Chesapeake lighthouses in camera's eye

Exhibit: Photographers capture the character of the bay in these works on display in Annapolis.

Arundel Live

April 17, 2003|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Springtime in Annapolis is a maritime renaissance, as sailors of all stripes renew their love affair with our waterways and the vessels that traverse them.

Thoroughly in keeping with this annual rekindling of love for all things nautical is a gorgeous photo exhibit titled Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay Region, on display at the Chesapeake Photo Gallery, 92 Maryland Ave., just off State Circle in Annapolis.

These wonderfully evocative photographs by Starke Jett V, Roger Miller, Pat Vojtech and Terry Olson are strong testimony to the creative marriage of form and function that imparts such character to these historic sentinels of the shore.

One of the most striking images of all is Jett's photo of our very own Sandy Point Lighthouse, in which the bright red of the gabled structure is highlighted by the billowing whites of a passing sailboat.

For a totally different effect, try the darkened silhouettes of the two Cape Henry Lighthouses of Virginia's Tidewater region set against a brilliant orange-pink sunset flecked with black clouds.

Contrasting colors and textures is the theme in Jett's Hooper Island Lighthouse with its shiny copper base, white center and black top.

Other unforgettable images come by way of Vojtech's lighthouse at Thomas Point with its inimitable lunar-lander bottom; Miller's Drum Point Light, which looks like a well-scrubbed white house (complete with shutters) set on reddish-brown stilts; and Jett's affectionate rendering of the stark, utilitarian stone tower that is the Poole Island Lighthouse.

Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.

The entire collection may be viewed at although, take it from me, live is definitely better.

Call 410-268-0050 for additional information.

Lee exhibit

For a close encounter with the waterfront and other natural settings in these early days of spring, you might seek out the coastal landscapes, still lifes and scenes from Italy's Tuscan region by Severna Park artist Margaret Lee, which are on display at Annapolis' Main Street Gallery at 109 Main St.

The oil paintings of Tuscan scenes such as Hillside Poppies are especially impressive with the red flowers appearing starkly in the foreground, set against the soft smudging of the hilly vineyard.

In Vineyard Shadows, we see the depth the artist imparts to the scene as the dark green undulating hills swell into the neutral gray tones of the high Italian sky.

Closer to home is Amber Morning, a lush, green New England landscape given impressive volume and atmosphere by a soft, luminous yellow sky.

Closer to us still is her waterscape of Holly Point in Severna Park, where whites, grays and greens interact to produce a clean, soothing image of nature.

The artist's flair for color comes to the fore in her still lifes: the shiny copper pots in Cream and Sugar, the brilliant oranges in Blue Vase with Oranges and the vibrant yellows and purples of Misty Daffodils for starters.

The Main Street Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays. For more information about the Margaret Lee exhibit, call 410-280-2787.

What treasures are held by the Capital City's many private galleries! When spring envelops Annapolis, a young man's or woman's fancy can turn not only to love, but to beauty as well.

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