'Ducky' hunters' auction

March 20, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

If you should ever attend a dinner that begins with someone demonstrating the correct way to call a goose, you might want to leave -- unless you're really in the mood for a "ducky" evening.

That's the way the program began at the seventh annual Greater Baltimore Chapter Waterfowl U.S.A. Dinner and Auction at the Timonium Holiday Inn. The room was filled with hunter types, including my son and husband, who love to look and bid on all the shotguns, duck decoys and hunting trips that are offered in the raffle drawings and auctions.

Since 1988, these dinner-auctions have raised more than $420,000 for Maryland's reclamation and preservation projects.

This year's co-chairs, Susan Dumon and Hans R. Wilhelmsen Jr., did a great job with a lot of help from committee members Phil Schoenberger, John Jeppi, James Patrick Mitcherling, Glen Lazzaro, Richard Taylor, Robert Lazzaro, Greg Hammond, Vince Piccinini, Charles White, Chip Chew, Gary Padussis and Dennis Wedekind. I overheard several women chatting about how happy they were that the gamy duck dinner was replaced by a delicious fillet and lobster.

Guests at the party included District Judge John C. Coolahan, who admitted he has every intention of running for Baltimore County executive, just as soon as he's off the bench; Vince and Caroline Cerniglia -- he owns the Wave Dancer shops and is excited about his new shop that opened Thursday night in Annapolis; Troy and Laura Lee Purnell, who drove up from Ocean City, where he's a builder and an avid hunter; David and Kendi Irwin -- he's an attorney, and she has just begun a court-reporting business, Irwin Reporting Video; Sen. Janice Piccinini; Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen; Col. Bill White; Judge John Turnbull and his wife, Ann; Becky and Johnny Munsell; Trip Dryden; and a lively group of hunters from Cambridge -- Ladd Johnson, Micky Collins, Jim Benjamin, Adrien Hansen, John Fetcho, Bill Ruark, Steve Aaron and Jim Wilcox.

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Jay Schlossberg-Cohen has gone from being one of the most colorful directors the Maryland Film Commission ever had to being one of Maryland's most colorful artists.

Last Sunday, more than 300 people stopped by the Jewish Community Center to meet him and get a firsthand look at 29 works of art, which will be at the center through May 2. This is his first major show in the United States, and he's pleased the show is at the Jewish Community Center. One of the reasons is that it takes 20 percent commission from each painting sold, compared to nearly 50 percent at some places.

It's impossible for me to describe his work, but here's the process, as I understand it. He begins with sketches and color notes, before painting in pastels or acrylic on paper, canvas or linen. Then he cuts the images into pieces and reassembles them into the final work of art.

You may have seen his Preakness Celebration canvas, which is on permanent display at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, or the one he did for Good Samaritan Hospital's 25th anniversary. Jay and Carol Jean Young, who are working on Peabody Prep's 100th anniversary celebration, recently commissioned him to do a painting that incorporates the dreams of May Garrettson Evans, the woman who was The Sun's first female reporter in Baltimore, before she left to found the school.

Some of the folks who stopped by last Sunday were Jay's parents, Helen and Gil Schlossberg-Cohen; Charles and Judy Fox -- he's head of WorldNet, the U.S. government's satellite television service; WBAL radio's arts critic Don Walls, who said when he heard guests using words like, "wow," "extraordinary," "colorful" and "unusual," it was nice to know they weren't talking about his purple shoes. Lauren Esakoff, MCI executive; Floraine Applefeld, director of Maryland, You Are Beautiful; Marge Kurdle, Baltimore Opera Company; Rebecca Katz, marketing director for the Mechanic; Janet Bouton, Good Samaritan Hospital; Viki Ford, Jay's model; Donna Leonard, Celebrating Preakness; Jennifer Burdick, executive director of the Baltimore Human Relations Commission; Jerry Skaggs, Jerry's Contractors; and Charlie and Dorothy Andrews -- he's an artist and framer and has been Jay's technical guru.

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