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The New FATVillage


Art as a Public Practice of Generative Code


Jon Linton’s Emotive Frames


Cover Story Nancy McTague-Stock



Stephanie Dillon, Redactive Beauty


Historic New England Reimagining Preservation & Revitalizing Communities



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Have you ever wondered why it is that the more time passes, the faster it goes? There are many different theories about this, but we have our own view here at Venü and it has more to do with the wise adage, time flies when you’re having fun, rather than explanations about age or perspective. As a contemporary lifestyle publication enamored with the arts, we are fortunate to sponsor, host and attend some of the most amazing events of the season, from the Hamptons and the tri-state area to Miami, Palm Springs, Napa and beyond. Along the way we are fortunate to meet and mingle with visionaries who never fail to inspire us with their creativity and passion. No matter the time or place, how busy our schedule is and how often we are out on the town, we always find ourselves fascinated with the conversations we have and invariably want to linger longer, slow down time, and learn more. Which, when you think about it, is what we do in the magazine. The features you’ll read in Venü, about the artists who impressed us, the winemakers who wooed us, the innovative architects and designers who define the future, the spas and hotels that are dedicated to our well-being, and the photographers who painstakingly chronicle our world, offer you a timeless glimpse into lives on the move. Every one of

PUBLISHER’S LETTER them has an amazing story to tell and we are delighted that we can continue the conversations we started with them, without time constraints rushing us along. It seems every time we run into our cover artist Nancy McTague-Stock, she has a new project in the works. She’s an artiste extraordinaire and she’s unstoppable in her mission to create things of beauty for our world. Our interview with her grazes the surface of her accomplishments and accolades and had us wondering just how many artists were in the studio with her. So multi-talented is she that we awarded her our first ever Creative Visionary Award. We presented it to her at AMSE NYC, a visually engaging multisensory event that showcases music, art, wine, spirits and gourmet food. It was the perfect place to honor Nancy’s stellar work. AMSE NYC events are known to turn heads while nourishing body and soul and we are proud to partner AMSE with its founder, Wei Liu. This past summer we were thrilled to be a media partner with the animal rescue fundraiser WineaPAWloozaa, in support of California’s Jameson Humane. Founded by Monica Stevens and attended by Napa Valley’s most acclaimed winemakers, including guest speaker Christie Brinkley, this weekend event was over the top in every way. From

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the hilltop settings to the expert speakers, premier wines and pet parade that stole our hearts to the record-setting $2.2 million donations it raised, it was a stunning success. We are also proud to be a media sponsor for the book signing event at Southport, Connecticut’s designer showcase, Rooms with a View. The books are a great way to see what inspired some of the most famous architects and designers in the industry and are an invaluable way to get inspired yourself if you couldn’t attend the event! Other events we are partnered with include Art Miami, Context and Aqua art fairs during Art Week/Basel in Miami; The Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, January; and Modernism Week in Palm Springs in February. In this issue, we are also excited to introduce the collaborative innovators behind Fort Lauderdale’s art-centric technologically oriented FATVillage; and the visionary artists, including neuroscientist and sculptor Kamran Fallahpour, Ph.D.; public space artist Norie Sato and architect Madi Chanyshev; composer and audiovisual artist Ben Heim and founder of, Peter Bookman, whose discussions shed light on the interconnectedness of our world and their works. Fascinating topics all that underscore the passions of dreamers who dare to make their visions a reality. Artist Stephanie Dillon takes us on an introspective journey through her novel work, a blend of pop culture and protest art. And photographer Jon Linton gives us a unique and first look at his compelling pictures of the Ukrainian invasion and other telling pictures, some hard to look at, but always difficult to turn away from. And looping back to our opener on the speedy passing of time, check out our story about The Bridge VI, where some of the fastest cars in the world made our hearts race in the Hamptons. All in all, a fun read and another reason to pause and take it all in at your leisure. And while we would love to see you at our favorite events, we’re very happy that you are here now!

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New England


Historic New England Reimagining Preservation and Revitalizing Communities By Dorothy A. Clark


istoric New England has always been on a mission. As the nation’s oldest and largest regional cultural heritage organization, it has

built a highly respected presence during its 112-year history of gathering the stuff of the past—large and small,

from houses to jewelry—to advance the understanding

1. The Gothic Revival style Roseland Cottage (1846) in Woodstock, Conn., was the summer retreat of the Bowen family. Photo by Eric Roth.

and appreciation of earlier lifeways. With a new charge that expands on its work of protecting historic resources and gives attention to supporting neighborhood livability, Historic New England held its first major conference in October. Designed to reflect the interdisciplinary 12


2. The China Trade Room at Beauport. Photo by Eric Roth.


3. After becoming a successful businessman in New York City, Henry Bowen and his wife returned to Woodstock where he built a summer home for their young family. Photo by Samantha Nelson.

more dynamic and comprehensive period in its history. “There couldn’t be a better time for this convening, and after 112 years, we’ve earned the opportunity to host something of this scale,” said Vin Cipolla, President and CEO of Historic New England. Held at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, future Summits will be held at select sites that promote the region’s storied past. Indeed, it is incumbent upon Historic New England to provide a forum such as the Summit. The umbrella of

4. View from the second floor of the Eustis Estate looks onto an allée. Photo by Eric Roth. Renowned Boston architect W. Ralph Emerson designed the mansion.

preservation integrates past and present, a fusion that has the potential to inform the future by creating better places to live and work. A cornerstone of creating better places to live and work includes the concept of social equity to ensure that fairness and justice are extended to all communities. Being an interdisciplinary organization, Historic New England is well suited to forging a transdisciplinary thought leadership framework to create


new, holistic perspectives on and approaches to solving shared problems. The purpose of the Summit is to


bring together preservationists, conservationists, educators, civic and municipal leaders, urban planners, arts and culture organizations, philanthropists, community advocates, engaged citizens, and students to share in open dialogue about what we know, along with what we need to learn and the actions we can take. Although the focus of the Summit highlights the region, the content presented has national and global applications. Cipolla said that preservation holds solutions to several issues that have beset many areas. “Our commu-

character of the organization, the Historic New England Summit presented two days of conversations exploring how 21st-century challenges and opportunities are transforming the fields of historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, conservation, arts and culture,

5. Objects in storage at Historic New England’s Center for Preservation and Collections in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

museum studies, collections management, public history, and education. The Historic New England Summit, which will be an annual event, marks the organization’s transition into a




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nities are under enormous pressure everywhere you look. Poor zoning regulations. Misplaced development incentives. An extreme lack of affordability. Displacement. A ‘tear-down’ craze in many areas. Sustainability threatened due to climate change. Historic preservation offers many solutions for these issues,” he said. Even though historic preservation can solve many ongoing and growing problems, its solutions have often been unevenly applied and poorly used, Cipolla said. “Historically, we have not been an inclusive movement,” he said of the field as a whole. “That is changing. We


1. Vin Cipolla, President and CEO of Historic New England, on the grounds of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. Photo by Anthony LeDoux, Red Eye Photography. 2. The living room at Gropius House. Photo by Eric Roth.

all benefit from the conversation a convening like the Summit facilitates.” Historic New England has a well-stocked toolbox for protecting history, buildings, and landscapes, as well as a solid track record of using it. Founded as the Soci-


ety for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1910, Historic New England has 38 house museums and landscapes—several coastal farms among them—that are open to the public. It holds the largest collection of New England artifacts in the world, numbering more than 125,000 objects and works of art and 1.5 million archival documents. While many of these prized objects and artwork provide the furnishings for the house museums,




shoemaking industry, the spacious structure presents a prime opportunity for engagement on many levels with the host community, from residents to public servants to advocates for economic revitalization. Haverhill is designated a Gateway City—“gateway” being access to attaining the “American dream.” It was among the first 11 Massachusetts municipalities identified as such because they flourished as manufacturing centers in the late 19th and early- to mid-20th centuries, boosting regional economies. The decline of manufacturing industries beset these mid-size cities with socioeconomic challenges; however, the communities are recognized for retaining comeback potential with the aid of innovative investment. Massachusetts currently has 26 Gateway Cities.


Being in Haverhill positions Historic New England to collaborate with the community on the city’s continued economic revitalization in a number of ways, such as

others are maintained in a vast collections and archives

engaging its mission to serve as a cultural catalyst and

repository, the Historic New England Center for Preser-

establishing itself as a vibrant, contributing presence.

vation and Collections in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Historic New England has long been known for the

Besides housing Historic New England’s material

house museums to which it invites visitors. These prop-

culture collections and archives, the center stands to

erties, a number of which are listed on the National

make a meaningful contribution to the city of Haverhill.

Register of Historic Places, include colonial-era dwell-

An eight-story, concrete building constructed in 1911-1912

ings, Federal-period mansions, and the house that

for use as a factory to support Haverhill’s prosperous

Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus design school in Germany, built in 1938 in Lincoln, Massachusetts, as his family residence shortly after immigrating to the United States. In building upon the New England landscape, the influential Gropius employed the philosophy that gained the Bauhaus fame during its operation from 1919 to 1933—simplicity, functionality, economy, geometry, and aesthetic beauty determined by the materials used. The result is a mid-20th-century structure that incorpo3. A room inside Bowman House. Photo by David Bohl.


4. The Eustis Estate Museum (1878), located at the base of the Blue Hills, in Milton, Mass. Photo by Eric Roth. 5. The oldest dwelling in New Hampshire is Historic New England’s Jackson House (c. 1664) in Portsmouth. Photo by Olivia Gatti. CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



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rates features such as climate control, green or sustainable design, and resource conservation, which have become important design strategies in the 21st century. Historic New England’s engagement with audiences is wide ranging, offering education and entertainment. With school programs and camps, exhibitions, publications, and a host of in-person and virtual offerings, the organization appeals to a variety of interests. The school and youth programs use historical resources in multidisciplinary ways that are fun and consider different mastery styles to enrich and reinforce students’ learning. Exhibition space at some of the house museums is used to display objects from the organization’s collection as well as to share the work of contemporary artists and other creative makers. The eponymous member magazine is published three times a year and takes readers behind the scenes (and often beyond), highlighting Historic New England’s properties and the historical figures associated with them; the preservation

1. Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House (1907), in Gloucester, Mass. It was designed and served as the summer home by Henry Davis Sleeper, one of the first professional designers in the United States. Historic New England has owned this property since 1942. Photo by Eric Roth.

and conservation work it does; programs, events, and webinars offered; and general historical research and its relevance today. Concerning history and its current-day role, Historic New England is taking another look back in order to 16


2. Objects in storage at Historic New England’s Center for Preservation and Collections in Haverhill, Massachusetts.


move forward with its Recovering New England’s Voices initiative. This multiyear research effort takes a more inclusive approach to studying the region’s history with the purpose of finding stories that have been minimized or ignored in the telling of New England’s past. Launched in September 2021, Recovering New England’s Voices has far exceeded the organization’s initial expectations for its findings. To conduct the first phase of the initiative, Historic New England hired four historians for a term of one year to exclusively research archives, libraries, and collections around the region to discover new stories and recover the fullness of others barely known about the lives of enslaved people, LGBTQ+ people, Indigenous people, workers and laborers, differently abled individuals, women, and many more. These stories give more accurate, truthful accounts of the people who had a presence at the properties the organization now stewards as well as in the larger


communities where these sites are located. One of the major successes of the scholars’ work was revealing the identities of about 30 people who were enslaved at the properties; their existence was previously unknown because of erasure and oppression by dominating narratives that centered white ownership and residency. Having laid a foundation for narrative reexamination,


3. Bowman House (1762) in Dresden, Maine, sits on the banks of the Kennebec River. Photo by David Bohl. 4. The house that Walter Gropius built in Lincoln, Mass., in 1938. Photo by Eric Roth.

Historic New England began the second phase of the Recovering New England’s Voices initiative in the fall. Last year’s findings will be expanded upon and used to make the organization’s sites catalysts for transformative conversations and environments for socially driven structural change. Like Recovering New England’s Voices, the Historic New England Summit is aligned with the organization’s 2021-2025 strategic agenda. Called The New England Plan, it is a dynamic course of action that heightens and broadens the organization’s influence and positions it to have an even greater impact in delivering on its mission. Cipolla said Historic New England’s hope is that the initiatives and plans of its peer organizations and advocates will greatly benefit from their participation in the Summit. “The Summit is a provocation in real time to spark new ideas, partnerships, and action,” he said. ☐ Dorothy A. Clark is a journalist and historian who has extensively researched forgotten histories of the American past as well as buildings in Massachusetts. She has presented on several occasions at the annual Black New England Conference. Dorothy is editor of Historic New England magazine and an adjunct faculty member at the Boston Architectural College, where she teaches a survey course on world history and modernity. CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE


WineaPAWlooza Weekend And what a weekend it was!

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Picture this. A sun-dappled afternoon at the Montagna Estate on world-renowned Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley, graciously hosted by Bob Long and Nancy McIntosh. A privileged perch located at the edge of the Vaca Mountain Range, where the views and the vines take your breath away. A gathering of some of the greatest names in California wine, donned in Napa chic attire. An agenda of champion speakers, notable all and actionably committed to sustainability. And conversation, intimate and engaging, that inspires your passion for 18


pets of all size and pedigree, hoofed, horned, feathered and furred – and not a few glasses, filled to the brim, of handcrafted estate vintages, perfectly poured, highly rated and exceptionally easy to drink. The setting and the scenery paid homage to an event that Wine Spectator magazine named “One of the top ten wine events in the country.” Venü was there to support a cause dear to our hearts, the annual WineaPAWlooza fundraiser for Jameson Humane, a Napa Valley rescue sanctuary for homeless companion Photo by Emma K. Morris

change in both local and global communities, offering education and intervention solutions that foster lasting harmony between animals, humans and the environment. So how does wine fit into her humane mission? Turns out she and her husband have been pioneers of the Napa Valley Wine Industry for decades, launching 750 Wines to offer high end limited production boutique wines to customers through elevated retail and tasting experiences. Their longstanding relationships with Photo by Sally Seymour

the top Napa Valley vintners and winemakers

of Jameson Humane, and a rock star in every way. A dedicated animal welfare advocate, she is all about making the world a better place for people and their pets, along with rescued pigs, goats, cows and more saved from a devastating fate. Nurturing a healthy and sustainable environment for animals of all out in the disaster recovery aid Jameson Photo by Emma K. Morris

Humane provides, including a pet food pantry! From killer wildfires to COVID hardships, animal abuse and neglect, Monica makes sure pets and their people are protected. Since she founded her non-profit organization in 2014, she has inspired collaboration and

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kinds is also critical to her mission and plays

and farm animals. Their tag line “connecting animals, humans and our planet” was a unifying theme of this year’s event, underscored by a line-up of experts who know a thing or two about inspiring change for the benefit of all life. This heartfelt annual event wouldn’t happen if not for the vision and passion of

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Monica Stevens, Co-Founder and president



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are a win-win for everyone, animals included. Monica was on hand to share updates about Jameson Humane’s projects and to introduce the speakers each night. The first program of the event, Innovations in Food and Solutions for Impact, featured a talented trio of knowledgeable panelists dedicated to a more compassionate vegan lifestyle, moderated by Brian Cooley of CNET. Maia Keerie, an ambassador for the alternative for The Good Food Institute, a nonprofit thinktank working to make the global food system better for the planet, people and animals, talked about efforts underway to initiate positive change in the food industry. Erin Gort, social media and community manager for

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protein section and communications manager Miyoko’s Creamery, who represents celebrity chef and artisan vegan cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner, shared insights about the animalfree transformation of the dairy industry. Chef Tamearra Dyson, renowned for her Souley Vegan cooking and soul food restaurants, talked about her experiences cooking for a line-up of stars like Stevie Wonder and Eric Benet, and her passion for vegan dining. Christopher Jackson, the son of Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson, kicked off the second half of the program, Innovations in Wine and Solutions for Climate and the Industry, which was moderated by Sommelier and wine personality, Amanda McCrossin, also known as SommVivant.

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Christopher grew up surrounded by wine



and naturally cultivated a deep respect for the challenges and unique rewards of high-elevation winegrowing. He talked about his family’s 10-year sustainability and climate action plan, Rooted-for-Good, A Roadmap to 2030, with goals and initiatives designed

to lead climate solutions, create a positive social impact, and support the Jackson family’s long-term vision for a sustainable future. Additionally, he shared details about the Jackson family’s International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA), cofounded in 2019 with Spain’s Familia Torres to galvanize the global wine industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate impacts in vineyard and winery operations.

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Molly Sheppard, Educational Winemaker helped turn Spottswoode into one of Napa Valley’s most iconic and respected wineries. In 2020 Spottswoode became the first Napa winery to achieve rigorous B Corp certification, which measures both a company’s environmental impact and what it is doing for workers and the community. Molly spoke eloquently

“One of the top ten wine events in the country.”

Remy Elysee Photography

for Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery,

—Wine Spectator Magazine

about what it takes to steward meaningful change in the industry. Carlo Mondavi, grandson of Napa’s Robert Mondavi, and today the proprietor of RAEN Winery, and Co-Founder of Monarch Tractor, focused on clean farming and explained how his driver-optional electric tractors help increase profitability, lessen harmful practices and enhance the farm’s ecosystem on the whole. Celebrity guest Christie Brinkley wowed the crowd at the end of the evening by sharing stories about the organic, certified-vegan wines she produces with her Italian partners, including Bellisima Prosecco and her five still wines, all zero-sugar. A classic beauty herself,

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celebrating friendships, fun and festivities with pourable products that are true to her vegetarian beliefs and taste great too. Even the wine’s labels are beautiful to behold, depicting Botticelli’s Venus with grace and style. Christie also has a shelter pup at home that only further endeared her to us all. We enjoyed premium Pritchard Hill wines, Billecart-Salmon Champagne and hors d’oeuvres by plant-based restaurant Little Saint, overseen by a three-time Michelin-starred chef, Kyle Connaughton with his wife, Katina, just as the sun set over the valley. And this was only day one of the event.

The hosts for our next night in Napa were none other than Andy and Betty Beckstoffer at their Beckstoffer Farm Center. Beckstoffer Vineyards owns and farms over 3,600 acres of the highest quality grape growing properties in Napa Valley, Mendocino County and the Red Hills of Lake County. Andy is as down to earth as his land is but his wines sent our

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Christie puts her ideals behind her brands,

taste buds soaring, they were so good. He and his wife were presented with a Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement Award for all the good they spread around California’s northern wine country. Christie Brinkley treated us all to her signature vegan Bellisima Prosecco, made with

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adorable animal parade, with pigs, goats, and puppies stealing our hearts away. Their love for the animals manifested money in the auction tent where they raised a record-setting $2.2 million for Jameson Humane’s programs, including their Vet Mobile and Animal Assisted Healing programs. Well deserved! Top winning lots included "TOR'S" Cut of Beckstoffer To Kalon, a 10-case lot of 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon at $200K, the largest winning bid on a single lot in WineaPAWlooza’s history; A Barrel of Bevan, 25 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Phelan Vineyard, garnered $80K and doubled to $160K; and Tusk and the Masters, a four-night stay in Augusta for four, with lodging, TUSK wine and a hosted dinner which went for $100K. I can’t say enough about the hospitality that poured out all night, with vintners and afficionados bonding over bottles I won’t soon forget, and animal lovers happily lending their support to initiatives well-executed and sorely needed.

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organic grapes and sparkling with the effervescence Christie is known for. And artist Amy Burkman showed us how to turn it around with

Wow, what a weekend indeed! ☐

WineaPAWlooza Participating Vintners, 2023 Adversity Cellars

Aperture Cellars


Azur Wines

Behrens Family Winery

Bevan Cellars

Brilliant Mistake Wines

Carter Cellars

Continuum Estate

Dakota Shy

Dalecio Family Wines

Dana Estate

Detert Family Vineyards

Fairchild Estate

Fait Main Wines



Hamel Family Wines


Hourglass Wines

Tasting that was truly over the top. We sipped

Immortal Estate

K Laz Wine Collection

Keplinger Wines

and savored some very special wines, from a

Lail Vineyards

LaPelle Wines


MacDonald Vineyards

Melka Wines

Memento Mori

Nemerever Vineyards

Nine Suns

Paradigm Winery

Paula Kornell Sparkling Wine


Pulido Walker

RAEN Winery

Riverain Vineyards

Shibumi Knoll

Silver Oak

Sire Estate


Staglin Family Vineyard

Switchback Ridge

The Mascot

The Vineyardist

Theorem Vineyards

Tor Wines

Tres Perlas

Trois Noix

Venge Vineyards

Vice Versa

Vine Hill Ranch

Zakin Wines

her amazing style, painting upside down during her live art show, revealing a perfect portrait of a horse upon completion in record time, what a motivational story she has too. We want to know more about her for a future feature. The evening included a Vintner Grand

velvety Bevan Cellars Sauvignon and Raen’s Sonoma Coast’s Pinot Noirs to Paula Kornell’s sparkling wine, Pulido Walker’s Cabernets, Dakota Shy’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Aperture Cabernet Sauvignon and many more delectable, locally grown wines. Check out the sidebar for a complete list of participating vintners featured this year. A surprise highlight for everyone was the


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SPOTLIGHT: ArtsWestchester

Artist Peter Symons

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Creating a new FATVillage in the Real World and in the Metaverse By Doug McCraw While under construction for the next three years, FATVillage has partnered with Hines

the destination to remotely experience art in

and Urban Street Development in cultivating

a distinctive way. In addition to its powerful

more than 900,000 square feet of brand-

capacity to represent an experience, virtual

new and exciting space at the current loca-

and augmented reality allow for the creation

tion on NW 1 Avenue.

of art untethered to real life actuality. In a


sense, the METAVERSE lets the viewer step

A community staple in Fort Lauderdale, FATVillage is further expanding our brand

into the mind and imagination of the artist”,

identity with the integration of emerging and

says Symons.”

renowned artists that engage the web3 ex-

Doug McCraw

perience in a virtual world that resembles the village’s loved warehouses in the Metaverse.

Even the act of exploring these spaces will

accessible to all, not just people who are

As a new creator economy, these opportuni-

be an adventure.”

particularly technologically literate or have

ties are a natural evolution for enterprising

After a successful inaugural art walk

special equipment. You don’t need a head-

experiential markets that are accessible to

in September, we plan to host monthly

set to attend any of our events or visit us in

everyone by means of a web server.

art walks and artist talks. The FATVillage

the MetaVerse, although if you do have one,

Metaverse will comprise of interactive gal-

it will make the experience more immersive

current market direction and community

leries, events, and traditional programming

and experiential”, comments Leah.

engagement that continues to bring inno-

that will be uniquely experienced. You’ll be

We look forward to you joining us in this

vative and real experiences to life both in

able to come and hear a panel of artist dis-

new direction which will continue to bring

the now and beyond. Partners and cura-

cussions and purchase art or NFTS from lo-

these original real-life experiences to the

tors Leah Brown and Peter Symons of ART

cal and emerging artists.

masses that FATVillage will provide for the

This natural progression aligns with our

+ LIGHT + SPACE will oversee new project developments. Leah mentions, “In the FATVillage


“I think it’s important for our audience to understand that what we are creating is

“As an artist who works primarily in sculp-

future. ☐

ture and installation, the presence of a work of art that can exist in a shared occupancy is

Visit or send an email to

Metaverse, we are connecting artist-created

in my belief the best way to experience art. to receive the latest up-

spaces to form an art district of the future.

The exploration of the Metaverse becomes

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Susan Vanech, founder of Susan Vanech Properties and COMPASS Coastal; Nancy McTagueStock, MFA, BFA and Venü Artistic Visionary Award Recipient; AMSE NYC founder Wei Liu; and Tracey Thomas, Founder & CEO of Venü

Models Kaitlyn Owings & Kara Kirkland


Partnerships Story of the People…


Model/Singer Will Stokes and artist Mr. John H. Wright

Artwork by Fernando Silva and artisanal bites by Mariah Bryand



SPOTLIGHT: A Multisensory


Multisensory Experience (AMSE


Attendees Estefhany Soto & Carlos Hernandez with Penfolds Global AmbassadorZöe Warrington

NYC) project was a vibrant platform that conceptually incorpo-

rated multiple areas into one experience. Ideas flow and opportunities arise when you start acting. On January 1st, 2022, I began the process of bringing an outline and sketch of a project into reality. Despite the intensity of creating something from scratch, I was energized, inspired, and satisfied at the same time. In the lead up to the March 20th event, I overcame a number of obstacles, through robust collaboration and partnership efforts. The vision of this project was realized because of power in partnerships, which made it all possible. The second edition, held on September 25, 2022, encompassed a multitude of human manifestations, integrating multiple

The poet Fernando Pessoa said, “the value

areas conceptually in a meaningful way. It

of things is not the time they last, but the in-

entailed a collaboration with Venü Magazine

tensity with which they occur.” According to

and brought together music, fine wines &

Maslow, peak experiences are what make

spirits, fashion, and visual artists.

life worthwhile by their occasional occur-

We do not wish to display artists’ works

rence, so an engaging sensory exploration

on the walls, but it is more about making

of haute-art can definitely produce peak ex-

them the focal point. An impressive line-up

periences. Our goal was to capture a rare

of artists was on display, including Nancy

and precious NY moment for our partners

McTague-Stock, Beatrice Jousset Drouhin,

and attendees.

a half-figurative artist; Fernando Silva, a contemporary impressionist; and Mr. John Wright, a neo-expressionist. In collaboration with Designer Karli Shea from the Jason Wu

Success Driven by Collaboration

AMSE-NYC is the result of collaboration and

House, we created clothing as canvases

partnership. This novel vision was also char-

worn by models, and invited Artist Fernando

acterized by inclusivity and fluidity in the

Silva and Mr. John Wright to paint on these

group of diverse people associated with it.

fashion canvases throughout the evening to create wearable, one-of-a-kind art pieces.

Philosophic Focus

The Macallan Scotch Senior Brand Ambassador Nico Szymanski with AMSE NYC founder Wei Liu

grated events captured my attention after

Venü magazine became the official me-

attending AMSE NYC this past Spring. I im-

dia partner, and Tracey Thomas, its founder

mediately embraced her goals. Through our

and CEO, played a large role in the event’s

partnership, we will be able to bring high-pro-

success. “As one of my most successful busi-

file visibility to the arts, a common mission

In creating this multisensory event, we

ness mentors once told me, THERE’S POW-

both Venü and AMSE NYC take great pride

strived to embody the philosophy of “Peak

ER IN PARTNERSHIPS. I’ve never forgotten

in championing,” explained Tracey Thomas.

Experiences.” Peak Experiences add to the

the wisdom of his words. In 2010, Venü Mag-

The partnership contributed to increased

sense of fulfilment, connectedness, and

azine was founded by strategic partnerships

visibility for the event, enabling us to reach a

meaning. It occurs when our minds, bodies,

with like-minded individuals and organiza-

broader audience and influence the general

and senses are fully engaged. This is simi-

tions, and they continue to provide the foun-

discourse, with a voice that perfectly reso-

lar to the flow state experienced during the

dation for all we do now and in the future.

nates with our vision.

creative process or while consuming art.

Wei Liu’s vision for creating artistically inte-

The success of our endeavour is largely CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE


SPOTLIGHT: A Multisensory

Experience Matt Sturtevant, Wine collector Enoch Hsieh, Master Carver William Garcia of Master Ham

Lauren Kenworthy of Eleven Wine Group Imports featuring Corteaura Franciacorta Sparkling Rosé & Theresa Eccher Ariel Etna Rosato

attributed to our collaborations, of which partnerships are just one aspect. Our sponsors contributed to the realization of the vision such as Compass Coastal, Barrett School of Music, The Macallan Scotch, Penfolds, Glen Arbor GC, Eleven Wine Group, Marshallberg Farm Caviars, Master Ham, Fermint, Shem-

and Golf Kitchen Magazine to contribute to

ere, BE Chocolate, Bodega Rolland, Joseph

the event’s mission.

Drouhin, Drappier, Cork Rules, Playa Rosé,

COMPASS Coastal founder, Susan Van-

Louis Kressmann of Drappier Champagne and Chef Daniel Hess of Westchester Hills Golf Club showcasing the Marshallberg Farm Osetra Caviar

ech was the Premier Sponsor and was instrumental in bringing the vision to life. “The inaugural Spring AMSE event gathers a passionate group of talented and like-minded individuals and groups under the same roof, creating an environment of true collaboration. Participants will develop new relationships and deepen existing ones while participating in a provocative evening that stimulates all the senses,” she shared. “Our approach to networking and marketing is very similar, so being invited as a premier sponsor is exciting. As a lifestyle brand with no ego, COMPASS Coastal curates experiences within the spheres of luxury real estate, water, vehicles, as well as elevated art and cuisine for its clients. As a result of our natural synergy between AMSE NYC and COMPASS Coastal, our messaging



Reward in the Award: Launching Venü’s Artistic Visionary Award

As a platform, ASME NYC created opportu-

will reach a broader audience and our cli-

nities for unique, first-of-a-kind experiences.

ents will enjoy a more robust experience.

By leveraging this incredible space, Venü

Now more than ever, our world needs to

launched a brand-new award and creat-

feel good. Positive and profound sensory

ed a legacy. Tracey Thomas was thrilled to

engagement gets us there!”

announce Nancy McTague-Stock as Venü’s

first Artistic Visionary Award recipient during AMSE NYC. “In establishing the criteria for this award, we set a very high bar. The individual must have made a unique and distinctive contribution to the arts, exhibit creative thinking, demonstrate leadership, dedication, advocacy and innovation, while exemplifying a positive influence among their colleagues and community. As a dedicated teacher, award-winning artist of many mediums, dedicated environmentalist and catalyst for encouraging creativity and innovation among her peers and students, Nancy has been awarded fellowships and travel grants, she has been selected for prestigious international art exhibitions, juried shows and is a sought-after speaker, among other significant achievements. We are beyond

Laurent Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin, Artist Fernando Silva, Milan Milisavljević of Metropolitan Opera, Wei Liu AMSE NYC Founder, Artist Beatrice Jousset Drouhin, Joy Gregory Owner of GlenArbor Golf Club

proud to present our award to her,” Tracey announced.

Successful Second Event

The launch event on March 20th, 2022 focused on the Impressionism Era, wherein artists painted scenes based on real life, but as if they only glanced at them for a moment. Through disproportionate sizes, odd angles, and vivid and intense colors, the Expres-

We decided to raise a glass (or several) to the world of wine collectors, and invited them to share in on back vintage bottles from the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s. I selected a few bottles from my own collection to share, such as 1983 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, 1998 Renato Ratti Conca Barolo, and 1986

1977 Garofoli Vigna Biancardo, and a very cool rule breaker bottle of 1968 Chateau La-

Expressionism movement began around

tour by Robert Tas, the founder of Corkrules

1905-1920 in Germany and spread through-

podcast. During this time, the master carver

out Europe: Edvard Munch and others. This

William Garcia, owner of Master Ham, artfully

was the focus of our second event, conduct-

carved away at a leg of Fermin Jamon Iberi-

ed on September 25th.

co. A toast to the arts and all things in good

curated wine collections and expertly guided tastings. During the VIP hour, a delicious Drappier Zero Dosage Champagne toast was given by the brand’s very own Louis

the AMSE NYC experience. This is another great example of the power in partnerships. The experience of bringing together such an amazing group of musicians and challeng-

stood out for me: 1990 Chateau Montrose,

emotional response to the real world. The

This event was characterized by carefully

event to capture the multifaceted nature of

Palhmeyer. There were a few highlights that

sionism era directly expresses the artist’s

A Toast to the Wine Connoisseurs

planning and research for each stage of this

taste was kicked off by champagne, Jamon Iberico, Osetra caviar, and vintage wonders from the past.

Enhanced Chronological Pairings: Expressionist Era to Contemporary Period.

Kressmann, followed by a caviar service by

It would be remiss not to recall the entranc-

talented Chef Danial Hess, Westchester Hills

ing music which accompanied wine and

Golf Club, featuring pristine Marshallberg

food. It was great to see the AMSE NYC mu-

Farm Osetra Caviar.

sicians back in action. It took a great deal of

Vintage selections from the wine collectors' VIP hour: 1990 Château Montrose Bordeaux, 1977 Garofoli Vigna Biancardo Rosso, 1983 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, 1970 Vino Spanna Cantina, 1998 Ratti Barolo Conca, and 1968 Château Latour Bordeaux




Opera Singer Laura Hollis, owner of Barrett School of Music

ing them with song selections and mixes that made sense chronologically and conceptually, as well as with wine pairings, was an intoxicating experience. Laura Hollis, owner of Barrett School of Music, who led the efforts said, “there’s something special when a meaningful personal relationship has the bandwidth to also grow into a meaningful professional relationship. I love putting in the time and

Model Julia Rickert and Artist Fernando Silva

work for AMSE NYC because not only does it strengthen my music school in New York,

tifully pairs with the expressionism move-

but it strengthens the brand of one of my dear

ment in France; we selected Maison Joseph

The sixth song that consumed us was

friends. The professional element brings even

Drouhin Burgundy the Chablis and the Côte

“Burn,” Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

more depth and structure to the friendship,

de Beaune to pair these two beautiful and

Who doesn’t love Hamilton! An emotional

and the friendship brings a level of trust that

melancholic pieces that exemplify depth

piece with depth and touches of melancholy,

is difficult to attain professionally.”

and meaning. In a personal address to the

paired with Penfolds 389 by Zöe Warrington,

The main event began with the German

audience, Laurent Drouhin disclosed his

Penfolds Australian Global Ambassador.

“Das Verlassene Mägdlein” (1880) - By Hugo

thoughts on the pairing as well as the tasting

Wolf, sung by Laura Hollis with Ling Ling Chen

elements of his wines.

As a final note, we concluded with “Grand Finale Style Medley.” It was a medley

on the piano. Next, Erin Pitts played the Viola

Introducing the science-based Sonic Sea-

of contemporary vocal hits created in collab-

and Ling Ling played the Piano to perform the

soning experience to enhance the flavor ex-

oration with designer Karli Shea to show off

piece “Sospiri” by Edward Elgar (1914).

perience, Violinist Qenu Sampson musically

the fall fashion lineup. Models Will Stokes,

In terms of the wines, fuller body styles

interpreted the wine profile for the audience,

Nancy Patricia Wright, Kaitlyn Owings, Kara

were embraced to complement the darker

demonstrating the discoveries by scientist

Kirkland, and Julia Rickert brought each look

days and richer flavors that accompany the

Charles Spence of Oxford University to con-

to life with their fierce confidence. Julia Rick-

fall and winter months. These German music

nect our ears to our palates.

ert, Model, Beverage Director, and Journal-

compositions were paired with Alsatian wines

The fifth song that was chosen was “Or-

ist, was the partner in coordinating and cho-

pheus with his Lute” by William Schuman.

reographing the models, and reflected her

“Elle a Fui, la Tourterelle!” (1880) from

We chose this piece to commemorate the

thoughts about the event, “I was first excited

Les Contes D’Hoffmann was then followed

Rosh Hashanah Manhattan holiday weekend

to join this project when Wei described to me

by “Noël des Enfants qui n’ont plus de Mai-

by celebrating the Jewish composer William

the initial concept of combining the senses

sons” (1915) by Claude Debussy, which beau-

Schuman, who lived in Manhattan at the time

into one moment. I thought, ‘What a neat

led by Chris Dooley of Restaurant Daniel.


this piece was composed.


flair with a style that echoes the old school.

Violinist Qenu Sampson

During the introduction of the final performance, our talented Sommelier Chris Dooley decanted the wine brilliantly on stage before it was served to the audience during the closing performance, while the models showcased completed, one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces.

Until Next Time

A unique conceptual event like AMSE NY would not have been possible without a team Pianist Ling Ling Chen

effort. We feel immense gratitude towards our partnership with Venü Magazine; the sponsors; and the multitalented, and extremely organized Lindsay Harris and Mariah Bryant. Everyone was an active participant in this installation experience piece. Guests were left wanting more after enjoying the wine, sophisticated cuisine, and music played by skilled professionals. The collaboration among diverse individuals with a focus on one magnificent vision was critical to the success of these two events. This serene yet vibrant space brought together people from all walks of life. Artists and professionals contributed their unique expertise to make the events come to life. The vision of this remarkable, cathartic experience was realized only through the Power in Partnerships. Such partnerships will enable us to scale this concept further. Until next time… March 26th, 2023. ☐

Julia Rickert, Kaitlyn Owings, Tracey Thomas, Susan Vanech, Wei Liu, Laura Hollis, Ling Ling Chen, Karli Shea, Erin Pitts, Will Stokes, Nancy Patricia Wright, and Kara Kirland

idea, why hasn’t anyone done this before?’ As someone who works in the Hospitality industry, my mindset is hyper-focused on providing great service but also leaving a lasting

Sweet finish by the BE Chocolat chocolate experts

celebration of the senses. My career and passion is in the wine industry, but as a model, my background pulls from the fashion industry, and it was incredible to connect with these

impression. Wei was the facilitator of bringing

two worlds simultaneously and combine

together like-minded creative individuals who

both of my interests through this event - an

got to thrive off each other and with each

overlap that I never really thought was pos-

other to build something one-of-a-kind... and

sible, let alone one where I could contribute

then she did it twice! While following a similar

creatively. No one in this experience brought

format, the two events resulted in complete-

just one thing to the table; the collaboration

ly different artistic outputs, with everyone on

overlapped and intertwined.”

the team bringing their unique backgrounds

Penfolds 600 was a great choice as our

of expertise together to enhance the overall

final pairing, and it showcased contemporary CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE




Club Chefs shine at GlenArbor Golf Club BY DIANA DELUCIA


he fourth annual Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Awards and the first Golf

foursomes enjoyed a shotgun start by GlenArbor Starter

ation (NGCRA) at the prestigious GlenArbor Golf Club, Bedford Hills, New York,

Keith Hernandez and the entire Golf Shop and Outside

was a sell-out event and enjoyed by all on September 8th, 2022. Competing teams arrived at the GlenArbor clubhouse at 11 a.m., built on the White


shots at the driving range started the day. At 12.30 p.m.,

Kitchen Invitational sponsored by The National Golf Course Restaurant Associ-

Service Staff proceeded their day on the renowned Gary Player-designed golf course.

Estate site, one of the largest historic estates in the Town of Bedford. Designed by

Local area club chefs were stationed out on the course

Mark Finlay of Fairfield, Connecticut, the 30,000 square feet clubhouse is situated on

and served up a mini feast that was enjoyed by partici-

a commanding site overlooking the golf course and provides countless amenities in an

pants and members of the prestigious club. Matt O’Con-

intimate and comfortable environment.

nor, Director of Culinary Operations at Wee Burn Country

The Golf Kitchen Invitational kicked off at 11:00 a.m. with well wishes via video from

Club, Darian, Connecticut, served up first-class course

Rob Labritz, Tour Champion and Director of Golf at GlenArbor. A continental breakfast

cuisine and signature cocktails including Citrus Cured Ahi

and a Transfusion station supplied by Fred Evanko, Owner of Links Drinks, and practice

Tuna with Avocado Terrine, Imperial Caviar, Yuzu Scented



1. Designed by Mark Finlay of Fairfield, CT., the GlenArbor clubhouse is situated on a commanding site overlooking the golf course 2. Chrissie Bennett, Executive Chef at Winged Foot Golf Club 3. Brown Butter Hazelnut Cake, recipe by Marisa Hernandez

with lots of add-ins and paired a classic Azalea cocktail. Kelly Morrow, the Executive Chef at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, New Jersey, served Tennessee Hot Chicken Sliders with Pimento Cheese, Habanero Hot Sauce, and Spicy Pickles and then packed a burning hot taste with his Cherry Moonshine Lemonade! Winners of the Invitational were announced during the awards dinner; Gross Winner: Warren Burdock, Brian Conroy, Chris Meringolo, and Philip Manceri of Wee Burn Country Club, Net Winner: Matthew Mosebrook, Branden



Crème Fraiche, Poppadom Crisps and Cilantro paired with a Tequila Lime Sparkler. Matthew Norman, Sous Chef at Pine Orchard Yacht Club, Branford, CT served Seared Diver Scallops with Native Corn, Chili Infused Tomato and Cucumber Froth paired with a Basil Cucumber Gin Fizz; Daniel Hess CC. CHS Chef de Cuisine at Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, New York created a Street Taco Station with Pulled Pork, Shibazi Chicken and Duck Tacos CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE





Komm, Tim Hughes and Tim Mullen of Chefs Warehouse,


The weather was perfect from start to finish, and at

Golf Course Restaurant Association and Longest Drive on

7.30 p.m., guests were ushered to the main dining room

Hole #15: Scott Vallary, Business Development, DE Title.

for more culinary adventures.

Members of GlenArbor, Invitational participants, and

Fernando Silva, Wine Director, Sommelier, and Wine

guests began arriving at 6:30 p.m. for this annual event’s

Critic, at GlenArbor, was the evening’s MC and opened

cocktail hour on the Lakeview Terrace. Michael Ruggi-

the dinner with an entertaining speech for which he is

ero, Executive Chef, and his staff at GlenArbor provided

renowned, followed by Golf Kitchen’s President Diana

a unique experience with passed hors d’oeuvres and

DeLucia. Delucia discussed the event’s development and

a fantastic live-action station consisting of Veal Breast,

purpose and future initiatives and introduced Steve Cohen,

Wild Mushrooms, and Butternut Spaetzle. Zouhair Bell-

President of NGCRA, the event’s Lead Sponsor.

out, Executive Chef at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Greens-

The first course was a Korean Braised Pork Belly with

boro, Georgia, delivered his live-action station of Black

Red Beet Gnocchi, Yuzu Compressed Melon, Chipo-

Garlic Macarons, Kabocha Squash, Cured Duck, Rosewa-

tle Honey Gastrique, Pork Fat Crumb, Strawberry Fluid

ter Pickled Onion Jam, and Micro Mustard Greens, and his

Gel, Carrot Ginger Silk, Upland Cress, Basil Crystal, and

action station Crispy Rice, Tuna, Chili Garlic, Spicy Mayo

Finger Lime created by Hannah Flora-Mihajlovic, Chef de

with Caviar, Green Onions, and Micro Greens. were supplied by Caymus and Martinis by Lucinda Sterling, Managing Partner at Middle Branch cocktail lounge in Manhattan. A cover band led by Johnny Bliss entertained with classical jazz and Spanish music fitting for the occasion. “It was a great experience; cooking with all the different chefs and meeting other industry individuals is always fun. Needless to say, being a part of the movement of showcasing the high level of culinary talent at golf clubs 34


is a great honor,” said Zouhair Bellout, Executive Chef at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

Closest to the Pin on Hole #11: Patrik Waxin of the National

The Macallan provided cocktail hour tastings, Wines


Cuisine at Addison Reserve Country Club and the 2021 4. L-R: Hannah FloraMihajlovic, Zouhair Bellout, Anthony Capua, Dwayne Edwards, and Shawn Olah Image by Wei Liu 5. Herb Crusted Loin of Domestic Lamb, recipe by Shawn Olah 6. Daniel Hess, Chef de Cuisine, Westchester Hills Golf Club, NY

Golf Kitchen Rising Star awardee. Silva paired the dish with Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, Fairfield, California, 2021. The first awardee of the night in attendance was Chrissie Bennett, Executive Chef at Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York. DeLucia presented Chef Bennett with the 2022 Rising Star Award with a heartfelt statement about her journey to one of the industry’s finest golf establishments. The second course was served by Wes Tyler CEC, CCA,

WCMC, Executive Chef at The Club at Carlton Woods, The Woodlands, Texas. His Epigrammes de Filet de Sole au Grand-Duc with Poached Crayfish Tails, Buttered Asparagus Tips, Sliced Autumn Truffles, Mushroom Liquor, and Soft Herbs was a hit and was paired with Mer Soleil Chardonnay, Saint Lucia Highlands, California 2020. The Purveyor of the Year award was presented to Natalia Cabrera, President of Khayyan Specialty Foods, who has been a strong advocate for Club chefs and continuously brings superior products from Spain and Italy to the industry. Next, The Culinary Excellence Award for an Outstanding Private Golf Club or Country Club was presented to Wes Tyler on behalf of The Club at Carlton Woods. The third course was Herb Crusted Loin of Domestic


Lamb, Cauliflower Cream, Golden Raisin, Parisienne Potato, Maitre D, Natural Ash and Griotte Cherry Glace presented by

passion and sincere thirst for knowledge is key in defining

Shawn Olah, Executive Chef at Highlands Falls Country Club

the role of the Modern-day Sommelier or Wine Director!

in Highlands, North Carolina, paired with Caymus, Cabernet

It was a great Honor to discover such talent and qualities

Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2020.

in an individual like Alfredo.” expressed Fernando Silva.

Marisa Hernandez, the Executive Pastry Chef at GlenA-

“The Golf Kitchen Invitational and Culinary Excellence

rbor Golf Club, ended the dinner flawlessly with a Brown

Awards dinner is a truly spectacular event that showcases

Butter Hazelnut Cake with Lemon Mousse, Grapefruit, and

the work of great Chefs from around the country. The

Poached Red Wine Pears, paired with Peyraguey, Premier

planning, networking, and passion that went into every

Cru Classe de Sauternes, Bordeaux, France 2009.

aspect of the day exceeded all expectations. The NGCRA

Fernando Silva presented the second annual Golf

was proud to be the Lead Sponsor!” Steven Cohen, CEO,

Kitchen Wine Program Award to Alfredo Hildebrandt,

National Golf Course Restaurant Association.

Assistant General Manager at Sycamore Hills Golf Club,

Silva and DeLucia closed the event with a tasting of

Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Macallan, tea, and coffee; guests signed the tradi-

“After an exhaustive review of Wine Lists and Wine

tional aprons and collected gift bags.

programs from all the Private Clubs, I found that the most suitable candidate for this prestigious award was definitely Alfredo Hildebrandt at Sycamore Hills Golf Club”. “The 8 7. The National Golf Course Restaurant Association team! L-R: Kip Mewborn, Senior Vice President, Faith Mewborn, Administrative Director, Patrik Waxin, Chairman/ Co-Founder, Peter Fischbach, Regional Director of Business Development, Steve Cohen, CEO/ Co-Founder, Tory Eulenfeld, National Director of Member Services and Programs Oliver Schindler, Executive Vice President


8. Black Garlic Macarons, recipe by Zouhair Bellout 9. Crispy Rice, Tuna, recipe by Zouhair Bellout



Dry Creek Kitchen Progressive American Wine Country Cuisine by Legendary Chef Charlie Palmer By Fred Bollaci

Dry Creek Kitchen by Chef Charlie Palmer

floor-to-ceiling windows and oversized doors

to creating dishes featuring regional Ameri-

is set on Healdsburg’s historic tree lined Plaza

which open to a lovely patio, evoking wine

can ingredients at the sublime Aureole, at the

at the Hotel Healdsburg that combines vibrant

country’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

American cooking and world class bottlings


time situated in a 19th century town house

Palmer received critical acclaim for his

off Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. After two

with the intimate charm of a small town and

signature Progressive American cooking, a

decades in its landmark location, Palmer’s flag-

true wine country hospitality.

style built on rambunctious flavors and unex-

ship restaurant took up residence in the spec-

Palmer brings his signature style to Sonoma

pected combinations with a deep and lasting

tacular One Bryant Park in Times Square, one

County with ingredients grown and raised by

infusion of classical French technique. Born

of the world’s most environmentally advanced

farms up the road and wines by local vintners.

and raised in upstate New York and classi-

skyscrapers, where it continued its culinary

Chef Palmer was drawn to Healdsburg for its

cally trained at the Culinary Institute of Amer-

legacy of intense flavors and unexpected

incredible produce, world-class wines, and a

ica, Charlie Palmer started his Executive Chef

combinations matched by an award-winning

sense of community. The inviting dining room

career at The River Café in Brooklyn, NY. In

wine list. In 1999, Palmer opened Aureole in

is punctuated by sculptural floral arrangements,

1988, Palmer made a landmark commitment

the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, and his



Creek Kitchen

vintner Clay Mauritson, now in its tenth vintage. Chef Wyatt Keith worked at Palmer’s Harvest Table in St. Helena, and quickly climbed the ranks at Dry Creek Kitchen, becoming Executive Chef in 2021. Wyatt’s skill, respect for ingredients, and passion for his craft make him a natural fit for Dry Creek Kitchen. Chef Palmer says, “It’s been great watching Wyatt work hard and grow into the role of Executive Chef. His kitchen and cooking style lends itself naturally to DCK and I’m thrilled to have him as a leader in the kitchen.”

tion of their wine selections by sharing details

We were treated to an exquisite pairing

of the journey of the grape from the vineyard to

of Dry Creek Kitchen’s signature dishes with

the table. For an aperitif or night cap, don’t miss

local wines, chosen by Sommelier Erin Miller.

Spirit Bar in the adjacent Hotel Healdsburg’s

While many sommeliers have shifted course

stylish Fireplace Lobby Lounge.

to become winemakers, Erin has the rather

Our beautiful dinner began with a toast and

unusual distinction of coming to her new role as

a sampling of signature appetizers, includ-

a veteran winemaker rather than as a somme-

ing local Highway 12 Heirloom Melon with

lier, and feels that her passion and expertise

Romano-Palmer Coppa and Castelvetrano

for making wine will provide restaurant guests

olive crumble, Belfiore Burrata with summer

with a different perspective. Initially planning to

squash escabeche and heirloom tomato and

become a doctor, Erin’s path led her to become

petite basil, Seared Spanish Octopus with

a vigneron, developing an understanding of

heirloom cucumber, cherry tomato, avocado,

the grape growing process and how every

pickled Fresno chile, and fingerlime, Palmer

decision made in the vineyard affects the

Estate Tomato Salad with charred Dry Creek

final product fueled her passion. Prior to join-

Peach, pistachio, golden balsamic vinaigrette,

ing the Dry Creek Kitchen team, she worked

and toasted focaccia, Forever Oceans Kanpa-

with Evening Land Vineyards, Twomey Cellars,

chi Crudo with watermelon, Bricoleur serrano,

and Provingage Wine Associates, and contin-

and petite mint, a feast for the senses! For

ues to make wine with grower friends. We

entrees, we enjoyed Wild Mushroom Rigatoni

enjoyed her enthusiasm and passion in help-

with toybox tomato, sweet corn, and Brico-

ing deepen guests’ experience and apprecia-

leur marjoram, Roasted Mary’s Chicken with caramelized garlic, herb butter, charred lemon,

modern American steakhouse, Charlie Palmer

and wilted greens, Seared Liberty Duck Breast

Steak in The Four Seasons. Over the next 20

with Dry Creek yellow peach, Fregola Sarda,

years, Palmer combined his creative cook-

and friseé, Painted Hills Prime New York Strip

ing spirit and flair for business into 15 notable

with potato pave, Bricoleur Vineyards braised

locations spanning the country and a growing

radish and leek, and Big Glory Bay Salmon with

collection of boutique hotels.

nardello pepper, fennel dashi, and crisp caper.

A frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show,

Last but certainly not least were a dazzling

Bravo’s Top Chef, The Rachael Ray Show and

array of desserts: Meyer Lemon Bar with

more, Palmer is also the author of six

toasted meringue and blueberry-passionfruit

cookbooks. He and his family live bi-coastally

coulis, Dry Creek Olive Oil Cake with citrus curd,

between New York and Healdsburg, CA,

caramelized pineapple, and mint, Strawberry

also home to his vineyards—the foundation

Shortcake with strawberry mousse, lemon

for Charlie Clay Pinot Noir, a joint venture with

buttermilk cake, and vanilla Bavarian Cream. ☐ CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



Matheson and Roof 106

The Matheson and Roof 106 by Chef Dustin Valette: A Love Letter to Sonoma County rin Oriental Hotel Honolulu, a five-star, five-diamond property; the exclusive North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, California; and VOX Restaurant & Wine Lounge in Henderson, Nevada. Most recently, Valette spent six years as Executive Chef at Dry Creek Kitchen, a Charlie Palmer restaurant in downtown Healdsburg. At Dry Creek Kitchen, he gathered great acclaim for the strong relationships he cultivated with local farmers and purveyors in order to provide the restaurant with the area’s freshest and most unique ingredients. Valette was known for his exceptional ability to pair some of the country’s best wines with his intense, flavorful and dynamic cuisine. In 2015, along with his brother Aaron Garzini, Dustin opened Valette Restaurant, showcasing 47 years of combined restaurant experience, and a deep passion and dedication to Sonoma Country and its food and wine purveyors and producers. Originally from Sonoma County, Valette is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He currently resides with his wife, their two young daughters and two dogs in


The Matheson, in the heart of Healdsburg,

grandfather’s bakery was transformed into a

Downtown Healdsburg, a block away from the

with two unique restaurant concepts under

gorgeous multi-level restaurant—incorporat-

restaurant. The Matheson opened in Septem-

one roof, is the most talked about restau-

ing elegant contemporary décor while paying

ber 2021 to rave reviews!

rant opening in Sonoma this past year! Chef/

homage to the history of the building, and the

Owner Dustin Valette was recognized as

family’s long legacy in Sonoma County.

Executive Chef Matt Brimer’s menu is progressive American and hyper-local, featur-

one of VENÜ’s esteemed Fearless Chef’s in

Dustin Valette honed his craft in some of

ing ingredients like locally foraged fungi from

our Spring 2018 issue after dining at his first

the most celebrated restaurants on the West

a secret stand on the slopes of rolling forest,

Healdsburg restaurant, Valette.

Coast, including the Michelin-starred Aqua

or a Purple Heart tomato cultivated from a

The Matheson is stunning—the same

in San Francisco and Napa Valley’s Bouchon.

farm within walking distance of the restaurant.

century old building that housed his great

Additional credits include Hokus at the Manda-

Start with some vino at the legendary wine


wall, featuring 88 global selections available

cucumber, caraway, and dill, Summer Melon

by taste, sip, or glass and proceed to dine in

with cured salmon belly, kohlrabi, gochugaru,

the gorgeous main dining room with soaring

and mint, Heirloom Tomatoes with brokaw

ceilings, colorful murals, and open kitchen, or

avocado, sesame, nori tapenade, and shiso,

upstairs at Roof 106, the stylish rooftop bar and

and Brentwood Corn Soup with queso de

sophisticated al fresco seating area where

oaxaca, and squash blossom flowering cilan-

guests enjoy handcrafted cocktails made with

tro for starters.

seasonal fruits, flowers, and herbs, pizza and

For entrees, we enjoyed Alaskan Hali-

small plates from the Mugnaini wood-fired

but with pole beans, apricot, red curry, and

oven that tends to spark the palate (and conver-

Monterey squid, Wild King Salmon with baby

sations). The stylish setting, with comfortable

eggplant, zucchini, sauce Charon, and Monte-

seating perched high above Healdsburg

rey squid, Aged Sonoma Duck with brassi-

amidst planters and fire-pits reminded me of

cas, stone fruit, peanut, and basil, Fried Green

a hip restaurant in the Parioli neighborhood

Tomatoes with succotash, mole verde, and

of Rome!

gooseberry, Corn Finished American Beef with

To do this story justice (and because we

yellow corn, porcini, and alliums fermented

couldn’t resist), we ate here two times during

garlic. For dessert, the Central Coast Straw-

our visit to Healdsburg—the first night at The

berries with vanilla pudding, pistachio cake,

Matheson’s main dining room, and another

and granola was the perfect ending!

evening, we stopped in to unwind after a long

At Roof 106, we started with Orange &

day of wine tasting and enjoyed a casual, yet

Rosemary Crusted Marinated Olives, Blis-

celebratory meal upstairs at Roof 106!

tered Shishito Peppers, Marcona Almonds,

At The Matheson, we enjoyed the Bread

and house made Chorizo, and Warm Sesame

& Butter (with house made butter), Osetra

Crusted Ahi Tuna Tataki with Kombu emulsion,

Caviar with shiitake mushroom “XO”, yukon

barrel aged soy, puffed rice, and sesame snow.

potato, and cured egg yolk, Duck & Shrimp

We couldn’t wait to try the pizzas—we got one

Shumai with foie gras, kimchee, and scallion,

with Broccolini, Charred Onion & Calabrian

Mt. Lassen Trout with horseradish yogurt,

Chile, Feta, Preserved Lemon, a second with

Summer Truffle & Mushroom, Lomo, Buratta, Local Mushrooms, Crispy Shallots, and Porcini Crema, and my favorite, the Smoked Salmon, Roasted Garlic, Preserved Lemon, Red Onion, Dill, and Capers with the addition of an order of Valette Osetra Caviar & Creme Fraiche per person to decadently decorate our pizza! Two other “must’s” were the Burrata + Grilled Peach “Salad” with shishito, arugula, mint, peach-balsamic gastrique, and focaccia, and the gorgeous Whole Roasted Branzino with warm farro salad, asparagus, pickled vegetables, and piquillo pepper vinaigrette. For sweets, we balanced the decadent with the refreshing: Hazelnut Panna Cotta with white chocolate feuilletine, Volo Chocolate S’mores, and the Peach Sorbet with Lemon Gelee Push-Pop. Oh What a night! ☐




Santé at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn:

California Fusion With A Sonoma Passion

breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is a favorite among locals as well as guests who are invited to relax, share a thoughtfully prepared meal accompanied with a locally-sourced glass of wine or cocktail. We were fortunate to dine al fresco on a gorgeous evening, overlooking the Olympic sized pool, gardens, and historic water tower and enjoyed a multi-course menu, expertly

Santé at the beautiful, luxurious, historic


nary team presents an approachable menu

paired with local wines, including some

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn showcases

that includes flavors, techniques and recipes

special collections by Marla and Geoff Bedro-

an enviable number of regional artisans and

from several cultures. Seasonal ingredients

sian of Domaine de la Riviere in the Russian

producers. With a reverence to fresh, simple

from regional producers (which include winer-

River Valley. We began with Tsar Nicolai

preparation and the use of local and sustain-

ies, breweries, ranches, fisheries and farm-

Select Caviar and house made potato crisps,

able ingredients whenever possible, the culi-

ers) are always center stage. Santé serves

and Pacific oysters. For the next course, we


enjoyed local Halibut Crudo with smoked trout roe and wasabi, salt roasted baby beets with macadamia tofu and sorrel, BBQ Spiced Heirloom Carrots with “Ranch” and pickled mustard seeds, Belfiore Burrata with grilled peach, pistachio, and burnt honey, Bison Carpaccio with Vella Dry Jack, shaved artichoke, parsley aioli, and rocket, and Grilled & Glazed Quail with charred grapes and fennel pollen, which reminded me of a dish I enjoyed in Tuscany. Being Italian, I can’t shy away from a pasta course—if you put them on the menu, I’m going to try them! The Squid Ink Linguine with mussels, shrimp, and sea urchin butter and the Sweet Corn Ravioli with blistered tomato, Romano beans, lobster mushroom, and basil were delizioso! For entrees, we enjoyed the Seared Black Cod with green garbanzo, sprouted cauliflower, and mole beurre blanc, 7-Day Dry Aged Duck Breast featured a confit duck leg, wild rice, fig, and brandy jus, and the Llano Seco Pork Chop with red flint polenta, fermented blueberry jus, and dandelion, which lent a light, luscious summery touch. The Violet Mustard Crusted Lamb Rack with Duck Fat Potatoes and the Westholme Wagyu Chateaubriand with Meyer Lemon & Poblano Béarnaise were definitely highlights of a superb meal—cooked to perfection! Save room for dessert! Choose from Chef’s Favorite Local Cheeses with fresh apple, Marcona almonds, and date jam, Strawberry

Shortcake with white chocolate mousse, biscuit crumble, and basil, Chamomile Panna Cotta with fresh blackberry and local honeycomb, Yellow Peach, Thyme & Almond Tart with brown butter and sage ice cream, or a S’mores Kit with toasting fork for the fire. Adjacent 38° North Wine Bar at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is wine country’s hottest lounge. The venue’s sleek design respects the property’s minimalist aesthetic while maximizing the historic nuances and mission-style architecture of the storied Inn. The inspiration for the unique Wine-centric lounge is the temperate latitude of the 38th parallel, along which the world’s most iconic wine regions sit including Spain’s Alicante, Italy’s Calabria, New Zealand’s Hunter’s and Hawke’s Bay and

we provide a thoughtful dining experience for

of course Sonoma Valley.

our modern yet humble guests and focused

In addition to the wonderful cuisine, The

on the amazing flavors in Sonoma’s bountiful

Inn boasts geothermal fed mineral pools, a

harvest. I’m overwhelmed by all that Sonoma

world class spa, and access to champion-

has to offer, from the fruits and vegetables

ship golf at the neighboring Sonoma Golf

at roadside stands or crab and salmon from

Club. The iconic AAA Four-Diamond Fair-

the Pacific. Local cheese makers provide the

mont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa provides

perfect accompaniment to Sonoma’s great-

an impeccable setting to relish the enviable

est produce, its stunning wines. Sonoma is a

Sonoma lifestyle. Like the Native Americans

chef’s dream locale, and I’m proud to call this

who revered the site as a sacred healing

area my home.”

ground, you’ll live in harmony with nature

— Jared Reeves, Executive Chef at Fairmont

through vast open spaces, beautifully land-

Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. ☐

scaped grounds, majestic redwood trees and inspiring sunsets. “I bring passion, creativity, and high energy to the kitchen. I’ve an eye for local and sustainable produce. Along with my talented team,





Napa and Sonoma Where to Wine and Dine in America’s Most Renowned Wine Region By Fred Bollaci

This past June, my friends, Tracey Thomas, Owner/Publisher of VENÜ Magazine, her husband, Matthew Sturtevant, and I enjoyed our first visit to California wine country since COVID. It was wonderful to see old friends and to make wonderful new friendships. As excited as we were to be in wine country, it was bittersweet. We couldn’t help but notice mile after mile of devastation from the wildfires that have ravaged the area. There literally was not a person we met that wasn’t personally affected by the fires or the pandemic. 42


Sonoma We began our adventures in Sonoma, starting in Healdsburg, a storybook town in northern Sonoma County. It has an air of sophistication yet does not lose the fact that its main industry center around winemaking, which, as all the winemakers told us, is farming—growing and nurturing the grapes that are crafted into the next great vintage. Napa and Sonoma welcome visitors from

Napa and Sonoma with our dining plans. We enjoyed visiting the following wineries and meeting many passionate folks behind these excellent wines. J. Cage Cellars in downtown Windsor, is a true family affair by Roger and Donna Beery, transplants from Austin, Texas. For the Beery’s, winemaking is their “second act,” Donna a “recovering CPA” and Roger involved in radio and a well-known wine blog. The couple started visiting Sonoma in the 1980’s and fell in love. Their passion for wine rubbed off on their kids—son Conch came in 2015 as their winemaker, while the Beery’s began by consulting with Adam Lee of Siduri. 2022 marks their 14th vintage—like many, they became captivated by Sonoma and never left. Valley is a narrow stretch of land that runs

We enjoyed Sauvignon Blanc, which mim-

along the Russian River’s banks, known for

icked a French Sancerre from grapes which

its mix of fog and sun, promoting a long,

pre-date prohibition. The Van Der Kamp

well-balanced growing season and wines

Pinot Noir from 1,600’ elevation on Sonoma

with rich, velvety fruit flavors. The Bedro-

Mountain highlighted juicy black fruit, rose

sians fell in love with the area after many

petal, and forest floor on the palate—a Pinot

visits, and purchased their property in 2011,

lovers Pinot!

selling their grapes at first, but after a few years and extensive involvement nurturing the vines, they began creating their own wines, employing the expertise of vineyard manager Matt Reilly and winemakers Kale

Papapietro Perry, in the heart of Dry Creek Valley was founded in 1998 by Ben and Yolanda Papapietro and Bruce and Renae Perry. Like many successful ventures,

Anderson and Erin Miller from Twomey Cellars. Their boutique wines include luscious Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé. While the wines were phenomenal, it’s all about the people—being guests at our friends’ home, around the world to experience not only

playing with their Labrador puppies Windsor

the wines, but the food—which reflects the

(named after the nearby town) and Bear

local bounty. Napa and Sonoma have given

while sipping wines on the sun-drenched

birth to and attracted some of America’s

back terrace overlooking the shimmering

finest chefs, who proudly pay homage to

pool, golden vineyards, and setting sun was

this region.


In Healdsburg, we stayed with friends Marla

It helps to know Shari Gherman, Presi-

and Geoff Bedrosian at their gorgeous 25-acre estate in the heart of Russian River Valley’s Middle Reach, where the grapes are home-grown and crafted into Domaine de la Rivière wines. The Russian River

dent and Co-Founder of the American Fine Wine Competition in South Florida, of which we are a media partner. Shari helped us organize our winery visits, seamlessly blending the best wines in CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



Papapietro Perry Winery was hatched in

with her first vintage has continued for over

a garage, producing wine for a handful of

twenty years, resulting in dozens of medals.

friends and having fun. Word spread and

Although she learned the basic elements of

both embraced that this should be more

wine chemistry as a Biochemistry major in

than a hobby. Ben and Bruce took jobs at

college, she credits her hands-on learning

area wineries and learned all they could;

along with relying on her senses during the

they soon realized the wines they were

production process to know when it’s time

making could compete with other premium

to blend or bottle. The family planted their

California Pinot Noirs. They purchased a

first vineyards high in the mountains of the

production facility in Sonoma and Papa-

northern part of Dry Creek, naming their

pietro Perry was born. Their approach to

vineyards after their children. Today, each of

winemaking was and remains minimalist.

their children has a role in the business.

“We make wine that we want to drink. We take our wines seriously but not ourselves,” said Ben. Sadly, Bruce passed away earlier

Ferrari-Carano Winery is one of Sonoma’s most recognized producers. Located in Dry

this year, but the proud legacy of Papapietro Perry continues in the wine, food, and hospitality, right down to a delightful tasting

spired menu featuring dishes prepared with

with Ben and being greeted by Nola, the Perry’s winery dog.

ingredients from the estate gardens.

Wilson Family, also in Dry Creek, was

Williamson Wines in downtown Healdsburg is known for their full flavor due to the

founded in 1993 by Ken and Diane Wil-

exceptional fruit grown in their twenty-plus

son. The winery’s barn is one of the oldest

vineyards located in specific sites across

structures in Dry Creek Valley, and has been

Napa and Sonoma, as well as their pas-

lovingly restored to provide a state-of-the-

sion for pairing food with wine. The winery

art venue for their award-winning winemak-

and vineyards are sustainably managed

ing. Diane Wilson started her winemaking

to minimize chemical use so these natural

career by winning Best of Class for her

wines are produced with minimal inter-

wine. The instant success she experienced

vention retaining the integrity of flavor and sense of place. Bill and Dawn Williamson Creek Valley and home to Ferrari-Carano’s

are 4th generation winemakers whose family

Villa Fiore Wine Shop & Tasting Room, the

established their own vineyards in Australia

Estate Winery was built in 1981 and focus-

in 1919. In 1980, the couple came to Cali-

es on producing Ferrari-Carano’s stellar

fornia for a business trip, visited Sonoma,

white wines. The grapes are harvested at

and decided to stay! Sam Williamson (their

night, when temperatures are the coolest,

son) is the winemaker, who produces wines

resulting in crisp and intense fruit flavors.

from sustainably farmed vineyards without

Ferrari-Carano has two acclaimed wine-

additives. Their low sulfite content reduces

makers—Sarah Quider oversees whites

the risk of histamine headaches, and not

and Rebecka Deike oversees reds. I highly

using any animal products qualifies them as

recommend enjoying “La Colazione Itali-

vegan. The most unique wine in the William-

ana” (Italian-style Sunday Wine Breakfast/

son portfolio is the Sparkling Shiraz, with

Brunch)—sit outside on the lovely Sycamore

deep purple color, made in the traditional

Grove terraces overlooking gardens and

Méthode Champenoise.

beautiful estate and enjoy a flight of the reserve wines with a seasonal, Italian-in44


Moshin Vineyards, in the heart of the Russian River Valley was founded by Rick

Moshin, a San Jose State University math

hillside acts as a wind tunnel, which cools

instructor who built Moshin from the ground

and stresses the grapes, resulting in thicker

up. Today, you can still find Rick tending

skins and more full-bodied wines. Walter

vineyards, tasting barrels in the cellar,

Schug was the founding winemaker for Jo-

conducting virtual wine events, building

seph Phelps before starting his own winery.

furniture for the tasting room, or making

Today, the family is in its third generation,

repairs. Since 1989, Rick has been pro-

with Walter’s son, Axel Schug as Managing

ducing natural terroir-driven and delicious

Partner, and his wife Kristine, a graduate

wines, focusing on sustainable vineyard

of the CIA at Greystone whose cuisine

practices followed by light-handed fermen-

pairs exceptionally with the family’s wines.

tation techniques—utilizing native yeasts, no

German-born winemaker Johannes Scheid

additives, and the gentle movement of grav-

was handpicked for a 2009 internship

ity from the tank to the barrel and bottling

at Schug by Walter, eventually becom-

line. The early 1990’s found Rick teaching

ing head winemaker, and is dedicated

mathematics at San Jose State during the

to preserving the legacy of terroir-driven

week and farming his 10-acre Pinot Noir

European-style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

vineyard on the weekends, connecting with

The 2021 White Pinot, Ricci Vineyard was

local winemaking icons and grape growers

one of the most unique wines we tried all

such as Davis Bynum, Gary Farrell, and

week, where grape skins were briefly put

Joe Rochioli, gleaning knowledge, grape

in the barrels to add complexity, resulting

cuttings and even selling some of his own grapes to Davis Bynum for a Bynum-Moshin bottling. These deep roots have built a solid foundation upon which Moshin Vineyards has grown to 25 acres and garnered critical acclaim.

district, at the southern end of Sonoma County before heading to Napa. Fulcrum, whose tasting room is in downtown Sonoma began in 2006 as a hobby by David Rossi from New Jersey, who attended

Next on our Sonoma itinerary was a visit to the town of Sonoma and the Carneros

in a bright, delicate wine with stone fruit flavors and honeysuckle nuances. Both the 2019 Heritage Chardonnay and the Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir with its rose and quince quality, paired beautifully with Chef Kristine’s charcuterie.

UC Davis to study winemaking. Fulcrum’s focus is on Pinot Noir, currently producing 2,000 cases, and sourcing grapes from all over California. We tried the 2020 Brut Rosé of Pinot Noir, which features notes of melon, white pepper, and strawberries. The 2019 Pinot from Petaluma Gap, which is known for onshore wind which nails the vineyard, stressing skins, allowing grapes to thicken and have a longer hang time, more fruit, and darker, bolder fruit was light and luscious. Pinot Noir is considered the toughest grape to grow, preferring short warm days and cool nights to ripen and preserve the fruit. Schug Carneros Estate began by Walter Schug in 1980 and spans 50 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Carneros is located just north of San Pablo Bay and is known for its breezes—the only AVA which spans both

Moshin Vineyards

Sonoma and Napa Counties. The adjacent CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE




Carneros della Notte was founded in 2003 by founder David Harmon, whom we met years ago at Florida Winefest in

Continuing through Carneros, we crossed

Sarasota. His Pinot vineyard is chemical free

into Napa County.

and the grapes are harvested by hand and exclusively at night while the juice chemistry

Our first stop, Domaine Carneros is known

is more stable. Carneros della Notte uses

as a small grower-producer of Méthode

a glow-in-the-dark wine label to further artic-

Traditionelle sparkling wine, Pinot Noir,

ulate the winery’s unique approach to Pinot

and their breathtakingly beautiful Château

Noir production. Engaged in viticulture and

overlooking the sun-drenched vines of Car-

hands-on farming, Dave commits himself to

neros. Founded by the noble family behind

the vines throughout the growing season,

Champagne Taittinger, Domaine Carner-

doing labor-intensive management and

os was established in 1987 when Claude

timely harvest. The result is balanced, fruit

Taittinger selected a 138-acre parcel in the

and spice-based wines with the structure

heart of Napa’s Carneros district, wisely

and depth to age gracefully. David Harmon

choosing Eileen Crane-often referred to as

is also the founder of Own a Napa Vineyard,

America’s doyenne of Sparkling Wine, to

where you are invited to purchase your own

oversee the development of the Taittinger

vine(s) for the year, attend a harvest party,

style in Carneros. Eileen Crane spoke of the estate’s wines in terms of “balance, depth

of experience in all facets of the wine indus-

of flavor and wonderful finish; great aroma,

try to Domaine Carneros. Their sparkling

elegant style and little, tiny bubbles. Classic.

wines range from the classic vintage-dated

Sophisticated. Timeless. Think Audrey Hep-

Brut cuvee to the luxury Le Rêve Blanc de

burn in a little black dress.” In 2020, after

Blancs. All the fruit comes from their six

33 years, Crane passed the torch to a new

estate vineyards comprising 400 acres in

CEO, Remi Cohen, who brings two decades


and have bottles made with your own labels with grapes from the year’s harvest. Shadowbox Cellars in downtown Napa began as a passion project for Founding Vintners Monty and Sara Preiser and Ira and Eydie Holz. Today, Shadowbox is known for age worthy Cabernets, Bordeaux Blends, Chardonnay, Sémillon, and more, producing small lots of acid-driven and food friendly wines made from grapes sourced from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties as well as Lodi, Paso Robles and the Sierra Foothills. Monty Preiser is a well-accomplished trial lawyer, Sara a spokesperson for DuPont and women’s fashion. After they became empty-nesters in South Florida, they decided to write about food and wine, which led them to Napa, becoming recognized wine writers and founders of The Preiser Key, the most complete guide to Napa wineries and restaurants. Ira and Eydie Holz share this love and appreciation for wine. Eydie works in interior design and Ira was a longtime member of the Chicago Board of Trade and The Chicago Board Options Exchange before joining the Preisers in 2009 to create Shadowbox. Justin, Monty and Sara’s son was Director of Operations for The



Preiser Key before becoming winemaker at Shadowbox. His philosophy is “Begin with fantastic vineyards that display the best characteristics for a particular variety, then, don’t screw it up.” PEJU Winery in Rutherford began in 1983 when Tony Peju and his wife Herta bought a 30-acre property in Rutherford and moved to Napa Valley to raise their two daughters. Peju began selling wines in the garage at their vineyard estate—a lengthy legal battle ensued and Peju prevailed, leading to Napa County creating the legal definition of what constitutes a winery. The Peju’s pioneered direct to consumer selling and worked to see their dream come true with completion of the iconic PEJU tower in 2003. Today, Winemaker Sara Fowler oversees five vineyards comprising 515 acres. PEJU winery is situated in the heart of the famed Rutherford appellation. The 30acre certified organic vineyard is planted to five Bordeaux varietals. Rutherford is famous defined by the phrase “Rutherford Dust” which lends notes of cocoa, choco-

Napa dated back to the 1850’s. Today, the

tains of Argentina, shipped chilled to Cay-

family’s two Cabernet Sauvignons, Caymus

mus and produced in the supple Caymus

Napa Valley and Caymus Special Selection,

style. The newest addition to the Wagner

are among the region’s most celebrated

Family of Wines is Caymus-Suisun. Only 30

wines. Chuck now works alongside two of his children, Charlie and Jenny, and the family produces diverse wines from Napa Valley, other parts of California and beyond. Charlie

minutes from Napa, Suisun Valley is still largely undiscovered. We enjoyed the 2019 Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif, a Petite Sirah, the most widely grown grape in Suisun. Jenny, Chuck’s daughter, is winemaker for

Wagner now leads Conun-

Emmolo, which is named for her maternal

drum, showcasing some

side of the family, and offers a fresh take

of the best wine regions

on Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, as well as

California has to offer,

Emmolo Sparkling, a wine worthy of cele-

as well as Mer Soleil

brating that is serious, fresh and creamy.

Chardonnays from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey County, as well as Red Schooner, a rich, dark Malbec made from grapes grown in the Andes Moun-

Frog’s Leap, now in its fourth decade, is located in the heart of Rutherford, and is the life’s work of John Williams. While an undergrad at Cornell University, he made the trip to Napa via Greyhound Bus where he met

Photo by Emma K. Morris

late and coffee to Cabernet Sauvignon. Our tasting at PEJU unexpectedly turned into THE most entertaining wine tasting any of us have experienced. Enter “Vintertainer” Alan Arnopole, a long-time area musician and regular entertainer at PEJU—we were treated to a private performance of his iconic Napa Rapa, a rap song inspired by the history and winemaking culture of Napa Valley! Caymus Vineyards, part of the Wagner Family of Wines, started in 1972 by Chuck Wagner and his late parents, Lorna and Charlie, a family of farmers whose roots in CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



Larry Turley while camping on his property,

make limited truly exclusive Napa Valley

#10 wine in the world by Wine Enthusiast!

wine on 80 acres, specializing in Zinfandel

the ’73 Stag’s Leap Cabernet, which won

Ballentine Vineyards in St. Helena has

designed to collect the rainwater from the

the famed Paris Tasting! John and Larry

been family-owned since 1906, represent-

rooftop and be used for both frost protection

coined the name Frog’s Leap and sold their

ing four generations. As a winery with deep

and irrigation. The story of the Ballentine

motorcycles to raise the cash to launch their

roots in Napa, Ballentine is a farm-to-bottle

and Pocai Families began in Lucca, Italy, and

winery. Frog’s Leap began in 1981, produc-

winery, growing all of their own grapes to

Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. The families

a former frog farm. John went to work at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and helped bottle

ing Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. In 1993 Larry sold his interest in Frog’s Leap to the Williams family to start Turley Wine Cellars. John and wife Julie found a new location for the winery, at the current 40-acre site with its historic Red Barn in Rutherford. Over the years, Frog’s Leap has become a favorite among wine enthusiasts, and one of the most recognized wine labels. Reynolds Family Winery in the Stag’s Leap District began when Steve and Suzie Reynolds purchased a chicken farm in 1995 after relocating to Napa from Stockton, CA. Steve continued his work as a dentist, initially planting the property with Cabernet Sauvignon hoping to make a few cases and sell some fruit. It wasn’t long before the couple decided to go all in. Steve sold his dental practice and they began sourcing fruit and started construction on the winery. In 1999, they released their first vintage. In 48

2011, their Cabernet Sauvignon was named


and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery was

married, combining their vineyards. Today,

wife Sarah Esther Chase Bourn. Today, the

Betty Pocai Ballentine along with son Frank

winery is run by Katie Hayne Simpson, Vint-

Ballentine continue to produce delicious

ner (great-great granddaughter of William

award-winning wines. Along with winemaker

and Sarah). Over 115 years old, Simpson

Bruce Devlin, they constantly experiment

says their vines “are wise and storied—they

with their 100+-year-old vineyards to dis-

are the heartbeat of Hayne Vineyard, and

cover their ever-evolving potential to create

the soul of the wines we produce.” Russell

new gems from each vintage.

Bevan, winemaker at Chase Cellars has a

Chase Cellars in St. Helena has been in the Chase family for five generations. In

countless number of 90-to-100-point scores from the world’s most respected critics.

1849 Captain George Chase sailed to San

Pride Mountain Vineyards, a 235-acre

Francisco in search of gold. When he came

estate with 85 vineyard acres is located

upon shore, George wrote to his friend and

some 2,000 feet above the floor of Napa

business partner William Bourn, saying “San

Valley on Spring Mountain—one of the

Francisco promises to be a most lucrative

most unique winery locations in both Napa

center for men of imagination and business

and Sonoma (it spans both counties, with

enterprise.” William, who had an eye for

a line of demarcation through the parking

good deals and ventures, couldn’t refuse

lot), an estate previously named “Summit

endured a lot lately, between the fires and

and traveled west to work with George, and

Ranch.” Due to their elevation and expo-

COVID, and are ready to welcome you!

became a successful banker. He was so suc-

sure, these vines receive roughly 27% more

Bon Voyage et Santé! ☐

cessful that the business community coined

ultraviolet light resulting in tannin and phe-

the phrase “Bourn Luck.” The property, now

nolic antioxidant levels in their red grapes

known as Hayne Vineyard, was purchased

that are measured to be roughly 25% higher

in 1872 by William Bowers Bourn and his

than on the valley floor, lending to the “mountain character” of Pride’s red wines. It is also cooler than on the floor, meaning

Photo by Brian T. Liu

the fruit does not ripen as fast, allowing for nice acidity levels. Founders Jim and Carolyn Pride met in high school, and after Jim’s successful career as a dentist and founder of The Pride Institute, which teaches dentists how to manage and build their practices, the couple purchased the historic Summit Ranch and began restoring the estate and making wine until Jim passed away in 2004. Since, their children stepped in making Pride a true family winery. We are thankful for the wonderful friendships we made in our travels through Napa

Recommended Wine Country Restaurants Bistro Jeanty (Yountville) Bottega Napa Valley (Yountville) Bravas Bar De Tapas (Healdsburg) Brix (Napa) Bouchon (Yountville) Celadon (Napa) Cole’s Chop House (Napa) The Girl and The Fig (Sonoma) Gott’s Roadside (Multiple locations) La Toque (Napa) Mustard’s Grill (Napa) Oakville Grocery (Oakville)

and Sonoma, and look forward to returning

Rutherford Grill (Rutherford)

to discover and enjoy more great wineries,

The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil

restaurants, and places to stay. We raise a glass and toast the amazing folks whose hard work and dedication make Napa and Sonoma among the top wine destina-

(Rutherford) Single Thread (Healdsburg) Valette Restaurant (Healdsburg) Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar (Healdsburg)

tions in the world. These great folks have CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE




alm trees, pools, desert well-

refresh and renew, surrounded by a plethora

Jon has been heralded as both the past

ness, and, of course, mid-century

of natural beauty. February also happens to

and the future of interior design. The name of

modern glamour & style! Holly-

be the timing of Modernism Week, the 11-day

his firm, Mr. Call Designs, is actually a cheeky

wood A-listers made Palm Springs

extravaganza of mid-century modern design

reference to the days of past when designers

their weekend retreat as far back as the 1930s

and celebration of Palm Springs' noted history

were known by Mr. or Mrs. But Jon’s energy

(apparently the Hollywood studios stipulated

as the birthplace of American Modernism. If

and panache for creating fun and fresh inte-

that while under contract, actors had to stay

you are a design lover—and especially a fan of

riors that exude modern comfort is anything

within two hours of Los Angeles so they could

mid-century modern design and architecture,

but outdated.

quickly get back to set for last minute film

this is your chance! Modernism Week takes

shoots). Had the rules been different, Palm

place February 16-26 and offers hundreds

Springs might not have become the “it desti-

of events including home tours, architectural

nation” that it was then and still is today. While

walking, biking and double-decker bus tours,

Palm Springs has evolved throughout the

tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at

years, its attraction remains strong as a place

Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours,

list was clear: I wanted to live in a community

where past meets present, and style, glam-

the Modernism Show at the PS Convention

that valued creativity, had a fabulous year

Jon Call: I had been in New York for twenty years and was looking for a change. My check-

our and wellness are plentiful. Although just a

Center, a 2-day vintage trailer show, nightly

round climate, and was near a good airport.

couple of hours from LA (depending on traffic),

parties, and a series of educational programs

Palm Springs checked all three of these boxes

this desert oasis feels like a world away.

and talks. The list goes on.

for me. It has been a great adventure ever since.

If you’re looking for a winter escape, add


Megan Reilly: Why Palm Springs? What sparked your move here?

I recently sat down with my fellow NY to CA

Palm Springs to your list! While much of the

transplant and designer friend Jon Call who

country is talking about chill factors in Febru-

now calls Palm Springs home to get his take

ary, the desert sun offers the perfect escape to

on the ideal Palm Springs visit.


MR: The Palm Springs demographic seems to have shifted younger over the last decade, both as a result of all the festivals and life-

The definition of “modernism” is “to question”. Modernism Week is a good reminder of that, and if other guests also start questioning things, they are truly going to feel the spirit of this historic movement. MR: Ok let’s talk about Palm Springs musts when planning a visit… Palm Springs has no shortage of stylish boutique hotels. What are a few of your favorites? JC: I love the hotels in town. You really get a broad spectrum, each catering to a unique personality or vibe. For classic 1940’s Hollywood glamour, you can’t beat The Colony style events that have popped up over the recent years (Coachella, Stagecoach, etc.) and, more recently, as a result of the Pandemic migration with remote working. Have you noticed this demographic shift and influence? JC: There’s this sense you get when you’ve arrived somewhere and can feel a specific vibe. Palm Springs feels on the verge of a renaissance right now. It’s become a convergence zone for people that are looking to get more out of their lives. In our own way, we are seeking a renewed modernism for our generation.

Palms. Then there is Sparrows Lodge, which is its own unique experience. It’s on acreage filled with log cabin bungalows, gardens, a killer art collection and a barn. It’s all very eclectic but it works. I love it there. MR: The must-get dinner reservation? JC: Bar Cecil reinvented the game out here restaurant-wise. It’s decorated in homage to Cecil Beaton in this quirky upbeat manner. They serve simple bistrot fare: the perfect steak frites, one of the best butter lettuce salads I’ve ever had, and the chocolate chip

Jon Call is the founder of Mr. Call Designs, a nationally recognized, award-winning luxury Interior Design firm based in Palm Springs. For more insider tips to help plan your perfect Palm Springs getaway, check out palmsprings.

cookies... Warm from the oven. You can’t go

MR: Let’s talk about modernism. Your home has been featured as part of the Modernism Week tour and so many mid-century modern fans descend upon Palm Springs each February for all those festivities and events. Ant tips to navigate Modernism Week or must-see spots that pay homage to the mid-century modernism history of the area? JC: The one thing to keep in mind, especially about the older modernist architecture in Palm Springs, is that it was all an experiment. No one knew where it would stand let alone that people would be touring these designs 80 years later! So before walking into any project, ask yourself “what problem was this architect trying to solve?” or “what questions were they trying to find answers for?”.

Christopher Kennedy Show House



DESIGN: Destination

Palm Springs

Christopher Kennedy Show House

Barns Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge

ite. It’s a mixture of home goods, fashion and lifestyle that has a certain Joshua Tree chic quality to it. The products I can’t do without are their hand-crafted face oils, soaps, balms and creams. They smell the way you imagine Palm Springs deserts would. They also make great little gifts. Also check out Mojave Flea. MR: Your favorite way to spend a Palm Springs weekend? JC: Colony Club cocktails by the pool. I could chill here with a good friend and proper cocktails for hours. It’s the reward I look forward to at the end of a long week and an antidote to everything and anything that ails you. Modernism Week

wrong. If you buy ten martinis, they create a

MR: Any other things we should consider

brass plaque and place it on the wall perma-

adding to our itinerary?

nently. It’s amazing.

JC: Take a trip to Pioneertown! It is only about a 30 minute drive away, but is so cool. Catch

MR: Best spot for more cocktails before (or

some live music at Pappy & Harriet’s or get a

after) those ten martinis?

drink and food at the nearby Red Dog Saloon.

JC: Tailor Shop. Hands down. It’s a newer venue. Seats about 50. They focus on craft

Thanks for these insider tips Jon. We can’t wait

cocktails and absolutely perfect service. It

for our next visit in February! ☐

has a certain moody, dim, sexy interior that is quite intoxicating itself! Be sure to make a reservation. MR: How about your favorite hidden gem for a casual meet-up? JC: French Miso. Get the Eggs Benedict. Run, don’t walk. It will change your life. It’s located right downtown but on a pedestrian path between buildings. It’s hidden. The garden is gorgeous. I can’t say enough good things. MR: How about shopping? JC: Thick As Thieves is my perennial favor52


Megan Reilly covers interior design, lifestyle and travel, and is based in Los Angeles. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of WestEdge Design Fair, a tradeshow and lifestyle event that takes place in Los Angeles and Dallas.








Venü Sponsors the Book Signing at Rooms with A View BY CINDY CLARKE


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tor. She designed and planted a number of

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Rose Garden. The authors’ new book offers

rior design and learn tricks of the trade from

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be signing copies of their books at the show,

talked with people lucky enough to know and

giving you the unique opportunity to purchase

work with her. In the book, they share stories

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about her personal relationships and friendships with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, designers Billy Baldwin, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and more

to give readers an unforgettable look at the life and design loves of this very special lady.

& Design Work, at the show. While we may not admit it out loud, we all

Photos provide a fascinating look at her design

love great bathrooms. After all, they are our

style, from her private home, furnishings and

go-to for primping and pampering as well as

gardens to some of her most beautiful projects.

other necessities. Who better to talk bathrooms

Going from waiter to writer of his own

than Barbara Sallick, co-founder of Waterworks.

high-profile design book, Billy Cotton made

She has curated a collection of dream bath-

his debut on the design scene in 2011, quickly

rooms designed by top architects and inte-

attracting the attention of star-studded and

rior designers in her book, The Ultimate Bath,

art-savvy crowds who relished his easy on the

that is a must-have for any bathroom reading.

eye decorating style. His first project sealed the

Responsible for some of the most beautiful

deal for him as he transformed a summer house

faucets in bathrooms and kitchens across the

for singer/songwriter Jenni Muldaur, who

US and beyond, Waterworks, a company she

housed him in an unused South Hampton shed while he worked for her. His genius opened up the doors of other major stars and luminaries who wanted him to design their homes too. Often using flea market finds that speak to his Vermont upbringing, he deftly mixes historical and modern-day styles together, weaving in bold touches of color, custom-designed furnishings and lighting, and then he adds art and artifacts that speak volumes about his on-the-mark sensibilities. He has just written a book, published by Rizzoli, about his rising star and his breakout career, along with personal stories about his projects. He will be on hand to personally sign his book, Billy Cotton, Interior




and her husband founded in 1988, began a new revolution in the American bath industry. Using the elegant European bath experience as a guide, they imported and created the finest products available, bringing unprecedented performance and style to what had been an overlooked, but necessary, area of the home. Immortalized for their historic beauty, the 18 private homes in Marc Kristal’s book, The New Old House, are especially relevant to Connecticut, where we take great pride in our historic houses. In his book, Marc traces the


Modern Living by the award-winning Sarah

refreshed historic properties for the next gener-

Blank Design Studio. Sarah Blank comes from a

ation, paying attention to sustainability, preser-

35+ year background in kitchen design and has

vation and style. It’s been praised as a best of

worked on a multitude of projects in Connecti-

both worlds approach to tasteful renovations,

cut, New York, Palm Beach, Houston, and Los

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Angeles. Her firm specializes in creating the

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finest kitchens in the area, known for being as

functional as they are beautiful. Her book takes readers through the whole design process as the firm’s designers share their expertise in creating a classic kitchen for today’s lifestyles. Designer Philip Mitchell tells stories about stunning rooms in his book Collected Interiors. Writes publisher Rizzoli, “Modern maximalist designer Philip Mitchell reveals his talent for


blending collections, family heirlooms, contemporary art, and accessories in visually creative environments that are brimming with personality, color, authenticity, and warmth.” The author

Collaborations: Stephen Chrisman

and attention to detail and includes works

takes readers on a 9-home narrative of homes,

and Tom McManus Architects by Marga-

by Bunny Williams and others. The capti-

apartments and cottages across North America

ret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural

vating stories behind the homes featured

as he helps readers learn how to blend old with

Digest, Galerie, and Elle Décor, takes read-

in the book are revealed through gorgeous

new, mix colors and patterns and make their

ers outside to country estates and urban

photography and texts narrating the genesis

homes their own.

dwellings renowned for their classic style

and evolution of each property. Slim Aarons: Style by Shawn Waldron and Kate Betts showcases the photographs of Slim Aarons in a parade of fashions, high profile personalities and places he captured during his 50-year career. Although his work was indelibly tied to fashion, Slim Aarons, at least according to the man himself, did not photograph fashion: “I didn’t do fashion. I did the people in their clothes that became the fashion.” Featuring black-and-white fashion photography and portraits of the fashionable elite and the designers behind the clothing, this book includes never-before-seen images and detailed captions written by fashion historians and is a compelling compendium of the photographer’s most stylish work. Author Shawn Waldron is an archivist and curator who specializes in photography and he oversees the Slim Aarons Archive. Kate Betts served as an editor at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Time magazines and is also the author of My Paris Dream and Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. Their collaboration is brilliant, making this book pure pleasure to look at and read. ☐ Rooms with a View show days, November 11-13, tickets start at $30. Opening night gala, November 10th. For book signings, lectures, demonstrations, and to purchase tickets visit: CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE









As humans, we’re part of the connection between the built and natural world. We tend to ignore this interrelation primarily due to how quickly we operate and disembody ourselves from something that’s not within our reach of understanding or attainable to the eye. Public Space artist Norie Sato and CGI Artist and Architect Madi Chanyshev exchange relatable design ideologies about the behavioral

VENÜ: How do you intertwine the articulation points between humanity and Nature so seamlessly? What is the importance of that in your work? MC: I believe any idea that’s arisen among people is borrowed from Nature. We are obliged to adjust the architecture to the landscape, the landscaping palette, and the shape of the environment. It is in this combination that Nature + architecture will be a masterpiece.

contexts of form and their inseparable relationship amidst humanity, structure, and the ecosphere. VENÜ: What about the shape of triangles transcends a point of connection for you? Can humans cohabitate well in triangular structures? Norie Sato: Triangles are ubiquitous – they hold an endearing meaning for me. Triangle Studios was an influential group of artists with whom I used to share a space. I use triangles in several ways in my work as they help create appropriate and inappropriate shapes. Triangular shapes are often found in 3D renderings as they allow us to imagine things when they don’t exist in reality and help us get into a space. Madi Chanyshev: I often use sharp angles and triangle shapes in architecture – as architecture is an expression of emotion, and a triangle expresses character with a desire for the future. NS: Triangles have a duality – they can be constraining, yet they have a stable shape. The corners of a triangle are disproportionate to our bodies. Triangular structures house forms and reflect mountain peaks. MC: I’m interested in knowing what inspires you and how you visualize your ideas into reality. Please elaborate. NS: Each project has an entirely different context, but the mainstay within the realm of the entire scope of my work is that I try to elevate the interaction between humans, nature, and technology in some way. The balance between the three variables in each project is not always the same: at times, it’s more subtle, and at others, more profound. The connective aspect is essential to me. E.g., “In the Fold,” the Garry oak tree directly behind the artwork becomes very prominent with images and patterns. The human aspect is not visible except in the materials and how the art components are put together. However, in “Meet Me at The Triangles,” the artwork focuses on human life in Wheaton. MD, where the installation is permanently located. – A lot less on the natural.



MEET ME AT THE TRIANGLES ©Norie Sato 18’10” x 8’4” x 17’ H Stainless steel, cast bronze

LOOP ©Chanyshev Architect

digital relates information through a brain-computer interface. We certainly can view something perceptible by touch and be deceived. On the other hand, we can translate something magnified that isn’t tangible at all through the lens of a James Webb Telescope, and it’s authentically felt. There’s an ambiguity in my approach and duality between these emerging worlds. Tactility is something that is thought through the gesture of materials as well as emotions. My work is meant to provoke a feeling. I take a broader idealistic approach in my projects that I want the partaker to arise at what their own sense of reality is. I pay close attention to these details. VENÜ: Is typography an essential element for you in your architectural statements? MC: Typography is a critical component of capturing beauty for me if I put it correctly. So yes, this is important to me. NS: The way you create the interaction between railings and walls is an interesting geometry. Are they curved, METRO STATION Objet d’ art - Architecture as a contrast in materials and forms. ©Chanyshev Architect

flat, or straight? MC: The railing elements are not only a functional component but also a design element. I enjoy working with straight forms and find straight railings are more attractive and appealing to the eye.

NS: Nature has the ability to break through what we do as human beings; it’s determined to live even in the most hostile environments. Nature commands us to find unity out of discord; even when it’s most uncontrollable, there’s a natural selection and balance in the process. I learn from Nature and implement this in my work, reflecting that our ecosystem has longevity, no matter the consequences, it endures, and we find strength in its beauty. I’m also inspired and in awe by seagulls and the shapes of their wings. Although they tend to be nuisances, they are intelligent and resourceful creatures. NS: You tend to put a lot of elements of surprise in your work. You can see it in “THE LOOP” cocktail bar and “Metro Station.” Is that purposely done? MC: In general, I am madly in love with the combination of contrasting shapes, colors, lighting, and design. In the “Metro Station” project, you can immediately see a mix of cold and heavy concrete with light, airy, bright, and warm acrylic balls. And in the scheme of the bar, we see the same technique of combining a concrete finish with warm lighting and a neon loop throughout the ceiling. As a result, people feel this contrast and can feel different emotions. VENÜ: As an installation artist, your work is demonstrated in digital and physical planes. How does one attain a sense of tactility in each of these environments? NS: The difference between the analog and digital worlds is how we interpret them. Analog relates signals or information by a continuous variable, whereas on the contrast,

HELICAL TANGO ©Norie Sato Aluminum coil mesh, stainless steel, sandblasted “eco-etched” glass Sculpture: 75’ x 5’6” x 5’6” , Glass Curtainwall: 96’ x 18’4” CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



IN THE FOLD ©Norie Sato, Corten Steel (Solanum) and Anodized aluminum, 70’ x 7’ x 2’, Photo by Kevin Shea

“I think the city of the future is a city in the sky and cities in the depths of the earth.” Madi Chanyshev



DESERT TRACERY ©Norie Sato, Cut steel, stainless steel, glass with silkscreened interlayer, Varied dimensions, Max Height of 20 ft.

FUTURE HOUSES ©Chanyshev Architect




MC: What comes out of your subconscious when you design? Is there a strong narra-

look like, what would you do differently in the built environ-

tive you want to tell that gets embedded in your story?

ment? What would we encounter when we inhabit them?

NS: Working in the public space comes with constraints, especially in an exterior envi-

MC: Cities of the future are a prevalent issue in the soci-

ronment. Longevity and durability are pivotal components of the structural elements.

ety of architects. The main problem that threatens us is

“The magic begins with the treatment of materials as they help manifest concept, and

the lack of land in the future and, consequently, the lack

it unveils into a story.” Some of the things I think about is how people will interact with

of living space for people. Now, cities are streaming hori-

the textural component. There’s a palette of materials I enjoy working with to create

zontally. I think it is worth paying attention that we also

that human touch.- Fine-grained mosaic for its permanence and softness, wood and

have a vertical space; this is the sky and the depths of

glass for fragility, and steels, aluminum, and bronzes for their strength and to avoid rust.

the earth. ☐

I see materials in an unconventional way in which vicissitude changes our perception, and that movement creates emotional value for the co-participant – creating hidden |

subtleties and whispering secrets.

All images courtesy of Chanyshev Architects and

NS: Given the opportunity to rethink or reimagine what the new cities of the future would

Norie Sato.

IMAGILAND FAMILY CENTER ©Chanyshev Architect, in collaboration with the French studio AXYZ



AIR OVER UNDER ©Norie Sato, The façade is comprised of a grid of 120 pieces of laminated glass panels 4’ x 10’ each covering two 16’ x 150’ areas, 2 parts, each 16’ high x 150’ long, Hand painted and silk-screened glass enamel on float glass and laminated.

“ART is the substitute to engage with people.” Norie Sato CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE





As we’ve evolved through time as a human species in society, our comprehensive understanding of the world has shifted our mindset away from objects and things, and we’ve become engaged toward future ideologies and data. This process pushes the boundaries of the brain to develop views of abstract perceptions, where transpersonal communication exists between form and aesthetics.

"Rain Water Catcher" ©NUDES



DESIGN: Architecture

VENÜ: Can parametric architecture foster sustainable interaction between nature and the built environment? NK: Nature is a vast source of inspiration. In the 1997 book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, Author and biologist Janine Benyus argues using nature as a mentor, model, and measure “because animals, plants and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have discovered what works, fits in, and lasts here on Earth. After 3.8 billion years of R&D, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.” Parametric tools based on algorithmic models of computation have the capacity to co-relate the relationship between mathematics and nature beyond traditional models of exploring architectural space production merely as “metaphors.” These relationships between the built environment and nature have been manifested through biomimetic technologies and biophilic designs, arguing for a more profound connection with nature, especially in the post-pandemic world. KF: Parametric architecture and design transcend how nature allows life forms to unfold naturally and organically in the most sustainable and efficacious way. This type of design borrows from nature to derive maximum efficiency and strength with a minimum number of variables and resources. That’s where the true magic is! KF: What are some of the problems that parametric design can help us overcome? NK: We understand parametric design tools as a “systems” approach that empowNeuroscientist and sculptor Kamran Fallahpour, Ph.D. dialogues with Nuru Karim, Founder & Principal at Nude Offices, about the periodicity of parametric design, its attenuation and developmental role it plays on civiliza-

ers architects to explore and investigate design as a “bottom-up” process. We clearly don’t see it as an architectural style but as a highly effective collaboration to explore new paradigms of “seeing” & “observing.” These models are no longer about form generation but are data-driven. Design systems have an enormous

tion and our psyche. KAMRAN FALLAHPOUR: As the industrial revolution sets out to architect human intellect, how do these digital processes impact design? NURU KARIM: Each age was marked by the evolution of technology and materials; the Stone Age, Bronze Age, the Iron Age, etc. A century of experimentation was necessary, and the progress in the use of technology was slow. Never before the 20th century has mankind seen technological advancements’ evolution so accelerated. While the Industrial Revolution produced tools to augment the Body [steam engine, automobile . . .], the information revolution has made tools to extend the “Intellect.” The Digital Revolution combined with digital production (argued as also the third age of the Industrial revolution) has much delight to offer in the future. KAMRAN FALLAHPOUR: Our ability for survival was once defined by our physical strength, and today the true testament of our endurance is the maturation of our brain’s mental capacity to discover new technological frontiers. 68


“Baori” | Water Well ©NUDES

“Reclining Figure” ©KFALLART

impact across the entire pipeline of a project, including concept design, concept validation, design development, fabrication, and construction administration. Our design studio has been deploying the usage of parametric tools to address issues such as climate change, social impact and sustainable technologies. While our “Book Worm Pavilion” addresses the role of “education as empowerment,” project “Rain Water Catcher” critiqued iconic monumental symbolism of the past and conveyed a powerful message “water is life!” KF: In neuroscience, we look for the minimum number of variables within a brain network that can provide an explanation for the principles of neuro-dynamic programming and its expansive complex task sequences. Examining the most tangible and concrete things, such as how colonies and buildings are built, our living spaces mimic the construction of ideas on a social and philosophical

“Infinite Gaze” ©KFALLART

level. Art is the pipeline to our humanity, indelible to how curiosity makes up our fundamental characteristics that contribute to our actions and, ultimately, our future! VENÜ: From a sculptural perspective and in your opinion, what will be the most stable and self-containing shapes of building in our future cities to engage healthier social and environmental relations that help to achieve a net-zero environment? NK: Shapes” of future cities/buildings will be governed by “Circular” economies, exploring “cradle” to “cradle”

networks. Designs that produce from waste and also produce very little will be cornerstones of this philosophy, including impact on the earth’s resources and combating climate change. Architects have a moral and ethical responsibility to spearhead this revolution. KF: Neuroscientific shapes that are sustainable in design don’t feel intrusive or integrative; they denote a feeling of a cohesive network that’s reciprocal at various levels to achieve a message of stability. At the same time, this leaves room for perpetual development that’s in line with its core and essential elements. VENÜ: Is parametric acoustics important in your practice? If so, what kind of tonalities are you implementing in your work. In the project with FLY RANCH?

“Rings of Proximity” ©KFALLART

NK: As discussed, parametric design is a tool that empowers designers and is clearly not an “architectural style.” Where the “Solar Mountain” is concerned, parametric design tools were deployed to explore the relationship between sustainable land, art, architecture, and technology. These tools also have a great deal to offer where design optimization is concerned, leading to the fabrication and installation process. KF: As our understanding of ourselves and our immediate environment becomes more expansive, we become more mindful of how sound impacts our physical body,




“Solar Mountain” ©NUDES

emotions, psyche and brain states. When designing spaces and environments such as hospitals and schools, where these factors are heavily taken into account and tonality is not an entirely new concept, technological tools have become more advanced to design environments for sound consumption and specification. KF: Do you believe that form follows function or is it that functionality is only limited by our constraints? NK: We define “function” as a verb best served to positively impact the planet and influence social change. A building needs to perform its primary purpose, which matters are governed by socio-economic forces; however, architects and designers have a much greater responsibility spanning over generations. Architecture’s actual “function” needs to be re-addressed in this context as a primary ethical responsibility. KF: Form has its own function; forms and design structures emotionally and physiologically impact us; and therefore, they have their own function. Images courtesy of Nudes & Kamran Fallahpour |



Burning Man Project and the

to work together towards

species, and more than 100

Land Art Generator Initiative

systemic transformation,

types of plants. The moun-

collaborated to create the

serving as an inspiration

tain blends into the land-

LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch design

for the developing field of

scape, seamlessly resonating

challenge, inviting innova-

regenerative design.”

tors and creatives to propose regenerative projects for Fly

with the idea of a unified community and a space

“Solar Mountain” has been

for people to connect. The

Ranch, an off-grid 3,800-acre

selected to move on to the

ranch in the Great Basin.

prototyping stage, designed

into three parts of “Grow

The objective is to build the

to be an interactive installa-

Energy,” “Interact” and “Play.”

foundational infrastructure

tion on the land of Fly Ranch,

The fabrication uses recycled

for Fly Ranch to support

which is home to dozens of

wood for net-zero principles

narrative has been divided

Burning Man Project’s 2030

hot and cold springs, three

to address more signifi-

sustainability goals that

geysers, hundreds of acres

cant issues such as climate

engage a global audience

of wetlands, dozens of animal

change and global warming.



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Urban Street Development, the team plans to deliver a product that marinates the community’s artistic vitality with a new infrastructure to mature the city. “The recipe of FATVillage is to provide a personable space with a winning edge complexion,” says Alan Kennedy. “A place where you can “Eat like a Local” and “Feast on Imagination” with the “Modern Masters of Art & Design.” Creating value through innovative real estate strategies for over 65 years, Hines’ unparalleled expertise, operational skill set, and local market knowledge allow them to capitalize on opportunities with expediency. Centered on the main street of (NW 1st Ave), there will be 900,000 square feet of curated uses including residential apartment units, office buildings, restaurants and bars, entertainment, art galleries and boutiques that embrace the site’s character. Large-

FATVillage is the location of an exciting and

sis of these components brings a new state-

scale art displays and public installations will

vibrant mixed-use project that’s being devel-

of-the-art experience to the FATVillage com-

create a place of immersive experiences that

oped by Hines, in partnership with Urban

munity including a creative office building

engage social interaction and facilitate a co-

Street Development. Due to the culmination

built from timber known to the market as T3.

hesive and collaborative working and living

of years that FATVillage has created a sta-

Under the leadership of Alan Kennedy,

ple in the arts scene, the partnership has

Managing Director of Hines, the global real

evolved to expand the 24-7 art-centric tech,

estate investment, development, and man-

What differentiates this wonderful neigh-

food and creative environment. The synthe-

agement firm, and Fort Lauderdale-based

borhood from others is that it’s kept the

environment “where ideas and creativity can flourish.”

“soul” of its identity at the heart of its core. The city’s warmth arouses wonderment and brings an air of mystery with a personal touch that provides a “sense of place” to work, live and play. To empower a more sustainable and creative ecosystem, FATVillage is easily accessible downtown and the balance of the South Florida Region via the Brightline; I-95 via Sunrise and Broward Boulevards, the LauderTrail, and is a short walk to Las Olas.

Dedicated to crafting unique and respon-

The overarching mission for T3 build-

sive buildings and spaces that go beyond

ings is to provide a superior work ambiance

the standard office building experience, the

where tenants can recruit and retain the best

T3 concept (Timber, Transit, and Technology)

talent through modern design and sustain-

came from Hines’ recognition that in some

ability. To meet and appeal to the needs of

markets, office tenants flock to older authen-

philia to mellifluously integrate the elements

each company’s and individual’s lifestyle and

tic brick-and-beam industrial buildings in

of nature into human habitation T3’s wood-

work styles, Hines has created a “mercantile

emerging neighborhoods that are surround-

en structure and natural light promote the

feel” in a comfortable and highly adaptive

ed by amenities. Planning for the future while

dialogue between the environment and the

framework that reinforces connections and

space with a keen eye for the contemporary.

promotes healthy collaboration. By exposing

keeping an eye on the past, and using bio-






“The recipe of FATVillage is to provide a personable space with a winning edge complexion.” — Alan Kennedy




the beams, you not only have a space that feels light and airy, but you also see the opulence of its sacred sensibilities. Certified by the Green Building Council, the T3 system is deeply ingrained in the structure of its techniques that advance progression with performance. Timber is sustainably sourced from managed forests in Europe or the Pacific Northwest to remove the effects of carbon dioxide from the environment. By lessening the carbon footprint, efficient and cleaner construction creates a flexible and configurable habitat that eliminates 1,500 tons of caustic emissions.



thrive in this collaborative environment. What was once a neglected 1950s warehouse district has not only made an indelible footprint on Fort Lauderdale’s downtown cultural explosion but rapidly has become one of the area’s most acclaimed hot spot South Florida destinations. Along with the spur of economic growth and the Brightline railroad system, McCraw’s out-of-the-box think-tank of art leaders -BusiHospitality-quality management provides

ness and development partner Lutz Hofbau-

creative programming incentives for tenants

er and the curatorial team of ART + SPACE +

and customers of all mixed-use components.

LIGHT Leah Brown & Peter Symons are the

There will be 602 multi-family residential units

innovators that attracted the vibrant demo-

across two buildings, 340,00 square feet of

graphic of millennials and savvy tastemakers

creative office space in two T3 office build-

to its doors.

ings, approximately 1,300 parking spaces and art space amenities. Founded by owner Doug McCraw in

A renascence of this vibrant community is underway that will celebrate the history of its origins and the flavor of its cool vibes with

2000, FATVillage has become Fort Lau-

its accelerated focus on wellness, new artist

derdale’s Creative Enclave. “This project

studios, exhibition spaces and an outdoor

conveys one of the most transformative in

plaza for new art activities.

technology, dining, living, and art spaces that the city of Fort Lauderdale has ever ex-

FATVillage - An inspiring place where dreams come true.

perienced,” shares Doug. FATVillage was developed with the premise that food, art, and technology could | Images Courtesy of Hines

Dubbed the “revitalizers,” Fort Lauderdale’s prominent Urban Street Development team of South Florida contractor and real estate developer Alan Hooper and restaurateur and developer Tim Petrillo are renowned for creating communities with the “simplicity” of a metropolitan lifestyle that conforms to a unique experience. Together, they’ve had tremendous success with many real estate and restaurant ventures. Rooted in their design disciplines, the ambitious project carries the property’s wholeness with the attention of customized detail that promotes a unified aesthetic and integrates the thoughts of their tenant’s pragmatic desires into an organic art form. CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE








Art as a public practice of


generative code “The world has to be changed by humans, and art is uniquely situated to interface with people’s minds, inspire, align and promote unity through a common set of goals that positively affect our reality. Our technological tools provide us with the aptitude to solve complex problems, and art helps us do it with humanity” – BEN HEIM CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



n the expressive sense of the word, Artificial Intelligence’s more authentic meaning is creative information. As an art form, it gives us a deeper perspective about ourselves and the world around us -exposing and uncovering the most important qualities of our vulnerabilities to seek and overcome obstacles that provide solutions permitting deeper and genuine connections. Coding is an integral counterculture of this technology as humans become the behavioral narrators of its programs and operating systems. The symbiotic relationship between man and machine enables people to foster ideas toward more sustainable communities and a healthier planet, as AI has the infrastructure to take our world issues and recast them beyond the limitations of our capacities. The question isn’t whether technology can prevail; the question is, are we humane enough to weigh the brevity of our choices and the culpability they have and will continue to have on our society if we’re not equitable with our programming decisions? Generative designers and artists believe art is a treasure trove of hope to shift a new paradigm for compatibility. VENÜ welcomes composer and Audiovisual

and free people to engage with each other

Artist Ben Heim and Founder of,

directly. I believe the more direct communica-

Peter Bookman, to discuss the genesis of AI,

tion between people we can foster, the better,

overcoming adversity and the motivator that

allowing natural human empathy to take over.

art and music have on our human existence.

I can imagine a world where our institutions

nology that powers them is vital for fostering empathy and creating a more harmonious society. Code is, of course, still merely a tool that we can use to shape humanity, so we must be sure it’s applied by positive actors to promote good rather than evil. VENÜ: What projects are on the horizon for you? BH: I am very excited by the current climate and what it means for my work. The initial NFT hype has receded, leaving digital artists a new

and systems are entirely transparent, and we VENÜ: Can code help to create a more empa-

are no longer worried about whether some-

thetic universe?

one is trying to scam them or lie to them under

Ben Heim: I have great faith in the ability of

the shroud of an obsolete system. This trust

code to usher in a new and brighter future.

between people, institutions, and the tech-

Through automation and trustless transactions, the dual technologies of blockchain and neural networks have incredible power to eliminate bureaucracy, where much corruption occurs, 90



and incredible technology to sell digital assets

can generate NFTs in real-time and own

Peter Bookman: In your opinion, what is the

and the time to develop and position ourselves

them forever on blockchain as keepsakes

correlation between commerce, the climate

before NFTs become fully mainstream. My

or mementos and automated documenta-

crisis, food shortages, and communication

upcoming projects focus on combining digi-

tion of the art event itself and my process. I

breakdown? As an artist who works with

tal and physical worlds into synergistic expe-

can’t reveal too much about many of these

generative code, how do you plan to impact

riences. These projects are rooted in real-time

projects. Still, in December, you can catch

the world positively?

interactive artworks which combine sound,

my work in an all-new audiovisual installation

BH: As an artist, my work is about creative,

design, and generative visual systems into

during ART BASEL week in Miami.

generative systems where many forces and

fully immersive experiences where the audi-

rules interact to create a final audiovisual

ence can fully participate and engage with my

experience. The world’s systems are similar

artistic vision. On top of this real-world mani-

to these designs on a larger and infinitely

festation of layered digital integrations, people

more complex scale. I believe commerce,




the climate crisis, and food shortages are all interlinked, linked to our institutions, and ultimately networked down to each human mind and our shared unconscious. It is clear that change is needed in many areas of our society and institutions to combat these crises, and I believe the root of that change must come from within each human mind. While it may seem trivial to some, I believe beauty to be a potent tool to motivate, educate and foster empathy in people. I hope my artworks might give people glimpses of how all of humanity is interconnected, the incredible beauty of a complex system that works in synergism to create impactful art, and the possibility that we could leave our infighting and negativity behind and work together to produce incredible things. VENÜ: We care about the most wasted human endeavor on earth – Energy and Climate Change. Data breaches and cybercrimes are not only the result of the loss of critical equipment failures but are at their highest potential of harm to our human health and a deepening caustic environment from energy waste discharges, air emissions, and catastrophic spills. What proactive measures are in place to help delineate an entirely new set of challenges arising from more data to effectively secure the unique landscape of robotics and the metaverse to reduce the plight of financial and economic impact due to global warming? BH: That is a vast topic, and I’m not sure I’m the one to comment on it. I do hope that we can build an ethical framework for the use of AI because it is such a powerful tool if Ben Heim



harnessed correctly. Ultimately, I think this is more a human problem than a technological

one. We already have so much power to do

BH: I have no formal training in visual art,

good and evil, and AI further enhances our

code, or technology, as I’m entirely self-

capabilities in both domains. We must have a

taught in these areas; however, I stem from

universal conversation about ethics, morality,

a background in music. I’ve studied music

and how technology is harnessed to impact

since I was a child, so it forms an integral

the world positively. Still, this is a conversa-

part of everything I do. One of my key goals

tion we’ve already been having since the

as an artist is to effectively marry the audio


and the visual so that neither the musical composition nor the optical component is

PB: Dropping titles, we are both creators and

systems, or at least the types I create. I often

compromised. Sometimes this is through

innovators of our crafts. is based

find myself employing processes that could

creating a generative system that reacts to live

on the morals of ethical connectivity. In the

be considered “fractal” in that they can shape

performances in real-time, translating harmony

industry, we refer to this as cyber wellness.

another reality on many different levels. For

to color and dynamics and articulation to form

Do you find that the artistic elements of work-

example, feedback is a tool I often employ in

and motion. Other times I have made purely

ing with code extend an outward reach that

my work, taking an image, making a minute

visual systems, then sought for ways I can

engages us to uplift each other, celebrate

change to it, then repeating that process many

pull data about its motion and progression

our differences, and see our strengths in a

times per second to create an evolving, grow-

to drive auditory systems, perhaps tying a

non-threatening or rewarding way? Is this the primary reason why you enjoy working with generated data? BH: To me, generative systems are the artform that most closely mirrors reality itself, even now when we are really in the infancy of what we can create with them. Sunsets, human bodies, plants, and mountain ranges are all

“I thrive on empowering the creation of dreamsmine and others.” – Peter Bookman

developed through a complex set of interlock-

ing work. These processes remind me of how

ing rules and generative processes. Code is a

erosion shapes a valley, the movement of sand

tool that empowers me to define my own rules

on a beach, or the physical laws that govern

specific color scheme to a certain tonality or a brush stroke to generate a new musical note. I find that these connections between music and visuals greatly heighten the experience for audiences, which is the area

I spend most of my time honing and perfecting. PB: There’s a very narrow separation

and mechanisms to create the complex, evolv-

how clouds form. These progressions can be

between disciplines. Typically, we ask indus-

ing systems that are my artworks. Since this

found at every level of my works, just as they

try experts who work with code- whether an

form of art mirrors reality so clearly, I believe it

can be found at every level of the universe,

artist who understands blockchain or NFTs,

is an excellent vehicle to explore interpersonal

each microcosm containing the whole. While I

an “ethical actor,” or an IT expert to run pene-

relationships, our similarities, and differences

sometimes don’t think about employing these

tration tests. These tests give us the train-

through a medium that mimics reality but on

techniques consciously, time and again, they

ing prowess to deter and eliminate a breach

a smaller, less complex, and, therefore, more

become the tools I innately gravitate towards

before it reaches impact. Have you ever

manageable scale.

to achieve my artistic goals.

created artwork from a penetration test?

PB: When viewing your work, I see your

PB: Coding is a language that I tend to

data sources, I can’t say I’ve made one from a

configuration of code sequences composed

correlate closely with the universal language

penetration test. The idea appeals to me; not

in the same way the divine universe

of music. To get into an easy headspace when

only would a penetration test generate a highly

BH: While I often create works derived from

creates a piece of quartz. These “MODERN

coding, I often enjoy groovin’ to music and

engaging set of data to work with, but I also

JEWELS” not only gesture materiality but

strumming my guitar to one of my favorites

enjoy the philosophical implications, a kind of

also help shape a parallel universe. Do you

- Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer’s cover of

consciously take a holistic approach in your

Redemption Song by Bob Marley. The sound

“holy war” waged in the service of good.

syncopated process to promote unity, or

resonates deeply into our minds and bodies.

PB: There are three significant roles in

does this happen fortuitously?

What is your process of selecting music, know-

having positive cyberhealth that

BH: I believe this unity is innate to generative

ing you must curate the projects carefully?

addresses. In actuality, there are four – which CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



is Complacency is the Mindset of Vulnerability. As an artist who works with code, what are the three policies you live by so that the powerful tools you work with continue to heal people and the nature between the physical and digital world doesn’t get blurred? BH: My primary tenet in creating art and life is to understand my role as a human and primarily sow positive things for the common good into the future. - My reverence for inspiring and pioneering new technologies or generating impactful experiences allows people to examine themselves and how they relate to others. I believe that all we do, we do in the service of the human race. In a way, my second policy stems from the first: always maintaining humility. To me, pride gets in the way when we lose sight of working for the good of humanity and work for our self-aggrandizement. This is an essential rule for all creators, especially those working with generative systems. Finally, I try to seek beauty in all I do. I believe evolution has equipped us with powerful observational tools, informed by millions of years of development, intended to discern between what is good for humanity and what is bad for it. I believe trusting in my innate sense of what is a beautiful result will guide me toward the betterment of humankind. ☐ All images courtesy of Ben Heim 94


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“I see beauty in loneliness, I see beauty in darkness.” - JON LINTON 96







on Linton’s iconic landscapes and portraits find beauty in the most displaced of people and intractable places. Whether a photograph of an abandoned village, grief-stricken- face, daunting mountain top, a sole prickly cactus, somber graveyard, weeping willow tree, or winding dirt road, Linton’s compelling narrative reveals the inner secrets of the forgotten, impoverished, lonely-hearted, and misguided with a sense of heroic humanity. Inspired by fabled photographers Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank and Vivian Maier, Jon describes his process as “walking on a tight rope to capture images that are painful to look at and then shows them to the world as a form of reconstitution.” Linton’s photography began on the streets after losing a dear friend to a drug overdose. Jon recalls, “His death impelled me to take photographs of the unseen as a way to pay honor to his memory.” The juxtaposition of his

“The Road I Walk” Saguaro National Park, Arizona

“Lone Tree” Monument Valley, Utah



work is interwoven through stories of misery

Immersed in the art world for more than

and mystery by the endless voices whose

two decades, Jon wants the work he creates

scents of obscurity are carried on a breeze

to find resonance with its viewer, “A good

like poison to the soul. Linton adds, “I wear

photograph is seen with the eyes, but a

the despondency home, and in my own efforts

great photograph is felt in the soul.”

to find restoration, I seek out quiet places to be still my balance.”

VENÜ gets first field of Linton’s captures on film of the Ukrainian invasion to share

with our audience and the collective will be exhibited at The National Museum of the Przemyśl in Poland. Joining fellow activist, friend and Artist Roberto Márquez, who was painting antiwar art in Ukraine, Linton went to chronicle the abyss of war. “Appalled that one person can make a decision that left so many people deceased and fallen to the unjust tyranny of one’s political agenda has made me realize how small our problems in our own country really are.” “Women who lost husbands in combat, mothers who lost their sons, and people’s lives who have been turned inside out. The entire time I was in Ukraine, I got an actual bird’s eye view of the evil mankind is capable of. We are truly the most dangerous species on this planet.” The contiguity in Jon’s works displays endurance through suffering, grace in frailty,

“Shiprock” Navajo Nation, New Mexico

“Abandoned Church” Taiban, New Mexico




quietude in turmoil and love from indifference


through the silent lens of his lucidities. – Yet,

Jon’s first experience with a camera came

the allure of his arresting addictions is our connection to the outside world. We are bound together by Linton’s captivating frames of insight.

Russian artillery fire in Moschun



After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a liberal arts degree in

around the age of 12 or 13. Jon fondly recounts,

1987, Jon worked for Ralph Lauren in NYC.

“I used to borrow my mother’s 35 mm Minolta

A colleague from Polo had left the fashion

and take photographs around the neighbor-

industry for a life in the gallery business and

hood. I’d snap pictures until the film ran out.”

urged Jon to follow. Linton would start an

art magazine in Arizona in 1998, for which he published for a decade. His publishing concern has also been responsible for creating exquisite books of art for many accomplished artists through the southwest and beyond.

Vehicles that were destroyed by Russian troops during the Battle of Irpin

The displaced Chicagoan has called the

understand how deeply meaningful work in

desert home for decades. In recent years

nature would become. Refuge from the pain-

his days have been spent making pictures,

ful images of the street has helped deliver

helping the voiceless, or publishing art.

photography that moves the heart in differ-

Linton shares, “I am a man of deep passions

ent measures. “The desert has a quiet sense

and have various interests. I never feel like

of calm. The pale blue sky, indigo mountains,

anything that I do is necessarily work. For this,

and majestic sunsets have a way of stealing

I’m truly blessed.”

your heart.”

In 2012, Jon unveiled a robust body of

For our art enthusiasts, Linton’s works are

street photography that captured the public’s

shown at the Gallery of Fine Art in Scottsdale

attention, and an exhibit called ‘I Have a Name’

annually, Hidden in the Hills, a twenty-five-

followed. A book showcasing the work was

year-old show in Cave Creek, Arizona and the

published and the heartrending exhibition

Galisteo Studio in New Mexico.

traveled through the west for several years. “I had always enjoyed landscape photography, but only after the street portraits did I truly

War Angel




The Art of

Nancy 1












Pages 64-65 1. Sunlit Dance, Oil on Belgian Linen 2. Charter Oak, drypoint, excerpt from LandSpeak, in The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Collection, Yale University

grew up in a family of predominantly medical professionals whose sole mission, as one would expect, was to make life better for their patients. And while artist

3. Prisengracht V, Archival Pigment Print on Handmade Paper, 20"h x 16"w

She started her lifelong career at the tender age of eleven when, as an aspiring young artist, she strung seashells by the seashore on a Virginia beach and debuted her collection of handmade puka shell necklaces at the Hilton Hotel at the same time they became all the rage in the fashion world. Her jewelry is still being sold in Virginia Beach, today at a fashionable boutique, testimony to the lasting allure of her work. “I remember my grandmother, who was a nurse, advising me to follow my passion in my university studies, because she said, if you love what you do, you will

Nancy McTague-Stock didn’t grow up to become a

be content your whole life.” She was right, of course,

surgeon like her sister did, she, too, followed a natural

because by all accounts Nancy’s chosen career has made

calling that makes others feel better too.

everyone happy.

Nancy is a born artist and an award-winning one at

Her mother is an interior designer, sharing her creative

that. By her own admission, she is a maker, a gifted arti-

influence with her daughter at a young age. Nancy attri-

san who creates perfection with pencil, paint, jewelry, photography, prints and just about every art material and medium she can get her hands around. Take a


peek inside her Connecticut studio where her many talents are on display and you may wonder how many artists are at work here. There’s only one and there’s no other artist quite like her. Nancy has mastered countless art forms with the signature expertise and finesse that defines all of her work, and she continues to raise the bar in the art world. 4

4. Still Life with Nectarines, Colored Pencil on Canson Me-Teintes Paper, Private Collection 5. Fury, Oil on Belgian Linen, 48"h x 72"w



butes her artistic nature to growing up in a very creative time as well. In high school, she and her friends were “embroidering their jeans, putting inserts in with other fabrics, painting their sneakers and designing signage for school events.” “I took classes at the local community college when I was still in high school because I wanted to keep learning more about art. I went off to college at seventeen and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in textiles and metalsmithing at the time,” she told us. “The textile coursework in college was really interesting to me. We worked with a lot of natural materials, using vegetables to dye our handspun yarn that we had taken from bags of sheared wool right off the farm. We had to clean, card and spin it and it was all so exciting. It was not only tactile, it was visual and very process heavy.” And process is something else Nancy is

6. Blue Topaz with 18k gold, Private Collection, Connecticut


passionate about. Not content to put paint to picture in a fast ten-minute acrylic whirl, (the one medium she does not use), Nancy likes to take her time. She thinks, studies, builds and refines before she creates a finished product, often replicating it in different mediums before her work is done. And she does that with all the media she works and teaches in. “Unlike some artists, I work in a series. I create parameters for myself, laying out a particular paradigm that I want to accomplish, which I realize is kind of antithetical to the freer and ‘in the moment’ methodology adopted by many artists. For me, the other side of my brain kicks in when I am working too, the side that says ‘we're going to be a lot more scientific about this, and so, my processes begin.” She added that “I’ve always enjoyed that journey of exploration, learning and trying different things. I am keenly interested in the historical, cultural and artifacts and writings reflective of that. As an artist who is also an educator, I’m happy to impart to people the reality of process, so that people really understand what it is to buy an original piece of art.” CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



Later, Nancy’s MFA was achieved in Boston, in Visual Studies, a culmination of all of her media. She excels in all drawing media. Nancy works as a printmaker, primarily in monotype and intaglio including solar intaglio, a non-toxic mode of creating etchings. She creates watercolors and mixed media pieces. She paints in oil, pastel and pen and ink, works outside en plein air as well as in her studio, using as many non-toxic products in her pieces as she can. She sketches, etches and photographs too. And she continues to make jewelry, eye-candy concoctions that sport gemstones, minerals and found objects from her travels all over the world. She also studied glass blowing, earned two fellowships for an Artist in Residence in France, was a recipient of a


travel grant to Italy and Berlin, as well as a fellowship to the famed Slade School of Art at the University of London and was part of a 40-artist collaboration that exhibited at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2022 - all while curating


and jurying shows, creating and teaching artists inspired by her work. Her work, along with dozens of awards, international gallery exhibitions and periodic lectures make her Venü’s choice for our first-ever Artistic Visionary Award. Her focus is in environmental imagery, often highlighting the fragility of nature through paintings, printmaking and photography. Her interest in environmental concerns began in high school when local beach erosion and water pollution issues came to light. She has always lived near nature preserves, from her childhood in Virginia Beach to her children’s childhood home in Connecticut. Nancy’s interaction with nature gives color and voice to many 7. Portrait, by Rebecca Stock-DiRubio 8. Champagne Quartz with White Topaz, Private Collection, NYC 9. Irish Lane, Watercolor on Fabriano Paper, Private Collection, Connecticut



of her works, but she also finds inspiration in the urban landscape as well. Her Prisengracht Series, a portfolio of photographs she took on location in Amsterdam, is a study in urban environmental observations. As she describes it, “Perceptual illusions through movement, pattern and light are a continuum in my paintings, drawings, print work and photographic studies.” An astute observer, Nancy notices details others may miss, especially when it comes to protecting the landscapes she so loves to paint. A Connecticut resident


Nancy’s interaction with nature gives color and voice to many of her works, but she also finds inspiration in the urban landscape as well. CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE




since 1989, she lived on a dirt road when she first moved to the tiny hamlet of Weston. Back then, her neighbors would safely ride their horses up and down the roads on Sundays. But before she knew it, there were cars speeding down the country lanes, many crashing into the stone wall in front of her house, ultimately signaling a condensed time of rapid change similar to what we

were natural habitats for certain native species of plant

10. Vibrations, Mixed Media on Birch Panel, 16" h x 128" w

and animal life here in Connecticut and I couldn’t imagine seeing them destroyed. To bring awareness to this damaging progress, I created a series of drypoints of

11. Hand Raised Brass Bowl with Stitchery, Private Collection, Connecticut

those properties and featured them in an exhibition called ‘Eden At Risk’.” That exhibition garnered northeastern acclaim and

are experiencing now.

served as the impetus for a book she collaborated on

“Increasingly, I was noticing the encroachment on

with friend Elizabeth Egan Cleary, who is an accom-

properties that previously had been somewhat loosely

plished poet and English teacher. Entitled LandSpeak,

protected, so I began to work with The Nature Conser-

the limited edition book is a masterpiece of word and

vancy to discover which properties were at risk for

image, a pictorial showcase of endangered properties

development. I would drive to the locations they told

and other vistas inspired by Nancy’s travels to Wyoming,

me about, dismayed at the thought of someone build-

Ireland and more, set to prose and exquisitely hand

ing townhouses on the properties I saw. Many of them

printed and boxed in Italian linen like the uniquely created handscripted books of old. “I had this vision that I really wanted this book to be crafted on handmade paper and I wanted to feather deckle the edges. I eagerly embarked upon this (again) overly process-centric project that involved original handmade plates, a one of a kind printing and then, hand-feeding the sheets of handmade paper into the printer to preserve the lovely velvety lines of the dry points. It took 18 months to print just twelve books before life events happened and we had to stop the presses.” Breakneck schedule notwithstanding, we hope she finds the time to continue the process, however multi-layered, and create more books that make the world a better place and us a whole lot happier because of them. With that in mind, we posed one last question to this multi-talented artist, wife and mother of two grown children, all 11



three creatives in their own right.

“The perfect day is waking up and the sun is out. I don’t have any other obligations and my phone is shut off.”

What does your perfect day look like? “The perfect day is waking up and the sun is out. I don't have any other obligations and my phone is shut off. I have a great cup of coffee and walk out in nature or putter in the garden. I can go to my studio and just work- without thinking that I have to be somewhere or answer lots of emails. I love teaching, so I could be doing that as well.

I could be in Italy, one of my favorite places, sitting

To me, being an artist feels like you’ve been given a gift

in a chair looking over the Tuscan hills, ruminating and

and it’s very important to pass that on to anybody who

thinking. One thing I think that people don't realize about

might be interested in it.

the type of art that I make is that it is an interpretation of where I have been, what I have felt, what I've seen, and what I have smelled – a sensorial expedition. What were


the environmental conditions, and were they affecting people or animals or was it something that was just atmospheric? Was it nighttime or daytime? There's a lot of thinking and contemplation time that goes into my pieces. If I'm working on an oil painting in the studio, I've more than likely done a couple of sketches or taken some pictures or written a poem about the place. I have a wide variety of series in my head and I want to create work from many of the experiences I have not been able to bring forth yet. And, so just to be able to have a quiet day in the studio when I can actually start to think about these things in a more formal way is an amazing day indeed.” There is no end to all the possibilities in her role as a maker; “I just need more hours in the day. And if I make something that makes somebody else happy, or it resonates with them, or invokes memories of some12. Jaipur Dusk, Unique Multiple Plate Solar Etching with Monotype on Fabriano Paper, 30"h x 22"w

thing that they have done or loved or whatever, then that's a real bonus.” ☐ | IG: @nmsstudio1 | IG: @studiominerale CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE






BEAUTY “Stephanie’s art exudes creativity and innovation at its finest while delivering a powerful voice for change.” Emily Burnett, CEO of MetaBurnett 110


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Perpetually fluctuating between pop culture and protest art, Stephanie Dillon’s

These complexities are the “planted seeds” out of

works are like an ongoing novel brought together by a bricolage of expressions that

Stephanie’s Garden. “The canvas is what I use to share

leads to a vocabulary configurated by her pursuits to consistently challenge herself

with people, what I think and how I feel about everything.

as a painter. Her alchemy emphasizes the flexibility and tension in her work with

I think my Art reflects this.” Just like the rose before its

undertones that are purposely meant for her self-discovery as a way to arise at a

bloom, there’s a mystery and allure in the intent of the

solution and other times, meant for the beholder to discover things for themselves.

“harvest of hidden secrets” before it unveils the radiance

In the void of these decisions, abstractionism and Buddhist philosophy are fluid

of its petals. The magnificence of Dillon’s artistry is for

in the canvas of Dillon’s techniques which not only deepen the artistic elements of

the beekeeper to detect the metaphorical mirrors and

her process but enhance the meaning of her commentary in each composition - con-

seek the epiphany of its nectar.

veying what she wants to be revealed and simultaneously concealing the message. 112


Instead of hiding behind the esoteric wall of aesthetic

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“As long as you have a garden you have a future and as long as you have a future you are alive.”

The Secret Garden (1911) Frances Hodgson Burnett

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theory, Dillon takes risks and utilizes her voice for “a unifying gesture” to create a balance between humanity and nature. When queried about the connection between her narrative and activism, she responded, “Art is activism in that it’s an act of courage, and for the artist, it’s their mode of communicating. The personal is political that I don›t take for granted.” Working in all different mediums, from oil paintings to collaborating on a fashion line with Fashion designer Emily Burnett, Stephanie enjoys using discarded garments, canvases and frames and turning them into pieces of joy and beauty. “What is old is still beautiful. The canvas that exists is enough for me to paint on because Art truly can be made from anything everywhere.” As a breast cancer survivor, Stephanie couples her passion for the conservation of the environment with learning how to reshape our social interaction with nature. Recurring themes that embody the presence of her canvas are the charm of imperfections and the flaws of overconsumption. What started as an outlet for the rollercoaster ride of enduring emotions - grief, disappointment and pain, Dillon sought shelter in the grit and unwanted, and in turn, she founded “Walls for Change,” which centers around healing the planet. What’s been the most laborious task mentions Dillon is “Getting over myself. I don’t Abstract #82 - Acrylic, 36x48

see myself as an agent of change; I see the world as needing to change and as a person responsible for doing what I can. My inspiration is more infinite than finite. I’m a student who is learning from my experiences and the blessing is that I get to share this with others.” ☐ |

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Wear your love of the planet and your choice of fashion on the same sleeve…. Wear used, reuse, be mindful and consume less. CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



Solage Calistoga A N AU BERGE R ES ORT




century ago, Calistoga was a town

Solage was created to reflect its hometown

exclusive resort at the north end of Napa

centered around its bubbling natu-

spirit, drawing visitors as well as area vintners

Valley, near the charming town of Calistoga.

ral hot springs and the beautiful

who come here after a day in the vineyards

Napa Valley is a World Class destination, and

weather of the Napa Valley. Today, it’s a buck-

to relax over a glass of wine or a craft cocktail

staying at Solage is the perfect way to experi-

et-list destination for ardent wine lovers, food-

and connect.

ence the very best of what Napa has to offer,

ies and wellness seekers for its particularly

We enjoyed winding down our week in

in a glorious setting, with unparalleled service

enviable version of La Dolce Vita, Napa Style!

wine country at Solage Calistoga, a gorgeous,

and amenities which the Auberge Collection


of hotels and resorts is known for. Staying at Solage gives guests the opportunity to custom plan their stay and incorporate personalized experiences like a Primordial Sound Bath Floating Massage or Signature Mudslide Treatment at the renowned spa,

emphasize casual elegance with their outdoor shower and soaking tub (or jetted hot tub), and cozy fire pit and comfortable seating, seamlessly integrating indoors and the outside. The cuisine at Solage is a perfect comple-

partake in in yoga classes, relax in a private poolside cabana, indulge in a private Chef’s Favorite Pizza Experience on your patio, a game of bocce, hike along historic trails, guided swim lessons and activities for kids, evening s’mores, a personal Peloton in your room, a hot air balloon ride, and much more! Solage is geared to sophisticated, wellness and fitness-oriented travelers who appreciate a pampered, curated experience that can be tailored to their desires. Rooms and suites are among the most comfortable and inviting I have had the pleasure of experiencing. The resort was designed with a deep respect for nature and the place—putting a fresh spin on wine country style with clean lines, natural materials, and loft-like layouts ranging from 515 to 1,900 square feet. Guests will appreciate the thought that went into the design and décor—starting with the spacious feel of a vaulted ceiling, pebble-stone floor shower and furnished outdoor patio that opens out to all the secret gardens of Solage. Suites




ment to the lavishly appointed, yet totally relaxed resort and showcases the local bounty in a manner consistent with the splendor of the setting. Solbar, the signature restaurant, is a local favorite for craft cocktails or unwinding over a leisurely dinner. The restaurant features extensive outdoor seating overlooking the landmark pool, and is beautifully illuminated



at night with a 20-foot fire pit which beckons guests to enjoy the romantic ambience with a special someone, lively conversation with friends, or relaxing with after-dinner cordials. Executive Chef Gustavo Rios, is honored to be part of a “food culture that respects local produce, farmers and ranchers” at Solage. Chef Rios showcases that back-to-the-land

reverence with farm-fresh Napa Valley produce. While the sourcing may be local, the menu’s influences are global, resulting in flavorful, inventive border-crossing cuisine. Solbar divides its menu into light, delicate flavors to stimulate your palate, and bold, savory dishes to comfort and nourish your soul, all with ingre-

Enjoy outdoor dining on the sunlit newly expanded Solbar patio, which has recently doubled in size. Solbar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner

dients that showcase the best of what’s fresh and seasonal in Napa Valley. Enjoy outdoor dining on the sunlit newly expanded Solbar patio, which has recently doubled in size.

butter, mint, and cilantro, and Uni Carbonara

Solbar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

with squid ink bucatini, kombu butter, calamari,

After a long day tasting wine, nothing could

Hobb’s pancetta, and furikake—a fabulous

have beat a leisurely dinner at Solbar. As the

fusion of Asian and Italian! Entrees included

sun set and lights came on, the air cooled

Grilled Wild King Salmon with roasted baby

and the ambience became that of a lovely

squash, tomato chutney, charred baba

garden party. The cuisine was fresh, lively, and

ghanoush, and yellow curry sauce, Rockfish

well-balanced. We started with the Crudo of

with coconut-lemongrass broth, red quinoa,

Hamachi with aguachile, mint, avocado, Sour-

clams, mussels, shrimp, and herbs, and Liberty

dough Parker House Rolls, Pacific Oysters,

Farms Duck with California pistachio porridge,

Roasted Cauliflower with Rancho Gordo

Lacinato kale, duck butter, and cherry jus. For

chickpeas, garbanzo beans, cashew-tahini

dessert, the Caramelized Apple Tart with Fuji

apples, cinnamon-Verjus syrup, and vanilla bean ice cream was a totally decadent, artisanal take on an American classic! Needless to say, we didn’t want to leave Solage—and can’t wait to get back and enjoy one of the most indulgent, relaxing experiences in the heart of wine country, one that soothes the soul and leaves guests nourished and poised to re-enter the “real world.” ☐ Photos courtesy, Auberge Resorts Collection CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



The Bridge VI Cocktails and Coveted Cars



hat better way to spend a late summer afternoon than with 350 of the most coveted cars

in the world in one of the most sought-after

summer resort towns on the East Coast with an invited guest list that included some of the most beautiful people in the Hamptons who all rallied together at one of the nation’s most exclusive motorcar events. I’m talking about The Bridge VI, where the rare and the priceless show off their stuff on the fairway of a golf club where the rich and famous play. And Venü was there to take it all in, one amazing vehicle at a time. Bridge VI, a collaboration between Robert Rubin, who has owned the Bridgehampton Race Circuit since 1981 and founded The Bridge golf club in 2002, and the event’s organizers: Shamin Abas, President of Shamin Abas Ultra-Luxury Communications, Brand Marketing & Business Development; and Jeffrey Einhorn, a Manhattan-based attorney



1959 Citroën Squal Geneva show car photo by Kieran Buttrick

Photo by Christopher Jeyes

and enthusiast, aptly took place on former racing grounds, just the setting for cars that can clock speeds never before seen in

Jeffrey Einhorn, Bob Rubin, Shamin Abas / Photo by Christopher Jeyes

passenger automobiles. We’re talking about Czinger 21C V Max and its 21C high downforce version, beauty meets brawn with a serious need for speed. The race course is now a golf course, presided over by The Bridge, the golf club built on the site of the former Bridgehampton Race Circuit, hence the name of this highly anticipated event. For its fifth consecutive year as presenting sponsor, Richard Mille showcased some of its most exceptional timepieces, notably, the new limited-edition RM UP-01 Ferrari, the first watch born of Richard Mille’s partnership with the automaker. At just 1.75 millimeters thick,

Photo by Tracey Thomas

it’s a triumph of technical prowess and exemplifies a new approach to watch mechanics in which technicity dictates aesthetics. Returning automobile partners Lambo-

auction, including a 1957 BMW 507 Series II

sales, joined as a first-time partner. To mark the

Roadster with Hardtop.

occasion, they created a special edition full-

rghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce,

Over in the designated Bridge Next area,

range LIFT3 board featuring the iconic logo

McLaren, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and Pagani

Rimac, Delage, Hennessey and Guntherwerks

of The Bridge. It was auctioned to benefit The

each showcased a dynamic collection of vehi-

each made their event debut showcasing their

Bridge Golf Foundation - one lucky winner

cles, while Bonhams displayed five vintage

small production vehicles. Lift Foils, the orig-

took home the board.

automobiles, all scheduled for their upcoming

inal creator of the eFoil and global leader in

This year, The Bridge premiered, either CONTEMPORARY CULTURE//MAGAZINE



Photo by Tracey Thomas

wild design commissioned by Citroën for the 1960 Geneva salon as the company’s answer to Alfa Romeo’s BAT aerodynamic studies. Of course, the event also featured some of greatest sports and sporting cars of all time, both modern and vintage, with highlights including a 1932 ex-works Talbot built Lukas and Kevin Czinger Photo by Tony Laicona

for the Fox and Nicholl racing team, multiple Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytonas, the 1962 Ford / Holman Moody Challenger III, a 1967 Bizzarrini

worldwide or on the East Coast, a series of

appearance since 1968. Of similar note was

5300 GT Strada, Porsches developed by the

vintage prototypes and show cars feared

the 1968 Monteverdi High Speed Pietro Frua

brand’s in-house GT department and the best

lost or hidden from public view for many

Prototype -- previously owned by Gunter

of Lamborghini from Miura through Aventador.

years. The remarkable lineup included the

Sachs and Brigitte Bardot, the car has never

As you might imagine, we were wined

1967 Ferrari Dino Shooting Brake Prototype

before left Switzerland. Also on display was

and dined as we strolled past the cars of our

by Pininfarina, which made its first public

the 1959 Citroën Squal Geneva show car -- a

dreams, along with exhibitors who wooed us

Photo by Tony Laicona



Photo by Tracey Thomas

with their luxury goods, from NetJets full-sized Cessna Citation mockup, Technogym’s their

Photo by Christopher Jeyes

latest equipment, designed to perfect one’s swing and maximize performance in their golf game and Hästens Beds, who presented one of their finest hand-crafted models, the 2000T, for guests to test out. We were tempted to put our feet up but those cars kept calling our names. As we left the festivities with our own car keys in hand, hearts racing, we stopped to catch our breath, practicing I think for the next

time we made the circuit with some of the most technologically advanced and rare cars we have ever seen. We also made a mental note to save the date for next year as this is one event we wouldn’t want to miss. ☐ Photo by Tony Laicona

Photo by Tracey Thomas



Aman New York, USA

Let’s Elevate Boutique Biohacking Spas New York Style! BY JUDY CHAPMAN


he beauty of the wellness space is

Recently, the birth of ‘Biohacking’ treat-

& Wellness (, while

that spas are continually reimag-

ments is moving into spas across the world.

biohacking might be a new(ish) word, the prac-

ing ways we can relax, restore, and

Biohacking is defined as a ‘do-it-yourself biol-

tice of changing our body’s biology for optimal

remedy our modern lifestyles. High-perfor-

ogy aimed at improving performance, health

health has been going on for centuries.

mance massages are non-negotiable as are

and wellbeing through strategic interventions.’

She explains that human optimization, also

those that provide true tranquility. Soulful

Biohacking treatments are radical innovations

referred to as biohacking, sees the body as a

treatments that ground and help us recon-

that rewire the brain, reset the body, and

system and improves the whole system for

nect are sought-after as are those that expand

accelerate our healing process.

optimal wellness.

our sense of peace. 124


According to Kris Abbey, founder of Spa

Says Abbey: ‘As we age the body’s

cycling of cells starts to slow down meaning muscles start to naturally waste, bone density reduces, cognitive functionality slows, and those niggling injuries start to appear more often. After the age of 30 ageing starts to take control and rapidly increases and the years stack-up, marking the shortening of your healthy lifespan.’ ‘However, this doesn’t mean we need to give into our body’s degenerative process. With a combination of modern science and age-old practices such as meditation, cold therapy or fasting, you can short-circuit the process. Or as the modern antiager calls it – Biohack your body.’


KOLLECTIV - Tesla Electromagnetic

The exciting news is there is an increasing choice of euphoric, immune boosting and cell

Meditation Pods’ for speedy zen time. A hero

and light to bring you into divine alignment.

regenerating treatments available to upgrade

experience is the ‘Full Body Red Light LED’ where wavelengths of healing light pene-

our brain, body and being. Judy Chapman explores New York’s boutique Biohacking

trate the body’s tissues trigger circulation,

recharging our physical, emotional, and spir-


skin cell growth, collagen production and so

itual selves. Their innovative menu includes

Kollectiv is a well-regraded refuge for

Modrn Sanctuary offers a trilogy of

much more. Red Light treatments are used to

advanced technologies to slow down aging

reduce inflammation, accelerate body repair

and short circuit the body’s repairing process.

and recovery, and increase energy and endur-

to fight off many lifestyle diseases. This inno-

These include the ‘Himalayan Salt Room’

ance. Alternatively, raise your vibration with

vation is inspired by the work of Nikola Tesla

(Halotherapy) and ‘Oxygen Bar’ for boost-

sessions on the ‘Sensory 7 Crystal Chakra

and activates the parasympathetic nervous

ing oxygen health, ‘Infrared Salt Sauna’ to

Bed’, a powerful immersive experience where

system to bring the body into a desired ‘rest

fast-track detoxification and the ‘Somadome

your energy field is bathed with healing colour

and digest’ state where true healing can

the ‘Tesla Electromagnetic Therapy’ known to recharge at a cellular level that in turn helps

happen - fast. Reap the rewards of reduced Modrn Sanctuary Sensory Seven Chakra Bed

pain and inflammation, more focus and vitality. Other biohacking therapies at Kollectiv include the ‘Anja Light Therapy’ where light is used to stimulate the pineal gland to induce one into a deep mediative state within minutes. The ‘Normatec Compression Therapy’ is popular with athletes, trainers, and coaches for activating lymphatic system, circulation, blood and oxygen flow. The Fuel Stop is an urban ‘bionic’ advanced wellness brand with locations in both New York and Miami. It’s one of the few wellness spas in the city offering the highlevel double chamber natural air full immersion ‘Cryochamber’ considered the best model on the market. Cryotherapy essentially involves exposing the body to short bursts of sub-zero temperature that pushes the body




into a fight or flight mode. This in turn accelerates the body’s response to fight inflammation and other dis-ease. Cryotherapy is highly effective in treating a multiple range of issues – reducing cortisol, balancing the nervous system, burning fat, and boosting collagen production. Another recommendation at The Fuel Stop is the ‘OCI-10 Ozone Infrared Sauna Pod’, a powerful detox therapy used to eliminate viruses, parasites, and imbalances. Cryotherapy can also be experienced at the spa at the new Aman hotel which recently opened in the 100-year-old historic Crown Building. The Cryotherapy treatment here is also a next-level full immersion chamber that works works to naturally promote health, performance, and recovery by stimulating the body’s natural response to cold. Aman translates as ‘peace’ in Sanskrit and the spa here spreads over three floors and features many wellness technologies as well as a 20-meter indoor pool and terrace full of greenery -

OmLife Zero Gravity Floatation Therapy

bringing Eastern tranquilly to the city. Athlete’s, marathon runners and healthminded folk also head to Restore Hyper

Wellness for high doses of recalibrating wellness. The menu here includes Infrared Sauna, Red Light Therapy, and Compression with Cryotherapy and IV Therapy that

IV Therapy at Restore Hyper Wellness

are the most sought-after treatments. IV therapy is essentially an infusion of fluids with essential vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and amino acids that helps to combat internal diseases. The ‘Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber’ is a pressurized chamber where high amounts of oxygen penetrate the body’s tissues, blood, and brain. Recently, this has become very popular for treating

Long Covid-19 as it is effective for boosting cognitive health and fighting inflammation. Facials that bio hack the skin’s potential are also a rising trend. A well-regarded spa for these is Chill Space where the entire menu is themed around a ‘science meets wellness’ treatments to promote emotional, mental, and physical longevity. Their menu comprises ‘Cryo Sauna’, ‘Infrared Sauna’, ‘Sensory Float Tanks’, ‘Salt Room’ – as well as next-level facials using Red Light and Cryotherapy. The Cryotherapy Facials provide immediate results in plumping the skin and reducing fine lines while Red Light Facials are recommended for rejuvenation, collagen, and skin radiance. Clean Market is an upscale brand regarded for doctor-led Drips, Sweat, and Chill therapies. The ethos here is treatments that help one ‘feel better, live better, compete better,

Clean Market New York



and look better – with the ultimate goal of living to the fullest.’ Rather than one-off

sessions, everything at Clean Market is

into a deep meditative state. A decompres-

technology is based on wavelengths of light

thought-out and pesonalised. Set your

sion with a plant-powered psychedelic edge

that internally heat up the body that stimu-

goals and the doctor-led teams will co-cre-

can be experienced at Flolo Holistic, a

lates sweating. This sweating detoxification

ate programs to get toxicity out of the body

boutique wellness destination located in

process helps to release toxins stored at our

and help boost your metabolism, immunity,

midtown. They are developing a doctor-

deepest core including the kidney, livers, and

and energy. From tailored ‘IV Nutrient Ther-

facilitated floatation therapy paired with

skin. New York’s most popular Infrared Sauna

apy’ protocols to ‘Cryotherapy’ and ‘Infrared

safe doses of pharmaceutical FDA approved

brand is Higher Dose who are renowned for

Saunas’, begin your journey to live and func-

Ketamine. Flolo’s entire vibe is themed around

their serotonin-boosting saunas enhanced

tion at your optimum today. They also provide

innovative and meditative experiences where

with high-vibration music and color therapy.

iLa ONLY SPA concierge service where the

one can ‘find peace within the chaos’. Services

NutriDrip nurse comes to you! www.clean-

include float, sauna, steam room, cold plunge,

These are just a handful of boutique spas

and salt cave as well as a unique sound float

in the city offering treatments to elevate our

Plant-powered CBD treatments are also

that immerses the body in sound vibrations

quality of life. Other biohacking trends include

part of the biohacking movement. Top level

and light frequencies. Everything at Flolo

minimum effective exercise, nootropic brain

CBD healing can now be experienced at the

is designed to reach deep into the body to

boosting supplements, hyper-customized

newly opened ILA ONLY SPA at Lotte New

elevate, recalibrate, and heal.

nutrition alongside ancient practices like yoga

York Palace. The renowned Ila-Spa brand is

and ‘bioharmonization’ - embracing natural

popular in the East –found in the most incred-

OM Life Wellness Modern Recovery Spa

ible spas in exotic Asian destinations such as

in New Jersey is a sought-after venue for

Bali and the Maldives. At this iconic New York

athletes and folk who value extreme wellness

location, you are invited to explore memo-

to reset the body, mind, and soul. Their suite

rable treatments including the ‘CBD Energy

of innovative modalities include everything

Balancing Massage’, an ‘Adreno Exhaustion

from the Infrared Sauna, Whole Body Cryo-

Wrap’ and a ‘CBD Mini Massage’. Alongside

therapy, Psychedelic Breathwork, HypnoReiki,

this, yoga with sound healing to open your

CBD Oil Massage, Fascial Stretch Therapy,

Editor-in-Chief of Spa Asia magazine and

heart, enlighten and inspire.

and BrainTap Meditation Experience. For

author of several books on wellness and

a unique high-vibration experience try the

spas. Judy is currently based in Byron Bay,

Equinox Hudson Yards is another destina-

‘Sonic Vibration Plate Therapy’, a whole-body

tion offering plant medicine CBD treatments

high treatment to exercise muscles, boost

for reducing inflammation, pain, and stress.

circulation and cell rejuvenation, strengthen

The fitness brand is renowned for an ‘elevate

bones, and stimulates organ tissue function.

your performance’ strategy with spa thera-

They are also big on the Alkaline Water Ioniza-

pies. The spa here targets A type personal-

tion system that is said to be one of the best

ities, high-achievers, and athletes – offering

biohacking devices of all - producing alkaline,

therapies that amplify one’s wellbeing status.

antioxidant and micro-clustered (or restruc-

Masterful massages and bodywork delivered

tured) water that can remove harmful pesti-

with CBD Hemp Balm are performed by prac-

cides, herbicides, hormones and bacterial off

titioner-level therapists. Another feature here

fruits and vegetables - all of which results in

is the HyperVolt enhancements that combines

younger looking skin, higher hydration, and

vibration and percussion to increase mobility,

a balanced body pH!

flexibility, relax and repair the muscles and joints.

Judy Chapman is an International Spa Designer and consults for hotel, spa and wellness brands around the world including Menla Mountain Retreat in the USA. Judy also develops white label skincare products for spas and individuals. She is the former


Infrared Saunas are also considered part of the biohacking movement as they help fast

The concept of biohacking also can involve

track detoxification from the cells and body

sensory deprivation in a Floatation Room,

and reboot our cardiovascular and lymphatic

where the letting-go sensation of floating in

system. Mounting research shows that regu-

a cocoon of warm salty water reduces blood

lar saunas can also lower our risk of demen-

pressure, calms the mind, and eases one

tia and reduce heavy metals in the body. The

FloLoHolistic Eastern Medicine in Halotherapy Salt Room





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