CUMBERLAND - Four accomplished artists will reveal their craft - fiction writing, fused glass, photography and music - on four consecutive Thursdays starting April 12 in Lunch With the Arts, a popular series at the Culinaire Café in downtown Cumberland.

A partnership between the Allegany Arts Council and Allegany College of Maryland, which operates the café on Baltimore Street, the series features talented local artists discussing or performing what they do over lunch.

Each hour-long session begins at noon. The schedule is as follows:

* April 12 - Andy Duncan (fiction writer): Twice a World Fantasy Award winner, Duncan co-edited an anthology of southern fiction and wrote an off-beat travel guide of Alabama.

He has a new story in the May issue of the Berkley anthology "Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of the Modern Fantasy." He teaches honors seminars in science fiction and fantasy at the University of Alabama and is senior editor of Overdrive, an independent magazine for American truckers. He and his wife, Sydney, recently relocated to Frostburg and founded the Frostburg Science Fiction Society.

* April 19 - Julie S. Turrentine (fused glass): A glass artist since 2003, Turrentine operates a studio in Swanton, where she discovers new phases of glass fusing through color choices, different glass types and combinations and painting with ground glass. While jewelry is her trademark, she is also now creating glass sculptures.

* April 26 - Deb Wiles (photography, photographic art): An avid traveler who recently relocated to Western Maryland, Wiles has captured images from across the globe. Mindful of light and shadow, form and texture, she renders soft and sometimes surreal pictures for an eclectic array of products, casual prints and fine art prints.

* May 3 - Greg Latta (musician): Best known for his outstanding hammered dulcimer play and accomplished banjo work, Latta also performs on the guitar, Irish bouzouki, harmonic, recorder, Appalachian dulcimer and concertina.

He is a three-time winner of the Mid-Eastern hammered dulcimer championships and a two-time runner-up in national championships. His varied repertoire (he also sings) includes bluegrass, celtic and traditional and contemporary folk songs as well as original compositions. Latta is a member of the Frostburg State University science faculty.

Lunch With the Arts is facilitated by ACM's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Hospitality, located in the Gateway Center on Baltimore Street, in collaboration with the Allegany Arts Council and the Institute for Professional Development and Extended Learning, a unit of the ACM Center for Continuing Education.

For more information contact Becky Hadra, ACM coordinator of professional and cultural development, at (301) 784-5338. Pre-registration for each session is required. Lunch is included in the cost.

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