Dressed up and priced to swim

Baltimore ... Or Less

May 05, 2002|By SUN STAFF

Baltimore's Fish Out of Water project wasn't everyone's cup of tea. There was a boatload of debate last summer about whether the fish were even art. Still, enough local folks fell for them hook, line and sinker that, when the decorated fish were auctioned off, there were schools of bidders.

The Women's Housing Coalition is giving those who missed out on a fish then one last chance. The "Reflections of Life" fish is among items up for auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow during the WHC Kitchen Party at Gertrude's (Baltimore Mu-seum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive). The fish, sponsored by Beadazzled of Mount Vernon, was decorated by clients of the Women's Housing Coalition under the direction of Desmond T. Beach, a mixed-media artist whose work deals with themes of race and oppression. Beach, a graduating senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art, was hand-picked for the project by artist Joyce Scott, who will lead the fish auction at 8 p.m. Scott, also known for her performance art, will present stories and songs throughout the evening, accompanied by composer Lorraine Whittle-sey.

"Reflections of Life" seeks to evoke a dress once worn by singer Diana Ross on the Ed Sullivan Show. The fish is decorated with glitter, beads, fabric, paint and shards of mirrors. The women chose the theme for the fish.

John Shields of Gertrude's and nine other top local chefs will create dishes for the Kitchen Party. Tickets cost $65. Call 410-235-5782. The Women's Housing Coalition works to develop housing opportunities and services for low-income and homeless women with disabilities.

-- Sun staff

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