MAP celebrates 25 years


Scene & Heard

November 12, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

What makes a birthday party fun? Free food, drink and fun, for starters. That's exactly how Maryland Art Place celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Instead of holding its annual fundraising shindig, MAP's board decided to give a party and invite its supporters to enjoy the evening. On the house. Scores of MAP fans - like attorney Zelig Robinson and interior designer Linda Robinson, developer Patrick Turner, architect/interior designer Patrick Sutton, PR maven Edie Brown, orthodontist Karl Pick and fitness expert Marilyn Pick - met and mingled in the Power Plant Live gallery. They ate, drank and took in the sights - works by various Maryland artists whose careers have been given a boost by the organization.

"I'm digging the pasta. Now that's worthy of comment," said Melody McEntee, director of government and business relations for U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, as she eyed a huge, ornate chandelier made entirely of dry noodles. "You just need a little marinara," she added with a laugh.

Meanwhile, MAP's board president Karen Bokram was happy about drawing one patron away from food for the night.

"I actually got him out of the restaurant!" she said of friend Tony Foreman, co-owner of Charleston.

"I'm here for two reasons," Foreman explained. "Karen and [MAP board chair] Suzi [Cordish]. They're so enthusiastic."

Artist Mary Ann Mears, a former MAP board chair who has been involved with the organization since its inception, was equally enthusiastic.

"The artists call me `The Mama,' " she said.

As she looked around the room, Mears said, "This is beyond my wildest dreams, what MAP has become."

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