Foundation to honor 6 for contributions to the arts

`Annies' to be presented at gala fund-raiser June 23 in Annapolis


Six people will be honored for their contributions to the county arts community June 23 in the first Annie Awards ceremony.

Established by the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, the awards - planned to become an annual ceremony - will be presented at a foundation fund-raising gala, the Waterfront Arts Festival Preview Party.

The party will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the banks of College Creek on the Annapolis campus of St. John's College.

The event will include a buffet of specialties from caterers and restaurants, music by the Bay Winds Quartet, and a silent auction.

Actor Gary Wheeler will be master of ceremonies.

Nominations for the awards were made by the public and county arts and cultural organizations in the categories of visual, literary and performing arts, arts patron, educator and lifetime achievement.

Chosen to receive the first Annies were:

Arts patron - Dennis Younger of Severna Park, a retired county schools administrator who has been president of the board of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for five years, and a dedicated volunteer in cultural programs for more than 20 years.

Literary arts - Lucia St. Clair Robson of Arnold, author of six historical novels, including the best-seller "Ride the Wind."

Visual arts - John Ebersberger, a modern painter in the style of the Impressionists, artist, and teacher of drawing and painting for more than a decade at Maryland Hall, where the Annapolis native is artist-in-residence.

Performing arts - Eileen Carson of Crownsville, founder, director and choreographer of the internationally known Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, and earlier the founder of Fiddle Puppets Dancers. She has taught at Maryland Hall and offered residencies for county students.

Educator - Lawrence Mintline Jr., Arundel High School drama teacher and director of its Arundel Players. A county native and graduate of Northeast High, he also has been associated with Pasadena Theatre Company and Children's Theater of Annapolis.

Lifetime achievement - Charlie Byrd, the late performing and recording artist, jazz and classical guitarist, who helped to bring the strains of the bossa nova to music lovers in the United States.

Tickets for the gala are $40 for foundation members and $50 for nonmembers.

A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible, the foundation said. Tickets include admission to the festival to be held that weekend.

Information and ordering tickets: Call 410-222-7949.

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