Six win awards for work in arts

Anne Arundel group honors contributors in second annual Annies

September 20, 2001|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

An author, a musician and an art teacher are among the winners of this year's Annie awards.

In all, Annie awards were presented by the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County to six people who enrich the county's art scene, including Annapolis photographer Marion Warren, who won the lifetime achievement award.

"I feel honored to receive this award after putting all these years into photography," said Warren, whose camera has captured life in the county and state for more than 60 years. "It's nice to be rewarded by the community I live in."

Like the television industry's Emmy and the Broadway theater's Tony, the Annie is awarded for contributions to or excellence in the arts. The awards, which are in their second year, were to be presented last night at Key Auditorium at St. John's College.

Grants awarded

During the reception, the Cultural Arts Foundation also awarded grants to several nonprofit county arts and cultural institutions

Annies were awarded to county individuals who have made lasting contributions to visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, education and art patronage.

John B. Moore Jr. of Annapolis received the Arts Patron Annie for his contributions as a founder of the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College and supporter of the Friends of St. John's, and for his service as vice president and chairman of long-range planning of the Annapolis Symphony. He has also served as a board member at Maryland Hall, is a member of the advisory board of First Night Annapolis and is a county representative to Maryland Arts Day.

An Annie for Literary Arts was awarded to Ann Jensen of Annapolis, author of numerous books about Anne Arundel County and Maryland, including Chesapeake Bay Schooners and Leonard Calvert and the Maryland Adventure. For more than 20 years, Jensen also wrote regularly for Annapolitan Magazine.

Jensen said she was "honored and thrilled" to receive the award.

"I really enjoy writing," she said. "It's something I've done for over 25 years and like to do so much that I would do it anyway."

A Visual Arts Annie was awarded to artist and teacher Cedric Egeli of Edgewater, who is a member of the American Portrait Society, grand prize recipient of the 1979 national portrait competition in New York and faculty member of the National Portrait Seminar and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. He has painted portraits of a president, admirals, generals, Cabinet members and numerous county residents during his long career.

Distinguished careers

Art teacher Olin Yoder of Linthicum received the Education Annie for his teaching at county junior high and high schools over the past 40 years. Now an adjunct faculty member at Catonsville Community College, Yoder was named county teacher of the year in 1990. He also helped raise funds early in the history of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum and for 20 years designed PAAL's brochures.

Musician and recording artist Maggie Sansone was awarded the Annie in Performing Arts. A resident of Shady Side, Sansone has been acclaimed as one of the most innovative hammered dulcimer players recording today. She has received a Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE award for being the best Irish-Celtic instrumentalist.

In addition to producing several CDs, Sansone has authored seven books on the hammered dulcimer.

Warren, the lifetime achievement award winner, has taken photographs that have illustrated 10 books on Maryland houses or waterways. As a documentary photographer for the state, he has donated many negatives to the state archives.

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