Guests ooh-ed and aah-ed over paintings, and artists beamed with pride. What a delightful combination at the 18th annual Art in the Round presented by Blue Crab Title Sponsor Scientific Plant Service. Nearly 450 people celebrated talent on display with a crab themed event that netted over $90,000 for The Arc Baltimore. And that doesn’t include the auction proceeds that go directly to the artists based on the sales of their art!
Great thanks to all the artists, event Co-Chairs Laura Ward and Jen Brandenburg and a host of committee members and volunteers for a fabulous night. Other top sponsors included Wegmans, Summit Financial, Whiting-Turner, The Mitre Box, and Baltimore Style.
The big seller for the night came in the live auction for a piece called Peanut. The colorful painting of an elephant (selected as next year’s promotional art) captured the imagination of more than a few bidders and sold for more than $3,000. And for the first time, Art in the Round included six pieces curated by renowned professionals in the art community, which brought a recognition of the absolute artistry shown throughout the exhibit.
- Doreen Bolger, Retired Director, Baltimore Museum of Art
- George Ciscle, Curator-in-Residence, Emeritus, Maryland Institute College of Art
- Jacqueline Copeland, Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum
- Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, Founder and Director, American Visionary Art Museum
- Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director, Walters Art Museum
- Cyndi Wish, Executive Director, Baltimore Clayworks
And the icing on the cake was that nearly $50,000 of the total proceeds was in a special mission appeal that will continue to make it possible for people supported by The Arc to enjoy more art classes, more exploring of museums and all that Greater Baltimore offers – Beyond 4 Walls. Have a peek into what is possible.