October 11, 2011
With a few shards of glass, tile and other discarded bits, Loring Cornish can re-create his world into a shimmering mosaic wonderland. After growing up in Reservoir Hill and studying at Morgan State University, he has established himself as an artist, though not one who's conventionally trained. His distinct style and passion for mosaics is always visible - his own two rowhouses in Reservoir Hill are covered with multi-colored tiles and glass shards. Cornish's work has appeared in shows and museums across the country, including the American Visionary Art Museum and the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
February 8, 2009
Environmental education programs offered Annapolis Recreation & Parks is offering environmental educational programs at the newly renovated, city-owned Back Creek Nature Park at 1314 Edgewood Road. The urban ecology park offers recreation, education and a living classroom. Public programs will be offered that are geared for children ages 3 to 10 for $5 per class. Scheduled courses, 90 minutes long, include: * "Extreme Shoreline Strategies" at 3 p.m. today: Learn how to protect the shoreline.
November 29, 2006
It's as if old North County moved into the Banneker-Douglass Museum. This week, people unpacked boxes of old books, furniture, glassware, steam irons and stevedore tools at the Annapolis museum in preparation for Saturday's opening of an exhibit that reveals the history of northern Anne Arundel's black enclaves. Through the objects pulled from closets and attics, along with hundreds of photographs and 25 hand-stitched quilts, Train, Tracks, Tarmac illuminates what previously was passed down as oral history.
March 1, 2006
Black History Month may be over, but visitors to Annapolis can now learn about the region's rich African-American heritage year-round with the opening this week of the expanded Banneker-Douglass Museum. About 200 people gathered Monday as Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. cut the ribbon to mark the end of a $5.5 million renovation and expansion funded by the state. Inside the historic church sanctuary on Franklin Street, which houses the original museum, classical musician Cheryl Nkeba played a Bach partita bassoon solo and led the audience in singing a slave spiritual.
February 26, 2006
Downstairs in the new space at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, Janice Hayes Williams, a 48-year-old local historian, said an exhibit on cultural artifacts made her feel oddly at home. "William Henry Hebron, that's my great-grandfather," Williams said, pointing to a name listed in the Annapolis Underground exhibit, which features artifacts of African-American family life dug up from the very block where the museum stands at 84 Franklin St. "He was a fish merchant, half-black and half-Jewish."
September 11, 2005
The Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis is now closer to Church Circle, with its front door moved 10 paces to the left - bringing a visitor into a stark space where the old and new architecture of the museum meet. Inside the Franklin Street entrance, gleaming black floor tiles and a modern light oak staircase make a seamless match with the tall right wall from the exterior of the 1890s brick building. All this sets the stage for a maritime mural of the City Dock circa 1870, the post-emancipation period, right in the middle of the story the museum is there to tell.