Capt. Avery Museum to Showcase Photo Exhibit of Bay and Watermen
The Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side will present “Chesapeake: The Work of Marion Warren,” opening reception Nov. 15. The exhibit will consist of 33 classic black-and-white images of the Bay and the people who work its water and land. The exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Nov. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
At the reception, Joanie Surette, curator of M.E. Warren’s collection and owner of Eastport Gallery, will give a talk on the legendary Chesapeake Bay photographer’s career and his special connection with Shady Side and South County. The Capt. Avery Museum is located at 1418 East West Shady Side Road in Shady Side.
Admission to the opening reception will be $15 for non-museum members, and $10 for museum members.
From the time Warren arrived in Annapolis in 1947 until his death in 2006, photographer Marion Warren was a vibrantly productive, active, and beloved citizen of the town he grew to love and call home. He worked almost daily with his favorite images from throughout his more-than-sixty-year career. From the farms of rural Missouri where he grew up to the deck of a skipjack plying the choppy waters of the Chesapeake, Marion Warren bore witness to his time and his place.
“Marion had planned an exhibit of Shady Side watermen and boats in the years before he died in 2006. He photographed Captain Bernard Hallock and ‘Tuck’ Fountain, who worked Hallock’s pound net at the mouth of the West River in 1954. Marion and Tuck returned to the site more than 50 years later, and the two fondly recalled their experience,” Surette explained.
Jeff Holland, Executive Director of the Captain Avery Museum, commented, “Marion Warren is truly the ‘Ansel Adams‘ of the Chesapeake Bay. His work epitomizes what the Captain Avery Museum is all about–preserving and celebrating the unique cultural heritage of this special place and its deep roots in the farmlands and tides that surround us.”
The exhibit is part of the Museum’s new series of exhibits of fine art, supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, sponsorships from BayVue Consulting, Greenstreet Gardens and other partners in the Museum’s new “Team 1859,” a small business support group, and the generous support of Museum members. The next exhibit, featuring the Muddy Creek Artists Guild, will open in January.
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