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Inside and Outside, Steven Hartman Knows
the Business of Art

Following a successful career on Wall Street as an investment advisor and Vice-President of UBS / PaineWebber, Steven Hartman took the bold step of founding Contessa Gallery to fulfill his passion of becoming a fine art dealer.  He comes to the Art World with a passion for both Right Brain and Left Brain thinking. 

“I’ve always been a believer in the mantra that if you follow your passion, you will be successful in life.  I am blessed that my avocation became my vocation.” remarks Steve. 

A collector from the early age of nineteen, “I collected everything at the start,” explains Steve, “coins, baseball cards, wine and art,  but it wasn’t’ until I began purchasing art that everything fell into place for me.  Since that time, purchasing art at has always been at the top of my To Do List and brought me the most pleasure.”

Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery is a Fine Art Dealers Association Member (FADA) offering artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Coupled with a strong commitment to service and connoisseurship, Contessa Gallery has developed a notable local, national, and international following and a reputation for integrity and excellence.  Contessa Gallery has continued to build its highly-respected profile through curating important exhibitions and participating in prestigious art fairs. 

At first meeting with Steve, it’s easy to see what has made Contessa Gallery such a powerhouse in the art industry.  Contessa Gallery is driven by Steve’s three main principles: passion, integrity and education.

“I think the location of our home office in Cleveland, Ohio has provided us with a unique opportunity to plug a Midwestern work ethic and values into the prestigious hip world of curating fine art collections.  We work with exclusive, high-profile clients including many Forbes 400 members, athletes, celebrities and corporate business leaders while maintaining a high-degree of privacy and discretion.” explains Steve.   

 

“Many gallery owners are artsy but they lack business savvy, or they are business savvy without being passionate and knowledgeable about art.  Before entering the art world, I worked on Wall Street in one of the most private and regulated industries in the world.  I have brought those skill sets and knowledge to evaluate what is under, fairly, and over-valued to the art world.  At Contessa, we approach building a legacy collection that will stand the test of time for multiple generations.” explains Hartman. 

Contessa Gallery I 539 Clematis Street I West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Open Monday -Saturday 11-5 PM and by Appointment (216) 956 2825

Steve@ContessaGallery.com  www.ContessaGallery.com

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WYATT INGRAHAM Official Launch
at Emko

Dress Shirts for men who dream BIG and live BOLD

After years of being underwhelmed by drab colors and patterns in the men’s department, Wyatt Koch embarked on a journey to liven up wardrobes with his bold, colorful button down shirts for men. Wyatt Ingraham‘s recent launch party took place at EmKo in West Palm Beach.  Guests were wowed by a high energy fashion show, wild costumed characters and racks of Wyatt Ingraham’s electrifying designs.

The crowd erupted when Wyatt, donning a vibrant yellow blazer and his own colorful shamrock button down, gave an energetic champagne toast after the runway show, describing the inspiration behind his designs and thanking a number of people for their all of their help and support. Wyatt and his team are thrilled to now have their shirts available online. Click here to shop and show your support.

Click below for a taste of Wyatt Ingraham’s BOLD designs

 

Click here to View Collection and Shop

 

 

 

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REMEMBERING WARHOL: Thirty Years Ago
Special Night Celebration

CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION, April 1, 5:30-8:00 pm.   Celebrate Andy’s life with Warhol fans and art lovers exactly 30 years to the day of his star-studded Memorial. 

Remembering Warhol has seen record crowds come through the doors at Alfstad& Contemporary gallery in Sarasota. Opening Night was the largest-attended event at the gallery in the past three art seasons.

Thc closing Night Celebration of Remembering Warhol is Saturday, April 1st 5:30-8:30 pm.  Christophe will be signing copies of his award winning book, The Day the Factory Died. The exhibition of historic photographs of the pop Icon’s memorial service and personal remembrances from Warhol friends will continue to live on at a global level. First stop Art New York at Pier 94, May 3- May 7.

You don’t have to know Christophe to enjoy the video where he ‘relives the moment’– Christophe’s natural gifts tells it all.   “I can’t relive the emotions, but I can recap the moment thirty years later,” says Christophe.  He was on assignment for Vanity Fair when he captured this veritable time capsule treasure of celebrity.

On April 1, 1987, two thousand invited guests arrived on foot, taxi and limousine at Fifth Avenue and 50th Street and walked through a throng of curious onlookers held back by NYPD wooden barriers. Stationed in front of the Cathedral, von Hohenberg took over 300 photos of what Grace Glueck of the New York Times called the “most droppable names” in the world of Hollywood, fashion, music, international society and art. Von Hohenberg captured an epochal era that Warhol helped shape.

VIDEO of Opening Night at Alfstad& Contemporary:

NEXT STOP   Remembering Warhol: Thirty Years Ago

Art New York at Pier 94

MAY 3- MAY 7

office@alfstadand.com

Visit the Alfstad& Contemporary booth at Art New York

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Toni + Chloë Goutal

Q+A with the co-founders of a new company inspired by the mother and daughter’s passion for Victorian jewelry

Q: When did your love of Victorian jewelry begin? 

TG: I have grown up in a family that has always loved jewelry — yet my passion for Victorian jewelry began when I was a really young girl.  My mother would always come back from London with special pieces she had found while traveling abroad, and I’ve been in love with the Victorian period ever since.  So in a way I’ve been collecting, studying, and appreciating Victorian jewelry for a lifetime.  There is so much beauty and history specific to this time period — and we’re so excited to bring it to life in a way that is relevant and wearable for the modern woman. 

Q: When did you realize you wanted to turn this passion in to a business?

TG: This first collection is the culmination of years of traveling to source the right pieces to design this collection.  Just in the past 2 years I can think of a dozen trips I have taken abroad with my daughter and co-founder, Chloë, and countless others all over the United States.

When you understand the craftsmanship of each piece (hand-cut diamonds for instance) you understand that jewelry isn’t made this way anymore.  Not only is each piece one of a kind, I find there is a certain allure to the beauty in appreciating the workmanship of each design.  For starters everything isn’t faceted like modern stones. And if you study the back of each design and look at the settings for instance, you’ll understand these designs are different from anything else recreated today.  Simply put, the workmanship can’t be recreated today.  So when Chloë and I started receiving requests to buy the pieces from friends, family and even strangers — we knew we had a business. 

Q: Is there a significance to the celestial motif in focusing only on crescents and stars?  

TG: Chloë and I fell in love with the celestial motif for many reasons — but above all there is a certain allure and mystery to these pieces that we found so compelling as a focused collection.  The contrast of diamonds with the rubies and sapphires in these shapes is particularly beautiful.

CG: Many of the stars in this collection were originally used on tiaras and crescents as pins and hair accessories in the 19th Century. There is something powerful in the imagination of the unknown, the connection to the historical narrative and romance of each piece.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece? 

TG: There’s an extraordinary piece we just found with pear shaped diamonds — it’s the only crescent that I’ve found with diamonds in this shape. It takes on an entirely new dynamic in this shape. 

QChloë what is the best part of working together with your mom asyour co-founder?

CG: Aside from being my best friend and now business partner, it has been a really meaningful experience to see our shared passion and tastes come to life in a business venture. Creatively we’re very aligned which has been really important when it comes to deciding which pieces to collect and ultimately how to design each necklace.  90% of the time we are on the same page. Yet in the rare occasions when we differ in opinion, we both respect and acknowledge each other as designers. 

Toni and Chloë Goutal will be available by appointment in Palm Beach area from March 8th through—–

To receive updates on Toni and Chloë Goutal including upcoming trunk shows in your area or for private appointments 

TEL: 646.982.7755

https://www.toniandchloegoutal.com/

Follow Toni & Chloë on instagram @tcgoutal or www.instagram.com/tcgoutal

 

 

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Red Sneakers For
OAKLEY

Have you noticed more people walking around wearing red sneakers? It may be because of a young boy named Oakley Debbs.

If you ever met Oakley Debbs, you would have thought what a great kid he was. 11 years old, he attended Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach. He was a straight-A student, and a loving son and brother to his twin sister Olivia. He had an infectious smile, and he loved playing soccer and football

Late last year, while on vacation with his family, Oakley accidentally ate a piece of cake containing nut resin. Oakley’s parents knew he had a nut allergy, and had always been vigilant about his health, his allergy, and the asthma they managed. Oakley had developed blisters on his lips, so they gave him Benadryl. He seemed fine. In the hours after, though, his body went into anaphylactic shock, and he never recovered. The tragedy of Oakley’s death is unfathomable. Not least because it could have been prevented had the family known how to recognize the signs of a severe food allergy reaction and given him his epi-pen immediately.

Shortly after his passing, his family started Red Sneakers for Oakley, named after his favorite shoes. They knew right away they had to get the word out and spread awareness about food allergies so that no other parent or community need suffer a similar loss.

Spreading Awareness 

Their first awareness event was a community soccer game at the Palm Beach Recreation Center where hundreds of children came out to honor Oakley in a soccer jamboree wearing red sneakers. What was truly amazing about the turnout was that even families who don’t have food allergies showed up to express their support of the need for better education of the real dangers of food allergies.

At another recent event, just last month, families of Rosarian Academy participated in an Awareness Day with informational booths as well as carnival games and rides for the children. Over 400 people attended.

The Mission of Red Sneakers for Oakley

The mission of Red Sneakers for Oakley is to empower families and communities with the tools and information to better protect their children. In just 8 weeks, Red Sneakers for Oakley gained 7,500 followers on Facebook, with an average weekly reach of 40,000, and a growing audience of a combined 100,000+ across all their social media accounts.

One of their Calls to Action is to ask people to wear red sneakers to promote the movement and food allergy awareness, to take photos and to post on social media platforms. And it’s working. Red Sneakers for Oakley has truly galvanized an online movement that did not exist before.

The Red Sneaker symbol is a simple one, but it is resonating with millennials and Gen X’ers alike. Red Sneakers for Oakley has received thousands of messages and posts from people all over the world. They are also receiving testimonials from parents who might otherwise have suffered a tragic incident with their own child had they not heard Oakley’s story.

The dangers of food allergies may be known to parents of children who have them, but many people overlook the severity of them. Have you ever witnessed people questioning whether an “allergy mom” is being overly cautious at a play date? It happens all the time. Red Sneakers for Oakley hopes to change that attitude. It only takes one bite for a child with allergies to potentially have a life-threatening, fatal reaction.

That is the heart and soul of Red Sneakers for Oakley:  Children and their communities rallying to make sure everyone understands the true severity of what some people call the allergy epidemic in America.

More than 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. Yet there is a widespread lack of awareness and confusion surrounding how to respond properly to anaphylactic reactions.

The road ahead is still daunting as Red Sneakers for Oakley hopes to grow its reach into the millions and raise much-needed funds for awareness programs. Somehow, somewhere, the Debbs family finds the strength and courage to keep promoting their cause, but they can’t do it without you.

 This is how YOU can help 

Wear Red Sneakers

  • What: Any red sneaker will do, take a photo and post on social media
  • How: Use the hashtags #redsneakersforoakley #livlikeoaks #foodallergyawareness
  • Where: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

Share this link when and where you can 

Raise awareness.  Organize a community event at your school, recreation center or local business Flyers are available for download at  Red Sneakers.org

Donate with card or paypal

Follow Red Sneakers for Oakley:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/redsneakersforoakley/

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Twitter https://twitter.com/oakley_red

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/oakley_red/

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CHANTECLER
where Capri meets Palm Beach

Hamilton Jewelers hosted a private luncheon in honor of Massimo Zerbini, President of Chantecler who flew in from Capri for a private viewing at Café Boulud on Friday, February 24th.  

Kristina Olsen, Shawn Thompson

Appropriately coined ‘A Taste of Capri’, the by-invitation luncheon transported 30 special guests to Capri via the red Vespa displayed in the conservatory. The custom ordered Maiolica ceramics direct from Capri and one of Chantecler’s signature inspirations were used as table centers.  

Iconic Chantelcer pieces representative of ‘la dolce Vita’ and revered by classics including Jackie Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo and Rita Hayworth were displayed throughout the luncheon.

“While we are not widely distributed in the U.S., you don’t have to travel to Capri to experience Chantecler.  Hamilton Jewelers, our exclusive Florida representative, has an extensive collection on-site and access to our limited collections.  Plus, the prices available to be offered by Hamilton are extremely advantageous,” says Massimo Zerbini. 

Cafe Boulud luncehon for Chantecler

Chantecler Ladies Luncheon

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MEAT MARKET Palm Beach
Happy Hours get even better…

Revamped Happy Hour Perks at Meat Market means it got even better!

We know it’s the Palm Beach hot-spot for happy hours, creative cocktails and over the top contemporary steakhouse bites, but as Andy Dugard,  General Manager says “It’s about catering to the wishes of our loyal patrons. We listen to them and we do our best to deliver.”

In addition to its popular drink and bar bites specials, Meat Market is now offering half-priced bottles of select wine. Options include a $30 bottle of 2015 Meomi Pinot Noir; 2014 Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio for $34; and many more.

To accompany these libations, Chef/Co-owner Sean Brasel have added a stellar variety of bites to the Happy Hour menu including Meat Market’s staple Gouda Tater Tots with garlic aioli ($8); Fried Okra & Cauliflower with spicy chimichurri sauce ($8); 4 oz. Wood Churrasco & Frites ($14); Roasted Escargot with spicy chorizo butter and grilled crostini ($17); and American-Style Kobe Tartare with capers, red onion, chopped egg and parmesan flatbread ($14).

Other drink specials include $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label; $10 Classic Belvedere Martinis; and $8 signature cocktails including White Sangria; Pimm’s Cup; The “One” Mule; Tangerine Dream; and Strawberry Caipirinha. Select wines, available by the glass, are priced at $7 – $9 and specialty beers range from $3.50 – $4.

Meat Market, located at 191 Bradley Place in Palm Beach, serves dinner nightly starting at 5 pm. Happy Hour is available at the bar and lounge, daily from 4 pm – 7 pm. For reservations, please call (561) 354-9800. Meat Market’s flagship restaurant is located at 915 Lincoln Road on South Beach. For more information, visit www.meatmarket.net.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeatMarketPB
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