CUMBERLAND - Beer cans. Bits of telephone wire. Old metal drums. These may seem like odd choices of material by the craftspeople represented in the upcoming show at Arteco Gallery in Cumberland.

"Not necessarily," said gallery owner Jerri Dell. "People with the need to create have always used what was on hand."

So in the show - which opens today from 6 to 8 p.m. for a sneak preview - we have children from South Africa who twist springs into miniature cars that roll and with doors that open. From Haiti come steel drums which are cut, hand-hammered and embossed to make wall sculpture.

Scrap metal is used in Zimbabwe to make models of local animals, though while brightly painted, are not toys and come off as a little edgy, a little wild. The humble pine needle and sweetgrass are woven into baskets from Mississippi and South Carolina.

Brazilian Murano-style glass and Chulucanas pottery from Peru will also be featured.

"Peru has been making pottery for over 2,000 years and Chulucanas pots are especially prized for their beauty," said Dell, "and fine glassmaking came to Brazil in the last century with Italian immigrants from Venice and Murano who have been teaching locals their techniques."

The show, which runs through August, includes silver jewelry made in Mali and Morocco by Taureg women, fabric and linens from India and Africa, baskets from around the world, turned bowls, bags and purses from Senegal, Guatemala and Vietnam.

The Arteco Gallery is located across from the District Court Building at 60 Pershing St., next to Merchants Alley. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The gallery may be reached at (301) 777-8888 or through the Web site at

In September, Arteco will feature The Land of The Thunder Dragon, images of Bhutan by Photographer, Larry Merrill, and arts and crafts from the Himalayan region.

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