CCAA 2016-03
February 19, 2016
Judy Crawford
CCAA Office

Arts Alliance Opens Two New Solo Artist Shows


Exhibits Run through April 2016
Addison Likins
Charles County Commissioners
Ruth Esther Greenlee
Charles Regional Medical Center

Addison Likins, a Charles County Resident since 1990, has been a photographer for 45 years since he took photographs as editor of the Ferrum College Newspaper in 1969.  He became a full time professional photographer and journalist the next year for the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia, while attending James Madison University. He later became a High School English and Journalism teacher where, among his other duties, he taught classes in photography.  Addison also took additional photography and film making classes at the University Of Virginia Graduate School during that time, and later re ceived training at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. .

Morning Beach
Addison became a Science Center Specialist at the Owens Science Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and editor of the Science Report for the Prince George's County Public Schools. During the following 11 years, he provided writing and photography support for science activities in the school system as well as designing and building science exhibits with his small staff as documented both in the Washington Post and Washington Times. Also, in that period, one his photographs was published as a cover photograph for the Science and Children Magazine, and he was a member of the Laurel Art Guild, Maryland, as a sculpture and fine art photographer.

Following his stint at the Owens Science Center, he took a twenty-four year hiatus from photography as a manager and Senior Analyst for Prince George's County Schools, retiring in 2011. In October of 2014, Addison took up his passion for art again. During the ensuing years, he has shown his work in the Waldorf West Gallery on four different occasions, once in the Chesapeake Bank Gallery in Waldorf, and in the Holli Pop Gallery in La Plata, Maryland. He has had two center photo spreads published in the Mensa Bulletin during 2015, and a photograph published in the Department of Natural Resources' winter 2016 Magazine and in their 2016 Calendar as a second place winner in their 2015 photo contest.

Rose Petals
Addison lives in La Plata, Maryland, is married to Hortencia Likins, and has two sons, Carlos Likins, a graduating senior at Salisbury University and Jacob Likins, a junior at La Plata High School.  

Addison's works are available for purchase and can be viewed online at  He 
can be reached at

The Commissioners Gallery is located at 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD. Gallery hours are weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Ruth Esther Silver was born January 8, 1922, in Bridgeton, NJ. Her mother died giving birth to Ruth, and her father was nearly age 60 when she was born. Ruth studied drawing and painting at Bridgeton Senior High School until she graduated in 1941. She wanted to attend art school, but her father expected Ruth to remain home as his caregiver. When World War II was declared, Ruth cared for her father, tended the family Victory Garden, and looked after her father's honeybee hives. After the war ended, Ruth's father died, and she married a high school classmate and sailor in the US Coast Guard. Ruth's daughters were born so Ruth spent the 1950s, like many women at the time, as a full-time homemaker. Although her interest in painting never wavered, her time was not her own.

Basket Still Life
After her daughters went to college in the 1970s and her husband retired, Ruth was finally able to take private art lessons with local artists in South Jersey. In classes, she visited and painted many plein aire landscapes in the South Jersey region. Winter visits to New Hampshire presented opportunities for Ruth to paint in the White Mountains.

When her older daughter's family moved to Maryland, Ruth visited frequently. Admiring the beauty of Southern Maryland, she sketched, photographed and took detailed notes of landscapes and Maryland motifs to complete additional paintings. After the death of her husband, Ruth moved to Maryland in 2004 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. By 2005, Ruth was no longer able to paint since glaucoma and macular degeneration had diminished her eyesight. But those
Maryland Stew
problems did not keep her from her desire to be an artist. In 2012, she was thrilled when one of her paintings, Maryland Stew, was selected for the Charles County Arts Alliance's Juried Art Show at the Thomas Stone National Historic Site Visitor Center.

Although Ruth's love for painting was a dream deferred most of her life, she pursued her dream until her death, July 28, 2014, at the age of 92. This tribute art show is dedicated to Ruth's perseverance, artistic passion, and talent.

Ruth Greenlee's artworks are available for viewing online at

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery is located at 5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD. Gallery hours are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, daily.

The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance is to stimulate, promote, encourage and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit in Charles County.  For more information, contact the Arts Alliance at 301-392-5900,, or