Eggbeaters, skillets and other utensils are turned into humorous art pieces in Suzanne Herbert-Forton's exhibition, which opens Saturday at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center. The Catonsville artist uses 1950s-era images in her works. Herbert-Forton is one of the 2003-04 winners of the Library Gallery competition at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. The exhibition is free and runs daily at the arts center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 28. 301-953-1993.


In keeping with April's National Poetry Month theme, "Poetry in Your Community," local poets of "Collective Voices" will read original works at Riversdale House Museum on Wednesday. Beginning at 7 p.m., Joy Alford, Dianne Beverly-Patterson and Billye Okera will recite their verses. Visitors can also enjoy light refreshments and tour the historic museum. The three women say they have made it their mission to use the spoken word to inspire, heal, motivate and educate their listeners. The event is sponsored by the Prince George's County Arts Council; admission is $5 for county residents and $6 for others. Riversdale House Museum is at 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420.


After months of labor, the commissioned outdoor sculpture "Images of America" has been unveiled in front of the National Center for Health Statistics building at University Town Center in Hyattsville. The signature piece by local artist Phillip Ratner consists of four units, each 12 feet high and five feet wide, displaying images of personalities, events and concepts in American history. Near the sculpture are 18 replicas of historical American documents as well as large terrapin sculptures painted by art students at Hyattsville Middle School, Northwestern High School, Prince George's Community College and the University of Maryland. All of the artwork has recently joined the University Town Center landscape at 6525 Belcrest Rd. in Hyattsville and is on display indefinitely. 301-779-4800.