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From Sun Magazine: Vic Carter, the collector

From Sun Magazine: Vic Carter, the collector

Vic Carter's spacious Howard County home is filled with more than 300 original paintings, small sculptures and figurines by black artists — and every single one has a story that the gregarious WJZ news anchor is eager to tell.

This one, Carter said, pointing to an impressionistic painting of a young girl, the artist painted upside down — as the topsy-turvy signature attests. A small metal statue of a horse stood on his grandfather's desk when Carter, now in his 50s, was a boy.

And a wall across from a staircase features a colorful canvas depicting Shango, the Yoruban deity of fire, lightning and thunder.

"I bought that painting in Havana in 1999, when I was...