Anne Stevenson Wood died unexpectedly at age 66 at her home in Washington, D.C. on February 10th 2014. She was born to John Parker Wood and Harriet Dillon Wood in Hanover, New Hampshire.
She was the caring sister of Doris Wood, Elizabeth Kelley and husband Patrick, Chester Wood and wife Florentine, Eleanor Carrieri and husband Philip, and Thomas Wood and wife Carol. Loving Aunt of William Martin and son Evan, Patrick Kelley and wife Michelle, Sheridan Kelley and wife Elizabeth, Matthew and Danielle Carrieri, Stephen and Sumintra Wood, Katie Wood Murphy and husband Connor, and Michael Wood. Not to be forgotten are her beautiful kitties Jacky, who preceded her in death, and Jillie. Bobbie, Rose, Sarene, Stan, Susan and Tom were some of her closest friends.
A private memorial and funeral service will be held for her family and invited friends in April at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycat.org ) or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org ).
Anne found her special home when the family relocated to Bethesda, Maryland in 1963. The 60s in D.C. were both tumultuous and exhilarating place for an artist to live. Her artistic abilities had always been phenomenal. Her first year of college was spent at The Pratt Institute, but missing the D.C. connection, she returned and completed her Bachelor of Arts at American University. A Master's in Art from George Washington as well as courses from the Corcoran College of Art and Design followed.
Anne's Facebook assertion that "she was a wearer of many hats" was certainly fitting. Her early years in college and shortly after were spent among artsy friends and mentors. Early on she worked in television graphics at WRC TV NBC 4. In 1976 she was one of the founders, and a curator for MOTA (Museum of Temporary Art) where they silkscreened an exhibit called "The Men and Women" on the walls, only to be painted over later for the next exhibit. She worked for many years at the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts as a graphic artist designer specializing in photo-silkscreen. For 15 years, she was the Chief of Exhibit Design, for the Naval Historical Center, at The Navy Museum. There she designed permanent and changing exhibits and supplemental interactive graphic materials for educational purposes. She took great interest in researching the archives behind the displays and pride in getting all the details correct. One of her most memorable exhibits depicted the story of the 1864 Confederate-built ironclad H.L. Hunley, which was the world's first successful combat submarine. While working for the Naval Historical Center she also took a voyage on the reconditioned 1929 Tall Ship Alexandria.
For years, Anne ran her own business ANARTIST & Associates under the www.ANARTIST.com site. She worked on many unique projects. She was Editor and Book Designer for Celeste McCall's book, "Peter, There's a Bug on my Plate." For her good friend Sarene Friedman, she was reader, editor, illustrator, and book designer for her book of poetry, "The Most Detestable of Words." Web designs, posters, and exhibits were amongst projects she did alone and at times with an associate.
Over the 50 years she lived in Washington, D.C., Anne took professional photographs and blogged about political, social, and everyday cultural events around D.C. Her photographs, displayed on Flickr ("anartist on flickr" http://www.flickr.com/photos/anartist_flickr/sets ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/ANARTIST/349988047436 ), portrayed the local people she met and captured important events that occurred in her city from a local artist's perspective. Through her photos and blog notation "A Big Fire in a Small Town in a Big City", she described the unique close knit community of Capitol Hill, which she knows will rise to the occasion to help rebuild Frager's (http://anartist.com/weblog/2013/06/a-big-fire-in-a-small-town-in-a-big-city).
Detailed chronicling of Occupy D.C.-McPherson under her "Two worlds, one city: Occupy DC-McPherson" is a piece worthy of a seasoned reporter (http://anartist.com/weblog/2011/11/two-worlds-one-city-occupy-dc-mcpherson . Her quote: "It's a delightfully feel-good Dylanesque Times-they-are-a-changin sort of crisp October day of protest and community spirit, mixed with a dose of MLK "i have a dream", and complete with an international youth activist from Egypt and a fledgling Wall Street Journalist." The next day she returned to donate blankets, toiletries, and office supplies. Her writings most often included both a historical perspective as well as keen observations about the people caught on camera and prose.
She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and the many people she touched in her beloved city.
• On Saturday, April 26th 2014 at the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington DC there will be a service to remember Anne Wood.
The memorial service will be from 1 to 2 PM in the beautiful chapel at the Congressional Cemetery. The burial will follow right after from 2 to 2:30 PM. A reception will then be held back at the chapel from 2:30 to 4 PM.
This is a private service for family and invited friends.
• Please email her brother Chester Wood (email@example.com ) or leave a message (203 512 8917 his cell phone) message if you would like to attend. RSVP required.
Congressional Cemetery Address:
1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (202) 543-0539 (cemetery contact Paul Williams or Margaret Puglisi)
Nearest metro is either the Potomac Ave Metro or Stadium Armory Metro Station
Parking is available inside the gate of the congressional cemetery for funeral attendees