Everything comes up roses for the Walters


March 12, 2000|By Sloane Brown

It looked like a rose garden. It smelled like a rose garden. It ... wasn't a rose garden. Instead, this was the opening night celebration for Art Blooms at the Walters Art Gallery. About 360 guests got first gander at floral arrangements created by the Women's Committee to match the museum's masterpieces. This year, the bouquets were bursting with roses, whose heady scent added further elegance to the evening.

Soaking up the atmosphere: Mary Ellen Kaplan and Ellen Richardson, event co-chairs; Missy Adams, Women's Committee chair; Chris Bangs, Laura Freedlander, Adrienne Salomon, Joanne Belgrad and Susie Black, Women's Committee members; Adena Testa, Walters board president; Gary Vikan, museum director; Harriet Griffin, museum docent; George Roche, chairman of T. Rowe Price; and Betty Cooke, jewelry designer.

The soiree garnered some $75,000 for the Walters' Education Endowment Fund and next year's Manet exhibit.

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