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''Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt''

You can see three life-size representations of Erica Van Pelt’s hand in the exhibit ''Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt.'' Both husband and wife are photographers who have traveled around the world on assignment. During those travels, the couple picked up quartz and other gemstones. When their house was overflowing with the beautiful stones, Erica looked at her husband and said, ''Well, what are we going to do with all these?'' And a second career was started. The two design the pieces, and he crafts them. It’s a long, laborious task, each piece taking months to complete. One, a crystal skull, is the second one Harold made after the first one cracked when it was near completion. Ouch! 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Through Spring, 2012. 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org. $10 to $15.
Dec. 1-May 31, 2011

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