updated 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

With her classic beauty, artist Lindsay McCrum, 28, looks as though she might have been created by one of the great painters she most admires—Velasquez or Giotto. Fittingly enough, McCrum uses the work of the old masters to set her own standards. "Don't compete with your peers," says Lindsay. "Compete with the old masters. That's what I do."

McCrum will give an indication of how she's measuring up at her first one-woman show, later this month. About 20 of her works, priced from $1,800 to $5,000, will be on display in New York's Ericson Gallery. "Lindsay has ambition and she's a professional," says Takis Efstathiou, Eric-son's director. "Combined with her talent, there's no other answer but that she'll make it." McCrum describes her stark, medieval-looking landscapes and abstract collages as "a fusion of past and present myths. You're seeing older things in a more modern context."

The daughter of a businessman and a teacher, McCrum grew up in New Canaan, Conn. and began studying art in high school. After getting her B.A. from Yale, she later moved to Manhattan, where she now spends most of her time painting in her SoHo studio. McCrum admits there are moments when she's not inspired. Then she harks back to the masters and realistically considers the competition. "As an artist," she says, "I'm very young. I'm pleased with the opportunities I've had, but in the grand scheme, I'm still very small stuff."

Daytime television's hottest teen heartthrob is Brian Bloom, and as the all-American Dustin Donovan on CBS' As the World Turns (ATWT), he has hundreds of fan letters a week to prove it. Gazing into Brian's baby blues every afternoon inspires poetry in his viewers. "If I were a flute, and you were a cello," wrote one, "could we play music—soft, sweet and mellow?"

Further proof of Bloom's success is the 1985 Daytime Emmy he won. At 15, he is the youngest to receive the award. Bloom began acting at 12. After a small role in Once Upon a Time in America, he got the part on ATWT. "Brian's a wonderful actor," says Bonnie Bogard, an ATWT producer. "Every emotion we've asked him to give us, he's come up with."

He lives on Long Island's North Shore, where his parents run a family produce business. The handsome 10th grader commutes into Manhattan three or four times a week to tape the show. He has been dating Allison Smith, 16, of Kate & Allie for a year. "We both work hard," says Brian, "so I don't see Allison that often. The phone is a major part of my life with her, and my mom has the bills to prove it."

Bloom recently faced a new hurdle in his acting career: his first screen kiss. During dress rehearsal, he suggested to his partner that they "just get close." But the director had other ideas, so Brian dutifully smooched away—not once, but five times. One wonders what Allison had to say about that.

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