Baltimore Museum of Art's Cone Gala


April 22, 2001|By Sloane Brown

Some house-warming party. The Baltimore Museum of Art shimmered in flowery splendor at the Cone Gala, celebrating the reopening of the Cone Collection. A gargantuan pair of dazzling floral creations at the BMA's front door was only the first hint of what was waiting inside. In the museum's front hall, massive spheres of flowers swung above while 600 guests swirled below.

Even before dinner, partygoers satiated themselves on a visual buffet. There were tours of the newly renovated Cone Wing and its world-famous collection of art by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, van Gogh and others. Then there were more breathtaking bouquets decorating the rooms where guests sat down to dine.

In the room over which party co-chair Stiles Colwill presided, goldfish swam in bowls beneath titanic tumbles of orange and fuchsia placed on tablecloths that matched the Baltimore interior designer's vest.

Adding further color to the evening: Peggy and John Heller, Amy and BMA board chair Chuck Newhall, event co- chairs; Lynn and Tony Deering, Suzi and David Cordish, Peggy and Ben Schapiro, Sandye and Wil Sirota, Patrick Kerins and Terry Morganthaler, event committee members; Karen Bond and J. Mark Schapiro, BMA board trustees; Doreen Bolger, BMA director; Edward T. Cone and Laura Freedlander, Cone family members; Katy Rothkopf, BMA painting and sculpture curator; John Keenan, KPMG managing partner; Margaret Preston, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown managing director; Ted Herget, Asset Strategy Consultants principal; Dr. Joan Zamoiski, American Radiology Services radiologist; Pam Malester, Mollett Travel vice president; Brian Goldman, Goldman & Vetter partner; Tonya Ingersol, Maryland Institute of Art student; Beetle Smith, RKS Realty principal; Greg Kleponis, Mercantile Trust private banking director; Sunny Adams, Baltimore area artist; Rachel Levy, retired Maryland attorney general public relations associate; and Sylvia Wehr, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health associate dean.

The gala raised about $250,000 for an endowment supporting the Cone Wing.

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