18th Annual Art in the Round

*Featured Event*

Some 400 art-lovers filled the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley to peruse and bid on more than 80 works of art, meet many of the artists and support a favorite cause – The Arc Baltimore.

Guests started the evening with a cocktail hour where they could get up close and personal with the art on display, as well as the artists themselves, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are supported by The Arc Baltimore and other area agencies. This year’s event also included several guest curators – local arts VIP’s – who worked with some of the artists in choosing their submissions.
MICA Curator in Residence, Emeritus George Ciscle points out elements of Artist Gregory Bannister’s Picasso style “Music for the Soul” that was offered in the live auction.
Julia Mariciari-Alexander, The Walters Art Museum executive director/CEO, stands with the piece she curated for the exhibit and its artist Steve Geckle.
Dave Eassa, artist and Baltimore Museum of Art manager of community engagement (L), was mentor this summer to Jules Hinmon (R) who brought to life-size his many animated characters that he has developed digitally over the years.
Pictured (LtoR) Doreen Bolger, Baltimore Museum of Art retired director; and Chris Knoerlein, The Arc Baltimore director of grants and communications. Doreen curated a piece for the exhibit.
Pictured (LtoR) Merina Casa, Baltimore Clayworks development associate; and Cyndi Wish, Baltimore Clayworks executive director. Cyndi served as a curator for the Art in the Round exhibit.

Pictured (LtoR) Kathleen Durkin, The Arc Baltimore CEO; and Kate McGuire, The Arc Baltimore chief advancement officer
Pictured (LtoR) Stephanie Sand, stay-at-home mom; Tom Sand, Ernst & Young partner/The Arc Baltimore board president; Melissa Dabrowski, Exelon human resources corporate compliance manager/The Arc Baltimore board member; and Larry Burley, BGE new business manager/The Arc Baltimore board member
Pictured (LtoR) Joe Ward, Miles & Stockbridge principal/past president of The Arc Baltimore; Laura Ward, author/event co-chair; Jen Brandenburg, community volunteer/event co-chair; and Chris Brandenburg, investor
Pictured (LtoR) Members of The Arc Baltimore’s young professionals Luminaries steering committee & friends: Joshua Payne, Network Building + Consulting structural engineer/committee event chair; Dave Colangelo, National Labor Relations Board supervisory field examiner; Becca March, Kennedy Krieger Institute project search coordinator/committee chair; Charlotte Moore, Hillcrest Clinic medical assistant; Erik Moore, Moore Wealth financial planner/committee fundraising chair; and Alyssa Thorn, Kennedy Krieger Institute Project HEAL staff attorney/Luminaries board liaison
Pictured (LtoR) Artist Michael Bennett poses proudly by his two pieces in the exhibit along with Kim Haga, Tridelphia Veterinary Clinic nurse/Caroll Community College vet assistant teacher; and Brian Haga, Scientific Plant Service president, the title sponsor of Art in the Round.
Pictured (LtoR) Monica Miles, Immaculate Conception School art teacher; and Patrick Miles, T. Rowe Price senior manager & assistant vice president/The Arc Baltimore board member
Pictured (LtoR) Senator Katherine Klausmeier, Maryland State Senate; Steve Morgan, president, Lakespring Associates president/The Arc Baltimore retired executive director; and Erik Daly, PNC Institutional Asset Management senior vice president/The Arc Baltimore board member
The evening culminated with a rousing live auction and dinner in the ballroom.
Each of the artists received 60% of the winning bid for each of their pieces that sold.
Proceeds from the event also supported The Arc Baltimore’s Beyond 4 Walls initiative to support opportunities in the community for people with disabilities to enjoy the arts, take classes, go on day trips, and develop new skills and interests.
(October 18, 2019 – The Grand Lodge of Maryland)
Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.