- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2004

“I know about two-thirds of these people. I feel like I’m at a party in my parents’ house,” architect Simon T. Jacobsen observed as he scanned the crowd at the benefit for the Fillmore Arts Center at the Addison-Ripley Gallery Tuesday night. “There are 1-year-olds here and 90-year-olds here,” added the National Gallery’s Jason Herrick, also struck by the sea of familiar faces.

If Mr. Jacobsen and Mr. Herrick felt right at home, it was no accident, given that the fund-raising fete was supported by an impressive roster of local ladies, mostly Georgetowners, that included Katryna Carothers, Polly Krakora, Janet Bruce, Anne Emmet, Diana Prince, Lucinda Leigh, Juliet Davis, Zeyneb Lange, Mary Weinmann, Roma Crocker, Evelyn Rooney, Georgia Shallcross and Catherine Herter.

A gathering of the tribe by this group is not something to be ignored, one relative newcomer to the scene noted. “You show up, or you send in a check.”

Proceeds, an estimated $10,000-plus, will help pay for such “extras” as dance shoes; a color printer; and summer-camp scholarships for the public elementary school students who attend art, music, drama and dance classes a half-day each week at the center, located across the street from Georgetown’s “social” Safeway on Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Guests familiar with its mission were uniformly impressed with the students’ artwork, available for purchase at prices ranging from $30 to $100.

“You just can’t believe what they do,” marveled Pamela Peabody, who bought a horse sculpture fashioned out of wooden sticks and colored thread.

“People just don’t believe we are as good as we are,” said the school’s 27-year director, Pat Mitchell, “until they see it for themselves.”


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