jayne Blanchard

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