October 1, 1995
A roundup of new products and servicesGood nooseTie one on with some multi-colored neck ware featuring the best of Baltimore, including the blue crab, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Shot Tower and the city's signature endearment, "Hon." The pictured silk tie sells for $30. A bow-tie and cummerbund set sells for $45. These accessories are available at the gift shops at the Peale Museum and Carroll Mansion. Or call (410) 396-3523 to place a mail order. Tax, shipping and handling are extra.
November 14, 1996
THE TROUBLE at the Baltimore City Life Museums, which has culminated in the ouster of executive director John W. Durel, was a long time coming. It will not be easy to resolve without some painful decisions that may alter the current operating philosophy of the museum.The City Life Museums is no different from Chicken George, a Baltimore fast-food restaurant chain which kept expanding and over-extending itself until it collapsed. Since its founding in 1976, the museum, too, has been on a rapid acquisition binge.
March 14, 2007
The Baltimore Architecture Foundation's Spring Forum begins at noon today with a free lecture featuring Station North developers, including Jubilee Baltimore Inc.'s Charlie Duff. The public is invited to take a lunch to the Berman Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins Downtown Center, at Charles and Fayette streets. Future sessions will include: March 21: Ed Rutkowski, Patterson Park Community Development Corp.'s executive director, will discuss the corporation's role in Baltimore. March 28: Representatives from the Baltimore City Historical Society, Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Baltimore Heritage will discuss plans to renovate the Peale Museum and reopen it as the Baltimore City History Center.
July 27, 1997
Frances C. Hess, 65, women's clothing buyerFrances C. Hess, a bibliophile, lover of classical music and women's clothing buyer for a Baltimore store, died of cancer yesterday at her home in Ruxton. She was 65.Mrs. Hess was a buyer for The Store Ltd. in the Village of Cross Keys for 17 years. She resigned due to illness in 1995.She was born Frances Cohen in Philadelphia. In 1954, she graduated from Hood College and married Thomas Hess, who became president of Hess Shoes and later vice president of Inland Leidy Inc., a Baltimore chemical company.
December 6, 1991
ARTSHOWCASE GALLERY336 N. Charles St. Glenn Walker Retrospective.In a case of art censorship -- and inadvertent promotion -- Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. banned Glenn Walker's painting "In a Room" in 1956 from a Peale Museum exhibit, calling the rendering of a nude man and woman "morally objectionable and obscene." Thanks in part to the attention, this Maryland Institute graduate's paintings subsequently could be found in all of Baltimore's major art galleries. Walker died in 1988 and this retrospective features some 50 pieces, spanning various movements including figurative, abstract and pointillism in woodcuts, oil paintings and pastel, watercolors and drawings.
March 12, 1991
Perna Kramer, who signed her sculpture and paintings with her maiden name, Perna Krick, died Saturday at Maryland General Hospital after a heart attack.Mrs. Kramer, who was 67, lived on Mosher Street in a studio home she and her husband, sculptor Reuben Kramer, designed RTC in 1965 to replace a nearby carriage house where they had lived and worked for many years.She was particularly well known for her paintings of animals, birdsand flowers. They had been exhibited in local theaters, the Peale Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art and other places, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, where she won the painting award in a 1957 area exhibit.
November 1, 1999
Ona B. O'Connell, an artist who enjoyed painting seascapes, landscapes and portraits in watercolors and oils, died Oct. 25 of cancer at her Towson home. She was 93.Her works were shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Peale Museum and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. She taught at the Metropolitan School of Art, University of Baltimore, Forest Park High School and Villa Julie College.Mrs. O'Connell, who started painting in the 1930s, was a graduate of Maryland Institute, College of Art. During the 1950s, she had a studio in the 900 block of Cathedral St., in a rowhouse that was known as Studio House.
July 5, 1993
Elizabeth Leonard Fiske, an abstract artist whose works have been displayed at area art galleries and universities, died Friday of cancer at her home on North Charles Street. She was 86.Proficient in watercolors, oils and collages, Mrs. Fiske studied with Baltimore artists Gladys Goldstein and Keith Martin in the 1950s and 1960s."Her paintings showed a gentleness and a sensitivity, with a flair for the dramatic," said Mrs. Goldstein, who met Mrs. Fiske in the 1950s when Mrs. Fiske enrolled in her class at the now-defunct Metropolitan School of Art."
October 23, 1996
Elizabeth "Libby" Fletcher Hartley, a researcher of Baltimore's cultural, social and architectural past, died Oct. 13 of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 65 and lived in Charlesbrooke in North Baltimore.Her interest in historical research was stimulated by a purchase in the late 1950s of a portrait of a Mrs. Gomm, an Englishwoman."She was interested in finding out who she was and she kept looking until she discovered that she was the wife of Sir William Gomm, an English field marshal who was a contemporary of the Duke of Wellington," said her son, John H. Eager IV of Baltimore.
June 10, 1994
GREEK, LITHUANIAN FESTIVALS:You can check out two ethnic festivals, plus a street party, this weekend near the Inner Harbor.* The St. Nicholas Greek Community's annual Greek Folk Festival begins today and continues through the weekend at two sites a couple of blocks apart. The hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. At St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St., you'll find cultural exhibits, folk dancing, imports and jewelry for sale, a tavern and Greek food.