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ACRYLIC IS BACK Edie Parker founder Brett Heyman ushers back acrylic clutches with quippy sayings and Technicolor palettes.

WITHIN THE GALLERY WALLS Girls and their galleries rule. Check out these five connoisseurs who exhibit art on their own terms.

FLORIDA’S CREATIVE COAST Once known for its pristine beaches and year-round sunshine, South Florida now emerges as a cultural hub.

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Letter from the Publisher



read an article some time ago by author Jan Phillips exploring what creativity really is. There was one idea that I thought was particularly astute and led me to an a-ha moment. (Don’t you love those?) Phillips questioned our tendency to categorize a segment of people as “creative.” She proposed that we should not be asking ourselves, “Am I creative?” but rather “What inspires me to create?” Because aren’t we are all born with an ability to be creative? Certainly those of us not labeled as creative should not be left to languish in the afterglow of those who are, thinking if only I could paint, write, compose, dance, photograph. I love the idea of actively seeking inspiration for the sake of creation.

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It was a friend of mine that suggested creativity as a theme for an issue of Muses & Visionaries. Not surprisingly this pal is from Boulder, Colorado—a mecca for creative thinking and doing—and I am curious to hear her thoughts since we all have such different notions of what constitutes creativity. One person’s definition might be vastly different than another’s. This leads us to the more nuanced questions: How do we define genius creativity versus everyday creativity? Are we watering down creativity, taking something away from the artistic masters, by allowing it be ever more encompassing? How is our tech driven world influencing how we conceptualize creativity? Needless to say, we opened ourselves up to a world of possibility and struck gold with this issue. Our cover woman Brett Heyman, the visionary behind Edie Parker, draws from the past to create must-have accessories akin to objects of art that are right in the moment. Ballerina Misty Copeland, who closes our issue in Visions, is not only a tour de force on stage, but a pioneer in the dance world. And from artisans who are impacting the developing world’s economic future to a pint-size fashion prodigy, we are sharing stories of originality, ingenuity and imagination. May this issue inspire your creative spirit!




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CONTRIBUTORS Toni Nagy is a writer for Huffington Post, Salon, Alternet, Elephant Journal, Hairpin, Thought Catalogue, Yoga Dork, and her own blog She owns a dance studio in Brattleboro VT called SoBo studios, and is an active member of the artistic community. She currently lives in New Hampshire where she is raising hell and her child. Devin Toth is a Ted Gibson’s protégé and highly sought-after hairstylist in NYC. He serves as the director of education at Ted Gibson Beauty. His work can be seen in lookbooks for fashion designers like Jenni Kayne and Carmen Marc Valvo and beauty campaigns such as Herbal Essences and Rimmel London as well as on the runways. In 2013 Toth helped launched the Ted Gibson Advanced Academy with Ted Gibson and Jason Backe in an effort to elevate the beauty and fashion industry.

Kathryn McCrary is a lifestyle editorial and wedding photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Focusing on details and telling a visual story, Kathryn loves finding the little vignettes in a home and styling tabletop and still life with all the different textures, tones, and composition.  She travels throughout the South East to capture a variety of beautiful stories, things, and people and shares her images at Julie Fahnestock is passionate about telling the story of where business meets good. She is the founder of B Storytelling, a content development company, specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. She is a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has an MBA in managing for sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School in Vermont. When Julie isn’t writing, she’s surfing with her husband, somewhere off the coast of Florida. Look for the tall girl falling off her board. That’s her.

Christine Davis a freelance writer and avid photographer, spends much of her time touring Palm Beach, Florida, luxury estates and chronicling their histories for the island’s legendary newspaper, “Shiny Sheet.” Subjects she’s covered for a variety of publications include local artist profiles, long-distance cruising on superyachts, flying cars, an archaeological dive for the remnants of a slave ship in the Abacos, and Dutch Colonial architecture in Curacao. A former newspaper reporter, she’s filed thousands of articles and has not yet satisfied her curiosity.


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he Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will show the work of photographer Anne Collier in her first major exhibition that runs through March 8. Anne Collier spans a 12-year period of the artist’s career, highlighting Collier’s interest in mass media and pop culture and her examination of the culture of photography and the act of seeing.

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he Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida, will exhibit the vibrant and visually complex work of American Baroque artist Patricia Nix Dec. 23 through Feb. 8. Patricia Nix: An Icon of American Art pays homage to the artist’s achievements as an innovator in painting and sculpture. Her work, evoking spirituality and mysticism, includes collages, painted constructions, flower studies, totems and trellises.

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INSPIRE Meet Marfa


alled one of the last American frontiers, the community of Marfa, Texas, encompassing just 1.6 square miles in the Chihuahuan Desert near the US-Mexico border, has embraced art and culture in a big way and is considered an important hub for minimalist art. The town was founded in the early 1880s as a railroad water stop and its population grew to more than 3,000 by the time it became home to the Chemical War Brigades during World War II. During that time, the US government also built a prisoner of war camp nearby and an Army airfield that trained thousands of pilots. When the military installations were shut down following the war, the population declined and later was resuscitated when minimalist artist Donald Judd moved from NYC to the tiny desert town almost 5,000 feet above sea level. With a grant from the Dia Art Foundation in 1979, Judd purchased 340 acres of land near Marfa, which included the abandoned military buildings. The Chinati Foundation, a nonprofit art foundation, was built on the site to house the work of Judd and his contemporaries. The vast stretch of land allowed for permanent large-scale public installations. The collection now includes 15 concrete outdoor works and 100 aluminum pieces by Judd, 25 sculptures by John Chamberlain, and other works by artists like Dan Flavin, John Wesley, Carl Andres, John Chamberlain, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Each artist has a dedicated building on the grounds of the museum, achieving the foundation’s mission to show the inseparable link between art and its surrounding landscape.

Monument to the Last Horse, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen

Judd paved the way for Marfa as an art destination and enclave for artists and artisans. Today, a number of art galleries, restaurants and shops greet the many visitors that come to enjoy the small town and the expansive, art-filled landscape surrounding it.,

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ven as beloved as Thomas Pynchon’s novels are, it’s no surprise that we haven’t seen any make it to the big screen before now. Streamlining one of Pynchon’s classics (V., The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity’s Rainbow) seems as complex as attempting a Miles Davis song at karaoke. Well, it looks like the brave and brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson—director of Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood—is first to take on this daunting challenge by directing Inherent Vice, an adaptation of Pynchon’s psychedelic 2009 novel of the same name. Joaquin Phoenix, who also starred in Anderson’s The Master, plays Doc Sportello, a stoner private investigator, in this 1970s SoCal mystery. A stellar supporting cast (Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson) help bring this mind-bending kaleidoscope of a story to life. It isn’t your run-of-the-mill, predictable detective flick ... and that’s a good thing. (In theaters Dec. 12) —Becca Greene





hen Angelina Jolie isn’t acting (or radiating impossible beauty on a red carpet, getting one of her and Brad Pitt’s six children off to school, or saving refugees as a special envoy for the UNHCR) she’s probably guilt-watching The Real Housewives while eating a pint of ice cream like the rest of us, right? Nope, instead she has spent her spare time becoming quite an accomplished director. Jolie’s second feature film, Unbroken, based on Lauren Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller, is a WWII-era biopic about Louis Zamperini. It’s the fantastic true story of Zamperini (played by Jack O’Connell), a US Olympic distance runner who enlisted in the Air Force. After his plane was shot down in the South Pacific, he survived 47 days afloat on a raft before finding land, where he was captured and held as a POW in a Japanese prison camp. Before Zamperini died last July at age 97, he was able to watch a cut of the film on Jolie’s laptop in his hospital room. (In theaters Dec. 25) —B.G.

The title of the book Almost Famous Women is already enough to capture curiosity and attention. What’s between the pages is even more of a draw. Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise, brings to life some fascinating and unusual women in this collection of mesmerizing short stories. From a conjoined twin in the show business circuit to Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter, each story builds a narrative around the eccentricities, passion and daring women who achieved a modicum of celebrity but whose stories are still longing to be told. The collection is amusing, moving and told with the utmost of care. (Scribner, Jan. 6)


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Dimitry Elias Léger, Haitian-born and Brooklyn-raised, makes a stunning debut with his novel God Loves Haiti. Set in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the story zeros in on a love triangle amid the chaos following an earthquake that devastates the city. With empathy and wit, Léger captures the intricacies of a country that is at once beautiful and tortured, always moving toward the final outcome of the three lovers and the answer to the mystery at the center of the novel—whether artist Natasha will reunite with her one true love Alain. There is no doubt that God Loves Haiti will leave readers wanting more from this talented author. (Harper Collins, Jan. 6)




ou know those kitschy portraits of sober, saucer-eyed children from the 1960s? Walter Keane was the artist credited with creating the widely popular paintings, of which countless reproductions and knock-offs can still be found on thrift store shelves and motel walls. The true story behind those giant eyes is far less innocent. Margaret Keane, Walter’s wife during the years the portraits were painted, later claimed (and was proven in court) to be the true creator of the works, and was manipulated by Walter into letting him take the credit. Big Eyes explores the Keanes’ rise to fame in the early ’60s art scene, their highly dysfunctional marriage and mid-century sexism. Who better to direct this tale than Tim Burton, given that the waifish and weepy Keane subjects could easily be characters out of a Burton film (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and Corpse Bride). The role of Margaret Keane is played by Amy Adams, whose performance could result in a sixth Oscar nomination, and she is due for a win. Walter Keane is portrayed by two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained). (In theaters Dec. 25) —B.G. WILD


all and winter are the seasons to roll out Oscar bait films, and Reese Witherspoon wiggles a gritty, bold lure in Wild. With Jean-Marc Vallée directing—his Dallas Buyers Club brought Matthew McConaughey a best actor statue last year—Witherspoon has even greater odds of reeling one in. Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild is the true story of a woman whose divorce and self-destructive tendencies lead her into a dark tailspin of drug addiction and low self-esteem. After her despair is compounded by her mother’s death, she deals with her anguish by hiking 1,000 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail, on her own. Nature can be harsh, brutal and unforgiving. It can also be inspiring, beautiful and renewing. This woman-versus-self-versus-nature tale is a cathartic primal scream of the human spirit. (In theaters Dec. 5) —B.G.

Bestselling author Anita Diamant hits it out of the park once again with her latest historical novel The Boston Girl. The story is delivered by 85-year-old Addie Baum in response to a question posed by her 22-year-old granddaughter: “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” For Addie, the answer begins in 1915, when as a young Jewish girl growing up in the north end of Boston, she navigates the complicated life of an immigrant daughter finding independence and opportunity in a changing world. The Boston Girl combines vivid historical detail as the protagonist moves through two world wars, civil rights, the women’s movement and her own deeply personal experiences of love, family and friendship. (Scribner, Dec. 9)

Journalist and documentarian John Safran offers a riveting outsider’s view of the Deep South in God’ll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, A Black Hustler, A Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi. At the center of the story is the murder of white supremacist Richard Barrett, whom Safran interviewed in 2010 for a film on race. Upon returning to the South to learn the details surrounding the case, the author uncovers a tangled web of titillating characters, disputes over race, money and sex, and a truth that may be far from the obvious. Safran’s style is as much a star of the book as the true crime events that lay themselves bare for readers to feverishly consume. (Riverhead, Nov. 28)

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M&V’s New Year’s Playlist


ith the New Year comes the opportunity for reflection, new beginnings, and a party with Champagne and confetti. To successfully ring in 2015, download this New Year’s Eve playlist.

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Dick Haymes, Les Paul Trio

What am I doing NYE? Listening to this playlist and scanning the room for my midnight kiss options. “Auld Lang Syne” Andrew Bird

A sweet, contemporary version of the New Year’s song. “My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)” Regina Spektor

Spektor’s angelic cover of this ode to friendship and gratitude. “This Will Be Our Year” The Zombies

The song that my pretend boyfriend sings to me every year. “New Year’s Resolution” Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

It doesn’t get more soulful than this 1967 duet of a couple reaffirming their love. “Funky New Year” Eagles

The title pretty much says it all. “New Attitude” Patti LaBelle

New year. New attitude. New inner diva. “New Year’s Day” U2

Obligatory? Yes. But awesome nonetheless. “1999” Prince

The song remains fresh well past its expiration date. “Auld Lang Syne” The Kings of Dixieland

The ultimate song makes the list twice, but of the array of versions, this is the jazzy, celebratory one I want to dance to when the cork pops. —Becca Greene


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quick glance at Jacqui Kapinowski and Karin Korb may lead to some incorrect assumptions, and that’s part of the duo’s raison d’être. As the cliché goes, don’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, don’t let the wheelchairs throw you off. These women are enviable world-class athletes. Best friends Kapinowski, 52, and Korb, 47, are South Florida transplants with eerily similar stories. Residents of Tequesta and Fort Lauderdale respectively, both grew up in New Jersey, both became paralyzed as young adults, and both are champion Paralympic athletes whose paths didn’t cross until two years ago at the Miami Marathon. Kapinowski survived two bouts of bacterial meningitis in her 20s, and then at age 35 was diagnosed with Stiff Person’s Syndrome. The progression of the rare neurological condition left the longtime marathon runner wheelchair-bound but not willing to give up her passion for athletics. She has completed 78 marathons to date, running in 19, pushing her walker in three, and completing the others in her racing wheelchair. A 2006 meeting with Marc DePerno, the program manager for the USA Wheelchair Curling team, segued Kapinowski’s talents into an athletic career. “He saw my love for sports. From then on, my dream of being an Olympian came true,” says Kapinowski, who helped the USA Wheelchair Curling team earn its first-ever bronze medal at the 2008 World Championship in Sursee, Switzerland, and place fourth in the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada. Korb was a junior in high school when a vaulting accident left her legs paralyzed. “People have a tendency to project what they feel my limitations should be,” Korb says. “Most people don’t realize that people with physical disabilities are ingenious at problem-solving. We can hang out and be victimized, or we can create a solution.” For Korb, the solution was tennis. She picked up her first racket at 27, and a few weeks later, flew to Southern California to attend a wheelchair tennis camp. “I go to this camp, and my entire world changes. I never thought how poignant

that experience would turn out to be,” Korb says. While pursuing a master’s degree in sports management at Georgia State University, she continued to play wheelchair tennis and became the first wheelchair tennis player in NCAA history to compete in Division 1 tennis. Kapinowski and Korb have something else in common. Both are volunteers for Achilles International, a global organization that provides a community of support for athletes with disabilities and develops programs for children and wounded military veterans. Achilles brings together able-bodied volunteers and disabled athletes to train and attend races all around the state country. “Achilles is a group of global do-gooders that create avenues for participation where they

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hadn’t existed before,” says Korb. “And at the end of the day, I met my girl Jacqui through Achilles.” Kapinowski, an Achilles volunteer for the past eight years, handles administrative tasks and assists athletes in training programs for their upcoming races. “Achilles changed my life, gave me the tools I needed to be able to continue doing what I love, and I met some of the greatest people in my life today,” she says. These days, Korb spends much of her time giving speeches, hosting guided meditations for

Twin Hearts Meditation, offering one-on-one life coaching as well as leading youth and adult tennis camps and bereavement counseling. Throughout the year, she works at up to eight camps through the Lima Foxtrot Military Program, which provides fitness opportunities for injured military personnel around the country. Korb is also a representative on the US Olympic Committee Athletes Advisory Council, a coveted and honored position. “It’s such a privilege to be a part of the think tank and watch things happen behind the scenes in terms of policy. It’s intense. We disagree a lot, but we get things done,” says Korb, who competed in the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney and 2004 in Athens and on 10 USA World wheelchair tennis teams, which is comprised of the top three women in the country. In addition to all of her other commitments, Korb devotes time to training for a spot on the USA handcycling team for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Kapinowski has turned her attention to summer sports, mainly triathlons, and in May 2013 she competed in the National Paralympic Championships in Austin, Texas, breaking the national record and earning a spot on Team USA. That September, she won a bronze medal in the London World Championships. Upon returning from Europe, Kapinowski came down with pneumonia, and doctors discovered she had cancer. While she took a season off for treatment, her focus is still on competing. As of press time, she was gearing up for the Ironman Florida held November 1, 2014, in Panama City Beach, and then setting her sights on Rio for the 2016 USA Paratriathlon team. Of course, Korb is right by her side. “She helps me train,” Kapinowski says. “Yes, we both have the same passion to help others, and yes, we both love riding our bikes, but it’s really the friendship. During our training, I’m laughing and crying so hard because she’s so funny.” Kapinowski and Korb—loyal friends, indomitable spirits and inspiring role models. Korb says, “Living your life in spite of [adversity] shows people just how big their world could be.” Spoken like a real champion. —Emily Wilson

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icaragua, often overlooked by vacationers who opt for neighboring dreamscapes Costa Rica and Belize. But if you’re looking for a country that is teeming with activities, where history is very much alive, where the food is fresh and cheap, and where the landscape is so vast that you can find active volcanoes and a 12-foot surf, then book your ticket to Nicaragua. Let’s indulge in a quick history lesson. It all began in 1522 when the Spaniards landed. Two years later Francisco Fernández de Córdoba founded the country’s two main cities Granada and León, hence their ubiquitous Spanish architecture. In 1821 Nicaragua won its independence from Spain, and the power vacuum led to a robust civil war. Both cities wanted to be the capital but the fishing town Managua, centered in the middle, was declared the national capital in 1852. From then on power shifted between conservatives and liberals, fueled by political assassinations, government overthrows and US interference. Today Daniel Ortega is Nicaragua’s elected president, although first lady Rosario Murillo is more often heard, seen and (many say) truly in charge. The country’s main international hub is Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua. If a flight is canceled or missed and the Best Western across the street is not your cup of tea, look into the Elements Hotel, a boutique property near the center of the town decorated with Nicaraguan flair. Catching waves in Nicaragua is at the top of a surfer’s bucket list. Its Pacific Coast steals the limelight from Costa Rica’s overcrowded

surf spots. Hermosa Beach is ideal for beginners, with the tranquil Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel offering surf camps, lessons and gear rental. Advanced surfers in need of livelier and more consistent surfing should try Playa Popoyo, Playa Colorado and The Boom. Rum, tobacco and coffee are three of the country’s major economic sources and favorite vices. Pick your own coffee beans at Selva Negra, an ecolodge and coffee estate in the highlands of Matagalpa, Northern Nicaragua. Its coffee farm La Hammonia produces organic shade-grown coffee. Then it’s off to Plasencia Plantation, home to Pucho Cigars, harvested from Cuban seeds in the nutrient-rich volcanic soil of the Jalapa Valley. For a bottle of rum and a distillery tour swing by the Flor de Caña factory in Chichigalpa. A tale of two cities best describes León and Granada. With its colonial buildings repainted in pastel colors, Granada, on the inner border of Lago de Nicaragua, is a treasure trove for photographers. It’s the ideal base for travelers to launch into exploring the volcanoes, the Zapatera archipelago, Isla de Ometepe and Solentiname archipelago, a cluster of 36 islands near the southern corner of the lake. For a roof and bed, try the Tribal, a hotel built in what was once an artisan co-op. León is architecturally beautiful. Its main draw is the baroque and neoclassic León Cathedral, the largest in Central America; its rooftop boasts a dynamic city view. Art lovers can spend days in León enjoying local galleries and museums. Definitely don’t skip Fundación Ortiz-Gurdian and its collection of Latin American masters Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Roberto Matta and Rufino Tamayo.

Forty-three miles off Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast is paradise; arriving there is not. Board a small propeller plane, get smushed into an overshared taxi to the marina and climb into the yacht (that word is used loosely), or the open panga, the “safer” option for those who get seasick. All that drama is forgotten when Little Corn Island, just over onesquare-mile, appears. Shaped like an L, the island’s top spot is the north end, home to 16 eco-luxury cabanas so in sync with the wild forest behind it that at first glance from the water taxi, you miss it. Here lies the new Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, mere steps to calm and clear water full of massive coral. It’s so at one with the land that to get to Yemaya you hop out of the water taxi and wade up the beach. Little Corn Island is a car- and bike-free jewel, and everyone is onboard to limit the carbon footprint. The staff maintains a garden full of typical and atypical vegetables and fruits, recycles food scraps in its compost system and uses glass bottles to make drinking containers. Its most significant impact is hiring island locals, who practice English with guests and bring their own creole style to the property. The food is generous and delicious. Thai chef Dim Geefay was brought in to train the chefs; her menu is Asian influenced and heavy on just-caught fish. In the evenings, the vibe is relaxed as staff and guests linger in the main cabana talking and drinking. There are sunrise yoga classes and fresh pots of Nicaraguan coffee for early risers. Or lazily crawl out of the comfy bed, grab a towel and sunbathe. Of course, the property rents all of the necessary water gear from a hut on the beach (and sells cold beer), making it the perfect day in Nicaragua.

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Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, Little Corn Island

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Clockwise (left to right): Yemaya's yoga retreat has an oceanfront meditation platform and a jungle yoga pavilion; Le贸n Cathedral was built between 1747 and the early 19th century; Playa de Pacifico is a hotspot for advanced surfers; Yemaya offers paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkling on the deep sea coral reef; The Cathedral of Granada is a bright yellow neoclassical church originally built in 1583; located in Chichigalpa, Flor de Ca帽a offers tours of its distilleries.

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Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic


any call it the Caribbean’s mega-resort, and for good reason. Casa de Campo is built on 7,000 acres in the sugar mill town of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. The gated property is so extensive that at check in, I receive two sets of keys: one for my room, and another for a personal golf cart—a clear sign of the start of an adventurous weekend. Casa de Campo isn’t one of the new generation Dominican hotels (think Punta Cana). The resort dates back to 1971 when the original owner teamed up with golf course designer Pete Dye to build a seaside course named Teeth of the Dog. That 18-hole course is a gem in the golf world (ask for a golf cart tour to see the seven challenging holes built on the edge of the sea). The property kept improving, and today it’s the ultimate sporting club, including polo, tennis, the private Minitas Beach and another two golf courses: the Links Course, an inland track, and Dye Fore, which plays on the ridge of the Chavón River. Guests can stay in one of the contemporary hotel rooms or rent a private villa, complete with a butler. My mornings do not begin with butler service, but that’s just fine. I decline breakfast in bed and choose the restaurant’s overwhelmingly stacked breakfast buffet. I say yes to the ocean view, guava syrup for my pancakes, mango juice and the Dominican Republic coffee, (and another cup to go). This country is celebrated for its beautiful beaches, but the attraction goes beyond the sand and salt water. An hour drive off the property reveals forested valleys, slopes dominated by low-lying shrubs and in the distance, grasslands and dense rainforests. Atop this robust and green landscape, I go horseback riding among wild buffalos, hundreds of them. The adventures keep going: a golf lesson where I set up my awkward swing and try not to hit the helicopters as they come and go; the shooting center where I’m equipped with a vest and pockets full of ammo; all while perfecting my Spanglish rrr’s with Casa de Campo staff. Part of Casa de Campo’s charm is that for an elite property, it doesn’t have a superficial tone. With my trusty golf cart, I freely zip through the pathways and admire villas and private mansions, whose variety of architecture and size line the streets where bougainvilleas in various shades of pink thrive in the heat. Along the way, I wave to residents and daydream of sipping DR coffee every morning in that Italianate home with the ocean views. —Lola Thélin


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Guests of Casa de Campo can check into a contemporary hotel room or rent a private villa. Teeth of the Dog is worth a visit even for nongolfers.


hey had us at 2 p.m. That’s when the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and milk are served in the lobby. Located in the sleepy town of Naples, Florida, the Edgewater Beach Hotel provides activities that will tire out even the most energetic of families. Old Florida meets modern luxury charm at this 125 all-suite hotel (with one to two rooms), which faces the Gulf of Mexico and offers sunset views that even impressed me, a native Floridian. Large families should opt for one of the rooms located right on the Gulf, allowing for easy beach access for kids and a porch for parent monitoring and sipping creamy piña coladas. For a romantic weekend, there’s the Serenity Suite, with accessories designed to promote well-being including in-suite aromatherapy, a PranaSleep mattress and a massage table.

Edgewater Beach Hotel Naples, Florida

The family-friendly compound offers bike rentals, kayaking and paddleboarding and staff can point you in the right direction for water charters: catamaran and boat tours and sunset cruises. During the summer, Edgewater hosts outreach programs with local wildlife organizations for the children to learn about animals. For little kids, the tried-and-true pleasures of a large sandcastle area with beach toys may prove most popular. The s’mores fire pit in the evening is a close second. Just a golf cart ride away from the hotel is Naples’ Fifth Avenue South, full of local boutiques and good eats. For a sweet pick-me-up, head to Adelheidi’s Organic Sweets for Greek yogurt gelato and sea salt caramel yogurt but don’t let it ruin your appetite. Back on property, indulge in a South Florida staple with a twist, fresh-caught coffee-dusted scallops. —Sasha Jozefczyk

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Little Palm Island Resort & SPA LITTLE TORCH KEY, Florida


lived in Key West as a child and fell in love with the laidback nature of the islands. It’s been years since I visited. I was skeptical, expecting the Keys to be devoid of its raw charms. To my surprise, the luxurious and private Little Palm Island is true to the flavor I knew and loved. Getting to Little Palm Island, home to the exclusive resort and spa, is half the fun. You can arrive by sea or by helicopter. Truman, a boat commandeered by Captain Greg, shuttles guests between the mainland and the island. Be sure to spend some quality time with Captain Greg, who is an encyclopedia of facts concerning the island and boat. Once on the island, your only instructions are to get lost, which we did in all its figurative glory. Little Palm Island is an unplugged island—no cellphones or computers in the common areas. Devices are allowed in the privacy of your cabin, but I have to admit I felt guilty using them. The resort is the proper mix of attention and solitude—a rustic Robinson Crusoe feeling, not overly coiffed or preened. Wildlife is everywhere: exotic birds, green iguanas, baby sand sharks, and the Key deer, a species of small deer native to the Florida Keys that live on a small stretch of the islands. Don’t be surprised when a Key deer walks to your table for a pat on the head. Suites are equipped with binoculars and an amusing bird watching map. For more social engagements, the resort has a pool scene with lively music. Activities include the popular beach paddleboard and dreamy massages. The restaurant at night was a highlight, with exquisitely appointed tables on the edge of the water and the backdrop of a sunset that only the Florida Keys can deliver.  Beyond the natural beauty is the staff’s attention to detail. Our names were etched in a wooden plaque at the entrance of our suite, and fresh fruit and chilled Champagne were on the coffee table. Each night the fire pit was lit, shutters were drawn, cold water was by the bed and a handwritten note was placed on the pillows. Once we were back in our car on the mainland, we found ice cold bottles of water in the cup holders, cooling facial mist spray on the dash and the loveliest of messages: “Don’t be sad that it is over. Be happy that it happened!” —Molly Greene

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Feature Brett Heyman Designer Brett Heyman brings back acrylic with a decidedly modern twist By Lola Thélin Interview by Erin Rossitto Photography by Norman Nelson


ope. Originally derived from Old English in the 1700s, the word has taken on many meanings—illegal drug, a less-thanbright person, an inside story. For Brett Heyman it’s a slang word that relates to her childhood in California, and that’s why the word dope is prominently displayed on a rectangular, acrylic clutch. There’s also #hashtag, namaste, wild, free, 212, Tuesday and love. The list goes on. By now, you may have placed Brett Heyman. She is the creative brain and visionary behind Edie Parker, the New York-based company that is taking the world by storm with its acrylic clutches, inspired by the glamorous handbag silhouettes of the 1950s and ’60s, and clever use of words and design. With an estimated 1 million words in the English language, how are the select few chosen? Two main ways. “Words that are part of a zeitgeist that I think are funny, like ‘dope’ from growing up in the early ’90s, but normally, we will create a themed collection and the words will relate back to the collection,” explains Heyman, who graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in art history and communications in 2002. There are also words that are off limits. “We get some strange requests. One that comes to mind is MILF. I vetoed that one.” Launched in 2010, Edie Parker is on track to become a household name. Skull-shaped bags were commissioned by Libertine during New York Fashion Week this past September and will be sold as part of the spring/summer 2015 line. For this holiday season, the company collaborated with jeweler Jennifer Fisher to launch a jewelry box and bags with Fisher’s favorite words. There’s also a project with filmmaker and artist Mickalene Thomas in the works. Socially, Paris Hilton cleverly carried ‘Paris,’ the clutch, around Paris, the city. Victoria Justice took ‘#hashtag’ down the MTV/VMA red carpet, garnering almost 200,000 likes on Instagram. Diane Kruger, Patricia Lansing, Margherita Missoni and Taylor Swift all carried Edie Parker clutches to last year’s Met Gala. 

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Feature Brett Heyman Perhaps the biggest accomplishment thus far is being one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America/ Vogue Fashion Fund, a rigorous competition for industry up-and-comers involving in-depth interviews, site visits to studios and a design challenge. Not to intimidate, but the judges include Diane von Furstenberg, Reed Krakoff, Jenna Lyons, Andrew Rosen and Anna Wintour. As is often the case, past winners are today’s top designers, such as Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler. Just after this went to press, the 2014 winner and two runners-up were announced. Before launching Edie Parker, which is named after her five-year-old daughter, Heyman worked at Dolce & Gabbana, Elle magazine and was the director of public relations at Gucci. While fear is a natural instinct when launching a business, Heyman says her entrepreneurial spirit was ready. “I left [Gucci] after I had my daughter, and I felt like I just made a person, I can probably make a handbag. It gave me courage. It’s not that intimidating once you go through that!” Like most entrepreneurs, Heyman had lessons to learn. “In the beginning, I worked as if I had a Gucci budget. I would sample 60 bags and order double, and it was very wasteful and unfocused. Also, I had never done this so I didn’t know how to edit myself. In hindsight I wish I had been a little more focused.” When she has financial questions, Heyman asks her husband of seven years, Gregory, who works for a hedge fund. “He is a good resource and is very proud [of me]. The first thing he does when he gets to his office in the morning is search for the latest Edie Parker press on Google. It’s really cute,” says Heyman, who has two children with Gregory. Their son Oscar inspired her to create a custom bag just for him in the shape of an “O.” And no, daughter Edie has no plans to take over her mom’s company. She wants to be president.


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The family lives in a prewar building on the Upper East Side. The apartment has an eclectic design with a mix of mid-century, vintage and modern furniture pieces with lots of black and white and pops of color. There’s an art collection that’s worthy of boasting but Heyman is rather nonchalant about it. She has an appreciation for visuals, and the 10 pieces purchased by Gregory from Andy Warhol’s Flowers series adorn their apartment. “I am into art but not in a serious way. Some people follow modern art in a fanatical way. I have drag queen taste! My husband tolerates it.” A sparkly pink cat statue affixed to her dining room wall solidifies that statement. Thanks to Edie Parker, acrylic is making a comeback. Each bag is handmade using labor-intensive techniques that date back to the ’60s. First in New Jersey, colored acrylics are created, sometimes with confetti, and poured into sheets. Those custom-made sheets are sent to a mom-andpop shop outside of Chicago where they are cut into the clutches. “We are growing with this mom-and-pop shop and are really committed to them. Acrylic will always be the core of my business.” And while acrylic is the name of the game for Edie Parker, Heyman is investigating embroideries and skins from Italy. Every year Edie Parker launches four collections, available online, in addition to its Bespoke and Classics lines. Also on the website are a few acrylic bangles, which Heyman hopes to eventually expand, but this project is in the very, very preliminary stages. The upcoming spring/summer 2015 collection was inspired by photographer Karen Knorr’s most recent work, India Song, featuring portraits of exotic animals superimposed on photographs of lavish and intricate palace interiors. “The bags in this collection feature tapestries, metals and rich tie-dyes,” says Heyman. The Knorr-inspired collection was presented during Fashion Week as part of the CFDA Fashion Fund. “It was so fortuitous because the gallery where [Knorr]

is represented in New York—the Danziger Gallery—had moved spaces. Their old space was vacant so we rented it. Karen mounted a show of her work so we had a backdrop of eight huge and beautiful photographs with all the bags that were inspired from them.” A lot of Heyman’s inspiration comes right from New York City, its buildings and museums. She also turns to friends, and one in particular. “My best friend is Flavia, a very stylish, half-Brazilian, half-Italian woman who inspired the long clutch called Flavia. She had always carried the Jean clutch but she wanted and needed something bigger, bolder.” As for Heyman’s Edie Parker favorites, there are none; all are equal. You will often catch her in the evenings with one of her bags. There is, however, a favorite “other” bag for daytime, a black Balenciaga motorcycle bag. Embraced by retailers, Edie Parker is carried at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC, select Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores as well as Net-a-Porter and a few boutiques in international cities. Parker also does trunk shows for niche locations such as Palm Beach, Florida. Her recent business success allowed the company to move into a new office, but success also gives rise to copycats and cheaper versions of her designs. “We definitely have a lot of copycats, and it’s upsetting,” says Heyman. “Certainly our process is different, and so we just have faith that our customers know that.” Even with the responsibilities that come with success, Heyman says, “There’s always time for fun.” Most recently she checked a Fleetwood Mac concert off her bucket list. Next up? “Maybe Bali, Africa, Australia, Singapore or Dubai. I have never been to Ibiza. There are literally a million places I’d love to go. I have real wanderlust. It’s one of the reasons why I got into fashion in the first place.” ■


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“Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?�

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t’s the business wave of the future: Companies that adhere to the triple bottom line—profit, people and planet. Rooted Beauty’s individual impact concept is especially intriguing. The gluten-free, hypoallergenic skin care line not only does the skin good (mango passion cleanser anyone?) but the company also donates a portion of the line’s sales proceeds to its Woman2Woman Project. Funds from a particular product sponsor an individual woman, providing her with vocational training and recovery counseling. Once the sales goals are met to help the woman, they redesignate the funds to another woman in need. “It is inspiring to see how resilient and courageous these women are and how quickly they have been able to climb their way out of desperate situations, once they were given the opportunity,” says CEO Kim Garrett.

cientists asked volunteers to rate sweat samples from 21 people whose political beliefs were either strongly liberal or strongly conservative and discovered that people much prefer the body odor of those with a similar ideology, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Political Science.

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he algorithm for happiness has been found, and the answer is low expectations. Scientists from University College London believe that people who don’t expect much from life are much more content and derive greater pleasure when things go well. Lower expectations mean outcomes are more likely to exceed those expectations and therefore have a positive impact on happiness.

Forrest Gump Knew It: Running is Good for the Soul


irls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF) has motivated young Ethiopian girls through running since 2007. It turns out that the commitment of running, with added support from GGRF staff and volunteers, encourages girls in the fifth to eighth grades to stay in school, avoid early marriage and enhance their economic opportunities. GGRF and its athletic scholarship program provide girls in Sodo and Bekoji, Ethiopia, with the necessary ‘running’ materials. Then through local partnerships, the girls also receive information to help them tackle pertinent gender issues they may face in the future.


adly, comfort food is a myth. Researchers from the University of Minnesota have discovered that traditional comfort food such as ice cream, cookies, chocolate and mac and cheese do very little to impact and lift a person’s mood. The answer instead is time. “Negative moods naturally dissipate over time,” researchers reported in Health Psychology. “Individuals may be giving comfort food ‘credit’ for mood effects that would have occurred even in the absence of the comfort food.”


our child’s art may be good for more than just the refrigerator. A study has found a link between a 4-year-old’s drawing skills and his or her cognitive ability at age 14. The King’s College Study asked 7,700 twins to draw pictures of a child. The researchers graded each drawing based on how many body parts were accurately drawn. These children also took verbal and nonverbal intelligence tests at ages 4 and again at 14. The result: Children with higher drawing scores tended to do better on the intelligence tests.


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✈ Power of Fashion: Yoana Baraschi Uses Creative Vision to Combat Sex Trade The fashion world is known for its aspirational glamour. “It has a lot of visibility and touches people around the world,” says fashion designer Yoana Baraschi, who hails from Bucharest, Romania. “Hence, it’s a good medium for bringing into consciousness the dark issues of the sex trade and how beauty and feminine power have been misused.” Last year Baraschi connected with actress Olivia Wilde and Wilde’s business partner Barbara Burchfield through Half the Sky, a global movement to fight the oppression of women, inspired by the bestselling book of the same name. Together, they designed a dress, with proceeds from sales benefiting New Light. The Kolkata, India, organization offers women education and a safe place to live as an alternative to the commercial sex trade, a booming business in India. Baraschi also partners with NYC’s Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), designed to serve female victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. “Building awareness is shining a light on situations that need more attention and activating our community to take action. Awareness is part of my brand identity and I will continue to try and help build it,” says Baraschi, who gained leadership experience as design director for Guess and creative director for Betsey Johnson.

Designer Yoana Baraschi (middle) with Olivia Wilde and Barbara Burchfield

M&V: What inspired you to join GEMS and New Light India? BARASCHI: At a fairly young age, I lost both my parents, and to secure safe exit from Romania for my brother and myself, I traded our family’s property and important art collection for an exit visa out of Communist Romania. I moved to Paris and took a job in fashion to pay the bills before eventually coming to New York. I know the challenges of being a self-made woman and doing it without a lot of support. Because of that, I want to support other women by giving them the tools to empower themselves. I also have a 23-year-old connection to India. I’ve been traveling there with my family and for work.  My visits to India have influenced my design aesthetic and spiritual life. Given the organization’s ide-

ology and my love for India, the decision to raise funds for New Light came naturally. GEMS is an extension of that. M&V: How do your designs capture the organization’s spirit? BARASCHI: Through my designs I try to communicate the importance of activism and supporting women from around the globe. It is the lifeline of my work. What you will see is that I chose to create pieces that have a natural connection to each organization. In the case of New Light, Olivia Wilde and I collaborated on a design that was based on embroidery work that I have done in India and chose colors that spoke to the environment there. For GEMS, Rachel and I worked with pieces that could be created in the US and would be outstand-

ing for young women who were preparing for interviews and new careers. M&V: What’s your direct impact? BARASCHI: For New Light, our donation is destined to build a school for the children in the red light area of Kolkata. GEMS will receive a portion of the proceeds from our fall 2014 collection and we want to be further involved in discussions and mentoring. Rachel Lloyd, the visionary woman behind GEMS, told me that all the girls she works with want to be lawyers and caseworkers. I want to help expose them to other careers that can inspire them as well. This past November, I hosted an intimate symposium for a group of the young women from GEMS with women from a variety of interesting professions.

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inger, songwriter and Academy Award nominated composer Josh Ralph has all the attributes to make the rest of us feel like mere mortals. If you were to read only his resume, you would expect someone 20 years his senior. This ultra-talented artist, known as J. Ralph in the industry, signed with Atlantic Records in 1997 at age 22 in one of the biggest deals ever given to a new recording artist. Through his music production company The Rumor Mill he has written and produced the music for Oscar winning films, Grammy award-winning artists, symphony orchestras, the United Nations and even President Barack Obama. Ralph’s original song “Before My Time” for the movie Chasing Ice, performed by Scarlett Johansson and violinist Joshua Bell, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 2013. It was only the third time in Academy history that a song from a documentary was nominated for this category.

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Ralph is the guy that documentary filmmakers go to when they want a musical score to soar. He just completed writing and producing the music for films Finding Vivian Maier, Garnet’s Gold and Virunga. This stylish and self-taught (yes, self-taught) artist boasts a gem of a recording studio—a refurbished NYC vaudeville theater that houses not only his custom instruments and production equipment but also brims with vintage furniture, art objects and museum-worthy treasures. All this adds up to one very cool musical genius generous enough to give M&V the inside track on female artists that we should pay homage to.



Leah Siegel. “She is one of the most versatile songwriters and singers I have ever heard.” Siegel, well known in the New York music scene, recently teamed up with Canadian composer Dave Hodge and released a debut album as the band Leisure Cruise. Their music has an upbeat synthesizer-pop sound that could be the soundtrack for the millennial generation.

Norah Jones. “Her effortless sound and songwriting has endured, and she has created a signature sound and mood.” Ninetime Grammy Award winning Jones, who emerged from the New York jazz scene at the beginning of the millennium, is a powerhouse vocalist and pianist and isn’t afraid to experiment, whether with instruments or genres. The prolific and versatile artist released the album No Fools, No Fun this summer with her alternative country band Puss N Boots with whom she currently is touring.

Zoë Kravitz. “She is an incredible performer with a great vibe and style.” The 20-something actress and daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet proves her chops as a vocalist and songwriter with her band Lolawolf. With emotion-filled lyrics and 80s-inspired synth, their electronic heavy music has been called “pop for the impure.”


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Tracy Chapman. “Both her voice and songs are incredible. She has an instantly recognizable sound.” Pretty much every

one is familiar with Chapman’s launch to fame: While a student in Tufts University, she worked as a street performer in Boston in the ’80s. More than three decades later, singer/songwriter and social activist Chapman has a style that endures and has fans anxiously waiting for another tour. Lhasa de Sela. “Lhasa sings with a direct connection to the emotion.” Sadly, this remarkable singer/songwriter, who was raised in United States and Mexico, died in 2010 from breast cancer at age 37. Her multilingual—Spanish, English and French— and often biographical music placed her at the top of world music charts. Her three albums carry on her impassioned musical legacy.



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Leah Siegel

MUSIC COLLECTION MUST-HAVES Sissel Kyrkjebø. “Her voice is otherworldly. One of the purest voices I have ever heard.” This Norwegian-born songstress became an internationally recognized sensation after her performance at the 1994 Olympic games in Lillehammer, Norway. She has a huge range, moving easily from opera, folk or pop, singing in over a dozen languages, and can be heard performing duets with luminaries such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Josh Groban and Diana Krall.

Liza Minnelli. “One of the greatest female performers of all time. Her tone is beyond!” Tour de force Minnelli is one of those rare talents whose career has tremendous longevity and mutability. She is a Tony, Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner with a Grammy Legend Award also under her belt. There is a lot of Minnelli to go around, and her numerous studio albums and soundtracks never go out of style.

Barbara. “I love [her]. She has an incredible presence and voice.” Born Monique Andrée Serf, the singer and songwriter is one of France’s most influential artists. Before her passing in 1997, she performed in concerts worldwide, collaborated with numerous artists, wrote and performed songs for film and theater, and was sought after for a variety of special projects such as a song/ballet appearance with Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Metropolitan Opera in 1982.

Oum Kalthoum. “A transcendent voice and presence.” Born in Egypt in 1898, Kalthoum is one of the most admired singers to rise from the Arabic world and continues to be popular even after her passing in 1975. Her incredible vocal capabilities made her an international star and sought after by composers and musicians from around the globe. Enthusiasts and newbies can enjoy this legendary voice through remastered work available on iTunes. ■

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Whether goldsmith, embroiderer or silk weaver, artisans are available for hire. Their talents keep ancient traditions alive while their businesses contribute to the developing world’s economic growth.

DEFINITION Skilled hands, savvy mercantilism and handcrafted goods. These aren’t the tools of a CEO but of an artisan whose influence is redefining how corporations, entrepreneurs and workers do business. In various parts of the world, they create sustainable workforces to pull themselves out of poverty, revitalize their creative skills and support their families. Western consumers are steering away from mass-produced products and choosing more meaningful items. BENEFITS After agriculture, the artisan economy is the second largest employer in the developing world, accounting for 65 percent of the world handicrafts market. By relying on ancient techniques to create products, artisans can safeguard their cultural identities and increase the standard of living and economic landscape in these developing countries.

THE FUTURE The business wheels are turning. Artisans are gaining a stronger foothold in their economic environment, making up to three times more money for what they produce by selling directly to customers. Eliminating the middlemen, fair trade companies allows artisans to set their own prices and acquire valuable business skills in the process. HISTORY Artisans are woven throughout history. Creative individuals formed communities to create crafts in medieval times and held the reigns over their artistic rights and prices. The society’s elite praised the artisans for their work. The Industrial Revolution began an era that focused on mass production, first in Europe, and then spreading to Asia and the United States, nearly destroying the artisan economy.

fashionABLE fashionABLE was conceived by Barrett Ward. While living in Ethiopia with his wife, he noticed many women were in at-risk situations. His answer: fashionABLE, which works with women to start small business cooperatives and requires partner manufacturers to employ women with fair wages. “We knew there would be a revival of traditional skills and betterment for their families if we could give them an opportunity to work with their indigenous roots,” explains Ward. He also founded, a nonprofit designed to fund development in Africa by giving up a few mochas per month. “There are so many products here that are marketable in the West. This gives women, who want opportunity and not charity, a chance to succeed.” Scarves are fashionABLE’s signature item, made from Ethiopian cotton in multiple colors, including hot pink and Brazil nut, and retailing for up to $72. The company also has a line of leather wallets, clutches and totes. All products are named after Ethiopian women employed by fashionABLE.


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INFORM Lantern Moon Through Lantern Moon employment, women in Vietnam and Cambodia are preserving a variety of handcrafting skills, including fiber weaving, embroidery, sewing and crochet. Led by creative director Sharon Woodcock, Lantern Moon sells Indochine, 100-percent silk yarns, in 15 beautiful colors including a dye-free option for $19.50 per skein. “The people who create these products have always had pride in their country but never felt it in their work. There is so much international development taking place that the artisans in Vietnam, Cambodia and Bali are seeing it is OK to have pride in their work, too,” says Woodcock.

Ar tisan Project Nina Mohammed-Galbert traveled 6,000 miles, from Los Angeles to Fes, Morocco, to follow her vision. “Three million people are artisans in Morocco, about 40,000 of them are in Fes alone,” says Mohammed-Galbert. Earlier this year, she launched Artisan Project, a company that provides sourcing and shopping services to individuals and businesses. She collaborates with Fes artisans who produce textile handicrafts from her designs, showcasing the artisanal culture of Morocco. “To ensure the Moroccan handiwork does not fade, the monarchy funded artisanal centers in every major city or town. The schools are free for those between the ages of 18 and 30. Master artisans teach them how to create items from plaster to leather work.”

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Catalina Girald

Naja Lingerie The hands and skills of Colombian single mothers are behind some of the world’s most beautiful lingerie. Naja Lingerie was inspired and created by worldwide traveler Catalina Girald. Naja Lingerie products are made by female heads of household employed in a cooperative. Girald’s core belief is, “When you educate a woman, everything changes.” Quotes are printed on the inside of the underwear, designed to empower the women who wear them, and the lingerie is made from Peruvian-sourced Pima cotton. Its Underwear for Hope program donates a percentage of profits to the Golondrinas Foundation in Medellin, Colombia, which teaches impoverished women sewing skills.


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KidSanctuary Campus Inc. is a charitable organization in Florida committed to assisting children who have been removed from their homes and are in foster care.

Special thanks to Dr. Barr, Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery and the Professional Partners for their continued support.

We are building a five acre residential neighborhood style campus, providing 24-hour care and housing for children until safe and loving homes can be found. Palm Beach County has donated the land for this project which will ultimately consist of four homes, an enrichment center and play areas. We are pleased to announce we have broken ground on our third home. We believe, along with those who are joining us on this mission, that it is a privilege to be fortunate enough to change someone’s life for the better. The children in our area desperately need this facility and KidSanctuary Campus Inc., with the help of its’ friends and the generosity of its’ supporters, will make this dream a reality. KidSanctuary Campus Inc. is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing a safe home for abused, abandoned and neglected children in Florida. Our mission is to ensure that each child receives the benefits of a sense of belonging and permanency in a caring and positive environment that nurtures self-esteem and hope. Phone (561) 653-8274

In the Life of

The Power Behind the Wheel Lincoln Navigator Chief Engineer

Why is engineering important to car design? “Clay is the ideal

material for vehicle models as it allows the modelers to carve away or add lines and accents.”

Elaine Bannon So how much do you know about cars? “I worked at Ford as a co-op student first. As I began my professional career, I was exposed to pretty much everything related to creating a vehicle: body engineering, chassis integration, manufacturing, working with suppliers, in the design studio, with craftsmanship, driver information systems and so forth. The biggest benefit of having a diverse set of experiences is the appreciation of how the system comes together and the importance of system engineering.”


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“Engineering is what separates great from good. Examples of this are quietness, the way body panels fit together, the interior fit and finish, and the responsiveness of the ride. If you think about the driver sitting in the vehicle, all the elements around her become her ‘zone.’ Does she feel comfortable sitting in the vehicle? Can she read the instrument cluster with ease? Does the steering wheel inspire confidence in the hand? Are the knobs and buttons in the center stack of the instrument panel easy to get to and read? Is there a place for her ‘stuff’ that is easy to reach? All of these questions require a high level of system engineering to accomplish and feel seamless to the customer.”

How is a new car idea generated? “Creating a car is a complicated process, but often starts with a simple sketch, sometimes just on a piece of paper. From there, the team moves to scaled-down clay models and 3D CAD drawings, eventually milling full-size clay vehicles to analyze body styling options. Clay is the ideal material for vehicle models as it allows the modelers to carve away or add lines and accents. Lincoln designers refine the surface language to make an appealing vehicle.”


Home: Detroit, Michigan Office: Dearborn, Michigan, but I am often at the plants that produce the Lincoln vehicles in Oakville, Ontario, and Louisville, Kentucky. Education: Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration with concentration in international finance, both from University of Michigan Leadership Traits: It’s a mix of several talents and disciplines. From the engineer part of the equation, you need technical knowledge of course, but with that, as with any other business, you need vision, creativity, tenacity and integrity. As a program leader, I orchestrate the talents of a wide range of professionals across several disciplines—engineering, design and manufacturing, just to name a few—to create compelling vehicles. End Result: I’ve led teams that have delivered multiple vehicles to market including the Ford Edge, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKT, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln Navigator. Favorite Feature: I love the overall quietness. Sometimes your car is the only place you can get away—your oasis of solitude to relax and unwind. Daily Routine: I work 10-plus hours per day in addition to call-in meetings as required during off-hours and weekends. Vehicle launch ramp ups can require longer hours. I meet with my program team daily to ensure we are aligned on priorities. I take part in studio reviews, engineering deep dives, vehicle drives, and assembly plant reviews based on when the vehicle will debut. Favorite Ride: I always drive the vehicles I have developed with the team. It is hard to pick a favorite because I view my vehicles as my children, and I can’t pick a favorite child! Going Green: We look for ways to use more environmentally conscious materials in our vehicles whenever possible. In the armrest of the 2014 Lincoln MKX, we introduced the first-ever automotive application of a new cellulose-reinforced plastic, which replaces fiberglass reinforcement with fibers from sustainably produced trees.

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CANTINÆ CLARA C, THE TOP SPARKLING WINE OF ITALY The production of Italian sparkling wine runs deeps in the Carpenè family. It began with Antonio Carpenè Jr. (1913-2010). He is credited as being the inventor of the prosecco industry and often is referred to as one of the great fathers of prosecco wine. More specifically, he adapted the “Charmat process”—wine that undergoes secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks rather than the bottle—to prosecco grapes in the 1930s. He is also the father of two established Prosecco producers, one being his daughter Clara Carpenè. Clara Carpenè founded and is owner of the Cantinæ Clara C winery in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene region of Italy. Her name is associated with only the best of Italian sparklers. Its top prize is its brand Fiori di Prosecco, which means “prosecco flowers” and “the best of prosecco.” Under this brand name and distributed by Cantinæ Clara C, there are an assortment of luxury sparklers including the Brut Donnaclara, Brut Feminine, Burt Cuvee and Extra Dry Cuvee. Carpenè’s winery is located in the exclusive Valdobbiadene district near the town of Conegliano in the region of Veneto, Italy. Naturally, she also uses the Charmat process, which also is known as the Metodo Italiano. Lastly, Cantinæ Clara C produces and selects a wide range of sparklers including Premium, Super Premium and Daily range. About 90 percent of the wines are exported. With traditional, luxury 19th century feel (with natural paper labels) and modern high impact (second skin full body labeling) packaging, Fiori di Prosecco covers a wide spectrum of Prosecco drinking opportunities. Cantinæ Clara C Prosecco is imported into the USA by Antonio Ceccarelli of The Wine Seller and available at Joseph’s Classic Markets in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton, Florida.

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“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.� Martha Graham

Project ME CARVE OUT TIME FOR YOURSELF. M&V’s ROUNDUP OF IDEAS & PRODUCTS FOR SELF-CARE. Lulu DK M&V staffers swooned when these genius Lulu DK tattoos arrived at the office. It’s all the fun of a kid’s temporary tattoo with the sophistication of high-style jewelry. There are several design packages to select from, and each one comes with two sheets of tattoos in gold and silver metallic that last up to a week. (Be prepared to ration them out to enthusiasts like we did!)


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MOODmatcher The Fran Wilson company brought us the green MOODmatcher Lipstick that changed color according to body chemistry in 1986, and now it’s back. MOODmatcher’s LUXE Twist Stick is the modern version available in six colors and made with aloe vera and vitamin E. While it does fade slightly over time, the formula stains lips for about 12 hours and offers a personalized lip color for every user.

S’well Our favorite beverage bottle keeps getting cuter. These non-toxic stainless steel bottles keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. They come in a number of colors and sizes, with the newest Wood and Glitter collections featuring prints that will make this container your best new accessory. Another plus: The 25-ounce version holds an entire bottle of wine.

The Protein Bakery Satisfying your sweet tooth and staying healthy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The Protein Bakery, based in NYC, turns out fresh-baked goodies like pumpkin walnut chocolate chip cookies and lemon white chip blondies. What makes them good for you? Muscle-building protein powder is a key ingredient. They are also free of trans fat, gluten and preservatives, and are made with all-natural ingredients.

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bell’INVITO In this age where digital rules, it is a blast from the past to receive a well-appointed note in the mail. From custom note cards to wedding invitations and menus, bell’INVITO’s artisanal print-inspired items can be designed online with letterpress, engraved and foil pressed options. Orders from the ultra luxe couture stationery line are handled over the phone but are well worth the extra effort.

M&V spoke to Heather Wiese-Alexander, founder and owner of bell’INVITO, to discuss the lost art of the written thank you note.

5 Dos Write often. To send or not to send a thank you note? Err on the side of sending. If someone has made an effort to treat you special in some way, that is the perfect reason to send a thank you note. Handwrite your thank you note. It’s tempting to send a quick text or email, and it’s completely fine to do so. Being immediately grateful is good manners but don’t forget the proper finish. The handwritten note of thanks is arguably one of the easiest ways to look both sincerely grateful and polished. Use occasion appropriate stationery. If your stationery drawer is full of bright colors and cute motifs, consider adding a set of more subdued pieces to your stash. For example, you wouldn’t send the same whimsical stationery for a thank you note after a job interview that you would use to thank your friend for a witty birthday gift. Be prompt. Being grateful is a great way to end your day or week. Finding a moment to write out a note may be daunting with your hectic schedule, but being grateful is good for the soul. Send your note within a week of receiving the gift or gesture. No excuses. Be sincere. You don’t have to be formal when you are sending a note of appreciation. Be yourself. Sincerity with a few mistakes beats a cold formal textbook note any day. Give yourself credit for being fantastic just the way you are.


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5 Don’ts

Don’t skip it. Oops! You completely forgot to send a thank you note, and it’s been a month or more. Send your note anyway. Everyone is busy. Everyone makes a blunder now and then. Chances are it will arrive at just the right time to brighten someone’s day and make them feel appreciated. Don’t gush or make excuses. Use the adjectives that you sincerely mean, but hold yourself back from going over the top to fill the space or convey what you perceive as the ideal level of gratitude. If the note is late, skip the excuses. The reasons may be legit, but skip them. Don’t follow form. Yes, you have so many thank you notes to write. Lucky you! Avoid the convention of form letters or signing a typed note. Each one should be written by hand. If you had a large occasion, like a wedding or birthday party, the expectation for prompt thank you notes is a bit flexible. Take on a manageable number every night and start writing. Don’t mention it. Your friends know you so well that you received the same gift six times, and now you have store credit. Do not mention this. Be grateful for the gift, the generosity and the spirit in which it was given, but do not mention trades, returns or anything of the sort. Even to close friends. Even to your sister. Don’t delegate. Some of the best party planners are the ultra-organized types, but you must not ask your guests to write their own addresses on your thank you note envelopes. Use a guestbook to collect the necessary information. However tempting and practical, refrain from farming out your social responsibilities to your guests.

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By Annette Joseph Photography by Kathryn McCrary


hen it comes to creative sparks, Susan Hable Smith is more like a creative firecracker. Co-founder of the textile company Hable Construction, she and business partner (and sister) Katharine Hable Sweeney started redefining how to make it as artists in the highly competitive world of manufacturing in 1999. The surface design team creates artwork in-house, then hires USA-based artists and artisans to create the final products. At Hable Construction, Smith is known for her attention to detail and color use; she brings that same creativity to her parties. A self-proclaimed mad scientist, she throws holiday parties that are laced with unexpected touches and handcrafted projects for her guests to enjoy. Smith is so serious about color experiments that she built a color lab in the back of her Athens, Georgia, country cottage home. An early 1900s renovated farmhouse design studio is carefully nestled in the back of the property. It’s a place of work, craft and design afflatus, and for the hardworking mom, it’s the perfect balance of work and family. Naturally, her entire house is a powerful visual feast, quirky and full of great energy, with an eclectic mix of artwork and treasures.

Susan Hable Smith hanging out in her color lab.


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very year before the holidays ramp up, the hostess invites her Hable Construction creative team to her home for holiday cheer, sweet treats and of course, a hot toddy. “Celebrate with zeal and don’t sweat the small stuff. If you are wearing a fabulous red dress, no one will notice little imperfections,” advises Smith, whose first interior design book, A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes for Every Room (Chronicle Books), releases this spring.


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Hot Toddy Serves 1 2 tablespoons bourbon (Bulleit brand) 1 tablespoon honey 2 teaspoons lemon juice ¼ cup spicy ginger ale (Red Rock brand) ½ cup boiling water 1 sliced lemon 1 cinnamon stick Several whole cloves Combine bourbon, honey, lemon juice and ginger ale in a mug. Add ½ cup boiling water and stir. Garnish with a lemon slice pierced with a cinnamon stick and a few cloves.

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Peach Pie Serves 6 Filling 3 pounds of peaches halved, pitted and cut into half inch slices (eight cups) 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Crust and crumble ⅔ cup packed light brown sugar ⅔ cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) ⅔ cup old-fashioned rolled oats 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces To make the crust: In a food processor, pulse flour, salt and granulated sugar until combined. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 6 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed. (If necessary, add up to 2 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.) Do not over mix. Form two disks with dough, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to overnight). Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack at the bottom of the oven. Lightly flour a rolling pin and work surface to roll out one disk of dough to a 12-inch round. Place in a 9-inch pie plate and trim with kitchen scissors. Fold overhang under, and crimp edges. Transfer to refrigerator while making filling. To make the filling: In a large bowl, toss together peaches, brown sugar and flour until combined. To make the crumble: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour and oats; using your hands or a pastry cutter, work in butter until large clumps form. Transfer peach filling to pie shell, then sprinkle crumble evenly over top. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until juices are bubbling and topping is golden, 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 1½ hours before serving. Visit for Annette Joseph's behind-the-scenes photos and for additional holiday craft projects. Joseph is the author of Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli), the guide to flawless, stylish and effortless entertaining.


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Stained Glass Ornament Supply List • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Pencil Clear contact paper, cut into 4x6-inch pieces X-Acto knife Ruler Cutting mat Card stock in assorted colors, cut into 4x6-inch pieces Sequins Green tissue paper in assorted tones Paper in small brown rectangles Double-sided tape String Scissors Thumbtack or teeny tiny hole puncher

1. Cut tissue paper into small triangles and set aside. 2. Draw a rectangle with your pencil 1 inch from the outer edge of your card stock. 3. Using a ruler and the X-Acto knife, cut the center of the card stock out (using a cutting mat) by placing ruler along the pencil line and lightly running the X-Acto blade along the pencil 2-3 times with light pressure, making sure to stay inside the frame. 4. Peel the paper off one 4x6-inch contact sheet. 5. Sprinkle sequins onto the sticky side of the contact sheet. Then add the triangles of green tissue in the form of a tree. 6. Add one brown rectangle to the bottom. 7. Peel another contact sheet and press against the back of the collaged tree. Turn over your sandwiched design and affix a card stock frame with double-sided tape. 8. Trim the edges of any peeking contact paper. 9. Thumbtacks make great tiny holes. Pierce the paper in two spots along the top or use a hole puncher. 10. Thread string through and tie at top.

Smith's daughter and son

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on’t let the high prices fool you; fashion is universally attainable. Just ask this pint-size fashionista. Five-year-old Mayhem is a creative powerhouse and downright genius with scissors, construction paper and masking tape. Her design capabilities could rival some of the contestants on Project Runway. With her mom, photographer Angie Keiser, documenting her fashion creations, the two have become social media cult favorites. Check out Mom’s Instagram handle @2sisters_angie and their website, Mayhem is a nickname that Keiser created. It was inspired by Allstate’s Mayhem commercials. Their story goes like this: Mayhem always enjoyed playing dress up. After graduating from her own dress-up clothes, she moved into Mom’s closet. When those clothes became off limits, Mayhem got creative and brought Mom dishtowels, headbands and pillowcases with clothespins and asked to help make them into a dress she could wear. “Not having the same creative vision as she did, I remember telling her, ‘That’s not a dress.’ When I watched her little face drop as I said those words, I knew at that exact moment I didn’t want to ever belittle her creativity again. I suggested we make a dress out of paper and she, of course, made sure I followed through,” says Keiser.


KEISER: Rather than tapping into a child’s creativity and imagination, we need to allow it to develop and not try to stop or fit it into what’s acceptable by today’s societal standards, like coloring within the lines. Most of the kids I encounter are naturally very curious, creative and wildly imaginative. In our home, we play. A lot. We color, draw, paint, build stuff and tear it down. Lots of questions are asked, and the answers are discovered together. We read lots of books and make up stories. As a parent, I think simply playing with our kids is the best way to keep the creative spark lit.    


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NURTURE M&V: WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE? KEISER: My biggest takeaway has been just how influential my role as a mom is. I was able to see in the moment [she held up a pillowcase and clothespins] how much I could make or break her spirit and confidence. I decided then that I would always do my best to be her biggest cheerleader, knowing that there will be plenty of outside influences that may, intentionally or unintentionally, have a negative impact on her confidence. The other big lesson I’ve learned is to think creatively again. Somewhere along the way I stopped asking questions or believed that if I did things differently that it was wrong. Now I’m learning that coloring without any lines at all is a lot more fun. M&V: HOW OFTEN DO YOU AND MAYHEM CREATE? KEISER: We make dresses almost every day, but it’s never a forced activity. Usually she’s the one to say, “Let’s go make a dress,” and sometimes that turns into making two or three or four. In the beginning, we mostly made them early in the day, but now, it’s whenever she feels like it. Recently, we put her to bed crying because she just wanted to make one more dress, although I’m pretty sure she was simply testing a new “I don’t want to go to bed” excuse. It didn’t work.   M&V: WHO DRIVES THE CREATIVE DIRECTION? KEISER: Creative direction is definitely [in her hands] at this stage in the game. She likes me to help her, but she likes to be in charge. When she wants the lines to be nice and neat or when she wants pleats to be even and straight, she likes more of my help. Then again, she’ll shake her head when I can’t read her mind and when I give her a piece of tape that’s either too long or too short. Inspiration can come from a show she watches, a book she reads or simply walking into our “design studio” and pulling out random papers. A friend gave us a bag of partial spools of ribbon, and she proceeded to cut them apart and use as many pieces of ribbon as possible. M&V: HOW MANY DRESSES HAS MAYHEM CREATED? KEISER: Hundreds for sure, and many haven’t been photographed. Now that she has a mannequin, she likes creating dresses for the mannequin as well as various dolls and stuffed animals. Over the summer I found a whale pool toy in our house that was wearing a red and yellow paper dress with a whole lot of fringe. It was pretty impressive. M&V: HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CREATIONS THAT WENT WRONG? KEISER: There have been more than a few that didn’t make the cut, but our biggest fail was the dress that we created for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. The dress turned out awesome, but I had no idea that the dye would bleed out of the streamer paper upon contact with water. The blue paper dyed Mayhem a lovely shade of Smurf and stained our sidewalk and driveway. There was a lot of scrubbing in the bath that evening.

How to create like Mayhem First, don’t buy anything. Instead search your house for materials. As Keiser says, if it’s in the house, it’s fair game. Any kind of paper is golden: tissue paper, construction paper and wrapping paper. Grab one to two pairs of scissors and masking or packing tape. Mayhem has also used aluminum foil, paper towels, ribbon, tape, glue, tulle, Bubble Wrap, gift bags, feathers and beads. For the design process, lay pieces of colorful construction paper on the floor and start taping them together. Once there are a few pieces in place, hold it up to your child (or a mannequin) to see if the length is correct and to make sure the creation fits all the way around. When the length and width meet your specifications, simply wrap the paper around your child and secure it with clear packing tape in the back. Don’t be shy with packing tape. If straps and sleeves are necessary, add them last. Mom Angie Keiser with daughter Mayhem

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On the CoucH


Dr. Ramani I

have a friend who tells everybody she’s a vegetarian. It’s like she thinks it makes her morally superior to not eat meat. Here’s the kicker: She does eat meat! I’ve seen her enjoying a chicken salad and bacon with her eggs. I find it bizarre that a grown woman would lie like that. I want to say something to her. What would you do? Let it go. Unless she is stealing the steak off your plate or attacking you for being a carnivore, it really doesn’t matter. You seem to be associating vegetarianism with a moral high ground. It’s not. It’s a lifestyle choice, a religious choice or even a financial choice. Your friend may like “branding” herself as a vegetarian, which you know to be patently untrue. It’s a bit like lying about her age or about having Botox. People tell these kinds of lies because they don’t necessarily feel so good about themselves, and they believe the lie bolsters them in the eyes of others. Your friend’s behavior is more sad than bizarre. If her lies and posturing don’t cause you any personal inconvenience, let her sneak her meat while you keep savoring yours.


y elderly mother has an unnatural attachment to her dog. It is one of those small breeds that’s very portable, and she takes advantage of that. The dog goes everywhere with her. She treats it like a baby. She even has a stroller for it so she can walk it around the mall while she shops. She has declined numerous invitations because the dog was not allowed to accompany her. I love dogs, but I think my mother has a problem. She doesn’t see it. Is there any way to get through to her?

Let’s take a step back and be careful and kind. Many elderly individuals acknowledge that loneliness is one of their biggest challenges, especially if they once had a home filled with children and activities, and they now live alone. It is very likely that her dog is a valued and beloved companion that gives her a sense of purpose and connection. It may also give her a sense of usefulness, which many of us experience when we take care of someone or something. There is a lot of literature that speaks to how useful it can be to have an animal companion, especially for elders who are residing alone. Now, if you truly believe that her pet dog is leaving her socially isolated because she is rejecting invitations from human companions, then you may want to help her find a compromise. But this may not be an issue at all if she has other friends who are willing to spend time with both her and her pet. I would also be concerned if her dog is keeping her from leaving the house, or if the responsibilities of taking care of the dog are physically challenging. If that is the case, you may need to work with her on a plan that keeps her and her pet safe. Finally, avoid putting her on the defensive. She may be less resistant if she feels you are supportive of her relationship with her pet, and may even be willing to take time off to be with her friends at a place that’s not dog friendly.


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y husband of five years recently got braces. He never had them as a child and was self-conscious about his crooked teeth. I encouraged him to get them, but now I secretly regret that he went for it. I find that my attraction to him has decreased. It’s hard for me to kiss him passionately like I once did. I feel like an awful wife. I don’t want to hurt his feelings and I certainly don’t want this to ruin our relationship. How can I get over this?

Like many things in life, braces are temporary. Every couple experiences transitions in appearance during a relationship (e.g., a haircut, tattoos, hair loss, weight gain and normal aging). When the braces are off, he will have the smile he wants and will likely share it more often. You are being very hard on yourself. You are not an awful wife; you are actually being very human and honest. In the interim, kiss some of his other erogenous zones: his neck, his ears, and certainly the zones only you know. He may appreciate the switch-up in the kissing menu. My guess is that you are still attracted to him; he is more than his teeth. Sometimes honesty and clear communication are good policies. There is certainly no need to come out brutally and say, “No kisses until the braces come off.” If it can be addressed in a compassionate way and keep it about the braces, and not him, that’s a start. If you pull back more often without communicating, he may wonder what is wrong with him, which could be hurtful. Obviously he was attractive to you pre-braces and may be even more so post-braces. Consider therapy for yourself to vent about it, learn some communication skills for how to talk about it with him in a manner that is not hurtful, and also to ensure that this doesn’t devolve into deeper relationship issues for you as a couple.


y husband and I have disagreements over the usual stuff: credit card bills, household chores, work schedules. We don’t fight any more than other couples, but our 9-year-old son thinks our disagreements are far more serious. We try not to argue in front of our kids, but sometimes it happens. When our son overhears an argument, he becomes stressed out and thinks we are going to divorce. Reassuring him that we are not getting divorced does not help. He has many friends with divorced parents and he might think it is inevitable for his own family. I would love some advice on how to get him to feel more secure. Divorce looms as a major fear to many kids, and for them, one fight between parents can be frightening and destabilizing, especially if they have close peers whose parents have split up. You and your husband know that all is well, but children aren’t always so confident, and they have the tendency to blame themselves for their parents’ issues. Mindful parenting is key given how sensitive your son is to your fights. If a discussion is heating up, step into another room or space where you can handle it quietly. On the other side, ask yourself how often your son sees you enjoying each other: holding hands, laughing together or going out on a date night. In the thick of the stresses of daily life, kids, money, work and household responsibilities, many couples don’t demonstrate the love they have for each other. The more your son sees the connection between you and your husband, the more secure he will be when he witnesses your arguments. You are right; it is somewhat unrealistic to think that a couple can shelter their children from every little quarrel. When the two of you are feeling the rigors of a tough day and are concerned your fuses are short, recognize the impact your bickering has on him and find other ways to talk it out. That, plus the antidote of seeing his parents in a loving space more often, will help your son feel reassured until he is old enough to better withstand and understand these small arguments.

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California, and professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named outstanding professor in 2012. She is the author of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life. D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 / J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 5 M&V




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My Kid Is a Corporate Dream & Now I'm a Grade-A Hypocrite Mom Toni Nagy loses control of her 4-year-old’s addiction to all things pink, purple and princess.


knew exactly what kind of mother I would be. I’d rub my rounding belly with shea butter dusted sunflower oil, convinced of my future as Gaia incarnate. My baby would be born in a yurt adorned with puka shells while I sang primal songs to grandmother moon. My indigo child would dress in fair trade flaxseed fibers as she wistfully identified mushrooms on the forest floor. Together we would harvest organic biodynamic bounty and play with gender-neutral wooden toys whittled by woodland elves. I would smile smugly knowing I wasn’t only part of the solution, I was the solution. My parenting ideology stemmed from growing up in a generation that feels the impending doom of the world coming to an end in a fiery, climate-altered, virusridden, war-induced apocalypse. I was scared for the future of my child and felt a major responsibility to be environmentally, politically and socially responsible. I refused to take for granted the notion that human survival is guaranteed, and I vowed to raise my child to be hyperaware of her footprint on planet Earth. Things started out OK. Before my daughter talked or had opinions of her own, I was able to impose my philosophical beliefs on her. Of course, she also would poop her pants while trying to eat the cat’s tail, but we had an understanding. But there were two primary situations I didn’t anticipate regarding parenthood. The first being how easily my daughter would be influenced by the outside world. It never occurred to me that a huge part


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of her conditioning would be beyond my control, or that someone (ahem, her grandmother) might give her a cookie without my permission, catalyzing a sugar addiction comparable to being hooked on black tar heroin. The second surprise was how annoying kids can be when they want something. It started innocently enough with “screen time.” Originally my vision was that my daughter would entertain herself by banging sticks together and learning birdcalls of indigenous species. Then one day, someone (ahem, her grandmother) let her watch some little jerk named Caillou on PBS. The seal was broken. Not only did my child discover the magic of TV, but so did I. She was quiet and not asking me to do anything for her. A calm swept over the room, corrupting us both. Of course like any rational parent, there were limitations and boundaries, but at the same time I was increasingly morphing into a total hypocrite. The more my daughter was exposed to mass media marketing, the more her interest in commercial merchandise skyrocketed. The desire for what she saw overtook any rational conversation about why it wasn’t necessary. She fell into the PR trap of believing that consumer goods would somehow fill the existential hole in her soul—that or she just really liked neon pink plastic. Without my consent, my daughter’s impressionable mind was taken over by Disney Princesses, Care Bears, Hello Kitty and My Little Pony. My child’s interests

in corporate mass marketing resulted in an adamant and controlling nature about certain aspects of her life—mainly clothes. I would try and force taupe-colored natural fibers over her squirming body, but she was old enough to take off clothes she didn’t want to wear and exasperating enough to drive me insane. “I WANT TO WEAR AN ELSA PRINCESS DRESS FROM FROZEN, MOMMY!” My solution to avoid this daily drama was to get her all the Hello Kitty/Disney Princess clothes she wanted. I buried my knowledge that these items were more than likely made in a sweatshop with toxic dyes, and how she was perpetuating gender stereotypes. I’m not proud of this fact. I would say to myself, “Hey Toni, you are doing the best you can. You drive a hybrid car, talk incessantly about female empowerment and your recycling system puts Al Gore to shame.” But I knew the truth. I was a total fraud because I took the easy route, but at least my kid was wearing rain boots willingly because of some stupid white cat with a dumb bow in its hair. Here is my plea to the world: Hey, organic companies! Can you stop making all your clothes in ecru? Would it kill you to use purple, or put a semi-slutty princess on a T-shirt? While you are at it, can you also get into media and make some crappy cartoons? And hey, mega corporations! How about your CEOs don’t make 331 times more than the average worker? How about if you stop exploiting people in the developing world and partner with eco-driven companies to make products that don’t desecrate the planet? Thanks! ■

NURTURE Here is my plea to the world: Hey, organic companies! Can you stop making all your clothes in ecru? Would it kill you to use purple or put a semi-slutty princess on a T-shirt?

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Meet five women who curate art their way in galleries that bear their names.

Anita Schwartz, Anita Schwartz Art Gallery Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Her vision: Anita Schwartz’s gallery has been a key reference point for contemporary art in Rio, highlighting emerging figures in the Brazilian art scene, for 17 years. She recently opened her doors to foreign artists to encourage dialogue between cultures and promote aesthetic experiences.

Rodrigo Lopes; portrait by Elisa Cohen

Her inspiration: “I grew up among art works. My parents were from Europe and had a taste for art, which may have helped develop my sensibility in this field. I loved to visit antique shops and galleries [when I was young], trying to find special things. In a way, I started my first collection at an early age, a collection of pâte de verre [meaning ‘glass paste,’ a French glass kiln casting technique].”


Leslie Tonkonow, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects New York, New York Her vision: A direct reflection of Leslie Tonkonow’s evolution as an artist, curator and dealer, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects’ program stresses highly visual works in all mediums with strong intellectual content. It houses a diverse international group of contemporary artists and specializes in works on paper from the 1960s to the present.

Jeffrey Struges; portrait by Klaus Ottman; works (L to R) John Chamberlain, Yves Klein, Ronnie Horn, Dean Byington and James Lee Byars

Her fist gig: “I entered the art world when I moved to New York in 1977 after receiving my MFA in painting. I opened my first gallery in 1984 in a tiny East Village storefront, just as I was beginning to show my own work at alternative spaces, such as The Kitchen and Artist’s Space, and in video screenings at downtown clubs, including the Mudd Club, Danceteria and others.”

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Susanne Vielmetter, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Culver City, California Her beginnings: Susanne Vielmetter was born in Cologne, Germany. Her mother instilled in her an appreciation for culture through piano lessons and trips to museums. Discovering Hannah Höch, a female artist from the Berlin Dada movement in the 1920s best known for pioneering an edgy style of photomontage, further solidified Vielmetter’s passion for art. In her late twenties, she realized that being a gallerist allowed her to combine her interests—art and language—and explore a visual event through the interplay of senses and language.

Robert Wedemeyer; portrait by Kevin Scholl; work by McMillian

Her leadership: “My gallery program has been shaped by an interest in providing a diverse range of voices that reflect our cultural reality in its rich multiplicity. This includes my goal to present 50 percent female artists and to integrate a diverse group of artists from different backgrounds, a concern that has been at the core of my program from the start. In this context, I understand the gallery as a political statement, a stage of sorts where all voices that make up contemporary culture get a chance to express themselves.”


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Valerie Carberry, Valerie Carberry Gallery Chicago, Illinois Her beginnings: “I started working for a gallery in Chicago after I graduated college thinking it would be a part-time job that would allow me to pursue studio art. I absolutely fell in love with gallery work.”

Tom Van Eynde; portrait by Katrina Wittkamp

Her vision: At the core of the Valerie Carberry Gallery is modern and postwar American art in all media, with a special interest in 1930s and 1940s abstraction and modern sculpture. In recent years, she expanded the gallery’s portfolio to include mid-career contemporary artists. “The gallery model I learned from and practice now as an owner is a combined program of historical and contemporary art. Whether I am researching under-recognized artists of past decades or presenting the art of our time, being a gallerist is a profession and a life that nourishes me.”

Feature GALLERISTS Jessica Silverman, Jessica Silverman Gallery San Francisco, California Her start: “From a young age I have been passionate about building artists’ careers and curious about the impetus to collect and surround oneself with art.” Her early interest in art may also have something to do with her grandfather Gilbert Silverman, who amassed one of the world’s largest collections of Fluxus art and donated the collection to The Museum of Modern Art in 2009.


Photos by Margo Moritz; installation by Hugh Scott-Douglas

Her focus: Silverman’s gallery, founded in 2008, focuses on discovering emergent artists, such as Los Angeles-based artists Sean Raspet, whose newest series focuses on fragrance and chemical formulations, and a new film and suite of paintings by Dashiell Manley, and bringing such artists to an international audience as well as introducing foreign artists to San Francisco. “The gallery has a strong concept-driven roster that embraces both rigorously abstract and hyper-figurative work.”


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uring the 1980s, civic leaders in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties realized that investing in arts and cultural venues would remake their seasonal resort destinations into year-round, world-class metropolitan areas. And, they saw the value of building them in rundown neighborhoods that needed redevelopment and revitalization. Local governments and residents saw the wisdom in that kind of thinking: Tourism is Florida’s number one industry; decomposing (and dangerous) downtowns were unsightly; and many local residents were transplants from the north and south and missed the cultural venues they enjoyed back home. With the communities’ blessings, public and private funding was secured and construction commenced. “Our region was known as a sleepy tourist destination,” says Mike Spring, director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. “We were a young community without traditions. I grew up here; I had to hunt for cultural opportunities. But that changed as the ideas and aspirations changed, and we are quickly establishing ourselves as the newest dynamic cultural hub in the United States and in the world.” He has reason to be proud. 


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Florida’s Creative Coast

By Christine Davis

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse by Jeanie Giebel

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Florida Grand Opera

Consider the New World Center in South Beach, home to the New World Symphony, a full-time orchestral academy. Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the building features an 80-foot-high glass façade that lights and displays the interior spaces.

570,000-square-foot complex. Designed by architect Cesar Pelli, with a Manhattan-Lincoln-Center-esque feel, it includes two halls—one for opera and ballet, and the other for concerts—as well as a black-box theater, outdoor plaza, gardens and public art installations.

Its theater can be reconfigured to suit a variety of needs, with additional stages that can be embedded within the audience and yards of sails that are beautiful, acoustically top-notch and great for projecting images. Its bells and whistles are impressive, and it’s not just for the highbrow crowd. Part of its façade is a 7,000-square-foot projection wall that broadcasts live events for free in an adjacent public park.

The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), which opened December 2013, functions as Miami’s front porch, says Leann Standish, PAMM’s deputy director for external affairs. “We have a veranda with Adirondack chairs; it’s MOMA with a better view, a truly special institution.”

“People sit in the green space in the middle of the sound system, and they [watch] the visual image of the performance. It’s really fun. It’s a great date night, or people come with their kids who get up and dance,” says Victoria Rogers, the center’s executive vice president. “These ‘wallcasts’ we show in our SoundScape are free. It’s a way of eliminating barriers to access classical music. It’s family, multigenerational and a beautiful ethnic mix.” The $472 million Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami is a huge


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“PAMM is a modern and contemporary art museum. Our mission is education and our niche is to be deeply international. Because we are building our collection, we invite artists to come here and make art for our museum,” she says. “Having artists come here to speak about their process, that’s transforming. It’s a place where you can open your mind to what art really means.” Broward and Palm Beach counties both have state-of-the-art performance facilities, too: Broward Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1991, and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1992. West Palm Beach’s 73-year-old, 122,500-square-foot Norton

Museum of Art is just about to undergo its third expansion, doubling its gallery space. Arts and culture are growing, and they have strong roots. Consider this: the 83,000-square-foot Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art as well as the 120,000-square-foot Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science began as small operations organized by the Junior League: the Fort Lauderdale Art Center in 1958 and the Discovery Center in 1977. But there’s more to do, notes Elayne Mordes, a collector who owns and operates Whitespace, a private exhibition space and home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Yes, every December, the premier international art show Art Basel’s sister act comes to Miami Beach, attracting an audience of 60,000 plus a whole host of satellite shows. “It’s art on steroids that week,” Mordes says, but it will take time to add the rich layering necessary to make South Florida a world-class, year-round art center. You need international galleries to open branches, she points out, and those galleries need a steady supply of collectors to buy their art. Mike Spring agrees. “These are first-generation cultural communities, and it will take time for them to establish themselves before they become stable institutions,” he says. 


New World Symphony; photo by Rui Dias-Aidos

The New World Center in Miami was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and features an 80-foot-high glass faรงade that lights and displays the interior spaces. It is also home to the New World Symphony, a full-time orchestral academy.

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Left to right, clockwise: The vertical gardens at PĂŠrez Art Museum Miami; the central garden at the Norton Museum of Art; a dance performance during Martin Luther King Jr. Festival, Broward Cultural Council; Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida; Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.


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“We have classical music, opera and ballet but also have programs for children, jazz, country western, comedians, Broadway shows and musical theater. There’s a lot more activity that has a broad appeal, and that’s been a conscious effort.” —Kravis Center CEO Judith Mitchell

One solution is to present existing art institutions as a cohesive arts and entertainment district, rather than letting them stand alone and fight for attention. For instance, West Palm Beach’s Downtown Development Authority recently created an arts and entertainment district that envelopes all performance venues, literature outlets, museums, art galleries, performing companies and art education institutions under the same platform. Together their economic power and reach will dramatically strengthen. Along those lines, the Broward Cultural Division is also enhancing their community’s cultural environment. “We asked residents if they wanted an arts park and to send us a proposal,” says Jody Horne-Leshinsky, the division’s assistant director. “They did, gave money, and we matched it. That’s how our art parks came to be. Instead of just one shining jewel, we have four satellite locations where people can participate in art.” To bring in larger audiences, the thinkers behind these venues are savvy. They know they compete with hand-held high-tech devices that deliver entertainment. “Opera is a living art form, not an object, and opera has evolved; clever, resourceful, inventive people take advantage of new technology that comes along to reinforce the artistic quality and experience of the performance,” says Justin Moss, Florida Grand Opera’s director of Broward Operation & Outreach. “Last season, we opened with Mourning Becomes Electra, and we used exciting technology—projections and moving scenery—that made it a thrilling experience that people loved.”

Opera becomes accessible when the translations are flashed across a screen during a performance, and it becomes interesting when someone explains what’s going on beforehand, he explains. “It’s not uncommon for a thousand people to show up for my pre-opera talks. That’s half the audience, and no one is more astonished than I.” While the Norton Museum of Art works to play a more significant role in the international art world, it also aims to serve as a community center, says Scott Benarde, the museum’s director of communications. “These are changing times and we have to change with them. Our Art After Dark program has dramatically increased. From a one-month event in 2010 attracting 400 to 600 people, we now offer it weekly, and it still attracts 400 to 600 people each week.” The Kravis recognizes that its audience has both grown and changed, and as a result, it offers a wide range of programming. “Our audience went from older and retired to a much more diverse, broader segment. Now people are living here year-round, and we see that reflected,” says Kravis Center CEO Judith Mitchell. “We have classical music, opera and ballet but also have programs for children, jazz, country western, comedians, Broadway shows and musical theater. There’s a lot more activity that has a broad appeal, and that’s been a conscious effort.” And what about the artists? The tri-county area offers programs to support them, including classes to improve their marketing efforts, education about available grant monies that give them

more time to devote to their work, and even information about housing opportunities. Take the concept behind the New World Symphony, founded by Michael Tilson Thomas. “It’s not a professional orchestra; it’s an academy,” says Victoria Rogers. “It’s meant to be a fellowship. We serve as a research and development arm for the world of classical music. These young musicians come to us from conservatories and music schools. They were trained and are talented, but they come here to hone. They audition during the time they are here, and we have 1,000 graduates who are employed all over the world.” The public has access to a variety of private art collections. Katherine Hinds, curator of the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, a 45,000-square-foot exhibition space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, says collectors like Martin Margulies are passionate about sharing their collections. “Miami’s collector community has become a model. It’s exciting for others to see how to take their collections to new levels, and say ‘I will buy this even though I can’t fit it into my space, because I like it and I enjoy it.’ The commitment for the collector to underwrite a 45-foot sculpture that takes up 15,000 square feet, that’s significant and very 21st century.” The artistic layers are piling up. South Florida has reinvented itself and changed local and national perspective. While the tri-county will always be known for its sunshine, it has planted the seed for an arts and culture community, and residents and tourists are responding. It’s time to visit. ■

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“I want to live in a world where people’s out;comes are determined by their grit and hard work and not limited by their skin color or place of birth.” capital—and how much was the result of an individual’s determination,” says Bartram, originally from Miami. WorkSquare has been bubbling around in Bartram’s head since she was 12 years old. Even before social entrepreneurship was a trendy term, Bartram knew that business could be a tool for creating social change. “We have some of the most complicated social challenges. How can we use business to create dignity and opportunity for those who need it most?” Bartram asks. Bartram’s maternal grandparents instilled entrepreneurship as a family value. She remembers many dinner conversations centered on how fortunate they were to have an abundance of possibilities. The way her grandparents talked about coming to America reminded Bartram that back then, individual grit and perseverance led to success. Going to public schools and working hard was enough to create financial prosperity.

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“Today, social mobility is not what it was,” Bartram says. “The opportunities we have are much more tied to where and to whom we were born. I’ve always been interested in leveling that playing field.”

ent is a necessary evil for many of us. Zachary* considers it a privilege, because in his eyes, it represents freedom. Under the tutelage of WorkSquare, Zachary secured employment and successfully re-adapted to society after serving a 22-year prison sentence in Florida. Pioneered by Harvard MBA grad and social impact investor Vanessa Bartram in 2008, WorkSquare is a staffing firm designed to empower low-wage workers to become financially stable. It holds the distinction of being Miami’s first certified “B Corp,” a new breed of business that holds profit and mission as equals. “I was always interested in income distribution and how much financial success was a result of our institutions—like educational systems and access to


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In her social enterprise classes at Harvard, Bartram took a strict, market approach to understand how to provide people with more job opportunities. She focused her studies on Miami’s low wage, temporary job market, flying home many weekends to conduct first-person interviews in Home Depot parking lots. Bartram remembers one day meeting a highly skilled, eager-to-work, Honduran carpenter, and another man with an evident drug issue who told her he only worked when he needed cash. “These men were so different, yet their job prospects were the same. I knew there was a need for a staffing model that would give workers a way to get ahead,” says Bartram. Thus began WorkSquare. Unlike its competitors, WorkSquare provides financial training for people like Zachary and encourages employers to hire for permanent positions. By empowering workers to achieve financial stability, WorkSquare provides reliable employees to their clients. Mission and profit work hand-in-hand. “The real goal of a social entrepreneur is to create a model where there is no trade-off between mission and profit,” says Bartram. Bartram recently moved to Tel Aviv, Israel, to help cultivate the impact investment sector and drive capital to Israeli social enterprises. She believes these investments can mitigate many socio-economic challenges in Israel and beyond. “This is an amazing country with so many dramatic personal stories: Holocaust survivors, Ethiopian Jews, Soviet immigrants, Sudanese refugees, Arab-Israelis. I want to live in a world where people’s outcomes are determined by their grit and hard work and not limited by their skin color or place of birth,” says Bartram. —Julie Fahnestock *Last name removed for protection.

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y entry into ballet happened quickly. When I was young, I would choreograph dances at home in my bedroom. At age 13 I auditioned for my school’s dance team. My teacher suggested I take a structured pre-ballet class, and I signed up for an additional class at the Boys and Girls Clubs in San Pedro, California. That instructor, impressed by my lines and natural movement, awarded me a full ballet scholarship, and I trained with her for two years before moving on to a more advanced school. I was accepted into the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in NYC in 2000.

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During all of those years training, I never realized I was an anomaly. I didn’t know that I needed support. It wasn’t until I was at the professional level that I realized I had entered this world, completely alone. It took four years for me to find girls who were brown. It was a shock and became evident that I needed to find people that I could relate to. For 10 years, I was the only African-American woman in the company. Through documentaries and films I discovered Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American ballerina to dance in a major company in the 1950s. She did this while battling racism within the world and in the ballet world. I became friends with Raven, who turned 80 this November. Her encouraging words are a positive example for me and the next generation of black ballerinas. Paloma Herrera, another ABT dancer, is also a strong influence in my life. I admire how persistent she is [in her career], how she shuts out the negativity of the competition and how she perseveres, and I do my best to apply these tools for myself.

In the beginning I thought I had to do this on my own, but I didn’t and now I know I don’t. No matter how strong or talented you are, there will be moments of weakness, doubt and fear. I had to accept that this wasn’t failure nor weakness. Turns out it’s a great and beautiful privilege to surround yourself with people who are there for you when you have doubt.

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Since the beginning of my career, I’ve received letters from fans. People were impressed with my successes despite moving frequently with my siblings and a single mother. They’d write, ‘I’m so happy you found this will within yourself to keep going,’ and stay in touch. They asked questions about how to take care of their bodies or pointe shoes. Their words of encouragement and questions furthered my drive and will to make it in the ballet world. Slowly I began to mentor some of these girls. It wasn’t my mission in life to be a role model, but I realized how important it is to reach back and communicate with young dancers who are going through similar experiences.

Read Copeland’s debut picture book Firebird (Putnam Juvenile, June 2014) and her memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (Touchstone, March 2014).


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Muses & Visionaries magazine No7  

The Creativity Issue, 2014, featuring Edie Parker

Muses & Visionaries magazine No7  

The Creativity Issue, 2014, featuring Edie Parker