Annapolis photographer's exhibit a highlight of `Arts Alive' program

NEIGHBORS

September 13, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I'VE NEVER been bothered by Friday the 13th. It's Monday the 13th you've got to watch out for.

If it weren't for all the great stuff coming up, I'd be a bit worried. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is humming with activity in preparation for its "Arts Alive" program the weekend of Sept. 24-26, as part of its 20th anniversary celebration.

Featured during the celebration will be an exhibit of black-and-white portraits by Annapolis photographer M.E. Warren. The portraits are of 107 of Warren's "Friends and Neighbors," which, appropriately, is the title of this show that opened Friday and runs through Oct. 16, as well as the title of a book based on the exhibit.

Warren was the subject of a 1998 documentary produced by Maryland Public Television. He moved to this area after World War II, and has since established himself as one of the most distinguished photographers and photographic archivists in Maryland history.

Among his archival collection are photographs of significant events throughout the past century and a half. Many of these have been included in books he has created with his daughter, Mame, including, "The Train's Done Been and Gone: An Annapolis Portrait, 1859-1910," and "Everybody Works but John Paul Jones: A Portrait of the U.S. Naval Academy, 1845-1915."

He's also a firm believer in documenting historic events as they happen -- sometimes before anybody else realizes they're going to be historic.

I recently saw his photograph of the formal ceremony at the start of the rebricking of Main Street several years ago. I remembered having been there, and sure enough, I could pick myself out in the crowd in the picture. I'm one of several dozen people in the foreground with their backs to the camera. I know it's me because I recognize the bald spot.

The exhibit at Maryland Hall's Cardinal Gallery features photographs of Warren's friends, community leaders, and other notable men and women.

Among them are such luminaries as Maryland Hall's executive director, Linnell Bowen, Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson, and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra president Anna Greenberg. I'm there too, strumming my ukulele.

You can meet the photographer at a free reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday where Warren will autograph copies of the book based on the exhibit.

Information: 410-263-5544, or www.mdhallarts.org.

Warren will be honored by Historic Annapolis Foundation (HAF) at its annual meeting Sept. 23. He was a founding HAF board member and serves on its advisory council. HAF president Ann Fligsten is looking for stories of appreciation about Warren. If you have an experience about the photographer that you would like to share, write it down and mail it to Historic Annapolis Foundation, 18 Pinkney St., Annapolis, MD 21401, by Thursday.

Benefit golf tournament

The general manager of the Chart House Restaurant in Eastport, Kevin Gersonde, is helping to organize the Mid-Atlantic Fall Classic Golf Tournament to benefit Johns Hopkins University research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"A longtime friend of the Chart House, David Wray, was diagnosed with ALS in 1991," Gersonde explains. ALS is a progressive motor-neuron disease that weakens and paralyzes its victims.

Tournament proceeds will be donated to research in his name to help Johns Hopkins can continue its fight against ALS.

The two-player scramble tournament will be held Sept. 20 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links. Registration and breakfast start at 7: 30 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $125 per golfer.

Information: 410-268-7166.

Pub Date: 9/13/99

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