Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts opening


January 21, 2001|By Sloane Brown

If the mission of the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts is to encourage artistic expression, the center's opening gala certainly set a good example. Some 250 guests were treated to tours of the old Brooklyn Park High School -- newly converted to hold classes in arts like dance, theater, painting and ceramics. The building's main gallery offered a feast for the eyes, displaying not only the work of some of the country's top artisans but also a bounteous hors d'oeuvres buffet. It all helped whet the appetite for music and dance performances in the building's main theater.

In artful assembly: Joan Maynard, event chair; Ned Carey, Chesapeake Center board president; Jeanette Thompson, Walt Robuck, Steve Cohen, Ramocille Johnson, Susan Rosko Thomas, Sally Canterna, Bob Mosier and Bill McCaffrey, board members; Wayne Shipley, Chesapeake Center executive director; Bill Badger, Anne Arundel Economic Corp. president and CEO; Louisa Goldstein, Maryland assistant attorney general; Tom Bonvegna, Jason's Music Centers general manager; Creston Tate, Tate Automotive Group CEO; Lou Zagarino, Comfort Inn BWI Airport president and CEO; Kat Slayton, Nuclear Energy Institute creative services manager; Ray Strieb, development facilitators inc. president and CEO; Carol Parham, Anne Arundel County superintendent of schools; Victor Pyles, Anne Arundel Federal Savings Bank director; Morris Johnson, M-II Construction Co. president and CEO; Tom Ebbitts, Touch Salon owner; and Linell Bowen, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts executive director.

The soiree raised some $25,000 for the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts programs.

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