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'Ej' PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW HANGING AT BAA LIBRARY

Dec. 13, 2001 – On Saturday, the Enid M. Baa Library is hosting the opening of the first in what is hoped to be an ongoing series of visual art exhibitions. It's a collection of black and white photographs by Eric Johnson of locally performing calypso and jazz artists.
Johnson, who works professionally as "Ej" and also is a staff photographer at the Virgin Islands Daily News, will be showing matted and framed 16 by 20 inch prints of his work.
His calypsonian images are of local performers Louis Ible Jr. and Whadablee and Caribbean favorites Bomber, Calypso Rose, Chalkdust, Lord Nelson, Sparrow and Swallow. On the jazz side, Alwyn "Lad" Richards, Ron Blake, members of the Dion Parson Project and others are represented.
The opening reception is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the library in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Entrance is through the passageway from Main Street to the courtyard in the rear. Johnson says he realizes this is a busy time of year socially, "so I picked 4 to 7 thinking it was early enough not to conflict with holiday parties."
Having worked with Sharlene Harris, the new director of libraries, and Diane Moody, the new Baa librarian, on planning the exhibition, Johnson said, "I think it is going to give the library some good exposure (pardon the photography pun), and we're setting it up so that other exhibits can run in the future."
The reception Saturday also "will be an opportunity to reacquaint many with the facilities and also expose them to the Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries group," he said. It might even be an occasion for getting "new library cards into the hands of some longtime residents."
Ej's framed prints will be available for purchase. The show, made possible in part by a grant from the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for theArts, will hang through the end of January.

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Dec. 13, 2001 - On Saturday, the Enid M. Baa Library is hosting the opening of the first in what is hoped to be an ongoing series of visual art exhibitions. It's a collection of black and white photographs by Eric Johnson of locally performing calypso and jazz artists.
Johnson, who works professionally as "Ej" and also is a staff photographer at the Virgin Islands Daily News, will be showing matted and framed 16 by 20 inch prints of his work.
His calypsonian images are of local performers Louis Ible Jr. and Whadablee and Caribbean favorites Bomber, Calypso Rose, Chalkdust, Lord Nelson, Sparrow and Swallow. On the jazz side, Alwyn "Lad" Richards, Ron Blake, members of the Dion Parson Project and others are represented.
The opening reception is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the library in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Entrance is through the passageway from Main Street to the courtyard in the rear. Johnson says he realizes this is a busy time of year socially, "so I picked 4 to 7 thinking it was early enough not to conflict with holiday parties."
Having worked with Sharlene Harris, the new director of libraries, and Diane Moody, the new Baa librarian, on planning the exhibition, Johnson said, "I think it is going to give the library some good exposure (pardon the photography pun), and we're setting it up so that other exhibits can run in the future."
The reception Saturday also "will be an opportunity to reacquaint many with the facilities and also expose them to the Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries group," he said. It might even be an occasion for getting "new library cards into the hands of some longtime residents."
Ej's framed prints will be available for purchase. The show, made possible in part by a grant from the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for theArts, will hang through the end of January.