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Scaasi Colorful couture By Frederic A. Sharf

100 Beautiful Years Palm Beach celebrates its centennial

Fantastic Fairs The art world comes to town

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arnold scaasi in palm beach A look back at the fashion icon’s golden years on the island By Frederic A. Sharf

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aging gracefully The fabled island of Palm Beach celebrates its centennial By M.M. Cloutier

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all’s fair in palm beach county Thousands of art lovers, connoisseurs and collectors celebrate a whirlwind season of art fairs By Jan Engoren

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welcome letter Palm Beach County earns “Skyhigh” praise for the richness and diversity of its cultural community. By Rena Blades

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publisher’s note art&culture, a testament to the vibrant character of Palm Beach County’s cultural scene. By Robert S.C. Kirschner

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upfront • Florida wildlife highlights a colorful new carousel recently installed at Downtown at the Gardens. • The Norton Museum of Art celebrates its 70th birthday. • PBS's signature performing-arts series, Great Performances, turns the spotlight on Miami City Ballet. • Independent filmmakers are heading to Palm Beach County for a growing number of film festivals. • Parker Ladd’s Annual Author Breakfast Series at the Brazilian Court Hotel offers something tasty to chew on. • Festival of the Arts BOCA returns to the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts in Mizner Park for its fifth season. • The annual Muse Awards, a one-of-a-kind celebration of cultural excellence, is set for February 10 at the Kravis Center.

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art works! The Lake Worth Cultural Renaissance Program provides creative solutions to real challenges.

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profile Presenting the 2011 Muse Awards honorees, each representing a profile of cultural excellence and personal passion.

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Nancy Brinker makes time in a busy life for art.

Our calendar of entertaining and engaging activities, performances, events and exhibits turns up the heat this winter.

inside culture Palm Beach County’s Karen Nobel named Florida Elementary Art Teacher of the Year; Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens presents “The Art of Elizabeth Catlett” in celebration of Black History Month; Culture & Cocktails, hosted by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, swings into the season; and much more insider news.

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Dress by Arnold Scaasi from Fall 1958 Arnold Scaasi Collection-Gift of Arnold Scaasi Made possible through the generous support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, anonymous donors, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Jane and Robert Burke, Carol Wall, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Megan O'Block, Lorraine Bressler, and Daria Petrilli-Eckert 2009.4116.2 Photograph courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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If you traveled on Delta Air Lines in December and happened to pull the copy of Sky magazine out of the seat pocket in front of you, a special treat awaited inside. Beginning on page 117, Sky published a wonderful profile of Palm Beach County, which was headlined “Oasis of Opportunity.” The 32-page special section highlighted Palm Beach County’s appealing climate for economic development, our year-round allure for tourists and – in a six-page feature story – the richness and diversity of our cultural community. I was privileged to have the opportunity to be quoted in this article, which provided an excellent forum in which to promote the many cultural treasures in our midst. As I read the entire Palm Beach County section, I was delighted to see that many of the interviews with key community leaders from business and government also made reference to the importance of our cultural scene. Let me give you a few examples. When Paul N. Leone, president of The Breakers Palm Beach and Flagler Systems Inc., was asked, “What do you enjoy most about PBC?” he began his response by saying, “This place has such an unbelievably strong base to begin with – from the educational and cultural opportunities we have here to the spectacular weather and abundant natural resources.” When asked “What makes PBC unique?” Stephen Ross, CEO and founder of Related Companies; co-owner and developer of CityPlace and majority owner of the Miami Dolphins, said, “There are not many other places in the world that have such a concentrated mix of art and culture, great restaurants, shopping, golf and the beauty of being beside the ocean.”

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In response to the same question, Harry W. Orf, vice president for scientific operations and professor at Scripps Florida, said, “I came from Boston – I was at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for 30 years – so the most surprising thing for me was the culture found here. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts … in every way rivals the Wang Theatre in Boston.” I’ve added the italics to reinforce the point, but what is so gratifying about these responses is that these extremely influential members of our community were so quick to cite arts and culture as essential components of what truly does make Palm Beach County “The Best of Everything.” If you didn’t see this outstanding write-up in print, you can read it online at http://msp.imirus.com/Mpowered/book/vds10/i 12/p118. I encourage you to take the time to take a look. As we begin this new year, we would like to extend our best wishes to all of our supporters. We also want to wish our newly elected government officials great success as they move into their new roles. Please know that we stand ready to assist you in understanding the absolutely essential contributions that art and culture make to the economical vitality and overall quality of life of our community. Rena Blades

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IN GOOD COMPANY This issue of art&culture, represents five successful years, and a testament to the vibrant character of Palm Beach County’s cultural scene – and to the intriguing and talented characters that have shaped it. If, as the Spanish author and adventurer Miguel de Cervantes claimed, we are known by the company we keep, then we are indeed fortunate.

art&culture emphasizes the true cultural mélange that is Palm Beach County. Variety is key, and our community has spoken loudly and clearly that our artistic landscape is a beacon for diversity. This is evident in our loyal readers’ devotion to supporting the vast array of cultural venues, organizations and artists whose stories are told in this multiple awardwinning magazine.

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Simply said, our arts community is thriving. Many relocating businesses choose Palm Beach County, in large part, for the cultural and leisure activities available here. Performing arts events and museum exhibitions once only offered “in season” are expanding to a year-round calendar. Numerous patrons and supporters of the arts are stepping up their pledges. All in all, Palm Beach County continues to reign as “Florida’s Cultural Capital.”

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In this issue, we take a look back, at Arnold Scaasi in Palm Beach, and this fashion icon’s golden years on the island, written by Frederic A. Sharf, page 36. And while we are in Palm Beach, we join in celebration, as this fabled island turns 100, in “Aging Gracefully,” page 46, written by longtime contributing writer, M.M. Cloutier. And, “All’s Fair in Palm Beach County,” as thousands of art lovers, connoisseurs and collectors celebrate a whirlwind season of art fairs, written by Jan Engoren, page 54. We all have a role to play in the life of our cultural community — whether it be as artists, adventurers, patrons or perhaps, purveyors. By developing our own gifts and appreciating those of others, we can ensure the continued vitality of our arts organizations and inspire the dreams that will fuel their future growth. Thank you for your company on the journey we share. I hope you will enjoy getting to know some of the Palm Beach County citizens that make our world more colorful as you wander through the pages of this issue of art&culture. Please Enjoy.

The presence of our strong cultural community shows that Palm Beach County residents and visitors recognize and appreciate the value of the arts. Local artists and performers who dedicate their lives to their crafts—and the

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contributors Born in the Far East and raised by mystics, our managing editor, Christina Wood, developed a flair for the creative at an early age. Oh all right, she was born in Wisconsin and studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before making a move to Florida. After further studies at Oxford University, England, she received her degree from Florida Atlantic University. Before launching her career as a freelance writer and editor in 1995, Christina enjoyed a variety of challenges working with both print and broadcast media. She is the recipient of a Golden Ink Award, Communicator Award, numerous Addy awards and the President’s Award from the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition.

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M.M. Cloutier is a West Palm Beach-based freelance writer who has written extensively about art and culture in Palm Beach County and elsewhere. Throughout her career, she has also written numerous profiles and covered business, cuisine, fashion and more for such newspapers as The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News, among others, and for several magazines, including reporting for Time.

Jan Engoren is a freelance writer living in Boca Raton. Growing up with an artist father, Jan was exposed to art, culture and travel from an early age. She spent a year abroad studying French and traveling throughout Europe, Mexico and parts of the Middle East. After college, Jan worked for the art auction house, Sotheby’s, where her appreciation of art was furthered. Though art is in her genes, Jan’s talent is writing; she combines her two interests by writing about art and culture. She is currently working on a future best-seller and in her spare time enjoys tennis, her two cats, Blanca and Latte, and a good dirty martini.

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With a lifelong interest in the arts inspired largely by his highly creative parents, Leon Rubin has been writing about arts and culture for more than three decades. A Boca Raton resident for almost 17 years, Leon was actively involved in children’s theater and helped to establish the Boca Raton Cultural Consortium. He now contributes to art&culture virtually from the home that he and his wife, Suzi, share in the mountains above Dahlonega, Georgia. And not even a New York blizzard is enough to keep them from enjoying the theater!

Frederic A. Sharf is a collector, scholar and author. His interests lie in publishing and exhibiting original material which illuminates 20th-century events and in exploring the evolution of 20th-century design.

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During more than three decades at The Palm Beach Post, Thom Smith covered popular music, movies, television and the courts, served as the paper’s “Listening Post” (ombudsman) and produced a consumer column. For 20 years he wrote columns about people, places and events in the Palm Beaches culminating with the “Palm Beach Social Diary.” These days he freelances for international publications and writes the “On the Avenues” column for The Coastal Star, a monthly newspaper that covers Lake Worth to Boca Raton. He and his wife, Diane, live in Boca Raton. Photo of Thom Smith: Davidoff Studios, Palm Beach


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Spotlight On Downtown at the Gardens Gives Community Colorful Arts Feature Downtown at the Gardens, an open-air mall in Palm Beach Gardens, recently unveiled a colorful thank you to the community for its continued support of the mall’s mission to become not only a popular shopping destination but also a center of art and entertainment. The new owners of the 348,000-square-foot property, Berman Enterprises, topped a yearlong initiative featuring weekly musical performances, art shows, food and wine tastings and even an Argentine tango party by installing a one-of-a-kind, hand-carved, wooden carousel customized with depictions of local history and wildlife. In addition to the traditional parade of horses, 27 animals native to Florida adorn the carousel, including sea horses and a manatee. Created by legendary wooden carousel manufacturer Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio, the unique art and entertainment feature is encircled with informative plaques displaying paintings and descriptions of indigenous Florida life. “When we purchased Downtown at the Gardens,” says Kevin Berman, partner in Berman Enterprises, “we made a commitment to invest in the community. This carousel is just one example of that investment.” According to Berman, the carousel ushers in several new art initiatives at Downtown at the Gardens. The Arts Honors program will award cash prizes to school-aged children who create art that’s judged exceptional. Carousel Courtyard will also be available to local arts groups to utilize for exhibitions, performances, and fundraising activities. Palm Beach Gardens Mayor David Levy, Vice-Mayor Bert Premuroso, Council Member Joseph Russo and Council Member Marcie Tinsley

By The Numbers N o r t o n M u s e u m o f A r t C e l e b ra t e s 70 Ye a r s The Norton Museum of Art is celebrating a birthday but the gift, as always, goes to the community. Since 1941, the museum has been pursuing a mission “to preserve for the future the beautiful things of the past.” After 70 years, it’s still going strong; preserving, developing, exhibiting and interpreting an outstanding permanent collection. Through special exhibitions, publications and educational programs, it is reaching out to improve the quality of life throughout our community through an appreciation of the visual arts. The Norton Museum of Art was founded by Ralph Hubbard Norton,

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an industrialist who headed the Acme Steel Company in Chicago, and his wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Norton. Before retiring to West Palm Beach, the couple developed a sizable collection of paintings and sculpture. Wanting to share the joy he had found in art with the community he now called home, Norton commissioned noted architect Marion Syms Wyeth to design a building to house the collection. The late Art Deco/Neo-Classic building opened its doors to the public on February 8, 1941. Today, the Norton’s collection consists of more than 7,000 works concentrated in European, American, Chinese, contemporary art and photography.

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PBS‘s signature performing-arts series, Great Performances, will turn the spotlight on Miami City Ballet in an upcoming episode. Great Performances, which showcases dance, drama, comedy and music, is a production of New Yorkbased THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG, one of public broadcasting’s most respected media providers. Proclaiming Miami City Ballet “one of America’s finest dance companies” and lauding its company director, Edward Villella, as “America’s most celebrated male ballet dancer,” the show’s producers headed south last fall to film the company, which is at home throughout the tri-county South Florida area from Miami-Dade through Palm Beach County, performing a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. The program, entitled Great Performances: Dance in America: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp, is currently scheduled to air in the www.pbs.org/gperf summer or fall.

Patricia Delgado and MCB dancers in Western Symphony. Choreography by George Balanchine

Now Showing Film Festivals Reflect Reel Passion! Palm Beach County is home to a growing number of film festivals, which celebrate a wide variety of onscreen creativity. In recent months, the L-Dub Film Festival paid tribute to the art of film-making at the Lake Worth Playhouse and the France Cinema Floride Film Festival offered a week of French film premieres. More than 30 films were screened during the 21st Annual Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and, for the second consecutive year, Palm Beach State College held a Multicultural Film Festival. Film fans will have much more to look forward to as the year unfolds. “Palm Beach County is indeed very fortunate to be home to eight film festivals that showcase the best films independent cinema has to offer,” says Palm Beach County Film Commissioner Chuck Eldred. “The festivals serve as major marketing tools for Palm Beach County and attract a vast array of talent, industry executives and enthusiastic audiences each year. As independent film rapidly evolves, these festivals offer refreshing and original ideas, invaluable networking opportunities and provide a creative outlet for filmmakers to present their work in a personal and professional format.” The 16th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival will take place March 23-31. The festival will present American

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independent and international cinema, including features, documentaries and shorts as well as the Student Showcase of Films. The event will also include parties, seminars and presentations. Also in March, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will once again partner with producer James Drayton to present the annual African-American Film Festival. New on the scene, the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival will take place April 7-10. The event will screen 30-40 features, documentaries and shorts as well as hosting celebrity events, educational seminars and parties. In its sixth year, the Delray Beach Film Festival is moving to the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton. This homegrown celebration of independent cinema, renamed the Downtown Boca Film Festival, will run April 11-17.

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Author Breakfast Series Offers Something to Chew On Book lovers will find something deliciously satisfying to sink their teeth into at the Brazilian Court’s 2011 Author Breakfast Series, where the company promises to be as stimulating as the fresh-brewed coffee. Former heartthrob Tab Hunter (Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star), Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff (Cleopatra: A Life) and The Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout (Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong) are among the authors scheduled to participate in Parker Ladd’s Seventh Annual Author Breakfast Series, cosponsored by the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club and Wilmington Trust. The series of author breakfasts, which are held in The Ballroom at Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court, begins in January and runs through April 1. “We can look forward to some very stimulating discussions and we are thrilled to have the support of Wilmington Trust,” said Ladd, the series moderator who is a part-time Palm Beach resident, a longtime publishing executive and the former host of or visit A&E’s “Open Book.”

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Now Showing Festival of the Arts BOCA Celebrates Fifth Season Singing sensation Jackie Evancho, guitar virtuoso Miloš Karadagli , the dynamic Ballet Hispanico and Distinguished Writer in Residence Doris Kearns Goodwin will be among the featured headliners when Festival of the Arts BOCA returns to the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts (SFCFA) at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater for its fifth season. This year’s festival will kick off on March 4 with the Future Stars Performing Arts Competition, presented by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, recognized as one of South Florida’s premier youth arts contests, and continue through March 12 with an intriguing lineup of international talent. “We are looking at a diverse program including symphonic music, another cinema with orchestra, concert opera, ballet, jazz and literature,” reports Charles Siemon, an SFCFA founder.

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Art and culture are always in motion at Downtown at the Gardens. Our one-of-a-kind carousel combines the beauty of hand-crafted woodworking and hand-painted scenery, with an entertainment experience for all ages. Educational murals surrounding the carousel explain each element of this unique work of art and celebrate Florida’s nature, history and life. Kids of all ages will delight in this new art movement and in Downtown’s eclectic mix of unique shops, boutiques, restaurants and entertainment.

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The Envelope Please The Muse Awards Celebrate Cultural Excellence

In the ancient world, the Muses were credited with inspiring artistic endeavors. Today, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council honors those whose efforts to promote cultural excellence are truly inspiring with the prestigious Muse Awards. The annual awards ceremony, a one-of-a-kind evening featuring a gala dinner and dynamic entertainment, will be held February 10 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cultural Council’s arts and cultural education programs. Irene Karp and Jean Sharf are co-chairing the event, which will honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to arts and culture throughout Palm Beach County. Andrew Kato, artistic director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and a creative consultant/coordinating producer on the Emmy Awardn Loring Linda Buckley, Joh winning Tony Awards, will produce the entertainment portion of the program. Performances by talented area students as well as professionals will be featured. A number of special guest award presenters were being confirmed at press time. “We’re extremely pleased that Mr. and Mrs. airs Alexander W. Dreyfoos are the Muse Awards Muse Awards Co-Ch Sharf n Jea d an Honorary Chairs,” Karp says. “Mr. Dreyfoos founded the Irene Karp Cultural Council in 1978 and has been a vital figure in the Cultural Council’s development and the overall cultural climate in Palm Beach County.” Sharf says they’re equally excited about the Muse Awards Honorary an Committee, which includes the following na and Jeff Sabe Goodman, Esq., Gi y Jud , pp hu Sc n Susa cultural supporters, many of whom have worked with the Cultural Council in the past: Dale & Doug Anderson Jack Lansing Elizabeth & Jeff Bateman Margo Lefton Marta & James Batmasian Debra Lyn Levasseur Ruth & Ted Baum John Loring Gigi & Harry Benson, CBE Tamar & Milton Maltz Yvonne Boice Betsy K. Matthews Nancy Brinker Jean & Will Matthews Casey Cole Denise & Bill Meyer ny Miller vasseur, Dan Debra Lyn Le Timolin Cole Danny Miller Suzanne Niedland Jane Mitchell & Lawrence F. DeGeorge Dack Patriarca Judy Goodman, Esq. Gina & Jeff Sabean Rick Gonzalez, AIA Susan Schupp Marta Batmasian, Rick Gonzalez Marcie Gorman Laurie Silvers Roe Green Mark Stevens Christopher Havlicek Jim Swope Hilary Jordan Robbi & Bruce Toll Judy & Stanley Katz Kathryn & Leo Vecellio

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Creative Solutions to Real Challenges By Christina Wood

In a Philadelphia neighborhood, a colorful mural stretching along a 260-foot school wall honors the community’s multicultural and working class heritage. A thousand citizens contributed to the project, which has become a unifying and energizing force as well as a source of great pride. When an epidemic of storefront vacancies swept through San Francisco, the arts community flexed its creative muscle, giving the city what the San Francisco Examiner called, “a muchneeded economic boost.” From the newly developed West Palm Beach waterfront to the Arts Garage and the Warehouse in Delray Beach, the arts are also revitalizing neighborhoods and bringing communities together here in Palm Beach County. “A resource found in most American communities that can have a major impact on community development is culture,” Robert McNulty, president of Partners for Livable Communities, reports. “Arts and cultural resources have proven time and time again to positively affect our communities on many different levels including: contributing towards job creation, stabilizing or revitalizing distressed neighborhoods, improving the outcomes of atrisk youth, improving neighborhood design and promoting racial understanding.” “It’s a proven fact that when you bring in art and artists it kick-starts the redevelopment process,” says Tracy Coffey Smith, Cultural Renaissance Program planner for the City of Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency, where plans are underway to create a dynamic new arts district. Strategic elements of the city’s plan include the revitalization of properties and buildings that will provide work and living spaces for artists, the promotion of local artists and the creation of a community arts center. In purchasing a building at 1000 Lake Avenue that will be renovated and repurposed to provide a cultural hub for the community, the Lake Worth CRA has already taken an important step. “Successful economic development in any area begins with the community,” says Joan Oliva, executive director of the Lake Worth

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CRA. “The Renaissance Program was created by the CRA as an avenue to draw on the talents already wellestablished here in Lake Worth but also to provide something different and unique that showcases how creative and inclusive Lake Worth has become.” “The Cultural Renaissance Program’s mission will help facilitate the development of economic recovery,” Smith says. “The mission will also unify the existing arts community around a shared vision, implementing goals for strengthening property value infrastructure, improving access to the arts through educational programs and investing in partnerships through communication that supports the talent and the creative community here in Lake Worth.” Partnerships are critical to the success of the program. Among others, Smith says she will be working closely with local merchants, the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, which will be moving to its new home in the Robert M. Montgomery Jr. Building this year. The Art Deco building, located in the heart of the city, originally opened as the Lake Theater in 1940. “Cultural building blocks – such as the new Cultural Council building and the soon-to-be-renovated 1000 Lake Avenue facility and Lake Worth’s renowned galleries and art-related businesses – set the tone for future investment while still respecting the historic and environmental gem Lake Worth has grown to be,” Oliva says. As part of its Cultural Renaissance Program, the Lake Worth CRA is committing $700,000 towards the renovation of the Montgomery Building, which will serve as the Cultural Council’s headquarters while also providing space for community exhibitions, tourism services and training and meeting facilities. As Smith says, “Working together to promote the arts district is all about unity.”

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Profiles i n C u lt u r e : The 2011 Muse Awards Honorees When our community’s most dedicated and generous patrons of the arts gather on February 10 for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s 2011 Muse Awards ceremony, it’s likely that standing ovations will be the order of the evening. This year’s honorees have been chosen because of their undeniable commitment to excellence, the exceptional passion they demonstrate day in and day out and the immeasurable impact that they make on our quality of life. In preparation for the event, which takes place at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, art&culture is pleased to introduce our readers to these shining stars of the cultural community.

in Historical > Excellence and Cultural Heritage Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

in Arts > Excellence and Cultural Outreach VSA Florida−Palm Beach County

Now in its 21st year, screening nearly three dozen films from

In 1985, the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Depart-

10 countries over 12 days at four area theaters, the Palm Beach

ment became the sponsoring agency for VSA arts of Florida−Palm

Jewish Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Palm Beach

Beach County, formerly known as Very Special Arts. The marriage

County. It began as the brainchild of an independent non-profit

of these two entities paved the way for what would become Palm

cultural group but for the past six years has been under the um-

Beach County’s premier arts and culture organization specializing

brella of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm

in the needs of a growing population of people with disabilities.

Beaches. Its mission is to celebrate, chronicle and highlight

Recognized throughout the state of Florida and across the nation

Jewish culture, experience and history through the art of film and

as a leader in comprehensive programming for people with

to share that with society as a whole as well as the Jewish

disabilities, VSA Florida−Palm Beach County promotes arts,

community. Known for bringing award-winning foreign and

education and creative expression involving children and adults

independent films that otherwise wouldn’t be seen here, the

with disabilities, thereby strengthening the human spirit and

festival also serves as a bridge between diverse ethnic and

improving the quality of life for all. Its mission is to create an

cultural groups within Palm Beach County, including gay, Hispanic

inclusive community where people with disabilities are empow-

and black communities.

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> Excellence in Arts Integrated Education

Center for Creative Education Founded in 1994, the Center for Creative Education was developed by a coalition of community, cultural and educational advisory members as a result of a study commissioned by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Its goal was to improve students’ educational experiences. Since then, CCE has served nearly 100,000 Palm Beach County children by bringing arts to schools and other facilities around the county. CCE and its 65 artists partner with schools, cultural organizations, artists, community-based organizations and human service providers to integrate the arts into academic curricula both in and out of school.

> Outstanding Festival

Festival of the Arts BOCA The Festival of the Arts BOCA was established in 2007 to bring world-class cultural arts to the City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County and South Florida. It has attracted some of the greatest artists in the world, including Itzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Dimitri Hvorstovsky and Lang Lang. Jazz has also been strongly represented at the festival with such artists as Pat Matheny, Tiempo Libre and Chic Corea. The literature program has featured playwright Edward Albee, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, columnist David Brooks and authors Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Anna Quindlen and Sashi Tharoor.

>Outstanding Collaboration

Ann Norton Sculpture Garden In September 2007, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens created its Community Enrichment Program in an effort to better serve the community and set the standard for good stewardship of the gardens for future generations. This program fosters collaborative partnerships with other cultural and environmental organizations in the county and provides educational opportunities to all populations. The program includes “Every Day is Earth Day,” “Literacy Days,” high school and college internships, intergenerational volunteer teams, guided group tours, guest lectures, Palm Beach County-approved curriculum and the annual Festival of Trees Community Days.

>Outstanding Philanthropist

Melvin and Claire Levine Originally from Atlantic City, Melvin and Claire Levine became full-time residents of Palm Beach in 2000. The couple is very active in Temple Emmanuel and supports many causes including the Norton Museum of Art and Jewish Family Services. They are es-

pecially committed to education and to animals, which brought them often to the Palm Beach Zoo where they would walk the grounds together. When they met Dr. Terry Maple, the zoo’s president and CEO, they were inspired by his wonderful vision for the future of the zoo, which included a badly needed animal hospital. The Levines decided to help make it happen and, in 2009, the zoo dedicated the Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex in honor of their generosity.

> Clyde Fyfe Award for Performing Artists

D. Shawn Berry D. Shawn Berry is co-founder and artistic director of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. Shawn graduated with honors from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., earning a BA and MA in music education. He has worked in the public schools for 21 years in vocal and instrumental music in grades K-12 and has been a Dwyer Award finalist. Under Shawn’s direction, Young Singers has grown to seven choirs with more than 250 singers ranging in age from 8 to 18. These choirs have participated in festivals from Walt Disney World to Salzburg’s Mozart Festival. His school choruses have performed in both national and international festivals and competitions, consistently winning top awards and honors. He has also prepared choruses for Broadway touring shows and local operas during his career.

> Council’s Choice Award:

Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee This West Palm Beach organization has made advocacy a priority. Led by Edith C. Bush, the organization participated in the Board of County Commissioners’ budget hearings this past summer. Edith and more than two dozen MLK Coordinating Committee supporters filled the chambers to urge the reinstatement of Cultural Council Category C-I grant funds to the budget. Individuals ranging from the elderly to young children gave inspiring testimonials about the value and importance of this grassroots cultural organization not only to our young, at-risk children but to the entire community. The MLK Coordinating Committee’s advocacy efforts were seen and heard; Palm Beach County Sheriff Bradshaw reached out to the Cultural Council and committed to supporting the MLK Committee and the other small cultural organizations with funding for the $220,000 grant program. For the past four decades, the Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee has sought to provide cultural activities to honor Dr. King and to enable people to reflect on his life and teachings. The organization sponsors an annual celebration of Dr. King’s life in January and presents a wide range of educational, artistic, cultural and leadership programs throughout the year.

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s the rubble of September 11 still smoldered, Nancy Brinker moved in with an aunt and uncle in Dallas and became a Neiman arrived in Budapest ready to assume her duties as the new U.S. Marcus executive trainee, where founder Stanley Marcus became Ambassador to Hungary. She quickly discovered the attacks were her first art mentor. She married a Neiman Marcus executive, had having an effect an ocean away. Commerce had ground to a halt; a son, Eric, in 1978, and divorced. Then her sister died. a shipment of American art for the ambassador’s residence had No retreat to a dark corner for Nancy. The “warrior queen” been delayed indefinitely. “The walls were empty,” Brinker recalls. “So I asked some who, according to friends, comes on “like a bullet” had promised her sister, Susan Komen, that she would help end the disease that galleries if we could fill them with Hungarian art.” Her gesture boosted the United States’ image – and that of took her life. Just at the right time, almost literally, her Prince Charming rode up. Norman Brinker was a some relatively unknown Hungarian artists. world-class equestrian, the genius behind It also touched her life. Brinker quickly Steak & Ale and Chili’s and an art lover. The became a big fan and ultimately a major 16-year age difference was no problem. collector. “Hungarians are interesting,” she “We loved the same things,” Nancy says. says. “They have pretty much been ignored, “We played polo. He let me do my thing. yet they take great pride in their Unlike so many men, he was comfortable accomplishments.” Her collection – with strong women.” portraits, landscapes, abstracts, hints of Norman gave her the wherewithal to Impressionism and Cubism – reflects the begin buying art, to found Susan G. national character. Komen for the Cure in 1982 and the “Hungarian art is not in the encouragement and comfort to fight her mainstream,” she admits. “Outside of own breast cancer two years later. When he Hungary, I have the largest collection. was critically injured playing polo in There’s just not a big market, although it’s Wellington in 1993, she cared for him. Ten starting to get more expensive. I can only Artist Istvan Nadler and Nancy Brinker years later he divorced her, in a selfless act buy about one piece a year now. It’s not an investment; I collect it because I like it and I like the artists. It has that set her free to continue her mission. He died in 2009. Nancy has friends in business and politics. Fellow Texan something to say about the country and the people. I’m very George W. Bush offered the ambassadorial appointment to proud of that.” Some of her collection, more than 30 works, is on exhibit; Hungary when he took office in 2001. Two years later, she resumed some is in her Washington residence; and much hangs in her her work at Komen, then returned to public service as Chief of stunning Palm Beach home. Her dark eyes dart to the painting Protocol at the State Department from 2007 to 2009. Bush also that dominates her living room: Laszlo Feher’s Self-Portrait With appointed her to the board of the Kennedy Center. Yet she’s Staircase. Another wall holds Bela Kadar’s nouveau Ladies in managed to avoid the partisan fray. Last year she accepted the Front of a Green Background, and visitors can’t miss Dezo Medal of Freedom from President Obama and she’s the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control. Korniss’ surreal Flute Player as they leave. “It’s been very intense this year,” Brinker says. On top of her The farmer’s daughter from Peoria wasn’t exactly artistic – “I could do stick figures,” she admits, but her mother made a point duties at Komen, she visited 28 cities in 10 weeks to promote to take her and sister Susan to museums in Chicago. “We learned Promise Me, her best-seller about the founding of the Komen how important art was,” she said. foundation. The paperback version is due in the spring, and the Though dyslexic, Brinker became the family’s first college 20th annual South Florida Race for the Cure took place run Jan. 29. graduate, not Ivy League but at downstate University of Illinois at “What an exercise,” she says. “It’s amazing. Time goes Urbana-Champaign. Strong on gumption, she nixed grad school, so fast.”

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CUT! Costume and the Cinema reveals the integral role of fashion design in creating unforgettable screen characters through 43 costumes worn by Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Renée Zellweger and others. January 19 to April 17; Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real; 561-392-2500 or www.bocamuseum.org. Johnny Depp wore this costume as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003); costume design by Penny Rose.

Joel Chasnoff’s poignant and humorous memoir,

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The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah, recounts the year the stand-up-comedian-turned-author spent in an armored tank division in the Israeli Defense Force. Chasnoff will appear during the JCC of the Palm Beaches’ Annual Book Festival, Temple Beth El, 2815 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach; 561-712-5209 or www.jcconline.com/north.

It’s a Nano World at the South Florida Science Museum is a fascinating 3,000-square-foot exhibition that introduces visitors to the biological wonders of the infinitesimal nano world that’s too small to see with just your eyes. The exhibit features videos, games and hands-on learning with very tiny tools to discover more about living things. January 29 to May 15; 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach; 561-832-1988 or www.sfsm.org.

Starting out as a family tribute band, the Bronx Wanderers echo eras of the past with renditions of hits from doo-wop to disco. With enthusiasm and sheer love of the music, they create an energetic bond between audience and performer, ensuring that everyone will be dancing in the aisles and clapping to the beat. Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade; 561-993-1160 or www.palmbeachstate.edu/DollyHand.xml.

Learn about the history of Art Deco and see the Streamline Moderne buildings of downtown Delray Beach on an art and architectural walking tour conducted by Sharon Koskoff, president of the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches. Wear your walking shoes and meet at Boston’s on the Beach Restaurant, A1A and East Atlantic Avenue, at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments provided; 561-276-9925 or www.ArtDecoPB.org. The Boyd Building in Delray Beach

Golf-enthusiasts and art-lovers alike will enjoy an impressive array of historic books, clubs, balls, postcards, stamps, tees, magazines, sheet music and works of art from Dr. Gary Wiren’s exceptional collection of golf memorabilia. The exhibit runs from February 17 to April 6, with an opening reception on February 23. Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta; 561-746-3101 or www.lighthousearts.org.

Often referred to as Mozart’s most perfect opera in drama and musical symmetry, Così fan tutte puts love to the test. Two young men boast that their fiancées will be faithful but their cynical friend bets that the women will stray. Italian conductor Gianluca Martinenghi makes his Palm Beach Opera debut. February 25-28; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-833-7888 or www.pbopera.org.

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In its 36th anniversary season, the Regional Arts Concert Series Akira Kinoshita

continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the finest classical symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists. The reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman, brings his remarkable artistry to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts accompanied by Rohan de Silva, piano. 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org.

A witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love, Next Fall forces us to consider what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to. This compelling new American play focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, but it transcends a typical love story. February 20 to March 27; Caldwell Theatre Company, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 877-245-7432 or www.caldwelltheatre.com.

Cabaret brings the Kit Kat Klub to the stage in a new Boca Raton Theatre Guild production. Set in 1931 Berlin, the musical tells the love stories of Sally Bowles and American writer Cliff Bradshaw, along with the elderly Herr Schultz and Frau Schneider, who are hoping for a second chance at love. February 25 to March 13; Willow Theatre, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-347-3948 or www.WillowTheatre.org.

Yasmin Levy’s voice, once heard, is never forgotten. In her deep, spiritual and moving style, Yasmin preserves and revives beautiful songs from her Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage. Influenced by her late father − composer and cantor Yitzhak Levy − she has performed in England, Sweden, Germany, Australia at New York's Carnegie Hall. Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth; 561-868-3309 or www.duncantheatre.org.

Sol Children’s Theatre Troupe’s A Little Princess, the Musical offers a delightful take on the Frances Hodgson Burnetts classic. Heiress Sara Crewe, enrolled at Miss Minchin’s seminary in Victorian England, is dealt a blow when she learns of the loss of her father − and her fortune. But curious things happen when a mysterious stranger from India arrives. March 11-27; 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-447-8829 or www.solchildren.org.

Demand for Frankie Valli’s trademark falsetto and classic tunes continues to surge. The Florida Sunshine Pops promises a fitting tribute with a performance featuring members of the original Jersey Boys cast and conducted by Charlie Calello − an original member of the Four Seasons. March 13, FAU Auditorium, Boca Raton, 800-564-9539; and March 14 and 16, Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-278-7677; www.sunsetet.com.

From A to Z: 26 Great Photographs from the Collection − a selection of images arranged by the first letter of the artist’s last name − reveals the depth and breadth of the Norton Museum of Art’s extensive photography collection. The exhibition acknowledges the work of some of the most notable photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. March 19 to June 19; 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-832-5196 or www.norton.org. GRACIELA ITURBIDE Mexican, 1942 Nuestra Senora de las Iguanas, Juchitan, 1979 Gelatin silver photograph, 24 x 20 in. Purchase, acquired through the generosity of the Photography Committee of the Norton Museum of Art, 2010.1 Courtesy of the artist and ROSEGALLERY

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{upfront-calendar} The incredible young musicians of the Florida Youth Orchestra present a free Concert in the Park at 4 p.m. featuring the Principal Orchestra as well as the Flute Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Thomas Sleeper. Now in its 23rd season, the orchestra provides outstanding classical music education for more than 360 students ages 619. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 954-962-5666 or www.floridayouthorchestra.org.

One of Broadway’s most versatile actresses, singers, dancers and comediennes, Rachel York has been critically acclaimed for City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor Victoria (Drama Desk Award), The Scarlet Pimpernel and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Her spirited performances on March 4-5 wrap up the 2010-11 Broadway Cabaret Series. Crest Theatre, Old School Square; 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-243-7922, ext. 1, or www.oldschool.org. Rachel York

Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the Broadway hit Movin’ Out, Tony- and Grammy-nominated Michael Cavanaugh is a consummate entertainer. Cavanaugh joins Maestro Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops for “The Music of Billy Joel and More” at the Kravis Center (April 4-5), FAU Auditorium, Boca Raton (April 7-9) and the Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens (April 10). 561-832-7677 or www.palmbeachpops.org. Michael Cavanaugh

Paying tribute to its founder, Dr. Jack W. Jones, Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches concludes its season with “Choral Favorites: 31 Years of Masterworks.” Under the direction of Dr. Carl P. Ashley, the program features an array of works by some of the best-loved composers. DeSantis Family Chapel, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach; 561-845-9696 or www.masterworkschorusofthepalmbeaches.com.

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra present Fouré’s Requiem, directed by Geoffrey Holland, as part of the Palm Beach Centennial Celebration. PBA students have performed beautiful choral masterpieces in the Church of Bethesda-By-the-Sea for more than two decades. 141 South County Road, Palm Beach. Complimentary tickets required; 561-803-2970 or www.pba.edu/performances/index.cfm.

Set in exotic India, La Bayadère dramatizes the doomed love of temple dancer Nikiya and the noble warrior Solor. Boca Ballet Theatre CoArtistic Director Dan Guin choreographed this epic ballet full of love, mystery and vengeance, which continues the company’s 20th anniversary season. April 16 and 17, Olympic Heights Performing Arts Center, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton; 561-995-0709 or www.bocaballet.org.

Celebrate Earth Day with The Adventures of Eco-Man! A mild-mannered reporter transforms into a superhero to battle such foes as the electricitywasting “High Voltage.” He teaches the importance of environmental awareness in the 21st century in an entertaining blend of science and theater. Presented by Atlantic Coast Theatre. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-347-3948 or www.WillowTheatre.org. Dates are subject to change. For an up-to-the-minute, searchable calendar of cultural events, please visit the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s website at www.palmbeachculture.com. For more information about individual organizations’ schedules, please visit the websites noted in each item.

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in Palm Beach:

The Golden Years, 1955-1970 by Frederic A. Sharf

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In the summer of 1954 a young designer of women’s clothing named Arnold Isaacs was contacted by a New York City advertising agency to design eight ball gowns for their client, a division of General Motors. Although he was just 24 years old, the designer insisted that his name be identified in small type below the ad image.

The name Scaasi was first used to identify the evening gowns the 24-year-old designer created for the General Motors 1954 ad campaign.

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The gowns were made in his New York studio apartment; the photo shoot took place in Detroit. The two photographers were friends of the designer and each had Americanized his last name. One night they called Arnold in New York to suggest that Isaacs spelled backwards would be a wonderful name for a fashion designer, especially since Italian styling was very avant garde in the mid-1950s. Arnold called his mother in Montreal and she enthusiastically endorsed the proposed name change. In 1955 Arnold Isaacs legally became Arnold Scaasi and the ads featuring his gowns ran with his new name, just as he had insisted. The first collection of ladies’ clothing bearing the Scaasi name was in stores early in September 1955. That month, Look Magazine published an article entitled “The Fashion Spotlight is Moving to America’s Young Designers.” Twenty-eight designers were listed, each by their first and last name except one – Scaasi was simply listed as Scaasi! He had already created a unique persona and had initiated a campaign to define himself as separate and special.

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In the spring of 1956 Arnold Scaasi went into business on his own, launching his first ready-to-wear collection in May. He was already a hot name in the fashion business and it is likely that pieces from this first collection were being sold in Palm Beach in the fall of 1956 at Martha Phllips’ shop and in December 1956 at Sara Fredericks’ boutique in the Palm Beach Towers. It is impossible to write about fashion retailing in Palm Beach in the 1950s and 1960s without some discussion of Phillips and Fredericks. Their stores on Worth Avenue defined what was fashionable for ladies to wear, not only during the winter season in Palm Beach, but also in all seasons and in all places where style was important. Phillips (1898-1996) was born in Brooklyn. Her father owned a shop that sold riding clothes. In 1917 she married Phillip R. Phillips, who was in the ready-to-wear business. In 1933 she decided to open her own boutique which would specialize in designer clothing; it was located on Madison Avenue (on the 12th floor) and customers came only by invitation. Marjorie Merriweather Post was an important client and probably was the person who persuaded Phillips to open a shop in Palm Beach. It opened for the season in December 1944 at 230 Worth Avenue. Sara Fredericks (1903-1983) came from Boston. She began her retailing career by selling dresses to wealthy ladies from her apartment in Brookline, Massachusetts. During the 1950s her shop at 77 Newbury Street in Boston was the important destination for fashionable local women. In 1956 a group of Bostonians, one of whom was a relative of Sara, invested in the construction of the Palm Beach Towers. Sara rented an apartment and was invited to open a boutique off the main lobby. She opened on December 16, 1956. She moved to Worth Avenue in 1959.


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Merrill was featured in the January 11, 1960, issue of Life Magazine wearing a number of stunning Scaasi ensembles, including this pink coat with fur collar.

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The news-making 1969 ensemble worn by Barbra Streisand at the 1969 Academy Awards ceremony. A two-part ensemble from 1958 worn by Arlene Francis is also part of the Arnold Scaasi Collection now housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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In December 1957 a photo was taken of the fashionable Palm Beach socialite Maura Benjamin, the wife of William E. Benjamin II, as she arrived in the evening at the Taboo Club on Worth Avenue in a Scaasi outfit. This photo was published by Town & Country magazine in January 1958. Scaasi’s meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the American fashion scene was confirmed in October 1958 when he was announced as the winner of the Coty American Fashion Critics Award, one of the most prestigious fashion awards in the United States. Newspaper coverage of Arnold Scaasi began to increase as a result of his winning the Coty award. When Stanley Marcus, President of Neiman-Marcus in Dallas, presented Arnold with a special award in the fall of 1959, the wording of this award was quoted by the national news media: “To Scaasi, brilliant young newcomer to fashion preeminence whose sense of drama has matched his exciting use of color and fabric; whose understanding of construction has expressed itself in intricate cut and whose demand for quality has brought every producer of fine fabric to his doorstep.” Scaasi was a fashion star! An important Scaasi customer in 1959 and for many years afterwards was the actress Dina Merrill. She would come to his salon and select outfits from his ready-to-wear collection, which he then altered so that they became, in essence, custom-made. The January 11, 1960, issue of Life Magazine featured her on the cover, with an interior photo in which she was wearing a stunning red trouser suit by Scaasi. Even though Dina Merrill was viewed by Palm Beachers as one of their own, Arnold dealt with her in New York City; he never had any dealings with her famous mother. Sara Fredericks continued to celebrate Scaasi’s genius. In February 1960, she staged several high-profile fashion shows in Palm Beach featuring Scaasi. The Palm Beach Daily News carried a photo of a Scaasi evening outfit, taken at the Palm Beach Country Club, in its February 5 issue. During the 1960s Scaasi outfits were often included in charitable benefit fashion shows and such shows received extensive press coverage. In the early 1960s Arnold became known as a designer whose outfits defined style; as a result he was frequently interviewed for his views on contemporary fashion. A lead article on his new collection, published in The New York Times in December 1961 and widely reprinted that month, is worth quoting: “Costumes created by couturier Arnold Scaasi have gone about as far as they can go, short of eliminating the bodice altogether. In what seems to be an unofficial contest among American designers to see whose décolletage designs can outstrip the others, Scaasi dresses top them all. Scaasi’s strapless dresses are worn by models who seem to have outgrown them. But his publicity director assured an inquirer that they were intended to stop where they did. ‘Very feminine,’ she explained, a reply which no one could debate.”


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Mrs. William E. (Maura) Benjamin II arriving at the Ta-Boo Club on Worth Avenue in a Scaasi dress, December 1957.

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Arnold and friends at the Colony Hotel, February 1967 (from left: Mrs. Robert Salisbury, Mrs. H. Loy Anderson, Arnold Scaasi, Mrs. Joseph Tankoos and model Miss Andre)

Certainly the best local publicity of these early years was a cover of Palm Beach Illustrated on January 17, 1963. Arlene Francis was shown in her New York apartment wearing an elegant Scaasi outfit. He had been designing custom clothes for her since 1955 and, in 1958, he was asked to design a series of outfits for her to wear in the Broadway production of Once More with Feeling. The show ran for eight months and the Scaasi outfits received rave reviews. Arlene Francis became a client for life! In January 1963, Arnold was widely quoted in an article “Fashions Forecast by Style Creators:” “Women will use clothes as a weapon against worry and boredom and also as a bait to get their man. Styles will be bright, original and sometimes eccentric, but never solemn or sad.” He was now commercially successful. His ready-to-wear collection was nationally acclaimed. He was, however, attracted to the idea of becoming the exclusive designer of custom-made clothing for a small group of wealthy, socially prominent women. He believed that such a clientele would provide him with greater artistic satisfaction. Therefore he made the bold decision in 1963 to completely close his ready-to-wear business and launch himself in a new direction.

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Polka-dot pouf dress from 1961

In May 1964, Scaasi launched his couture business at 26 East 56th Street in New York City. The salon had been elegantly decorated by Valerian Rybar. The invited guests included the cream of New York society, as well as notables like the actress/singer Barbra Streisand and the opera diva Joan Sutherland. In December 1965 he made his first documented visit to Palm Beach. Scaasi was invited by his New York client Ruth Adler (Mrs. Joseph) Tankoos to spend five days in a penthouse suite at the Colony Hotel, which her husband owned. A surviving photo taken by Mort Kaye shows Scaasi hosting a party at the hotel; his guests included Barton (Mrs. Walter) Gubelmann and Joan (Mrs. David) Muss. Scaasi’s made-to-order business was already on solid ground

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 Arlene Francis on the cover of Palm Beach Illustrated, January 17, 1963

by the time he made his second and most important visit to Palm Beach. Instead of coming in December 1966, he arrived in late January 1967 so that he could have his showing during the first week of February. Tankoos had assured him that this schedule would encourage many of her friends to attend. The Palm Beach Daily News announced that the “noted couturier” was staying at the Colony Hotel “to take dress design orders.” In a newspaper interview, Scaasi told the writer: “I can never imagine the average housewife buying one of my dresses. The woman I do visualize is quite social, has enough money to take care of her figure and her grooming and wants to look a little different than the woman next door.” This February 1967 showing did prove to be the door opener which Tankoos had promised and which Scaasi had hoped for. Scaasi was heavily booked during his five days at the hotel. On the third day he was introduced to a woman who would become one of his most important clients. Mary Sanford, known even then as the “Queen of Palm Beach,” arrived at his suite having heard from her friends that Scaasi made “wonderful clothes.” She told him that she was worried he would not have anything unique left to offer her. He quickly proved her wrong and went on to become her favorite designer and a close friend. Scaasi returned to Palm Beach in late January 1968. The Palm Beach Galleries on Worth Avenue, in part owned by Sanford, were

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 At the Colony Hotel, December 1965

opening a new exhibition with an elegant party which she wanted Scaasi to attend. The Palm Beach Daily News published a photo of him at the opening in the January 26, 1968, issue. He was photographed discussing the art with Gubelmann, another of his favorite clients. National newspaper coverage of Scaasi was by now extensive and the Palm Beach Daily News frequently carried these stories. Scaasi excelled at designing attention-grabbing outfits for his favorite customers to wear to charity balls. In the fall of 1968 Gubelmann commissioned such a gown for the Imperial Ball, which would take place in December in New York City. The photos of her in her custom-made Scaasi appeared in many newspapers, including the Palm Beach Daily News. In a way, the purchase of a Scaasi dress virtually guaranteed that the woman wearing it would receive favorable press coverage. His fame was further enhanced when Streisand was named to the Best Dressed List for 1968. For Scaasi, 1969 would be a milestone year. In April he traveled to Hollywood to attend the Academy Awards ceremony on April 14. Streisand would be wearing the special and spectacular outfit that he had designed for her. When she won the award as Best Actress and appeared on stage in front of a national television audience, her Scaasi outfit became the high point of the evening. This outfit remained newsworthy for many months and is now in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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Fabulous Scaasi If there was one word which could describe Scaasi couture by the end of 1969 it was “fabulous.” This word was used by the Palm Beach Daily News to describe the embroidered Scaasi gown worn by Margo (Mrs. Albin) Holder to the Christmas party hosted by Sanford at the Ocean Club. A few nights later, Holder wore an equally spectacular, newsworthy gown to the New Year’s Eve party hosted by The Coconuts – one of the most important annual social events in Palm Beach. When Scaasi arrived for his by now annual Palm Beach sales trip in February 1970, the most important social event of the trip was the party held in his honor by Brownie (Mrs. John R.) McLean at El Salano, her mansion at 729 South Ocean Boulevard. Scaasi was now considered an integral part of winter society in Palm Beach. Palm Beach provided Scaasi with a unique venue. Here he could meet wealthy, social women from all over the United States. Here he could show these women wonderful designs for clothing which could be worn in all the fashionable places to which their lifestyle took them. Here he could fit his clients – which he did meticulously, taking more than 60 measurements of each woman – to assure that the resulting outfit would fit perfectly. By now the Palm Beach Daily News was accustomed to reporting steadily on the “Scaasi ladies.” Palm Beach provided Arnold Scaasi and his longtime partner, Parker Ladd, not only with a useful destination in which to carry on business but also with an atmosphere in which they felt comfortable. Scaasi and Ladd became regular Palm Beach visitors in the 1970s before becoming seasonal residents in the 1980s. For more than 45 years, Scaasi has been an important part of the Palm Beach community! The town continues to give him a useful base from which to carry on his lifelong passion for designing costume jewelry. Over the past few years, his pieces have been advertised and sold on the Home Shopping Network, based in Tampa. Editor’s Note: For those who would like to see examples of Arnold Scaasi’s work in person, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach is offering an exhibition of his couture fashions that have been donated to its collection. The exhibit will chronicle his career that began in the 1950s. The exhibit coincides with the current Scaasi exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. For information, visit www.mlfhmuseum.org. Scaasi also is the focus of the February 7 Culture & Cocktails conversation at Café Boulud in Palm Beach, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. See page 62 for details. Credit: Photographs courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Arnold Scaasi Collection. Gift of Arnold Scaasi. Made possible through the generous support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, anonymous donors, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Jane and Robert Burke, Carol Wall, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Megan O'Block, Lorraine Bressler, and Daria Petrilli-Eckert; all other images: Arnold Scaasi Archive. Museum purchase with funds donated by anonymous donors, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Jane and Robert Burke, Carol Wall, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Megan O'Block, Lorraine Bressler, and Daria Petrilli-Eckert

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Aging Gracefully Palm Beach Turns 100 By M.M. Cloutier

For such a small place – an island about 16 miles long and not more than a mile wide – wealthy and fabled Palm Beach has long captivated imaginations around the world. Its reputation as a playground for the rich and famous is well-deserved but that often overshadows its more honorable hallmarks – in particular, the significant role the tony enclave has played in championing the cultural arts. “Palm Beach has definitely been a leader in the arts,” says Debi Murray, chief archivist for the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. “Cultural achievements that have occurred on the island over the years have been used as a model and recreated elsewhere.” Money has been an engine, but so has dedication and drive. The Town of Palm Beach was incorporated on April 17, 1911, when 35 male pioneer property owners, fearful the island would be annexed by West Palm Beach, gathered together and voted to preserve their autonomy. In their midst, high culture had already taken root. In the 1890s, Palm Beach, then largely a swampy jungle, became a relative slice of paradise after Standard Oil baron, railroad magnate and developer Henry Flagler extended his rails southward and built two lavish resort hotels in what is now mid-town Palm Beach. Suddenly, the Gilded Age’s uber-wealthy, welltraveled captains of industry and commerce and their wives were wintering in Palm Beach – and they regarded themselves as heirs of a great Western cultural tradition. Ocean bathing, tea dances and supping in one of the Flagler hotels’ grand dining rooms were pleasant ritualistic diversions but, in an era of unprecedented technological and creative

change in America, those who were flocking to Palm Beach wanted more. Flagler’s own home, now the magnificently restored Flagler Museum, would become a cultural beacon. The 100,000-square-foot, 75-room, marble-pillared mansion was built as a wedding present for Flagler’s third wife, Mary Lily Kenan, in 1901. The grand manse, known as Whitehall, was replete with exquisite antiques, art and period rooms in such styles as Louis XIV, Louis XVI and the Italian Renaissance. Flagler and Mary Lily entertained constantly. Concerts enthralled guests as Flagler’s resident organist played the 1,249-pipe organ installed in the home’s Music Room. Frequently, a women’s club met for musicales or academic and literary lectures. Of course, times would change in the decades that followed. Some of Palm Beach County’s earliest movie palaces, theaters and opera halls arose on the island not long after the turn of the 20th century. Today, as celebrities flock to glamorous opening-night galas, Palm Beach continues to carry the cultural-arts torch. With celebrations filling the calendar as Palm Beach counts down to its 100th birthday in April, there’s no better time than now to recognize its historic legacy.

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The Paramount Theater: For decades, a glamorous 1,068-seat theater featured movie premieres and top Hollywood acts on North County Road. Designed in 1927 by architect and Ziegfeld Follies’ set-designer Joseph Urban — it has been said he initially sketched the theater on a tablecloth — the theater drew formally dressed opening-night audiences, including the Duke and

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Duchess of Windsor who showed up for the 1940 premiere of Gone with the Wind. Bob Hope, Jack Benny, W.C. Fields, Glenn Miller, Irving Berlin and many other celebrities performed at The Paramount. In the early 1980s, a series of owners renovated the theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into offices and shops.

The Romanies, as they were known, were a talented group of locals with chops that could upstage today’s American Idol wannabes. Between roughly 1928 and 1942, they wore gypsy garb – folk dresses, billowy shirts and sashes – and performed under the direction of professionals all over town and in West Palm Beach, sometimes accompanied by visiting Metropolitan Opera stars. Their 1931 performance of I Pagliacci was hailed as the first full-blown opera performance in Florida. In 1939, the group staged H.M.S. Pinafore with a small ship in the upper pool of the Bath & Tennis Club.


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The Society of the Four Arts: In 1934, three prominent Palm Beach women, including Maud Howe Elliott, issued a signed announcement declaring that a group of Palm Beachers had decided to organize to promote interest in art, literature, music and science. By 1936, the non-profit Society of the Four Arts was born. Today, the organization endures as a premier cultural

champion encompassing an entire campus along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Society now includes an exhibition gallery, concert-hall auditorium, two libraries and showpiece gardens. Every season, it welcomes nationally and internationally known speakers as well as concerts, films, educational programs and art exhibitions.

In 1932, Dr. Alexander Hadden and his wife, Maude, of New York began wintering in Palm Beach and gathered with friends for discussions about world affairs. They modeled the meetings after King Arthur’s Round Table and embraced the exchange of ideas while dining and socializing. In more recent decades, the Palm Beach Round Table has been recognized as a preeminent speaker’s forum, which continues to feature luminaries from around the world.

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The Palm Beach Playhouse Actress Mary Stuart Howes and her partners opened the Palm Beach Playhouse in 1951 in a former plant nursery that had belonged to one of Flagler’s nowgone hotels. The 575-seat thrust-stage playhouse, designed by Palm Beach architect John Volk, wasn’t fancy, but the opening night production starring Veronica Lake drew a full house. Broadway producers staged light comedies and established hits starring everyone from Charlton Heston to Helen Hayes. The playhouse closed in 1958; audiences migrated to its nearby successor, The Royal Poinciana Playhouse. Howes, however, continued to perform successfully in her role as an arts leader. She was among the first to advocate the creation of a regional performing arts center; a feasibility study she spearheaded laid the groundwork for the Kravis Center drive led by Palm Beacher Alex Dreyfoos.

The Royal Poinciana Playhouse Robert Cummings and Ann B. Davis starred in the opening night production of Ronald Alexander’s Holiday for Lovers on Feb. 3, 1958. Until 1972, dapper and mustachioed Frank Hale was the showman-cum-president of the 800-plus-seat, Volk-designed playhouse where legions of Broadway and Hollywood stars traversed the stage – among them, Rex Harrison, Carol Channing and

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Christopher Plummer. For years, national press and local television stations chronicled and telecast openingnight arrivals of black tie theater-goers, often headed first for dinner in the playhouse’s Celebrity Room with its trompe l’oeil domed ceiling depicting 125 celebrities. The playhouse closed in 2004; its future fate remains to be determined.


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The Flagler Museum The mansion Henry Flagler built on the island became a house museum in 1960, after Flagler’s granddaughter, Jean Flagler Matthews, formed a non-profit corporation to purchase it and save it from the wrecking ball. When the home was completed in 1902, the New York

Herald described it as “more beautiful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other dwelling in the world.” Now, magnificently restored and enhanced, The Flagler Museum attracts more than 80,000 people from around the world annually.

The Celebration Has Begun! The official date for Palm Beach’s 100th birthday is April 17 but the calendar is already adorned with special events – and the celebration will continue for months to come. For a full listing of festivities, visit palmbeachcentennial.com. Here are a few highlights: Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9, March 23, April 13 and April 27: Noted Palm Beach historian Jim Ponce leads walking tours of Worth Avenue. For more information, call (561) 659-6909 or visit worth-avenue.com. Feb. 9: Augustus Mayhew will discuss the social history of Palm Beach at 11 a.m. at The Society of the Four Arts. To register, call (561) 805-8562 or e-mail campus@fourarts.org. Feb. 9, Feb. 16, March 23 and April 13: “Architects on the Architects,” a Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

lecture series featuring today’s leading architects speaking on the influence of Palm Beach’s original masters. For information, call (561) 832-0731. Feb. 22: Tour the Flagler Museum’s “Extraordinary Joseph Urban” exhibition – which runs Feb. 1 through April 17 – with biographer John Loring, a former New York bureau chief of Architectural Digest and design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co. For information, call (561) 655-2833. April 17, 2011: A 7-9 p.m. “All Town Celebration” takes place on the grounds of the Flagler Museum, including a parade (it starts at the Palm Beach Recreation Center), a presentation by Palm Beach’s mayor, a birthday cake and fireworks. (visit palmbeachcentennial.com.)

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EVERY WINTER, the crème de la crème of the art world descend on Palm Beach County amid a dazzling display of art, antiques, vintage jewelry, decorative arts, collectibles and other precious items of desire. During a six-week whirlwind, three world-class art fairs touch down at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, drawing tens of thousands of art lovers, connoisseurs and collectors through its doors.

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Marchak, Paris, pair of clipbrooches in 18k gold, citrine, sapphires and diamonds, circa 1935, courtesy of Primavera Gallery.

French mantel clock by Lépine, circa 1830, courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques.

In its 14th year, Art Palm Beach (formerly palmbeach3) arrived January 20 through 24 with an array of exceptional art, photography and design from 75 of the world’s most prestigious galleries, including Ruth Lawrence Fine Art Gallery, presenting the American metal sculptor Albert Paley; contemporary art from the Mike Weiss Gallery; and the Holden Luntz Gallery, showcasing the dramatic images of British photographer Nick Brandt. February brings the American International Fine Arts Fair (February 5-13), organized by International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) founders David and Lee Ann Lester, and the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show (February 18–22),. Of course, mounting three large art fairs isn’t an easy task. Dave Anderson, general manager at the Convention Center,

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and his staff work diligently for two months to transform the convention center into the epicenter of the international art world. “For six weeks, we work around the clock to customize the space into three distinct venues,” Anderson says. “Over 65,000 attendees will view a combined value of merchandise in excess of $1 billion.” “The variety of art, antiques and collectibles is unmatched anywhere. Collectors and dealers fly in from all countries to come to Palm Beach,” says Albert Levy, owner of the AB Levy Gallery on Worth Avenue. Last year’s AIFAF event had significant sales; many dealers reported six and seven-figure aggregate sales and expectations are high for this year. “I’m very optimistic,” Levy says. “People see value in art. There is intrinsic value in beautiful artwork and fine jewelry.


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Kris Charamonde, a managing partner with the Palm Beach Show Group, which produces the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, agrees. “Art, antiques and jewelry are amazingly resistant to the recession,” he reports. “Investors look for items which can stand the test of time and jewelry, especially very fine jewelry and 1920s art deco pieces, such as signed Cartier pieces, may be worth more now than at the recession’s start.” Investors will have plenty of opportunities at this year’s show, which will feature 180 dealers, among them Inez Heery from Betteridge Jewelers in Palm Beach and Alan Granby of Hyland Granby Antiques, a world leader in maritime art, antiques and artifacts. Granby has a keen appreciation for the work that goes into staging the show. “The show is vetted by

pre-eminent museum curators, scholars and specialists so we are assured of the quality and provenance of the objects,” he explains. Granby, who collaborated with Palm Beach resident and 1992 America’s Cup Winner Bill Koch on a number of books – including Things I love: The Many Collections of William I. Koch, published by Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts – is planning to exhibit work by Fitz Henry Lane, whose marine paintings of Boston Harbor and the picturesque towns of Gloucester and Salem now fetch millions of dollars, and James Buttersworth, the English-American painter known for his detailed and dramatic settings. Levy will feature 19th- and 20th-century French furniture, antiques and paintings, Tiffany lamps, art glass, fine porcelain,

Middle right photo: John James Audubon – Roseate Spoonbill – Plate CCCXXI, Birds of America, Published: London 1827-38 Medium: Hand-colored aquatint, etching and line engraving. Dimensions: 25 1/2 inches X 37 1/2 inches, courtesy of Arader Galleries.

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 Henri Lebasque, (French, 1865-1937), Sur la plage, 1928, oil on canvas 10 3/4 x 18 1/8 inches, Framed: 18 1/2 x 26 Inches, Signed lower left, Courtesy of Guarisco Gallery.



Tiffany Studios salamander table lamp, circa 1906, courtesy of Lillian Nassau LLC.

Magnificent and rare ‘Tutti Frutti’ bracelet by Cartier New York, circa 1928, courtesy of Hancocks.

objets d’art from the Japanese Meiji Period and Chinese ivory, jade and porcelain. One of his favorite decorative arts pieces planned for the exhibit is a “palatial-size” art nouveau Emile Gallé cameo glass lamp circa 1900 priced at $600,000. He is also pleased to be displaying a magically evocative Paris street scene by Edouard Cortes expected to fetch a six-figure price and a stunning, one-of-a-kind Laura Munder diamond necklace with a natural pink conch pearl, valued at $75,000. “These pearls are extremely rare and valuable,” Levy explains, “Only one in 10,000 conchs produces a pearl and less than 10 percent of those are gem quality.” Fair season is a busy time for Levy. He’ll be setting up his exhibit at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show just days after the American International Fine Arts Fair wraps up. Now in its 15th year, the AIFAF will welcome a dizzying lineup of prestigious galleries and international dealers, including

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Richard Green, London; Buccellati, Milan; and the Holden Luntz Gallery of Palm Beach, presenting the allegorical photographs of John Dugdale and never-before-seen photographs by fashion photographer Herb Ritts. Many fairgoers are anticipating Hammer Galleries’ Renoir exhibition, featuring 20 paintings, pastels and drawings dating from 1885 to 1912. Graff Diamonds, whose magnificent jewels have been worn by celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Hurley and part-time Palm Beach resident Melania Trump, is sure to make an impression as well with a multi-color, 46.52 carat diamond peacock brooch set in platinum and a 59.45 multi-shape diamond necklace with a 30.94 carat light pink briolette diamond drop, as well as an array of diamonds, rubies and emeralds. “With so many fantastic items, it is definitely worth the trip,” Levy says, with a grin.


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Wilson Henry Irvine, (American, 1869-1936)  The Tea Party with the Artist’s Daughter, Lois, oil on canvas 32 x 30 inches, framed: 41 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches, signed lower right, courtesy of Primavera Gallery.

 French enamel and copper cabinet vase, circa 1880, courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques.

It’s Show Time! Now that the buzz from Art Basel, Miami Beach’s brash and boisterous art fair, has faded, all eyes in the art world turn north towards Palm Beach, with its longestablished tradition of fine art and fabulous finds. American International Fine Arts Fair February 5-13 For more information, call (239) 495-9834 or visit www.aifaf.com. Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show February 18-22 For more information, call (561) 822-5440 or visit www.palmbeachshow.com.

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show March 4-6 For more information, call (203) 254-0486 or visit www.craftsamericashows.com.

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Philip Neal, Moderator Hap Erstein, Kimberly Dawn Smith and Andrew Kato

Linda Goings, Deborah Pollack and Laurel Baker

Dan Maltz and Tamar Maltz

Linda Wartow, Barbara McDonald and Phyllis Verducci

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Dr. Robert Flucke, Mary K. Flucke and Dr. Adolfo Rizzo

Culture & Cocktails Series Launches Sixth Season The 2010-2011 season of the popular Culture & Cocktails series, hosted by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, opened on November 8 with Backstage Whispers, a fascinating, behind-the-scenes conversation about show business. More than 120 Cultural Council members and guests came together at Café Boulud in Palm Beach to hear Andrew Kato, artistic director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and creative consultant/coordinating producer for Broadway’s annual Tony Awards; Philip Neal, former principal dancer with NYC Ballet and Miami City Ballet’s Palm Beach liaison; and Kimberly Dawn Smith, director/choreographer for Entr’Acte Theatrix and a protégé of the late Michael Bennett (A Chorus Line). The discussion − moderated by longtime local theater reviewer Hap Erstein (The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Arts Paper) − was filled with funny moments and juicy anecdotes about Liza Minnelli, Patti Lupone, Jerome Robbins

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and many other show business icons. The Culture & Cocktails series continued in December with Food Glorious Food! − A Conversation with Restaurant Reviewers and Food Writers including Liz Balmaseda, restaurant reviewer for The Palm Beach Post, Bill Citara, food editor and restaurant reviewer for Boca Raton Magazine and Jan Norris, food writer and blogger at JanNorris.com. The event was moderated by Andrew Roenbeck, executive chef of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and took place at the Boca Beach Club. The focus of January’s Culture & Cocktails at Café Boulud was Sight and Sound − A Conversation about the Power of Photography and Poetry. The program included an interview with Robert Glenn Ketchum, international conservation and nature photographer, conducted by Fatima NeJame, executive director of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre; and an interview with Stephen Gibson, poet and associate professor, Palm Beach State College, conducted by Miles Coon, founder and director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.

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Next up on the Culture & Cocktails schedule is Arnold Scaasi − A Conversation about His Golden Years (1958-1969) on February 7 at Café Boulud. The discussion will feature Pamela Parmal, the David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with moderator Parker Ladd, founder of Parker Ladd’s Author Breakfast Series and former publishing executive at Charles Scribner’s Sons. On March 7, Culture & Cocktails will feature Private Treasures − A Conversation with Collectors of Contemporary Art. Moderator Cheryl Brutvan, curator of contemporary art at the Norton Museum of

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Art, will engage a number of panelists in a discussion of their collections during the event at Café Boulud. Just two weeks later, on March 21, Culture & Cocktails will return to the Boca Raton Resort & Club for Hooray for Hollywood − A Conversation with Scott Eyman. Leslie Gray Streeter, pop and lifestyle reporter for The Palm Beach Post, will moderate the conversation with Eyman, the author of biographies of Cecil B. DeMille, Robert Wagner, Louis B. Mayer, Ernest Lubitch, John Ford, Ingrid Bergman and Mary Pickford. The 2010-2011 Culture & Cocktails season will conclude on April 11 at Café Boulud with Rising Hearts − A Conversation about the Future of Philanthropy, featuring Dack Patriarca and Benjamin S. Macfarland III, founders of Palm Beach Philanthropy, along with other panelists and a moderator to be announced. All Culture & Cocktails events are open to the public. Admission is free for members of the Cultural Council ($175 level and above). The cost for everyone else is $35 per person, with all proceeds going to the Cultural Council. Seating is limited for each program and advance reservations are recommended. For reservations and information, call the Cultural Council at (561) 472-3330. Culture & Cocktails is sponsored by The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation with additional support from the Peter and Vicki Halmos Family Foundation/Palm Beach Principal Players, the Palm Beach Daily News and PR-BS, a Boca Raton-based public relations firm.

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Four New Members Join Cultural Council Board of Directors The Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s Board of Directors recently welcomed four new members. Joining the board for threeyear terms are Christopher Dennis Caneles, Bradford A. Deflin, Geoffrey H. Neuhoff and Kelly Sobolewski.

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{inside culture} cultural council news “We are looking forward to working with our new Board of Directors members as the Cultural Council prepares to open a new headquarters in downtown Lake Worth. This is a very exciting time to be part of the Cultural Council’s leadership,” says Michael Bracci, Board of Directors Chairman. “These new directors − with experience in media, business and non-profits − will enrich a dynamic board that will help guide the Council into its new home and help expand our services to the community.” Christopher Dennis Caneles is vice president of operations for Palm Beach Newspapers Inc., publisher of The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News. In this role, Christopher is responsible for finance, human resources, information technology, facilities, distribution, production and advertising operations.

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He has been with Palm Beach Newspapers since April 2009 and lives in West Palm Beach. Bradford A. Deflin is the senior vice president, regional director of Wells Fargo Private Bank, Gold Coast Region. He is a 20-year financial services industry veteran and leads the private bank market serving clients with $10 million in net worth and/or $5 million to $50 million in investable assets. Deflin joined Wells Fargo in 2008 and lives on Singer Island. Geoffrey H. Neuhoff is president and CEO of Neuhoff Communications Inc., a private, family-owned company, which consists of 12 radio stations, five network TV stations and 20 websites. Neuhoff started his career at the radio station level in 1975 at WCIB-FM in Falmouth, Mass., and now lives in Jupiter.


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{inside culture} cultural council news West Palm Beach not only studied the history of Egypt through visual art, but also brought ancient Mesopotamia to life by creating an art installation at the school. With support from a Building Learning Communities Through Arts and Culture (BLCTAC) grant, social studies teachers Angela Detail of the installation Civilization! Then and Now Prince and Todd LaVogue teamed with Resource Depot − a non-profNew Cultural Executives it organization that collects reusable materials and uses them Committee Chairman Named Mark Alexander, director of the for art − and Jennifer O’Brien, a Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State visual art teaching artist, to instruct College, has been named chairman of the 80 students on how to create the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s installation Civilization! Then and Cultural Executives Committee (CEC). Now. It was displayed in the Roosevelt Middle School Alexander has been direcMedia Center in November. tor of the Duncan Theatre The installation incorposince 2001. Before assumrated a wall with one side ing responsibility for the representing the past 720-seat Duncan and (Mesopotamia) and one 123-seat Stage West on the Palm Beach State side the present (Egypt). College Lake Worth Applying history, vocabulary Campus, he spent two and culture curriculum, the years as the executive students studied irrigation, director of the trade, transportation, secuPalm Beach Atlantic University faculty member Jin Young Lee Mark Alexander teaches a native dance of Korea to sixth-graders in the World Westhampton Beach rity and communications to Cultures class at Conniston Community Middle School. Performing Arts Center on Long Island, compare and contrast ancient methoutcome-driven arts and cultural education New York. ods to those of modern days. The Cultural Executives Committee Meanwhile, a second BLCTAC grant is programs for middle school children and meets monthly to learn, network and col- enabling sixth-graders at Conniston their teachers in Palm Beach County. Its laborate. The group consists of senior man- Community Middle School in West Palm goals include increasing student appreciaagement from more than 120 non-profit Beach to receive arts instruction this year tion, knowledge and understanding of cultural organizations across Palm Beach from faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic social studies through the use of arts inteCounty. CEC meetings feature presenta- University’s School of Music and Fine Arts gration; increasing teacher ability and tions by guest speakers on issues of impor- Preparatory Department. The educational knowledge of incorporating the arts into tance to cultural organization leaders. program, directed by PBA Associate the curriculum; and building capacity in Professor of Dance Dr. Kathleen Klein, cultural organizations to deliver outcomebegan last year as a Building Learning based arts and culture education. Cultural Council Grants Help Building Learning Communities Communities through the Arts and Culture Students Create Art Pilot Project. Through the program, Klein through the Arts and Culture is being fundInstallation at Roosevelt and PBA faculty members used dance to ed by grants from the William R. Kenan Jr. teach correlations that exist in various Charitable Trust and the National Middle School Endowment for the Arts as well as the sale Thanks to a grant from the Palm Beach diverse cultures around the world. The BLCTAC program uses the social of Florida’s “State of the Arts” license County Cultural Council, sixth-grade students from Roosevelt Middle School in studies curriculum to design and expand plates in Palm Beach County. Kelly Sobolewski is the market manager for Bank of America in Palm Beach County. She provides support through key local business partners that offer resources to critical constituents in the local market. Directly and through her team, she works with community organizations and market leadership teams to implement the bank’s local charitable giving strategy and sponsorships. She lives in Jupiter.

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{inside culture} cultural compendium Pine Jog Student Wins Honda Classic Art Contest

Nelson Delle-Vigne, founder and artistic director of the International Certificate for Piano Artists program, conducts a master class.

Palm Beach Atlantic Piano Festival Convenes for Fifth Year in February Acclaimed pianists and eager students from around the world will converge on West Palm Beach from February 16-22 for the Fifth Annual Palm Beach Atlantic International Piano Festival on the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus. The university serves as the American host of the International Certificate for Piano Artists (ICPA) program − the highest preparation available for someone seeking to start a solo career. An ICPA certificate tells professional agents, impresarios and managers that a person is ready to perform in professional arenas. The festival will feature a week of master classes for the top 10 to 12 students in the international ICPA program as well as select South Florida high school and collegiate pianists. Master classes will take place during the day and are open to the public; schedules will be posted daily in the lobby of Vera Lea Rinker Hall and on the festival’s website. This unique program

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offers the opportunity for up-and-coming pianists to work closely with some of the world’s top artists and teachers. Featured clinicians during the week include Philippe Entremont, internationally known pianist, conductor and president of the International Certificate for Piano Artists program; and Nelson Delle-Vigne, founder and artistic director of the program. International Piano Festival concerts demonstrating the masterful playing of these young artists will take place each day at 7:30 p.m. from February 16-22. Highlights include a Concerto Concert on February 17 with the Palm Beach Symphony (Ray Robinson, music director, with guest conductors Philippe Entremont and Ramon Tebar) and a concert on February 19 featuring high school pianists. For a schedule and ticket information, visit www.pba.edu/pianofestival. Festival sponsors include Palm Beach Atlantic University, Steinway Piano Gallery of Boca Raton, the Palm Beach Symphony, Fondation Bell’Arte and Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot.”

Rebecca Rodriguez, an 11-year-old fifth grader at Pine Jog Elementary School in West Palm Beach, created the winning artwork for the special children’s ticket to be used during for the 2011 Honda Classic from February 28 to March 6 at PGA National Resort & Spa. Her design featured professional golfer Y.E. Yang. It was selected from more than 100 entries throughout the Palm Beach County Schools in a contest administered through art classes, physical education classes and the First Tee National School Program, through which the PGA of America and The Honda Classic have teamed to incorporate golf into the curriculum of 50 Palm Beach County schools. “Rebecca is the absolute perfect student and a brilliant, independent young artist,” said Karen Nobel, the former art educator at Pine Jog. “Watching her work on this Y.E. Yang painting with such meticulous care and detail was a complete

Rebecca Rodrigquez’ winning design appears on the 2011 Honda Classic children’s ticket.


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cultural compendium inspiration. I am so honored and proud to be part of her award-winning accomplishment.” Students submitted an 8.5” x 11” artwork that depicted the excitement and fun of The Honda Classic and/or playing golf with friends and family. Kids will receive a ticket upon entrance into the tournament; ages 15 and under are admitted free. For tournament information, visit www.thehondaclassic.com.

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Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Features Elizabeth Catlett Art In celebration of Black History Month in February, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (ANSG) will present “The Art of Elizabeth Catlett − Sculptures and Prints” along with a number of supporting educational activities. One of the most prominent African-American artists of the 20th century, Catlett has created art that celebrates the heroic strength and endurance of African-American and Mexican working-class women in a career spanning more than 70 years. With simple, clear shapes and images, Catlett evokes both the physical and spiritual essence of her subjects. Her hardy laborers and nurturing mothers radiate both power and a timeless dignity and calm.

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{inside culture} cultural compendium The exhibition can be viewed from February 2-27 at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 253 Barcelona Road in West Palm Beach. Thanks to a grant from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the exhibition also will be accessible to at-risk students from Title I schools as well as lowto moderate-income level communities. The grant is supporting an accessible online catalog, guided group tours and an interactive curriculum for 400 students and teachers in grades 4 to 8. “We are committed to exhibiting art that expresses and promotes tolerance and empowers families and students through education and awareness of the African-American history and culture that Catlett strove to preserve and by providing a positive example of citizenship through Catlett’s life, philosophy and contributions,” notes ANSG Executive Director Cynthia Palmieri. Catlett − quoted in Art: African American – said, “I learned how you use your art for service of people, struggling people. I have always wanted my art to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential.“ For information about “The Art of Elizabeth Catlett” and other upcoming exhibitions and programs, call (561) 832-5328 or visit www.ansg.org.

Flagler Museum Exhibition and Lectures Highlight ‘The Extraordinary Joseph Urban’ Prolific and innovative Gilded Age illustrator, designer, architect and set designer Joseph Urban made an important mark in Palm Beach through the iconic buildings Mar-a-Lago, the Sunrise Theater and the Bath and Tennis Club. His legacy – both locally and internationally – will be the focal point of the Flagler Museum’s winter exhibition, The Extraordinary Joseph Urban, from February 1 through April 17. Urban received his first architectural commission at age 19, when he was selected to design the new wing of the

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Joseph Urban’s design for the Paramount movie theater in the Sunrise Building in Palm Beach, Florida, 1926. Image courtesy Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the Butler Library.

Abdin Palace in Cairo. He became known around the world for his innovative and unprecedented use of color, his pointillist technique and his sensuous and decorative use of line. He designed buildings from Esterhazy Castle in Hungary to the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. This exhibition will explore Urban’s impressive body of work and celebrate this highly original designer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will offer a special children’s activity for fourth to eighth graders on February 5, which includes a gallery tour with the education director followed by a hands-on learning activity. Urban’s work also will be examined as part of the 26th annual Whitehall Lecture Series, entitled The Architects Who Designed Palm Beach’s Iconic Buildings. The series presents expert scholars and best-selling authors from around the world.

The schedule includes a lecture on architects Carrère and Hastings by Laurie Ossman (February 13), a lecture about Joseph Urban by John Loring (February 20), a presentation by Jon Mogul on architects Schultze and Weaver (February 27) and a lecture about Addison Mizner by Caroline Seebohm (March 6). On-line visitors can experience the series via a free, interactive webcast, where they can listen live, see the presentation and e-mail the questions to the lecturer. To learn more about the exhibition and related activities, call the Flagler Museum at (561) 655-2833 or visit www.flaglermuseum.us.

Karen Nobel Named Elementary Art Educator of the Year in Florida Karen Nobel, a former art teacher at Pine Jog Elementary School and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, has been named Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Florida Art Education Association (FAEA). Now an arts integration specialist, Nobel is in her sixth year with the Palm Beach County School District. She also teaches at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach and Florida Atlantic University, where she earned her Master’s degree. The Florida Art Education Association


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cultural compendium serves visual arts teachers, professors, administrators, museum educators and students by encouraging research; holding public discussions and conferences; publishing articles, reports and surveys; working with related agencies in support of visual arts education; and honoring outstanding art educators and supporters in visual arts education. “The award represents the highest level of professionalism and exemplary contributions by an art educator to the field of art education,” notes Mabel Morales, art supervisor for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and FAEA president-elect. “Karen Nobel has served as the president of her local Art Educators Association and the elementary school division director for the FAEA. She has contributed to the Fresh Paint periodicals and actively engages her Karen Nobel students by entering them in both statewide and local contests and student exhibitions.” Adds Nobel, “I am extremely honored to accept this state award as a representative of our arts-enriched county. As an art teacher, it was a difficult decision to leave my classroom and ‘green’ mission of Pine Jog Elementary. Yet, as I move into my new position as an arts integration specialist, I am truly excited about bringing the arts to the forefront of our schools’ curriculum in order to help our students reach higher achievement levels.”

Leonard & Sophie Davis Fund Completes $1 Million Gift to School of Arts Foundation The School of the Arts Foundation received a pleasant surprise recently when the Leonard & Sophie Davis Fund announced that it would fulfill its $1 million pledge to the foundation two years early. The result is that the School of the Arts

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cultural compendium “We are very Foundation, which supports fortunate to be the the arts and academic recipient of this major gift curriculum at the Alexander to start with and are W. Dreyfoos School of the doubly pleased that it has Arts, will reap two additional come to us in full much years worth of interest earlier than expected,” income from investing the says Simon Benson Offit, endowment funds. chairman of the School of The $1 million gift the Arts Foundation. “It is established the Leonard & Sophie Davis Endowment at Alan Davis (son of Leonard and Sophie perfect timing as we are Davis) and his wife, Mary Lou Dauray embarking on our 20/20 the School of the Arts Foundation, with the annual proceeds to be Endowment Campaign: A Vision for the used to provide materials for the arts Future, commemorating the 20th program at Dreyfoos. Leonard and Sophie anniversary of the opening of the School of Davis moved from New York to Palm Beach the Arts and planning for the next 20 years in 1969 and became permanent residents in of success for our very talented students.” 1984. During their years in Palm Beach, they became leaders in cultural, educational and VSA West Festival Slated for May 5 More than 350 youngsters from philanthropic organizations. The Leonard & Sophie Davis Fund was established by their throughout western Palm Beach County will travel to Palm Beach State’s Dolly Hand children in their memory in 2001.

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Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade on May 5 to participate in the 14th Annual VSA West Festival sponsored by VSA Florida − Palm Beach County. The event, Fiesta De Arte West Fest 2011, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The VSA West Festival provides children with disabilities an opportunity to showcase their achievements in the arts and to be exposed to new visual and performing arts experiences. Children from schools in Belle Glade, Canal Point, Pahokee and Royal Palm Beach will perform, produce and experience thematic art in several forms through workshops, art exhibits and performances. Activities include a stage show featuring performing groups from area schools, plus outdoor art activities spearheaded by professional artists from throughout South Florida, including Susan Wilders, Tracy Rosof-Petersen, Jill Schmidt and Chris Wynn. Professional musician Olrick Bethel will lead the children in an interactive music workshop. Students who have been preparing a performance will have the opportunity to perform on stage in front of their teachers and peers. VSA is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and providing educational opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities. VSA Florida − Palm Beach County offers ongoing programs, special events and resource and referral services. For additional information, contact Cartheda Mann at (561) 996-3230 or VSA Director Cindy Pijanowski at (561) 966-7025.

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{inside culture} briefly noted With the financial support of the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County is distributing 14,000 copies of The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The Last Egret to fourth graders in the Palm Beach County School District as part of a countywide “Read Together” program for children and families. The book chronicles the childhood adventures of Charlie Pierce, who ultimately became one of the barefoot mailmen. It also describes the environmental disaster that occurred in South Florida when plume hunting led many greedy individuals to slaughter birds for their exotic feathers, which were sold to decorate ladies’ hats. The Department of Elementary Curriculum wrote more than 20 lessons to support teachers in providing instruction as their students read The Last Egret.

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{inside culture} briefly noted Delray Beach Mayor Woodie McDuffie reads to children at the library.

The Delray Beach Public Library recently hosted “The Snowy Day Reading Party” to support Delray Beach Mayor Woodie McDuffie’s Initiative on Reading. Mayor McDuffie welcomed the guests and children who participated in the festivities, which included music and magic with the Snow Queen, Suzy Hammer. The mayor read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and gave each child a free, personally signed copy of the book. An avid reader, Mayor McDuffie is leading Delray’s efforts to highlight the importance of reading and literacy in the community. He is one of a dozen mayors in Palm Beach County who are launching coordinated initiatives on reading in collaboration with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. Also during the event, Jarden Consumer Solutions was recognized for its support of the library’s summer literacy programs.

Fourth, fifth and sixth graders at Freedom Shores Elementary School in Boynton Beach had a magical experience last summer. Approximately 30 students created a large “Magical Mural” on the wall of the school’s Serenity Garden with guidance from Center for Creative Education artist Dave Tripp. The mural was later completed by the school’s kindergarten through third grade students. “Most of the students haven’t worked on a mural before and seemed overwhelmed at first,” Tripp says. “After meeting with them and explaining the process, the children went for it and paint began to flow. The children are so proud of this mural and very protective of it. The Serenity Garden will hopefully bring joy for years to come.” Previously, Tripp worked with students to create an underwater-themed mural inside the school. Skylar Massela, Rachel Luther, Kelsey Goodspeed and Sara Velasco

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Dimensional Harmony from Boynton Beach Community High School was named the number one chorus in the nation on the “NBC Today Show Choir Showdown.� The talented group, under the direction of Sterling Frederick, beat out a number of other high school and college choirs from across the country. Dimensional Harmony was the winner in a one-day, Boynton Beach High School’s Dimensional Harmony chorus online voting contest in which 115,000 votes were cast. The group was flown to New York to appear live on the Today Show. Meanwhile, another group of musically gifted Palm Beach County students – the Santaluces High School chorus − plans to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in April with the internationally acclaimed composer and conductor Dr. John Rutter. Chorus Director Richard Andreacchio said the group was invited to sing based on the merits of its past performances.

Experience One of America’s Great House Museums When it was completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was hailed by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than any palace LQ(XURSHJUDQGHUDQGPRUHPDJQLĂ€FHQWWKDQDQ\RWKHU private dwelling in the world.â€? Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark, and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum. For a complete 2010/2011 Season Program Guide, please call  RUYLVLWZZZĂ DJOHUPXVHXPXV The winter exhibition The Extraordinary Joseph Urban is be open from February 1 to April 17, 2011.

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The Extraordinary Joseph Urban exhibition sponsored by:

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Paramount Theater, Palm Beach, designed by Joseph Urban. Courtesy Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the Butler Library.

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{inside culture} briefly noted The Palm Beach Poetry Festival Sharon McDaniel, who wrote classical music and dance reviews for The Palm Beach Post for eight years and actively contributes to arts publications, was named regional arts concert series programming associate for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. McDaniel hosts free pre-concert lectures during the Leonard & Sophie Sharon McDaniel Davis Regional Arts Concert Series and also will carry out administrative duties for all classical music presentations at the Kravis Center, including the Regional Arts Concert Series and Young Artists Series. Praised by the late columnist James J. Kilpatrick in The Writer’s Art, McDaniel has been a Fellow at both the National Arts Journalism Program at Northwestern University and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

received a $50,000 underwriting grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Poetry Festival is the only non-profit organization in Palm Beach County to receive a grant this year through the Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, a five-year, $40million initiative to bring South Florida and other communities together through the arts. This year’s Seventh Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival was expected to attract critically acclaimed poets from around the nation to lead writing workshops and give public performances at Old School Square in Delray Beach. “They are a diverse group, ethnically, demographically and aesthetically,” notes Director Miles Coon. “When people hear them, they will hear America singing.” Miles Coon

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The Cuillo Centre for the Arts will become the new home of Palm Beach Dramaworks in 2011.

The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency purchased the landmark Cuillo Centre for the Arts on Clematis Street and entered into a long-term lease agreement with Palm Beach Dramaworks. “This is a landmark occasion for our thriving organization, and we are grateful for the city’s firm commitment and dedication to the arts, recognizing it as a vital component to the economic and social health of our community,” says Producing Artistic Director

William Hayes. “The new venue will be transformed into a space that provides our patrons with a familiar Dramaworks experience. We are excited about the opportunity to expand our artistic horizons, while accommodating our ever-increasing audience.” The organization plans to renovate the interior theater and audience chamber, with a grand opening planned for November 2011.

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Actress Shinnerrie Jackson is featured in Ain’t I a Woman! with Core Ensemble members Tahirah Whittington, cello; Hugh Hinton, piano; and Michael Parola, percussion.

Ensemble received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support A Celebration of AfricanAmerican Culture. This is the fifth consecutive year that the ensemble has been funded by the NEA. The grant will support a series of cultural programs designed to reach youth and underserved audiences. The centerpiece of the project is the music theater piece Ain’t I a Woman!, a musical and theatrical celebration of renowned African-American women including Zora Neale Hurston, Fannie Lou Hamer, Sojourner Truth and Clementine Hunter. The Core Ensemble has produced 10 new music theater works and has toured for the past 20 years throughout the United States as well as Australia, Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean and England.

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Will Shortz

What’s a 14 letter word that defines a person who studies puzzles? Inigmatologist! The only academically accredited puzzle master in the world, Will Shortz is certain to entertain his audience during an April 7 lecture at Old School Square’s Crest Theatre in Delray Beach. Shortz is best known as the editor of The New York Times Crossword Puzzle and the puzzle master for National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Sunday.” He is also founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. His lecture will include a fascinating history of crossword puzzles and audience puzzle participation! For ticket information, call (561) 243-7922, ext. 1, or visit www.oldschool.org.


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{next issue – spring 2011}

Palm Beach Opera’s Carmen

all dressed up Costumes help tell the stories that keep us entertained on stage and screen. A cascade of silk, a somber shade, even the angle of a hat can speak volumes. In the next issue of art&culture, we’ll visit a colorful world of fashion and fantasy where the costumer’s art combines a passion for detail with an eye for style, a respect for history and a creative itch.

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