View photographer's artwork while dining at deli


August 31, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HOW ABOUT A Fourth-of-July photo with your ham-on-rye, or a nautical scene with your BLT?

Eastport photographer Diane Knaus-Diamond is exhibiting some of her work at the Eastport Plaza Delicatessen through September.

"She's a really good photographer," said Eastport resident John Koontz, who owns the deli.

Among favorites with his customers, he said, are a shot of the Blue Angels -- the U.S. Navy's stunt flying squad -- during a performance at a Naval Academy graduation, and a picture Knaus-Diamond took of the national AIDS quilt from the top of the Washington Monument.

One picture of the quilt, which memorializes those who have died from acquired immune deficiency syndrome, has sold, as has a photo Knaus-Diamond took along the West River in south Anne Arundel County of a stack of crab traps next to an ice machine.

"I'm not getting a lot of sales, but I'm getting a lot of interest and that could be good," Knaus-Diamond said.

She is a Baltimore native who moved to the Annapolis area in 1960 and earned an associate's degree in photography from Anne Arundel Community College in the late 1970s.

She has been a full-time free-lance photographer since the mid-1980s.

For the deli display, she has chosen 10 photos, which include Independence Day pictures of the Baltimore and Annapolis waterfronts. The photos range in price from $90 to $250, including mat and frame.

Koontz gets nothing but a heightened interest in the business he has owned for 25 years, plus conversation pieces for his customers.

"I thought it would be good for her and I thought it would be good for me," he said.

This is not the first time Koontz has stored the deli's usual wall hangings to make way for the work of a local photographer.

He said he once let a portrait photographer, who has since left the area, hang works in Eastport Plaza Delicatessen.

"I'd consider something else," Koontz said. "I'm always up for a new game."

Knaus-Diamond will exhibit photographs at the Arundel Center in Annapolis in October and November.

Dance award

When Jennifer Hankins returns to Broadneck High School this fall, she will be able to boast of a silver medal she won recently at a Dance Educators of America workshop in New York City.

Hankins, a member of the Broadneck High School Dance Company, and a student at the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis School, won in the age 13-to-15 division with a variation on a piece from "The Nutcracker."

Teacher wins fellowship

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation has chosen Southern High School history teacher Mathias S. Miller to receive a James Madison Fellowship.

Miller's is one of 67 fellowships awarded this year by the group, which aims to encourage people to become history teachers.

Nominations sought

The Annapolis Jaycees Foundation is seeking nominations for Outstanding Young Annapolitan.

The civic group will choose one person to receive the award based on personal achievements that include helping family, friends, businesses and the community.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 28. The award will be presented Oct. 15.

Nominations can be submitted by an individual, an association, business, club or any other organization, but must be made on an official nomination form. The Jaycees contact is Patrick Allison. Information: 410-266-6511.

Heritage Society fund-raiser

Tickets are on sale for the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society's annual raffle fund-raiser.

No more than 2,000 tickets will be sold for the $10,000 raffle, and the winning ticket will be picked Oct. 11 at the Working and Sporting Dog Exhibition at the Cedarhurst Community Center in Shady Side.

Tickets, which cost $10, can be purchased via mail or at South County stores including Mali's, Smith Lumber Company, Joanne's Beauty Shop, Shady Side Market, Rennoe's and New Bay Times.

To buy a ticket by mail, send a $10 check payable to the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society at P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, 20764.

Information: 410-867-2660 or 301-261-5234.

Pub Date: 8/31/98

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