Chinese artist's works seen, sold at fund-raiser


A set of artwork by BaoSong Zhang, one of China's most promising artists, is the star attraction of a June fund-raiser for the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Former Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley, is chairing, what I am told will be, an elegant black-tie dinner featuring fine food, wine, classical music and sale of some of BaoSong's paintings.

It was only 18 months ago that Allan Cohan heard about BaoSong from a business affiliate of Intercontinental Trading Corp., a company owned by Cohan and his father, Baltimore attorney David Cohan.

Thanks to them, BaoSong came to the United States the fall of 1993. Upon his arrival in this country, he did a one-man exhibition of 40 pieces of his original works of art in Washington. The show jointly was sponsored in part by the People's Republic of China. He's also expected to do a show at the Loyola College Museum in early 1996.

Now, not only is David Cohan managing BaoSong's career, but the artist is living at Cohan's home and will do so until he can bring his wife, and son to this country. I am told the son also has incredible artistic talent.

So it's David Cohan who's spearheading the Kennedy Krieger event and he's invited the following to serve on the committee -- Wanda Clancy, Georgia Angelos, Jeane Dixon, Clarisse Mechanic, Edie Brown, Gerald Chalmers, William Fischer, Mary Bell Grempler, Henry Knott Jr., Raymond Ho, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Uma Jagdish, Charles Levine, John Paterakis, Barbara Patz, Doris Patz, Robert Probasco, Angie Roy, and former Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Stay tuned, the date, location and cost are still up in the air, but if you have a chance to see his work, do. He manages to marry the old and new, East and West, quite well.

Priscilla Calvert came up with a nice way of celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of her parents, Virginia and James Phillips, who live in Roland Park. She decided to have a surprise party for them at Oak Crest Village, an 85-acre retirement community in Parkville, where they will be moving in the middle of April.

More than 100 of the Phillips' friends were in attendance, thanks to the Oak Crest staff, who secretly transported some of them to the party. The celebration included a sit-down dinner, barbershop quartet and dancing to a trio band.

More than 250 people were at the Maryland Transportation Authority's third annual observance of National Women's History Month. Highlights included a performance by soprano Marymal Holmes, who sang "Maryland, My Maryland" and the inspirational "Climb Every Mountain." Holmes made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1988 and performed for President and Mrs. George Bush in 1989. She is currently an assistant professor of music at Bowie State University.

The keynote speaker was Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who shared little pearls of wisdom with the gathering. She was joined by State Comptroller Louis Goldstein; chairman of the authority, David Winstead; the authority's executive secretary, Stephen Reich; Joanne Saltzberg, executive director Maryland Commission for Women; and Beverly Vinzant, president of the Women's Transportation Seminar.

Sharon Goldstein, who's working on the Sinai Hospital Auxiliary's matinee performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on March 26, tells me there are still a few tickets available. Proceeds will go to Sinai's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Tickets are $30 for premier seating or $60 for reserved seating DTC plus you can attend a pre-show backstage party featuring an all-you-can eat circus fare, and a chance to meet many of the performers. Everyone will get to see the show's newest stars, Romeo and Juliette, the bouncing baby pachyderms, who are the first ever born in the circus' breeding facility. Call (410) 578-5033 for reservations and transportation.

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