Scene & Heard: Maryland Art Place
( Photo by Colby Ware, Special to The Baltimore Sun / November 11, 2011 )
There was so much to see at the Maryland Art Places "Impact: 30th Anniversary Benefit Exhibition and Auction."
"The artwork is very creative," said Rick Armiger, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney vice president, as he and community volunteer Martina Jeansson walked through the MAP galleries perusing the scores of pieces by Maryland artists, all up for auction.
"We always find some art to buy," said Patrick Kerins, New Enterprise Associates general partner, who with his wife, Terry Morgenthaler, a community volunteer are longtime MAP supporters.
"I was blown away by [artist and board member] Michel Modell's work," said Leslie Shepard, retired Baltimore School for the Arts director.
However, for some of the guests, Shepard herself was one of the evening's sights. She was one of 12 Maryland women including Suzi Cordish, MAP board chairwoman; Rheda Becker, musical narrator; Doreen Bolger, Baltimore Museum of Art director; Lynn Deering, former Center Stage board chairwoman; Mary Ann Mears, artist; and Leslie King-Hammond, artist and founding director of the new Center for Race and Culture at MICA honored that night for their cultural contributions.
"The idea of tonight is fantastic. That all 12 honorees are here is a tribute to MAP. They're all busy women," said David Cordish, chairman of Cordish Cos.
However, the sightseeing only began with the honorees. This was a see-and-be-seen crowd, with familiar faces including John Waters, filmmaker and artist; Amie Snead and Steve Ziger, Ziger/Snead partners; Stiles Colwill, Stiles Colwill Interiors principal; Lainy Lebow-Sachs, Kennedy Krieger Institute executive vice president; Sue Hess, Maryland Citizens founding board chairwoman; Patti Baum, RBC Wealth Management financial adviser; Costas Grimaldis, C. Grimaldis Gallery owner; Chuck Nabit, Westport Investment Group managing director; Monykka Berrocosa, MyCity4Her CEO; Jay Dugan, Preplayed Entertainment CEO; Brian Lawrence, Style Magazine managing editor; and Karen Bokram, Girls Life editor/publisher.
Sean Lord, archival framer, surveyed the room and summed it up.
"It's my favorite party of the year. It's a great cross-mix of Baltimore and a really great vibe."
-- Sloane Brown