Baltimore—Upon landing at Baltimore Washington International Airport Thursday night after serving overseas in the United States Air Force, Leonard Morlino and his family decided to spend the night in Baltimore and visit the Walters Art Museum the next day. The Moorestown, N.J. family, excited that their husband and father had returned from Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, participated in last weekend’s Jewelry Fair at the Walters: Can You See What I See? game “finders keepers.” Several pieces of jewelry were hidden in the museum’s galleries and in the spirit of finders keepers, whoever found the jewelry first could take it home. The first winner to find a piece of jewelry was the Morlino family. They found a necklace by Wendy Walden and Betsy Gribble in the Walters’ Egyptian Galleries. Worth over $190, this signature “Candy” necklace fashioned from vintage and antique beads and objects, includes a mix of multi-colored distinctive beads, buttons, Bakelite dice and game cubes.
“My wife is an art teacher and had wanted me to take her to visit the Walters,” said Morlino. “We hadn’t made it to the museum in the past and decided to save it for a special time. It was a great way to return home.”
This year’s Jewelry Fair, coinciding with the special exhibition Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos & Toys in the Attic, was the seventh annual jewelry event at the museum. The Jewelry Fair showcased twenty of America’s best jewelers, offering pieces varying in style from traditional to contemporary. These goldsmith and silversmith artisans gathered from around the country, representing a range of influences and recognition, including a prestigious award from the American Jewelry Design Council.
The Walters’ Women’s Committee was formed in 1963 to support the museum and its mission. Since 1990, the committee has raised over $1.5 million through events like the Jewelry Fair and Art Blooms for exhibitions, special projects and the Education Endowment for the Walters Art Museum.
The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre streets. Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art, and Old Master and 19th-century paintings.
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