The parking lot at Sheppard Pratt's Conference Center was full. And that was just at the 6 p.m. start time of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's "ArtWeek 2000" Preview Party. Three hours later, when the party ended, almost three-quarters of the show's more than 125 pieces of art displayed blue dots on their labels indicating they'd been sold.
"This is a 'snooze you lose' kinda deal," music director Tom Hall explained, "It's an 'attention Kmart shoppers' thing. We have the blue dot specials."
More than 300 guests perused several rooms of art, chatting with many of the artists, and enjoyed a light buffet. Included were Dayle Jones, event chair; Jean E. Trout, event committee member; Judy Morgan, show curator; Andie LaPorte, assistant curator; Arnold Paskoff, Baltimore Choral Arts Society board president; Andrea Bowman-Moore, Jay Brooks, George L. Good, and Peter Savage, board members; John Martin Jones, Conductor's Council member; Sandra N. Smith, Choral Arts executive director; Mark Barry, John Ferguson, Philip Koch, Barbara A. Lipman, Raoul Middleman, Jack Robbins, Tammra Sigler and Jeremiah Stermer, artists; Brett Clifford, Deutsche Banc Alex Brown managing director; Glen Tipton, architect with CS&D Architects; Anthony Brandon, American General Media president; Cato Carpenter, Legg Mason managing director; Mary Patton, Howard County General Hospital public relations director; and Bart Harvey, the Enterprise Foundation chairman / CEO.
The artsy soiree raised more than $25,000 for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.