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Art collector Mera Rubell tours 37 Baltimore art studios in 36 hours
Art collector Mera Rubell tours 37 Baltimore art studios in 36 hours

Mera Rubell — a 70-year-old formerly penniless Jewish Russian refugee turned Head Start teacher turned hotel mogul turned art collector extraordinaire — is the kind of person who just naturally acquires an entourage. For example, a recent tour of Baltimore's art scene began quietly at 8:40 a.m. with just one car and six sleepy occupants. Eight hours later, the caravan that pulled up outside the Charles Village home of paper artist Cara Ober had grown to three vehicles containing at least 14 people, including four reporters and photographers. The throng kept growing because Mera, who will permit herself to be addressed by no other name, embarks on off-the-wall...

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