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Gallery displays Antietam Review's finest photos

July 13, 1998

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

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Antietam photos on displayBy KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

Jessie Cantler, a 16-year-old Boonsboro High School junior, admitted to being nervous Sunday at the opening reception for the Antietam Review Photo Exhibit at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery.

Her photo, "A Hot Summer Day," is in the 16th issue of the magazine and in the exhibit at the arts council's gallery at 41 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. It was Jessie's first published photo and her first artist's reception.

This is the second year there has been a photography exhibition celebrating the publication of Antietam Review, the annual literary journal published by the Washington County Arts Council.

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Jessie, who plans a career in photojournalism, said she frequently carries her camera with her.

"I want to catch everyday things - the kinds of things people overlook," she said.

Several of the photographers and their family members and friends attended the reception.

Margaret Meyers, a Washington, D.C., writer, was also there and liked what she saw.

"I think it's great fun," she said.

Meyers said she was impressed by the variety and quality of artwork in the gallery. Several pieces of art interested her.

Jessie's is one of 24 photographs published in the magazine. They were selected from more than 150 submitted, according to Benita Keller, Antietam Review photography editor.

Although the staff likes to publish the work of young artists, there is no philosophy in choosing photos for the magazine, Keller said. The only criterion is that they must be aesthetically and technically strong, she said.

"We like to always try to get new work. We're hoping that it's pushing a vision," Keller said.

The photos are not illustrations for the stories or poetry published, Keller said emphatically. In laying out the magazine, editors are careful not to give that impression, she said.

"We believe each work should stand on its own," said the magazine's Executive Editor Susanne Kass.

In selecting photos, editors are hoping to see a fresh way of looking at something, she added.

Literature and photographs in Antietam Review are by artists who are natives or residents of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

"Grace," a photo by Jack P. Keeve of Arlington, Va., adorns the cover of Antietam Review. It is a portrait of Keeve's wife, who did not know her husband submitted it to the magazine. Jack Keeve's family "is thrilled to pieces" that the photo was chosen, Grace Keeve said.

Alice Winfrey of Hagerstown says she really enjoys the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, which moved last fall from Franklin Street.

"It's fantastic," she said.

Morgan Jones, a musician who lives in Williamsport, visited the gallery to see the photo exhibit, especially the work of Bruce Wilder, her cousin. She also admired a couple of paintings and some work in wood also on view at the gallery.

"I like the quality here," she said.

The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, Aug. 29. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call 301-791-3132.

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