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Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi, Annapolis divorce attorney, dies - Baltimore Sun

Monday, December 19, 2016

Aug. 10, 1960, and raised in New Carrollton, the daughter of Frances and Donald Dawson, a homemaker and a gambling industry worker, respectively.She graduated from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1982 and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1985.She married Mr. Aluisi, whom she had dated in law school, in 2004. She had a son, Frank DiGiovanni, now a resident of Washington, from a previous marriage that ended in divorce.Mr. Aluisi said his wife's three loves in life were her son, her job and him — "and I was very happy to be in the top three." She beamed throughout her son's 2015 wedding, a four-day Italian-Indian extravaganza that came after her cancer diagnosis, family members said.Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi was active in politics and was elected to the Maryland Democratic Central Committee early in her career.Bruce Bereano, an Annapolis lobbyist and friend with whom Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi worked on Rep. Steny Hoyer's 1981 special election campaign, said she had a "beautiful, contagious personality" and will be sorely missed.Despite her Democratic ties, she was close with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, and his wife, Kendel, who lived across the street and whose children referred to her and Mr. Aluisi as "Aunt Kim and Uncle Jimmy."Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi would cook a giant breakfast for the whole neighborhood around Christmastime, Governor. Ehrlich said. She asked Kendel Ehrlich to continue the tradition, and Mrs. Ehrlich plans to do so."She's the glue — they're really the glue — that keeps people together," the former governor said, "whether it's the legal profession in Annapolis, politics or the neighborhood."In all her various roles, Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi was indefatigable, Governor Ehrlich said. "Full-court press. No off button.""She had irrepressible will," he said. "When she called you and asked you to do something, you knew you were going to say yes. There was no sense in arguing."Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, another family friend, was diagnosed with cancer around the same time she was. The two exchanged LiveStrong bracelets, and the governor gave her a rosary that had been blessed by Pope Francis, Mr. Aluisi said."While cancer may have taken Kim from this world, it can never take away the love and loyalty she had for her family and friends, and that we had for her," Governor Hogan said in a statement.Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi opened her own law firm in 1999.Ed Veres, 67, a client who lives in Harwood, called her a "gracious person and a ...

Joanna Blake, sculptor of the Battle of Bladensburg monument, dies at 39 - Washington Post

Monday, June 27, 2016

By Bart Barnes,Joanna C. Blake, a figurative sculptor whose works include the memorial for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg in Maryland and relief panels honoring slaves buried at the Alexandria Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery in Virginia, died May 22 while vacationing in Italy. She died on her 39th birthday.She was near Florence when she was thrown from the back of a motorcycle on which she was riding, said her husband, Ike Blake. Details of the multi-cycle accident are still under investigation, he said. She was a resident of Cottage City, in Prince George’s County, Md.Since 2001, Mrs. Blake had been a sculptor affiliated with the Kaskey Studio in Brentwood, Md., and had done sculpting on the National World War II Memorial on the Mall.Joanna Campbell was born in Mobile, Ala., on May 22, 1977, and graduated from Alabama’s Auburn University in 1999 with a degree in fine arts. She had done terra-cotta works on the Auburn campus and a 100-foot-long terra-cotta frieze for the performing arts center in Opelika, Ala.For two years, she worked on the Battle of Bladensburg memorial, an 8-by-10-foot pa...

Sculptor Joanna Blake, Mobile native and Auburn graduate, dies in Italy at age 39 - AL.com

Monday, June 13, 2016

Recently, according to her website, www.joannablake.com, she had completed an 8-by-10-foot bronze sculpture, "Undaunted in Battle," commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 Battle of Bladensburg in Bladensburg, Md., and two relief panels honoring slaves buried at the Contraband and Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial in Alexandria, Va."She worked so hard on everything, and it had to be perfect," her friend John Giannetti told WUSA 9.Working with Gary Wagoner, professor emeritus and former chair of the art department at Auburn University, Blake created two 30-foot-long terra-cotta panels for the College of Science and Mathematics Building at Auburn. She also designed and sculpted 13 scientists on two panels at the entrance to the university's Chemistry and Biology Building.Also at Auburn, she worked with Wagoner on the Pedestrian Portal project, which began in 2006. Their goal was to create 14 sets of portals around the campus with four sculpture panels marking entrances into pedestrian areas. Each one represents a different college within the university.In a 2014 Auburn alumni spotlight interview, Blake said she had designed and completed panels for Higher Education, Liberal Arts, College of Science and Mathematics, Agriculture, Architecture and Engineering, meeting with representatives from each discipline in order to choose accurate images."Auburn has such a beautiful campus," she said. "I'm proud that my work is some small part of it."Another Auburn alumna and artist, Blake's friend Margaret Boozer-Strother of Red Dirt Studio in the D.C. area, told WUSA 9 that Blake "was at once the most generous and thoughtful person, and the most talented sculptor. She never met a project that she couldn't do. She did monuments."For the portals project at Auburn, Blake included a tribute to her mother, Joleen Campbell, a pre-kindergarten teache...

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Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi, Annapolis divorce attorney, dies - Baltimore Sun

Monday, December 19, 2016

Aug. 10, 1960, and raised in New Carrollton, the daughter of Frances and Donald Dawson, a homemaker and a gambling industry worker, respectively.She graduated from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1982 and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1985.She married Mr. Aluisi, whom she had dated in law school, in 2004. She had a son, Frank DiGiovanni, now a resident of Washington, from a previous marriage that ended in divorce.Mr. Aluisi said his wife's three loves in life were her son, her job and him — "and I was very happy to be in the top three." She beamed throughout her son's 2015 wedding, a four-day Italian-Indian extravaganza that came after her cancer diagnosis, family members said.Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi was active in politics and was elected to the Maryland Democratic Central Committee early in her career.Bruce Bereano, an Annapolis lobbyist and friend with whom Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi worked on Rep. Steny Hoyer's 1981 special election campaign, said she had a "beautiful, contagious personality" and will be sorely missed.Despite her Democratic ties, she was close with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, and his wife, Kendel, who lived across the street and whose children referred to her and Mr. Aluisi as "Aunt Kim and Uncle Jimmy."Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi would cook a giant breakfast for the whole neighborhood around Christmastime, Governor. Ehrlich said. She asked Kendel Ehrlich to continue the tradition, and Mrs. Ehrlich plans to do so."She's the glue — they're really the glue — that keeps people together," the former governor said, "whether it's the legal profession in Annapolis, politics or the neighborhood."In all her various roles, Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi was indefatigable, Governor Ehrlich said. "Full-court press. No off button.""She had irrepressible will," he said. "When she called you and asked you to do something, you knew you were going to say yes. There was no sense in arguing."Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, another family friend, was diagnosed with cancer around the same time she was. The two exchanged LiveStrong bracelets, and the governor gave her a rosary that had been blessed by Pope Francis, Mr. Aluisi said."While cancer may have taken Kim from this world, it can never take away the love and loyalty she had for her family and friends, and that we had for her," Governor Hogan said in a statement.Mrs. DiGiovanni Aluisi opened her own law firm in 1999.Ed Veres, 67, a client who lives in Harwood, called her a "gracious person and a ...

Joanna Blake, sculptor of the Battle of Bladensburg monument, dies at 39 - Washington Post

Monday, June 27, 2016

By Bart Barnes,Joanna C. Blake, a figurative sculptor whose works include the memorial for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg in Maryland and relief panels honoring slaves buried at the Alexandria Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery in Virginia, died May 22 while vacationing in Italy. She died on her 39th birthday.She was near Florence when she was thrown from the back of a motorcycle on which she was riding, said her husband, Ike Blake. Details of the multi-cycle accident are still under investigation, he said. She was a resident of Cottage City, in Prince George’s County, Md.Since 2001, Mrs. Blake had been a sculptor affiliated with the Kaskey Studio in Brentwood, Md., and had done sculpting on the National World War II Memorial on the Mall.Joanna Campbell was born in Mobile, Ala., on May 22, 1977, and graduated from Alabama’s Auburn University in 1999 with a degree in fine arts. She had done terra-cotta works on the Auburn campus and a 100-foot-long terra-cotta frieze for the performing arts center in Opelika, Ala.For two years, she worked on the Battle of Bladensburg memorial, an 8-by-10-foot pa...

Sculptor Joanna Blake, Mobile native and Auburn graduate, dies in Italy at age 39 - AL.com

Monday, June 13, 2016

Recently, according to her website, www.joannablake.com, she had completed an 8-by-10-foot bronze sculpture, "Undaunted in Battle," commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 Battle of Bladensburg in Bladensburg, Md., and two relief panels honoring slaves buried at the Contraband and Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial in Alexandria, Va."She worked so hard on everything, and it had to be perfect," her friend John Giannetti told WUSA 9.Working with Gary Wagoner, professor emeritus and former chair of the art department at Auburn University, Blake created two 30-foot-long terra-cotta panels for the College of Science and Mathematics Building at Auburn. She also designed and sculpted 13 scientists on two panels at the entrance to the university's Chemistry and Biology Building.Also at Auburn, she worked with Wagoner on the Pedestrian Portal project, which began in 2006. Their goal was to create 14 sets of portals around the campus with four sculpture panels marking entrances into pedestrian areas. Each one represents a different college within the university.In a 2014 Auburn alumni spotlight interview, Blake said she had designed and completed panels for Higher Education, Liberal Arts, College of Science and Mathematics, Agriculture, Architecture and Engineering, meeting with representatives from each discipline in order to choose accurate images."Auburn has such a beautiful campus," she said. "I'm proud that my work is some small part of it."Another Auburn alumna and artist, Blake's friend Margaret Boozer-Strother of Red Dirt Studio in the D.C. area, told WUSA 9 that Blake "was at once the most generous and thoughtful person, and the most talented sculptor. She never met a project that she couldn't do. She did monuments."For the portals project at Auburn, Blake included a tribute to her mother, Joleen Campbell, a pre-kindergarten teache...