They entered the Maryland Institute, College of Art in togas, caftans, butterfly wings, even fig leaves. And they weren't even MICA students. Nope, these were 420 Baltimore notables dressed in formal wear or costumes to fit the nine different themes of this year's Art-a-Fare. The themes ranged from "It's Greek to Me" to "Old Chinatown" to "Adam and Eve's Garden of Delight." Each of nine rooms in MICA's main building had been assigned a different set of party hosts, who had then planned decorations, dinner and entertainment in that room along a chosen theme. Their guests had then been invited to dress to match.
"And here I was -- afraid to wear butterfly wings," remarked guest Carol Allen in red monarch wings, as she observed Martha Head arrive in full tree regalia -- leaves spiraling above her head, and a serpent coiled around her shoulders (guess which room she was dining in).
Among those enjoying the evening's variety of pleasures: Wendy and Howard Jachman, event co-chairs; Lisa and Greg Barnhill, Suzi and David Cordish, Nancy Haragan, Jed Dietz, Terry Morganthaler and Patrick Kerins, Fredye and Adam Gross, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff, Sascha Wol- handler and Steve Suser, and Richard Taylor, event hosts; Anne S. Perkins, MICA board chair; Rosalee Davison, Alice Greif, Barbara Himmelrich, Suzanne Levin-Lapides and Amalie Rothschild, board members; Fred Lazarus, MICA president; Eddie Brown, Brown Capital Management president; Charles Brickbauer, Ziger / Snead architect; Mike Lewin, Legg Mason senior managing director; Michele Whelley, Downtown Partnership president; Michael Keelty, James Keelty & Co. executive vice president; Tom Segal, Thomas Segal Gallery owner; Bev Compton, PaineWebber financial adviser; Dr. Nina Cole Rawlings, University Care at Howard Park pediatrician; Costas Grimaldis, Grimaldis Gallery director; Joel Sereboff, Baltimore inventor; Doris Rief, Baltimore-area painter; Donald Woods, retired Baltimore police major; and Brent Clifford, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown managing director.
Art-a-Fare raised some $130,000 for MICA.