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SPOTLIGHT 16  Profile No ice is too high for Colorado skater

EVENTS + GATHERINGS 18 FCBUZZ A closer look at the Franklin Street Works contemporary art museum

20 ArtsWestchester ArtsBash is back this spring with a colorful feast for the eyes

FEATURES

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The Palm Beach Painter A young painter’s dreams in a sunny place for shady people

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Living Art, Timelessly Reimagined browngrotta arts showcases a new twist on museum quality textural art

22 Event Highlights Venü’s pop-up art event during

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Miami Art Week at Lure Fishbar at The Loews

Motoring The driving force behind the Phoenix Art Museum

24 Fairfield Museum Take

ON THE COVER

25 Rosenberg & Co. Hosts

Detail of Naoko Serino’s three dimensional fiber art using jute, to view complete artwork, see page 10 6

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turbulent times and national events echoed through our lives. We are keeping a watchful eye on influ-

as you may already know, is one of our favor-

when you read the stories profiled in this issue

ence makers from the Hamptons to Palm

ite pastimes at Venü.

of Venü. Better yet, why don’t you take the

Beach and Miami, where they are definitely

We’re all about toasting talent on our

opportunity to see what we see, taste, feel

making their passions known. Reminisce with

hallowed pages… artists whose vision and

and hear when we’re out and about meeting

Nona Foote as she revisits the legendary life

vitality are reimagining creative expressions,

the newsmakers who caught our eye.

of A Palm Beach Painter, Keith Ingermann,

winemakers who are coaxing new vines out

The art collection at browngrotta arts,

whose haunts and social circles with wealthy

of sun-kissed soils, fashionistas who mix old

part house, part barn, all contemporary

jet setting widows at places like pre-Trump

with new to remake style history, athletes

gallery, is viewable online and not normally

Mar-A-Lago and racey Monte-Carlo are the

going to new extremes, and fearless chefs

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stuff of romance novels. Speaking of racey,

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Carrie’s Haitian art in Little Hawaii bordering

Contemporary culture is changing the way we look at the world, which is the overall theme of this issue. From the reimagined

If you fancy fashion and politics, head

Miami’s Wynwood Arts District and on its

objects showcased at the world’s leading fiber

up to the Talkin’ ’bout My Generation:

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Fairfield in the 1960s and 1970s exhibition

world. Then take a time out as you RELAX

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spa sanctuaries in our new wellness column,

menu and music, we’re seeing a resurgence

changing culture and politics of the 1960s

making its debut in this issue, along with our

of expressions that make us both appreciate

and 1970s affected the region. The exhibition

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of costumes, open from March 31 through

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As the weather heats up in the next few months so will Venü. Look for some hot new features and headlining events in the coming issues, and if you can’t wait for summer, join us at one of our featured events this spring, and we’ll give you the inside scoop in person! Happy reading…

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ON THE COVER Fiber Artist Naoko Serino Three-dimensional expression using jute that contains light and air. Titled: 4ns Generating-4, Naoko Serino, jute, 38.25” x 38.25” x 6.5”, 2012 Represented by browngrotta arts, see page 46 10

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Opposite Page Left to Right: Sometimes high altitude lakes are so clear, she can see fish swimming beneath her blades; Trips require crampons, snowshoes, skates and a healthy dose of determination to skate where few have skated before.

Skating Outside the Rink No Ice is too High for Colorado Skater Written by Jeff Blumenfeld

THE COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAINS IN winter have a special allure for 31-year-old Laura Kottlowski, a creative/art director from Golden. Where others see backcountry ski runs, ice climbs, and hiking trails, she also sees pristine alpine lakes ready for spins, double jumps and just pure skating. Kottlowski, who began figure skating at age six, was a former competitor at Penn State University, and teaches skating weekly, now calls herself a skate-explorer who thinks beyond the rink. Way beyond. To high alpine lakes close to 12,000 feet. It’s here, near treeline, where her passions for mountaineering, figure skating and artistry align. “If you’re a skater and you see ice as smooth as a mirror, you just want to skate it, especially in such an epic setting,” says Kottlowski, who started alpine lake skating in 2009 and has since skated at 11,900 feet. “Skating in the elements is definitely a different feeling with the wind and the changing light. It is more liberating than skating in an indoor rink. It’s incredibly challenging. The surface up high can be smoother than Zamboni ice, or it can be sculpted by the wind into ripples far too rough to skate. I never know until I get there. “But when you have the wind to your back and smooth ice in front

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Photography by Laura Kottlowski @laurakottlowski and Marisa Jarae @marisajarae

of you and the wind propels you forward, the difficulties of climbing

skating record on the highest named lake in the U.S. The trailhead

non-stop in sub-freezing weather fade away. It’s exhilarating, and

near Breckenridge is an easy drive from her home, but the ascent

the realization that there is nothing else like it makes it all the more

to frozen ice at 13,400-ft. will require sheer determination and

special,” she says.

outdoor skills.

Kottlowski’s skate-exploration is motivated by the desire to

“It will be a pure mountaineering attempt of the unknown. We

skate as many stunning and wild locations as she can, despite the

don’t know if the ice will be clear enough to skate once we get there,

obvious dangers of unstable snow, ice and weather. She and her

how intense the avalanche danger will be, and how we will feel after

friend, photographer and fellow hiker Marisa Jarae, 30, from Denver,

hauling so much gear.”

use microspikes and crampons for ascents, adding ice axes when

Her mind skates off as she contemplates returning again to the

steeper and icier terrain stands in the way of an alpine lake with

Canadian Rockies with its endless miles of frozen rivers with trees

foot-thick ice.

dotting the surface, locked in winter’s icy grip. She’s skated in ice

To mitigate the risk, she analyzes the weather and geography to

caves inside Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia icefield of Jasper

study the conditions that form the smoothest ice. Below 10,000 feet, ice

National Park, and shallower lakes, where, when the ice is crystal

is more protected from wind, but is covered by snow. Higher elevations

clear, she can often see fish swimming beneath her blades.

have exposed lakes which, depending on the aspect means more wind flow and therefore less snow to clear. But that’s not always the case.

Future plans call for skate-explorations around the world, especially the high alpine lakes of Asia and South America, anywhere, in

Why aren’t more skaters tackling high alpine frozen lakes?

fact with smooth surfaces that she can reach safely and affordably.

“The ice is sometimes as corrugated as a washboard. The risk

Dazzling lakes awaiting, for the first time ever, the sound of steel

of falling and becoming injured is not only more likely, but the con-

blades carving a perfect turn. ¨

sequences are similar to any mountaineering accident: potentially having to hike back down difficult terrain four, five or nine-plus miles back to transportation and then sometimes drive for hours to the nearest town for help,” she tells Venü. As a freelancer, Kottlowski has the flexibility to skate midweek, plan and travel for longer trips. She dreams of setting an altitude

About the Author: Jeff Blumenfeld, a frequent contributor to Venu Magazine, is editor of ExpeditionNews.com, and author of an adventure sponsorship book titled, Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers, and Would-Be World Travelers (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014). He resides in Boulder, Colo.

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EVENTS + GATHERINGS

By Jennifer Bangser

FCBUZZ

Director of Marketing & Public Relations Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

FRANKLIN STREET WORKS: A Contemporary Art Space Dedicated to Inquiry and Dialogue A contemporary art museum is a museum of our time and therefore has to be dedicated to and defined by the arts that articulate our time…. Art changed when it became an assault against conventions and canons - a museum of contemporary art fosters such assaults. –Philippe Vergne, Director LA MOCA, Dazed magazine, 2014

Photo by Matt Grubb Cut-Up: Contemporary Collage and Cut-Up Histories through a Feminist Lens Installation view

FRANKLIN STREET WORKS IS AN AWARDWINNING, not-for-profit contemporary art space and café that is located in a renovated Victorian era building in downtown Stamford, Connecticut. In its first five years the organization has collaborated with curators and artists – many times showing emerging artists before they are invited to exhibit at places such as The Whitney Museum of American Art - while also creating a safe, inquisitive and caring community in which to discuss innovative art and exhibition practices. “From the beginning,” remarks Creative Director, Terri C Smith, “we wanted to cultivate a welcoming space where everyone could feel comfortable when presented with art and social themes that might be new or challenging. After working with 350 artists, 19 curators, and dozens of community members, we have grown into a space for inquiry that encourages dialogue around the concepts, materiality, and relevance of contemporary art today.” Since 2011, with twenty-three exhibitions to date, the staff, artists and guest curators have worked together to balance the curatorial rigor

of a museum with the community building and status-quo questioning impulses of an alternative art space – think New York City 1970s-initiated spaces like The Kitchen. Committing to this vision has worked. Since it’s inaugural exhibition, Franklin Street Works has seen double-digit audience growth with 6,600 people visiting in 2016. Franklin Street Works’ commitment to innovative, museum-quality exhibitions has also put the organization on the map as an important educational resource in the region and as a valuable contributor to contemporary art practices in the United States. This national status was recently reaffirmed with a second grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. A competitive grant, the Foundation awarded only 30 organizations this fall, and, significantly, Franklin Street Works is the youngest not-forprofit on this cycle’s list of recipients. In addition to regional and national grants, the organization’s work has received positive reviews in major art publications such as Artforum online, Art Papers, Art New England, Hyperallergic, and Modern Painters. In a 2016 Daily Serving review of Cut-Up, Amelia Rina focused on the presentation, “Beyond the Acting On Dreams: The state of immigrant rights, conditions, and advocacy in the United States Installation view

Photo by Chad Kleitsch

Looking for something different to do? FCBuzz.org is the place to find out what’s happening in Fairfield County any day of the week–featuring theater, exhibits, music, history, science, family fun, classes and local artists. Click on FCBuzz.org. Pick a great event to attend. Then Go–bring your family, meet your friends or fly solo. FCBuzz.org™ is presented by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. For more information contact the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County by emailing info@CulturalAllianceFC.org, calling 203-256-2329, or visiting the website at www.CulturalAllianceFC.org.

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Photo by Chad Kleitsch

Photo by Donna Callighan Above Top to Bottom: Initial Conditions: Artists Make Spaces Installation view; Moby book signing in collaboration with Barrett Bookstore

all-star roster in Cut-Up, one of the exhibition’s greatest achievements is presenting a survey that evades the failures of most institutional overviews, such as wall text that expects brain-dead viewers who need overbearing guidance through the works, or sloppy curatorial decisions that produce more incongruities than enlightening insights.” In an artcritical review of  Acting on Dreams: The State of Immigrant Rights, Conditions, and Advocacy in the United States, Danilo Machado addresses the power of art in exploring specific themes, “Perhaps most striking are the ways in which Acting on Dreams consistently encourages personal connections to issues that are too often abstracted and made impersonal.” Through a combination of these types of thoughtful exhibition practices and attention to thematic exploration, the exhibitions at Franklin Street Works deliver thought-provoking, immersive experiences that promise to connect visitors to new ideas and, often, to each other.


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EVENTS + GATHERINGS

By Janet Langsam CEO, ArtsWestchester

ArtsBash to Feature Street Art this Spring murals and oversized canvases by some of the best known American urban artists transform the walls of ArtsWestchester’s gallery into a delectable, colorful feast for the eyes. Words and recognizable figures from cartoons and the media blend in subversive and humorous tableaus. Black and white photographs taken in the 1980s provide context – the aesthetic in the gallery emerged from an artistic turf war among “taggers” in the Bronx. “From the Streets” is an exuberant journey through the evolution of street art that throws a spotlight on urban visual culture now. While ArtsWestchester’s spring exhibition “From the Streets” is about mankind painting on walls, it fast-forwards this episode of human expression to the here and now.

ONCE AGAIN, ArtsWestchester is cooking up a feast for the eyes and palette at its annual ArtsBash on May 19th in White Plains.  Mark it on your outlook. Tag it on Facebook. Or, just pin it on the fridge.  The event will feature the annual Open Studios, a romp through the many artist studios in ArtsWestchester's historic bank building, great food and the exhibition “From the Streets” which is a colorful romp through pop and urban youth culture. Monumental

Photo by Lynda Shenkman Curtis

Clockwise from Top: Off the Hook, Spray Paint on Canvas-by-John ‘Crash’ Matos-Courtesy of the JoAnne Artman Gallery; Express-by-T-Kid-170; ArtsWestchester’s two-story downtown White Plains Gallery will be transformed this spring with urban art when the exhibition “From the Streets” opens April 8th.

“From the Streets” will be open to the public with an exhibition opening reception on Saturday, April 8th and remain on exhibit in ArtsWestchester’s downtown White Plains Gallery through Saturday, July 15, 2017. The Gallery is open to the public: Tuesday to Saturday from noon – 5pm; For more information about the ArtsBash event or ArtsWestchester’s Gallery, visit: www.artswestchester.org

For more arts, visit artsw.org The complete guide to the arts in Westchester /ArtsWestchester | @ArtsWestchester For more of Janet Langsam’s cultural musings, be sure to visit her blog at www.ThisandThatbyJL.com. For a full calendar of arts events visit: www.artsw.org. 20

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POP-UP VENÜ, MIAMI Venü Magazine’s Pop-Up Art Event at Lure Fishbar during Miami Art Week Photography by David Heischrek / DHPA.com

Tracey Thomas, Robin Austin

L-R: Anna Shvets, Tracey Thomas, Matthew Kibble, Alexander Ponomarev, Alena Johanson, Tatiana Kourochkina, Richard Taittinger, Veronika Gimenez, John Royall, Nadia Doubach

Alex Rodrigues, Taima Hervas, Jill Rodrigues, Justin Jones

VENÜ MAGAZINE KICKED OFF MIAMI ART WEEK and Art Basel with an exciting pop-up art event by one of our feature artists, Robin Austin, and uber-creative marble stools by Kreoo. We were also delighted to celebrate the launch of our WINTER issue #33 and our frontier-breaking cover story on the Antarctic Biennale with the folks who are making it happen; we are thrilled that Venü is the first magazine to make it to the 7th continent, Antarctica! Our pop-up event was held at Lure Fishbar at The Loews Miami Beach Hotel with delicious hors d’oeuvres by Chef Josh Capon. Master mixologist, Johnny Swet, from The Skylark NYC, created outstanding cocktails with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and we enjoyed music selections by the talented DJ Paul Martinez. Vanessa Slajmer, Sanja Snezic Slajmer Callie and Tori Baker

Louise Levin, Robert Mazzucchelli, Jessie Levin

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Alexander Ponomarev, Christa and Nic Iljine

David Hochberg, Gene Seidman

Elias Polanco, Amber McGee, Douglas Jerdee

Hoppy Duroseau, Veronica Nika

Andrew and Elizabeth Littlejohn and Mike Hein

Mary Costas, Jim Schroer

Jacquie Earls, Leif Vik, Susie Earls, Chef Josh Capon

Elena Ulansky, Matthew Kibble

Kathryn Mikesell, Shawn Smith

Celine McDonald, Vin Cipolla

Tracey Thomas with Kreoo Stools

Inrjae Son, Dr. Rebecca Nicholson

James Hein, Anne Marie Russell, Jocko Weyland, Kimberly Skeen, Mike Hein, Rich Schineller

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RETRO EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING COMES TO FAIRFIELD! Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Fairfield in the 1960s & 1970s By Deb Karazin Owens

WHETHER YOU GREW UP IN THE 1960s OR 1970s, experienced Woodstock, represented our country in Vietnam or are just fascinated by those decades, the newest exhibition at the Fairfield Museum & History Center is one you won’t want to miss. My Generation: Fairfield in the 1960s and 1970s will be on view at the Museum (370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT) from March 31 to Sept 17. The exhibition explores how the changing culture and politics of the 1960s and 1970s in the U.S. affected Fairfield and the local area. The Museum’s library director, Dr. Elizabeth Rose, said, “We wanted to capture how the events of this crucial era touched people in our immediate region, and to reflect the music, fashion, and politics of an era that still shapes our world so much today.” Visit and walk along a timeline of these turbulent decades and see how influential events, national movements and popular trends echoed in the region. Clothing, scrapbooks, record albums and other objects of the era from Fairfield residents are on display. In addition, uniforms and artifacts from locals who served in Vietnam highlight the impact of the war and how it is remembered. The exhibition also touches on the fate of the women’s movement in affluent communities like Fairfield— where The Stepford Wives was filmed—and the rise of coeducation at area universities. More than 500 men and several women from Fairfield served in the war in Vietnam. A number of their personal stories are told in the exhibition, and the display also shows how a deeply divided nation debated the war at home, drawing on images from local veterans, protests and antiwar posters.

Fairfield was also changing during these years, from the expansion of the suburbs and the arrival of General Electric to the establishment of the Conservation Commission and the Town’s commitment to open space. Historic photographs of local hangouts and businesses along with high school memorabilia will be highlights for long-time Fairfielders and visitors from the area. One fun and funky section of the exhibition relates to pop-culture, music and the fashion of the era. Costumes from the Museum’s collection highlight the styles of the 1960s and 1970s, showing how trends like miniskirts and paper dresses were part of women’s wardrobes. On Thursday, April 6 from 12-2pm the Museum will host a special event, Fashionable Fairfield: A Jennifer Butler Fashion Show & Luncheon featuring the work of one of Fairfield’s most well-respected designers along with some of the Museum’s costumes. Friends can reserve a table and enjoy a retro vibe as they view her new collection and see how history continues to influence what people wear today. Tickets can be purchased at Fairfieldhistory.org or by calling (203) 259-1598. VENÜ Magazine is the media sponsor of Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation and Fashionable Fairfield. Jennifer Butler and Coreen’s Bridge Floral Shop are also supporting the Fashionable Fairfield event. The Fairfield Museum & History Center is located at 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. The galleries and Museum Shop are open daily from 10am to 4pm. For more information visit Fairfieldhistory.org or call (203) 259-1598.

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EVENTS + GATHERINGS

Corey Heller and TFH VP/Chief Medical Officer Shani Andre

Jill Esterman, Marianne Rosenberg and Carol Campbell TFH President Sean T. Granahan and Rosenberg Gallery & Co. owner Marianne Rosenberg

AN EVENING CHAMPIONING FREE HEALTHCARE FOR NYC WOMEN & CHILDREN Sean T. Granahan, TFH Trustee Carol Jackson and Madeleine Richard

TFH therapist, Judith McAllister (right) and guests

Rosenberg & Co. Hosts a Benefit for The Floating Hospital Thanks to Marianne Rosenberg and her gallery Rosenberg & Co., a Modern and contemporary art gallery located on the upper east side of Manhattan, thousands of homeless women and children will have access to free healthcare. On February 8th, Marianne hosted a benefit for The Floating Hospital (TFH), the largest provider of healthcare to homeless families in New York City. The event raised money to purchase a new van, which will shuttle patients to and from TFH and help 1,200 women and children living in domestic violence safe houses and shelters access health care. Guests were riveted by stories of patients’ survival through domestic violence, poverty and homelessness, which was told by one of the hospital’s therapists. You can learn more about The Floating Hospital and how you can help this incredible 150-year-old charity at www.thefloatinghospital.org Photographs by Steven Whalen

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GENERAL GRANT NATIONAL MEMORIAL Rediscovering a Monument and Reevaluating a President Phillip James Dodd

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Photography by Jonathan Wallen

There was a time when New York’s most popular tourist destination was

North America - testimony to the unparalleled devotion Ulysses S.

not the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building, but the General

Grant (1822 – 1885) - inspired among the American people of the

Grant National Memorial – better known as Grant’s Tomb – located

Gilded Age.

at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. Nowadays few even know of its

It’s difficult for present generations to realize how much public

existence, and those that do remember it as the subject of a trick

adulation was showered upon Grant in the years following his role

question on the 1950’s TV quiz Show You Bet Your life – when Groucho

as commander of the Union forces in the Civil War and then his two

Marx asked contestants, “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?”

terms as President of the United States. Although the face of the $50

Completed in 1897, the remains of this nations eighteenth Presi-

bill for over 100 years, most historians now consider Grant amongst

dent and his wife, Julia, are entombed in matching sarcophagi (above

the very worst Presidents. Yet for the generation after the Civil War –

ground and therefore nor buried), within the largest mausoleum in

which included the prosperous Gilded Age – Grant was idolized not

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only as the victorious commander of the Union Army, but also as the President that restored the unity of the country, and freed the slaves. His leadership brought to an end four years of suffering, and to a war that touched nearly every citizen of the United States. He was considered the equal of Abraham Lincoln and this nation’s only other four-star General and President – George Washington. Although financial scandal plagued his presidency, his personal integrity was never questioned, and he left the White House in 1877 at the height of his popularity. Grant would go to spend his last years on a two-year world tour, an unsuccessful business venture, and in the writing of his personal memoirs. Published by his close friend Mark Twain, his two volume memoir was so popular that it is said that north of the Mason-Dixon line, even in the poorest household, you would find two books – The King James Bible and Grants Memoirs. In a race against time Grant finished writing it one week before he died of throat cancer, aged 63, on July 23, 1885. It was assumed that Grant would be buried in Washington D.C. If he had, then his memorial would remain a gleaming national tourist

Opposite Page: The monotone color palette of materials, along with the amber lighting for the stained glass windows, creates a somber tone for the mausoleum. Above: Originally the only color - and therefore the focus of attention - were the matching red granite sarcophagi, until three colorful tile mosaics depicting – Grants battles were added in 1960’s.

attraction to rival the Lincoln or and Jefferson memorials. But Grant disliked the city, and chose New York instead. His only request was that when the time came, his wife Julia be laid to rest next to him.

term mausoleum originated) was well known to architects at the time,

Once New York was decided upon, it became necessary to find a site.

as its reconstruction and reinterpretation had become a seminal class

Many favored Central Park, but in the end Riverside Park, located 280ft

taught at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris. By blending architectural

above the River Hudson, was decided upon as it would provide an

elements taken from both classical and Renaissance sources Duncan

unobstructed view of the monument.

created a design that is perhaps the purest example of Beaux-Arts

Grant’s death took place at a time when the Civil War was subjected

architecture in New York City.

to a great deal of romantic and selective memory. Many of those who

But Duncan’s original designs were far too ambitious and elaborate

survived, especially officers, benefited from the economic expansion

given the budget for construction. Almost immediately, most of the

that took place in the years after. They became leaders in business

sculptural embellishments were removed, as was a grand flight of stairs

and government, upper class and wealthy. Anxious to fill their city with

that led down to a dock on the Hudson River. It was hoped that these

grand public monuments – like those in Paris, London, and Rome –

could be added at a later date when more funding was available.

they formed the General Grant Memorial Association to raise funds

Construction would take 8 years. The exterior was built with over

to build a fitting memorial to mourn their hero. Privately funded, with

8,000 tons of white granite, quarried at North Jay in Maine. A broad

close to 100,000 Americans donating a total of $600,000 ($18 million

flight of steps leads up to an entrance portico that is crowned with a

today), an exhaustive international competition was held to find a

small tablet containing Grant’s famous words “Let Us Have Peace.”

suitable design. Finally on November 10, 1890, it was announced

This tablet is flanked by the figures of lamenting women, reminiscent

that the design of John H. Duncan had won and would be chosen

of those in the Medici Tomb in Florence by Michelangelo. At the

for the monument.

entrance of the tomb are two massive bronze doors – each weighing

Duncan (1855 – 1929), a New York City architect, had previously

2,700 lbs, and standing 16 feet high, 5 ½ feet wide and 5” thick.

designed the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Prospect Park,

The interior plan is modeled on the Church of the Dome at the

Brooklyn – a magnificent triumphal arch based on those from Roman

Hotel des Invalides in Paris – better known as Napoleon’s Tomb. The

antiquity. At Grant’s Tomb he sought to design a monumental struc-

design is focused about the crypt, visible through a circular opening

ture that was unmistakably a tomb of military character, equal to that

in the main floor, and set directly beneath a dome 44 feet wide and

of any great historical leader. His design incorporated elements from

150 feet tall. To give an idea of scale, the Statue of Liberty, without her

the tomb of Napoleon, the tomb of the Roman Emperor Hadrian,

stone pedestal, stands a mere twelve inches taller. The interior of the

and the tomb of King Mausolus at Halicarnassus – one of the Seven

tomb is a combination of Carrera marble and Lee marble quarried in

Wonders of the Ancient World. This last building (from where the

Massachusetts. A very subdued light came from the purple stained


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Architecture In 1929, the Grant Monument Association commissioned John Russell Pope (who designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.) to complete the design. However due to the Great Depression the work was put on hold. Some of the sculptural embellishments– like the statue of Grant that was planned for the top of the dome – was never realized. But by 1939, some forty years after the memorial had been dedicated, the bulk of the work was finally complete. On the exterior, changes began with the addition of eagles at each side of the steps leading up to the entrance. These eagles were saved from the post office in front of City Hall, which was undergoing demolition at the time. Two flag poles were added, and the park area was landscaped with trees – which now obstruct the view of the monument, and are contrary to why the monument was located there in the first place. To brighten the interior the purple glass was removed and replaced by amber glass from the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. In the two small circular reliquary rooms, battle flags were dispelled in trophy cases, and murals by artist William Dean Fauset were painted on the walls depicting Grants Civil War campaigns. Finally, bronze busts of Grants five greatest generals - Wiiliam T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan, George H. Thomas, Edward O.C. Ord, and James B. McPhearson were placed in niches at the crypt level surrounding the sarcophagi

The monument is now surrounded by trees, contrary to the original design. Granite blocks are noticeable above the entrance portico, which were meant to support equestrian statues of Grant’s generals. These, like much of the exterior design, were never realized due to lack of funds.

- again reminiscent of Napoleons tomb in Paris. In 1959 the Grant Monument Association handed over the tomb to the Federal government, and the National Parks Department. Immediately the name was changed to the General Grant National Memorial and it was decided that the structure should be transformed

glass windows which were designed by Tiffany & Co. Because of the

from a mausoleum to a memorial of Grant’s Life and accomplishments.

limited funding, the interior decoration of the monument was limited

Three mosaic lunettes by artist Alyn Cox were added in 1966. They

to the allegorical figures on the pendentives (the space between the

feature three of Grants significant battles; the north wall represents

arches of the rotunda). Constructed of plaster and keen cement, they

Appomattox; the east wall, the siege of Vicksburg; and the west, the

were designed by well-known sculptor J. Massey Rhind, and represent

battle of Chattanooga.

the four chapters of Grants life: Birth, Military Life, Civic Life, and

In the Frank Capra’s 1936 movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, the pro-

Death. Access to the crypt, set one level below the main floor, is

tagonist, Longfellow Deeds played by Gary Cooper, visits Grant’s Tomb.

provided by a double staircase at the rear of the building. The two

Louise “Babe” Bennett played by Jean Arthur asks him what he sees.

sarcophagi are carved from matching pieces of red marble, quarried

He answers, “Me? I see a small Ohio farm boy becoming a great soldier.

in Montello, Wisconsin - each weighing in at 9 tons.

I see thousands of marching men. I see General Lee with a broken heart

Even 12 years after his death, the memory of Ulysses S. Grant was

surrendering. And I see the beginning of a new nation, like Abraham

a powerful force. On April 27, 1897, on what would have been his 75th

Lincoln said. And I see that Ohio boy being inaugurated as President.

birthday, the monument was dedicated. Although it paled in compari-

Things like that can only happen in a country like America.Ӭ

son to the original plans, the monument was still an imposing structure. Over a million people attended the dedication led by President William McKinley. Julia Grant reviewed the ceremony sitting next to President McKinley. She was laid by her husband’s side after her death in 1902. Immediately, Grant’s Tomb became a major attraction as residents of the city would spend a Sunday afternoon visiting the site. And then the veterans of war died off, and those same residents forgot why the generation before had revered Ulysses S. Grant. The Civil war was now history rather than a memory. Mourning had turned into memorializing. 30

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About the Author: Phillip James Dodd has a reputation as one of the foremost experts on classical architecture and interiors. He is fast becoming one of the most sought-after young residential designers practicing today, and has designs can be found in Manhattan, Greenwich, Napa and Palm Beach. He is also the author of the best-selling books The Art of Classical Details and An Ideal Collaboration, and is currently working on a new book on The Architecture of the Gilded Age in New York, which will feature a foreword by Julian Fellowes – the creator of Downton Abbey. Email: phillip@pjd-architect.com or telephone: 203.900.1030


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STYLE & CLASS

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APPETITE:

Wine

DEL DOTTO VINEYARDS HAS IT ALL It is unusual for one winery to be able to offer the best of wines, tours, pairings, architecture, food and education, but Del Dotto puts it all together. By Monty & Sara Preiser • Photography Courtesy of Del Dotto Vineyards

FOR MOST FOLKS, THE WORDS “WINE

So let us help you begin your journey by

family – David, Yolanda, and the next gener-

country” conjure up visions of an idyllic

taking you to a winery that offers its visitors a

ation Desiree and Giovanni. In consultation

location in the shadows of some of the most

little bit of everything – a magnificent struc-

with winemakers Gerard Zanzonico and

spectacular scenery on earth, while dreams

ture, wines crafted by masters from the finest

Robbie Meyer, the Del Dottos have spent

of world renowned wineries and the finest of

of vineyards, educational tours and tastings

these last two decades acquiring vineyards

dining abound. Fortunately, the Napa Valley

that go beyond the norm, and the opportu-

from the most sought after regions of Napa

realistically provides all of the above, though

nity to experience a wine/food pairing that

and Sonoma (such as Rutherford, Fort Ross-

without proper planning and reservations

has no equal in Napa.

Seaview, Pritchard Hill, Oakville, and Howell

an anticipated trip can become a glaring disappointment. 32

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Del Dotto Vineyards was founded 20

Mountain) in the family’s efforts to produce

years ago by, and is still operated by, the

small lot luxury wines. These writers are here


Opposite Page: Estate Winery building and breathtaking grounds located in the beautiful Napa Valley. This Page Clockwise from Left: Great wall and fireplace at the Estate Winery; Tasting bar and main room where guest can sample a glass of the Del Dotto’s premium wines; Constructed of Italian marble, the Estate Caves are a spectacular sight.

to assure you that the endeavor has been

of wine. The barrels within the caves are filled

chef (late of the French Laundry) Joshua

more successful than the Del Dottos could

with Del Dotto small lot, high scoring wines

Schwartz. From Maine lobster rolls to truffle

have conceived.

just waiting to be sampled by visitors.

sliders, we cannot praise this experience

Actually, there are two wineries (with

Finally, a Napa “must do” – “Delicacies by

another to open soon) – one in Napa and

Del Dotto.” If you choose this experience,

one in St. Helena. The former, crowned the

following a tour and tasting in the caves you

Considering wine country? Del Dotto

“Historic Winery and Caves,” was the first to

will be treated to a sit down pairing of five

is indeed one of your best dreams.

open in an old Ghost Winery where the caves

large “bites” beautifully paired by master

www.deldottovineyards.com

enough. ¨

still look as they must have 100 years ago. It was here that Dave began his now noted experimentation with barrels from various forests world-wide. He would routinely place a finished (except for aging) wine in different barrels so that the sole differentiating factor among the product when it was finished would be tastes imparted by the barrel. And it was here that Dave formulated his educational plan to allow visitors to sample and learn about the differences. As with all successfully ambitious people, Dave and Yolanda wanted to expand and improve, and so as the children reached the age to become seriously involved, the Del Dottos opened their Italian influenced “Venetian Estate Winery and Caves” in St. Helena. Using natural marble handcrafted into ornate, graceful patterns, this is a cathedral like structure that pays homage to the twelfth century. The caves are lined with marble while ancient tiles depict the history CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE

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By Fred Bollaci

Celebrating 27 Years of Florida Winefest Global Food & Wine This Spring

Guests enjoying Banquet on the Block in downtown Sarasota

IN THE SPIRIT OF CHARITY AND FUN Venü and Fred Bollaci Enterprises proudly raise our glasses in support of the 27th annual Florida Winefest & Auction in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, the arts and cultural capital of the Sunshine State! Winefest was founded in 1991 by local charitable residents as a way of giving back to the community by helping less fortunate children it brings together food and wine lovers and top winemakers to enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Today, 20 Board Members, hundreds of volunteers, and the generous support of numerous patrons and sponsors have made Florida Winefest and Auction “the friendliest wine festival in the nation” quotes David Elswood of Christie’s London. Florida Winefest holds many events throughout the year, and each spring the highlight is a fabulous weekend festival with numerous fine wines, including intimate winemaker dinners, a lavish block party featuring excellent cuisine from renowned restaurants and chefs paired with great wines. On Sunday, enjoy a sumptuous brunch overlooking Sarasota Bay, followed by the auction at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, and a casual family friendly “Wine on the Water” event with live music. To date, Florida Winefest along with Caring for Children Charities, Winefest’s sister fundraising arm has awarded over $8.2 million to 84 children’s charities to help disadvantaged children on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Attendees enjoy sampling hundreds of wines from over 100 producers from around the world, mingle with winemakers in several spectacular settings, and bid on many exciting items at the auction, including trips, exclusive wines, and fine art. This year’s featured artist is William Kelley, a

Top Left: Featured wines at 2016’s Banquet on the Block Above: Chefs Chris Covelli and Paul Mattison

Sarasota resident, who has spent a great deal of time over the last 17 years living in Florence, where the landscape, history and character of this beautiful city, its people and traditions have inspired him. One of his spectacular Tuscan vineyard paintings will be auctioned at this year’s event. In keeping with Sarasota’s sophisticated, yet laid back vibe, Florida Winefest is unpretentious, yet worldly. Winefest’s annual weekend events are the perfect opportunity to enjoy Sarasota, while savoring great wines and excellent local cuisine, all to benefit a great cause! This year’s events will be held on Thursday April 6th through Sunday April 9th, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.floridawinefest.org Two top Sarasota area chefs, Chris Covelli and Paul Mattison (also Board Members) will showcase their award-winning cuisine, along with many other top restaurants in the area. Both Covelli and Mattison, New York natives, have been invited to cook at the James Beard

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House in New York City many times, and this past December 2016, the duo hosted a fabulous dinner to benefit Winefest, which will be replicated in Sarasota April 15th! Covelli, a graduate of the Culinary Institute in New York City is the senior chef instructor at Sandra Lotti’s award-winning Toscana Saporita Cooking School (Platinum Palate™) in Lucca, Italy, after owning a successful Italian restaurant in Provincetown, MA. He has also been seen on the Food Network and other TV shows. Mattison owns several popular Sarasota area restaurants, including Mattison’s City Grille, Mattison’s Forty-One, Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel, and new location Mattison’s City Grille, Bradenton Riverwalk. Among the vintners and key supporters who will be in attendance in 2017 are: The Wagner Family (Caymus, Belle Glos), Castello Banfi (known for their fabulous luxury boutique hotel, Il Borgo at their renowned Montalcino winery in Tuscany), Caldwell Vineyard in Napa (28 clones, one of only 7 wineries in the world with onsite cooperage), Sam Williamson of Williamson Wines, whose folks emigrated from Australia to Silicon Valley during the tech boom and fell in love with Sonoma County, where they went on to open a winery in Healdsburg which today produces 34 different wines, Christopher Creek Winery, and Foppoli Wines (Russian River Valley), and David Harmon, III of Carneros della Notte in Napa. Harmon has launched the successful “Own a Napa Vineyard,” in which wine lovers can purchase a vine for the year, attend the annual harvest party, and receive grape juice from the crush or the wine once it is aged and bottled. See you in Sarasota!


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APPETITE:

Fearless Chef

DINNER AT THE OPERA The Grand Tier Restaurant Written by Tanja Yokum

NEW YORK IS HOME to extraordinary dining

before the curtain, and then returning to

experiences, many of which are tied to land-

have after dinner drinks and dessert at

mark buildings and locations: Rockefeller

intermission.”

Center, the Museum of Modern Art, historic

“It is one of New York’s most iconic

lanes in the West Village and beneath the

restaurants that is still largely undiscov-

Brooklyn Bridge. Here the unexpected mys-

ered,” he adds.

tique of the city becomes the perfect night

Undiscovered? That may be because in

out, above the skyline or on the street. Tucked

the past, it was only open to those who held

within the Metropolitan Opera House is a

a ticket to the opera. But now the restaurant

jewel box of a restaurant, with skyscraper-high

has been opened to the public, and anyone

ceilings and wraparound views of Lincoln

who makes a reservation is granted entry.

Center. Run by Patina Restaurant Group,

The spirit of opening the restaurant to new

which specializes in dining in American cul-

audiences is part of a larger movement in

tural centers, the restaurant exudes elegance.

the building. For the first time, certain public

Dining here, at the Grand Tier Restaurant, is

areas of the Metropolitan Opera House are

unlike anything else in America.

open to the public, free of charge, on week-

Perched on the Grand Tier level of the

day mornings from 10 am to 2 pm, and on

stately house, the restaurant glows with light

Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. Called “day-

from the Swarovski ‘Sputnik’ chandeliers

time access,” this opening of the doors has

resembling constellations, just moments

ushered in a new era for the Opera, as first-

away from the seats in the auditorium. Here

time audiences are visiting without hesitation

you can enjoy a delicious meal, a glass of wine

to explore, and relish, its beautiful halls.

or cocktail, gaze at the sights, and quickly slip into your seat in time to enjoy the show.

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AT A TIME WHEN IN New York, and else-

“Dinner at The Grand Tier is meant to be

where in America, even in elite restaurants,

a celebration,” says the restaurant’s general

dining is becoming more and more casual,

manager, Justin Marquez. “It’s a prelude

The Grand Tier maintains its levels of

to an evening of art and entertainment

sophistication and refinement. Crisp white

for decades in New York. Designed as an

tablecloths, gleaming silver, polished glass.

enhancement to an evening at the opera,

Fresh flowers on every table. Domed covers

nothing is more elegant than having dinner

on entrées are removed smoothly in unison

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Opposite Page Clockwise: Guests enjoy a creative dinner at The Grand Tier Restaurant. Photo by Jennifer May; Veal Milanese by Chef Richard Diamonte. Photo by Evan Sung; Bird’s eye view of The Grand Tier Restaurant. Photo by Jennifer May; House-smoked salmon, whole branzino with salsa verde. Photo by Tanja Yokum.


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Left: Views over the Lincoln Center campus from The Grand Tier Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the Grand Tier Restaurant. Above: Roast chicken, risotto with spring peas and fiddleheads, carrot salad. Photo by Jennifer May. Opposite Page: Chef Richard Diamonte. Photo courtesy of the Grand Tier Restaurant.

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as they reach the tables. Women wear

guests get their preferred tables at every

a quick bite to eat. They want to be moved.”

gowns, and sparkling jewels, snazzy stilet-

performance they plan to attend. In the age

To accomplish this, Diamonte’s food is

tos. Men wear well-cut Italian suits. It’s not

of Open Table reservations, guests of the

exquisitely plated, dramatically presented,

unusual to see: velvet, furs, clutches, opera

Grand Tier would much prefer to call James

cuisine as still life. His house-smoked salmon

glasses, touches of deep red. Or short black

personally just for the pleasure of discussing

is encircled with a chorus of condiments:

leather dresses and designer crêpe de chine.

their dining needs with him.

minced shallots, capers, eggs, green herbs,

It’s hard not to picture Cher with her strapless

Executive Chef Richard Diamonte not

lemon, crème fraîche, and vivid pink water-

black dress gliding up the staircase on the

only cooks in the modern, flavor-forward,

melon radish slices. Spring risotto is adorned

arm of Nicholas Cage.

technique-driven style of his former mentor,

with fiddlehead ferns, red veined sorrel, and

The maitre’d, James Alongi, in the

Jean-Georges Vongerichten, but also main-

other harbingers of the season. Othello

mostly lost tradition of the great maitre’ds

tains a similar clean-cut aesthetic. He dresses in

would never have been so murderous had

of New York, including Sirio Macchioni at Le

all black, accented by white chef’s jacket, trav-

he been presented with food like this.

Cirque, Julian Nicollini of the Four Seasons,

els to Asia in search of new culinary concepts,

Guests at The Grand Tier have the option

Drew Nieporent of Montrachet and now

and maintains an immaculate, well-organized

of when to request their dessert course. They

Bâtard, and Danny Meyer of Union Square

kitchen. Diamonte came to The Grand Tier

might wish it right after their main course, or

Hospitality Group, presides over The

in 2013, after serving as Executive Sous Chef

they have the option of ordering it to enjoy

Grand Tier. James is a warm and reassur-

at Vongerichten’s 3 Michelin-starred flagship

at intermission, when it will await them as

ing presence at every meal, remembering

restaurant, Jean-Georges.

the curtain falls. Much like the end of great

the names and histories of all his regular

Of his move to the Metropolitan Opera,

Italian operas, the dramatic climax to your

guests, seating them with the panache of a

Diamonte says, “the building and the history

meal may be artfully delayed. The desserts

world-class majordomo. He deftly handles

were a draw for me. This clientele is a great

are classic, and as beautiful as the staging

the challenging task of making certain his

opportunity because they’re not here just for

for Zeffirelli’s La Bohème. Perfectly puffed

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“Executive Chef Richard Diamonte not only cooks in the modern, flavor-forward, technique-driven style of his former mentor, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, but also maintains a similar clean-cut aesthetic.”

chocolate soufflé, accompanied by crème

It’s also not as preeminently known that the

restaurant, there is music. Young singers and

anglaise; baked Alaska, as richly rewarding

restaurant is a convenient pre-theater choice

pianists from the Met’s Lindemann Young

and as rarely seen as a Johann Strauss opera;

for any of the Lincoln Center performances.

Artist Development Program perform songs

white wine poached pear, as delicate and

Now with public reservations, it’s easy to

during brunch in the dining room, gaining

sweet as a soprano’s high note.

dine in the restaurant, and then head to the

experience and delighting the crowds.

Philharmonic or the New York City Ballet, Film NEW THIS SEASON at the restaurant: the

Society or Beaumont Theater.

With brunch specialties like soft scrambled eggs with seasonal truffles, benedict

ability to pre-order your meal online, via

Pop-up menus for artists in residence

royale, brioche French toast, and lemon

the website diningatmetopera.com. The

began this winter with the Italian soprano

ricotta pancakes, it’s easy to relax in your

ability to choose your dishes, and wine or

Maria Agresta, whose cooking skills match

seat and enjoy the scene. Tempting is the

Champagne, and have it ready to go when

her artistry as a performer. Family dishes, from

$39 two-course brunch prix fixe, which comes

you arrive for your intermission visit, is part

her home region of Cilento, were available

with endless prosecco bellinis. And among

of the restaurant’s continuing evolution to

at the Grand Tier during her run in Carmen

the crowd is a fascinating mix of familiar and

be relevant to modern audiences, a move

– when she spent time not only on stage, but

new faces to the scene.

in the direction of ease and ever-forward

in the kitchen preparing handmade gnocchi,

convenience.

cannoli, and citrus-kissed crudo.

Glasses in hand, on a recent Sunday, guests were spellbound by young mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb as she sang selections

“What most first time Opera goers may not realize is that it’s possible to have a

SUNDAY BRUNCH was very recently intro-

from Carmen, Le Contes d’Hoffmann, and

full dinner at intermission,” says general

duced at The Grand Tier, part of the house’s

Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie en Rose.’ The young

manager Justin Marquez -- made possible

opening of its doors on Sundays. Although

singer seemed to be ushering in a new wave

by pre-ordering, and the restaurant’s new

there is no opera performance on the main

of opera-goers not only to the restaurant, but

intermission prix-fixe menu.

stage on Sunday, within the walls of the

to the house, with her arias. ¨ CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE

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FEATURE

A Young Painter’s Dreams in a Sunny Place for Shady People. BY NONA FOOTZ

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t should be no surprise that the

to be overrun by Secret Service agents and

as a mere boy at an Art League Clothesline

16-mile long Florida barrier island

television crews. And that Gilded Age 126-

Show in 1948 by The Worth Avenue Gallery

of Palm Beach, chock-full of private

room, 110,000 square foot Mar-a-Lago will

manager Mary “Mimsey” Benson. The press

yachts and posh estates, isn’t only

undoubtedly start to don weekly covers of

touted Miss Benson as “never in the history

about Lilly Pulitzer, beautiful people and

People magazine. I’m a sap for the Palm

of the Palm Beaches has there been a gallery

pink pedicures. Palm Beach has art! And

Beach of yesteryear when the island was a

director with more acumen in the estimation

plenty of it. With dozens of galleries and

quiet respite and fertile ground, producing

of young talent”. She was the secretary (and

gobs of money to fund exhibitions and

some of America’s most interesting and

suspected lover) of theater doyenne Eva

cocktail soirées, I often wonder what the

budding artists.

Le Gallienne, as well as business partner to

early artists of this shiny enclave would think

An early pioneer of that art scene was Palm

of the place now. I wince at how it’s soon

Beach native Keith Ingermann, discovered

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heiress, art patron and Palm Beach winter colonist Alice DeLamar.


Top: This colorful tattoo painting is one of the last works in Keith’s final collection. Bottom: A young Keith Ingermann showing first collection at home of Alice A. DeLamar in Palm Beach circa 1950.

It was while I was in the early stages of writing Miss DeLamar’s biography that I too

Arts, Berlin’s Galerie Janssen, and Monaco

discovered Keith Ingermann. Trained at the Pratt Institute of Art in NYC as well as at the Norton

Fine Arts gallery in Monte-Carlo where Keith

Gallery School in Palm Beach, Keith enjoyed early notoriety while serving overseas with the

eventually made his home. Collections of

Air Force studying under a celebrated Japanese artist and becoming the first foreign painter

Ingermanns began to grace the walls of royal

to exhibit at Tokyo’s foremost gallery. Throughout the Midcentury Keith continued to exhibit

palaces in Monaco and India, in German

widely, going toe-to-toe with the cart-loads of European artists crowding the scene. His collec-

castles and in villas along the Cote d’Azur.

tions often sold out before openings at The Worth Avenue Gallery, The Palm Beach Galleries

The Palm Beach Post proclaimed Keith as, “a

and Juarez Galleries. He had success at NYC’s Hammer Galleries, London’s Partridge Fine

young American painter, right out of an exotic success story – the kind you don’t read about any more.” I was intrigued about this pretty boy and definitely wanted to know more. An unexpected chance came for me to take a deeper look. I had sent a letter of inquiry to Keith’s Monte-Carlo apartment the sublimely named “Chateau Perigord” - asking if he’d be willing to be interviewed about my subject, his most significant benefactor and traveling partner. When my letter went unanswered for months I’d given up hope, somewhat used to rejection having sent many such letters to sources digging for information for my book. But then a note arrived from his executor saying Keith had died of a stroke that spring but that I was – and I quote – “…welcome to go through his things to see what might be there for your project.” Go through his things? In CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE

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Top: An artist in the making. Bottom: This Petunia painting is a work of art from Keith’s collection in the 1990s

the Riviera? Wasn’t that the place Somerset

including his collection of Louis Vuitton leather goods which prompted the Prince to inquire as

Maugham claimed was “A Sunny Place for

to why Mr. Ingermann carried suitcases with someone else’s initials all over them?

Shady People”? It took me all of a minute to start making travel plans. Each day of my visit began with a walk out onto my balcony so I could gaze at the sea

spent an extended amount of time in Thailand inspiring a collection of paintings of seductively posed young Thai men wrapped in tattoos, serpents and cheesecloth.

and nod up to the Prince’s Palace perched

Personal requests came in from Prince Rainier III to design posters for the Société des Bains

on a hill overlooking the sparkling principal-

de Mer (the company that runs the Monte Carlo Casino, Opera House and various hotels),

ity. Then I’d squirrel away into Keith’s studio for hours to sort through boxes and bags of personal papers, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings. I discovered letters offering encouragement from his various patrons extending invitations to come along on their next cruise around the world, notes from gallery owners regarding a new shipment of work, Christmas cards from Monaco’s Royal family, and letters of adoration from actors Stewart Grainger, Greer Garson, Leslie Caron, and the Princess Andrée Aga Khan. Keith had also spent many months in India, befriending the Maharajah of Udaipur and his American wife Annabelle, sharing meals and discussions of art. Keith was the perfect houseguest with impeccable manners, fashionable clothes, coveting designer labels, 44

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Clockwise from Left: Commissioned poster for Prince Albert II of Monaco; This Indian women painting is another beautiful piece from Keith’s collection in the 1990s; A picture of Keith Ingermannin in his later years.

as well an invitation from Prince Albert to

there had been any scandal or misdemeanor

dark days but I (still) have dreams and once

create a brochure for his private collection of

to be uncovered because he really never

I walked on diamonds”; I wondered what it

historic motor cars. French jeweler Boucheron

returned to the U.S. after 1980 yet he wrote

meant – after reading a box of letters to his

wanted to collaborate on a project, and the

to his beloved sister and mother in West Palm

mother I learned that there had indeed been

Baroness de Rothschild wanted ‘companion

Beach practically weekly. Certainly the appeal

heartbreak and disappointments over the

pieces’ for her dining room to hang next to

of life in Monaco was obvious, with its tax-free

years but Keith was resolved to “do better”

her collection of porcelain once belonging to

sunshine, grace, style and charm but to never

“work harder” “be thankful for my wonderful

Marie Antoinette.

return to his roots?

supporters and friends;” he wasn’t going to

Keith was a frequent date for the wealthy

My hostess arranged for a luncheon where

widow crowd... Lady Packer, the Baroness,

I could meet some of Keith’s remaining friends

By the time I had walked into Keith’s world

lavish host Florence Gould, and Bond movie

and collectors. At first they were reserved

his ashes had been scattered into the Med-

theme song singer Dame Shirley Bassey (think

and rather tight lipped, undoubtedly worried

iterranean but I took solace in knowing that

Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever no

about this American writer prodding into their

his art still hung on walls around the world.

less). Who could resist Keith’s made-for-Holly-

friend’s life, but after a few perfectly chilled

He had lived a grand and interesting 83 years.

wood aura? He was debonair, a consummate

glasses of rosé I learned Keith was not with-

Maybe it was time for me to go back to Palm

raconteur regaling cocktail crowds of his “life

out drama. He was an artiste after all… and

Beach and see who else had their start on

in India with the Prince” and his jolly jaunts to

cantankerous, petulant, sensitive.

that glammy island before the patrol cars,

faraway places with swooning patrons. I couldn’t help wonder, however, whether

I had found a handwritten note amongst his papers, “I have known sadness and

let life beat him down.

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LIVING ART, TIMELESSLY

REIMAGINED browngrotta arts Showcases a New Twist on Museum Quality Textural Art

Carol Shaw Sutton, White Sound, 2010. Twined waxed linen, 22”x 15”x 9”


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1. Detail of Rhythmical Zone, wall sculpture of coconut fiber and cotton by Ritzi Jacobi. 2. Tamiko Kawata’s whimsical Cactus, of safety pins and steel wire. 3. Mary Giles’ Lead Relief, wood panel featuring figures of iron and lead. 4. In My Father’s Dream, Lawrence LaBianca has mounted a neon-illuminated tree branch. 5. Detail of Fuhkyoh, a sculpture of linked copper and steel by Tsuroko Tanikawa.

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WE’RE NOT SURE WHO FIRST COINED THE TERM ART IN USE TO DESCRIBE CONTEMPORARY FIBER-BASED ARTWORK

but we have no doubt that husband and wife art visionaries, Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown, were the first to curate it into every aspect of their lives – literally. An art form that creatively reinterprets everyday materials into images of intrigue and beauty through textiles and sculpture, the works that fall into this category include basketry, ceramics, fiber, paper and a host of other tactile, uniquely unexpected mixed media applications, not the least of which is the converted Connecticut barn that Tom and Rhonda call home, office – and gallery. The world’s preeminent authorities on historically significant contemporary fiber art, they believe in showing people how they can live with art, no matter how off-the-wall its design. The pieces that impress them enough to make it into their award-winning catalogues or their vaulted country gallery, a veritable playground for the imagination, are not constrained by size or shape or canvas. The only restriction is that they be construed, crafted and constructed by human hand. Albeit, when you see what these artists, each masters of their technique, have fashioned, their works more often border on the otherworldly.

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onsider the paper and reed wizardry of artist Mary Merkel-Hess who reimagines the flowing fields of her

Iowa home into deeply colored sculptural vessels and wall pieces that grace spaces in permanent collections of the world’s most heralded galleries, including the Philadelphia Art, the Metropolitan Museum of New York – and browngrotta arts. Before being discovered by collectors duly impressed by her outstanding handiwork, Mary displayed her basketry at craft fairs, sometimes unsuccessfully as it turns out. Tom and Rhonda happened upon her at one of these local fairs, presciently acquiring her baskets for one of their first collections

Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown with their dog Cassidy. Artwork: Untitled Steel Mesh I by Korean artist, Jin-Sook So of steelmesh, painted, electroplated silver and gold leaf; Tall sculpture: Question & Answer, by Japanese artist Jiro Yonezawa of bamboo, steel and urushi lacquer; Red Sculpture; Red Jars at Midnight by American artist Nancy Moore Bess of Japanese madake (cut and dyed by Jiro Yonezawa) waxed linen and cotton.

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– she was able to forego craft fairs after that. Today Mary is acclaimed as one of the most popular basket makers of our time, weaving


FEATURE

“landscape reports” out of reeds, paper

from April 22 through April 30. We got a sneak

cord, and a mixture similar to papier-mâché.

peek at the exclusive treasures showcased

Tom and Rhonda have a practiced eye

inside and the history behind the art with Tom,

for discovering museum-quality textural art

Rhonda and their ever-enthusiastic canine

and its accomplished creators. Over the last

curator, an Australian shepherd called Cassidy.

30 years they have turned their finds into

What we saw was an exhibition unlike

a premier art enterprise that’s in a class by

any we’ve experienced before and gave

itself. browngrotta arts presents a global col-

us the rare opportunity to see how true

lection of contemporary artworks created by

collectors live with art. Custom designed by

artisans who mostly work in fiber. Numbering

the owners, the gallery itself is a dialog of

100+, the artists hail from around the world

opposites, blending elements of a historic

and boast artistic forays as diverse as their

two-story horse barn – think exposed beams,

nationalities. Over the years the roster has

meticulously restored barn doors, original

included American artist Sheila Hicks, a Gold

wide-plank wood flooring, vaulted ceilings

Medal pioneer in textile arts; Kay Sekimachi, also a Gold Medal Pioneer in textile arts; Dail Behennah from the UK whose basketry is embodied in constructed rather than woven,

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sculptural objects; Japanese basket maker Hisako Sekijima whose work is informed by the nature and history of basketry; Dutch artist Marian Bijlenga who uses material, threadlike and sinuous, to create delicate drawings; mixed media artist Norma Minkowitz from Westport, Connecticut who has transformed the traditionally feminine art of crochet into a medium for sculpture;

1. Polish artist Lilla Kulka’s multi-paneled, Tunnel of Rembrance (Tunnel Pamie˛ci ). Cotton gauze and paper panels each nine feet high. 2. Mary Merkel-Hess’s sculpture, Peninsula, paper and paper cord. 3. Detail, Structural Discussion VI, a basket within a basket of plaited and woven cedar and walnut by Japanese artist Hisako Sekijima.

California sculptor Lawrence LaBianca whose large -and small-scale sculptures combine woodwork, metal, glass, leather, and found

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materials (tree limbs); and so many more established and emerging artists. – with grand, modernist spaces. Picture a

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soaring white-walled, iron-railed mezzanine ow browngrotta arts discovers,

foyer with a bluestone floor covering, French

exhibits and promotes their art-

doors inviting in airy waves of natural light in

ists’ works is a story as intriguing

the living room and kitchen, detached walls

as the art they showcase in their dimen-

and double-hung windows to showcase a

sionally rich photographs, catalogues,

mélange of tabletop, wall and freestanding

exhibitions and website.

art of all shapes and sizes, along with more

We had the privilege of taking a private tour at their Wilton headquarters, a New

traditional bedrooms and baths to accommodate its human occupants.

England barn born again as a living art gallery

Then imagine opening the door to a

that evolves with each new exhibition. This

huge sculpted wood limb floating against a

spring the gallery is celebrating their 30-year

hued backdrop of ever-changing light, and

anniversary with an exhibition aptly entitled

woven cones of copper wire displayed near

“Still Crazy After All The Years” promoting

vessels of twisted paper twine and mixed

international textile art, opening its space

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feet high. Look down the hall where a 9’ by

innovations in high art that transformed

John McQueen as their collection matured.

8’ linen and sisal tapestry of blue and black

familiar materials and techniques from the

They shared their sensibility and apprecia-

with a show-stopping square of red owns

utilitarian to the aesthetic continued. Fiber

tion for free-wheeling artistic expression with

the plaster canvas. Spy a sphere of silver

artists experimented with abstract forms that

their son. Tom photographs all the pieces

pins perched on a table top, a pussy willow

were more sculpture than craft, wowing the

browngrotta arts represents, giving them

basket some three feet round gracing a

art world with seductive, tactile works that

a virtual 3-D quality that emphasizes their

pedestal, and non-functional ceramic figures,

can encompass many different cultures and

dimensionality to enable viewers to better

bowled, bent and bowed, lined up on a tier

can be expressed in a variety of mediums,

visualize each aspect of their design and

of strategically placed shelves. Admire paint-

both natural and manmade, that have been

often “installs” them digitally so viewers can

ings of stitched silk thread framed between

constantly changing over the years.

see how a piece might look in their space. He chronicles his photographs in the printed and

windows, spatial drawings made of horsehair

browngrotta arts has not only made it

or fish scales, and human forms fashioned in

their business to stay current by knowing

fibers, willows, sea grass, bronze and other

who is doing what on the contemporary fiber

Rhonda, a corporate attorney by profes-

materials surprisingly surreal inviting a closer

arts scene, they can also tell you who are

sion, is an editing whiz, expertly editorializing

look in intimate settings. The works, artfully

the finest of these artists and why. They seek

disparate works of modern art into color

online catalogues they produce.

displayed here, look as if they were made for the space, fitting in as easily as the furniture in the room.

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That’s the goal of this living gallery, of course, to show viewers how different kinds of dimensional art fits into an environment and to give them permission and the encouragement to think out of the box. The works here in April will be reconfigured by July. “The beauty of contemporary fiber art is that it is always unique and original,” Tom told us. “You won’t find the same piece anywhere else.” He explained that art aficionados pride

1. Detail Simone Pheulpin’s wall relief, Ondes, folded cotton tape and pins 2. Lotus V, rice paper and reed by Pat Campbell 3. Japanese artist, Chiyoko Tanaka’s Grinded Fabric Three Squares. Blue Threads and Sienna #288, handwoven ramie and linen, rubbed with brick 4. A detail from Skew, by John McQueen of small twigs he sources in upstate New York 5. Norma Minkowitz’s evocative sculpture, Twisted, crocheted and painted fiber.

themselves on having something no one else has, but that can also be a double-edged sword for people who are used to buying traditional art as an investment for resale purposes. Because contemporary art is always

out – and are sought after by – new artists

coordinated, palette-pleasing collections that

reinventing itself with the times, it is not easy

from around the world, exhibit their artists’

engage the senses. A prolific and polished

to predict a fixed value down the road.

works at premier industry shows, maintain

writer, her story-telling talents paint portraits

Despite being rooted in textile arts that

an online resource that informs, educates

of their artists in blogs and articles that spot-

date back thousands of years, fiber art

and attracts a global audience and produce

light their craft. In addition, her selection of

is a relatively new category which made

publications that consistently garner awards

meticulously chosen art books marketed on

its debut in the 1960s and 70s in a series

and graphic acclaim.

browngrottarts.com serves as testimony to her

of prestigious international exhibitions in

sculptures instead. A spate of craft fairs and

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insistence on design and content excellence.

a plethora of textile classes on rug hooking,

om, an RIT graduate, is an accom-

Seasoned collaborators who work together

plished photographer who grew up

as cohesively as the art they showcase, they

with the kind contemporary art stars

are committed to making art approachable

he lives with today. His parents, renowned

for a wider audience. Educating people

collectors themselves, favored the pop art

about art is a big part of what they do. Quality

needlepoint, knitting, weaving and basketry

of Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Linder, Tom Wes-

notwithstanding, they believe that the most

followed. While the craft craze died out

selmann when he was growing up and Peter

important consideration in choosing art is that

quickly for mainstream hobby artists, the

Voulkos, Lenore Tawney, Toshkio Takezu and

the person likes it.

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Front Hall Foreground: Debra Sachs, Siamese Twist, wood, paper twine, steel, gimps, mixed polymer sculpture. Takaaki Tanaka, A Hardened Nest, kozo mulberry fiber, flax, iron sculpture. Jo Barker, Resonance, woven on cotton warp using wool, cotton, linen, sik and embroidery threads tapestry. Above the Stairs: Helena Hernmarck, Anemones, wool tapestry.

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While the quality of the work is always a key driver in the art that attracts their interest, “we only represent artists whose work we like,” Tom said, clearly delighted with the ever-changing pieces that living artists provide. “We want to grow with our artists and are always excited to see what they will do next. Every show and exhibition we curate is different and timeless. We never repeat ourselves.” 4

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Their annual spring exhibition is no exception. Tom and Rhonda tasked their artists with the challenge of choosing a work, old or new, that they thought appropriate for a milestone catalogue that would serve as a resource for some time to come. “Our artists are always willing to re-envision and remake the ordinary into the extraordinary. Our gallery provides them with the freedom and flexibility to show their work in the best possible perspective.” ¨ To view Brown’s and Grotta’s newest collection of contemporary fiber art, visit browngrotta.com or make plans to take a tour of their Wilton gallery from April 22 to 30, when the gallery is open to the public for 9 days only for their special annual exhibition. CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE

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Story & Photography by Kim Cooper

This Page: The 1967 Fiat Dino Spider sits on top of the world waiting for the next curve. Opposite Page: Drivers enjoy socializing and cocktails in the parking lot of a fabulous hotel each night.


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No this is not a car collector’s wish list but a mere sampling of just one short of a hundred vintage cars that gathered in the Phoenix Diablo Stadium last April to begin the four-day annual Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000 rally. Twenty-six years had passed since the Phoenix Art Museum’s Men’s Art Council (MAC) sent the first small grouping of cars off in 1990 to tour Arizona creating one of the museum’s biggest fundraisers and country’s finest car rallies, the perfect merger. There is nothing more fun than seeing this collection of rare automobiles in one place other than of course being lucky enough to be driving one of them. For me and my co-driver, Bill Scheffler, co-founder of the Fairfield County Concours, this Copperstate we would be testing once again the finesse of his 1961 Mercedes 300 SL, once the fastest car of its day.

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The Mercedes found its overnight resting spot on the Diablo field, while we joined the other rally participants at the opening cocktail party at the Phoenix Art Museum where we were able to view the exhibits that the rally donations have helped procure. All proceeds of the Copperstate go directly to the Museum. “Copperstate typically puts more into the operating budget of the Museum than the State Legislature, last year about $150,000,” explains Copperstate MAC co-chair Dan Cronin. “I think that is amazing for a Museum in the nation’s fifth largest

AS YOU WALK OUT ONTO THE FIELD THE FIRST MORNING, YOU CAN FEEL THE EXCITEMENT THEY HAVE WORKED HARD TO CREATE BEGIN TO TAKE HOLD.

city. My mother is an art teacher at a local high school, so I understand the importance of supporting the local arts.” Cronin says because of

We exit the stadium with the pomp and circumstance deserving

the success of the 25th rally, MAC was able to help bring Michelangelo

of these cars from the past, with fancy girls waving us through with

to Arizona for the first time, underwriting the Michelangelo: Sacred and

checkered race flags while a loudspeaker shouts out the car’s make

Profane exhibition. “At the end of the day, this is what makes MAC

and owner to the listening crowd. Then the true fun begins…the

unique and makes me proud of our committee.”

passenger instantly becomes the navigator directing the driver to the unknown roads that lie ahead, prompted by the route book.

START YOUR ENGINES

Mine become keepsakes that I can refer to reminding me of the

Dan Cronin and his co-chair Oliver Davis are not always this serious,

incredible landscape that this team has unfolded before us.

though they may take their volunteer job seriously. They are two of the funniest, engaging, good-spirited fellows as were the two

ON THE ROAD

chairmen before them and the two before them, etc. The tone of

Scheffler has taken the wheel at the start though he will kindly

the Copperstate is set by this tight knit group of MAC committee

swap with me after lunch; our daily routine. The first day finds the

volunteers. As you walk out onto the field the first morning, you can

most cars traveling together as we exit the stadium, providing

feel the excitement they have worked hard to create begin to take

a spectacular unexpected sight for those random townspeople

hold. Besides the 198 entrants flowing into the stadium, countless

pulling up to a light realizing they are surrounded by pre-1974

onlookers add to the buzz given free access to these vintage wonders

Jaguars, Lancias, Ferraris, Lincolns, Allards, Porsches and the like.

since 7am, admiring, taking photographs, asking questions. Then the

The en masse also provides a different driving precedent as you

visitors take to the stands as the sound of the engines echo through

play follow the leader, not wanting to be left behind, stepping on

the stadium, a symphony of nearly 100 cars warming up. Seeing these

a little more gas to close that gap. That is why these cars are here

cars drive off is a special occurrence since most cars of this provenance

after all, isn’t it; to be put through their paces and see what they,

sit protected in museums, behind closed garages, or displayed in a

and the driver, can do. Unfortunately, as much as I love to drive, I

hands-off Concours d’Elegance.

am not the best passenger, pressing both feet into the floorboards


Left to Right: The 1957 Ford Thunderbird, on view opening morning at Diablo Stadium, reveals the owners’ wedding guest book on its hood! With a wave of the racing flags, the cars are sent on their way. Chris Andrews, one of the many drivers who dares brave the unforeseen weather without a top to keep him safe from the elements.

to try and break the turns, moving my weight in the seat in an effort to assist the car around the curves, hoping my squeals will not be heard by my driver who is having such a great time guiding his baby along the wet roads. Tod Willson, the self-ordained leader of the “We doan need no steenkin’ top!” contingent, of which there are a brave few, reminds me of our opening weather. “The wet run up to Flagstaff on the first day was great fun. The gods smiled on us and we missed the hail…,” he laughs. “Since the ‘clap hands’ wipers on my Green Beast (1953 Jaguar XK120M) are useless at the best of times, we left them off, so our best views of all north of Sedona came from peering around or over the windshield.” My afternoon memory is that of guiding the Mercedes down incredible switch back curves winding down a 5,000 foot mountain into the 19th century mining town of Jerome. Scheffler, though navigating, never takes his eyes off the road thinking I might be as I call out, “Wow, look at that old house on the hill!” and other various sights I think are as important as my driving. I’m not sure whether I heard a muffled squeal or two? When we finally reach our first night’s destination of Flagstaff along historic Route 66, we have jointly driven 370 miles on our first day. 

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OUR KNIGHTS ON SHINING MOTORCYCLES That deserves a toast. As we pull into the designated parking lot at the hotel, a crowd stands centered around a pick-up truck providing just that…a selection of libations offered up by two previous MAC chairmen, now comfortable in their role as bartenders who provide this service at the “Welcome Wagon” on a nightly basis. Those who were not too comfortable were all those bellying up to the outside bar because the temperature in Flagstaff was a cool, wet 30+ degrees. The ones who looked the worse for wear, aside from those in topless

Left to Right: This jail is just one of the many fun stops along the route. Rolls Royce Phantom 11 Sports Limousine is one of a kind. Drivers and co-pilots stop at this scenic overview for refreshments before continuing the race.

cars, were eight drenched and chattering troopers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) who had braved the weather atop their large, imposing BMW motorcycles. Known as the Arizona Highway Patrol Motors, these highly trained men are carefully selected each year by their superiors to accompany us on our four-day ride, a big honor and one they work hard throughout the year to achieve. Still I dare anyone on their first Copperstate not to have those butterflies shake up your stomach the first time you catch one sneak up behind you in the rear view mirror, their intimidating helmets and uniforms posed on their hulking white machines looking straight out of central casting. But when they lift their aviators for the first time, their eyes reveal their spirit and camaraderie and their eagerness to assist you.

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The pack is led by the Arizona DPS motorcycle troopers who are amazing. Great friendships are formed.


“Arizona has thrilled drivers with amazing views and memorable

Mercedes where my rally partner was waiting to try his luck, or should

drives reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top motoring desti-

I say skill. Engines revving, we joined the pack as the first car entered

nations,” explains lead trooper, Sergeant Benitez in his introduction,

the track and the “race” began, except there was to be no passing.

adding later, “Most of all we will make sure you arrive at your destina-

Fine with me it turns out when it was my turn to take the wheel on

tion safely.” These gentlemen are truly one of the largest highlights

my first time on a track because of course this was not as easy as it

of this rally, driving along side us throughout, joining us for meals. In

looked, the manual steering fighting me for control of the wheel with

fact, we were so saddened when the group’s previous commandeer-

each curve I tried to hug as the speed increased. The challenge only

ing leader, Shane McFarland, retired only to be delighted when we

made it that much more enticing, luring many back on the track again

discovered him the following year joining us as a participant, although

such as Willson who couldn’t get enough or Bradley Price in his 1959

I thought he looked just a little lost without his motorcycle.

Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. Price is often found racing his antique cars when he’s not designing unique products that express the spirit

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

of motoring for his company Autodromo, from stylish watches to

Officer McFarland was not the only DPS to swap out his two wheels

sunglasses. His stringback driving gloves could be found on many

for four. On our last day, the rally roads came to a halt in Chandler,

a white-knuckled hand clutching the wheel, one of several items he

Arizona, where we were given helmets to try our skill at the Bondu-

has generously donated over the last few years to the swag bags we

rant School of High Performance Driving. I can honestly say I never

receive at the start of the rally.

thought I’d be running into men with a badge on purpose, but there

The track began to empty out as drivers headed to Scottsdale for

I was crouched down in my go-kart racing head to head with the men

their final evening of the event filled with friendship and memories

in blue. At least the helmets kept the identity a secret of whom you

of the last four days, bewildered how it could have already come to

were actually ramming into as you tried to keep away from crashing

an end. But the great thing about the Copperstate is there will be

into the walls.

a new 1000 miles to discover next year. The team is already on the

Then we wandered over to where we’d been hearing screeching

prowl crazily trying to top their efforts of this year’s route. As Cronin

tires screaming over our go-kart antics. At the adjoining track our

longingly says, “Maybe someday I’ll get the chance to drive on it,”

vintage classic cars were lined up to enter the training course, fol-

but continues with his devil grin, “but for now I’m happy to put on

lowing a professional driver around the winding curves painted with

the best road trip known to man.” ¨

teaching arrows and lines, each lap going just a little faster than the previous. Trooper Mike Beaudoin found himself with the keys in his hand to a 1966 Porsche 912 as sponsors Abe Barnett and Brad Phillips from Hagerty Insurance moved aside to watch the officer take the wheel of their rally car. Then when Beaudoin stepped out with a huge grin stretching across his face upon completion, I stepped into our

About the Author: Kim Cooper, an award winning writer and photographer, was co-founder of The Fairfield County (CT) Minuteman Newspapers. She looks forward to joining the Copperstate crew again this year when they hit the road April 1-5. To find out more about the rally, check out www.copperstate1000.com

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Benetti FB803, M/Y Blake The Third in the Series Now Under Construction at the Viareggio Shipyard Continuing its successful run, the FB800 Custom series is built with

The interior layout of Paroject Blake features exceptional

a fiberglass hull and an aluminium superstructure, using what has

livability, drawing on a special contribution from Bannenberg

proved to be winning technology developed by Benetti, allowing a

& Rowell Design, who worked on colour tones and volumes to

much larger use of space in the living area compared to any other

increase the space on the boat still further and make it even

yacht of the same size. The latest unit, the Benetti FB803 M/Y Blake,

more luminous.

is now under construction on spec at the Viareggio shipyard, where

The Guest Area on the lower deck covers a surface area of 310

work recently got underway on fitting out the interiors. The launch is

square metres and has four guest cabins (the two VIP suites have

scheduled for early 2018.

dedicated walk-in wardrobes). The private saloon on the upper

After the sale in 2016 of the FB802 Project M/Y Zazou, which also

deck can also be turned into a fifth VIP cabin. The convivial area

began construction on spec, Benetti continues to pursue its fortunate

on the sun deck has an extraordinary extension, unique in its kind:

commercial strategy of building boats over 50 meters in length on

23 metres of length with a surface of 135 square metres.

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The owner’s apartment is on the main deck in the bow and occupies the entire beam of the yacht, with a surface area of 60 sq m


(including bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, bathroom and study), plus a six-square-meter private balcony. The FB803 is styled as a true “modern classic”, with timeless settings defined by the careful selection of elegant materials.

speed of 12 knots, the yacht will have a range of 4,000 nautical miles. The yacht is built to very high quality standards and can be registered with MCA LY3 certification because it comfortably satisfies all the requirements for chartering. ¨

Brushed fir wood, dark walnut and white oak are the perfect match for Silver Travertino, Eramosa stone and polished Arabescato Vaglia.

With the highest growth rate among the world’s builders of super

The finishings include light and dark hammered bronze, light silver,

and mega yachts, Benetti, founded in 1873, the oldest Italian

etched glass mirrors and mother of pearl mosaic.

builder of motor-yachts, is the icon of timeless Italian styling

The stern garage with side access through the hull can house a

combined with excellence in construction.Each yacht is unique,

6.3 meter tender, while in the bow there are two jetskis and a rescue

built around her owner’s needs and desires.Benetti designs, builds

boat compartment. The stern swim platform is a dedicated beach club

and markets two product lines: the Class Range with composite

with a stern door that opens to form a spacious terrace at water level.

construction from 93’ to145’, and Custom with steel and aluminum

M/Y Blake delivers the performance of a “comfortable” hull with

construction over 45 meters in length. Benetti has three sites:

an extremely low level of vibration and noise. The two CAT C32 Acert

Viareggio (77.707 m2), Livorno (219.440 m2) and Fano (48.837 m2).

engines each deliver 1,193 kW, providing adequate performance for

Headquarters for Benetti is in their historic building in Viareggio,

a yacht with a gross tonnage of just 498 tonnes. Cruising speed of

Via Coppino 104, with offices in Leghorn, Fort Lauderdale, Dubai

14 knots is maintained by the engines at 85% of full load and the

and Hong Kong. Benetti is part of the Aziumt/Benetti Group, the

yacht has a top speed of 15.5 knots. At the cost-effective cruising

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WELLBEING

MNDFL Meditation

MNDFL Meditation Photo by Stephen Wilson

Zen in the City

From Saturday night sound baths to candle-lit spinning classes, and chic meditation pods, there’s a host of urban sanctuaries

A Journey Through New York’s Sanctuaries and Spa Havens

cropping up all over New York. ‘Book your cushion’ is the vibe at MNDFL

Written by Judy Chapman

Meditation (www.mndflmeditation.com), a boutique meditation brand founded by author and Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler and writer and personal development coach Ellie Burrows. Inside MNDFL, the world feels light, airy and soothing with natural timber floors and white and light grey interiors. There’s a communal space for guests to chill and connect over complimentary Rishi teas. It all feels so very zen! ‘Our goal is to bring meditation to everyone in New York’ says Rinzler adding that there are 35 teachers offering as many different styles of meditation traditions. And it’s not about sitting cross-legged for hours on end either. The classes are presented in bite-size 30, 45 and 60-minute slots and include Breathe, Intention Sleep and Heart – with some geared to teenagers and families. Who wouldn’t be tempted to join a Sound Bath on a Saturday night where the sounds Inscape

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of crystal and Himalayan singing bowls bathe you in serenity? With the MNDFL flagship in


Greenwich Village as well as Upper East Side

wellbeing ventures also includes The Mens

with Williamsburg opening soon, guests are

Circles aimed at bringing men together in a

also welcome to drop by anytime and do a

safe and supportive environment where they

self-guided practice.

can let their guard down. Meditation is now considered the new

Another new sacred wonderland is Inscape

frontier of wellness and it’s easy to see

(www.inscape.life), situated in Manhattan’s

why. Who doesn’t want to feel more calm,

Flatiron ‘fitness district’. Founded by Khajak

grounded, clear and present?

Keledjian, former CEO of the luxe Intermix

Researchers at UCLA recently discovered

fashion label, the expansive 5,000-square

that 20 minutes of daily meditation over

foot space features chic relaxation areas and

eight weeks resulted in increased telomeres

a ‘wow’ mediation dome as the centerpiece.

(lifespan cells). Another study at UCLA

What’s unique is there are no meditation

showed that meditation improves sleep on

teachers on-site but instead you are guided

par with sleeping pills but without the side

through the various classes via soothing audio

effects. Meanwhile, new research at Harvard

tapes. Sessions range from Deep Rest, Deep

University indicates that regular meditation

Breath, Deep Sound, Visualization to Mantra –

creates changes in our brain by affecting

all designed to nourish your inner world.

regions related to stress, intelligence and

Woom Center

wellbeing. Do we need any more convincing that meditation can help us regenerate? If the upbeat vibe is more your thing, then drop by Higher Dose (www.higherdose.com), an Infrared Sauna wellness spa located on the lower floor of The Alchemist’s Kitchen with a new express pop-up space at ABC Carpet & Home.

Woom Center

If you didn’t already know this, Infrared Saunas are one of the hottest health

Sacred Space

‘Stop the tweet, reconnect’ is the mantra at

modalities at the moment and a 40-minute

spa,’ says co-founder Katie Kaps, a former

session is believed to mimic a good work-

investment banker and marathon runner.

out – emerge skin glowing and feeling

‘We don’t hold back when it comes to offer-

completely regenerated!

ing experiences to heighten the senses. We

‘We are not your typical Mothers Day

play burning man mixed house tapes and

Sacred Space (www.sacredspaceny.com),

then mix it up again with healing chakra

a beautiful all-white healing pod located

light therapy and kava drinks. This is what

within Yelo Spa (www.yelospa.com) on East

you’ll find when you hang with us.’

57th and where New Yorkers escape to find A breath of fresh air is the Woom Center

inner calm. Says Shelley A. Lewis, founder, social

(www.woomcenter.com), a yoga studio

entrepreneur and author: ‘We are so caught

situated in downtown Soho. This is the place

up with our digital devices we are losing our

you go if you prefer a more down-to-earth

ability to be fully present with ourselves and

energy than a designer studio for your yoga

with each other.’

practice – there’s an organic café and elixir bar on-site and quality yoga books are scat-

On the menu at Sacred Space are zen-

tered around the relaxation areas.

guided meditations, slow yoga and meditation soundscape centered around healing, cleansing and sleep. Shelley’s latest

Classes verge on the eclectic (blindHigher Dose

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creatively designed to enhance our senses, vibration and consciousness. Just some of the elements may include singing bowls, dance, silence and chanting. Instructors spray you with Lavender mists and you are offered complimentary elixir shots after your class. But the standout is their sound system that was co-designed by a musicologist - the sounds of OM vibrate through you long after you have departed. Another space to ‘om away from home’ is the Meditation and Sensory Lounge at Naturo-

Aire Ancient Baths

pathica Chelsea (www.naturopathica.com), a beautiful herbal skincare apothecary, vitality bar and meditation refuge all in one. Journey

products, some infused with gem therapy,

through shelves lined with enticing tinctures

back in the early 1990’s. Ahead of their time,

and remedies as you sip on Turmeric tonics.

this is the facial you book for weddings,

A must-try here is their Arnica Deep

parties and events.

Tissue Massage and twice a week they hold Mindfulness Meditation sessions in their

Candle-lit spaces are also a thing at SoulCyle

sensory lounge that is a candle-lit space

(www.soul-cycle.com) in Tribeca, a spinning-

propped with cushions. Whether you select

centric studio with a spiritual twist. Inspiring

a healing spa treatment or meditation time

class descriptions include ‘Soul Warrior’ and

(or both), you’ll feel renewed in no time!

Aire Ancient Baths

For a more spiritual ambience then Aire

‘Soul Survivor’ and consist of hardcore bike, cardio, dance, sweat and soul, but in a more inspirational space. Instructors encourage

Ancient Baths (www.ancientbathsny.com)

traciemartyn.com), a former yoga teacher

participants to ‘set their intentions’ and

located in Tribeca is our pick for the most

and make-up artist, has been delivering

music ranges from hip hop to rock – you’ll

soulful spa in the city.

her famous Resculpting and Red Carpet

feel recharged in no time.

Inside Aire the space feels hushed and

Facials to folk like Kate Winslet for years.

zen. Descend to the lower floor into a world

Situated on the 11th floor of a historical

In a world filled with digital noise not to

of swirling steam and sauna and soak in

building on fifth avenue, her spa is all plush,

mention that mental wellness is one of the

thermal baths of varying temperatures -

white washed timber and amethyst. The

biggest health issues right now, then it takes

the space all lit by scented candles. Immerse

boutique menu offers results facials and

self-discipline to switch off our devices (and

in a world of the sublime and exhale any

the signature Ruby Ray LED treatment that

mind) and be more present. But with all

stressors of a busy brain away. The dim-lit

regenerates at a cellular level. Tracie and her

these chic spa, sleep and meditation pods

interiors create a comfortable atmosphere

business partner, nutritionist Marius Morariu,

opening all over the city – now there’s no

for communal bathing. The treatment menu

developed the organic range of just eight

more excuses not to find your inner zen. ¨

consists of Aromatherapy Massages and unique therapies such as ‘Yoga & Bath’ with the highlight, the ‘Flamenco Acoustic Concert Experience’ offered twice a week – where you drift, dream and float to the sounds of live classical guitar and flute. Want to know the facial that Emma Stone, Madonna Amber Heard booked before the Met Gala last year? Tracie Martyn (www. 62

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About the author: Judy Chapman is the former Editor-in-Chief of Spa Asia magazine and author of four books on spas and wellbeing. Over the past twenty years, Judy has travelled the world consulting and creating award winning spas and retreats and indigenous beauty products and treatment experiences for luxury hotels and brands. She has personally created over 200 natural skin, hair and body care products, tea and candle collections. With a relentless pursuit of unique and original experiences, her curiosity has led her to Himalayas spending time with Tibetan and Ayurvedic doctors to onsen bathing in Japan and Ayurveda retreats in Kerala. Just some of the destinations Judy has consulted on spa and retreat projects include Australia, Bali, Germany, India, Maldives, Middle East, Myanmar, Singapore and New York.


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Art

EDOUARD DUVAL CARRIÉ & “La Petite Haiti” An Intimate Conversation with the Pioneers and New-comers of Little Haiti By Susana Baker • Photography by Armando Colls

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Miami once again fosters in its growing repu-

retail luxury brand destination, occupied by

you are still in Miami, Florida, Bienvenue to

tation for the arts and culture, as the art world

top designers: the Institute of Contemporary

Little Haiti!

discovers Little Haiti as the new art indie

Art Museum, galleries and the world-famous

One of the oldest and most respected res-

heaven. Bordering Little Haiti on the south is

de la Cruz Collection. Traveling a few blocks

idents of Little Haiti is Edouard Duval-Carrié,

the famous Wynwood Arts District, which has

north you will find the neighborhood of Little

a world-renowned contemporary Haitian

gained international attention as this once

Haiti. As chickens stroll through the grass,

artist. Born in 1954 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Puerto Rican residential and commercial

with the morning roosters crowing, aromas

Carrié received his education at the École

manufacturing district turned from a ghost

of traditional Haitian cuisine fill the air as

Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, in

town to a cultural destination of galleries, art

the local eateries prepare griot, one of the

Paris. Here is where he also met his lovely

studios and murals. North of Wynwood Arts

many delicacies to be found in Little Haiti.

wife Nina and begins a family. Duval-Carrié

District is the Design District, a 1.4 billion

Corner carts filled with Caribbean fruits and

began to hear rumors of a place in Miami,

dollar investment from developers Craig

vegetables sell in open air markets offering

Florida named Little Haiti, or as the Haitians

Robbins and LV Holdings. Transforming this

sugarcane, avocados and mangos. No, you

call it, “La Petite Haiti”.

one-time dilapidated district into a global

didn’t time travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti,

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He found this amusing and his curiosity


beautiful colorations using myths and illus-

whom was compelled to open the space

trations to reveal a story. His work’s emphasis

learning of the many displaced artists from

is not just about Haiti, but the Caribbean story

the closing of the South Florida Arts Center

as a whole. Today, Edouard is one of the most

on Miami Beach.

relevant global contemporary artist that has

It was then I realized how important it

emerged from the Caribbean, and his works

was to tell the story on the new resurgence

can be found in many private collections

of Little Haiti. For three years, I have been

worldwide as well as in permanent important

hearing about Little Haiti becoming the

institutions and museum collections. Among

next Wynwood, when rumors of some of the

them: Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport,

top named galleries of Wynwood moved to

Iowa,USA; Perez Art Museum Miami, USA;

Little Haiti due to the high rents. The same

Musée des Art Africains et Oceaniens, Paris,

galleries that contributed to the success of

France; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de

Wynwood, like Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Diet

Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico,

Gallery and Pan American Arts, now made

among others.

Little Haiti their home. I got really excited

My original story was going to solely be

when I ran into my good friend artist Luis

on Edouard Duval-Carrié, recently receiving

Valle, who is a fine artist and an iconic mural-

the great honor by the French Government,

ist in Wynwood, had just finished painting a

the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des

monumentally sized mural in Little Haiti at

Arts et des Lettres), established in 1957

the artist complex Laundromat. Luis, with an

to recognize eminent artists and writers.

enthusiastic smile, said to me, “Hey, I just

However, the story took a turn on my visit

picked up my keys to my new art studio, you

to interview Duval-Carrié, as I parked

have to visit me”. I replied, “Where is your

my car and strolled down NE 59 street,

new studio?” Luis replied “Little Haiti.” That

encountering amazing new art studios and

was it! I knew this was going to be for sure

newly renovated mid-career gallery of the

the next art destination for myself, locals and

Opposite Page: A picture of Edouard Duval Carrié and a glimce at his studio/gallery in Little Haiti.

very talented renowned abstract artist, J.

visiting art lovers and cultural advocates!

This Page Top: Voodoo God, artist Edouard Duval Carrié.

th

Bottom: Tree of knowledge seduces Peacock, mural in Little Haiti, artist Luis Valle and his companion gallery.

Steven Manolis. Down the corner a new

This story is told through the eyes and

art complex opens, called Laundromat

voice of the stakeholders and cultural pio-

with 9 studio artists, finding out through its

neers in Little Haiti and concludes with the

Director, David McCauley, a resident artist

newcomers in Little Haiti, with a Q & A on

and desire to return to the States gave him reason to end his 8-year residence in Paris. When he and his family arrived at Little Haiti, what Edouard found was a cultural oasis of music, arts, bohemian life, and the new home for his studio and gallery. In 1994, he purchased a building to transform it to his art studio and gallery, which to this date, one can visit and marvel at his amazing iconic works. Duval-Carrié uses mix media and is known for large-scale paintings, resin, religious and voodoo gods, and imagined landscapes. He breaks through with storytelling of Haitian independence, its turbulent history, and CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE

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Q&A WITH THE PIONEERS SB: What future do you see for Little Haiti? Carrié Duval: The gentrification of Little Haiti is exciting to see, as new galleries and art studios open their doors. Little Haiti has deep cultural roots and as a community we seek for developers to respect the community, but I also know we have the government, which really listens to its people. Out of the all the places I have lived, Miami and its government officials are the most accessible to their constituents. I believe that we need a united front to insure that the community is respected, and that the same reasons the developers came to Little Haiti, should be preserved in its new projects. We hope new jobs are created and local arts are involved in the many projects slated for Little Haiti

Laundromat, 9 studio art complex in Little Haiti

the compelling questions of this rebirth of Little Haiti, what does the future hold for its community, will it suffer the same fate of Wynwood, displaced artist scrambling to find affordable space, the same artists that contribute to the buzz of the community and as it grows, they find themselves outpriced and helpless. Artist Luis Valle, developer Mallory Kauderer, owner of over 400,000 square feet in Little Haiti and Kobi Karp, renowned architect and with his client is developing a major mix use project slated for 28 floors, a hotel

Little Haiti Pioneer, Carl Juste, artist in resident Cultural Haitian Arts Alliance, Pulitzer Prize Photojournalist for Miami Herald, 27 years

and greenspace of over 400,000 square feet in Little Haiti south, and David Mc Cauley, Director of Laundromat and Art on the Rise, a new artist complex in Little Haiti. ¨ In writing this story, it was inspiring hearing the voices of the pioneers and new-comers, as they begin to align their vision and narrative of the new things to come to Little Haiti. The community of Little Haiti is pure, rich, raw, vibrant. The Haitian people are resilient, united and determined, and I know for sure that Little Haiti will never be taken from them, they are the inspiration, the American experience of rebirth and 2nd chances. Little Haiti is here to stay, grow and prosper. Welcome to Little Haiti!” Beginning in March of 2017, the Art Experience will be doing Little Haiti Art and Cultural tours, please visit www.theartexperiences.com or call 305-767-5000 for information on what to see in Little Haiti. 66

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SB: There has been an identity crisis for some residents and developers in Little Haiti, they state that its true name is Lemon City, established in the 19th century as a citrus farmland. They are strong opinionated and believe the only name that it should referred to is Lemon City. What would your sentiments on Little Haiti vs. Lemon City? Carl Juste: “No one comes here looking for Lemons, or a beach, or glamorous women!” They come to find a unique authentic cultural neighborhood that was built on the backs of artists, activist and those who believed in a 2nd chance!” Lemon City was the past, Little Haiti is the present, it was my father, Viter Juste that renamed this district to Little Haiti, in the 1980’s as a businessman and activist, he felt of the Cubans had Little Havana why couldn’t the Haitians have Little Haiti. He wrote a story for the Miami Herald named the Petite Port au Prince of Miami, the Herald felt the title was too long and renamed it Little Haiti.” SB: How did you meet and become involved with the resurgence of Little Haiti? Chauncy-Gonzalez: I moved to Miami in 1970, and have always been in the arts as admirer and collector. I was the first Haitian woman major art collector in Miami, I saw Edouard amazing works of art and began to collect Edouard Duval Carrié paintings. Edouard has a great passion for the arts and the community of Little Haiti and in 1994 we founded the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance (HCAA). I sit on many cultural boards, including Trustee for the Perez Art Miami Museum and with grant writing and proposals we received grant money from the French government to fund French language programs at the Little Haiti Cultural Center for the children,


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Pioneer Mireille Chauncy Gonzalez, co-founder & Chairperson, Cultural Haitian Arts Alliance, Board of Trustee to Perez Art Miami Museum.

the schools in Little Haiti have many cut backs and cannot afford a French language program in the schools, so the HCAA wanted to ensure the children didn’t lose their roots and heritage, with the grant money we were able to fund this program, as well as our Art Basel initiative: Global Caribbean Arts Program and our new Borderless Caribbean exhibition at the Little Haiti Cultural Center Gallery, we are in our fifth year collaborating with the City of Miami, the French Government and Art Basel to bring awareness to Caribbean Arts and Artist and Little Haiti neighborhood.

Q&A WITH THE NEW-COMERS SB: Will Little Haiti face the same fate as Wynwood with its displaced artists and galleries, due to the raise in rents and property? Valle: “As an artist and local, I have lived and seen what happened in Wynwood, for it happened to me, as a curator and Gallery Director of Brisky Gallery for 4 years, the landlord double the rents and the gallery closed. I found myself displaced and unable to afford Wynwood. After searching for a while, I was able to find a great location and price to open my new art studio in Little Haiti! Atelier Esperanza (named after my sister who passed away in a car accident.) As long as the sharks of Wynwood stay out of Little Haiti and new developers respect the vibrancy, rich culture, and don’t abuse the local artists by inviting them to paint great murals and create the buzz for art receptions to lure the cultural public, then turn around raise prices to make a quick buck! I truly believe Little Haiti will not be a Wynwood, we learned our lessons, now the community and world is watching! SB: What brought you to invest in Little Haiti? Kauderer: “Many major real estate developers that were investing in the late 1990’s in South Beach, starting to seek new opportunities as South Beach property values inflated, which caused the catalyst for investing outside of the beach and head west into Miami. Like Goldman to Wynwood, Robbins to Design District, I was too Little River and Little Haiti. As a developer I like to keep a low profile, I am not in it for the fame, I am a developer who wants to keep the integrity of the rich culture of the neighborhood and as a company we take a vested interest in keeping the business owners afloat, by lending moneys and creating associations which I am President of Little Haiti Stakeholders Association. The members are comprised of local business owners, which seeks to maintain an open dialogue with the community and ensure that the vitality of the neighborhood fosters in alignment with the new developments.”

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SB: What has been the reaction from patrons of the arts towards Laundromat art complex being in Little Haiti, do you find hesitation on their behalf to visit due to it being in Little Haiti? McCauley: On the contrary, patron, collectors will travel to see great mid-career artists and emerging artist. They come in support of their local artists, or as visitors to find something new. We have been welcomed by the Haitian community and the art community as a great addition to its neighborhood. Our exhibits and receptions have had been very successful, attracting many new comers and old art collectors to find new inspiring art, while meeting and watching the studios artist at work. SB: Kobi your name is renowned as the pioneer in numerous development projects in South Beach in the early 90’s, Wynwood in the early 2000’s, Edgewater, Little Havana with a roster of local and international developers that create new cities, in areas that once where lost known as “the lost metropolis”, it wasn’t surprising to hear that you are the architect in a major Little Haiti South project. The project brings a new tower with over 2,500 rental unit to rise up to 28 floors in the sky, 400+ hotel rooms, with 400,000 square feet of green space. All bordering Little Haiti South, what do you say to those that remark “here we go another Wynwood, another monster project, displacing its community? Karp: I say that as an architect, developer and resident of Miami, I know the stories, the struggle and the challenges. But with new development come change and growth. With the promise of new jobs, arts in public places. My developer vision, along with my firm to to hire from the community, use local artists. We intend to hire from the community of Little Haiti, to purchase and commission local Caribbean artists for our public spaces. My client has been in Little Haiti for the past 15 years, and this new project will bring money, jobs and a new destination to visit both for locals the visitors.

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BLACKBOARD BIRTHPLACE Broadway Hits That Were Born On Campus. By William Squier

The 2017 Tour of Pippin. Photo Contributed

American college campuses have given birth to many things. So, it’s no surprise that they’ve produced their share of famous musical theater collaborations. As far back as 1920, Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart first partnered with freshman Richard Rodgers to write songs for a variety show at Columbia University. Rodgers and Hart would spend the next two decades turning out one hit show after another. And Rodgers and Hammerstein would, of course, revolutionize the American musical theater, beginning with Oklahoma. More recently, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul met at the University of Michigan in, of all places, ballet class! At school they wrote and performed a song cycle that served as a calling card that landed them big-time gigs like adapting Jean Shepard’s A Christmas Story

Madison Claire Parks in The Fantasticks. Photo Contributed

for the stage. This past December, Paskek and Paul saw their second Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, and the release of their first movie musical, La La Land, each open to critical acclaim. In several instances, however, academia has not only given us promising writers, but also launched their biggest hits.

an excerpt in a class from a little known play by Edmond Rostand, who is best remembered for writing Cyrano de Bergerac. As he worked on the scene, it seemed to Jones that the play could be adapted into a kind of southwestern West Side Story, complete with feuding Anglo

THE FANTASTICKS

Jones’ first attempt at writing the musical was given the somewhat

running musical in the world. The original New York production ran

off-putting title Joy Comes to Deadhorse and featured a score by

off-Broadway for a total of 42 years and racked up well over 17,000

another composer. Their show premiered at the University of New

performances! The original production closed in 2002, but the show

Mexico in 1956. Unhappy with the results, Jones took another stab at

was revived a mere four years later in another off-Broadway house

it with Harvey Schmidt, with whom he’d collaborated on a successful

where it continues to be performed today. In addition, there have

revue whimsically titled Hipsy-Boo! back at U.T. The pair toiled away

been productions of The Fantasticks in all 50 states and close to 70

for the next three years at turning Deadhorse into a Rodger and Ham-

countries around the world. And musical theater historians credit the

merstein-style musical drama. But, then they were presented with an

show with leading the way from the traditional “book” musicals of

opportunity that caused them to completely rethink their approach.

the nineteen forties and fifties to the more experimental “concept” musicals of the sixties and seventies.

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and Hispanic ranchers and a heroine named Maria.

Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s The Fantasticks is the longest

In 1959 Schmidt and Jones met with by another U.T. alumnus, director Word Baker, who was interested in mounting a summer

Development of The Fantastics is a tale of three colleges. The idea

stock production of their musical at Barnard College. The only catch

for the show first occurred to Tom Jones when he was in graduate

was that he wanted to perform it as a part of an evening of original

school at the University of Texas. An aspiring director, Jones mounted

one-acts. So, in month’s time they stripped their show of everything

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When the musical’s producers decided to extend its stay in New York, they drafted Schwartz to provide them with a new pop/rock score. But, he’d only have two months to do so. Schwartz rose to the challenge, delivering one hit after another, including the chart-topper, “Day by Day.” Godspell opened Off-Broadway in 1971 to positive reviews and went on to international fame. And Stephen Schwartz cemented his reputation as a commercially viable young writer whose work could be considered for Broadway. Fortunately, Schwartz had spent the years since graduating from CMU revising Pippin. Along with the show’s new book writer, Roger O. Hirson, they’d transformed it into a musical about a young man’s search for his “Corner of the Sky.” The timely theme, coupled with a famously contentious but ultimately rewarding collaboration with director Bob Fosse, led the show to commercial success, five Tony Awards and a celebrated Broadway revival in 2013 that added another four Tony’s to Pippin’s win column. IN THE HEIGHTS Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robin de Jesus in In the Heights. Photo by Joan Marcus

A decade after Pippin was on Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda was coming of age in Upper Westside of Manhattan is the neighborhood that would inspire his first Broadway smash. However, it wasn’t until 1999, when he was a sophomore at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University,

but a few of the songs and created an “open stage” version that

that Miranda began the show that became In the Heights. But, the

relied heavily on the audience’s imagination. New York producer

idea had been planted two years earlier, on his 17th birthday, when he

Lore Noto caught the Barnard production and it became the tem-

saw the Broadway production of Rent. And Miranda realized that the

plate for the musical that he opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse

stories and sounds of his youth could serve as the basis for a musical.

less than a year later.

Like Stephen Schwartz, Miranda turned to pop music for his score – in his case rap, hip-hop and salsa numbers. The show was performed

GODSPELL & PIPPIN

on the campus in 2000 and then Miranda set it aside to tackle other

The musical Pippin’s route to Broadway actually involved two shows

projects. But, director Thomas Kail, who’d graduated from Wesleyan

that sprang from the same college: Carnegie Mellon University.

around the time that In the Heights was staged, approached Miranda

Composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz began writing the show, then

two years later to see if he’d be interested in developing it into a full-

titled Pippin, Pippin for reasons that no one can remember, for

length musical. Two years after that, they drafted playwright Quiara

production by the Scotch ‘n’ Soda Club, an extracurricular drama

Alegría Hudes to take over writing the book.

group that he’d joined as a freshman. A medieval tale set at the time

In the Heights returned to Connecticut for a developmental run at

of Charlemagne, the campus version of the show bore little if any

the National Music Theatre Conference in 2005. That led to workshop

resemblance to the one that eventually opened in New York. But,

stagings and an Off-Broadway production in 2007 – all of which starred

an original cast album was recorded of the score that fell into the

Miranda in the leading role of “Usnavi,” in part because he was the

hands of aspiring Broadway producers.

only one who could master the character’s tongue-twisting freestyle

Meanwhile, CMU directing student, John-Michael Tebelak, was in the process of creating a show of his own as a thesis project. The

rap! The success of the Off-Broadway run propelled the musical to Broadway where it won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Godspell, as it was then known, was the same familiar amalgam of

Then, in 2014, right around the time that Miranda was readying his

parables from the Bible and clowning, but with one major difference.

next musical for production -- the theatrical phenomenon Hamilton –

The songs that were used were all drawn from scriptural passages or

In the Heights came full circle when it was mounted with students at

Episcopal hymns. But, the Pittsburgh production proved to be so well

Wesleyan. And, in 2016, Miranda and Kail endowed their alma mater

received that Tebelak moved it to Manhattan for a short stint in the

with a scholarship intended to help other young writers to get their

East Village. That’s where Stephen Schwartz came in.

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FILM + ENTERTAINMENT

Fox on Film by PETER FOX: about.me/foxonfilm

Leslie Mann as Harmony Schiltz and Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke

The Comedian Starring Robert De Niro with Leslie Mann, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Danny DeVito, Patti Lupone, Charles Grodin and Cloris Leachman. Directed by Taylor Hackford 120 minutes, a Sony Pictures Classics release. Rated R.

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henever the promotion of a new Robert De Niro comedy takes flight, those of us who love his work instinctively hope for the triumphant return of the comedic genius he brought to his performance in 1982’s The King of Comedy. In the film, De Niro’s mastery of the shadow archetype merges seamlessly with the sociopathic character

of Rupert Pupkin; his physical prowess collides authoritatively with his command over the realm of the unpredictable. It led one to wonder if Rupert Pupkin was indeed the answer to the question: “What if Travis Bickle had become a stand-up comedian, instead of a taxi-driver?” Ultimately, De Niro, the man, and Pupkin, the character were one. It worked. We could

imagine why De Niro chose the character. It was dark, yet funny, and it all made perfect sense. Sadly, the success of craft and dynamics presented in The King of Comedy are not only absent from The Comedian; they are its antithesis. While shock humor may have its cinematic niche, this film simply takes it too far, and the result is an aimless excuse for a comedy that peppers the audience with angry, hurtful jokes, dialog that isn’t funny, a disjointed plot that doesn’t work, and characters about whom there is no reason to care. Whatever happened to the actor who has been at the forefront of so many struggles on behalf of women and minorities? What’s most troubling here is the big question that this disaster of a film plants in the mind of any die-hard De Niro fan upon leaving the theater: What was it that attracted Robert De Niro to this character and project in the first place? The answer might be found in the fact that development for The Comedian-a De Niro passion projectbegan eight years ago in what was a significantly different era. While it may be argued that the world of 2009 was not much different than today, it may certainly be said that the palate of the moviegoing public has changed since then,

tremendously: what was once considered passable as shock humor couldn’t pass muster, today. (Could Andrew Dice Clay make his debut and succeed, critically and commercially, in today’s climate?) The story begins with De Niro’s character, Jackie Burke, an aging comic icon who is well past his prime and whose sitcom, “Eddie’s Home” was canceled years ago. Desperate to revive his career, Burke is reduced to playing in sleazy dives, and for peanuts. There is no minority group whom he won’t insult, and no audience member is safe in their seat. With blistering attacks on anyone with a pulse which consistently cross the line, Burke, predictably, takes it too far one evening and finds himself on the wrong side of the law after assaulting an audience member. Sentenced to community service, he meets another court-ordered volunteer named Harmony Schlitz, (Leslie Mann), an attractive, much younger woman who has also run afoul of the law after punching out an unfaithful boyfriend. Her father, Mac Schlitz, (Harvey Keitel) is a wealthy but overbearing Florida developer who demands her undivided attention. While the unlikely pair fulfills their community service at a local soup kitchen, Harmony notices

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that Jackie has a way with people: his jokes are a hit with the downtrodden. However, the sequence plays like a desperate attempt at providing Burke with an “everyman” moment, and it is here that the film asks us to take the first of many leaps of faith that are never paid off. After agreeing to have a drink together and watching him trade one-liners at the bar with another comic (Jessica Kilson), Harmony is further impressed. They make a just-friends deal: if she is his wingman at the wedding of his niece, he’ll accompany her to her father’s birthday dinner. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jackie’s brother Jimmy Berkowitz (Danny DeVito) who runs a Jewish deli on the Lower East Side with his tough-as-nails wife Flo (Patti LuPone). Jackie has ignored them for ages, and Flo loathes him, but—he

Harvey Keitel as Mac Schiltz and Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke

needs money. Jimmy, who clearly adores Jackie but has to mollify Flo, reluctantly agrees to lend Jackie five thousand dollars on the condition that he promise to show up at their daughter’s wedding. It’s a boisterous Jewish wedding-hall event for

the same-sex union of Brittany,(Lucy DeVito) and Frankie (Kelly McCrann). Beloved Uncle Jackie gets the celebrity treatment from Brittany, who insists that he get up to speak. He then unleashes stunningly tasteless insults about lesbians, family horrors—and Flo. Jaws drop, Flo fumes, Brittany laughs uproariously, and her young friends are mostly amused, but the older crowd sits in stunned silence. Flo nearly brawls with Harmony as she and Jackie make their escape. Harmony loves it. It is then Jackie’s turn to hold up his end of the deal. At the birthday dinner with Mac, who just happens to be a huge fan of Jackie’s, the meeting immediately turns bad as the two men compete for Harmony’s attention. The sequence is disjointed, and calls into

Director Taylor Hackford on set of The Comedian.

along with all of her possessions, from Florida. Though Jackie is sad that his attempts to reach Harmony are unsuccessful, his career takes a positive turn as he gets a televised gig for the roast of a retired comedic great, May Conner, (Cloris Leachman) who, at 95, is America’s most beloved comedienne. The roast is emceed by Dick D’Angelo (Charles

Patti LuPone as Florence Berkowitz and Danny DeVito as Jimmy Berkowitz

question why Harmony would want to be there with Jackie in the first place. But it gets even worse: Harmony leaves the restaurant with Jackie and invites him back to her apartment, where they wind up in the bedroom. Jackie wakes in the morning to find that Harmony has vanished,

Grodin), the Friar’s smugly superior president, but Jackie steals the show with a hilariously raunchy ode to May. She loves it—till her fatal heart attack cuts short the roast and cancels the show. Just when it appears that all is lost, Jackie sees Harmony at a nostalgia

autograph convention in Florida. She informs him that she’s pregnant with his child. Jackie isn’t happy with the news, but Harmony tells him that she doesn’t care, because she plans to keep their baby and doesn’t want him involved. As the pair argue, Jackie’s phone rings, it’s his agent. He lands a new show, and his career is reborn. To his credit, director Taylor Hackford, gamely, keeps the focus on Jackie, but it is to no avail. The relationship between Harmony and Jackie is not believable enough to keep us on board, and the few moments of comedy that do work are not enough to save us from the cringe-inducing moments that don’t. Neither this all-star cast nor veteran director can, in the end, salvage The Comedian. The third-act sequence in which Jackie, performs a song called “Makin’ Poopie” at a senior citizen home (a parody of the song “Makin’ Whoopie”) serves as an exclamation point at the end of a story whose meaning got lost somewhere along the line and, disappointingly, never finds its way back.

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DECORATIVE ARTS

Selection of the Spring Highlights By Matthew Sturtevant

sale, which featured a strong group of sapphires and emeralds made a total of $6,381,000 in the 171-lot sale. Anticipation had been building for the moment when auctioneer Matthew Girling, Global CEO and Group Jewelry Director opened the bidding on the last lot of the sale, the 17.97 carat rectangular step-cut diamond solitaire ring. Estimated at $1,000,000-1,500,000, the platinum-mounted diamond - D color, VS1 clarity, Type IIa attracted prospective buyers from around the world. After frenzied bidding, it was finally hammered down to a United States buyer on the phone. Susan Abeles, Director of Jewelry, Bonhams US, commented, “The success of the entire sale, including this top lot, illustrates the buoyancy of the Jewelry market. I am delighted at this exceptional result.”

Belle Epoque Shows Strength At Heritage Auctions Louis Marie de Schryver’s Paris – La rue du Havre, circa 1893, sold for $225,000. This bustling example of French daily life at the turn of the 19th century a subject that has almost all but been forgotten appears to be on the rise again. The saleroom witnessed lively bidding for William Adolphe Bouguereau’s “Bohémienne au tambor de Basque”, which realized $334,000, and pushed the total auction value over $2 million in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 7 Fine European Art auction in Dallas. “The energy of turn-of-the-century Paris is evident in several of the paintings in this auction,” Heritage 72

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Breakfast at Tiffany

Auctions Consignment Director for European Art Ariana Hartsock said. “We are proud to have offered a collection that drew such strong interest from so many knowledgeable collectors of French art.”

Diamonds are Forever An important diamond solitaire ring, weighing 17.97 carats realized $1,447,500 at the Fine Jewelry auction at Bonhams New York on Dec. 6 in New York. The

At Sotheby’s New York were led by Tiffany Studios “The Stream of Life” Window, which achieved $2,652,500 – more than seven times its high estimate of $350,000. This result marks both a new world auction record for a window by the legendary firm, as well as the top auction price of the year worldwide for Design. The commemorative window was commissioned directly from Tiffany Studios in 1914 by Mrs. Benjamin Whitman on behalf of Park Presbyterian Church in Erie, Pennsylvania – now the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant – and proceeds from the sale will benefit the church’s outreach mission.


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ž Housatonic Museum of Art 900 Lafayette Boulevard 203.332.5052 housatonicmuseum.org HOURS Sept-May: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Thurs until 7pm, Sat 9-3pm, Sun 12pm-4pm Current Exhibit through March 25: Prints That Work: printmaking in the service of a bigger picture features the work of four artists offering unique perspectives on printmaking. Roxanne Faber-Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O’Donnell and Neil Daigle-Orians mine a range of subjects including wildlife trafficking and conservation, sexuality, religion, gender and the illusion of domestic bliss. Panel Discussion, Prints That Work, March 23, 2107, 6-7:30pm

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FAIRFIELD ž Art/Place Gallery 70 Sanford Street (Fairfield Theater Co.) 646.258.6912 or 203.374.9720 artplacegallery.org HOURS Thur-Sat 12pm-4pm, Sun 2pm-5pm or by appointment ž The Fairfield Museum + History Center 370 Beach Road 203.259.1598 fairfieldhistory.org HOURS Open daily 10am-4pm Revolving art, culture and history exhibitions. Currently showing “My Generation: Fairfield in the 1960s & 1970s,” IMAGES 2017 featuring the work of Joe Standart and “Creating Community.” Museum Shop featuring local items & books.

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NEW HAVEN ž Reynolds Fine Art 96 Orange Street, 9th Square 203.498.2200 reynoldsfineart.com HOURS Tues-Thurs 11-5pm, Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-5pm, or by appointment Reynolds Fine Art is pleased to present paintings by Kat O’Connor on view May 5 - June 30, 2017. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 5-8pm. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

ž Yale Center for British Art 1080 Chapel Street 203-432-2800 britishart.yale.edu HOURS Tue-Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12–5pm ž Yale University Art Gallery 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street) 203-432-0600 artgallery.yale.edu HOURS Tue-Fri 10am–5pm, Thu (Sept–June) 10am–8:00pm, Sat–Sun 11am–5pm

NORWALK ž LoveArt Gallery & Studio 132C Washington Street 203.957.3124 loveartgalleryandstudio.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm ž Sidewalk Gallery@ Press Proof Studios, Inc. 18 Main Street (corner of Havilande) 203.857.1240 Norwalk, CT 06854 sidewalkgallery@pressproofstudio.com Stress free art viewing from sidewalk; lights on til’ Midnight

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WESTPORT ž Picture This Custom Framing & Fine Art and Nylen Gallery 772 Post Road East 203.227.6861 picturethisofwestport.com HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm ž Westport Art Center 51 Riverside Avenue 203.222.7070 westportartscenter.org HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm

FLORIDA MIAMI

ž Chauncey Stillman Gallery Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts 84 Lyme Street 860.434.5232 lymeacademy.edu HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

ž Arch Gallery 1619 SW 13th Street 305 644 6447 ArchGallery.US HOURS Mon-Fri 10:30am-6:30pm, Sat 12-6:30pm

ž Florence Griswold Museum 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 860.434.5542 florencegriswoldmuseum.org HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Florence Griswold Museum, “Home of American Impressionism.” Historic boardinghouse of the Lyme Art Colony, modern gallery with changing exhibitions. Gardens and grounds to enjoy.

ž The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main Street 203.438.4519 aldrichart.org HOURS Tues-Sun 12pm-5pm

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ž Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery 96 Bedford Street 888.861.6791 flalvarezgallery.com HOURS Mon by appointment, Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

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Kat O’Connor, Resonance, 2016, Oil on panel, 42.75” x 32”

STAMFORD

ž Ridgefield Guild of Artists 93 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield 203.438.8863 rgoa.com HOURS Wed-Sun 12pm-4pm

ž Art Bastion 2085 NW 2nd Avenue #104 305.509.8338 artbastion.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-6pm Institute of Contemporary Art 4040 NE 2nd Avenue 305.901.5272 icamiami.org HOURS Tue- Sun 11am-7pm ž Opera Gallery District Design, 140 NE 39th St. # 239 305.868.3337 operagallery.com HOURS Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm ž Fredric Snitzer Gallery 1540 NE Miami Court 305.448.8976 snitzer.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-5pm ž Dean Project 1627 Jefferson Avenue 800.791.0830 deanproject.com HOURS Call for hours


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F E AT U R E D G A L L E R I E S , M U S E U M S & C R E AT I V E S E R V I C E S

60 1957 - 2017

40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY PH: 914-937-2047 Monday - Saturday 10AM – 5PM www.clayartcenter.org

Jennifer McCurdy

REVISIT: The Boneyard Featuring works by 40 internationally acclaimed ceramic artists who have led workshops at Clay Art Center over the last 60 years

Photo by Frank Gerratana

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1st, 6 – 8pm ongoing through May 29th

March 31-August 27, 2017 Explore how the changing culture and politics of the 1960s and 1970s affected Fairfield and its region. Music, fashion, posters, and community memorabilia illustrate how the key events of these turbulent decades were echoed in the local area.

Fairfield Museum

370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT | 203-259-1598

a n d H i s t o r y C e n t e r Open Daily 10am - 4pm | Fairfieldhistory.org

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ž Now Contemporary Art 337 NW 25th Street 305.571.8181 nowcontemporaryart.com HOURS Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Mon by appointment ž Ranivilu Art Gallery 2617 north Miami Avenue 954.297.2580 ranivilu.com HOURS Tues-Fri 11am-7pm, Weekends call first ž Waltman Ortega Fine Art 2233 NW 2nd Avenue 305.576.5335 waltmanortega.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-5pm, Mon by appointment ž Sponder Gallery 1657 N Miami Avenue Suite 716 561.350.0004 spondergallery.com HOURS Call for hours ž Robert Fontaine Gallery 2121 NW 2nd Avenue Unit #3 305.397.8530 robertfontainegallery.com HOURS Mon-Sun 11am-6pm

NORTH MIAMI ž Pascoe Gallery 891 NE 125th Ave 305.326.0060 Pascoegallery.com HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

NAPLES ž Thomas Riley Studio 26 10th Street South 239.529.2633 Thomasrileystudio.com HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, and by appointment

PALM BEACH ž Arcature Fine Art 318 Worth Avenue 561.805.9388 Arcaturefineart.com HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun by appointment ž Orley Shabahang 323 Worth Avenue/ 326 Peruvian #6 561.655.3371 Orleyshabahang.com HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

GEORGIA ATLANTA ž Jackson Fine Art 3115 East Shadowlawn Avenue 404.233.3739 jacksonfineart.com HOURS Tues-Sat 10am-5pm ž Westside Cultural Art Center 760 10th Street, NW 678.218.3740 westsideartscenter.com HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-4pm ž Spalding Nix Fine Art 425 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, Suite 30-A 404.841.7777 spaldingnixfineart.com HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON ž Adelson Galleries 520 Harrison Avenue 617.832.0633 adelsongalleriesboston.com HOURS Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm ž M Fine Arts Galerie 61 Thayer Street 617.450.0700 mfinearts.com HOURS Tues-Sun 10:30am-5:30pm ž Robert Klein Gallery 38 Newbury Street 617.267.7997 robertkleingallery.com HOURS Tues-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 11am-5pm

MICHIGAN BIRMINGHAM ž David Klein Gallery 163 Townsend Street 248.433.3700 dkgallery.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-5:30pm

DETROIT ž David Klein Gallery 1520 Washington Blvd.

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313.818.3416 dkgallery.com HOURS Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm

ROYAL OAK ž Habatat Galleries 4400 Fernlee Avenue 248.554.0590 habatat.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-5pm

NEW JERSEY MORRIS ž Morris Museum 973.971.3700 morrismuseum.org HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-5pm; Sat 12pm-5pm

NEW YORK BRIDGEHAMPTON ž Chase Edwards Gallery 2462 Montauk Highway 631.604.2204 chaceedwardsgallery.com HOURS Mon-Sun 10am-6pm (seasonal) ž Katheryn Markel Fine Arts 2418 Montauk Highway 631.613.6386 Markelfinearts.com HOURS Sat-Sun 11am-6pm

BROOKLYN ž A.I.R. Gallery 111 Front Street, #228 212.255.6651 airgallery.org HOURS Wed-Sun 11am-6pm ž Accola Griefen 658 Classon Ave 1st Floor 347.350.6867 Accolagriefen.com HOURS Call for hours ž Art Mix Gallery 160 Union Street 917.603.2154 artmixgallery.com HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


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EAST HAMPTON ž Castline/Goodman Gallery 46 Newtown Lane 631.527.5525 casterlinegoodman.com HOURS Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm ž Lawrence Fine Art 37 Newtown Lane 516.547.8965 Lawrence-fine-arts.com HOURS Call for hours

ž Lumas 362 West Broadway 212.219.9497 lumas.com HOURS Sun-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-7pm

ž 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel 532 W 25th Street 917.701.3338 532gallery.com Tues-Fri 11-6; Sat 12-6 ž Adelson Galleries 730 5th Avenue 212.439.6800 adelsongalleries.com HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm ž Agora Gallery 530 West 25th Street 212.226.4151 agora-gallery.com HOURS Mon-Sun 12-7pm

ž Richard Taittinger Gallery 154 Ludlow Street 212.634.7154 richardtaittinger.com HOURS Tues–Sun 11am-7pm, Mon by appointment

POUND RIDGE ž The Lionheart Gallery 27 Westchester Avenue 914.764.8689 thelionheartgallery.com HOURS Wed-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm and by appointment March 4th - April 30th, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, 4-7pm • •

Barbara Owens - TANGIBLE LINES Constance Old - ANALOGUE

ž Rotella Gallery 468 West Broadway 212.260.1140 otellagallery.com HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm

ž Berry Campbell Gallery 530 West 24th Street 212.924.2178 berrycampbell.com HOURS Tues-Sat 10am-6pm ž Blank Space 30 Gansevoort Street 212.924.2025 blankspaceart.com HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

ž HG Contemporary 527 W 23rd Street 212-366-4490

ž Opera Gallery 791 Madison Avenue 646.707.3299 operagallery.com HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6:30pm

Clay Art Center Boneyard Bayless

ž Rosenberg & Co 19 East 66th Street New York, NY 10065 T: (212) 202-3270 rosenbergco.com HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

ž Bernarducci Meisel Gallery 37 West 57th Street 3rd Floor 212.593.3757 bernarduccimeisel.com HOURS Tues-Sat 10am-5:30pm

ž Gallery Henoch 555 West 25th Street 917.305.0003 galleryhenoch.com HOURS Tues-Sat 10:30am-6pm

ž Heller Gallery 303 10th Avenue 212.414.4014 hellergallery.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-6pm ž Lik SoHo 419 West Broadway 212.941.6391 lik.com HOURS Sun-Thurs 10am-8pm; Thurs-Sat 10-9

MANHATTAN

ž Ethan Cohen 251 West 19th Street 212.625.1250 Ecfa.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-6pm

hgcontemporary.com HOURS Tues-Sat 11am-6pm

ž UNIX Gallery New York 532 W 24th Street 212.209.1572 unixgallery.com HOURS Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

“Untitled”, Whit Conrad, 48” x 36”, Oil on Linen

PORT CHESTER

PURCHASE

Clay Art Center 40 Beech Street Tel: 914-937-2047 clayartcenter.org HOURS Mon. – Sat. 10-5PM

ž Neuberger Museum of Art 735 Anderson Hill Road 914.251.6100 neuberger.org HOURS Tue-Sun 12pm-5pm

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized nonprofit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. The Shop at CAC offers functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by 50 area artists. In 2017 Clay Art center will host its 60th anniversary with a series of exhibitions, classes and events.

RYE ž The Rye Arts Center 51 Milton Road 914.967.0700 ryeartscenter.org HOURS Mon-Fri 9:30am-7pm; Sat 9:30am-1pm

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John Legend Performs and $2 Million are Raised at Make-A-Wish Ball The 22nd InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish® Ball for Make-AWish® Southern Florida was another wild success. There were about 900 guests, making it one of the most well-attended galas during the Miami society season. This wonderful charity grants all sorts of wishes, big and small, to children who have a disease that is life-threatening. Shareef Malnik, the owner of The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar, has chaired the gala for 12 years and was on the red carpet with Robert Hill, the hotel InterContinental® Miami’s GM and Norm Wedderburn, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, greeting every Shareef Malnik and Gabrielle Anwar with singer John Legend Photography courtesy of WorldRedEye.com

attendee. Malnik’s wife, actress and director Gabrielle Anwar, was a very witty live auctioneer for the 6th year in a row, adding a few hundred thousand dollars to the funds raised that night! www.sfla.wish.org.

MAGICAL NIGHT AT VIZCAYA CENTENNIAL GALA The historic Villa Vizcaya (a private mansion built in 1916, now a museum and gardens) celebrated its centennial with a dazzling gala attended by about 500 supporters that kicked off a year of celebrations. Cocktails began in the courtyard with musicians playing music of the era, followed by a gourmet dinner on the back terrace, dancing and a spectacular fireworks display from a barge out on Biscayne Bay. Gala committee members were Lesli Ann Brown, Swanee DiMare, Roxana Garciga, Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Gladys Rustan-Hernando, Daysi Johansson, Pearl Baker Katz, James W. Murphy, Lydia Touzet, Nadia Valdes and Alexa Wolman. Funds raised support the ongoing conservation and maintenance of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens which is an accredited museum. vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org

Jose & Heide Dans, Ben & Eilah Beavers, Anand & Ravneet Chowdhury, Ana & Tony Figueroa Cisneros, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Andria & Andres Miyares

Diamond Ball Raises $1.6 Million in 10th Year

VIZCAYA Museum Director, Dr. Joel Hoffman with ball chairs Cathy Jones, Barbara Hevia and Christina Martin

The Miami Children’s Health Foundation celebrated its 10th gala anniversary with a stellar performance by the legendary Jose Feliciano. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital will receive $1.6 million raised that night. The breathtaking ballroom décor, created by The Wow Factor Marketing Group was inspired by the film, “Into the Woods,” and many guests got into the spirit of the ‘creative black tie’ attire and dressed up as different whimsical characters. Among the VIPs were Miami’s own Louis Aguirre, the dashing co-host of CBS’s The Insider, who came from Los Angeles to emcee the event. Nicklauschildrens.org

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