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Drunken Cookies, a sculpture by Zoe Leoudaki, looks like the leftover junk from an apartment renovation: It’s basically strips of jagged wood bristling with nails, hung in a cross-shaped formation. And it’s uninviting—until you hear a voice speaking softly from behind the spiky façade. Once your face comes within impaling range of the nails, you hear a recording of a woman you don’t know, reading a recipe for cookies you’ve never eaten, in a language you don’t understand. It’s intriguing. A good sculpture, like a good book, tells a story you can’t ignore—in this case, one of a guarded Greek matriarch who lets her defenses down only when she’s cooking. “Opened Book: Women’s Stories by Washington Area Artists,” an exhibition by 16 women, presents a set of narrations, like that of Leoudaki’s grandmother (the woman whose voice beckons you toward the sculpture), which are told with tactile structures. The exhibit is on view from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Art Gallery, University Boulevard and Adelphi Road, College Park. Free. (301) 405-2763. (Felix Gillette)