SIMON BULL -- 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The world-renowned artist will sell and personalize limited editions. His work is also available for viewing noon-5:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays. Atlantis Fine Art, 8202 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-750-7950.

WORKS ON PAPER -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, through Feb. 27. More than 60 prints, drawings and photographs by 50 artists from the museum's collection, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Cindy Sherman. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7; 65 and older and college students, $5; 18 and younger, free. Admission is also free to BMA members and the first Thursday of each month. 410-396-7100 or www.artbma.org.

"TRANQUIL IMAGES, HEALING IMAGES" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and some weekend hours, through Dec. 10. Photographs by artist Dennis Gilbert. Reception, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 13. Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048.

"WATERCOLOR VISIONS" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Paintings by the artists of Sunburst Studio, including Columbia residents Jean Aziz, Becky Stengel, Barbara Carley, Rachel Coleman, Roberta Dillow, Abby Futter, Jane Galloway and Carol Schimpff. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

"PAINTED HISTORY" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Andrei Kushnir exhibits his 50 paintings of Valley View Farm, a family-owned farm in the Crooked Run Valley of Virginia's Northern Piedmont. Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor Gallery, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

HOWARD COUNTY CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 15. Gallery I features "Rags to Riches: Eight Contemporary Rug Hooking Artists," and Gallery II features "Brett Hunter and Carolyn Old: Sculpture and Pastels." Arts center, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

CHEVELLE MAKEBA MOORE JONES -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through next Thursday. The artist displays her work. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4794.

"PAINTERS OF SUBSTANCE" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weekdays by appointment, through October. Eight representational artists from Baltimore's Schuler School display pieces of classical realism. Tatiana's Gallery, 14290 Triadelphia Rd., Glenelg. Free. 410-442-1144 or www.tatianaltd.com.

"ROADS TO RAILS: FLAMES OF REBIRTH" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 21. An exhibit focusing on the role of the B&O Railroad during the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; seniors and students, $4; children 3-12, $3; children younger than 2, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.


CAN FILM FESTIVAL -- 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. A weekly series of foreign films explores cultural diversity and conflict resolution, sponsored by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center and the Department of World Languages at Howard Community College. This week, "The Flute Player" from Cambodia, which chronicles an extraordinary response to violence and injustice and a promise of renewal in a war-torn country. Smith Theatre, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $5 and a can of food to be donated to a local food bank; students, $2 and a can of food. 410-772-4450 or www.howardcc.edu/canfilmfestival.

For Children

LIVELY ARTS FOR LITTLE ONES -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. Interact Story Theater's Diana Macklin will present a show for children 2 to 5 using a variety of characters to tell stories, legends and folktales from around the world. Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $4.50. 410-730-4610.


And Literature

QUILTS FROM THE PATUXENT INSTITUTION -- 7 p.m. today. Inge Stocklin and Sandy McDonald, who teach incarcerated women to quilt, show 25 quilts and tell how the quilters give back to the community. Quilts, to be donated to charity, will be on display throughout October. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Linda Schnapp of Project Access at Howard Community College discusses physical, learning and developmental disabilities and the Americans With Disabilities Act. Sponsored by Howard County Library. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOURS -- 10 a.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 30. Explore Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place with a guided tour of the preserved 19th-century urban square. Learn about the neighborhood's architecture and its residents over the past 100 years. Meet at the Seated Lion Statue, Mount Vernon Place's West Park, Baltimore. $10. 410-605-0462.


"THE SEAGULL" -- 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. Oct. 7, through Oct. 10. Rep Stage opens the 2004-05 season with Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play, which explores the meaning of love and art through the relationships of writers and actors whose lives intersect at a country estate. A post-show discussion will take place Saturday. Smith Theatre, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $16 to $23. A $2 discount is available for seniors; $10 for students for any show. 410-772-4900 or www.howardcc.edu/repstage.

"A CUCKOLD'S TALE" -- 7 p.m. Monday. A first play reading of Paul Leeper's drama about two U.S. diplomats, kidnapped and held hostage in a foreign country, who discover they have more in common than just their imprisonment. A discussion with the playwright, director and actors will follow. Part of Rep Stage's Works in Progress, a play development program. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4900 or www.howardcc.edu/repstage.

"EAT THE RUNT" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. This off-Broadway comedy by Avery Crozier is an adults-only play about the hiring of a grants manager at a nonprofit museum, with audience participation. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12. 410-752-1225 or www.spotlighters.org.


AUTUMN GALA -- 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday. Live and silent auction, food, wine and live music to benefit Success in Style and Howard Community College's Career Links, which provide programs to empower the disadvantaged population to become economically self-sufficient. Denise Koch of WJZ-TV news in Baltimore will be the honorary chairman. Instructional Lab Building, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $50 in advance; $75 at the door. 410-750-6475.

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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