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Museum opens new exhibits

January 18, 1999

Museum OpeningBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




On Sunday, art lovers got a chance to a enjoy a variety of media displayed in several popular exhibits at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Featured were prints and slides entered in the 66th Annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon, the works of Cumberland realist painter Charles Amos, paintings from the annual Valley Art Association Exhibition and a display of Yellow Ware ceramics.

"We've done multiple exhibits before. The public gets to see how one person's art relates to another's," said Jean Woods, museum director.

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A total of 222 works were entered in the 66th Annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon. Of them, 67 prints and 15 slides are on display at the museum until Feb. 14.

Hagerstown native Keith Sylvester, 28, took best of show for his color photo, "Tree Stump Core," the Reginald Holladay Best Slide Award for "Lake Mattamuskeet at Twilight," first prize for a color print portrait titled "Brianne," and second and third prizes for his color slides "Grasshopper with Dewdrop," and "Dolly Sods in Autumn."

The self-taught artist said he was pleased to have done so well in this year's event.

His love for nature is a continuing theme in his work.

Attending the opening provided interesting feedback about his photos, he said.

Funkstown photographer Douglas Stone received the award for the best photograph by a Washington County resident for his work, "Confederate Cannon."

He also took third prize in the color print portraits and figure study category for his photo, "Supper's Ready."

A native of Hagerstown, Stone considers photography his avocation. He works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as an electrician.

Stone said he was elated at finding he had won awards in the event since there was a 10- to 15-year lapse since he last participated.

"It's very satisfying," he said.

Stone said he thought his entries were among his best work.

A Civil War buff, Stone said he took his award winner "Confederate Cannon," while at a recent reeenactment of the "Battle of Antietam."

"Whenever I go, I always have a camera ready," he said.

The pastel and oil paintings of train-lover Charles Amos will be exhibited at the museum through March 14.

Amos specializes in railroad art and has trained as both an artist and engineer.

He received his training at the Martinet School of Art and the University of Baltimore. In 1952, he joined the Western Maryland railway to pursue his second love, railroading.

"When I first graduated from art school in 1939, no one wanted realist paintings," he said.

He later decided to incorporate his love for trains into his painting on the advice of a minister, he said.

"He said, 'Look to trains, there are plenty of people doing landscapes and seascapes,'" Amos said.

Amos said he also enjoys the variety painting in oils and pastels offers, since pastels can provide a softer feel and oils a more detailed appearance.

The Valley Art Exhibition will be on display until March 14. Best of show honors went to Donna Mitchell for her "Portrait of Gina." Betty Roby won first place for her watercolor, "Quilting," second place went to Donna Bingaman for her oil, "Victor." Third prize was awarded to Charles Umanita for his "Vermont Farm."

The Valley Art Association is comprised of over 120 artists who meet monthly at the Mansion House at City Park. The group plans workshops, field trips and art demonstrations. Their meetings are open to the public. The group also runs the gallery at the Mansion House.

The Washington County Fine Arts Museum exhibit of Yellow Ware will be displayed until April 18.

Nearly 200 Yellow Ware objects produced between 1810 and 1930 are featured.

The ceramics, which were made in the United States, Canada and Great Britain can be found in at least a thousand forms ranging from cow creamers to Cocker Spaniel doorstops. The guest curator for the show is Lisa S. McAllister, of Clear Spring.

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