The Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter was founded in June of 1995. In 1993, during a visit at the home of Pierian Sylvia Cooke Martin in Columbia, Maryland, Patricia Carter Sluby learned of The Pierians, Incorporated. During this meeting, Pat Sluby was encouraged to organize a Prince George’s County chapter of the organization, by bringing together her daughter, who is very artistic, and a number of friends having a common interest in the fine arts. During a “meet and greet” at Pat’s home, Sylvia Cooke Martin explained the objectives and purpose of the organization. From this initial meeting, an interest group known as Esthetic Unity was formed. The group planned many events devoted to exploring and celebrating the arts: Tea at the Corcoran Gallery of Fine Arts, a bus trip to The Metropolitan Opera in New York to see the performance of La Boheme featuring the son of one of the members of the group.
By 1995, the thirteen women of Esthetic Unity began planning the chapter chartering at the renowned Galerie 500, which is owned by patent attorney Larry Harbin. The gallery provided an elegant and artistic background as National President Roberta Briscoe presided at the induction of the elegant ladies of Esthetic Unity, as they became The Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter of The Pierians, Incorporated. The charter members of the chapter were Patricia Carter Sluby, Constance Oxendine Hill, Ann Washington, Hester Monk Adams, Mary Campbell, Veronica Hoke, Felicia A. Ives, Lillian Pailen, Carrie Potter, Mary Jane Short, Corine Smith, Fern Underdue, and Dr. Mildred Dunston Wilson. Patricia Sluby served as the first Chapter President, with Constance Hill as Vice President, Ann Washington as Secretary, and Hester Adams as Treasurer.
Under the leadership of subsequent chapter presidents Constance Hill, Mildred Wilson, Corine Smith, and Veronica Hill, many artistic programs were carried out. In 1995, the chapter members served as hostesses for Galerie 500owner at the premier opening of the artistic works of actor Billie Dee Williams. They also acted as hostesses for nationally renowned artist Joseph Holston at his Silver Spring home for one of his annual receptions.
In 1999, The Prince George’s County chapter nominated Dr. Vivian Davidson Hewitt as an Honorary Member of The Pierians, Incorporated. Dr. Hewitt was inducted at the 10th National Assembly in Towson, Maryland by then National President Mary K. Bracey. In 2001, the chapter hosted the 11th National Assembly at the Colony South Hotel and Conference Center in Clinton, Maryland.
Chapter members have returned to New York several times over the past several years, to attend the Metropolitan Opera and various plays, and to celebrate the 85th birthday of Honorary Member, Dr. Vivian Davidson Hewitt. There have also been several events at Studio 2000, the gallery of Qwame and Sandra Odura. The Prince George’s Pierians have also formed an association with the Prince George’s Symphony and with the performing arts center of one of the county high schools. In December 2005, the chapter held a splendid High Tea at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., to mark the 10th anniversary of the chartering of the chapter. The chapter has grown from the original thirteen to nearly thirty members and continues to celebrate the fine arts.
2018 – 2019 Chapter Officers
Immediate Past President
|Angelene JP Doyle
Tiffanie Smith Johnson
Ginneh D. Stowe
Constance O. Hill
Mary Jane Short
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