Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Artist's words add to pictures

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Veteran photojournalist Melvin Grier will present workshops, programs and lectures to school and public audiences as he serves as the Taft Museum's 2004 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Nov. 1-14.

Grier, an award-winning photojournalist and a Cincinnati Post staff photographer, also will present an exhibition of 30 photographs he has compiled over 30 years in such places as Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Somalia, Vietnam and across the United States.

His works will be on display in the Dater Education Room in the Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown.

Photojournalist Mel Grier is the Robert S. Duncanson Artist in Residence at the Taft Museum of Art for 2004.
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An artist's reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 will welcome Grier as the 18th artist-in-residence and the first visual artist to be awarded the honor since 1993.

Grier will offer a multimedia exploration of his photographs during An Evening with Melvin Grier, at 5:30 p.m. Nov 11. He will lead a discussion on photographs and his exhibit at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

On Nov. 13, Grier will work with children, ages 5 to 10, helping them to create their own photographic projects.

All events are free.

The program is named for Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872), the African-American painter of the murals at the Taft Museum of Art. It recognizes outstanding African-Americans in all fields of artistic endeavor.

A star volunteer

Charles Bud Hall was named Ohio 2004 Rising Star Volunteer of the YearOct. 2 at the annual conference of CASA/GAL in the Columbus Airport Marriott Hotel, Columbus.

He is a volunteer with Parachute: Butler County CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem Association.)

Volunteers for the agency are appointed by a judge to work with children who are in the juvenile-court system as a result of abuse.

Hall's first case was a 12-year-old boy who had been abandoned by his parents and had lost both grandparents. Hall first gained the youth's confidence by playing basketball and baseball with him and then worked to get him into a foster home.

Hall lives in West Chester with his wife, Shirley. They have four adult children.

"I have been volunteering with Parachute for two years,'' he said. "We help save lives by helping abused children. The word 'parachute' is used as the name of the organization because it is a symbol of saving lives.''

Jackie Wilson, executive director of the Ohio CASA/GAL Association, said the award is given each year to volunteers who demonstrate their dedication and skill in advocating for abused and neglected children in the court system

Ohio CASA/GAL has a network of 35 local programs operating throughout Ohio. In 2003, Ohio court systems appointed 1,500 volunteers to serve 7,500 abused and neglected children.

To become a volunteer, call Parachute at (513) 887 3880 or (513) 424-5351, ext. 3880.

Marine awarded bronze star

A Mason Marine was recognized earlier this year for his efforts in Iraq.

Marine Corps Maj. William R. Speigle II received the bronze star with valor for his actions in March 2003. The bronze star is awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement or service.

Speigle, who was a captain and company commander while in Iraq, led his company and a supply convoy through Nasiriyah, Iraq, while under fire to a battalion that had suffered major casualties. Speigle's outfit did not suffer any casualties.

He is now stationed in Quantico, Va., and is in charge of the officer candidate school and training base school for second lieutenants.

Speigle is a 1990 graduate of Moeller High School and 1994 graduate of Miami University. He is the son of William and Janet Speigle and is soon expecting a child with his wife, Wendy.

ROTC grad commissioned

Michael Mattingly has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after completing the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University in Missouri.

He will be assigned to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve.

The St. Xavier High School graduate is the son of Elizabeth and Paul Mattingly of Colerain Township.

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