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June 4, 2001

UMBC ALBIN O. KUHN LIBRARY GALLERY EXTENDS PATAPSCO: PORTRAIT OF A VALLEY, PHOTOGRAPHS BY PEGGY FOX

UMBC's Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery has extended "Patapsco: Portrait of a Valley, Photographs by Peggy Fox," an exhibition featuring 70 of Peggy Fox's photographic portraits of the elders of the historic Patapsco Valley and surrounding landscapes, accompanied by excerpts from Alison Kahn's oral histories. The exhibition will be on view through June 30. The original exhibition, organized by Sally Voris for the Friends of the Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway, Inc., included 55 photographs commissioned by the Friends. The presentation at UMBC includes 15 new prints produced by Fox especially for this venue, to further document the environment which defines and characterizes the Patapsco Valley.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call (410) 455-2270.

A three-year collaborative effort begun in 1997, this collection of images and interviews is the product of a project that documents the changing cultural life of the Patapsco Valley. Through the vivid images by Fox and the poignant text by Kahn, the exhibition captures the faces and memories of some 60 senior residents of Ellicott City, Oella, Relay and Elkridge. The oral history and photographic project received major funding from the Maryland Historical Trust, and was coordinated by the Friends of the Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway, Inc. (formerly the Patapsco Heritage Greenway Committee).

On Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m., the Gallery and The Friends present the performance, "Inside the Memory Box: Stories of the Patapsco Valley," featuring archival images of UMBC, personal reminiscences, a staged reading of a script and a production of a one-act play by The Patapsco Players. The variety of forms demonstrates ways to bring a documentary project to life dramatically--just as the exhibit demonstrates how photographer and folklorist work together to create the documentary products. A public reception will follow.This event is free and open to the public.

Posted by dwinds1 at June 4, 2001 12:00 AM