Annie Award Winners

On Sept. 23, the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County presented the fifth annual Annie Awards to six outstanding individuals who have made our lives richer with their contributions to the arts in our community. This year's Annie Award recipients were:

* Arts patron: Ardath M. Cade of Severna Park has distinguished herself as an advocate for the arts.

* Performing arts: Carolyn Surrick of Crownsville is a consummate viola da gamba player and a founder of Ensemble Galilei.

* Visual arts: Cynthia Alderdice of Annapolis is an internationally known artist working in the areas of painting, printmaking, papermaking and classical jewelry making.

* Arts educator: Deborah Banker of Annapolis, a professional sculptor for 27 years, is a teacher at St. John's College and Anne Arundel Community College.

* Literary arts: Ray Williamson of Annapolis is the author of seven books, a contributing editor to the journal Space Policy and the editor of several space publications.

* Lifetime achievement: Beth Whaley of Edgewater is a founding member of Maryland Hall and has served in many positions with the Colonial Players, both onstage and off. She has served the arts community and continues to serve, devoting herself to the arts as an author, administrator and teacher.

Special recognition awards for service to the community were given to Carroll's Creek Cafe and Comcast Communications for their generous support of the Cultural Arts Foundation and the arts community.

The Annie Committee and the board of CAF would like to extend a special thank-you to the residents of our county who took the time to nominate worthy individuals for this honor. We invite all residents to visit the visitor center of Quiet Waters Park to view our special Annie Exhibit, which will be on display until Oct. 24.

The exhibit includes artwork by each of the past four visual arts Annie winners -- John Ebersberger, Cedric B. Egeli, Bonnie Roth Anderson and Eric L. Conklin -- and current Annie winner Alderdice. Also included is a photograph by 2001 Annie lifetime achievement honoree Marion Warren.

The Cultural Arts Foundation is committed to furthering the arts and historic preservation through education, grants, support workshops, publication and networking. The Annie Award selection process will begin again with the sixth annual Annie Awards, to be presented next fall, and we invite everyone to start thinking about the 2005 nominations now. For more information about the awards and the Cultural Arts Foundation, please visit our Web site (Artsfoundation.com) or call us at 410-222-7949.

Nadja Maril

President, Cultural Arts

Foundation of Anne Arundel County board of trustees

Chairman of the 2004 Annie Awards committee