Arc of Baltimore celebrates Art in the Round

November 15, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Special to The Baltimore Sun

No decorators needed for this party. At Art in the Round, the Arc of Baltimore's annual shindig, there were more than 60 artists on hand. As guests entered the ballroom at the American Visionary Art Museum, they were surrounded by works of art.

All the art included in the juried exhibit was created by people with developmental disabilities, and all of it was for sale. Arc's executive director, Stephen Morgan, said this was the biggest Art in the Round yet, with more than 300 people expected.

"It's wonderful for the folks who are served by the Arc to show what they're capable of doing," said Mark Paré, president of Arc's board.

"The great thing about tonight is that it brings out young people as well as old," said Arc board member Ed Nolley.

At the event, many featured artists discussed their works with interested bidders and posed for pictures.

"The artists are very friendly," said Kendel Droppa, a Coface North America insurance agent, who had just talked to artist Jerry Williams about his Styrofoam sculpture of a woman.

Meeting artists was a big draw for Rick Hook, Maryland Financial Bank chairman. He and his daughter-in-law, Caroline Hook, Bonnie Heneson Communications special events director, carefully made their way down the sides of the room, examining the artwork, chatting with artists and writing down their bids.

"What impresses me is that art transcends," Caroline Hook said.

Sloane Brown can be contacted at sloane@sloanebrown.com.

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