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elcome back New York! After a long, hot and relaxing summer the city finally comes alive after Labor Day. September was always one of my favorite months with the US Open Finals, Fashion Week, and the beginning of fall’s best cultural events. It’s also a time when the humidity starts to subside, and nights become crisper, providing an opportunity to rock our favorite fall fashion staples we’ve been waiting to break out of the closet. Our feature story this month is with the talented Jonathan Tucker, Hollywood’s rising star. Jonathan’s talent lies in his ability to bring out the raw energy of a character. And during our cover shoot with him, he channeled a young Marlon Brando, Sean Penn and James Dean. He has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and chooses out-of-the-box complex roles that define his range of capabilities. Since he is starting to come into his own as a leading Hollywood actor, he was our choice for our Men’s fashion editorial this month. The contemporary art scene is at its height, and this month we looked to George Berges whose eponymous SoHo gallery continues to set the trend for today’s contemporary art landscape. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but collecting art as an investment is a fine balance between filling your walls with pieces you love, and also having a collector’s eye, which is insight that George has given us this month.
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VITALFIT NUTRITION The Challenges of Health & Wellness But Not For These Two Young Entrepreneurs By W.A. MULLER
ameron Fischer and Alfred Schofield, Co-founders of VitalFit Nutrition, wanted a different approach to the already crowded marketplace of health & wellness. The two young entrepreneurs who met in business school, came up with a way to interrupt the supplement industry and began their mission with a plant-based business that operates through design and influencer business models that are unique to the industry. Fischer and Schofield began working with an extensive amount of people on the research and end-user levels to identify problems. By staying flexible in their supply chain, they were able to come up with an idea, get everything they need, test it with people in their market and then innovate and iterate just as quickly. Fischer and Schofield spend several days out in the field a week and conduct demos where anyone can
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sample the product and give them the opportunity to directly engage with their audience. While in grad school, how did you know that you wanted to be in the supplement business? CF: VitalFit actually started out as a grad school thesis project. Everyone in our program was asked to pitch a business concept to solve a real-life problem. At the end, a few ideas were selected to work on and refine. I pitched developing a network of mobile pop-up shops on college campuses where students could work with someone to create their own safe supplement routines based on their goals. Like I said, a lot of C ideas. The business would be impossible to scale, but the notion that misinformation is so rampant in the supplement industry resonated with enough people to be selected. Even though Alfred and I were in different groups, we’d stay up late at night developing and refining the idea
for VitalFit together and noticed a few things. One, a gap in the market between lifestyle and performance products. We saw there were a lot of companies releasing your basic greens powders and multivitamins and plenty of others creating products for athletic performance, but few were creating products for the person in the middle— the fitness forward, health conscious person like us who maintain and active lifestyle without training for a particular sport. Two, the fitness landscape is quickly evolving: new workouts, new goals and new environments, but the vitamin and supplement industry, especially the plant-based side of it, is not. We wanted to utilize a different design approach to create a modern product line, tailored for the modern workout. You’re in one competitive space. How do you define yourselves to remain out of the clutter? AS: Yes, it seems like there’s a million different
companies out there and in fairness, there are a lot of companies that make great products! That being said, there are a few things that we do that make us different than other companies out there. It all starts with our process. At Babson, we learned the “design thinking approach” where you start with the problem and then work with a community to create a solution – and that is exactly what we do. We work with the fitness community to find out what the biggest needs are and then we work with our team of doctors and nutritionists to identify ingredients that might help solve this problem. We then test extensively as we work to find the perfect solution! Beyond that, we also source all of our ingredients independently – something that is really unique in the space and results in products of the highest quality – even if it complicates our supply chain a bit! Finally, we have a keen focus on recovery. This is an area that hasn’t been a focus in the past but as we keep our ears to the ground, it’s the area that most people struggle with. CF: A big differentiator for us is our relationbased approach to product development. At Babson, we learned a lot about the designthinking process, something we’ve made a core competency of our company. We design all of our products with our end users, incorporating their needs and feedback throughout the process. We invite fitness professionals, wellness experts and health-conscious people like us to pinpoint
real needs and create products that solve them. From ingredients to functions, testing to design, we rely on collaboration as a means for building trust with our customers and better, purposedriven products. We read that you both were awarded with the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award. WOW! WOW! WOW! What do you attribute this huge acknowledgement with? AS: Yes – that was quite an honor that we were extremely grateful to receive! I think that one of the reasons why we received this award was because we are genuine in our mission and stand behind what we’re doing. There’s so much distrust in this industry and so many companies out there to make a quick buck, so I think the fact that we are passionate and really involved at the ground level and within the community is what resonates most with people.
We know you have a large online presence. Can you list where your products are currently being sold? AS: Absolutely! We started our brand in Boston and you can find our products all over the city whether in fitness studios, health stores or gyms! We actually launched our brand at Cambridge Naturals, which is one of the best natural products stores in the region and an absolute institution! We are also partnered with various stores throughout the country with one of the most notable partners being Erewhon Market in California – their stores are
absolutely breathtaking! Another one of our favorite partners is The Feed, a brand based out of Boulder – and the largest e-commerce sports nutrition site. They have a strong vetting process and only sell the best products in the industry – we are so proud to work with them and actually just finished our biggest promotion to date during the Tour De France! We also sell our products on our e-commerce platform and will be available on Amazon shortly as well!
What is in the future for VitalFit? Any additional supplements? Partnerships? AS: There is so much in the pipeline it’s hard to even know where to start! We are actually in the process of releasing a new product and have a few more in the pipeline. We’re also constantly looking for innovative, natural ingredients and will hopefully continue to release new products as our discovery and learning continues! We just completed our first year of sales and while the growth has been exciting, we’re focused on bringing VitalFit to the next level and expanding to an ever-wider audience. So, we are launching with a few amazing partners (keep an eye out!) and continuing to bring our products to alternative channels where you may not have seen supplements in the past.
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JONATHAN TUCKER The Archetypical Actor By HAYLEY LAVIN
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onathan Tucker is a prolific actor that has taken the television world by storm. The Boston native has repeatedly demonstrated that some of the best and most pivotal roles in cinema and television are those portrayed by supporting characters, showing that evenhaving a minor part, can help add to the bigger story. Never
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playing the same character twice, Tucker is drawn to archetypical roles and channels the raw energy once seen in a young Brando, Sean Penn or James Dean. Tucker is more likely to be seen on television series, than in films. The actor has grown to prefer the
platform of television, as it reaches an audience more easily. Regardless of ratings, television viewer bases have a more significant guarantee than film. Some of Jonathan’s most recent works include HBO’s Westworld, FX’s Snowfall as well as Justified, Starz’s American Gods and Audience Network’s
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Kingdom. Whether it be the world of Mixed Martial Arts, an old-time gunman in a modern-day Western or a Vietnam War veteran with PTSD in 1980’s Los Angeles’ notorious drug scene, Jonathan enjoys roles and stories that contain raw and authentic emotions. It takes an immense amount of talent to be able to play a young Irish American male struggling between his passion of becoming an artist and taking care of his three brothers, while getting involved in New York City’s organized crime scene (Black Donnellys) to being a politician and the mayor of Berkeley, California (Parenthood). The diversity of the characters Jonathan plays make him stand out as an actor, as he cannot be pigeonholed into one type of role. Mr. Tucker is currently filming the first season of City on a Hill; a Showtime crime drama set in Boston during the early 1990s and will be working alongside Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge on the
drama. Though he hails from Boston, he had not read anything since J. Anthony Lukas’ PulitzerPrize-winning book Common Ground that evoked hometown pride, until he read the talented Chuck MacLean’s script. He is excited to be working with executive producers, and fellow Bostonians Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who shed light onto the city of Charlestown, as well as other specific neighborhoods, characters, storylines and themes and introduce them to a greater audience. Dedicated to giving characters and subcultures that do not usually get the type of spotlight and attention they deserve, as an actor and artist, Tucker loves being able to share and tell these underrated stories. Mr. Tucker is happily not typecast; this allows him to play a diverse range of characters, all with different layers and backgrounds. Having this type of freedom allows Mr. Tucker to truly understand his characters and unveil what lies beneath the surface. Though the characters he portrays lean toward a more
serious and even dark side, Jonathan tries to have fun with these roles and often introduces a sense of levity during intense moments and settings; these are the types of roles that excite Jonathan most and what he wants to be associated with for all time. Jonathan is a one-of-a-kind actor; he genuinely cares about the roles he plays, trying to represent the characters and their stories as accurately as possible. He is at a point in his career where he is not just trying to please everyone, but rather collaborate and create something beautiful together. Mr. Tucker is quite humble and knows that everyone, himself included, is fallible and that his style of acting will not work with every type of genre and is more than fine with that. The most significant breakthrough that Mr. Tucker has had as an actor is being no longer afraid of failure and being able to take something away from each acting experience. A considerable part of the film and television industry
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Tucker gives 110 percent when portraying a character and is willing to take risks, regardless of the criticism he might receive. When preparing for a new role, Tucker often looks at his own life and experiences, observations and past roles and sees how he can incorporate those details into his developing character. The minute details that most people tend to overlook are some of the most critical when creating and getting into the mindset of a new character. It forces Jonathan, to pay attention and be curious about the world around him. Being an actor gives Jonathan the opportunity to empathize and experience different scenarios, such as having your car break down in the middle of the desert with no sunscreen or water, which in real life he would not usually get the chance to encounter. One of the significant aspects of working in the entertainment industry is that it can reach people on a personal level. Jonathan very much enjoys being in service to others, whether through acting or for non-for-profit work with charities. Mr. Tucker and a friend of his from high school started the not-for-profit charity, The Pegasus Fund, which takes top performing students from underserved communities in the Los Angeles area and sends them to a non-academic camp for three consecutive summers to enjoy a summer camp experience. The fund is also aimed to help the students acclimate an often private secondary school in which they have already shown interest. Jonathan finds it gratifying to know that he and, people in general, have the power to touch somebody else’s life, no matter how big or small. Jonathan Tucker is definitely an actor to keep an eye out for. You never know what kind of role he might play next.
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is establishing relationships, and even though there have been many times in which Tucker did not get the specific role he auditioned for, his hard work and dedication to his craft did not go unnoticed and has often led him to future collaborations and partnerships with producers and directors.
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DR. EDWARD ALVAREZ New York’s Top Cosmetic Dentist By HAYLEY LAVIN Photo By Udo Spreitzenbarth
r. Edward Alvarez knew he wanted to be a dentist since the age of seven and is currently living the dream shaping, molding and sculpting the cosmetic dental industry one smile at a time. Son of Colombian immigrants, Alvarez, along with his siblings, were always told that education was of prime importance and that success in their family, as well as their culture, was being a professional. Both of his two older sisters went on to become doctors and inspired Alvarez to follow a similar, yet different career path at a young age. Around the same time that his sisters were in medical school,
a close friend of the family had graduated from dental school and opened his own practice where Alvarez was able to help by holding the suction or just observe whenever he visited. Alvarez quickly fell in love with the dental profession and made it his mission to become a dentist. Confident and determined about his future, Alvarez only applied to one school, New York University (NYU). NYU has an advanced seven-year combined degree program, which allowed Alvarez to skip one year of university, and finish in seven years instead of eight. Alvarez was only 20 years old when he started dental school and graduated as
the youngest male in his class, at the age of 24. Alvarez’s favorite part about being a dentist is helping people; “Changing a patients’ smile is more than just changing the way they look, it is many times about changing the way they feel, the way the patient relates to the world, relieving them of scars and insecurities they have carried their entire lives.” Alvarez proudly recalls a story that drives the point about the real reason he became a dentist, “I remember one patient very clearly, and he is one of the ones that will always guide my career and what I do. When I was a student at NYU during the mid and late 1990’s, people in the medical field
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were still very ignorant and afraid of anyone who was HIV+. I can still remember the callousness of colleagues and how they treated anyone who entered their doors and was HIV+ or had AIDS. They would do anything possible to dissuade them or somehow refuse them treatment. One day a man came into the oral surgery clinic with a horrible toothache and infection. Everyone there would pick up another chart and try to do everything possible to not see him, but one other person and I decided we needed to help him. After removing his infected tooth, the man started crying, not from pain, but from appreciation. He told us that he had been in pain for so long, and that he went from office to office, and no one wanted to help him. The fact that we treated him, and took care of him, meant the world to him. The way he said thank you, and how he shook our hands, and the look in his eyes will never leave my soul. It cemented in me why I chose to become a dentist, and that it was to help people. No amount of money can ever compare to the feeling I got that day from that man.” For Alvarez, helping people feel better, healthier, more confident and helping bring out the beauty that has always been there, is the most satisfying part of his job. Alvarez, who has been in the industry for over 20 years, believes that “technology plays an incredible part in modern cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry.” He and his team aim to put the patients’ comfort first, that is why he has always dedicated himself and his practice to be the most advanced possible. Simply put, Alvarez and his team have made going to the dentist easier for patients. Procedures that typically would take two appointments can be completed in a single visit. For over a decade, Alvarez has been leader in the use of CEREC CAD/ CAM technology and has earned his advanced training and certification from the prestigious Scottsdale Center for Dentistry. CEREC CAD/CAM allows him to do veneers, all ceramic crowns, metal free
bridges, and other dental restorations in about an hour. CAD/CAM, which stands for computer aided design/computer aided manufacture has been a staple of other industries such as aerospace, the automotive industry, and the jewelry business where the fabrication of intricate, precise products are of the utmost importance. In dentistry, CAD/CAM allows him to eliminate all types of impression materials from the work flow. No longer do patients have to worry that they are going to gag or have an allergic reaction to a material that is placed in their mouths. A high speed, high definition camera is used to capture images of teeth and other structures inside the mouth and create a virtual 3-D model. From that model, everything from a single tooth, to a full smile makeover can then be designed chairside, with the patient’s immediate input. It is truly the definition of custom dentistry for the 21st century. Once the design is completed and approved, the system will make a crown or veneer from a solid block of porcelain, zirconia, or ceramic in about 10 minutes. There is no more need for temporaries or weeks for a laboratory to complete the restoration, which would require the patient to return for a second visit. This is of supreme importance to many of his patients. Alvarez states, “My patients want to be in and out, and don’t want to be numbed twice. I have patients that live everywhere from Los Angeles, to London, Miami, and even Australia, so a second visit is not possible. When the US Open Tennis Championship is in town, I many times have players and coaches who require treatment during the time they are here, and I am able to do that for them.” Alvarez has been a leader in the use of lasers in dentistry and is a fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute, the world’s largest dental laser education organization. He has also lectured and trained dentists in both the United States, as well as in Latin America on the use of lasers in dentistry. In his practice, Alvarez uses multiple types of lasers that
will do everything from treating cavities and preparing crowns and veneers, many times without the use of anesthesia, to doing both hard tissue surgery (where bone is recontoured), soft tissue surgery (treatment of things such as gummy smiles, and other periodontal issues, without the use of a scalpel), and treatment of problems such as cold sores, canker sores, and others. Alvarez and his team are currently preparing to move their Murray Hill office to 30 East 40th Street, Suite 1002 off Park Ave. The move will place the practice in a close proximity to Grand Central and provide better mass transit accessibility to patients from all over the city. The new office is going to be constructed in a way that will not only make the patients feel comfortable in the dentist chair, but also in the reception area. The Park Avenue office will be more than double the size of the current office and have more doctors on board, allowing Alvarez and his practice to be open six days a week. “I want my patients to truly have a first-class experience not only in the dental chair, but in the rest of the office too. Marble floors, massaging and heated dental chairs, HDTV monitors not only on treatment room walls, but ceilings as well, LED lighting, aroma and temperature-controlled rooms, high speed WiFi, plush pillows and blankets, and many other items will all be part of the experience. We look to maintain that 5 star rating we have, and to exceed all our patients’ expectations. Just about every type of technology available in dentistry will be available in our new office. Everything from computer-controlled delivery of local anesthesia, to 3-D facial imaging and smile design, to every type of dental diagnostic aid will be part of our office. You must come in to experience it.” In addition to the traditional business hours, Alvarez will be expanding his concierge service, where his VIP patients can be seen at off ours, in order to accommodate their busy schedules. Currently, as well as in the past, Alvarez has seen patients such as US Open tennis players, diplomats
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during the UN General Assembly, recording artists during award shows, and athletes visiting New York City, all during late nights and weekends, when there was no other option available to them. When he is not busy behind the dentist chair, Alvarez can be found performing as a DJ. After a trip in the early 2000’s to Ibiza, Alvarez was determined to learn the art of DJing and has since had the privilege of DJing on the main stage at the 2014 and 2015 EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in New York at MetLife Stadium. He has also played in some of the largest nightclubs in the world, including Pacha NYC and Exchange in Los Angeles, where he had a residency. In addition to bringing audiences together through music, Alvarez and his fiancé Alina enjoy giving back to charities, particularly those that help benefit animals, and the community as well. Having a Pug and a French Bulldog, Alvarez and Alina recently have been donating to “Slaughterhouse Survivors” which is a nonprofit in China that rescues dogs from things such as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Alvarez also gives to the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind. They provide training to guide dogs for Israelis who suffer from blindness. Alvarez is a big supporter of our military and war heroes. With his office, Alvarez participates in “Freedom Day USA,” which is America’s largest military thank you event. One day a year, his practice provides free services to active military, their families and veterans. Since 2008, Alvarez has served as a Police Surgeon for the New York State Troopers PBA, as well as the Amtrak Police FOP. He provides his services to troopers and officers injured in the line of duty and consults and advises in their medical treatment when requested. As a member, Alvarez has been able to go out and help during times of need, such as during Hurricane Sandy where he was out in the field for two weeks providing medical care and assistance to fellow New Yorkers. nyclaserdentist.com @nyclaserdentist
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SEAMOREâ€™S Quality Seafood, Done Right! By Christopher A. Pape | Interior Photo by Alexander Stein
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t’s become common knowledge – even outside the food world – that the earth’s oceans have declining stockpiles of our favored fishes. Soon, we might see a future with no bluefin tuna, salmon or other high-end fish that America and the rest of the developed world (especially Japan) has come to adore. That is the thesis behind Seamore’s, an everexpanding seafood restaurant in New York that’s recently opened its sixth location, this time in the Brookfield Mall. Founded by Michael Chernow in the summer of 2015, Seamore’s is known for excellent, healthy and delicious seafood. The concept behind this restaurant empire is that the fish is 100% sustainable, sourced as close to home as possible. Michael’s goal was to create restaurants that were approachable, comforting, and delicious, while still being environmentally sound. Having dined at their original location in Nolita, I knew what to expect: fresh fish, inventive combinations of flavor, personable staff and charming décor. And that’s exactly what I found at their newest location, in Battery Park City. Stepping into the restaurant, I was immediately struck both by its nod to the sea and how chic the space was. As for the food, the portions were large and more importantly, of high quality. We started with scallop crudo served with crispy plantains, avocado, lime, salsa verde and a tune poke with ponzu, peanut and avocado. The scallope was a flavorful dish, executed with care and precision. We loved the acidity and obvious freshness of the plate. While the tuna evoked Thailand, both dishes were perfect representations of the thought and care the restaurant puts into its dishes. Moving onto the mains, we loved the idea of the Reel Deal, a build-your-own fish dish served with sustainably caught fish and four options for sauce. Here, we had monkfish with a miso butter sauce that paired perfectly with the delicate, flaky nature of the fish. We also loved the blackened shrimp tacos, which was served with molé blanco, avocado, queso fresco, jalapeño aioli. In the final analysis, Seamore’s is obviously doing something right; on the night my guest and I were there, it was a crowded room. You will love the many fish selections, the great cocktail program, the knowledgeable and friendly staff and the excellently prepared dishes. Book your table today!
230 Vesey St. New York, NY 10281 646.585.7380 seamores.com
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THE GREAT ITALIAN TRILOGY Fine Dining at Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes & Mozzarella & Vino By PETER ELSTON
he Godfather movies are considered by many to be the greatest Italian trilogy of all time. However, over the past few years, there is only another Italian trilogy that stands above the rest in New York City’s dining scene; Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Mozzarella & Vino. These three restaurants set the standard for fine Italian dining, with the only debate being whose is everyone’s favorite of the three.
restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art of New York, and Union Bar & Grill in Great Barrington, MA. In Septem-ber 2001 he opened Il Gattopardo, just across from MoMA, along with his wife Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and his talented Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo. In 2011, the Sorrentinos also embraced one of the most rewarding journeys of their careers, the rebirth of the restaurant in the landmarked Hotel des Artistes – The Leopard at des Artistes.
The Il Gattopardo family of restaurants is owned by husband-and-wife team Gianfranco and Paula Bol-la Sorrentino, with Partner Chef Vito Gnazzo. Originally from Naples, Italy, Gianfranco Sorrentino car-ries over 40 years of experience in restaurant management from the Quisitana Hotel in Capri, Dorches-ter Hotel in London, Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo, Bice restaurant in New York, Sette MoMA
PART I: IL GATTOPARDO Fine dining icon Il Gattopardo opened in 2001, and still attracts a loyal clientele who come for both the authentic southern Italian cuisine and the warm, Italian hospitality. Il Gattopardo is located in the his-torically landmarked Rockefeller Townhouses at 13-15 West 54th Street.
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Aside from the sleek, modern main dining room, the restaurant also boasts a beautiful, lushly-planted 8-story Atrium, in which a wide range of private events are held. Il Gattopardo serves traditional Southern Italian comfort food that has been adapted for the contemporary palate without compromising the authenticity of the cuisine, which became a must to its loyal upscale New Yorker clientele. 13-15 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 212.246.0412 ilgattopardonyc.com. PART II: THE LEOPARD AT DES ARTISTES Five years ago, in the historically landmarked Hotel
des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street, on a beautiful, treelined block between Central Park and Lincoln Center, Gianfranco Sorrentino and his wife Paula Bolla Sorrentino, along with Partner Chef Vito Gnazzo, opened The Leopard at des Artistes. The open-ing included a floorto-ceiling renovation of the existing space, and a complete restoration of the origi-nal, famed Howard Chandler Christy murals that adorn its walls. The Leopard at des Artistes boasts a diverse menu that finds its roots in the area once known as The Kingdom of Two Sicilies of the mid-1800s, and the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The menu also features dishes traditionally found in regions out-side of southern Italy, such as Lazio and Umbria. At the Leopard at des Artistes, Chef Vitoâ€™s culinary signature of authentic southern Italian comfort food is what visitors and locals alike flock to the restaurant for. 1 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023 212.787.8767 theleopardnyc.com PART III: MOZZARELLA & VINO Mozzarella & Vino, located at the former Il Gattopardo space, at 33 west 54th Street - as you may know, Il Gattopardo moved to the new location, on the same block at number 13 West. Their talented Chef Vito Gnazzo is responsible for the mouthwatering menu that reflects the simplicity of authentic Italian ingredients, with a heavy emphasis on the Mozzarella di bufala Campania, Italian cheeses and affettati. Based mostly on classic Italian antipasti, such as arancini, panzarotti, and mozzarella rolls, they also serve a wonderful selection of panini , soups, salads, and of course mozzarella on all shapes and combinations â€Ś even on desserts. Their enoteca style bar focuses on showcasing rather smaller family estates and independent Italian winemakers. They proudly share beloved wines, definitely not mainstream, wines that translates his-tory, quality and good value. A variety of by the glass is offered, as well as by the bottle. Their selection greatly varies due to constant new discoveries. Mozzarella & Vino is located on 33 West 54th Street. 33 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 646.692.8849 mozzarellaevino.com
TAVERN ON THE GREEN A Classic Reborn By Hayley lavin
avern on the Green is an iconic restaurant that should be on the top of everyone’s bucket list. Contrary to popular belief, this rustic-chic restaurant located in the heart of Central Park West is not only for tourists but also native New Yorkers. The restaurant has created a delicious seasonal menu and an atmosphere, which celebrates the restaurant’s past as a sheepfold as well as highlights the energy of New York City, that diners’ keep coming back for more. Its proximity to Museum Mile, Lincoln Center, and other staples of Central Park, such as Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, the carousel, and the Natural History Museum, just to name a few, make Tavern on the Green the perfect restaurant whether you are coming or going. Executive Chef Bill Pete and his team are cooking new American cuisines such as the salmon burger served with a cilantro fennel salad, sweet potato fries, and a chili aioli or the caramelized rack of lamb served with 44 | resident.com
roasted carrots, broccoli and a honey and herb glaze. If you are not too full from the main course, try one Chef Pete’s exceptional desserts such as the peanut-butter chocolate lava cake, topped with vanilla ice cream and peanut brittle. Not only does the famed restaurant serve delicious lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus, they also have refreshing cocktails and an incredible outdoor backdrop of the park perfect for happy hour. Tavern on the Green has a cocktail inspired by and named after each of the five boroughs of New York, as well as fun fruity beverages such as the raspberry tarragon limeade with Finlandia Vodka, raspberry, tarragon, and lime. Tavern on the Green provides guests various seating options: the main dining room, the glass window area-- which spans from floor to ceiling, the courtyard, the beer garden, the south wing and terrace as well as the bar room. Tavern on the Green offers walk-ins, although it is highly recommended, but not required, to make a reservation
and take-out dining options. You can even host semiprivate and private events in the iconic space. During the nice weather months, guests can eat and drink outside in the courtyard, especially at night when the twinkly lights are lit up in the trees. When the weather is a bit colder, you can still enjoy the view of the park from the glass windows letting in natural light into the main dining room. On Thursday and Friday evenings as well as during weekend brunch and dinners, diners’ can enjoy live jazz music as they are taken care of by the very accommodating staff of landmark eatery. Tavern on the Green is an unforgettable fine dining experience waiting for you to plan your visit. Central Park West & 67th St. New York, NY 10023 212.877.8684 tavernonthegreen.com
GREENWICH STEAKHOUSE A Classic Reborn By Harry Brad
he legendary Chef Victor Chavez along with Benny Gocaj brings to you a dining experience unlike the rest. Greenwich Steakhouse offers a uniquely upscale New York City steakhouse experience in an exquisitely designed three story West Village townhouse. In 2016, after an impressive 38-year long career with Smith & Wollensky, Victor Chavez retired. Less than a year into his retirement, Chavez couldn’t escape the dream of opening his own restaurant. Quickly changing gears when he saw the 62 Greenwich Avenue location, Chavez decided to make his comeback, but this time in a totally different intimate, downtown set-
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ting – something he had always wanted to do. Greenwich Steakhouse redefines the typical steakhouse feel with its elegantly sleek design and light color palate while still maintaining an inviting and comfortable feel. Greenwich Steakhouse is designed with meticulous attention to detail, offering a different experience on each floor. For a more casual setting, take a seat at the bar for seasonally driven cocktails and an extensive wine list. Greenwich Steakhouse has rooms for all occasions. Blue Velvet capacity is 40, with an
additional 14 seats at the bar and 20 in the lounge area of the restaurant. The Grand Reserve Room on the third floor can comfortably fit 30 guests for a sit-down dinner. Whether your function is large or small, Greenwich Steakhouse will work to create a menu that’s sure to please your entire party. They look forward to working with you to ensure the success of your event! 62 Greenwich Ave. New York, NY 10011 212.553.5000 greenwichsteakhouse.com
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CHOTTO MATTE The Ultimate Nikkei Experience By HILLARY LATOS
ringing the artistic culinary energy of Tokyo combined with London’s Soho comes Miami Beach’s latest culinary gem- Chotto Matte. Specializing in Nikkei cuisine, classic Japanese dishes are given a contemporary twist with the addition of Latin and Peruvian flavors and ingredients served in a vibrant and stunning dining environment. Founded by Kurt Zdesar and the NZR Group, this is their first U.S. location. Located behind a subtle white façade in an alley just off Lincoln Road is Chotto Mate. Andy Martin Architects (AMA) stunning design blends CHOTTO MATTE’s signature Tokyo vibe with Miami’s tropical life. The 219-seat restaurant and bar features Shou Sugi Ban wood ceilings and lush, hanging gardens created by Raymond Jungles. A large floating ceiling inspired by the abstracted Japanese roof style known as ‘Irimoya’ delivers year-round al fresco dining with a fully retractable roof. Imported in its entirety, a 19-ton Sicilian boulder creates a dramatic focal point between the sushi bar and cocktail area while
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a vibrant mural created by Miami’s renown graffiti artists Marcel Katz and Ahol Sniffs Glue pours over interior walls. AMA skillfully intertwines natural stone, carbon steel, tinted glass, and dark stained timber for a textured palette, indicative of ‘Japanese sensibility.’
At the helm of the culinary team is Executive Chef Jordan Sclare whose extensive pedigree includes Gordan Ramsay’s 3 Michelin-Star London restaurant; Nobu Park Lane, and CHOTTO MATTE London, Black Roe, Fucina and Pantry Marylebone within the NZR Group. Overseeing the Miami operations is Head Chef Jimmy Gallagher, a Lima native whose previous experience was chef de cuisine at Blue Ribbon Sushi Miami and 1111 Peruvian Bistro. To have a sampling of the chef’s signature dishes opt for the Nikkei Sharing Menu that includes mouthwatering masterpieces such as the Nikkei gyoza with pork, shrimp and yucca; smoked beef
and yuzu tostadito, shrimp spring roll with a shiso ponzu salsa, and branzino ceviche. Other ‘must try’ standouts include the tuna sashimi tostadito, yellowtail sashimi with yuzu truffle soy, tuna tartar with dragon fruit and ponzu chili, mixed Nikkei dressed sushi, lobster and shrimp tempura, and black cod miso. My personal favorite- the Peruvian aji marinated and smoked lamb chops with Peruvian chili miso. Serving daily lunch, happy hour and dinner, CHOTTO MATTE creates a playful dining experience that combines Tokyo’s vibe with Miami’s tropical culture replete with a Robata grill counter, sushi bar with mirroring cocktail bar, lively music, and open-air dining.
1664 Lenox Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.690.0743 chotto-mate.com/miami
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CHEF WILL SAVARESE At Robert’s Steakhouse By carlos lacayo
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This season, critically acclaimed Chef Will Savarese opened Robert’s Steakhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. Chef Savarese received 3 stars from the New York Times when he was the Chef de Cuisine at La Cote Basque and another 3-stars from the Times during his time overseeing the kitchen at La Cremaillere and finally a third trio of stars for his work at The Tap House, all in New York City. Savarese is also at the helm of Robert’s, one of New York City’s best steakhouses, located in the gentleman’s club, Scores on West 28th Street, which makes it a favorite for businessmen out for good steak and a little visual stimulation. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Chef Savarese graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and of the new glamorous restaurant in Atlantic City he says, “Being in Atlantic City is a great thing for me, and especially for the opening of Robert’s.” He adds, “We hope that it can help bring this great city back to life and attract people
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back to the shore. After all, we are the exclusive steakhouse of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.” The Robert’s Experience The whole vision of Robert’s Atlantic City started with Mr. Bob Gans. “He always wants us to buy the best products possible,” Chef states, “We also created a décor to match the food, and walk into our beautiful marble tile and wood lounge from the minute you see the fireplace aglow. This is an inviting place to sit, drink or just chat.” On the weekends, Robert’s is hopping with live entertainment. The Menu If you’re visiting Atlantic City, look no further than Robert’s for the ultimate dining experience. “If you’re winning big at the casino or even if you’re not, come on in for a great meal,” said Chef Savarese. “Start with the seafood tower, consisting of oysters, crabmeat, shrimp and lobster. Then explore our appetizers; tuna tartare, Robert’s salad, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. And then choose one of the best steaks in A.C.”
American Wagyu Kobe Style Gold Label Chef Savarese not only oversees every item on the menu but makes sure the food is prepped in a unique way making each steak the best available, “I feel Americans, in general, always have a love for meat, especially steak. It’s even more so with our menu at Robert’s. We offer six different cutsof steaks which appeal to many tastes and we also have other great options ranging from pastas and seafood. After all, we are at the shore! Chef adds, “the thing that truly sets us apart is our on-site dry aging process that I oversee. We go beyond the normal 28 days drying - I’m not going to say how long but give us a try and you’ll taste the difference.” Robert’s Steakhouse most popular items include the American Wagyu Kobe Style Gold Label “Cube”, the Brick Roasted Free Range Chicken and Seared Sea Scallops.
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ndulge in the seasonal bounties of fall at some of New York City’s most anticipated new openings downtown along with some of our favorite hotspots.
shaped lobster ravioli, and Veuve Clicquot and truffle risotto, and pan seared scallops with truffles and a celery puree. As Italians love to celebrate life, Serafina is a perfect example of la dolce vita!
95 West Broadway New York, NY 10007 212.766.2700 serafinarestaurant.com
Located in the chic neighborhood of Tribeca, this location is the newest addition to the global restaurant group, reigning in as number 11 in the city. Part of The Frederick Hotel, this sophisticated yet relaxed and easygoing Italian eatery has two floors, allowing for both semi -private and private affairs as well as an outdoor patio that is perfect for people watching. The atmosphere at Serafina Tribeca has bright, colorful art and exposed brick walls that reflects the artsy and industrial vibe of the neighborhood consisting of edgy boutiques, galleries and artisanal coffee shops. Founded in 1995 by Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato, Serafina has grown to be a New York staple attracting A List celebrities to families who come for their consistently delicious pastas, pizzas, and Italian fare. While everything is delectable, standouts from the menu include the mouthwatering black truffle pizza, filet mignon carpaccio with black truffle, imported Italian burrata, heart
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Papilles Papilles, French for taste buds, is a French farmto-table restaurant located in the East Village that is redefining fine French dining with a creative/ modern menu they call “cuisine vagabonde.” As one of NYC’s rising young talents and Daniel alum, French native Chef Andrea Calstier and his team are serving unforgettable flavors that will have your taste buds yearning for one more bite. Papilles “is a collaboration between Andrea Calstier, his wife Elena Oliver, who designed the minimalist gem, and Nicolas Thoni.” Chef Calstier and his Sous-Chef Dale Kester are constantly pushing the envelope and innovating French cuisine. According to Calstier, “more young French chefs are breaking the codes of the classic gastro-
nomic meal or the Parisian brasserie, and that’s what I would like to bring to the New York culinary scene - an inventive cuisine- elaborated with the best products- resulting from organic farming, sustainable fishing and animal husbandry. My travels around the world and discoveries of new cuisines also influence my recipes, this is what ‘cuisine vagabonde’ means to me. I work with products from the East, Asia, and Latin America using a French approach and technical base, resulting in very interesting combinations and dishes with a nice balance. All of this results in a pleasant and casual environment with an affordable price. High French gastronomy is no longer reserved for the elite.” Diners also enjoy specialty cocktails created by mixologist and co-owner Nicolas Thoni, that are made with fresh seasonal ingredients, such as fresh spices, herbs, and flowers that reflect those of the menu. 127 East 7 St. New York, NY 10009 646.850.5345 papillesrestaurant.com
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Chefs Club Known for their exciting program of rotating chefs, at Chefs Club New York the menu is never the same. Belgian entrepreneur Stephane De Baets created this game changing restaurant concept that brings the culinary stars to the center stage allowing New Yorkers to experience masterpieces created by some of the most famous chefs in the world. Since 2012 nearly 200 celebrated chefs from around the world have cooked here including Alain Ducasse, Emeril Lagasse, George Mendes, and Jacques Pepin to name a few. Now through October 13, the latest chef to join the illustrious roster as a chef in residence is Abraham Conlon, Co-Owner of the popular Chicago staple Fat Rice. Since its launch in 2012, this casual eatery founded has developed a cult following. Conlon’s unique dishes are inspired by the modest traditions of Macau infused with exotic ingredients and global flavors from China, Portugal, India, and Southeast Asia. Conlon’s specialties include the beef ambilla- a pork shoulder roast with tamarind and curry, braised octopus with piri piri and cinnamon, chili prawns, and cavala salgada- a marinated and torched Spanish mackerel with hints of chili. Additionally, their current private dining room will be transformed into a pop-up of Conlon’s popular Chicago- based lounge Ladies’ Room. This intimate craft cocktail lounge is inspired by the fan tan (Chinese gambling halls) and red-light districts that proliferated around Macau in the mid-19th and 20th centuries that will transport you to another world. 275 Mulberry St. New York, NY 10012 212.941.1100 chefsclub.com
Hotel Chantelle Sunday has become the official fun day thanks to the new Brazilian inspired party, Sarau, at the Hotel Chantelle rooftop that is a welcome sendoff to an epic weekend in the city. Sarau is traditionally defined as a cultural, musical or sporting event where people unite to express themselves artistically. Hosted by Wilson Henrique, this high energy dinner party is held alfresco in warmer weather and features live music from the Brazilian Brothers Band who play a mix of Brazilian hits and American covers, and rotating DJs- Eric Abobo, Alex Carioca, and Bruno Goiano that play in between and after the bands’ sets to keep the party going. Make a night of it and indulge in the playful and inventive creations imagined by Executive Chef Seth Levine. Standouts from the menu include the
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dining tuna poke cigars with sushi grade tuna in crispy wonton shells, crispy fish tacos, stellar seared diver scallops with maple glazed bacon on a pork skin chip, and crispy buffalo cauliflower served with hot sauce and bleu cheese. Complement the menu with a potent specialty cocktail such as the spicy smoked earth- mezcal mixed with poblano, celery & bbq bitters, or the friend of the devil with tequila, beet and jerk bitters. The party begins at 7:00pm, with Hotel Chantelle’s full dinner menu available until 10:00pm and ends at 11:30pm. 92 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002 212.254.9100 hotelchantelle.com
Andaz Kitchen & Bar Located in the historic Financial District in the Andaz Wall Street hotel, Andaz Kitchen & Bar is creating food that reflects not only Executive Chef Pietro Consorti and his international team but also the diverse residents of New York City. Diners can expect to taste flavors inspired by Italy, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Vietnam and the United States, amongst other countries and cultures. Serving breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, the restaurant is creating nothing less than authentic cuisine made with
fresh and seasonal ingredients. Chef Consorti features daily international specials in addition to the regular menu. Some of the signature dishes include a Mediterranean inspired handmade Ravioli with ricotta, anchovies, red peppers, parsley and Parmigiano Reggiano, the Kentucky-inspired Bourbon Mash Risotto with roasted corn, barley, malt, smoked blue cheese, ash and saba, or the Philippine inspired Chicken Adobo, served with bok choy and garlic fried rice. The fun “mixologist-crafted” cocktails and drinks pay tribute to the FiDi neighborhood with cocktails such as The Merger or The Intervention. This is a welcome addition to the cultural renaissance happening in the thriving FiDi and Seaport districts. 75 Wall St. New York, NY 10005 212.590.1234 ㄴwallstreet.andaz.hyatt.com
Bellini As the entire Seaport area is experiencing a cultural renaissance, the glamour of Italy has come to Peck Slip. The newest addition to this hotspot
district is the luxury boutique hotel, Mr.C created by Maggio and Ignacio Cipriani, the 4th generation brothers of the famed family. Located inside the hotel on the corner or Peck Slip and Front, is Bellini which brings a modern approach to rustic Italian cuisine. Named after the signature cocktail that has become synonymous with the Cipriani name, the restaurant concept is inspired by the jetset ambiance of Portofino, Venice, or Capri with a fashionably chic crowd to match. The dining room pays homage to the historic details of the building with natural light streaming from the large bay windows and soft pink hues accenting the understated elegance of the space. Authentic Italian Solimene ceramic plates serve rustic Italian dishes such as tagliolini with zucchini and scampi, spaghetti with sea urchin, dressed lobster, and branzino with tomato concasse. Save room for a decadent ending with tiramisu, ricotta cheesecake, or chocolate mousse that will make you feel like you are in Italia.
Bellini at Mr. C 33 Peck Slip, New York, NY 10038 877.528.4249 mrcseaport.com/dining
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WESTHOUSE HOTEL A Quintessential New York Abode By HAYLEY LAVIN
tep into the lobby of WestHouse Hotel and be transported into an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Nestled in the heart of Midtown West in Manhattan; the boutique hotel combines luxury and vintage elegance with hospitality and guest satisfaction, or as they like to refer to them as “residents,” satisfaction as its top priority. The hotel attentive staff will make sure your stay at the hotel is one to remember. Its decor embodies the sophistication and allure of the 1920s, such as the Den, its speakeasy lobby lounge, equipped with a bar, a fireplace,
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as well as a library where hotel residents can sip on handcrafted artisanal cocktails and small plates made with seasonal ingredients. The 1920’s chic glamourous style is carried throughout the hotel. Its proximity to famous New York landmarks such as Rockefeller Center, the theater district as well as vibrant neighborhoods makes Westhouse Hotel the perfect destination for a weekend getaway with friends, family, and even pets, who get their own bed and bowl! The vintage and chic hotel has stunning views
of New York City that can be seen from the outdoor terrace that sits on the 23rd floor. The hotel has 172 bedrooms and suites, all of which have a chic interior and a view of the courtyard, the city and or Time Square. Each room comes with professional Good Hair Day (gHD) styling products, eco-chic bath products designed by DayNa Decker and a high definition television. Planning a weekend for you and your gal pals? Make sure to book an in-room hair and makeup makeovers and beauty lessons by NOMI Beauty, and includes some sweet treats from Magnolia Bakery as well.
WestHouse Hotel is not only dressed in a meticulous art deco design but is also conveniently located in the heart of Midtown West. Just moments away from the famed Fifth Avenue, the ultimate luxury shopping destination, Museum Mile, the theater district, Rockefeller Center, amongst other famous landmarks, and some of New York’s trendiest restaurants, guests of the hotel have endless options from which they can choose. Explore the city as a local, as WestHouse also has partnerships with premier local businesses
such as Perfect Picnic, which creates luxury picnic experiences. Guests can also embark on an exclusive private tour of City Winery, the only winery in Manhattan and tour the cellar, taste wine fresh from the barrel and dine at the restaurant. Throughout the year, guests of Westhouse have access to VIP experiences and preferred access at some of the city’s most exclusive events. Other services that are offered by WestHouse include a daily sweet and savory breakfast as well as a barista bar, providing nonalcoholic
beverages and a happy hour served with small plates. Additionally, the hotel has a weekly movie night held in the Den every Thursday, where residents can enjoy complimentary gourmet popcorn along with specialty cocktails themed to each week’s movie, and a 24-hour fitness center. It only takes one stay at WestHouse to become hooked to the boutique hotel and be surrounded in the Gatsbyesque glamor. westhousehotelnewyork.com
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Best Hotel To Stay at for A Luxurious Hawaiian Getaway By Kenza Salahdine
awaii is one of these bucket list destinations that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. As summer gives way to autumn, it’s time to start planning your next hot vacation! Whether you are traveling as a couple for a romantic hideaway, with friends for a spa getaway, or with extended
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family for a multi generational trip- Hawaii has it all. Here are some of our favorite spots on Oahu for the perfect vacation. Let’s start with Oahu, the most populated island in Hawaii where the capital is located. Honolulu, which is Hawaiian for calm port, has a population
of nearly 1 million inhabitants which also comprises two thirds of the state’s population. A unique aspect of visiting a capital city in paradise is that you can have all of the offerings of an international metropolis surrounded by the natural beauty of the island with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The most famous
beach is Waikiki Beach, located on southern shore of the Island of Oahu. Waikiki Beach offers splendid white sand beaches, incredible sunsets, and delicious seafood. One of the best places to stay on the island is the famed Prince Waikiki that is centrally located and offers guests unparalleled luxury. From the public areas to the guest rooms and infinity pool, guests have breathtaking views of the ocean from every vantage point. Their beautiful oceanfront location is perfectly located in the heart of this dynamic and vibrant city. From the moment you take the glass elevator you can experience the vista of the beach and ocean, just be sure not to miss your floor. The hotel has recently been freshly renovated and redesigned to share the history of Hawaii and also displays the largest contemporary Hawaiian collection of art in Waikiki. Guests will also have the pleasure to indulge in delicious island cuisine made with the hottest local ingredients in their renowned restaurants. Catch a beautiful sunset at their weekly Friday night party featuring live local musicians. Sleep in luxury in one of their spacious accommodations. Rooms start at 414 square feet while suites span from 838 to 1,221 square feet with ocean views overlooking the beautiful beaches and yachts. All of the rooms feature the native Naio flower painted on the walls which are grown on the indigenous Myoporum tree. For unparalleled views, book an « oasis in the sky » aptly named for rooms on the highest floors. Prince Waikiki lounge guests will also have exclusive access to a private lounge located poolside overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean with complimentary services such as: daily breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening hors d’œuvres, personalized concierge services, newspapers, magazines and more. For golf aficionados, tee off at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay which offers 27 dramatic holes, set on 270 acres against awe inspiring views over the mountains. princewaikiki.com
POCONO MOUNTAINS Fall Festival Guide for Families By W.A. MULLER
n the Pocono Mountains, we love festivals almost as much as we love fall foliage. So, when the time comes to combine the two, everyone is in on the action. Fall festivals fill the weekends from late September through October. Fall activities range from celebrations of harvest and history to festivities of food and fun. And while most autumn events are open to all ages, some have special features just for kids. Below are ten upcoming fall family festivals in the Pocono Mountains.
HarvestFest Camelback Mountain Resort Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free Fall festival season kicks off with HarvestFest
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on September 22, 2018! Experience ven-dors, activities and fun for the whole family. Bring the kids for a full day of autumn amusements. Expect fall-themed food, children’s activities, shopping and entertainment courtesy of the Sherman Theater.
hay rides and mazes, a free petting zoo, bounce houses, carnival rides and games. Enjoy great food and shopping in the “World’s Largest General Store”, or try your luck in the escape room! Some activities are available on weekends only.
The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 2018 Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $10/adult; $5/child 3-12 Give the kids a glimpse of the past during the 44th Annual Harvest Festival at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. Costumed re-enactors portray farm skills and crafts like spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and yarn dyeing. They cook in the outdoor brick oven, share sto-ries in the oneroom schoolhouse and drive horse-drawn wagons around the farm. Addi-tional activities include
44th Annual Harvest Festival Country Junction – World’s Largest General Store Dates: Saturday, September 29 to Sunday, October 28, 2018 Times: Weekends: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Weekdays: tentatively noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $10/person; free for children under 2 “The largest pumpkin festival in the Pocono Mountains” is open daily through October 28, 2018. This annual event is fun for all ages, but it’s especially enjoyable for families with small children. Highlights include pumpkin picking,
pumpkin decorating, pony rides and a Civil War encampment. There will be food and folk music for all to enjoy.
Annual Fall Fest and Block Party Eastburg Community Alliance Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Revel in autumn in East Stroudsburg during the community’s Annual Fall Fest and Block Party. Enjoy family-friendly activities including pumpkin and face painting, crafts and car-nival rides. Tour the Historic Dansbury Depot and Railroad Switch Tower, see a Steamtown train, a fire truck and more. There will be live entertainment plus vendors, dis-plays and refreshments. Come prepared because this event will be held rain or shine.
annual festival has children’s activities including a special kids’ area for magic shows, fortune telling, juggling, pig races and more fun for little ones. Experience daring demos by lumberjacks, blacksmiths, chainsaw carvers and canines plus live music, food and craft vendors and scenic chairlift rides. Fees apply to certain activities.
Harvest Festival Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $5/car Celebrate the fall season with PEEC! Your children will experience a fun-filled day packed with arts and crafts, hands-on learning stations, conservation exhibits and old-time activi-ties. Local food, music and other fun will be available amid the stunning fall foliage of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Autumn Timber Festival Shawnee Mountain Ski Area Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 2018 Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Advance: $9/adult; $7.50/child; Gate: $12.50/ adult; $8.50/child. Free for children 4 and under Brilliant fall foliage sets the stage for two days of autumn action at Shawnee Mountain. This
during the annual Fall Foliage Festival in October. During the first three weekends, the townwide celebrations boast a little bit of every-thing. Encounter events ranging from train excursions and haunted jail tours to craft fairs and headline concerts. Jim Thorpe’s Fall Foliage Festival is on PennLive’s list of “28 Things to See or Do in Pennsylvania Before You Die.”
Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival Downtown Jim Thorpe Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, October 6-7, 1314, & 20-21, 2018 Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Downtown Jim Thorpe turns on the charm
Harvest Lake Stroll Skytop Lodge Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018 Time: Strolls depart from noon to 3 p.m.; 11 a.m. early access lim-ited to first 100 guests Cost: $65/adult, $30/designated driver, $20/child, $75/person early access All are welcome to attend Skytop Lodge’s 13th annual Harvest Lake Stroll. The day will include something for everyone, with entertainment and food samplings set around the pri-vate lake. National and local vineyards will be on site to offer samples, and Skytop’s culi-nary team will present a mouthwatering menu that blends the tastes of the season.
ARUBA MARRIOTT RESORT & STELLARIS CASINO By Kenza Salahdine
ummer vacation got you dreaming of paradise? Bon bini! Make your dream of lounging under a palapa, sipping on a cocktail while looking out at the ocean into a reality when you book your stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Known for its pristine white sand beaches with clear blue waters, this Caribbean Island will transport you to island bliss.
Only a short walk from the resort is the Tierra Del Sol Golf and Country Club, where guests can play a game of 18 holes. Guests can also test their luck at Stellaris 24-hour casino, Aruba’s largest casino, which features over 26 gaming tables and over 500 slot machines, including Wheel of Fortune. Guests can also treat themselves to a spa day or dine at one of the seven dining options.
Offering 390 guest rooms and 24 suites with ocean and garden views, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is the perfect getaway, whether traveling with family, friends, a significant other as well as business retreats and destination weddings. The best part about Aruba is that you choose the type of vacation it is; it can be as laid back or action-packed, as you want. The resort has numerous activities from which guests can choose, such as swimming, volleyball, beach tennis, snorkeling, kayaking, as well as sailing.
Spending the day out by the pool can be exhausting; luckily you can make an appointment and go to the Mandara Spa, which offers different treatment options.
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The Marriott has seven casual dining options from which guests can choose, such as Ruth’s Chris Steak House, La Vista, an all-day restaurant serving international cuisine, and Atardi, the resort’s signature seafood restaurant on the beach. In addition to the resort’s restaurants, the island itself has over 250 eateries, serving a wide variety of cuisines; Aruba has something for everyone.
Guests 18 years of age and older are invited to indulge in an elevated, adults-only experience at the resort’s Tradewinds Club. In need of privacy, rest, being cherished and privileged? Access to the Tradewinds Club does all of that and more. Special perks start the moment you arrive with a private checkin and checkout, reserved beach seating, and premium ocean view rooms and suites, always thoughtfully prepared to make you feel privileged. Tradewinds Club guests also receive exclusive access to the Tradewinds Club lounge, the perfect playground to take a break from the sun to enjoy complimentary refreshments and culinary creations from the resort’s restaurants, served five times per day. The Tradewinds Club and lounge are adjacent to the incredible H2Oasis adults-only pool, which offers an exclusive bar and pool cabanas. arubamarriott.com
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS Providenciales, #1 Island in 2015 | Grace Bay Beach, best beach in the world, 2016
Luxury, tranquility, excitement, romance, family-fun, endless activities, and with direct/non-stop daily flights from New York, isn’t it time you’ve experienced The Turks and Caicos Islands?
AT THE HOTEL CRESCENT COURT By Kenza Salahdine
erfectly situated in the heart of Dallas, the Hotel Crescent Court is a 7 floor hotel situated a short distance away from Love Field Airport, Dallas City Hall, and the Dallas Holocaust museum yet within walking distance to the center of the city making it a perfect spot for both business and leisure activities. Though it opened its doors in 1985, they recently went under a multi million dollar renovation. Their spacious 625 square foot studio suites have sweeping views of downtown with all the comforts of home. This beautiful suite features a sprawling living room, incredible bedroom and a luxuriously appointed bathroom with both a bathtub and a shower. Personal touches include a monogrammed pillow with your initials (at an additional cost) and a heavenly bed to have a blissful rest. After settling properly in your beautiful suite, I would recommend dining at the Five Sixty Restaurant (fivesixtyrestaurant), an incredible Japanese restaurant with 360 degree views on
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top of the Reunion Tower. Located only 30min from the hotel, you can enjoy delectable dishes including a tasting menu of five courses made by the talented Executive Chef Jacob Williamson and Pastry Chef Erika Lucio. This is a MUST DO while visiting Dallas. After a blissful sleep, awake your senses with a private yoga class in the beautiful Garden Room or start your day with a delicious breakfast in The Conservatory’s alfresco courtyard restaurant located in the Hotel Crescent Court, that will start your day right. Highlights from the menu include the sharable cinnamon roll and egg white omelette. What would be a getaway without a spa treatment? Indulge in a Crescent Signature Massage at the newly renovated 22,000 square foot spa and fitness center. It includes 16 treatment rooms, men’s and women’s lounges, a whirlpool with a hot and cold dip, relaxation rooms, and a couple’s suite. Other amenities include a nail salon with multiple manicure and pedicure stations, a spa
lounge, retail space, and wellness center featuring TechnoGym equipment. For casual dining, venture to the Crescent Court’s complex and check out Moxie’s Bar & Grill restaurant, owned by Dallas owner and hockey fanatic, Tom Gaglardi. Every dish is house made with fresh local ingredients. While there’s plenty of exciting activities to fill your day, here are some of my favorite hot spots. Discover the best brewpub of the city, called BrainDead Brewing. Experience a Texas Rangers game, just for the fun of it. Explore the cultural side of Dallas in the iconic neighborhoods of Deep Ellum & The Dallas Arts District home to colorful street art. And learn more about the city at the Dallas Museum of Art. Dine at the exquisite and exclusive enclaves of The Crescent Club, that’s reserved for members and hotel guests only.
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Only thirty minutes north of Manhattan, Castle Hotel & Spa sits majestically atop one of the highest points in Westchester County Only thirty minutesoverlooking north oftheManhattan, Castle Hotel & Spa sits majestically atop one of the highest points in Westchester County Hudson River amid sprawling acres of manicured gardens and grounds. With over 100 years of history, the Castle is overlooking the Hudson River amid sprawling of manicured grounds. With over 100 years of history, the Castle is undoubtedly a sumptuous escape to theacres enchanted era of America’sgardens Gilded Age.and The Castle’s luxurious guestrooms, suites with woodburning fireplaces amenities,era continue to be a favorite among dignitaries and Castle’s celebrities. The Castle’s award-winning undoubtedly a sumptuous escapeand to impeccable the enchanted of America’s Gilded Age. The luxurious guestrooms, suites with woodrestaurant, Equus, features Auberge-style natural French cuisine based on locally sourced ingredients presented with innovative seasonal burning fireplaces and impeccable amenities, continue to be a favorite dignitaries celebrities. Castle’s award-winning menus. Our newest addition to the property THANN™ Sanctuary Spa is among known throughout Asia asand an oasis of peace andThe tranquility offering aAuberge-style wide variety of luxurious spa treatments on THANN’s of natural therapy, where ingredients all the senses are awakened bywith the innovative seasonal restaurant, Equus, features natural Frenchbased cuisine basedarton locally sourced presented unique holistic spa concept and ambience. The THANN Sanctuary Spa at Castle Hotel & Spa is the first of its kind in the United States. menus. Our newest addition to the property THANN™ Sanctuary Spa is known throughout Asia as an oasis of peace and tranquility We invite you to experience the unparalleled service, comfort and amenities that continue to be the hallmark of hospitality at the Castle. offering a wide variety of luxurious spa treatments based on THANN’s art of natural therapy, where all the senses are awakened by the www.castlehotelandspa.com unique holistic spa concept and ambience. The THANN Sanctuary Spa at Castle Hotel & Spa is the first of its kind in the United States. We invite you to experience the unparalleled service, comfort and amenities that continue to be the hallmark of hospitality at the Castle. 1-800-616-4487
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SOFITEL PHILADELPHIA By Thereza Reboucas
enclosed shower and separate tub and the beds have feather top and duvet sleep system - creating an unique chic French styling.
Recipient of the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award from TripAdvisor, the hotel offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”. Upon arriving you are greeted in a stunning Stoned floor lobby where they have an art gallery showcasing exhibits curated by G & O Arts.
Sofitel Philadelphia offers options of cafe, lounge and restaurant, serving the best of the French cuisine. In the bar at the Liberte Lounge, you are welcome to try some of the hand-crafted, artisanal cocktails in an urban chic decor setting that takes your breath away.. Or you can feel a more intimate, authentic version of the brasserie atmosphere dining at the Chez Colette restaurant. Still in doubt? Enjoy the summer weather outside. A seasonal sidewalk seating area called Liberté Blue just opened this May featuring a special menu of Bluecoat Gin based cocktails and dishes. Speaking of dining and delicious combinations, is important to mention here that in the rooftop of the hotel was designed a garden where organic vegetables and herbs are planted each year and
ind sophistication and a touch of elegance in the best French style just a few hours from New York City. Located in the heart of Philadelphia - between the French Quarter and picturesque Rittenhouse Square in Center City, Sofitel is the symbol of a luxury hotel, with a contemporary proposal to combine beauty and quality, offering unparalleled service.
Os rooms and suites are infused with warmth and filled with luxurious amenities, including 24-hour room service, a business center, fitness area and valet parking. The marble bathrooms have glass-
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are used in Executive Chef recipes - Edward Hancock. In addition, they have a creation of honey-bees, which produce the honey that is used in the food and the cocktails. Present on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries, Sofitel hotels are the only french luxury hotels brand. Ideal for vacations and staycations, in Philly it offers Special Packages for tourists including tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution and more.. plus, they are also pet-friendly! A must have superior experience - the comfort and romantic atmosphere of Sofitel Philadelphia vous feront rêver!
PERNOD RICARD’S 2018 CAPITAL MARKET DAY OVERVIEW By Hillary Latos
his summer, Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest distiller after Diageo, held their annual Capital Market day in Shenzhen as their chairman and chief executive officer, Alexander Ricard wanted to embrace their growth strategy fueled by digitalization and reaching Asian millennials. To set the wheels in motion to double their Asian market share of the imported spirits sector by 2025, they launched a strategic partnership with tech giant Tencent Holdings last year. By tapping into Tencent’s vast consumer behavioral database Pernod has transformed itself to cater to the fast-changing marketplace of the growing middle class and millennials in China through product innovation, content creation and digitalization.
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Pernod’s Asia business experienced an 11% growth overall last year, largely attributed to a robust performance of Martell in China— up 19%, and growth in India—up 14%. As part of their plan to achieve double-digit growth, their vision is to have Pernod Ricard brands involved in every day life for the growing middle to affluent classes—from dining at home to dining out, going out to nightclubs and KTV, to special occasions and gifting. In China, millennials represent 40% to 50% of luxury consumers with a higher spending ability than their predecessors. With the rise of the digital environment, especially among the highly impressionable millennials, consumer behaviors are becoming more sophisticated and individualistic. Entertainment
has become more influential in encouraging different drinking habits in China. Within this sector, e-commerce is one of the keys to growth for premium spirits brands to drive volume as brand awareness and consumer engagement increases. The largest social media platform in China is also owned by Tencent Holdings—where content is king. With over 1 billion users on WeChat, 98% of China’s netizens are on Tencent’s platforms and spend 56% of their online time within Tencent’s digital ecosystems, including mobile payments. This is 11 times that of the U.S. Within this closed loop of connected apps consumers can socialize within their group, play games, listen to music, watch news and digital entertain-
ment, read literature, shop, book medical appointments, and pay for everything they consume throughout their day in their onand offline life. This wealth of data collected by Tencent can empower brands to dig deep into consumer insights, detailing and categorizing their interests, demographics and ad behaviors, leading to purchases that effectively measure creation, communication and conversion. It’s what Tencent refers to as “social currency”—a ranking of consumers based on their social networks, apps and purchasing prowess. One of the biggest impediments to penetrating China that foreign companies face is the regional differences and consumption patterns among the different areas of China and age groups where one marketing campaign doesn’t fit all. However with Tencent’s digital profiling and research, Pernod Ricard has been able to determine customer preferences to create localized strategies based on regional differences to overcome this hurdle. Together Pernod Ricard and Tencent have developed innovative content to reach a broad audience to leverage their premium and prestige brands and bring them into the daily lives of Chinese consumers. To delve
into the meal culture and introduce Martell as a daily beverage with dinner they created the dining entertainment talk show, Dining Temptation, which had over 500 million views. Martell has a strong association with the party culture in China and has strong relationships with some of the biggest nightclubs and KTV establishments in Asia. To create a party culture online, they launched the “Martell Party Channel” which showed unexpected offline party experiences and explored the party culture with a party guide and party reporters to leverage their connection with the affluent classes in China. To reach Chinese millennials, Pernod Ricard and Tencent created digital platforms that tapped into Western sports and pop music culture. Ballantine’s Live Music Channel features a Trendy Music Live Show, that celebrates pop music, as well as a true music community that fosters up-and-coming talent. Since Absolut has its roots in pop culture, Absolut was a key sponsor of The Rap of China, a reality music competition show with a hip-hop format. One of the most popular shows in China, The Rap of China experienced a record-breaking 2.8 billion views over 12 episodes. And they also launched
the #Absolutnights campaign, encouraging Absolut consumption in the nightlife party culture. Because Tencent also owns the exclusive streaming rights for the NBA in China, Chivas has partnered with the NBA there to tap into shared IP resources, thus reaching a younger audience. Other initiatives to promote drinking within the social networking microcosms include social gifting and an A.I. chatbot within WeChat. For example, there’s a cocktail gift card that friends can buy for each within their WeChat network that is called “This one is on me.” As the burgeoning cocktail culture is growing in popularity in China, Pernod Ricard introduced Ask Jerry on WeChat. This hipster animated bearded bartender is an A.I. chatbot that acts as a virtual barman giving information about cocktails and nightlife, while also learning the preferences of its users. By using artificial intelligence to learn more about its users, brands can target the best platform to engage the user in a more effective way. And this is just the beginning of what’s to come. pernod-ricard.com
icons We have come a long way since January 2017; from acquiring the iconic Coscuez emerald mine in Colombia, to becoming the largest ruby land owner in the main ruby producing belt in Mozambique, to the strengthening of our management team, which has over 75 years of experience in the gemstone mining and marketing sector. Fura now has two solid operating platforms: rubies in Mozambique and emeralds in Colombia. Fura is going to stick to its core mission and continue to do what it knows best: the mining and marketing of colored gemstones, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. We are not a vertically integrated business; we mine, grade, and sell rough gemstones. We do not and will never cut and polish these gemstones. Above all, we are an employee-friendly, sustainabilitydriven, community-centered enterprise. How important is the Coscuez Mine to Colombian culture? Coscuez has been producing emeralds for over 400 years. The history and the legacy of Coscuez is unparalleled; in a way, Coscuez is to Colombia what Kimberly is to South Africa.
FURA GEM By Lillian Langtry
ow did you get your start in the gemstone business? My personal journey into the gemstone business happened out of sheer coincidence. I graduated as a Chartered Accountant in India and moved to the United Kingdom to work for the world’s largest plastic tube manufacturing company. I had by then specialized in business turnaround, project management and start-ups. In 2007, I moved to London with the intention of taking a more stationary job with less travel requirements, and so I joined a start-up private equity house where my journey in colored gemstones really began. First, I became involved in the acquisition of the once-AIM-listed company Gemfields, which at the time had only one emerald operating mine in Zambia. In 2009, when Gemfields had financial trouble due to heavy losses and share-price had collapsed, the private equity house asked me to help turn around
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the business. This is really when the colored gemstone sector became an integral part of my life and career. Between the key management team and I, we were not only successful in turning Gemfields’ business around, but we were able to build the world’s largest ruby mine in Mozambique and the world’s largest emerald mine in Zambia. I moved on from Gemfields in October 2016 and - in association with a Canadian private merchant bank, Forbes and Manhattan - launched Fura Gems. Stan Bharti, Chairman of Forbes and Manhattan wanted to enter the emerald mining business in Colombia and called me up for advice. It was a classic “meeting of minds” and we quickly decided to work together. Thus, Fura was born. Fura Gems Inc eventually became a TSX-V listed company, with the ticker FURA.V.
In the 1970s, Coscuez used to produce as much as 90% of all of Colombia’s emeralds, which translates to almost 50% of the world’s emeralds by value. Coscuez has produced some of the most iconic emeralds in Colombia’s history, including the Guinness emerald, a 1758 perfect emerald. Many of the Coscuez emeralds have been used by leading global brands and have been auctioned by some of the most famous auction houses in the world. What led to the closing of the mine? The mine was never closed; it was essentially reduced to a small-scale mine as a result of the green war. During this time, people just went and dug tunnels wherever they thought they could smell emeralds. There was no science behind it. People just thought they would dig tunnels and get emeralds. However, this strategy didn’t work; people didn’t find emeralds, and that led to a massive slowdown. At Fura, we saw an opportunity to bring the mine back to its former glory, but in a vastly more organized and ethical manner. We intend to develop this historic mine, and we believe Coscuez will ultimately become one of the world’s largest emerald-producing mines. Out of the near 50 mines in Colombia, why reopen the Coscuez mine? As I mentioned, the history of Coscuez is unparalleled. Our chief geologist believes that although the mine has been producing for over 400 years, it has barely been scratched on the surface, and the main resource is still very much there. According to our research,
this mine will continue to produce, at a minimum, for the next 25 years, with the potential to extend that time frame much further. It is simply next to impossible to find a colored gemstone mine like Coscuez. We are very proud to say that we have immense support from the community in which we operate, which provides us the ability to operate in a completely open, transparent environment. Our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, along with our continuous engagement with the community, provides us a work environment that is thankfully peaceful and supported by community residents. Additionally, the Colombian government and the Mining Agency in Colombia, including local authorities, have been very supportive of the initiatives that we have taken thus far. Given our emphasis on building an above-all ethical mining and marketing company, we have done comprehensive background checks of our local partners. Also, with our status as a listed company, we are governed by the highest level of corporate governance and we regularly ensure that all statutory requirements are met. As Coscuez has ticked all the boxes that we need to build an ethical, longterm sustainable model, we decided to work with this mine. We acquired 76% interest in the mine, with the balance held by our local partner. Has the reopening of the mine had an impact on the Columbian workforce at all? If so, how? It has certainly had a very positive impact. In the short nine months since we concluded the agreement, we have a work force of around 250 people at Coscuez, and 242 of them are local Colombians. Each of our employees has proper work contracts,
are paid salaries, and get all employment benefits, including insurance, pensions, and others. We also provide our employees comprehensive training on health and safety and ensure that this training takes place at regular intervals, so that they remain upto-date with all health and safety rules. As we grow our business, our work force will increase, and we will always strive to retain a large percentage of Colombia employees in our workforce. How important is tourism for Colombia? Tourism is important for every country. Happy tourists become de facto brand ambassadors for the counties they visit. Colombia in particular is a blessed country. It is geographically beautiful, of course, with its vast mountains and oceans. But the real strength of the country is its people, who are remarkably welcoming, warm, and friendly. Unfortunately, there remain some negative attitudes in the West about Colombia regarding its safety, due to its history. However, these attitudes are now false, and misleading. The country is currently going through a highly positive transformation, and we are quite confident that the number of tourists to Colombia will grow rapidly over the coming years.
be able to increase the production in Coscuez. As production increases, the consumption level will increase as well. We will also be marketing our products both at the trade level and at the consumer level. This will help build up the knowledge of and demand for the category. The demand is already there; we just need the supply. From Hollywood to Bollywood, from business people to corporate executives, the Colombian emerald remains one of the most highly desired products among gemstone collectors and enthusiasts. Why is it important to you that people experience the beauty of Colombia? Colombia is the hidden jewel of South America. People have avoided visiting the country because of its past legacy. But that is firmly in the past. We are now seeing the emergence of a new Colombia, which is evolving with each passing day. The country is quickly becoming a center for arts, fashion, artisanal coffee, emeralds, and so much more. Visitors should really come and witness the evolution of the country for themselves.
What sort of decline did Colombiaâ€™s emerald trade see due to the war? How do you hope to bring the trade back to prominence? We understand that Colombia at its peak used to produce about 10 million carats of emeralds, with an export value of about $500 to 600 million. That has dropped to about 2 million carats now, with a value of about $250 million.
What steps are you and Fura taking to help Colombia rise as a leader in tourism and business? Furaâ€™s marketing and public relations campaign will continue to promote its countries of origin in a big way. Fura has already promoted Colombia tourism through its social media platforms, including its local events, people, communities and more. We hope to ramp up our global PR campaign in the months to come. We also plan to bring influential journalists to Colombia to give them a first-hand experience of the country, its people, its culture, its emeralds, and its fantastic tourist destinations.
We hope with modern, large-scale mining we will
TERRY DOE In the Thick of It By Hillary Puckett
o those with an intimate knowledge of the publicist, writer, and (former) actor Terry Doe, he is the kind of skilled artistic acrobat that comes along only rarely; the kind that vehemently believes in studying all the rules, in order to arrive at the glory of breaking, or in actual fact, recreating them. Speak to anyone who knew him before 2013, and you will learn of the renegade, spontaneous, and always entertaining and sprightly - yet thoughtful - young classical musician who grew up as a member the once internationally renowned Boys Choir Of Harlem (BCH), and was a soloist performing at some of the leading stages - and with the best orchestra’s - around the world. Share a discourse with another person, and you will be surprised that the classically trained actor was at one time considered a “rising star” after an acclaimed performance in Jason Robert Brown’s racially charged musical Parade. He was also a one-time member of the National Theatre Of Great Britain, and other leading English theatres including Sheffield Theatres, The Barbican, and Chichester Festival (where he was seen in Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra with Sex And The City star, Kim Cattrall, under the direction of the great Oscar-nominated actress and director Janet Suzman, a former mentor). Once proclaimed by London’s Guardian Newspaper as giving “a shiverdown-the-spine performance”, Doe, who spouts Shakespeare sonnets as if taking a breath, and considers The Bard, James Baldwin, and Ian McEwan three of the greatest contemporary writers of the human condition (“I think Shakespeare is very much a contemporary writer; even more so than some of todays writer’s”), is now regarded as a notable and recognized publicist with a varied client roster spanning artists & art galleries, fashion brands, musical organizations, influencer’s, beauty, hospitality, and some of the best parties and events. When I meet with Doe, he is in the process of creating a pitch for an indemand international DJ/Poet/artist for an already confirmed magazine feature (confirmed previously because he simply made a call; the pitch is a formality). He recites the pitch aloud whilst furiously typing as if that itself is an art form, ultimately composing a symphony rich in vocabulary, yet playful enough to suit his fascinating multi-hyphenate client. Throughout his tenure as Publicity Director at Seventh House PR (now transitioning into an independent publicist to a collective of innovative artists and creators), Terry has demonstrated a genuine, tireless dedication to achieving results. Each day, he eagerly and vigorously sets about the arduous work of elevating his clients.
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“Each morning, my first thought is what will happen today. I’m most excited to begin the days’ work, with the hope of some new, fresh,
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and exciting project. This is what I am fulfilled by; the fact that I can be a part of a greater process to build, grow, and stabilize a brand that deserves to be recognized.” Doe’s loyalty and commitment to his clients shine through in his work ethic and dedication to achieving goals. “It is extremely rewarding when one puts in the work; and even more so when the results of that work begin to blossom”. His clients are, in fact, the first to praise his commitment and devotion to them. “Terry gets things done so quickly and beautifully”, says the renowned international artist Judi Harvest. “It’s such a pleasure to work with him.” And what about his earlier life as a choirboy? “I had great mentors who taught us never to give up.” After a brief pause, Doe emphatically bursts out, “As an African boy living within the African American experience, the choir guided my position as an individual and a person with my own unique and beautiful characteristics; but also as a man of the world. I become immersed in classical music because of BCH, and I learned
that aside from being a little black boy, I was indeed a member of the human community, this world. It taught me diligence, hard work. They taught me that although sometimes others may see only the surface, it was my responsibility to remain steadfast, determined and within my power in the pursuit of becoming a contributory member of society. This passion also instilled in him a deep sense of responsibility, and Doe is an ardent supporter of human rights. “I believe that we as a human race have a responsibility to each other; that it is our God-given responsibility to lift each other up. We must better each other, and in doing so, we better the world at large. I believe everyone is afforded basic human rights, including the right and privilege to be and live free. Free to love whom you wish, be who you are; without judgment, persecution, alienation, or ridicule. We have a right to privacy. It frightens me sometimes when I think of how much our lives are being stolen from us. We have a right to be at home, and feel safe. I believe in a borderless world. You are probably thinking, “You say that because you
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are an immigrant?” Yes, I do! I believe each of us has a God-given right to seek out opportunities that will not only better ourselves, but will also better the communities in which we are in. We are all able to make better our surrounding and our communities; we simply have to be provided the opportunity and the guidance. I believe in the Human Rights Campaign. I believe in the United Nations, and I believe in the Commonwealth of Nations.” Always loyal, and with a fortitude and rigorous determination to always achieve the best for his clients, Doe’s says his life can be described by a saying he learned from one of his mentors, the great voice teacher, Patsy Rodenburg: JUST DO THE WORK. His list of client’s and collaborators certainly consider this a virtue, and are even more encouraged by his steadfast commitment to always putting them first and foremost. email@example.com instagram @telledoe
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World’s largest auction Another Guernsey’s highlight was the sale of the contents of the SS United States, a once glorious ocean liner, in what today still stands as the world’s largest auction. The ship was to undergo renovation, and Ettinger suggested the owners auction everything instead of hauling it away. The owners went to the biggest houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s; both declined the complicated project, saying it would take ten years to prepare the sale. They gave Guernsey’s three months to catalogue and dismantle everything, and they finished on time. Rosa Parks archive: More recently, Guernsey’s handled the sale of the complete archive of the civil rights activist Rosa Parks, which Ettinger believes is the most important thing he has ever done.
ARLAN ETTINGER Guernsey’s Auction House By Bennett Marcus
lvis, JFK & Princess Diana Arlan Ettinger and his wife Barbara Mintz opened Guernsey’s in 1975, and have built it into one of the top auction houses in the U.S., pulling in big numbers at some of modern history’s most extraordinary sales.
Early breakthrough: carousel horses A few years after they opened, a man desperate to raise $30,000 for his daughter’s hospital bills asked them to sell carousel horses from defunct merrygo-rounds. Ettinger found that the beautifully carved wooden horses were being discarded.
“We did all three of the John F. Kennedy auctions, sold the Franklin Roosevelt archive, and sold Princess Diana’s jewelry, the only such sale that’s ever taken place,” says Ettinger. They handled the Graceland auction for the family of Elvis Presley, as well as auctions for the Beatles, Dick Clark, Mickey Mantle and Duke Ellington.
NBC’s “Today Show” brought several of these figures onto the set. “That was the very first time any auction was featured on network television.” Plus, from that moment carousel horses became treasured items and are now preserved in museums, including the Smithsonian. The sale brought $1 million. “A million dollars for these things that were being thrown out was an eye-opener,” Ettinger says
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Parks’s will was subject to a dispute, and Guernsey’s was brought in to take an inventory and find a permanent home for her possessions. “We discovered she was a pack rat in the nicest sense of the word, she had saved everything,” says Ettinger. “Her writings showed that she was hardly just a little lady who one day impulsively didn’t give up her seat on a bus. She was mapping out a strategy, starting at around age 12, determined to make a difference and rid the world of some of the injustice that she saw around her.” Many institutions wanted the collection, but were unable to offer a reasonable price, so it sat in storage. Ettinger eventually turned to the media, saying the archive should be available to the public. The AP picked up the story, and the Howard G, Buffett Foundation acquired the archive, and later gifted it to the Library of Congress. “It recently has been described as possibly the most important body of material in the Library of Congress, which contains, I believe, more than 120 million objects,” Ettinger says. “They cited this as the most important items in the Library of Congress, and to think that it had been in our possession for some years.” guernseys.com
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CD CHARMS JEWELRY Once Visited Will Forever Stay With You By Elizabeth Darwen
atherine Demarchelier’s jewelry designs were inspired by her favorite islands and were created to offer beauty, joy, and meaning to each person wearing them. Her inaugural piece was inspired by Shelter Island, New York, a place named by the Manhasset Indians because it is an island sheltered by other islands. To those who know Shelter Island, it is a place to discover that once visited will forever stay with you.
Bracelet, Miami Chained Necklace and Miami Necklace; the Rhode Island Bracelet, Rhode Island Chained Necklace; and Rhode Island Necklace; the Shelter Island Bracelet, Shelter Island Chained Necklace and Shelter Island Necklace; and
Born in Versailles, France, Catherine was always intrigued by the magical land’s gorgeous castle, gardens, and basins. At the age of 16, she was the champion of France leading the International French Swim team. Upon relocating to the United States and discovering Shelter Island, she again found the place that moved her; a place she was inspired to call home. A Shelter Island, NY resident since 1979, Catherine has long had a special fondness for and connection with her community. She has always been artistic and innovative, with previous careers as a decorator and a stylist that honed her aesthetic eye. Catherine’s creativity also stems from her love of other paradise islands like St. Barths in the French West Indies, bringing to life a charm that complements and can be combined with her other pieces. Reasonably ranging in price from $180.00 for silver to $600.00 for gold, the selections in this charming and geographically inspired charm collection include: the Brooklyn Bracelet, Brooklyn Chained Necklace and Brooklyn Necklace; the Corsica Bracelet, Corsica Chained Necklace and Corsica Necklace; the Florida Bracelet; Florida Chained Necklace and Florida Necklace; the Manhattan Bracelet, Manhattan Chained Necklace and Manhattan Necklace; the Miami Beach
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the Texas Bracelet, Texas Chained Necklace and Texas Necklace. CD Charms’ growing collection will feature new additions coming soon. cdcharms.com
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CHARLES S. COHEN 2018 Q2 Visionaries Awards By Lillian Langtry
-Suite Quarterly (CSQ), in partnership with Nasdaq, hosted their 2018 Q2 Visionaries Awards in Real Estate & Finance at Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square, NY. The Visionaries Awards also recognized and celebrated CSQ’s 10 year anniversary and New York expansion. The Visionaries Awards, held in conjunction with the release of its highly anticipated first bicoastal edition – themed Real Estate & Finance – shined a much-deserved light on the Visionary men and women elevating their cultural, economic, and civic ecosystems through pioneering and industry leading work across the real estate and finance sectors. The evening tentpole awards was given to Los Angeles Visionary of the Year – Steven F. UdvarHázy (Net Worth: $3.7B), Founder & Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) and the New York Visionary of the Year – Charles
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S. Cohen (Net Worth: $3.3B), Owner, President, & CEO, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation. Both individuals have disrupted their respective industries, achieving myriad success and serving as altruistic members of their community. Other honorees included: Dorene C. Dominguez, Vanir Group of Companies; Chris Godfrey, HBA Residential; Fabián von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone, Contra Group; Les Hiscoe, Shawmut Design and Construction; Christopher C. Martin, AC Martin; James Patchett, NYCEDC; Paul Scialla, Delos; John Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Joint Venture Restaurant Group. CSQ’s inaugural class of NextGens (under-40 movers, shakers, disruptors, and up-and-coming industry leaders) in Real Estate & Finance will be called to the stage and presented with awards. The Visionaries Awards – celebrating CSQ’s decade in publishing, during which they’ve featured and honored hundreds of Visionaries and NextGen
entrepreneurs and CEOs – are sponsored by Nasdaq and was hosted at their MarketSite in Times Square, New York. As owner, President, and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, Charles S. Cohen has achieved a national reputation for exceptional business acumen, innovation, and creativity. His real estate portfolio includes over 12 million square feet of prime commercial properties in New York, Texas, Southeast Florida, and Southern California. He redeveloped Manhattan’s D&D Building, Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Center, Design Center of the Americas, and Decorative Center Houston, all of which serve thousands of design professionals and design aficionados.
ELIZABETH MELENDEZ FISHER Co-Founder of the Selah Way Foundation By w.a. muller
ow did you get involved with Selah Freedom? I was part of a women’s event and was simply looking for a beneficiary. My goal was to find a true underdog. When I learned that our own American kids are being sexually abused, running away and ending up on the streets being sold for sex, I was horrified! After learning about sex trafficking I asked, “Who can we write a check to?” I was told that no one was doing anything about it. To make a long story short, Selah Freedom was birthed.
about sex trafficking and the work you do. Childhood sexual abuse is an epidemic and I hope the message resonates that we are trying to be major interrupters. We are bringing solutions to protect our own children from abuse and exploitation. People are just starting to understand the link of sex trafficking and childhood sexual abuse. Education and awareness is crucial. The Selah Way Foundation
When my co-founders and I launched Selah Freedom, we knew it would change lives. Today, it is viewed as the premiere organization setting the standards and measurements to truly impact sex trafficking. At the same time, we had the vision that we would launch another foundation to be the vetted place to give to the overall movement to impact domestic sex trafficking. We get calls monthly asking us to train or take over programs that can’t successfully steward the assets that have been given to them. That is the why behind The Selah Way Foundation, greater impact uniting the best and guaranteeing results! Where you have launched? The Selah Way Foundation is covering the entire map. We have strong hubs from LA, Chicago, D.C., NY and all the way to Florida with markets in between. Why isn’t this a bigger topic? Unfortunately, America has been trained to turn a blind eye. Our culture has normalized the idea that girls in pornography, strip clubs and escort services are there by choice. More upsetting is the fact that the men who go there, think they are doing them a favor. What they don’t realize is that there is a pathway that led a girl there. As a police officer once told me, “People call this the oldest profession, but the reality is, it’s the oldest story of abuse.” It was enlightening listening to you and your partners speak
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years. Most would rather keep their abuse buried then bring it to the surface because they are afraid of not being believed or other consequences. Thanks to the #MeToo movement, voices are final being heard and secrets are coming to light. Where is Selah Freedom headed? Selah Freedom plays an integral role together with the many partners under the vetted Selah Way Foundation. We are currently launching the 7 vetted partners under one strong network. In 10 years, my goal is to grow the network to $250 million strong and to have hundreds of thousands of children saved and abuse prevented. We will also be doing live webinars every two weeks for those who are interested in supporting the movement. I believe that we can reach millions of at-risk precious children through our Prevention Program. We will be able to intervene and shut down the horrific cycle of abuse and trafficking. The goal is to have the prevention and law enforcement arms of the foundation grow so strong that we can no longer need the safe home roles that Selah Freedom provides. Our goal is to put ourselves out of business! Will Andy Adler (PIX 11) and Tony Richardson (NFL Legend) be taking a larger advocating role? Tony and Andy are amazing Selah Way Foundation Ambassadors and we are beyond grateful. We are definitely focusing on our ambassador outreach and have many interested in supporting our mission.
has the best organizations in the country. In addition to our affiliates, the foundation has the FBI and US Attorney’s Office collaborating and sharing resources and strategies to create change and save lives. How do these children keep such dark secrets? Speaking as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I know that shame and confusion silences you for
What would you tell your 8-year old self ? I would tell my 8-year old self to trust your gut. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable, say something immediately. Never carry a secret because the worst things build out of a secret. There is a saying, “that which happens in the dark, stays in the dark and continues to grow, but once it comes to the light, it ceases.” This is so true! selahfreedom.com
NATALI YURA Actress Natali Yura Shines in Hollywood By Elizabeth Elston
ctress Natali Yura graced the red carpet at the premiere of the new movie The Row at AMC Sunset 5 in West Hollywood, followed by the after party at Hyde Sunset Restaurant. The movie, which recently opened in theatres, features Natali Yura as “Celeste”, head of the Phi Lambda sorority on a college campus where a serial killer runs rampant. Natali Yura is an actress and singer based in New York City. Her path to acting began with a scholarship granted by Mrs. Anna Strasberg of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Yura made her film debut in The Three Sisters (2017), an adaptation of the timeless drama by Anton Chekhov. Yura played the lead character, Natasha. It was a demanding role playing the young, narrow, and autocratic iconoclast who shatters the bourgeois environment
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of an intellectual family. This role caught the attention of critics and audiences, and the film was selected by three international movie festivals, including Kinotavr.
and Sam Palladio in The Christmas Switch (2018). The film will be released on Netflix this Christmas, with critics calling it “one of the most anticipated movies of the year.”
Yura was then cast alongside Randy Couture in The Treasure Hunter: Legend of the White Witch(2018), playing the lead role of Anna, an altruistic doctor who must join forces with treasure hunters to uncover a Mayan legend. She then supported Hollywood A-lister Bruce Willis in the Lionsgate action thriller Reprisal (2018), to be released this year. As the plucky guard, Maribel, she assists Willis’ character to raise money for his son’s healthcare by teaming up with another vet to track down criminals.
On the theatrical stage, Yura recently impressed critics in a contemporary production of the classical play On the Bottom (2018), by Maxim Gorky, at The Theatre Modern in Moscow.
From drama and action, Yura transitioned to the genre of lyrical comedy supporting Vanessa Hudgens
Natali Yura’s first single“Scream for Love” placed 9th on the Billboard dance chart. She is presently recording the accompanying debut album of the same name.
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GEORGES BERGÈS New York’s Maverick Gallerist By christopher a. pape
rom the standpoint of a rank amateur, art collecting seems like a gladiatorial sport. From who’s in to who’s out, from the déclassé to the divine, it is hard for a beginner (or even in most cases, a more experienced collector) to know the difference. Many throw away money, in an attempt to achieve some sort of ambiguous art epiphany that most likely will never come to fruition or in a more crude ambition collect for investment purposes. Whatever the case may be, the art world is a scary place —full of snobbery, pretension and condescension and worse still, rip-offs, thieves and imposters.
So what to do? Give up completely? If that were the case, there would be no da Vinci or Michelangelo. No, rather, you must find someone —an art representative or gallerist —you can trust. Someone rooted to the community, understanding of your needs; while still maintaining a connection to the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not. Someone who is not afraid to venture to the “Bushwick” of Mexico City or Shanghai. Someone who is down-to-earth, but with an affinity for the whimsy.
rigorous requirements. His name is Georges Bergès and we at RESIDENT are honored to have interviewed him. I believe the interview that follows is a reflection of his deep understanding of art, his passion for collection and his humanity and humility for both his artists and his clients. I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I enjoyed interviewing him!
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Tell us a little bit about your background I was born and raised in California and spent some time living in Alaska during my undergraduate years. Before finally settling in New York City, I traveled extensively all over the world. I am a child of immigrant parents so I always apply a very global perspective to everything. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I have always gravitated towards a more globalized exploration of previously overlooked art and artists—I used to always say that I want to go to the “Bushwick” of Johannesburg, Mexico City, and Shanghai —I have generally been less interested in the usual centers of art. And now that I think about it, I suppose this is also a reason why I take a more “romantic view” of the art world and practice a more person-centered approach when working with my artists and collectors. I am naturally a people person. I love learning about different cultures and life experiences and genuinely enjoy spending quality time in conversation with artists and collectors from all over the world. You’re not a native of New York, why here? New York City is special. This is a place where history feels and weighs-in like nowhere else. My excitement and romanticizing of 1980’s New York City history, and of a future filled with possibilities, created such intense feelings in me that I couldn’t be anywhere else. I could have thrived somewhere else but I believe that the life I am living now, and which I love, could not have happened anywhere else —I owe everything to New York City. It has given me so much. In a way, my gallery and daily work are homages to this great city. How do you pick the artists that are featured in your gallery? I am often asked this question. The best way I can
answer it is by saying that I only work with artists that I love. When selecting an artist, I usually ask myself three questions. First, do I like the work? And if I do, then I try to figure out if I feel that by working with the artist I can take him or her to the next level in his or her artistic development and career. If not, then I may just become a collector of the work. If I see the possibility of a working relationship, then I move to the final and most important question, which is, do I like who the artist is as a person? In many ways, the art world is adversarial and tough. For this reason, it is important that there is a genuine connection between the artist and me. Trust is key. If a connection is not there, then it won’t work for me. There have been times when I have gone out with a potential artist and spent weeks talking to him or her about many different things before we even got into the art. I see, experience, and sell art from a very personal inner space—and I love what I do, precisely because I surround myself with people that I admire at a human level; people whom I genuinely feel that when the chips are down or a storm is raging, we can lean on each other. In today’s world this is very difficult for a gallerist to build, but what I do is not separate from who I am. This is my life and, especially because of how I work, if I bring an artist into the gallery, then I am bringing a real human being into my life, with all of his or her complexities. I think my artists appreciate my approach and I have certainly become a better and more complete person and gallerist because of it. I always tell my collectors, “I don’t sell art. I sell my artist” – which I think explains it all. Why did you choose SoHo for your gallery?
You know, this is a question that I am very frequently asked. Initially, I never planned for or desired a gallery. I just wanted to represent and work with artists and do secondary market. But I quickly realized that my artists and collectors would be better served if I had a space to hold exhibits — especially for large sculptural pieces like those of Kristin Jai Klosterman. So right away, I decided that if I were to open a gallery, then it had to be a space that was meaningful to me and with some sort of significance to the art world. This place was and still is SoHo. For example, the work of Leo Castelli has been one of the most influential and impactful on my life as a gallerist and art dealer. Castelli had a gallery right here in SoHo at a time when so much of what we consider to be the “contemporary art movement” in America was taking place. There is clearly a legacy component to SoHo. Today SoHo is very different and much has changed, so it would probably seem counterintuitive to not go to Chelsea or somewhere in Brooklyn, but history and legacy became, and still are, more important to me. And although I have always been a bit idealistic and romantic about the art world, I objectively think it’s important to be here. Working with artists and selling art today have taken a very transactional and corporate feel--and I think this is wrong. I feel that this is a reason why so many people in the art world seem so unhappy. Selling a piece of art —which to me encapsulates so much, like the creative energy and hard work of the artist and gallerist, for example, should not be like selling any other goods. Art is special. Art is transformative, both for the artist and the collector alike, but somewhere along the road this was forgotten or ignored. So despite what the experts said, I decided
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to open here, in a place that still holds so much of the spirit of old New York. I also wanted a space that was impressive. So many emerging or mid-level artists can only be shown in small gallery spaces because of their price point and the risk that the gallerist has to take on them. I wanted to make sure that if I were to show important emerging artists, then it had to be in a place that did justice to their work. Don’t get me wrong; it has not been easy. It has been one of the most difficult things that I’ve ever done. I feel I’ve aged a lot since opening almost 4 years ago —but it’s a labor of love and at this point, I can’t stop —the sky is the limit. What’s the horizon in the next 6-12 months? I am always involved in projects and the gestation of new ideas. This fall we will be opening with Ben Birillo —who, in my opinion, is one of the most important and influential living figures in the art world today. I’ll even go on a limb and say that without Birillo, Pop Art, as we know it today, would not have existed. Ben has been called both the “Progenitor of Pop” and “Mr. Pop Art.” He was a major force in the establishment and legitimization of Pop Art as real art both in the United States and abroad. He has been making significant contributions to the art world for over seventy years. Ben is best known as the mastermind behind The American Supermarket, a landmark exhibition widely credited with placing Pop Art on the map. The show celebrated the spectacle of consumption during the postwar years. Birillo commissioned his friends and colleagues
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to create additional objects for the show. When it opened in 1964, The American Supermarket included artworks by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Artschwager, Tom Wesselmann, Claes Oldenburg, and Billy Apple. Ben is a true visionary and innovator - a kindred spirit —I am inspired by him. Ben’s solo show is also very special to me because of his shared friendship and meaningful connection with Leo Castelli. Both were of the same mind when it came to recognizing great art and talent. I often draw inspiration from Castelli’s work and legacy. I see him as an example to follow when making decisions related to the gallery. In 1964, Leo Castelli saw that Ben Birillo was talented and strongly encouraged him to produce The American Supermarket. Presumably, Ben probably wouldn’t have done it without Castelli’s persuasion. It turned out to be a groundbreaking show. Now, here I am in 2018, and after more than a year and a half of working with Ben, we are finally ready to present Spirit Dogs, his very first solo show in almost twenty years—the exhibition runs through early October. I couldn’t be more excited! What are the biggest challenges being an owner of a gallery? When I first opened, I was a wide-eyed innocent regarding what I was about to embark on. My singular focus was to have an artist-centered gallery. I took risks and brought to light artists that I intuitively felt were too important to not be shown. I never took into account the logistics of actually running
a gallery. Admittedly, the first few years were very tough —there was a litany of issues like the exorbitant rent, staffing challenges, and many of the other things that any NYC gallerist similarly experiences and complaints about. But I have always kept my eye on the ball. I didn’t want anything to decrease my motivation or to distract me from the goal that originally inspired me to take this journey. I truly believe that in the same way an artist is born into the “artistic life,” so is the art dealer born to live the “art dealer’s life.” You have to be born for this because it is not easy. It is very difficult to sustain. You need to love it. You need to be made for this. I live and breathe this life. I can’t think of a moment when I am not working, although it never feels like work. I have been known to send a flurry of emails in the middle of the night, overnight. I suffer from insomnia--I give birth to some of my best ideas for projects and exhibitions late at night. I have even found myself reviewing artists’ work and corresponding at 2 or 3 in morning. While I always feel that the soul of the gallery comes from my artists and the exhibitions we put together, I wanted to be in SoHo because so much of what we love about art today came from these streets. Yes, time changes and people move on, but it is important to have at least one space that serves and honors the spirit of the New York City we all love —the New York of Leo Castelli, Warhol, and Basquiat. bergesgallery.com
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OUSSAMAH GHANDOUR Nurture Within Nature By terry doe
he international multidisciplinary abstract artist Oussamah Ghandour has in recent months become somewhat of a household name in the art world. Sought after and recognized as an artist of immensely varied and deeply coded works that instantly draws the viewer in, begging to be deciphered —a collaboration between the viewer and the work - Ghandour, a tall, dark, and strikingly handsome gentleman (one wonders why
he has not yet been tapped for the runway), with eyes as focused and as sharp as a piece of steel cutting right through the soul of everything he studies, Ghandour is a virtuoso at taking the literal and re-inventing it into some of the most majestic, vibrant, and potently abstract works of any contemporary artist today. “My subconscious is much more articulate than I am,” says the artist. “I do my part in experiencing life, and when I
paint, I don’t try to control the outcome of the piece.” Born in Lebanon in 1978, Ghandour’s journey as an artist recalls him as a young boy in war-torn Lebanon, within a setting of bloodshed and hatred. Ghandour’s boy-self could be forgiven were he to have developed a cold, reclusive and wary persona while he explored the mysteries of nature and the
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heart – two prevalent themes throughout his artwork; yet this inquisitive young boy saw in that world a warmth, truth, the beauty of his surroundings, and its direct and resolute impact on the nurturing of the heart, the soul. For the young Ghandour, nature was a direct result of nurture. Even amid a, dare one say, “picturesque” frame depicting military officers, machine guns, collapsed homes laden with debris, and depravity. No, this boy artist, full of spirit and a need to expose exquisite beauty in all its forms, picked up a brush and began to paint. His newly established world was a peek into what can happen when dark and light emerge as one. When asked what fascinates and draws him to his constant excavation of light versus dark, Ghandour responds, “The magic is in the subtlety. It could easily be missed. But what’s the fun of it if everyone can see it.” After studying Liberals Arts with a focus on Visual Arts at York University in Toronto - coupled with a degree in graphic design and communication from the Academy of Design – Ghandour initially chose “the professional world,” working in design.
“It influenced my work in a tremendous way,” says Ghandour. “Firstly, from the design perspective, I find myself sensitive to space and environment. So when I’m looking at the blank canvas, I’m able to see connections in design that will balance the painting.” But the artist within him never strayed far. He continued painting as a hobby. “The way I interpret my art is that each medium I use is always a continuation of the story. That’s why when I interrupt a sketch into a painting, it doesn’t necessarily have to look the same, because from there I’m documenting from that subject. When I’m finished with the painting, the story isn’t over yet; I take a photograph of the painting and take it into a digital realm and graphically continue the story. It’s interesting to me because when I paint, I shut my brain off as much as possible and depend on my instinct and intuition. When I work on the paintings digitally, I start analyzing closer, thereby building on an existing emotion.” Art, it seems, is the nature of Ghandour, naturally devoting himself to living, breathing, painting, and sketching full time. Ghandour’s creative and instinctive universe is a pure sensorial experience. His abstract works recall
his memories and emotions - perhaps of his boyhood past – and provide a glimpse into his past experiences, many travels (he has lived in Riyadh, Doha, Nice, Toronto, Beirut, and Dubai before finally settling in Brooklyn, NY) and emotional self. “My environment is my inspiration. Nature, people, situations, conversations,” he exclaims. “I usually carry a sketchbook everywhere I go. Thoughts ignite my imagination, which turns into sketches and paintings.” His diverse paintings and sketches mirror many universal human conditions. “I document the subtleties of the experiences of emotions: not just in humans but my impressions left behind.” They illustrate rich narratives full of depth and pathos - in vibrant, vivid detail - as if carrying a soundtrack of their own. “I like to work on two paintings at the same time. It allows me to extract pure expression, one that is subconscious and another that is cerebral. I usually know I’m finished when the image is just about to be defined; AMBIGUOUS enough to allow the mind to create multiple stories on the same subject matter.” For this visceral artist, every minute counts, and every second is an opportunity gained or lost.
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Passive Soldier 40x35 Photo by Christopher Carr
Unsurprisingly, many of Ghandour’s paintings show the artist continually exploring, sometimes with somewhat unusual materials. “If I have to say anything, it would be that I have a free hand. Not bounded by formalized rules. One of the obligations for an artist is to always discover and challenge ourselves, trust in the intuition and enter into the visible unknown; always coming out with a deepened and transformative discovery; that’s the obligation of the artist.” He uses asphalt as his foundation, and tar to seal all the cracks. Even living, breathing life forms have sometimes found themselves excavating his canvas with their lifeblood. His 2017 drawing, Fire In The Circle, involved the squeezing and smearing of a dead Beetle. When I ask him about this, he emphatically declares, “ I find it very interesting to decipher and excavate the known, and even more revelatory to uncover what is darkly visible.” That’s why I always strive for truth in expression and having a free hand, a free spirit. Freedom is paramount for art and for the living. Mental. Physical. Societal. Familial. The combination of my environment, intuition, and natural forces of the universe documenting, sometimes hypothesizing on this with a free and unrestricted mind and body; an inclusive heart has been my biggest education thus far.”
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Perusing the bold, broad strokes of Ghandour’s abstract painting and sketches, one is unmistakably struck by the fact that this artist is on a singular journey - defiant of all conventional, obstructive ideologies in form and structure. No, this artist prefers instead to free himself and delve proudly and unabashedly into the soul. He takes you on a journey of what it truly is to have an out of body experience, or rather, a totally in the body experience. When asked what the meaning and language is behind much of this abstract work, his answer is not surprisingly a searching in and of itself: “The meaning behind the work is hard to place because I’m forever searching for meaning in everything. But every painting presents more sets of questions. I like to think that the language of my work is a universal poetry carried over from situations, conversations, experiences, gains, losses, questions, observations, awakenings, and resolutions.” This statement is enough to make any human question, what is the meaning of one’s existence! They say art is a subjective experience, but I begin to learn that this unassuming, soft-spoken, yet astonishingly self-aware artist is also something of a shaman; a truth teller, and flag-bearer for the brightly ringing day and the deadening of dawn.
By the end of a viewing of Ghandour’s works, one is likely to be left dumbfounded by who the deeply intuitive artist Ghandour is; and that is evident in each painting or sketch, he is a man who (by his very nature,) never forgets a single beat or moment. Even more so, he never lets you, the voyeur, forget that each stroke that your eye glances, each moment, is the single most important thing to have occurred in your life. When I ask Ghandour – whose works have been exhibited at Christie’s, Lebanese Consulate of Art, Whitebox Arts Center, Bushwick Open Studios, and Art Love – where he would like to see his work showcased next. His quick-witted, joking reply is every bit as flamboyant, yet deeply grounded as some of his paintings: “Well, the Whitney wants to host my first retrospective, which is odd because I’m only forty. And, I’m contemplating an extravagant show at Soane’s Museum in London. They could use an upstart, you know. Ha-ha! But seriously, I do love those museums nearly as much as I love dreaming; so you see, the sky’s the limit.”
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ART Bettina Werner’s Wall Street Art Loft Salt Sculpture-Table
THE SALT QUEEN At Home With Pioneering Artist Bettina Werner By angela noelle
he story of the pioneering Milan born, American visual artist Bettina Werner - known internationally as The Salt Queen - is an inspirational narrative of a formidable young woman’s lone journey from Italy to the Island of Manhattan, and her revolutionary invention of a new art form, creating work with salt crystals. Described by one of her Italian collectors as “bringing her special gifts to the new land with the only thing that remains on our bodies when we have little else but the salt on the skin”, Werner, a graduate of the prestigious Brera Academy Of Fine Arts in Milan, arrived in NYC in 1989. She shortly thereafter made a mark in the art world with her creation of a textured, colorized salt crystal technique, invented in the early 1980’s. This invention established her as one of the leading artists of the 20th century, and to this day, still represents a significant milestone in the international art community. Bettina Werner’s innovative work with salt - encompassing original, creative uses of color and multi-textured grains of radiant rock salt crystal mines from Sicily and Puglia - has been exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums and collections across the globe. The Whitney in NY, the Pushkin in Moscow, the Triennale in Milan, as well as galleries including Marisa Del Re Gallery in Manhattan, and notable venues like Tiffany & Co. have all housed some of Werner’s significant artwork. She is the first European artist to be included in the Herbert and Dorothy Vogel Art Collection, the largest and most famous art collection in the US. “Salt was used by the Egyptians for burial, by the Catholics for baptisms, by the Hindus for weddings, and as a seasoning for food,” says Werner. “It was also used as a preservative. Its balance is vital to our very life’s force, and is dependent on the balance of 75 million cells in our bodies.” For over ten year’s, the distinguished artist has called Manhattan’s Financial District home, since establishing
her iconic art-loft across the street from the New York Stock Exchange in the Starck Building, itself renowned for its rich history and a particularly spectacular drooping chandelier. Surrounded by some of histories greatest moments (Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the US) and iconic buildings including 23 Wall Street (former office of J.P. Morgan), Federal Hall, the first Supreme Court, and the former US Sub-Treasury, Werner’s art-filled loft in the luxury building, originally built in 1914, is every bit as charming and rich in history as the buildings surrounding it. With a 5,000 square foot rooftop park, complete with a pool and lounge area, the building also boasts a winter fireplace directly across from the NYSE. “Do you know that salt used to be currency,” exclaims the artist. “In Ancient times, salt was a symbol of
prosperity. This is where the word salarium, meaning, salary, comes from.” On entering Werner’s art-loft, one is immediately taken in by the beautiful, vast open space of the living area, with windows directly overlooking the NYSE. A magnificent salt crystal backgammon table, a sculptural art piece created by the artist which doubles as a dining table, is the centerpiece in the loft, surrounded by some of her most remarkable art collection. “Salt is More Precious than Gold! As Homer relates, salt stands higher above the ordinary human view point!”
contributions have included an exhibition on all four floors of the opulent Down Town Association Clubhouse, one of NY’s finest examples of Romanesque Revival design (as well as the second oldest building in the US). Not least, the artist also held a 25 year Art Retrospective at 7 World Trade Center overlooking Ground Zero, an exhibit that represented a crowning career achievement. Her impact on this Wall Street neighborhood is no doubt deeply felt. Simply visit Delmonico’s, America’s first premiere steakhouse established in 1837, or stop by BMW of Manhattan. You will find someone there to tell you of the magnificent Salt Queen.
Throughout her residency in this otherwise solely financial community, Werner has been a staunch advocate for revitalizing the arts. Her numerous
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Dalmatian Salt Crystal Painting TIBINO in the Ocean’s Foam
Globally Recognized for His Stunning Collages and Photojournalism By angela noelle
an Eldon’s richly layered collages and haunting photos of famine and war in Somalia have inspired individuals around the world since his death in 1993. Now, 25 years later, HG Contemporary, in collaboration with Creative Visions and Trotta-Bono Contemporary, will honor Eldon’s legacy with a one-of-a-kind exhibition, presenting 19 of the artist’s limited edition prints alongside a number of works from three artists who were directly influenced by Eldon’s life and mission. The exhibit opens on September 6th and runs through October 1st.
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Dan Eldon was born in England, but moved to Kenya at the age of seven with his British father and American mother. His intimate connection to Africa and extensive travels (to 46 countries) provided rich content for the artist. Eldon captured these experiences in a collection of 17 bulging journals, packed with drawings, photographs and ephemera. In 1991, Eldon, 22, was the first to create awareness of a famine in Somalia, and his photos helped trigger an international relief mission, Operation Restore Hope. The international efforts saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of starving Somalis.
For the next year, Eldon returned to Somalia as the youngest photojournalist for Reuters. Eldon documented the descent of the country into a bloody civil war for global outlets including Time, Newsweek and international newspapers. On July 12th, 1993, a misguided US-lead attack on a house where a warlord was reportedly hiding left more than 200 Somalis dead or wounded. Survivors rushed to the journalists’ hotel to beg them to film the carnage. In the ensuing chaos, Eldon and three of his colleagues were beaten or stoned to death by an angry mob. Soon after, Eldon’s family discovered his journals.
Caviar, lr Courtesy of HG Contemporary
5 Months in Kenya, lr Courtesy of HG Contemporary
Refugee Girls Malawi, lr Courtesy of HG Contemporary
They have been featured in Chronicle Books’ best-selling collection, The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon (recently re-released with a foreword by Kweku Mandela). Eldon’s art has inspired countless and is in many prestigious private collections, including those of Diana Rockefeller, Bruce Weber, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Christiane Amanpour, among others. Dan’s extraordinary life is portrayed in the feature film The Journey is the Destination, produced by Kweku Mandela and directed by Bronwen Hughes, currently available on Netflix and all VOD platforms. HG Contemporary is excited to present the works of Dan Eldon and three artists who have been inspired by his spirit. Additional details available below.
Tunnel, lr Courtesy of HG Contemporary
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HILDEGARDE HANDSAEME Redefines The Human Form By w. a. muller
ell us how you got into art? When I was about 6 years old, I saw the work of Picasso for the first time and found it breathtaking! I could look at his line drawings for hours, was full of admiration for how he created an entire drawing with a simple line, leaving behind the unnecessary—dissecting figures, and then putting them back together in a dissociative way. I found his use of color fantastic and his addition of ornamentation brilliant. It kept fascinating me. At
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the age of 16, I was in the same class as the son of a local artist and I always thought of what must his father be—a happy man! Much later, when I was 32 years old, I created two big drawings out of boredom; at that time I was alone at home. Of course, I did not think they were good and certainly not presentable to the world. My husband found the drawings and presented them to a friend who had studied plastic arts. She
could appreciate the works and advised me to continue. I started taking classes at the Academy of Visual Arts in Overijse. After a while I had an exhibition where I was noticed by an “Eminence Grise” in the art world who advised me not to continue at the academy. He claimed that my style would be destroyed. He said I had a special way of drawing and also that I had a perfect balance of color distribution. He was amazed that I had developed my own style so early and that this only occurs with
very gifted artists. He let me know that my style would evolve and today I am no longer asked to sign my work as it is so recognizable. My first exhibition outside of the academy was a great success. And so I continue... Where did you study? At the Academy of Visual Arts in Overijse. I followed that by taking drawing lessons for four years and then moved on to painting. On the advice of the “Eminence Grise” I stopped after four years of drawing and I concentrated on painting. What are your inspirations? My inspiration comes from myself. My ideas begin by drawing a line and then creating the image of a woman. But I want to distance myself from the realistic images of women; it has become a game to find new curves and to embellish them. This creates something completely new, recognizable yet abstract. A woman’s image offers through her
curves so many possibilities that it is always exciting to display them in a new way.. The lines develop further into a harmonious entity and balancing the right colors is a quest that brings great satisfaction. I never work with a model. This way of working also extends to animals, musical instruments and certainly when I can add a feminine touch. What form of painting/drawing would you say your art is? I cannot immediately say under which art form my work fits ... It is my personal style that is very recognizable, But it is not tied to any particular art movement. Who are your clients? Have you done many art shows? To my surprise, my clients are mostly doctors, professors at the university, architects, CEOs of companies, and the like and from all over the world.I have a whole list of exhibitions that I’ve shown my art work both in my own country and elsewhere in Europe.
What is your next series? Which series are you the most proud of ? I cannot answer that question. I do not work in a series ... I make drawings and paintings according to a pattern that makes me feel good. I am always searching for a complete balance and harmony that does not yet exist. And this is in terms of drawing and painting. The challenge of something new! And to be happy in creating! Which artists inspire you the most? In fact, I never work with inspiration from other artists; I challenge myself to create a new painting without relying on the great artists. But of course I like Picasso, but there is also Miro, Modigliani, Matisse, Fernand Léger, Karel Appel, Keith Haring and so many more...
JESĂ™S LEGUIZAMO Colombiaâ€™s Breakthrough Artist By angela noelle
esĂšs leguizamo is one of the most fascinating and provocative artists working in Colombia today. His work transcends descriptions and transports viewers into his, sometimes chaotic, sometimes mesmerizing world. Resident is honored to interview him here:
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Tell us how you got into art? At school. In the art classes I began to feel a pleasure for the drawing and for all the manual activities that we did. I remember that he reproduced many images of magazines that I was storing in order to draw. I think my love for cinema also brings me closer to reflecting on the image.
Where did you study? I studied at the school of fine arts at the National University of Colombia where I did a specialization in pictorial image. What are your inspirations? I have always been interested in art that changes
the aesthetics of the world. Artists who break with harmony and beauty, artists like Bacon, Richter, Botero. I have been very aware of the cinema and literature that reflects that dark vision of the world, I really like the oneiric images of David Lynchâ€™s films. My painting is also based on the new technologies used to produce images, I am very interested in the â€œglitchâ€? of the digital era, the damage in the images are a source of inspiration to make my oil paintings. What form of painting would you say your art is? I think that in my work I try to question the identity of the human being, too; I want the viewer to question himself when he sees my portraits and have another look on the subject. This concept brings me closer to the expressionist movement and its vision of the world since it directly involves the body of modern man, his passions and desires. In my painting I look for the body to be flesh, to build the space of painting with matter. Who are your clients? Have you done many art shows? Some of the people who buy my paintings are collectors, I work with some designers. With my painting i have approached people like psychiatrists, doctors, other artists. I have shown my work in some galleries in cities such as London, Los Angeles, Vienna and also shows in my country Colombia. What is your next series? Which series are you the most proud of ? I am working on a series with some themes of history about my country, they are large format paintings that show a deeper reality in which I am, I have a political look for this. I remember a series of very small portraits where I used film frames, these paintings were very revealing for me because I found a way to explore in painting. Which artists inspire you the most? For me Velazquez, El Bosco, Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter, Michael Borremans represent the sincere look on life and dedication to painting.
VICTOR TKACHENKO Plays with Shapes By angela noelle
ictor Tkachenko, is a Ukrainian-Canadian artist living in Toronto, Canada. Victor received professional art training beginning at age ten and was one of a few graduates to complete the extensive and rigorous program from the renowned Art School in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. Following his fine art education Victor gained architectural training (graduate level) at the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture in Kiev, Ukraine. As a painter Victor works primarily with acrylic on board. He displays a mastery of line and color through purposeful brushwork and a palette dominated by rich earth tones thickly applied to the canvas. The physicality of his work is enhanced with accents of ink and, intermittently, the addition of industrial materials such as varnish and plaster. Throughout the various stages of his work, Victorâ€™s figurative forms are drafted with elongated lines, exaggerated features and geometric patterns. Tell us how you got into art? Before age ten I was drawing constantly so my mother put me in art school. I drew cats, airplanes, flowers, tanks, horses, etc.! I was selected a year earlier than normal. This was a rigorous school with lessons a few times per week outside of regular school. Where did you study? Specialized art training: Krivoy Rog Art School (ages 10-17). This school was an art school for kids, a Union Art School for Workers and so on. All very intensive and separate from full-time studies. Also I continued to study art at the same time as my Bachelor Degree studies in Architecture from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture. I also completed some Post Graduate work in Architecture there as well. What are your inspirations? Everything! From street art to the Old Masters. What form of painting/drawing would you say your art is?
Figurative mostly and sometimes still life, (nature motifs) and landscapes. Who are your clients? Have you done many art shows? My clients have come from all over the world, most recently the Middle East and a lot of clientele from the USA. What is your next series? Which series are you the most proud of ?
I can never predict my â€œnext series.â€? Recently I had a lot of fun creating the SHOWstudio Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture collections (noted above) â€“ these collections were innovative, creative and crazy!! All of these designers served as an inspiration for me and the SHOWstudio curator was enamored with my work, and informed me that my fashion illustrations were her favorite from the 80+ illustrators invited to date since the start of this project.
Which artists inspire you the most. These honestly keep changing as I continue to grow as an artist. But one genius is American artist John Singer Sargent (e.g., Portrait of Madame X). saatchiart.com/dasha88 victorkachenko.com showstudio.com
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ANE ALFEIRAN Paints with Flair By angela noelle
ell us how you got into art. My mom is an artist, so art has always been a big part of my life; I grew up surrounded by canvases, sculptures and paint. As a consequence, I always have felt an inherent desire to create —my school notebooks are full of sketches and drawings and I would constantly get into trouble for spending my time drawing instead of taking notes. I have always produced art for myself on a smaller scale, but a few years ago I started experimenting with larger-scale pieces, different mediums, and actually painting and sharing my art. Once I started
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there was no going back and it has completely transformed the way I approach art and my life. Where did you study? I studied Hospitality Management at CESSA University in Mexico City and have worked in the hospitality industry in Madrid, Dubai, Beijing and Hong Kong. By the time I was 23 years old my company moved me to Hong Kong to open and run a hotel. I took several art courses at Hong Kong University and finally decided to pursue a full-time art career earlier this year. Quitting my job to become an artist was
one of the biggest decisions I have ever made. Leaving a stable, successful career in hospitality to pursue my passion is both scary and exciting, but I haven’t had a moment of doubt that I made the right decision. I have always known that to be happy I needed to do something creative and I loved painting, but, as with many artists, I wasn’t sure if I could make a career out of it. What are your inspirations? Inspiration is a curious idea. I create visual art that turns everyday norms into dynamic pieces of aesthetic
what people think of my art and what they think it represents/how it makes them feel. I am still evolving and discovering who I am as an artist so who knows what style I will end up identifying with the most! Who are your clients? Have you done many art shows? My clients come from all over the world and range from young professionals to seasoned art collectors. Some find me through social media and online while others may see my art exhibited at one of the shows I have participated in. I genuinely am amazed at the diverse client base that enjoys the art I create. I have done a few art shows and am looking to do more in the future. In 2017 I had showings in London and Lisbon and recently exhibited in Hong Kong during Art Week. I am now preparing for my first solo exhibition in Mexico City in November 2018. What is your next series? Which series are you the most proud of ? As mentioned above, my next series will be exhibited in Mexico City later this year. It will
explore certain themes I have taken a particular interest in recently which can broadly be defined as “social behavior between cultures.” I know that sounds vague, but you have to visit the exhibition in Mexico to see my interpretation! It’s hard to pick one particular series of which I am most proud —it often depends on how I am feeling. The recent series I worked on in Hong Kong had a brief of “mediocre” which is challenging in several respects, but I am particularly proud of the pieces I exhibited. Which artists inspire you the most? Almost every day I discover new artists that inspire me, whether it is graffiti artists in Hong Kong, traditional artists in Myanmar or viewing the classics in Rome. In terms of established artists that have had the biggest impact on me and inspired me the most, it would have to be Picasso and Basquiat. Both artists’ works are incredible in their own right and they had equally fascinating personal lives to match. anealfeiran.com
beauty. Everything inspires me, from my day-to-day life and the people I interact with, to music and even the weather; I never know when inspiration will strike or anticipate where it will come from. I believe life should be beautiful; I use layers of color, shapes, and gestures and turn them into balanced representations that explore the human mind. I have extremely lucid dreams and my art process is like meditation to –me—it helps me make sense of my thoughts, clears my mind and transforms these thoughts and dreams into artistic representations. The power and equilibrium of sounds, colors and rhythm flow together in a dynamic whole to depict emotions and passions. What form of painting would you say your art is? This is the question I always find the hardest to answer! If I had to pin down a specific style I would probably say close to neoexpressionist? I leave a question mark because I am always curious to hear
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Perfect Phtography for Your Home or Office By W. A. MULLER
oddard Gallery photos and wall art is aimed for private collectors and corporate buyers for luxury hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, yachts, private residences as well as corporate offices. Goddard Gallery was launched in early 2018 to display the full portfolio of Steve Goddard’s photography portfolio, which captures real and unique moments of people from around the world as well as landscapes and cityscapes. This is the first time this entire body of work by Steve Goddard has been available to view. Much of the early work was in slide format for over 20 years and were only recently put in to digital format for website viewing. The Goddard brand only does “Moments in time captured from around the world” photography; nothing is staged or posed and no studio work. Goddard’s photography only focuses on new and unique images which he has candidly taken in order to be used in the gallery on a country by country basis. Only photos taken by Steve Goddard are displayed in the gallery. With respects to Goddard Gallery photography products, the gallery has both Paper Prints and Wall Art finishes to suit a wide variety of interior styles and tastes. Interior designers have a range of wall art products to choose from including stretched canvas, thin wraps and wood. The most expensive finishing’s are those of Float Mounted Metal Prints and Acrylic Metal Prints and in our view the quality of the finished product from Goddard Gallery is simply outstanding. A Float Mounted Metal Print looks beautiful on any wall.
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For offices, hotels and restaurants Goddard has product lines which have photographs in black borders, some have the Goddard brand and website address on them so people can further view the gallery website on their own. We recommend following Steve Goddard’s Instagram postings to see the full variety of this stunning portfolio of work from over 20 countries in both black and white and color. Frames can also be selected direct from the Goddard Gallery site at the checkout. Goddard Gallery photo books and magazines have also been created for private collectors and corporate buyers and are intended for coffee table art placements in homes, office receptions and hotel lobbies. Goddard Gallery prices vary on prints sizes. Prints that are mid range in size of the 20” x 30” category are priced around GBP260.00 while the same image in a Wall Art Float Mounted Metal Print finishes of the 40”x 60” size is priced at over GBP 5,000.00. The luxury wall art Float Mounted Metal Prints range is aimed at private collectors with luxury interior setting such as yachts, private residences or corporate boardrooms. Photo editors and ad agency photo buyers who are looking for real and unique images of everyday life as well as iconic landscapes and cityscapes for online campaigns have the ability to download images for online commercial use direct from the website.
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om Cruise: Oscar Worthy Tom Cruise should finally get his Oscar for Mission: Impossible Fallout, the sixth and best of the series. The Academy has created a new category called “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film”. Cruise’s top competition will be Black Panther. Cruise said, “I love what I do, I take great pride in what I do. And I can’t do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I’m going to do something, I go all the way. “His co-star Henry Cavill, who also played Superman in Justice League this year confessed”, “I’m a giant softy, but I think it’s probably considered more masculine to be emotionally connected.” Cruise’s leading lady Rebecca Ferguson said, “I’m actually playing a real bad***, after this, in the continuation of The Shining, Rose The Hat, who likes torturing people.”
Harrison Ford & Mark Strong’s Deep State This season’s hottest TV shows are Paramount Network’s intriguing western drama Yellowstone with Harrison Ford and Fox’s exciting secret agent thriller Deep State about a former spy who is drawn back into a covert intelligence war. The show stars macho Mark Strong of Kingsman fame. Strong says “When I decided to crop what was left of my hair, I thought, ‘It’s all over. I’m never going to work again. But what actually happens is your casting changes: you suddenly start to get a lot of villains, coppers and soldier roles.” Andrew Dice Clay & Renée Willett Andrew Dice Clay and actress/comedian Renée
Willett had a pizza eating contest after running lines for their new movie Run With the Hunted at La Vera Pizzeria in Midtown. The murder mystery’s cast includes Michael Pitt, William Forsythe, Brad Carter and Dree Hemingway. The drama was written and directed by John Swab.
and Peter Gregory, Dr. Christopher Calapai, Scott Synder, Janna Bullock and Mayor Mike Irving . Over $250,000 was raised to find new drugs to combat the disabilating condition.
Bill O’Reilly & Kimberley Guilfoyle Perpetual mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, Bruce Mosler and their families were honored at the Southampton Hospital’s benefit. Chuck Scarborough emceed the event which raised approximately 1.5-million for the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. Guests included Former Fox hosts Bill O’Reilly and Kimberley Guilfoyle, Howard Lorber , Jean and Martin Shafiroff and Maria and Kenneth Fishel.
Jimmy Fallon @ The Apollo Billionaire Ron Perelman’s annual Apollo in the Hamptons benefit once again attracted more stars then all the other summer parties combined . Savvy Perelman had the star-studded concert live streamed to his hospital bed when a bacterial infection. Among those performing were Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Pharrell, Shaggy, Chaka Khan, Jon bon Jovi, Sting and a riotous Jamie Foxx who called Dakota Johnson’s father, Don Johnson, the sexiest man alive and then pulled young philanthropist and financial analyst Roni Willett on to the stage to dance with him. Also at the event were Spike Lee, Anna Kournikova, Jimmy Fallon, Robert Downy Jr., Molly Sims, Zach Braff, and Jimmy Buffet. apollotheater.org Lorraine Bracco @ Walk of Hope Sopranos star Lorraine Bracco attended the annual Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s 5k Walk of Hope in Southampton. The organization was founded by Audrey Gruss. Among those marching for Hope were Robert Wilson, Jamee
southampton.stonybrookmedicine.edu Rita Hayworth & Princess Yasmin Aga Kahn Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney hosted the kickoff of Princess Yasmin Aga Khan’s Rita Hayworth Gala at Ashgrove Farm. This year’s benefit will have a cowboy theme and be held on October 23rd at Cipriani 42nd St. The committee includes Muffie Potter Aston and Sharon Bush. Guests included cosmetic mogul Peter Thomas Roth. alz.org Mount Sinai: Children’s Mental Health Attorney Nancy Chemtob co-hosted a benefit for Mount Sinai at the Watermill home of Heller and
Lorraine Bracco, Mayor Irving and Audrey Gruss @ Walk of Hope (photo credit Rob Rich)
Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson @ Mission Impossible: Fallout
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Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron Anastasia Griffith @ Deep State @ Queen Mary 2
Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron Renee Willett @ The Last Sharknado Future @ Scores @ Queen Mary 2 @ Queen Mary 2
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ABOUT Jeff Goldberg’. There was a panel discussion led by Dr. Alex Kolevzon, the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the Mount Sinai Health System. Other panel members were doctors with different areas of expertise including anxiety, addiction, attention deficit, learning disorders, eating and weight disorders, trauma and autism. This was the first of several initiatives that will disseminate the knowledge of the hospital’s mental health professionals to the public. cmfb.com . Linda Ronstadt & Douglas Elliman’s Dottie Herman Grammy Award Winning singer Linda Ronstadt and Douglas Elliman’s CEO Dottie Herman were honored at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s 64th Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon. Previous honorees include Renee Fleming and Candice Bergen. dottieherman.com Woman of the Year Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff cochaired the United Negro College Fund gala in Easthampton with Gregory Lowe. Society Band leader Alex Donner performed a tribute to Arthea Franklin playing her classics “Respect” and “A Natural Woman”. uncf.org
Dottie Herman and Cole Brennan @ Southampton Hospital
Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron Roni Willett @ Queen Mary 2
Jean was also named Woman of the Year by The Pioneer Chapter of Hadassah at their Luncheon at Oceanbleu. The award was presented by Elisa Greenberg, who organized the event. Jean’s remarks addressed the joys of giving back to others and her admiration for Carolina Herrera who made a presentation of her designs. hadassah.org Born in St. Tropez, Raised in Aspen Dr. Kenneth Mark, the noted dermatologist with practices in NYC, Southampton and Aspen hosted a wine tasting at his home. Guests included vintner Bettina Sichel, the owner of Laurel Glen Winery in Sonoma which is famous for its cabernets. Bettina is the daughter of WW2 spy and CIA agent Peter Sichel. Peter’s book My Life Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy was a best seller. The evening also served as the Hamptons launch of Tommy Tollesson’s new Rosé, Entourage. “Born in St. Tropez, raised in Aspen” Tommy runs Aspens hottest restaurant Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro where the rosé has become a sellout. kennethmarkmd.com Welcome to St. Tropez Michael B Jordan turned heads at L’Opera, St. Tropez’s sizzling hot spot, along with stem cell expert Dr. Christopher Calapai. Sexy waitresses carrying flaming torches brought champagne to the table while the DJ played the Star Spangled
Hugh Jackman & Milicevic Zac Efron Aleksandra and Dr. Kenneth Mark inMary the Hamptons @ Queen 2
Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron Dr. Calapai and Kate Lysemko @ Queen Mary 2
Banner. As a salute to the patrons, the DJ plays the customers national anthem when they order magnums of bubbly. drcalapai.net Floyd Mayweather at Robert’s Steak House Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather hosted a dinner at Robert’s Steak House in the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City where the champ ate Chef Will Savarese’s New York Strip Steak. After dessert he took his pals to the gentleman’s club Scores, which is next door to Robert’s, for a late night party. The party was fueld by DeLeon Tequila and Louis XIII Cognac. At the club’s outpost in NYC the rapper Future performed his hits, “Commas” and “Selfish” to a packed house. The crowds were so big the police had to close 27th street and then closed the front door when the room reached its capacity. Scram Jones and DJ Stacks spun in the booth until 4am. robertsatlanticcity.com Uma Thurman @ Surf Shop Uma Thurman popped into Flying Point Surfing Shop on Main Street in Southampton with her two children. She bought them two butterfly nets, beach balls and Thinking Putty telling the kids “Pick out whatever you want. “Later in the day, CNN’s Chris Cuomo was spotted buying three baseball caps to use on the boat he keeps in Sag Harbour to take the family to Sunset Beach. flyingpointsurf.com
Newlyweds Nancy Chemtob and Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron Jean Shafiroff @ Hadassah Michael Kubin @ Queen Mary 2
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Texas attorney Thomas J. Henry celebrated 25 years in business with an extravagant star-studded bash for his staff in San Antonio, TX ©Johnny Nunez/Getty Images
Chloë Grace Moretz at the screening of The Miseducation of Cameron Post hosted by La Pulperia’s Midtown Restaurant, NY ©Dave Allocca/Starpix
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Jill Zarin’s 6th annual Luxury Luncheon produced by Ticket2Events at Topping Rose, Bridgehampton, NY: Jill Zarin ©Johnny Nunez
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Zach Erdem was honored as a business leader at the 2018 New York Police Chiefs’ Benevolent Association Dinner, Lawrence, NY ©@zacherdem
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HAMPTONS SOCIETY SCENE By Clara Morgan Geraldo Rivera, author of The Geraldo Show: A Memoir, was a featured author at the East Hampton Library 14th Annual Authors Night, Amagansett, NY ©Rob Rich/Society Allure
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Lawrence Scott Events proudly produced “An Intimate Evening Under the Stars” with Michael Bolton to benefit The Michael Bolton Charities, Water Mill, NY Left: ©Lauren Clarke-Bennet; Right: ©Rose Billings
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NEWYORK SOCIETY SCENE By Clara Morgan Inaugural Hamptons Jewelry Show featuring hundreds of rare and exceptional items from over 90 exclusive dealers from around the world, Southampton, NY ©Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com
Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events produced Southampton Hospital’s 60th Annual Summer Party, Southampton, NY Top: ©Patrick McMullan; Bottom: ©Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com
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The Pioneer Chapter of Hadassah Honored 2018 Woman of the Year Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Westhampton, NY ©Patrick McMullan
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