Lee Anne Morgan began her creative life in Cleveland, Ohio when recovering from polio she took up dancing as therapy. This led to studies at the Cleveland Playhouse for acting, as well as various voice and dance academies. Her performing art career as a singer and dancer for well-known celebrities eventually evolved to visual arts and to fine art photography and writing, which is her focus today.
Morgan experiments with various techniques in photography (mostly hand-held and outdoors) and painting, sometimes merging the two but most often retaining the purity of each medium. She has created a unique technique – a ‘painterly’ style using cameras, lenses, and natural lighting with simple-to-complex subjects . . . all brought into her “dry darkroom” for final work and printing.
Lee Anne Morgan has exhibited in solo and group exhibits, and her work resides at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY/New Paltz, as well as in private collections. She is currently working on a creative book project that will feature a new body of her photographic work and writings, called “Chronicles of America…Places, People and Things: A 50 Year Perspective.” More information about Lee Anne Morgan can be found at: www.leeannemorgan.com
Lee Ann Morgan On her Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery pairing: Deep in the ancient cellars of the Brotherhood Winery, the oldest in the United States, reside eight-foot high French oak casks, antiquated implements for corking bottles and pressing grapes, and a ‘secret cellar’ where bottles of port circa 1800, encrusted with dust, rest undisturbed. The Brotherhood’s vineyards share the stunning views of Olana where Frederick Church, one of the founders of the Hudson River School of Painting, painted his historic paintings. With these legacies around every corner, building, and vine, I hope to capture through my painterly photographic images the auras of this ancient place … the echoes and shadows of told and untold stories that abound in this mystical winery and its vineyards.
Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery is steeped in Hudson Valley history and tradition. In 1810, a French Huguenot émigré, Jean Jacques, purchased land in New York’s bucolic Hudson Valley and began planting grapes. Looking to expand, in 1837, he purchased a plot of land in the quiet village of Washingtonville, NY, where Brotherhood stands today, and planted another vineyard. By 1839, the first underground cellars were dug and the first vintage of wine was fermented. Those cellars, the oldest and largest in America, are still in use today at Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery.
The tradition of excellence continues today with Brotherhood’s award-winning wines and where one can tour through the same cavernous underground cellars and learn about the 170+ years of continuous winemaking heritage there. Brotherhood is honored to be on both the National Register of Historic Places and the New York State Register of Historical Places.