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    Tears of a Clown

    Comedy-and-tragedy masks represent the two major categories of drama. These handmade, hand-painted papier-mache masks, imported from Italy, come in 11 different color combinations and can be hung or worn. Their price is $124 from mail-order distributor Shakespeare’s Den (, which claims to have the largest selection of theater gifts on the Internet. Other smaller comedy-tragedy masks made of porcelain have a price range of $9-$80.

    Digging Degas

    Fluid movement fascinated 19th-century French impressionist Edgar Degas, resulting in a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures of one of his principal subjects, the ballet dancer. The Salamander Graphix Co. has reproduced Degas’ ballerinas on a 39-inch-in-diameter collapsible umbrella that can be found, logically, at the Speed Art Museum gift shop, 2035 S. Third St. (634-2700,, for $17. The shop also carries a 10-inch polyester tote bag with a similar design for $18.

    Singing for Laughs

    Les Succes du Concert is an Auguste Jean Baptiste Roubille original print on paper that was published in the Parisian satirical journal Le Rire (meaning "laughter") in the late 1800s. Now mounted on linen, the print is 12 by nine inches and sells for $100. You can find it at Louisville Antiques Prints & Posters, 3900 Shelbyville Road (895-1000,, which specializes in turn-of-the-century illustration art and rare books. The price range of its prints and posters is $5-$1,500.

    Carrying a Torch for Ballet

    The graceful beauty of ballet lives in the sculptures of master flameworker Mark Payton, whose wife, Jennifer Lyons Payton, danced with the Louisville Ballet for eight years. "A lot of my inspiration comes from her," he says. His Dance Series #22 is 11 inches tall and nine inches wide and costs $575. To purchase it or to request a special order, call Payton Flameworks in the Glassworks building, 815 W. Market St. (992-3062, You can also find his work at the Glassworks Gallery (992-3056, and at Edenside Gallery, 1422 Bardstown Road (459-2787).

    Heavenly Horn

    Fiber artist Sandra Charles works in the ancient and difficult batik method, which uses wax and dye to create the image. Her musician shown here, Gabriel II, "is sounding his trumpet not to proclaim the /files/storyimages/of time (that’s for the Biblical Gabriel) but to play to the soul," she says. The 38-by-34-inch batik sells for $2,000, with prices for all of her batiks ranging from $100-$3,500. To purchase Gabriel II, contact Charles at 749-8907 (

    Handclaps and Castanets

    Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks of motion studies, the modern-dance troupe Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Flamenco Louisville dancers Graciela Perrone and Diana Dinicola, artist Susan Furlong has completed a series of paintings of flamenco and belly dancers. The oil-on-linen Belly Dancer With Veil, shown here, measures 40 by 30 inches and sells for $2,400. Contact Furlong at her studio (802-4637,

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