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ISABEL SAAD Photographic Exhibit
Benefits Center for Creative Education

Isabel Saad’s Photographic Palm Beach Début Exhibit Sells out

 Those of us who attended the recent photographic exhibit at The Center for Creative Education met the talented Isabel Saad and witnessed first hand the young lady’s impressive collection, which sold out opening night! Isabel Saad’s recent show of her engaging new photographs, curated by Bruce Helander for The Gallery at Center for Creative Education located in historic Northwood, West Palm Beach, opened on May 6th.

The exhibition was completely sold out by the end of her well-attended opening reception, as every one of the photographic

Norka Aron, Isabel Saad, David Aronberg

works from Ms. Saad’s first solo show were snapped up, with a percentage of sales proceeds going directly to the CCE for educational programs. Collectors include Lori Stoll, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Charles Bianco, Aron Family Collection, William Louis-Dreyfus, and artists Bruce Helander and Alex Guofeng Cao. Adjacent to the recently completed Conrad N. Hilton Theater, The Gallery opened in 2013 and is a spacious 1,500 square foot area that presents a spacious and bright platform for ongoing exhibitions that focus on student artworks in addition to established artists with local and national standing.
“Isabel Saad’s photography was a standout amidst the works of many student pieces being exhibited in what has been the most robust collection of student works The Gallery at Center for Creative Education has exhibited to-date.  With varying levels of artistic merit, the artworks and opening reception were well received by art aficionados and casual collectors alike with the stamp of approval being the sold out works by Isabel Saad,” said Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery Manager.
Isabel Saad, who currently is a photography and English literature major at the prestigious New School Parsons School of Design in New York City, has had a strong interest in photography for a number of years. This interest developed into a recognized style, quite often influenced by her discoveries and documentation of urban street activities, from department store windows to pedestrians passing provocative billboards and advertisements. Some of her works concentrate on self-portraiture and other figurative representations, which can elicit a mysterious and pensive depiction. In some examples, Ms. Saad can appropriate an historical or theatrical connection, such as her Red Shoes composition that seems to connect with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. In others, the photographer examines the unusual aesthetics of emptiness, such as an empty classroom where vacant tables and chairs take advantage of shadows and natural light, set up an unexpected minimal composition that is surprising and memorable.

Isabel Saad, who at a young age has lived in and traveled across two continents, has developed an interest not only in photography but in film making, drawing and design, creative writing and acting. She has attended Phillips Academy Andover, Cambridge University, the New York Film Academy, the nation’s only early college Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Boca Raton Museum of Art School, among others.

In addition to her exhibit, The Gallery at CCE is showing photographs of Dreyfoos School students who major in photography and the work of Lot23 students.  The exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm and continues through May 27th.  The Center for Creative Education is located at 425 24th Street, West Palm Beach, Fl 33401. 

For additional information please contact, Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Gallery Manager, The Gallery at Center for Creative Education at (561) 805-9927 or jonathono@cceflorida.org

To view photos from opening night, click here. 

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Joseph Phelps Wine Dinner
Hosted at Meat Market Palm Beach

An experience our Food and Wine connoisseurs won’t want to miss out on!  

Meat Market, Palm Beach’s sizzling steakhouse, is kicking off the summer season with its popular Summer Wine Dinner Series. A must-attend dining experience for foodies and drink connoisseurs, the four-course Joseph Phelps Wine Dinner will be taking place on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Crafted by Chef/Co-Owner Sean Brasel, the menu will feature bold and savory dishes that pair perfectly with world-class wine from Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley. The dinner, priced at $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) will start with a reception at 7PM, followed by the sit-down dinner at 7:30PM.

Limited seating available!  Here is a sneak peek at the menu:

Reception

Lobster Empanadas

White Truffle Kobe Tartare Canapes

Shrimp Ceviche

Wild Mushroom Eggplant Belgian Endive Cups

2014 Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

 

First Course

Hamachi Tartare with Soy Ponzu Infusion, Truffle Avocado Mousse

2014 Jospeh Phelps Freestone Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

 

Second Course

Curry Braised Leg of Lamb with Fermented Rice Crisp, Sous Vide Baby Carrots

2014 Joseph Phelps Freestone Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

 

Third Course

Koji Cured Prime New York Steak with

Black Garlic Puree and Charred Red Onion Puree, Cheddar Hash Brown, Umami Reduction

2014 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

2011 Joseph Phelps Insignia Meritage Blend, Napa Valley

 

Fourth Course

Blueberries and Cream Pie with Blueberry Basil Sorbet

NV Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose, Reims, France

 

Meat Market Palm Beach is located at 191 Bradley Place in Palm Beach. Reservations for the wine dinner are limited and can be made by calling (561) 900-6001; or email elumb@meatmarket.net

 

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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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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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeatMarketPalmBeach
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeatMarketPB
Instagram: http://instagram.com/MeatMarketPalmBeach

 

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REMEMBERING WARHOL:
THIRTY YEARS AGO
Christophe von Hohenberg

30-year anniversary culminates with a special Warhol celebration of his life and art

Many of us remember that day 30 years ago, April 1, 1987; but while on assignment for Vanity Fair, internationally renowned photographer Christophe von Hohenberg actually experienced and captured the end of an era and the bittersweet, yet stellar, send off of the 58 year old Pop icon, Andy Warhol.  Von Hohenberg, took more than 600 photos of what Grace Glueck of the New York Times called the “most droppable names” in the world of Hollywood, fashion, music, art and international society. Fifty of these photo subjects, taken in and outside Warhol’s star-studded Memorial service at St. Patrick’s, will be unveiled on March 3rd at Alfstad & Contemporary in Sarasota, Florida.  The exhibition titled Remembering Warhol: Thirty Years Ago, culminates on the 30th anniversary of the Memorial service with a Warhol Celebration.  During the evening of April 1st,  von Hohenberg will be signing copies of his book, The Day the Factory Died which received the Photo District News Photo Book Award and the AIGA Book Award.


“My photographs convey warmth and sadness, despite the high-glitz factor of that day,” says von Hohenberg. “Thirty years later, I still see the classic Raquel Welch defiantly standing in front of the Cathedral in a full length fur coat. I have framed in my mind a hurrying Robert Mapplethorpe,  and Liza Minnelli on the arm of Halston.  My favorite though, is the outside shot of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, because the Hitchock-ish angle of the shot sums up that whole event for me.”

Warhol’s memorial service was on April 1, 1987 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where over 2,000 guests were in attendance featuring the most renowned and legendary figures of fashion, music, international society, art and Hollywood . Crowds of curious onlookers filled the surrounding streets and had to be held back by barriers and NYPD. Through his lens, von Hohenberg documented a veritable time capsule of the social swirl of the magical era that Warhol had such a hand in shaping.

In addition to the iconic photographs, Alfstad & Contemporary will also showcase corresponding celebrity remembrances and antidotes that von Hohenberg collected by writing to a number of famous guests in attendance. Some, like designer Diane von Furstenberg, sent back hand-written notes, and others, like Claus von Bulow, dictated their thoughts onto personal stationary. Collectively the letters are a remarkable testament to a certain social and cultural world that seems to have long ago vanished into the ether of history.

Exhibit Dates: March 4th- April 1 (Tuesdays-Saturdays 11-5 PM)

Opening Night Reception:  Friday, March 3   5:30-8:00 PM

Closing Night Celebration:  Saturday, April 1  5:30 – 8;00 PM

                 Alfstad& Contemporary         1419 5th Street, Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34236       Tel: 941.366.6400

About Christophe von Hohenberg

Von Hohenberg began his career in 1979 when he was discovered by American Vogue and worked for publications including Interview, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, French and German Vogue, German Rolling Stone, Fortune, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2007, his critically acclaimed book Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died was awarded the AIG Book and Photobook District News Award. He has since published two well received books of photography: ANOTHER PLANET: New York Portraits, 1976-1996 and Shadows of the Gods: Mexico City. His work has been included in two exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has also had solo exhibitions at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas and the Amerika Haus in Munich. The artist has exhibited extensively both in the United States and abroad. Von Hohenberg divides his time between New York City, The Hamptons and Mexico.

 

 

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PAUL FREUNDT at
Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Artist Paul Freundt firmly believes that sculptural presence, although important, must not override the functional requirements of the piece.  Known for his many public installations in the Atlanta area, Paul is a member of both the Furniture Council as well as the American Craft Council.  The award-winning artist’s fans include Ted Turner, Elton John, and Brad Pitt

Now, forty years into a long career, Paul continues his passion providing clients across the country with artwork that both pleases visually and offers true utilitarian function. Minimalist in his design philosophy, the artist is a firm believer in two things: “the power of less” and “form follows function”. While primarily a metal worker, Paul is presently interested in the occasional use of stone and wood. 

The 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show is scheduled to take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 16th through 19th.  This year’s highly curated Show will be produced by Palm Beach Show Group and co-located with their internationally acclaimed Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. 

The well-respected and always popular Palm Beach Fine Craft Show in known for providing an opportunity for interactive dialogue with the artists themselves for avid collectors as well as those looking for an introduction to beginning a personal collection.  Jury Members have reviewed a record number of artist’s submissions in categories including: glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, as well as mixed media, fashion, jewelry, and more. 

The Palm Beach Show Group is the leading full-service show production company in the nation, specializing in world-class fine art, jewelry, and antiques shows. Providing an unparalleled experience for exhibitors and attendees at each and every show, The Palm Beach Show Group currently produces ten of the industries’ most anticipated events, known for their diverse roster of top international dealers, exceptional merchandise and elegant décor.

Show hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.   Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  For tickets and more information:  http://www.palmbeachfinecraft.com

 

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Local Artist, CAYLA BIRK.
showcased along with
Internationally Renowned Artists

Pictured Above: Golden Rule Series: Palm Beach, 2016  Acrylic, Spray Paint, 3D Paint and Gold Leaf on Canvas

Cayla Birk. Mixes a Hip Hop Groove with Social & Cultural Matters

If there is one thing Steven Hartman knows it’s his art! The owner of Contessa Gallery immediately recognized something special about Cayla Birk.’s works.  Exclusively showcased at Contessa Gallery, the young artist pays homage to historical events and characters in a contemporary style that is uniquely her own.  “I don’t normally champion emerging artists.  That’s not what our focus is, however, in this case it’s clear to me where her career is going to go.  She fits in with our roster of internationally recognized artists,” said Hartman.  

Detail of PALM BEACH

Based in  West Palm Beach, Cayla’s influences come from a wide array of writers, musicians, and epistemologists. The mostprominent influences include Jack Kerouac, Ella Fitzgerald and Chuck Palahniuk. Each project consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings.  Cayla’s works merge traditional acrylic paints with other unique materials; she transcends the confines of mixed media art to create a style all her own. A signature approach of intricate designs pervade all of Birk.’s body of work as her instantly recognizable gestures and marks boast austere verbiage and shroud depictions.    

“I allude to popular iconography, musical lyricism, and current verbal slang that pervade societal culture. Having engaged subjects as diverse as enlightened secret orders, hip-hop music and contemporary design, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces,” says Cayla Birk.

Cayla’s work joins a specially curated collection of works by leading contemporary artists, including a very extensive selection by pop and street art sensation, Mr. Brainwash. Contessa Gallery is excited to showcase the artist’s continual revolutionary experimentation with new techniques, media, materials and subject matter. The special exhibition includes original Mr. Brainwash works on Wood, Metal, Brick, Cement, Canvas, Paper, Sculpture and Neon Light Mixed Media. The gallery also features artwork by David Drebin, Hijack and Gilles Cenazandotti.

A.D.I.D.A.S Acrylic, Spray Pint, 3D Paint and Gold Leaf on Canvas  48 x48 inches
 

A.D.I.D.A.S (Detail)

Initially open by appointment only, the new Contessa Satellite Gallery is located at the corner of Clematis Street and Rosemary Avenue. To make an appointment or for more detailed information about this exciting exhibition, please visit: www.contessagallery.com  or contact Steve Hartman at 216-956-2825 or via email: art@contessagallery.com.

 About Contessa Gallery

Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery is a Fine Art Dealers Association member (FADA) that offers artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Areas of expertise include pre-20th century, Modern and Contemporary sculpture, paintings, photography and works on paper. While many galleries focus primarily on artist representation and promotion, Contessa Gallery is collector focused. The gallery’s mission is to assist clients in developing collections that have deep personal meaning. Steve Hartman, owner of Contessa Gallery encourages his clients to view their collections as a legacy that can be passed down through generations or to art institutions.

 

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AYESHA MAYADAS wearable art
Coming to the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Born in Calcutta India, Ayesha Mayadas spent time as a textile engineer before pursuing her dream of working with metals and sculpture at the Rochester Institute of Technology.Ayesha believes line, along with form, weight and balance are key components that ensure a piece of jewelry resonates with the human form.  Her wearable pieces crafted in silver, gold and platinum pay meticulous attention to line as the character and direction of a line has the power to communicate emotion and states of mind.  As she states, “The quality of a line is equal to an artists’ signature.”

 

Her stunning necklaces, earrings and wedding rings will be featured at the upcoming 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show taking place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 16th through 19th.  This year, the highly curated Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will be produced by Palm Beach Show Group and co-located with their popular Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show provides an opportunity for interactive dialogue with the artists themselves for avid collectors as well as those looking for an introduction to begin a personal collection.  Jury Members have reviewed a record number of artist’s submissions in categories including: glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, as well as mixed media, fashion, jewelry, and more.  For more information, please go to http://www.palmbeachfinecraft.com

 

 

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