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A fun evening for fine art

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Why stop at painting the town red? The galleries at Maryland Art Place covered the color spectrum at "R&R; -- A Rare and Raw Evening," its annual benefit exhibition and auction.

As they sipped wine and nibbled on hors d'oeuvres, partygoers perused creations by Maryland artists. Dinner came with a side order of a live -- and lively -- auction, as guests eagerly bid on works of art between bites. Among the 250 art lovers attending were: Mike Lewin, honorary event chair; Martha Macks, Allison Parker and Max Weiss, event committee members; Karen Bokram, MAP board chair; Suzi Cordish, Diane Hutchins and Flo Lipitz, board members; Mary Ann Mears, board emeritus; Jack Rasmussen, MAP executive director; Greg Barnhill, managing director of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown; Zelig Robinson, Gordon, Feinblatt partner; Bob Embry, Abell Foundation president; John Mack, Brown & Craig Inc. vice president; Carroll Bodie, Procter & Gamble vice president; Chezia Thompson, Spectrum of Poetic Fire director, Maryland Institute College of Art; Jim Abromitis, Trigen president; Cindy Kelly, Johns Hopkins University director of historic houses; Carla A. Nelson, Visionary Network Consultants Inc. president and CEO; and Dr. Kim Hammond, Falls Road Animal Hospital owner.

The evening raised some $117,000 for Maryland Art Place programs supporting local art and artists.

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