Ann Evry, artist and educator, dies at 85

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Ann Evry Artist, Educator

Ann Evry, 85, an artist and educator who produced more than 230 episodes of "Art Strokes" for Montgomery Community Television, died April 15 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. The cause was complications from pneumonia.

From 1990 to 2004, she directed, produced and edited "Art Strokes," an award-winning half-hour program featuring local and nationally known artists working in all media. She previously volunteered as an intern at the station's production department.

Ann Kingen was born in Vernon Township, Ind., and attended Butler University in Indianapolis.

She moved to the Washington area in 1959 as a freelance architectural photographer and settled in the 1960s in Sandy Spring. She helped organized low-income community members to push for installation of sewer, water and electricity systems and volunteered at a local community center to build a darkroom and start arts programs.

In the 1970s, she and her husband founded and operated a summer camp for underprivileged youth in North Carolina.

In 2008, despite suffering from advanced emphysema, she spent four months making thousands of phone calls for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

She was a Silver Spring resident and a member of Temple Sinai in Washington.

Her marriage to George Melvin Henry ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Allen Evry of Silver Spring; a daughter, Marta Evry of Venice, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Linda Tate of London; and a grandson.

-- Emma Brown

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