On the bay, at the shore

Critic's Choice: Art

April 15, 2001|By Glenn McNatt

The art of longtime Sun photographer and pictorialist A. Aubrey Bodine, whose luminous prints of Maryland and its people brought him international fame, is the centerpiece of "Photographers of the Chesapeake," a group exhibition of Eastern Shore photography that opened yesterday at the Edward Carter Gallery in Lewes, Del.

Between 1927 and 1970, Bodine took thousands of pictures up and down the Chesapeake Bay documenting the lives of Maryland's watermen and the natural beauty of the landscape in which they lived and worked.

Kathleen Ewing, author of "A. Aubrey Bodine, Baltimore Pictorialist," notes that "it is the interwoven influences of the painterly pictorialist aesthetic and the subject-oriented newspaper profession which form the basis of Bodine's prolific life and extraordinary photographic legacy."

The show includes some of Bodine's most famous images, as well as works by James L. Amos, Ken Basile, Kevin Fleming, David Harp and others.

The gallery is at The Inn at Canal Square, 122 Market St. in Lewes. Hours are Thursday through Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. For information, call 302-644-7513.

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