Mary Eloise H. Leake

member for over 12 years

Member Since:
Jan 2005

Award-winning freelance writer/photographer specializing in the arts, travel and food. Published in the Anniston Star, Elan magazine, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Birmingham News, Huntsville Times, Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal, The (SC) State, Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, Miami Herald and Charlotte Observer. Magazine articles appeared in the Star's regional Longleaf Style, Southern Lady and Alabama Weddings. Former columnist for the Star - 1991-2003. Professional Involvement: Alabama Media Professionals (AMP); National Federation of Press Women (AMP is a NFPW affiliate).

Recent awards: National Federation of Press Women: 2013, 2014 & 2015 Communications Contests - 1st place - Special articles, Arts & Entertainment, 2011 CCA for Writing for the Web, 2010 CCA for Special Articles - Travel, and Special Articles - Arts and Entertainment. 

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Published Articles (7)

Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College


In 1938 Buell Gallagher, the white president of Talladga College, the oldest historically black private college in Alabama, commissioned black artist Hale Woodruff to paint murals for its new Savery […]

The Vasa Resurrection


The Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, contains the only conserved 17th century ship in the world. The vessel spent more than three centuries in the harbor under water. Hewn from […]

Sacred Ground Zero: Anniston writer tours the new 9/11 memorial and museum


Almost 13 years after the World Trade Center attacks, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened on May 21. In its sunlit steeland- glass entry, two dramatic 70-foot-tall steel […]

Bugging out: NOLA’s Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium captivates visitors


Know how a certain unforgettable smell, object or taste can transport you immediately back to another time and place? The New Orleans’ Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is jam-packed with […]

‘Father of Impressionism’ on Display at Birmingham Museum of Art


While Delacroix (1798-1863) doesn’t have rock star name recognition, he bridges the artistic eras of Romanticism and Impressionism. The Birmingham Museum of Art has mounted a new exhibit: “Delacroix and […]

Alabama Voices Exhibit


Patchwork quilts were the inspiration for the Museum of Alabama’s newly opened $7 million permanent exhibit, “Alabama Voices.” It stitches together patches of the state’s amazing journey from 1700 to […]

Family Reunion – Masterpieces From The Dutch Golden Age


Vermeer’s iconic “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is at the Frick Collection in New York, along with other paintings from The Hague’s Mauritshuis by Rembrandt, Hals, Steen and Fabritius. The […]

Global Writes (2)

Open Before Christmas: Branson, Mo.

Ten reasons to rip the wrappings off Branson’s Christmas season as it celebrates its 100th birthday: Jump-start your Christmas spirit by ogling the kaleidoscope of four million lights showcasing Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas.” In Missouri’s scenic Ozark Mountains, Branson’s charming 1880s-style theme park’s centerpiece is a five-story […]

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Brookgreen Gardens

Listen closely as you stroll under Brookgreen Gardens’ moss-draped live oaks and tall stately palmettos. You may hear the whispers of the branches and fronds as they tell of four rice plantations where children’s shouts, a washwoman’s song and laughter at festive parties echo through the years. A National Historic […]

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