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August 31, 2005
For Immediate Release

Contact: Sara Benninghoff Warren
Development Director
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Baltimore Clayworks To Celebrate Milestone Record of Service at Its 25th Anniversary Gala and Auction

Serving the Baltimore Community for 25 Years, Arts NonProfit Looks Forward to Continuing its Area-wide Community Arts Programs for Disadvantaged Youth

(August 31, 2005) Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Clayworks, the region’s nationally recognized ceramic art center and one of Maryland’s leading nonprofit arts organizations, is pleased to announce its upcoming Silver Anniversary Gala fundraising event.

This year’s gala will be held from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm, on Saturday, October 1st at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Funds generated from the event will directly support Baltimore Clayworks’ education and exhibition programs for Baltimore-area residents and disadvantaged youth. The event is sponsored by Comcast, presenting sponsor, and ADR Builders, Whiting Turner, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, T. Rowe Price, Henry Lewis Contractors, Brown Advisory, Venable LLP, Kokopelli, Hord Coplan Macht and Ober Kaler.

The event will honor Joyce J. Scott, who will also serve as the gala’s official Mistress of Ceremonies. Ms. Scott, one of the most significant artists living and working in Baltimore today. Born in Baltimore, Ms. Scott still lives in the Baltimore neighborhood where she was raised.

The fun-filled evening will include cocktails, dinner and musical performances by Joyce J. Scott and Ten Directions (with special guest appearances by Lorraine Whittlesey and John Dean). The night will also include a series of live and silent auctions featuring works by David Hess, Joyce J. Scott, Tour de Clay exhibiting artists and one-of-a-kind jewelry by Betty Cooke of The Store Limited, Shan Croiz, Lauren Schott and Gloria Askin.

“With this year’s National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and Tour De Clay giving us such strong national and international exposure, we’re expecting more guests at the Gala and will have a national artist presence in this year’s auction,” says Deborah Bedwell, executive director of Baltimore Clayworks. “It’s rewarding to know that we’ve been actively serving the community for 25 years and growing stronger each year as a premier organization supporting the arts. This event will help us generate the funds needed to keep on supporting the more than than 4,000 artists we serve through on-site exhibitions, and the 1,600 youth and adults throughout Baltimore City and County who participate each year in educational programs led by Clayworks artists throughout our region led by Clayworks’ artists.”

Deborah Bedwell was one of the founders and has steered the organization as its Executive Director for the last 25 years. Her service to the community and commitment to provided arts education to underserved youth, has helped to make her one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” as awarded by The Daily Record, and a treasure for our city.

The general public is invited to the gala, and tickets are $125 per person and premium tickets are $200 per person and include a VIP reception with Joyce J. Scott and private tour of the American Visionary Arts Museum with Rebecca Hoffberger. For more information on tickets, or to learn more about Baltimore Clayworks programs, call 410-578-1919 or visit Gallery hours of operation are 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209.

About Baltimore Clayworks
Recognized as one of the top 20 arts organizations in Maryland and one of the nation’s premier ceramic arts centers, Baltimore Clayworks was founded in 1980 by local artists as an artist-centered community that is committed to promoting, developing and sustaining educational, artistic and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. The nonprofit’s Mt. Washington campus serves as headquarters for its educational and artistic programs.