Severna Park sculptor Tom Neuhauser was so fascinated by the mind of Lewis Carroll that "I let myself go with wood and stone," he says, creating numerous sculptures of "Alice in Wonderland" figures.
Fourteen of his works relating to the story are on exhibit this month at the Quill and Brush Gallery in Bethesda. The pieces are autobiographical reflections of his own growing-up years, says Neuhauser.
Last year Neuhauser placed several of his works at the edge of woods near his home because he said he was distressed at the redevelopment of the wooded land. "It helped to purge me of my negative feeling that the development was not architecturally sound enough and was unharmonious with the environment," he said.
For more information about the Quill and Brush exhibit, call 951-0919.
Six sculptors in wood, ceramic, clay and plaster from the University of Maryland art education program, who completed their education while continuing studio careers, will participate in an exhibition at the Art Barn Gallery in Rock Creek Park, 2401 Tilden St. NW in the District, through Nov. 29. Calligraphers whose lettering of quotations is illuminated by flourishes, color and design patterns also will participate in the exhibition. Call 426-6719 for more information.
The Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship Exhibition III 1981 will run through Nov. 30 at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel. Other exhibits at the center this month are "Illegal and Unknown," photographs by Julie Ainsworth, and "In The Beginning," black and white photographs and drawings.
Applications for the juried competition for studio space at the center will be accepted until Nov. 19. Artists must compete for the limited space at the studio. Winners will be given a one-year lease. The studio's library gallery also is available for rent for two weeks. Call 953-1993 for details.
The Paul VI Institute for the Arts, a group whose purpose is to "discover, develop and sustain the artist in his role of expressing spiritual truths and values in today's world," formally opened its new gallery Monday. It is located at 3847 Branch Ave., Suite 118, Hillcrest Heights. Artist Tatiana McKinney and sculptor Frederick Shrady will be the featured exhibitors. Call 899-1546 for times and directions.
Theater tip of the month: Try to get to the King's Jester Dinner Theatre in Silver Spring between now and the end of the year. A brilliant cast (Roger McEwan, Sally Ruth Philbin, Norman Aranovic, Joe Kelly, Betsy Nuell and Alan Blum ) and tight direction by Aranovic -- who is also the show's producer and pivotal actor in the role Ted Cotton -- combine to make Bob Barry's "Murder Among Friends" one of the best 1981 productions in the area. Call 946-2077 to reserve an edge of one of the seats.
Two lecturers will keynote the opening this month of the exhibition "The Jews in the Age of Rembrandt" at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville. They are Professor Simon M. Schama, speaking on "A Different Jerusalem: The Jews in Rembrandt's Amsterdam," Tuesday at 8 p.m., and Curator Cynthia von Bogendorf-Rupprath on "The Jews in the Age of Rembrandt," Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. Call 881-0100, ext. 70, for more information.
Footnotes to arts education developments: The proposed arts/physical education bylaw (COMAR 13A.04.07) was passed by the Maryland State Board of Education recently, establishing minimal competency in arts education as a requirement for high school graduation.
Weekend variety: "Music and Dances of Japan," Saturday at 8 p.m. at Hallam Theatre, Prince George's Community College (call 322-0641), or "The Amorous Flea," a comic opera at Catonsville Community College, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. (call 455-4279).
For those pursuing a different Sunday brunch, the Takoma Brass Quintet will perform at 1 p.m. Nov. 22. In conjunction with the Smithsonian (American History Building) exhibit "Of Time and Place," the group will perform American favorites. Call 357-3030 for reservations for brunch before or after the concert.
Television viewers who would like to see film critic Davey Marlin-Jones in person can hear him at a free lecture, "Movies Now: Found Faces, Lost Souls," in Room 101, Pavillion of Fine Arts, Montgomery Community College, Takoma Park, at 1 p.m. Nov. 23. Call 587-4090.