Memorial tribute celebrates spirit of editor Vida Roberts

June 05, 1999|By Sun staff

The spirit of Vida Roberts, The Sun's former fashion editor, will be remembered and celebrated today during a free performance at Galerie Francoise et ses freres in Green Spring Station.

Mary Jo Gordon, who met Roberts in the summer of 1997, said she wanted to offer a tribute that would capture Roberts' spirit.

"You could meet her once and she affected you," says Gordon. "She made no distinction by economics. She loved people across the board."

The memorial tribute features sculptor and performance artist Elisa Jimenez, as well as Darryl Harper, clarinetist and head of the art department for the St. Paul's schools. Gordon says the performance will deal with themes of birth and rebirth. A buddleia bush will be planted in memory of Roberts. The bushes attract butterflies, symbols of rebirth, says Gordon.

Roberts died a year ago of cancer at age 56. She began her newspaper career at the Baltimore News-American in 1966 and eventually became the paper's fashion editor. After the paper closed in 1986, she took some time off before joining The Evening Sun as fashion editor in 1988. She later became fashion editor for the combined newspapers.

Those attending the performance are asked to arrive at 4: 45 p.m. to be seated. The performance begins at 5 p.m. Galerie Francoise is at 2360 West Joppa Road. Call 410-337-2787.

Pub Date: 6/05/99

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