Artscape Opening Night Vip Party


July 26, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun

After an afternoon shower, the top of the Meyerhoff Garage was nice and breezy, matching the riffs from a jazz band playing on the stage below - a perfect setting for the Artscape Opening Night VIP Party.

"This is cool," said Larry LaMotte, Immune Deficiency Foundation public policy director. "I mean, really cool."

"It's a great vantage point for the music, and it's not a hundred degrees," added his wife, Shirley Bigley LaMotte, Baltimore Reads chief executive officer.

It was also a great place for many of Baltimore's arts boosters to enjoy a cocktail, get a bite to eat and catch up with friends. Guests included: Maryland Institute College of Art President Fred Lazarus, and his wife, landscape architect Jonna Lazarus; Maryland Public Television on-air personality Rhea Feikin; Baltimore School for the Arts director Leslie Shepard; Baltimore Museum of Art director Doreen Bolger; Sideshow at the American Visionary Art Museum owner Ted Frankel; CenterStage promotions director Charisse Nichols; Theatre Project director Anne Fulwiler; Walters Art Museum adult programs manager Lisa Lewenz; Baltimore attorney Billy Stifler and his wife, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center development director Ellen Stifler; A&R Development executive vice president Tony Rodgers; and PW Feats CEO Paul Wolman.

"We can see the stage from here," said Weegee Egan, Egan Sales owner.

Dusk arrived, and the evening's headliner, Dionne Warwick, hit the stage. Kathi Sibiski, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development small-business representative, and Hillary Figinski, the Cruise Lady marketing director, swayed to familiar Warwick tunes.

Ayana Lugo, Beazer Homes manager, surveyed the happy scene. "We're at Artscape! Where else would you want to be?"

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