Orange Appeal March/April 2022

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Eye On Arts: Orlando’s Cultural Outlook is Bright and Enlightening this Season

From exclusive premieres to returning favorites, the arts community is serving up a diverse and exciting lineup of performances and exhibits that will appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests. Here are highlights from Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Ballet, Rollins Museum of Art, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, Art & History Museums of Maitland, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Mennello Museum of American Art, and The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.


Farm Fresh Fashion

Brittnie Faine, certified family nurse practitioner, community volunteer and philanthropist, models the latest looks for spring — from trendy denim and playful boots to flowy florals and feminine pastels — in a bucolic, country chic setting, the BLB Hacienda in Sorrento. Clothing and accessories were sourced from Tuni, Monkee’s of Winter Park and Neiman Marcus Orlando.

Special Section: Professional Profiles — Women Of Influence

This series of special promotions, highlighting outstanding women in Central Florida, focuses on women who are accomplished and dedicated to their careers and community. Look for it on page 76.



on the cover: Brittnie Faine photographed at the BLB Hacienda in Sorrento, with fashions from Neiman Marcus Orlando, The Mall at Millenia. Hair and makeup by Marjorie Robinson. Story on page 90.

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People, places and things: Winter Park Fashion Week presented a runway show at the newly opened Winter Park Library & Events Center; Kendra Scott: 5 things we love about spring’s new collections; Kids Beating Cancer’s Rose Society, a group of dedicated women committed to the mission of Kids Beating Cancer through the Hats & Roses Luncheon & Fashion Show; Spa Invitational, a spoof on a traditional golf tournament with 18 holes of pampering and relaxing, benefits Grace Medical Home; The Sweetheart Society, a group of individuals who believe in creating a culture of health in our community by personally investing in the mission of the American Heart Association; Women to Watch: ABC chief meteorologist and author Ginger Zee will headline the Women United Luncheon; Rita Bornstein will receive the Holocaust Center’s White Rose Award.








For those looking to more organic treatments for common issues like allergies, sinusitis and even the common cold, Halotherapy — dry salt therapy — can be beneficial as it can cleanse and detox the lungs; Skintastic: local skin care experts offer treatment recommendations to put your best face forward this spring; Jill Hamilton Buss, LMHC, advises us to show ourselves self-compassion; Women Are Incredible series features Alyse Quinn.

New Moon Market in College Park offers a friendly spot for eating and living well; AVA MediterrAegean, the Greek-influenced restaurant, bar, and still-to-come private club, opens on Park Avenue in the spot previously home to Luma; Newly opened Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen is a delightful reincarnation of the beloved Hemingway’s, a dining destination for decades at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.






Winter events include Orange Appeal’s 2022 Women of the year Reception at The Monroe; Orlando Ballet’s Giselle production and VIP reception; Winter Park Fashion Week at the Winter Park Library and Events Center; Hearts Under the Stars for Kids Beating Cancer at Sihle Insurance Group; Hope for More Foundation’s Anti-Gala at Fields BMW; and St. Jude Orlando Gala.

Joanie Schirm writes about Dr. Peter Pritchard, the world-leading expert on turtles and tortoises, and his lesson that hatred is a learned process of emerging prejudices.


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Celebrate the return of spring at the Orlando Museum of Art during Central Florida’s premier event, Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers; A beloved New Smyrna Beach home got a carefully considered update as the next generation of owners were looking for spaces to entertain, relax and make precious memories.


Celebrate Spring’s Iconic Happenings The season of renewal and reawakening is finally here. And while we still have no idea what resurgence might be lurking — I won’t even say the name — we can celebrate what’s coming up on the calendar. We are excited to partake in some of Central Florida’s finest traditions. Arnold Palmer Invitational March 1–6

Some of us still call it the Bay Hill Invitational, but the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard is widely recognized as much for its star roster of players as it is for the endearing and enduring legacy of the great Arnold Palmer.

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival March 2–July 4

The horticulture team at Walt Disney World Resort produces elaborate topiaries, hanging baskets, flower towers and more for the annual festival that also features lively entertainment, fresh cuisine and interactive vignettes.


63rd Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival March 18–20

31st Florida Film Festival

Beautifully covering Central Park in Winter Park, the show is one of the largest — and most acclaimed — festivals in the country that is run entirely by volunteers. In addition to the dozens of artists, there is children’s programs and live entertainment.

Hosted by the Enzian Theater in Maitland, the Florida Film Festival is an Oscar-qualifying event that premieres the best in current independent and international cinema with more than 150 films and special guest appearances.

Springs Concert 2022 April 2

31st Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival May 17–30

A re-do of last year’s cancelled concert, this one is listed as sold out, but canvas your friends and colleagues who may hold some coveted tickets. Taking place in The Springs community, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and guests will present We Will

Rock You! The Music of Journey & Queen.

April 8–17

For two full weeks, Orlando Fringe features hundreds of ticketed theatrical performances from local, national and international artists, plus a free outdoor music festival. The main venue is Loch Haven Park.

Get out and enjoy!






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thelist fashion in full force Guests witnessed the magic and the energy of the runway first-hand at The Grafton Family Winter Park Fashion Week, presented by AdventHealth for Women, which took place in the new Winter Park Events Center on January 8. The annual fashion show highlights Winter Park boutiques and local fashion designers through a series of mini shows. Shown here was the show by Coco Indigo, located in Hannibal Square. Photo by Digital Tiger Studios.



KENDRA SCOTT: 5 Things We Love Fun and festive. Simple and elaborate. Passion and philanthropy. These are all hallmarks of the Kendra Scott brand that continues to evolve season by season. Extremely wearable and versatile, it’s easy to understand the jewelry line’s enduring popularity. The newest boutique opened in Disney Springs (there is one in The Mall at Millenia) with Kendra in attendance, and she showcased what’s perfect for the season.


SWEET SENTIMENTS: Whether as a gift or a personal keeper, birthstones, special words and shapes to Greek and grad motifs, there are lots of options with meaning.


COLOR BAR: Perfect for artsy and DIY clients, the ability to customize pieces by choosing the style, finish, setting and stones can be done in-store or online.

3 PERSONALIZE IT: Many charms, necklaces, earrings and bracelets in sterling silver, 18k gold and rose gold vermeil were designed to be engraved — for free.


MEN’S COLLECTION: Under the Scott Bros. label, a variety of bracelets and necklaces described as timeless and modern; country roads and city skylines.



STUNNING STONES: There are always dozens of gems to choose from including drusy, cat’s eye, abalone, opal, turquoise, slate and mother of pearl.



Photographed by Lotus Eyes Photography at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Left to right: Lindsay Skillman, Andrea Alonso, Alyce Bartolomeo, Marie Helen Ledbetter, Lynette Quinones, Imee Warren, Denise Fix, Brigitte Jensen, Kelly Lyon, Dr. Francelis Ivette Gonzalez, Margaret Guedes, Donna Boyer, Karen Parslow, Juliana No, Carey Sheffield, Paola Ormeño, Traci Sihle, Mary Kenny, Leslie Skillman, Ariane Chang, Paola Andrea Gonzalez. Sarah Grafton is pictured on Contents, page 2.


e are so excited to

years ago could have been simply that, a

The Rose Society of Kids Beating Can-

announce the third

“tragic death.” Instead, the short life of

cer is chaired by Dr. Francelis I. Gonzalez,

annual Hats & Roses

that little boy has inspired the Central

known to many as Dr. G., and chair-elect

Luncheon & Fash-

Florida community to support Kids Beat-

Donna Boyer. “I accepted the position of

ion Show on Friday,

ing Cancer to advocate for these children

chair of the 2022 Hats & Roses Luncheon &

April 8, 2022 at the elegant Four Seasons

and their families, who only want what

Fashion Show, and I am very excited about

Orlando Resort,” says Margaret Guedes,

every parent wants: their child to be

this year’s theme,” Dr. G says. “My com-

the founder of Kids Beating Cancer who

healthy, to beat cancer, and for the family

mitment to Kids Beating Cancer started

started the organization after the passing

to survive the long journey to a cure. For

years ago and is linked to my career as a

of her son from Leukemia. “The event’s

the past 30 years, Kids Beating Cancer

pediatric hematologist-oncologist. The road

theme, Springtime in Paris, will provide a

has been carrying out its mission of pro-

to recovery of pediatric patients affected

unique opportunity to blend high-end

viding children access to life-saving treat-

with cancer is long. I understand that sci-

fashion, French cuisine, and local ven-

ments through the science of cellular ther-

ence and research is the key to discover-

dors, at a refined location. The impact of

apy and advancing pediatric innovative,

ing the cure to save lives. Together with

your support of this extraordinary, unique

novel research, moving new discoveries to

purpose and passion we are coming

event will be to save children’s lives right

patient care, while supporting the chil-

together for this amazing event that will

here in our community.”

dren and their families throughout the

fulfill the goal of raising funds for Kids

treatment journey.

Beating Cancer.”

The tragic death of one little boy 30 14

This year, Kids Beating Cancer is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a vision to have a place dedicated to curing children by establishing the Kids Beating Cancer Children’s Center. “Our focus today and going forward remains on the belief we all strive for — the day when no

child will die before they can experience the joy of life. The Kids Beating Cancer Children’s Center will be a gift to the children of Central Florida, allowing our philoso-

Dr. Francelis I. Gonzalez, Chair, 2022 Hats & Roses Luncheon & Fashion Show

Margaret Guedes, Founder, Kids Beating Cancer

Donna Boyer, Chair-Elect, 2022 Hats & Roses Luncheon & Fashion Show

phy: to keep hope alive, to fight for a cure for

every child, and to keep the family together, to flourish. Science and treatment will continue to be at the apex, where knowledge, treatment and family support coalesce to cure a little boy or girl,” Margaret adds. For more information on the Hats & Roses Springtime in Paris Luncheon & Fashion Show, visit

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Alexis Laughrey Alyce Vondrak Bartolomeo Andrea Alonso Ariane Chang Brigitte Jensen Carey Sheffield Chrissy Gomersall Denise Fix Donna Boyer

Eva Krzewinski Francelis Gonzalez Imee Warren Juliana No Karen Parslow Kelly Lyons Laure Clavette Leslie Skillman Lindsay Skillman

Lynette Quiñones Margaret Guedes Marie Helen Ledbetter Mary Kenny Paola Gonzalez Paola Ormeño Sarah Grafton Traci Sihle Whitney Carillon

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SWEET ON HEART HEALTH THE ORLANDO HEART BALL UNITES THE COMMUNITY in celebrating progress toward equitable health and honoring survivors of heart disease and stroke. The dollars raised by the campaign fund the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives while supporting priority issues in Orlando. Strengthening the chain of survival and improving bystander CPR has been identified as this year’s campaign focus to propel work to support the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care From top:

access and quality. The 2022 Orlando Heart

Jennifer & Dr. Linus Wodi,

Ball is chaired by Peter D. Wearden, MD, PhD,

Lauren & Michael Brusca, Julie & Faith (not pictured) Kleffel

Director and Chair of Nemours Cardiac Center in Florida and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Nemours Children’s Health; and Gul H. Dadlani, MD, Chief of Cardiology of Nemours Cardiac Center at Nemours Children’s Health. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Wearden’s and Dr. Dadlani’s experience, conviction and passion to help raise critical funds to advance the science and the policies that will lead to longer, healthier lives for all,” says LaSonia Landry, Executive Director of Greater Orlando American Heart Association. Assisting the event chairs, the Sweetheart Society is a group of individuals who believe in creating a culture of health in our community by personally investing in the mission. These women and men are year-round ambassadors and support the Orlando Heart Ball, a culmination of a year-round campaign to raise awareness and critical funds in the fight



against heart disease and stroke. The annual gala recognizes the energy, passion and commitment of donors, doctors, patients, volunteers and sponsors. Not just for couples, the Sweetheart Society celebrates duos of all types including mother-daughter, father-son, best friends or survivor-caregiver, just to name a few.

2022 ORLANDO HEART BALL Saturday, April 30, 6–11pm JW Marriott Bonnet Creek Resort

Counterclockwise, from top: Peter & Kari Fleck, LaSonia & Eran Landry, Chris & Dr. Douglas Gearity, Amanda & Alexandre Mestdagh

2022 ORLANDO SWEETHEART SOCIETY Dr. Michael Bingler & Dr. Amber Hoffman Michael & Lauren Brusca Kevin & Kim Cook Dr. Gul & Ellen Dadlani Peter & Kari Fleck Dr. Douglas & Chris Gearity Marlin & Linda Hutchens 18

Julie & Faith Kleffel Eran & LaSonia Landry Jesse & Kim Martinez Alexandre & Amanda Mestdagh Glenn & Tracy Swanson Dr. Peter Wearden & Kelly Iannazzo Dr. Linus & Jennifer Wodi


From left: Ellen & Dr. Gul Dadlani, Kim & Jesse Martinez


the list

Committee members and sponsors dressed by Athleta at The Mall at Millenia and photographed by Christi Ashby at The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Back row: Kelly Neirstadt, Lynn Ivanek, Sherry Magee and Kari Conley. Front row: Holly Wilton and Stephanie Garris


Relaxing, Refreshing Fellowship


ore than a decade ago,

Orlando Health, is celebrating its 10th

“holes” include a variety of mini spa ser-

local executive Sherry

event this year and the activities and

vices as well as interactive sessions in

Magee was envious of the

camaraderie will again be at the forefront

some of the resort’s suites. Each hole has

time her mostly male col-

as 144 “players” will tee off on May 6 at the

been thoughtfully planned so there is

leagues got to escape the

Hyatt Regency Orlando. The experience

something of interest, from cooking to

office for some networking on the links at charity golf tournaments and wondered why there couldn’t be a more focused event where women could gather to do good. In 2011 she realized her dream with the inaugural Spa Invitational — and she has not looked back, growing the day into one of the most sought-after registrations. “We started this because we felt like there was a need to level the playing field for local businesswomen. We are honored to partner with Grace Medical Home that helps those who have fallen through the healthcare cracks. They have jobs but don’t have access to affordable insurance,” explains Sherry Magee, Senior Director, Community Relations, KPMG Lakehouse. The Spa Invitational, presented by 22

fashion styling — and this year there is

Community support is vital to the patients at Grace Medical Home. We are a 501c3 and state law prohibits us from any third-party reimbursement for patient care such as public or private insurance companies. We need to raise every dollar we spend on comprehensive patient care. The quality of care and access to 28 on-site medical specialty clinics, dental services, mental health or spiritual counseling, and medications has simply been out of reach to our patients because of insurance status and cost barriers. Because of community support and individual donations, we are able to advance our mission and ‘See to it that no one misses the grace of God.’ (Hebrews 12:15).”

even a dance class. The luncheon features

Stephanie Garris, Chief Executive Officer, Grace Medical Home

says Lynn Fleming Ivanek, Director of

an inspiring speaker and celebrates golf achievements like the hole-in-one (a hole in the tablecloth at one seat) and longest drive (who came the farthest). Players also get the opportunity to shop with multiple vendors and bid on silent auction items. “We are blessed that Sherry Magee chose Grace Medical Home as the beneficiary of this fantastic and unique event. For the past nine years, she has spent countless hours raising money and awareness of our ministry by bringing together incredible women who have a desire to give back while enjoying a day at the spa,” Philanthropy, Grace Medical Home.

thelist Orlando Health has been a longtime presenting sponsor of Spa Invitational and is continuing the legacy in 2022. “Supporting Grace Medical Home through this event is a highlight for me and the team every year. It’s a privilege to stand alongside so many women in our community who value the health and wellbeing of our community. The shared commitment of Winnie Palmer Hospital and Grace Medical

ABOUT SPA INVITATIONAL WHAT: A spoof on a traditional golf tournament with 18 holes of pampering and relaxing, continental breakfast, shopping, bidding, luncheon, and afternoon awards ceremony. WHEN/WHERE: Escape and relax on May 6, 8am – 5pm, at The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando. DRESS: Comfy clothes such as yoga or spa attire are the norm. MORE INFO:

Home to care for families makes us perfect partners. Of course, the Spa Invitational has become the event of the year in Orlando! Winnie Palmer Hospital is thrilled to be part of this magical day,” says Kelly Neirstadt, President, Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies and Senior Vice President, Orlando Health. The sponsors are passionate about Spa Invitational, and many come back year after year because it is something different. “I like this event because it is networking with amazing women leaders in our community for a good cause,” adds Kari Conley, APR, Government and Community Relations Manager, Duke Energy.

Kari Conley, Stephanie Garris and Sherry Magee

For many of the attendees and sponsors, the mission is what brings them out. “From its very beginnings, Grace has served people with incredible love and kindness that is rare and pure. It’s maybe not as much about choosing to support Grace Medical Home as it is being enraptured by them and their mission. I’m all in. They inspire me and I feel blessed to even think that my contribution adds to their efforts,” shares REALTOR Holly Wilton, a birdie level sponsor.

“With the pandemic, Central Florida experienced an increase in the number of uninsured. The need for outpatient services skyrocketed particularly as the number of uninsured rose. Grace was able to serve our community throughout the pandemic and never closed the doors. A gift of God’s grace that I am so proud and grateful for,” explains Dr. Kirsten Carter, Grace Medical Home. 24

ABOUT GRACE MEDICAL HOME More than 180,000 people in Orange County are uninsured and have no access to ongoing care due to insurance status and cost barriers. Grace Medical Home reflects the heart of Christ by offering the highest level of health care to the low-income, uninsured in Orange County. Grace is more than medicine. As a medical home, primary care providers work in tandem with mental health counselors, dieticians, specialty care physicians, dentists, spiritual care volunteers and others to make sure every patient has access to care and support to address their unique health care needs. The scope of care ranges from basic annual check-ups to coordinating life-saving surgery with referral partners. Grace also addresses the social determinants of health like food insecurity and housing instability to connect patients with the community resources they need to achieve optimal health outcomes. Grace’s mission is supported almost entirely through private donations and more than 24,000 volunteer service hours annually. Since its inception in 2010, Grace has served more than 5,000 patients and provided more than $1.1 million annually in avoided costs to local hospital partners. For more information, visit



Ginger Zee Headlines

Women United Luncheon


inger has been very outspoken about the mental health struggles she’s endured throughout her career,” says Lourdes Mola, president of Lourdes Mola Solutions and chair of the 2022 Women United Luncheon. “We’ve all struggled during various parts of our careers and given the past two years of working through a global pandemic, we’re looking forward to her inspir-

ing and empowering attendees to take charge and prioritize their own mental health. Let’s face it, it’s no longer uncommon.” In her New York Times best-selling memoir Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One, she brings readers along the immensely difficult path that took her from a depressed, fledgling meteorologist to the first female chief network meteorologist at a major network. While she worked her way up through various news outlets in the Midwest as a meteorologist, she chased storms while avoiding the real one brewing at home — a string of misguided relationships, including a horrifically abusive one that wouldn’t end until she was forced to call police, and a deep soul search that led her to check into a mental health hospital 10 days before starting her job at ABC. Ginger was struggling with significant mental health issues that went undiagnosed until she entered that inpatient therapy and began — slowly but surely — to get back on track. Lourdes Mola, MBA, President and CEO of Lourdes Mola Solutions, and Kathy Brown, MBA, CPXP, Program Experience of Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute,

Heart of Florida United Way

are chair and vice chair, respectively, of the 2022 Women United Luncheon. Women United is an action-oriented, impact-driven group of Central Florida leaders dedicated to empow-

(HFUW) is returning to in-person

ering the women and children of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

events with the 15th Annual Women

in 2007, they’ve advocated in Tallahassee; volunteered with organizations serving this

United Luncheon on Wednesday, April 6 from 11:30am – 1pm at Rosen Plaza. Ready to inspire attendees to

families, who are one emergency away from financial disaster. Since the group’s inception population; and hosted their own events to assist with job interview training; educational sessions about car seat safety, nutrition, early development — and much more. As part of a powerful, global network of more than 70,000 women leaders, Women United takes a stand against the most critical issues facing more than 165 communities in six countries. As an integral part of Heart of Florida United Way, Women United fights for

take charge of their own health,

the health, education and financial stability of every person in Central Florida. The group

headline speaker and ABC chief

to leverage their passions, ideas, expertise and resources to boost every child’s chance for

tackles the issues that matter most to the people who call it home. It empowers each other

meteorologist Ginger Zee will share

success in school. By strategically investing in local solutions and leveraging a worldwide

her story about her own personal

ties while also being part of the bigger picture and broader cause.

struggles with mental health and her resilience to overcome it. 26

footprint, Women United is able to positively impact Orange, Osceola and Seminole coun-

To learn more about the upcoming annual luncheon, visit Visit to learn more about Heart of Florida United Way.






The Holocaust Center’s annual White Rose Tribute — April 13 on the Rollins Museum of Art back lawn — recognizes local leaders who exemplify the organization’s mission to build inclusive communities by creating experiences through exhibits, programs, initiatives and education using lessons from the Holocaust. This year’s honoree is well-known throughout Central Florida for her work in higher education and philanthropy. Dr. Rita Bornstein, the 13th president and the first woman to hold that title at Rollins College, began at the college in 1990. She oversaw Rollins’ most ambitious fundraising effort, widely considered to have transformed the college. Today, she serves on the Center’s capital campaign committee for the future Holocaust Museum for Hope and Humanity. Her unwavering support will help to ensure that future generations of students learn from the painful lessons of the Holocaust and serve as advocates for justice, democracy and peace. Dr. Bornstein has supported her passion for the project with a significant financial gift. The White Rose Award is inspired by the White Rose movement led by courageous students in Germany during WWII who called for non-violent resistance against Hitler and the Nazis. Award recipients are active and vocal in their belief that participation, inclusiveness and respect are keys to a better Central Florida. holocaustedu. org/white-rose-tribute-event-2022 28

beautybody&spirit saline solution For those looking to more organic treatments for common issues like allergies, sinusitis and even the common cold, Halotherapy — dry salt therapy — can be beneficial as it can cleanse and detox the lungs. Most salt rooms offer a quiet, relaxing respite that can be good for the mind as well. Breathing in the tiny dry salt particles can boost the immune system and be beneficial to the skin. There are several centers in the Orlando area offering Halotherapy and a new one, Just Breathe Salt Therapy, is scheduled to open in Winter Park this spring.



SKINTASTIC: REFRESHED FOR SPRING We asked local skin care experts for treatment recommendations on putting your best face forward this spring!

COMBINE A PLATINUM HYDRAFACIAL AND MICRONEEDLING WITH PRP Dr. Ruth Hill Yeilding, YMD Facial Plastic Surgery Taking care of your skin has always been essential to your confidence and overall skin health. Our team at YMD is dedicated to you and making your skin care process easier by offering a unique treatment that combines our Platinum Hydrafacial and Microneedling with PRP. With our Platinum Hydrafacial, flush out toxins and puffiness with lymphatic drainage which can help your body recover faster from acne and inflammation. In addition, you’ll be able to dislodge built-up dirt while getting an effective exfoliation with the use of our glycolic peel. A Platinum Hydrafacial is the perfect way to hydrate and prep the skin for the next step: Microneedling with PRP. Microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma) helps thicken the epidermis, increase elasticity, improve texture, and firm your skin by triggering your body’s natural wound healing process and new collagen production. Fuse antioxidants and hydration into the skin with Vortex Fusion Technology and highly concentrated serums based on your personal skin goals. The platelet rich plasma that’s included separates growth factors within your blood which helps speed up healing time. This way, you’ll get better and faster results as it seeps down into the microchannels.

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beautybody&spirit LESS DOWNTIME WITH LASER RESURFACING Dr. Stephenie Poris, Poris Plastic Surgery Laser resurfacing is a treatment performed to reduce facial wrinkles, skin irregularities, and help reverse the damage that occurs from both the sun and aging. Here at Poris Plastic Surgery we are excited to offer both deep laser resurfacing and the newest in laser technology, a non-ablative, minimal downtime laser for all skin types. MOXI is the new, easy way to “prejuvenate” your skin. Using a non-ablative fractional laser, MOXI delivers light into the skin to trigger a skin healing response for collagen and elastin production. MOXI was developed for active individuals looking to correct the initial signs of sun damage and aging by fixing uneven pigmentation and improving the general tone and texture of the skin. Taking under 15 minutes, this ideal lunch-time treatment has little to no downtime and fits into an any lifestyle, any time of the year. It’s safe for year-round treatments among all skin types, so everyone can brighten and refresh their skin. Improvements can be noticed after a single treatment. Patients looking to maintain a youthful appearance and up their skin care routine in Orlando now have a new treatment that is gentle, comfortable and quick. “We chose this technology because of its distinctive benefits. MOXI brightens and refreshes the skin, with greater comfort than any other traditional laser treatments. My patients enjoy getting back to their daily routines fast, and they love their results. Finally, I now have a laser solution for everyone, regardless of skin color or sun exposure!” Dr. Stephenie Poris says. 324 E. Par St., Suite 100, Orlando 32804 | 407-558-1616 |

SCULPTRA: BECAUSE COLLAGEN IS KEY Dr. Dimitry Palceski, Reflections Dermatology We all know that collagen is the key to maintaining healthy and radiant looking skin. Collagen is a fibrous protein in the deep dermis that gives skin its structure and supports the functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA), which helps maintain the skin’s shape, while keeping it smooth and hydrated. A healthy supply of collagen makes for a more youthful-looking complexion. As you age, your body’s supply of collagen is gradually depleted. By the age of 45, approximately 25% of your collagen will have been lost. That number will continue to increase by 1% per year. Although topical and ingestible forms of collagen have gained in popularity, there is little research to support their advertised benefits. Sculptra, on the other hand, is currently the only FDA-approved collagen stimulator available in the U.S. with more than 20 years of clinical research and proven results. Unlike dermal fillers that work superficially on the symptoms of aging, Sculptra works on the root cause of aging by stimulating the production of new collagen in the deep layers of the skin’s dermis. Over a series of 2-3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart, your body gradually and naturally rebuilds a healthy and enriched base of collagen resulting in the restoration of facial volume and fullness and a diminishing in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Results improve over several months and last two years or more. If you’re looking to rebuild your own collagen naturally and safely, there’s just no better solution than Sculptra. 440 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park | 407-895-8818 | 34





by Jill Hamilton Buss, LMHC ave you ever given a presentation or taken on a big work project and thought, “I’m not good enough; I’m in over my

head; or I’m a fraud?” Or have you glanced

Who would EVER speak to a dear

overweight?” We can be so hard on our-

friend like that?! No one. But that’s how

selves and say things we would never say to

many of us speak to ourselves. When we

a friend. Just imagine yourself in this sce-

make a mistake or don’t live up to a stan-

nario — your best friend calls and you say:

dard we’ve set, we beat ourselves up. A

Friend: “Terrible. You know that guy I’ve been dating, the one I’m crazy about?

You: “Well, it’s probably because you’re old, ugly, boring, needy, 20 pounds overweight, and your wardrobe looks as tired as you do...”

in the mirror and thought, “I’m ugly or

You: “How are you?”


Well, he dumped me last night.”

version of this mock dialogue appeared in

Mindful Magazine (Feb. 2019) in an excellent article on self-compassion — a key strategy for mental wellbeing. Research



shows this inner critic or relentless mono-

this self-inflicted emotional assault.

logue of negative self-talk is damaging to

First, we must become aware we’re

our psyches and self-esteem. It can increase

doing it and then strive to talk to ourselves

stress chemicals in our bodies and rein-

as we would to our best friend. See if you

force negative beliefs and behavior.

can begin to notice your inner monologue.

Remember, thoughts are just thoughts.

You may be shocked at the negative things

They are not facts. But if we think some-

you say to yourself every day. The good

thing often enough or long enough, it

news is by catching this, you can change.

comes to feel true even when it isn’t. Espe-

When you notice a thought, pause. Take a

cially in this extended season of COVID,

deep breath and speak to yourself as you

we need to be kinder to ourselves and stop

would to a friend:

• You have a lot going on (job, kids, sick parent…) and you need to cut yourself some slack. • You are accomplished and respected or you wouldn’t be where you are (you’re not an impostor). • Your weight or looks are not your worth. People care more about your ideas, your heart, who you are, what you stand for — not what you weigh or your hair... You get the idea. Fill in your own language to combat your specific negative thoughts. Again, the good news is that our brains are malleable — they have “neuroplasticity.” With practice, we can change harmful patterns — wear new neural pathways. And, the results are worth it. The article referenced and much research since then shows self-compassionate people tend to be happier and have: • Greater life satisfaction • Better health and relationships • Less anxiety and depression • More resilience to deal with stress and challenges that come their way Learning and practicing self-compassion is more than simply eliminating negative self-talk, but it’s an important component and a great place to start. As author Louise L. Hay said: “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Jill Hamilton Buss is a licensed mental health counselor and healthy communities consultant. She owns and operates Jill Hamilton Buss Coaching and Counseling where she works with clients in a holistic way to improve body and mind. Previously she served as the executive director of Healthy Central Florida, an initiative to make our communities the healthiest in the nation. She holds masters degrees from the University of Florida and Rollins College, in communications and mental health counseling.



women are incredible!



BIG VISION, BIG HEART Alyse Quinn is all in — giving 100% and more to everything that she does, which is a lot. As managing partner and co-founder (along with her husband, Joe) of branding, marketing and technology firm Big Vision, she is busy with business development, client management and strategic planning. And in addition to serving on nonprofit boards and committees, she founded a self-governed peer group called Women in Communications for local women in the communications field to connect and share.


e are about to celebrate

oping client’s ecommerce sites, web appli-

tech, strategic initiatives, ventures, and

eight years at Big Vision.

cations, software platforms, and digital

brings a strong financial background. Fun

We started it as a full-

branded experiences — including a big

fact: the two met while salsa dancing and

service firm and since

shift in supporting better internal commu-

still enjoy dancing as well as traveling,

then, we’ve grown in

nications and operational efficiencies. “So

with a love and passion for Japan in par-

our specialties which are technology, com-

many companies are realizing their big-


munications and design. Technology is

gest assets are their people and those peo-

Alyse uses her talents and business

really at the forefront of everything that

ple need to have better systems and tools

acumen to help her community as well.

we do for our clients. We have had great

for doing things. I don’t think we would

She serves on the board of directors for

success in making our clients’ brands

have seen this trending a few years ago,”

Junior Achievement of Central Florida; is

more valuable by designing innovative

Alyse adds.

on the steering committee of Heart of

digital experiences for both customers and employees,” she shares. Those successes didn’t come without some hardships and restructuring during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Alyse feels the company has come out even stronger. “There were a lot of changes within our team and our business model, even with how we work now in a more remote/hybrid environment. We’ve had some really great

Florida United Way’s Women United and chairs its engagement committee; sits on

It was incredible to see the

the board of J4 Leaders, a Christian professional women’s development group;

resilience of the business

community — while everyone was struggling, we all rallied together to help one other.

and supports ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership. But most impressive, Alyse started and maintained an informal peer group called Women in Communications for local women in the communications field to

clients along the way who didn’t take their

She founded Big Vision with her hus-

come together. It began about seven years

foot off of the gas amid COVID and they

band, Joe, in 2014. While not a popular

ago, and the group would meet in-person

kept pushing for more innovation, rolling

choice among most people, she says of her

on a quarterly basis — sometimes over a

out new solutions for their teams and cli-

working relationship with Joe: “When

meal or to do a community service project.

ents. It was incredible to see the resilience

you get to integrate business into your

“When COVID hit, we actually started

of the business community — while every-

partnership, if you seize it as the opportu-

meeting weekly, virtually. Everybody

one was struggling, we all rallied together

nity that it is, you each find your lane in

would wrap around each other to share

to help one other,” Alyse explains.

the business and respect each other for it,

resources and ideas for how to address

The pandemic allowed the Big Vision

I think it makes the relationship even

some of their biggest challenges and con-

team to focus more on technology — devel-

stronger.” Joe leads a lot of the company’s

cerns. And we got to know each other as


beautybody&spirit human beings as well as professionals. I would say COVID made us stronger than ever, and the group grew tremendously,” she says. The group has gotten back to a slightly more sustainable model of meeting monthly digitally, in-person quarterly, and can communicate in real-time through an active online chat community. Members can come and go as they please — connecting when needed. “There’s currently no membership fees, no requirements and no restrictions. It’s been me facilitating it and our members keep it going. Our members consistently show up through all seasons of their personal and professional lives — and we’re all better for it,” Alyse adds. If you’re interested in joining Women in Communications, please email Alyse at


WHAT IS A WOMEN’S HEALTH NAVIGATOR? A health navigator is a specially trained registered nurse whose job is to make life easier for each and every woman through expert clinical assistance and educational, emotional and spiritual support. All calls are confidenViviana Diaz, tial; anyone can self-refer; and insurance is Doreen Forsythe, BSN, RN BSN, RN not required to talk or meet. AdventHealth for Women’s health navigators provide complimentary services that help you coordinate your overall care and answer any questions you may have. These services include:

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Finding a care provider Answering your health care questions Assistance with scheduling annual office visits and screenings Resources and support for you and your family Coordination of care among multiple providers and facilities To contact the Health Navigation Team, call 407-720-5191 or visit

tastes&experiences eat well, live well After a career in corporate sales, Jennifer Moon-Huggett followed her passion for crafting organic cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, and plant-based salads and soups — educating customers on the food-health connection and making great friends in the process — through New Moon Market, which she opened six years ago with her father and husband. Open Monday through Saturday, New Moon Market is located on Edgewater Drive in College Park (across from The Wellesley).



AVA MediterrAegean Debuts on Park Avenue Just a few days after an opening event, AVA MediterrAegean — located on the prime corner of New England Avenue and Park Avenue in Winter Park — invited us for a sneak peek at the remodeled interior and a few of the signature dishes of the Greek-influenced restaurant, bar, and still-to-come private club. Restaurant designer Olya Volkova and co-founder Marine Galy graciously answered a few questions about the inspiration, process, and overall ambiance. What was the mood/vibe you were looking to create in the space?

a long-lasting circle and cycle of life nourished by the people who participate.

Parea: (Gr.) A Parea in Greek culture is a

The mood is transporting, warm, ele-

group of friends who regularly gather to

gant and vibrant. The central bar sets the

share their experiences about life, their

mood for an exciting evening and creates

restaurant. It was conceived as a new

philosophies, values and ideas. This is what

an unparalleled energy.

ambitious addition to Riviera Dining

the Parea experience is all about: great food, great people and great times. AVA MediterrAegean is really a venue for the growth of the human spirit, the develop-

How did the design come together and what were the key elements incorporated?

Group’s first venue MILA restaurant, located in the heart of Miami Beach. This venue stands on its own as a true Mediterranean experience from the rocky shores

ment of friendships, and the exploration

AVA MediterrAgean started a year ago with

of Aegean Sea. AVA MediterrAegean is

of ideas to enrich our quality of life that is

a site visit of the renowned and beloved

tough but sensual. It is a natural beauty

all too brief in time. In Greece, the Parea is

landmark space formerly occupied by Luma

with a few unpolished edges. The challenge came inherently with the existing space. The architecture was very challenging. There were six large columns in the space that blocked the energy. The first sketches and studies convinced us to disguise the columns in Mediterranean-style arches and make them part of intentional design elements that also include traditional limestone plaster and gray-tone stone that is common to Greece. The natural elements of wood, rope and woven rattan make it an authentic journey. The key element was the artwork by Etienne Moyat in the main dining room. This is not the first time we collaborated with Etienne and this particular sculpture is a representation of Aegean rocky beaches and driftwood, all seamlessly blending with the whole interior design vibe and palette.



Chef Keith Bombaugh

Why did you want to create a private lounge in the space? We have inherited basement space and we envisioned the opportunity to develop an elevated and exclusive venue. Nightlife and restaurants are a common combination in Miami, where our company began in the industry, yet this combination does not exist in this area.

Chef Keith Bombaugh, previously at Mirabelle in Washington D.C., explained more about the menu that is based on traditional and modern flavors from the Mediterranean and the Cycladic Islands.

How did you select the final items for this venue? When working with the team and Chef Michael in Miami at our sister restaurant MILA, we focused on the dishes that would help facilitate the taverna experience. By focusing on the guest experience and items that would bring joy and promote dialogue, we help develop the most important aspect which is the guest experience between the people at the table.

What are the most inventive and/or unique items that guests should definitely try?

Will the menu evolve over time?

Tomato salad, salt-crusted branzino, whole

fort zone is crucial in everything we do,

fish Spetsiota, and any of the raw fish crudos and rolls.

Absolutely. I really believe that constantly pushing ourselves to get outside our comespecially when the result of this is an improved experience for our guests.

Do you have a personal favorite among the offerings? I love them all, but the Greek salad touches close to my heart with the Waterkist tomatoes. It brings me back to my childhood and the tomatoes from my father’s garden. Every time I taste them it brings me back to those memories and moments with him.

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tastes&experiences Bacon-wrapped Filet

FOUR FLAMINGOS: A FOCUS ON FLORIDA FLAVORS Newly opened Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen is a delightful reincarnation of the beloved Hemingway’s, a dining destination for decades at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Luckily this flamingo doesn’t have to stand on one leg because it’s got at least three. FIRST THE RESTAURANT’S NAMESAKE, CHEF RICHARD BLAIS, the popular participant currently appearing on FOX’s Next Level Chef. He was also the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and brings cuisine credibility as well as experience opening novel concepts. The restaurant’s name is a nod to the four species of flamingo native to the Americas and the bird’s tendency to gather and feast in groups. His approach is to incorporate the Sunshine State’s wide range of flavors, ingredients and cultural influences. Next was a surprise for me — as I

and waffles dish was declared the winner.

perused the extensive, exotic menu, a note

Even with two accomplished chefs at

at the bottom brought me a smile. I had

the helm, Four Flamingos would not work

previously gotten to know Chef De Cui-

without an appealing menu for a variety of

sine Shelby Farrell through an interview

tastes. Complex combinations fill the con-

when she was at Hemisphere (Hyatt

cise one-page list of offerings that’s both

Regency Orlando International Airport)

diverse and inventive. Standout starters

just before her appearance on Food Net-

include the Tuna Tostada topped with a

work’s Guy’s Grocery Games. Later in

passion fruit egg yolk; a surprisingly crisp

2019, I was invited to judge the 2019 Hyatt

and light Coconut Shrimp Toast; flavorful

Good Taste Series that brought together

Oxtail & Foie Gras Empanada with mango

Hyatt chefs from around the world for a

salsa; and the melt-in-your-mouth Ham &

friendly competition. Chef Shelby’s pork

Cheese Croquettas with peppadew aioli.



Tuna Tostada

There is at least a dozen more to choose

There are two more legs on this flamingo

from — stone crab claws, Florida shrimp,

— setting and service — that make it more

oysters, steak bites, pork belly and salads.

than worth a little drive. The quaint, tropi-

Entrees emphasize several sea favorites

cal, endearing charm of Hemingway’s (a

from the Swordfish Prime Rib “Neptune’s

series of small dining rooms filled with

Cut” and Florida Seafood “Moqueca” to a

windows and high ceilings reminiscent of

classic Fish Beurre Blanc. I was drawn to

an island vacation villa) remains, with

the Lobster Bucatini with jalapeño and

thoughtful updates throughout. It is still a

lemon butter that had a boldness but could

welcoming oasis set among the gardens

serve three to four people (I brought left-

and waterwalls. The staff is exceptionally

overs home). For meat lovers, there is fine-

warm, attentive and accommodating under

dining mainstay Surf & Turf (half lobster

the eye of Manager Kyle Smith. We observed

and bacon wrapped filet); 30 oz. Dry Aged

several larger parties being attended to

Beef Ribeye; and Mojo Grilled Chicken.

promptly. And an open kitchen affords a

My husband chose the Bacon-wrapped

view of the team at work. Four Flamingos

Filet with boniato mash and truffle demi.

is open nightly beginning at 5pm and I

It was the most beautifully plated piece of

imagine it will become a romantic date

beef I have ever seen.

night or special celebratory spot.

Key Lime Blossom

– Christi Ashby

Desserts fill out the menu, but we were too full to indulge. So, a boxed-up Coconut Yuzu Cake (coconut layered cake, coconut


mousse) and Key Lime Blossom (graham

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home&design art in bloom Celebrate the return of spring at the Orlando Museum of Art during Central Florida’s premier event, Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers. Blooming since 2019, the Council of 101 will put the “petal” to the metal to bring visitors a museumwide kaleidoscope of breathtaking floral arrangements inspired by works from the Orlando Museum of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibitions. Expert and author Danielle Rollins, A Home for All Seasons, will speak about gracious living and stylish entertaining. There will also be curated antiques, lifestyle events and design workshops, taking place March 25–27. Learn more at




Photography by Eric Cucciaioni The spacious open main living area has unobstructed beach views from one end to the other. Family friendly furnishings include pieces upholstered in indoor/outdoor fabrics and coastal-style tables and chairs. Crisp white walls are accented with large ceiling beams. The family’s existing pool table was incorporated into the game room and lounge. Colorful art adorns the walls and adds a playful punch of texture to the space. Designer Leah Richardson kept some of the home’s architectural elements like the bold stairway with rustic treads.



ccording to Leah, the twostory 1980s-era house had great bones and she wanted to keep some of the original elements like the bold oak

tread staircase and the coastal-inspired shingled walls. She also looked to the environment for the sand and sea color palette she describes as hues seen on a pristine summer day. “I wanted to keep some of the texture of the interior walls covered in cedar shake. I painted it a crisp white. The beams were existing as well, but we added some tongue and groove to complement them. The staircase had a rope railing, but we took it out to streamline the look,” Leah explains. The organic décor keeps the vibe very coastal in a subtle way. All the furnishings are covered in durable indoor/outdoor fabrics, and most were new pieces. Leah brought in artwork from local artists and added some accessories and accents. Standout custom features include the large-scale oyster shell chandelier in the main living area and rich blue built-in cabinets and convenient wet bar in the dining room. One of the owners was passionate about a swing made in South Carolina so that was incorporated into one of the guest bedroom sunrooms. march | april 2022


home&design “With the dining room table, bistro table, and bar counter and stools, they can seat 16 people comfortably. That was very important. For more guests, the overflow can go outside where there is more seating,” Leah adds. Keeping the height of the furniture fairly low means the views outside the large picture windows are not obstructed from any angle. The project incorporated many of the owner’s wishes in a cohesive, comfortable design. “A lot of family members chimed in, but they agreed on the coastal décor. They really just wanted it to be fun and functional,” Leah says. The open kitchen is light and bright. Between the counter bar and two dining areas, the family can seat up to 16 people. The clean lines are enhanced with a tongue-and-groove ceiling treatment and casual woven dining chairs anchored by the beautiful wood flooring.



A striking ocean blue was used on the built-in cabinetry in the dining area. The rattan chandelier and chairs with blue and white cushions add a little color and texture to the space. In a guest room’s sunroom, the large swing sourced from the Original Charleston Bedswing company adds a touch of Low Country charm.



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ORLANDO’S CULTURAL OUTLOOK IS BRIGHT AND ENLIGHTENING THIS SEASON From exclusive premieres to returning favorites, the arts community is serving up a diverse and exciting lineup of performances and exhibits that will appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests. Here are highlights...

world premiere exhibit: HEROES & MONSTERS: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, THE THADDEUS MUMFORD, JR. VENICE COLLECTION February 12, 2022 – June 30, 2023, Carl and Gini Weyand Gallery, Orlando Museum of Art At the time of his tragic death in 1988 at the age of 27, JeanMichel Basquiat had become an art world celebrity and pop culture icon. Basquiat first achieved fame in the late 1970s as a graffiti artist in the cultural hotbed of Lower East Side, Manhattan. During the early 1980s, his paintings were being exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and today he is regarded as one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century. “He was a serious, major artist as a Black man in a white man’s world. Unfortunately, he would spend an evening with the glitterati and then couldn’t catch a cab home because of racism. These paintings are rare because they have never been seen before [in public]. They were painted in the fall/ winter of 1982 when Basquiat was in Los Angeles. He went out there with his girlfriend — Madonna before she was Madonna — and he was just a kid. We think of him as a superstar now, but at that time he was 21 and had just been discovered the year before by [art historian and curator] Diego Cortez,” says OMA Director and CEO Aaron H. De Groft, PhD.

Heroes and Monsters presents a rare group of 25 paintings from a private collection that is being shown for the first time at the Orlando Museum of Art. This is considered by many to be Basquiat’s best period in his short career. By 1982, he had established his distinctive raw expressionistic style and the symbolic vocabulary that would continue to recur in his work. His paintings often contrasted powerful forces within society and perhaps within himself. Learn more at Top image: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Crown Face), 1982, Oilstick and acrylic paint on cardboard Bottom image: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Industry Insider), 1982, Oilstick and acrylic paint on cardboard Both courtesy MJL Family Trust, LLC, c/o Mr. Richard LiPuma, Manager


WINTER PARK PAINT OUT PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL April 24 – 30, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens This year 24 professionally acclaimed plein air artists will paint at the Polasek Museum and locations nearby for the 14th Annual Winter Park Paint Out Plein Air Festival. Art lovers are invited to watch the artists at work, view their recently completed paintings in the Museum gallery, and attend free painting demonstrations. Artwork created during the Winter Park Paint Out will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Museum. All artworks will be viewable online as it is created at “This year we are very excited to introduce several new artists to our 14th annual Winter Park Paint Out. They will join returning fan favorites in capturing the beauty of our hometown through the eyes of artists,” says Debbie Komanski, CEO/Executive Director of Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. The Winter Park Paint Out will end with a Garden Party on Saturday, April 30, and the gallery and sculpture gardens will be free to the Morgan Samuel Price

public during the week-long festival.

THE RECOLLECTIONS OF DORETHA HAIR TRUESDELL: ALFRED HAIR AND THE FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN Through May 8 at Art & History Museums of Maitland The African American painters known as the Florida Highway-

Doretha in December of 2021, and a video excerpt of the inter-

men are renowned for their depictions of Florida’s natural land-

view will be playing in the gallery as part of the exhibition. She’s

scapes, and the story of the collective’s genesis is as intriguing as

a beautiful person, and her story is incredibly moving. The video

the works themselves. This exhibition focuses on the recollec-

won’t be available online, so only visitors to the exhibition will be

tions of Doretha Hair Truesdell, widow of Alfred Hair, univer-

able to view the footage,” says Danielle Thomas, Executive Direc-

sally accepted as the founder of the group. Mrs. Hair Truesdell’s

tor, Art & History Museums of Maitland.

recent firsthand account brings the narrative of this vibrant community of artists to life.

“I’m also incredibly excited for our new fundraising party,

A&H: The Art Party. This event will feature live painting and

“I’m excited for visitors to our winter/spring art exhibition,

printmaking, along with informal artist salons, where guests

The Recollections of Doretha Hair Truesdell: Alfred Hair and the Florida Highwaymen, to experience Doretha Hair Truesdell’s

will have the chance to talk to A&H’s current and former studio

firsthand account of the Highwaymen movement, beginning in

conversation, and of course, great food and drink.” Learn more at

the home she shared with Alfred Hair. A&H staff interviewed

artists. The event, on March 26, will be a fun mix of art, activity,

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eyeONarts CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN VIGNETTE Unknown maker, Chinese, bottle, 9 in. (22.8 cm) in height, porcelain, gift of Dr. Benjamin L. Abberger Jr. and Nancy Hardy Abberger Collection, no date. Photo: The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida.

Ongoing, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Chinese blue and white porcelain was among many Asian sources of inspiration for European and American artists and designers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, these precious Asian ceramic pieces are still avidly collected and attract a large, popular audience. In the 18th century, two regional variations of porcelain — Canton and Nanking (both produced in the port city of Guangzhou) — emerged. The industry served westerners eager to add an exotic element to their dining rooms. Complete sets of Canton porcelain, fashioned to accommodate European eating traditions, were embellished with broad brushstrokes of toned blues depicting flowers, village scenes, and interweaving patterning. Nanking wares reflected the higher quality of export porcelain. They featured evenly executed cobalt scenes in more refined detail,

Unknown maker, Chinese, bough pot, 6 3/4 in. (17 cm) in height, porcelain, gift of Dr. Benjamin L. Abberger Jr. and Nancy Hardy Abberger Collection, c. 1770. Photo: The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida.

often embellished with gold accents. Artists like James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) admired the ornamentation of these Chinese ceramics and incorporated them into some of their most famous interiors. This vignette exhibits numerous examples of these in-demand Chinese ceramics ranging from around 1740 to 1890. The works were collected over the course of 40 years by life-long Orlando residents Dr. Benjamin L. and Nancy Abberger and recently donated to the Morse Museum by the Abberger family. Visit for more information.

CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONS: PRINTS FROM FLYING HORSE EDITIONS (1996 – 2021) Through May 30 at Mennello Museum of American Art Contemporary Expressions: Prints from Flying Horse Editions (1996-2021) presents a survey of limited-edition prints, artist books and printed objects from more than 60 internationallyrenowned artists electrifying the art world today. Artists including Diana Al-Hadid, Odili Donald Odita, Will Cotton, David Humphrey, Chakaia Booker, James Sienna, Luis Gispert, Inka Essenhigh, Jiha Moon, and Mark Thomas Gibson are on view, engaging patrons with a dialogue about perception and understanding. Curated by the City of Orlando’s Public Art Collection, the exhibit holds the largest and most complete assemblage of works published by Flying Horse Editions. Learn more at

Jack Mr B Beverland, Untitled

“We’re fortunate to have Flying Horse Editions, a world-class

in the role of visiting artists who have had the opportunity to create

printing program at the University of Central Florida, our com-

limited-edition master prints with exceptional printmakers in a

munity’s renowned research institution,” says Mennello Museum

state-of-the-art facility. Following the trajectory of the artists and

Executive Director Shannon Fitzgerald. “Flying Horse Editions

their output from Flying Horse Editions is a visual narrative and

has attracted some of the most prominent artists working today

a testament to the immense talent we have coming to Orlando.”


Greek (Thessaly), Horse on Two Openwork Spheres, Eighth century B.C, Bronze, The Sol Rabin Collection

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GIL SHAHAM PLAYS BEETHOVEN March 5, Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to present four performances as part of its 2021-2022 series in the brand-new Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in March and May. The first of these performances in the long-awaited space will be Gil Shaham Plays Beethoven as part of the Classics Series on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30pm. Superstar Gil Shaham will perform Beethoven’s magisterial concerto — a creation of dra-


matic and emotional impact, and Latina composer Angélica Negrón reflects on the struggles with the creative process. To close the concert, the orchestra will show off Steinmetz Hall’s acoustics with Respighi’s epic Roman Festivals, with lots of extra brass and percussion. “The Orlando Philharmonic is comprised of some of the most brilliant artists and humans and we, as a whole, need music to bring us together. We’ve been doing that for years and have thrived and grown as an organization, and the missing piece of the puzzle

From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection is the first major museum exhibition in the United

was a beautiful venue in which to perform. Steinmetz Hall will surely give Gil Shaham

the orchestra a new lease on life and

States, in more than 25 years, to focus on

the ability to reach higher and higher

Greek art during the Geometric period (c.

artistic goals,” says Orlando Philhar-

900–700 B.C.). This pioneering exhibition

monic Music Director Eric Jacobsen.

includes 57 objects drawn from The Sol

Other upcoming performances in

Rabin Collection, considered the most impor-

Steinmetz Hall include: The Celtic

tant Geometric Greek collection in private

innovations of Geometric art and its endur-

Tenors on March 12; Carmina Burana on May 7; and The Great American Songbook with The John Pizzarelli Trio on May 14. Visit

ing legacy throughout classical antiquity. It

for more information.

hands. The collection presents new evidence that re-examines the contributions and

provides a new approach to understanding pre-classical Greek art and culture, ideologies and values — both ancient and mod-

Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

ern—and the elements of design that would be foundational for many Western civilizations. From Chaos to Order: Greek Geomet-

ric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Learn more at “What I am most excited about is to share with the community the architectural drawings for the new Rollins Museum of Art. Soon we will be able to envision how our exceptional collection will be installed in much larger galleries, and what temporary exhibitions may dialogue with it,” says Ena Heller, PhD, Bruce A. Beal Director. march | april 2022






ORLANDO BALLET PRESENTS THE PREMIERE COLLECTION March 17-20 & 24-27 at Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre Orlando Ballet welcomes renowned cho-

rary masterpiece “Lyric Pieces;” and a

the world to deliver this exquisite look into

reographers Jessica Lang, Heath Gill and

beautiful and intelligent pas, “Confronting

the Roaring Twenties. Our Ballet Ball will

Val Caniparoli, all of whom will present

Genius” by Heath Gill.

also follow this theme — a not to miss

productions that have never been per-

“I am thrilled that Orlando Ballet will

formed by Orlando Ballet. The Premiere

present two shows this spring which have

immersive experience for all,” says Orlando

Collection celebrates American artistry

not been performed in Central Florida

The Orlando Ballet Ball: A Night with

taking Central Florida audiences on a

previously — a mixed rep with selections

Great Gatsby will take place April 9 at

journey through the sublime.

Ballet Executive Director Cheryl Collins.

from three American Choreographers at

Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre with the

Making their Central Florida debut: A

Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre (which is

production of The Great Gatsby following

concert version of “Lambarena”, a fusion

truly up-close for the audience) and then,

April 28 – May 1 at the Dr. Phillips Center

of classical ballet and African dance by

Jorden’s production of The Great Gatsby.

for the Performing Arts. More informa-

Val Caniparoli; Jessica Lang’s contempo-

Orlando will be the second Company in

tion is available at

SeungHyeon Baek

OPERA ORLANDO’S RIGOLETTO April 22 & 24, Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Opera Orlando’s 2021-22 Viva Verdi! season on the MainStage concludes with the longawaited move into Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with

Rigoletto. This riveting melodrama is a compelling depiction of the callousness of the ruling class at the expense of those beneath them, featuring Korean baritone SeungHyeon Baek in the title role; the stunning soprano Lindsay Ohse as Gilda, Rigoletto’s secret daughter; and Metropolitan Opera tenor Kirk Dougherty as the dastardly Duke of Mantua. For tickets, visit “It truly is momentous to be able to produce our operas in this stunning hall designed specifically for acoustic performances, especially opera,” says General Director Gabriel Preisser. “We have been building up to this over the past seasons, with our MainStage series moving from the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater into the Walt Disney Theater, and now finally finding a home on the stage of Steinmetz Hall. I can’t think of a better show to mark this milestone. Verdi is one of opera’s greatest composers, and his Rigoletto promises to be thrillingly action-packed, featuring powerhouse voices and familiar melodies, all accompanied by the incredible Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.” 88

Steinmetz Hall Opens at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts A dream, decades in the making finally came to life in January, with the debut of the third theater that was part of the original Dr. Phillips Center design. Local arts groups including Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Orlando now have a performance home designed for their productions. The community — including government entities and philanthropists — came together to finish Orlando’s iconic center. • As one of the world’s most acoustically advanced theaters, Steinmetz Hall officially achieved an N1 sound rating — the lowest level at which humans can detect sound. •

It’s one of very few theaters in the world that can transform in shape, seating and sound to accommodate a variety of performances and events—with or without amplification.

• The quality of the space and the caliber of artists it will attract is on par with the most acclaimed venues across the globe—including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall. • There are 4 seating levels: orchestra (level 1), grand tier (level 2), center tier (level 3) and upper tier (level 4). And depending on the configuration, maximum capacity ranges from 1,597 to 1,741 people. Still to come this summer is Judson’s, a dynamic music room with cabaret-style seating, perfect for intimate events and live entertainment — including emerging world music, jazz, chamber, and recording.

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About Brittnie: Brittnie Faine is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who started the first four years of her career as a registered nurse in the post-surgical stepdown unit at AdventHealth in Winter Park. After gaining critical work experience and caring for patients throughout her community, Brittnie decided to go back to graduate school to earn her master’s degree in nursing. She is known for her incredible bedside manner that consistently makes her a favorite among her patients. Brittnie also volunteers in her community at Lake Highland Preparatory School and serves as a board member at The Faine House, which is a charitable organization that primarily houses youth who have aged out of the foster care system. She resides with her husband, Jeff Faine, and their two sons in Maitland.

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Brittnie photographed with Sarge, a retired Disney Clydesdale.

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About Marjorie: Marjorie Robinson was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. She moved to the United States 37 years ago and has been working in hair, makeup and wardrobe styling since 1994 and has been a Winter Park local for the past 30+ years. Marjorie spends half her time at Marjorie's Hair and Makeup Studio, located at 400 S. Orlando Ave., Building 100, Suite D in Winter Park, and the other half working for Skystorm Productions Company doing hair, makeup and wardrobe for television commercials. She leaves some time in between the two to focus on charity work. To inquire about Marjorie's services, contact her at 407-375-1345.


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About BLB Hacienda: BLB Hacienda is located in rural Seminole County near Sorrento. Partners Lee James, Bill Wells and Bob LaRose transformed the former equestrian center into an event venue — with horses, goats, chickens, and a peacock residing on the grounds. Comprised of a series of buildings including a new air-conditioned barn with catering kitchen, immaculate stables, bride’s suite, groom’s cabin and orchid house, it provides everything for a chic country wedding — or reunion barbeque, rehearsal dinner or unique nonprofit fundraiser.

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Hatred Is a Learned Process of Emerging Prejudices


friend of many, Dr. Peter Pritchard was the worldleading expert on turtles

by Joanie Schirm Sibille & Dr. Peter Pritchard

Peter realized he’d exhausted his drinking water supply. Beyond being thirsty, Peter felt dizziness and fatigue, early signs of

and tortoises until his

dehydration. Retracing his steps, Peter

death on February 25,

walked about a mile to where he’d earlier

2020. In a 1920s house that served as his

noticed a small hut nestled in the scrub

Chelonian Research Institute (CRI) in

bushes beside the beach, hoping the

small-town Oviedo, Peter displayed the

inhabitants might offer some water. He

world’s most extensive collection of relat-

found only a small Black girl of about five

ed specimens. As a CRI board member, I,

years of age in the hut, and Peter knew he

like many others worldwide, with great

was likely the first white man she’d ever

admiration, referred to Peter as the “Turtle God,” an honor like what Jane Goodall represents to the chimpanzee world.

their economy grew exponentially. Sibille, a native of Guyana, has a family tree that includes Portuguese, Chinese,

encountered. With no adults nearby as they were likely fishing for food, she peered, unafraid, at him.

Arawak Indian, East Indian, African, Jew-

Assuming the little girl spoke Spanish,

cated at Oxford University and the Uni-

ish and Texan ancestors. As we recently

Peter asked in her language if she had any

versity of Florida, earning a PhD in Zool-

reminisced about our magical trip, Sibille

water she could share. Keeping her eyes

ogy before spending nearly 40 years in the

shared this meaningful story relevant to

down, the girl turned away, went over to an

conservation of turtles and tortoises. At

our tumultuous times of fractured unity in

open makeshift cupboard shelf, and looked

CRI, Peter gave inspiring tours to anyone

America and elsewhere in the world.

among the cups for a glass one. She filled the

A Brit raised in Ireland, Peter was edu-

of any age, free. Remaining humble to the

Peter’s research took him to desolate

special glass with water and presented it to

end, this adventuresome man was named

beaches across the globe where logger-

Peter as if he were a prince. Then, she went

a Hero of the Planet by Time magazine

head or green turtles emerged from the

to the back of the tent and just watched him

and a Central Floridian of the Year by the

surf. Over many decades, his work pro-

sip the water down. She never said a word,

Orlando Sentinel.

tecting sea turtles in Costa Rica trans-

just observed him with a slow-building

In 2013, my husband and I and a few

formed the country’s approach to turtle

smile on her face. Peter thanked her and

very close friends accompanied Peter and

preservation. Beyond his scientific work,

walked back to his tent on the beach,

his wife, Sibille Hart Pritchard, on a Gala-

Peter also had a keen interest in the peo-

reminded that kindness is instinctive.

pagos Islands boat trip. Every evening

ples he encountered and was especially

The takeaway? Hate is an emotion that

after observing incredible wildlife, Peter

drawn to young inhabitants who often

flourishes in the absence of empathy. No

reflected on humorous and meaningful

were experiencing someone beyond their

one is born with hate. Hatred is a learned

accounts of past adventures there and

villages for the first time.

process of emerging prejudices. Compas-

elsewhere across the world in conserva-

In his research, Peter spent many years

sion is instinctive when nurtured from

tion. His stories revealed that people could

in desolate areas along the Pacific and

birth. We exhibit acceptance from birth

change for the better as he detailed, years

Atlantic Costa Rican coasts. Late one

until learning otherwise. Hate spurs on

previously, Galapagos turtles were being

afternoon, after scanning the beach for

easily taught prejudices. We must never

overhunted by locals and threatened by

the better part of a day in oppressive heat,

forget; people can unlearn hate.

illegal fishing. After spending time with Peter listening to his wisdom, the residents went from turtle hunters to protectors. Ecuador set up stringent environmental protection laws, and tourism and 96

In honor of Peter Pritchard — a video of appreciation. Author Joanie Holzer Schirm follows Peter’s example to make our world more caring. A community activist and volunteer serving on the Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity’s Leadership Council, Joanie knows we rise by lifting others.