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CONTESSA GALLERY opens
Satellite Location in WPB

Pop-Up Brings Renown Contemporary Artists to Downtown

Internationally renowned Contessa Gallery is thrilled to announce the opening of its first Seasonal Satellite location in South Florida. Located at 539 Clematis Street, at the corner of Rosemary in the heart of downtown West Palm, the two-story, 8,000 sq ft gallery space was selected to better serve the gallery’s extensive clientele in Palm Beach County.

“This gallery, and the high-caliber artists showcased, is a win for Downtown West Palm Beach and further validation of the growing appeal and attraction of the area as a destination for the arts,” said Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority.

Currently on display is a specially curated collection of works by leading contemporary artists, including a very extensive selection by pop & 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, Gilles Cenazandotti, and local emerging artist Cayla Birk.  Initially open by appointment only, the gallery also looks forward to working with the community, through hosting events for charities and other organizations

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.

“Many galleries focus primarily on artist representation and promotion, we are collector-focused,” says Steve Hartman, founder and owner of Contessa Gallery. “Our mission is to assist clients in developing collections that have deep personal meaning, encouraging them to view their collections as a legacy that can be passed down through generations or to art institutions.”

To make an appointment or for more detailed information about the gallery, its artists, exhibition history, art fair schedule and philanthropic support, please visit our website:

www.contessagallery.com or

contact Steve Hartman at 216-956-2825 or via email: art@contessagallery.com

 

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Meet Designer Charles Krypell at
Hamilton Jewelers at The Gardens

Just in time to prepare for Valentine’s Day, Hamilton Jewelers is pleased to welcome world-renowned designer Charles Krypell to the Gardens Mall on Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th.

A sculptor long before he became an internationally renowned jewelry designer, Charles Krypell has always loved working in three-dimensionality, particularly with stones. Discovering a love and talent for designing jewelry in 1976, today he constantly pushes the boundaries of design utilizing a sculptor’s eye, ample artistic talent and a keen insight into human nature to fashion one of the world’s premiere jewelry lines.

Inspired by living life to the fullest, Charles’ collections exude a sensuous design, and a deep understanding of human romance and desire.  The designer will be highlighting the Precious Pastel Collection at Hamilton Jewelers, which features pink, yellow and white diamonds in extraordinary settings.

For more information, please call 561.775.3600.

 

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Don’t Miss PURPLE REIGN
Thursday, January 26th

Have you purchased your ticket yet for one of the buzziest events this Season? 

They are going fast. … The Armory Art Center is thrilled to present the much anticipated Purple Reign event on Thursday, January 26th.  The highly regarded Special Kiss to Prince Pop-Up exhibit— 2016 Fashionopolis Event featuring runway designs inspired by Prince,  an Icon of fashion, style, music and creativity. 

                        Ines di Santo Jumpsuit

Eight fashion designers, from Minneapolis to Manhattan to Amsterdam, including “fan favorite” from television’s Project Runway, Christopher Straub, created ensembles to celebrate the Pop Life of the enigmatic superstar who’s pioneering style was flamboyant, sexy, and always impossibly cool. 

The celebrations have already begun as evidenced at the recent Preview Party at Meat Market Palm Beach with Speedpainter, Michael Israel who will be performing at Purple Reign. Over 80 guests attended the event including Chairperson Marie Adler-Kravecas; Honorary Chair Linda Silpe, committee members Wyatt Koch, J. Roby Penn IV, Nicole Dicocco, Chris Leavitt, Sarah Scheffer, Kirsten Smith, Zachary von Gonten, Josh Sagman, Conrad Hilton III, Samantha Curry and Robert Riva.

Other committee members who sipped Meat Market’s ‘Purple Rain’ signature cocktails and enjoyed a sneak peek of Michael Israel’s impressive masterpieces inspired and created to music within minutes, were Don Silpe, Carlos Morrison, Elizabeth Fekkai, Colleen Hanson, Virginia Oatley and Leonard Lauren. 

Michael Israel, Chair Marie Adler-Kravecas, Joanna Marlow

 

 

Tickets $250  Junior Tickets (under 40) $150

 Click Here to Purchase Tickets  

(when prompted press continue– no need to register)

or call  561 832 1776
 

 

 

 

 

 

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A BALANCING ACT
Clementine Goutal’s
Upper Echelon Academy

A passion for horses, a love of learning, and the indomitable will to succeed. That’s all it took for Wellington’s own Clementine Goutal to make a full life for herself—and she created a service to help adolescents looking to balance their goals and obligations like she did.  During an exclusive interview with Quest Magazine’s Alex Travers, Clementine explains how her connection with horses, her education, and her drive for excellence resulted in Upper Echelon Academy.  

 The concept behind her tutoring company seems like a novelty but she explains that the inspiration actually stemmed back to when she was an adolescent and was in the position of UEA’s clientele:

“I commuted to Florida to ride and was myself tutored by Andy Bowers, who is now my partner and a dear friend,” says Clementine. “I had such a seamless transition from our homeschool setting back into private school in New York each season, because Andy took care of all the odds and ends. He coordinated with everyone who required time and energy from me, so that my academics were uncompromised, and I never felt like I sacrificed one goal for the pursuit of another.”

Clementine and her team of education professionals offer innovative tutoring services with the same time-management tactics she learned from a young age to help a new generation of student-athletes balance their activities, academics, and work careers. They foster the same love of learning and passion for sports that helped Clementine reach her own goals. 

“The evolution of UEA has been organic and where we saw needs we developed solutions. Right now we are so proud to launch UEA Beginnings for young students Pre-K through 5th grade. We felt there was an inadequacy in the quality of education for children of this age, who still need small classroom settings to flourish. We brought in spectacular early-learning specialists and created a cost-effective option for year-round students.”

 Click Here to Read Quest Magazine January 2017 issue ‘A Love of Learning’ 

 

About Upper Echelon Academy

Conveniently located in the heart of Wellington, near the horse show, Upper Echelon Academy provides individualized tutoring services and an accredited program for students year round.  UEA provides instruction from a selection of more than 30 teachers, and works with students from all over the globe. The academy has specialists in more than 12 languages, college preparation, standardized testing, special education, early learning development, and even adult education.

“Resources such as a study hall, writing center, and a Sports Psychologist are at all of our students’ fingertips.  A lot of the instruction is one-on-one education in our clients’ homes; we also have a state of the art tutoring center located on Southshore Boulevard for those who prefer to work in a classroom or office setting.”

Clementine works closely with Andy, his wife Kate, and Heather Youngblood to make sure UEA students have every resource available to them. They work with schools, coaches, doctors, parents, and a myriad of other parties to ensure students never sacrifice their passions or wellbeing. “Our whole mantra is this balancing act, which we have down to a science! We want to see our students thriving in every domain from the classroom to the arena, and smiling at the end of the day.”

 

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Palm Beach Fine Craft Show Returns With Expanded Format

The prestigious Palm Beach Fine Craft Show is making its triumphant return to the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 16th through 19th.

Jewelry by A. Macsai

This four-day juried event is known to collectors as a must-see showcase for fine craft artisans to display and sell their innovative and original works.  These “latest” collections in contemporary art and design include glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, and mixed media, fashion, jewelry, and more. Many of these artists have works included in private and corporate collections all over the world.  This year brings several new aspects to the popular and well-respected Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.  For the first time, the Show will be hosted simultaneously with the renowned Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show which runs February 15th through 21st at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. 

Last year’s elegant Palm Beach Fine Craft Show hosted 135 of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists, offering their latest celebrated works in a comfortable, indoor setting. In keeping with its expanding audience and     beginning a new tradition, the 2017 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will showcase more artists than ever including the finest artisans internationally as exhibitors for the first time.

Evening baby by Michelle Lalonde

Beginning this year, the Palm Beach Show Group has incorporated the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show into their prestigious roster of art, antique and jewelry shows.  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. They currently produce eight of the industries’ most anticipated events, known for their diverse roster of top international dealers, exceptional merchandise and elegant décor.   

The combination of the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show and the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show during Palm Beach’s peak season in February 2017 (over President’s Weekend) is sure to catch the attention of discerning collectors from all over the globe. 

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Experience Mr. LightsAndPaint
Michael Andrew Jacobson

Emerging Artist creates Mixed Media Art with LED Lights, bringing his Art to Life

Determined and ambitious for something new and great, Michael Andrew Jacobson aka Mr. LightsAndPaint has a unique understanding of the mechanics of artistic talent, which he creatively demonstrates through his works of art.    Using various mediums and color schemes, his artwork develops a rhythm of its own. Lights and Paint…more than just a painting and a visual show, it is artwork that comes alive.

“See without the eyes, just thoughts of an open mind”

“I love the mystical world of sacred geometrical shapes and the interconnectivity of color and light theory; which is demonstrated when my work is alive. As my LightsAndPaint creations continue to evolve so will my inspiration, and new bodies of work will awaken.” explains Michael.

Born in New York City, Michael was raised on Star Island in Miami Beach.  Michael’s mother, Roni Jacobson is a Palm Beach resident and an avid art collector as well as a supporter of the local Arts Community.  She noticed and cultivated Michael’s artistic talents from a young age.  “Michael’s teachers recognized his artistic leanings, when he was at Miami Country Day School, the Cushman School, and the University of Miami.” explains his mother.  He worked for a time at the Marlborough Galleries in New York City, and his work has been exhibited at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami. 

When asked about the inspiration of color and light theory art, Michael explains, “I came up with it on accident after painting in a color changing LED lit room… When I turned on the actual lights my painting was nothing of what I had imagined; thus MrLightsAndPaint was created.”  

Michael Andrew Jacobson 

Art is everything and everything is art; creativity has no limits it’s infinite, unbound, and interconnected. I hope my passion grabs you when you look at my work.  It defines me as I love to hear what people think and feel when they see my work in person.” says Michael. 

Mr. LightsAndPaint is active in Wynwood, and a member of Miami’s Young Artist Initiative.  

His FAVORITE QUOTE:

“If you want to change the world and the world isn’t willing to change, then change a group, and if that group isn’t willing to change, then change a friend, and if that friend isn’t willing to change, then change yourself then the world is bound to follow.”  UNKNOWN

Stay tuned for an upcoming special engagement in West Palm Beach. 

 

 

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Polo Personalities Support Boys & Girls Club

First of a series of events benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County SELLS OUT

In spite of rescheduling due to Hurricane Matthew, the 2016 Wellington Golf Tournament benefiting the Neil S Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club sold out!  The event which takes place at the Wanderers Club was rescheduled to November 13 2016. Leading the charge this year is Chairman Nic Roldan.

Marley Goodman Overman & Georgina Bloomberg

Marley Goodman Overman & Georgina Bloomberg

 

It’s no secret the celebrity-studded Boys and Girls Club fundraisers are among the most coveted events to attend.  Shoppers, shooters and party-goers should mark their calendars!  A for sure sell out will be the 2017 Wellington Dinner Dance which takes place January 6th– equestrian champions Georgina Bloomberg and Marley Goodman Overman are returning as two of the Chairmen.

This year’s theme is Passport to Paradise and highlights include music by HyRyze, performances by the Club’s dance team, and amazing vacation packages that include an extravagant equestrian experience for auction

 

Mark Your Calendar Now For These Popular Upcoming Boys & Girls Club Events

NOVEMBER:  2016 HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW at Seagate Hotel & Spa

DECEMBER:  2nd Annual Tower Shoot at Pine Creek Sporting Club

JANUARY:  2017 WELLINGTON DINNER DANCE

FEBRUARY:  2017 GALA – THE WINTER BALL at The Breakers Palm Beach

Click here for event ticket and registration information 

Nic Roldan, Gillian Johnston, Neil Hirsch, Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi take the trophy at Great Futures Polo Day.

Nic Roldan, Gillian Johnston, Neil Hirsch, Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi take the trophy at Great Futures Polo Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canvas Art Gala set the stage for Second Annual Outdoor Museum Show

Gala kicked off Nation’s Largest Outdoor Museum

A crowd of more than 300 art enthusiasts, celebrities and socialites attended the exclusive gala and after-party for CANVAS, the outdoor museum show, that is gearing up for its second year using Downtown West Palm Beach as it’s “cultural canvas” on November 11-20.  The party took place October 22 at the CANVAS VIP Pop-up Lounge at 1016 Clare Avenue in West Palm Beach.  The event was co-chaired by Bettina Anderson, Lizzi Bickford and Chris Leavitt of Million Dollar listing fame.

Lizzi Bickford, Chris Leavitt, Bettina Anderson

Lizzi Bickford, Chris Leavitt, Bettina Anderson

DJ Adam Lipson kept the energy upbeat throughout the night with special performances by Sean’s Dance Factory and four-time Grammy nominee, Ja Rule.

Guests enjoyed drinks courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and a sit-down dinner from Wellington Hospitality Group.  Proceeds from the event benefit CANVAS Art Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding visual arts to enrich public spaces and foster social and economic outcomes.

The competition was fierce during the live auction as guests had the chance to bid on sought after items including a Cuba Experience trip hosted by CANVAS founder, Nicole Henry; a one-week lease of the newest, sleekest, Aston Martin; a VIP package to the Kentucky Derby; and tickets for two to Hamilton with five-star accommodations at The Plaza Hotel, just to name a few of the outstanding items available for bid. Ja Rule went home with a one-of-a-kind original painting by Pipsqueak Was Here!!!, part of the 2016 official CANVAS artist lineup.

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Nicole Henry and Ja Rule

“I am so grateful for everyone who attended and graciously donated to this important cause,” said Nicole Henry, founder and curator of CANVAS. “Through their generosity and sponsorships, we will be able to create a curated show filled with visionary masterpieces that will broaden the mind and inspire creative excellence. I can’t wait to show you what these internationally acclaimed artists will bring to our city.”

Click here to view more photos

Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS will transform Downtown West Palm Beach on November 11-20, 2016. Starting this year, CANVAS will be centrally located along the busy Flagler Drive, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach. The green space will be built into a world-class outdoor museum accessible to the public year-round with rotating exhibitions and its annual show in November. Artists from across the globe will create monumental installations and murals in the Kids Art Park, Chamber Park, and Installation Park, part of the multi-phase project launching this November. Similar to last year, there will be a menu of exciting free and ticketed events:

CANVAS schedule of events:

 Nov. 11, 7 – 11 p.m. – CANVAS Local Showdown in Northwood

 Nov. 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – CANVAS Sip + Stir

 Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – CANVAS Kids Day

 Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 6 – 9 p.m. – CANVAS Art + Fashion Engaged   featuring Marchesa Trunk Show

 Nov. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – CANVAS ‘Be Art’ Closing Brunch

For more information or to purchase tickets http://www.canvaswpb.org

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‘THE IMMORTALS’
by Tori Eversmann
Wife of BLACK HAWK DOWN Hero

Tori Eversmann, author of ‘The Immortals’ will be at Meat Market Palm Beach for a book signing Tuesday, November 15th. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet her husband, First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, who was immortalized in the epic film Black Hawk Down  and inspired the lead character in her book.

A portion of proceeds raised at the event from book sales or dinner will benefit American Humane- American Humane provides a) lifesaving service dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress;b) protects America’s hard-working military dogs and recognizes their heroic contributions to our country- both on and off the battlefield. 

I had the pleasure of meeting this talented author and her honorable husband on several occasions. Extremely impressed by an inexplicable bond between the two of them, I purchased a copy of The Immortals .  It was not only entertaining but enlightening to realize how little we know about the challenges faced by the family members left behind.

About the Immortals:

Eversmann’s semi-autobiographical character, Calli Coleman, abruptly lands in the role of Army wife in provincial Sackets Harbor, New York, when her husband is recalled to active military duty during the Iraq War. Calli and her young family face the adversity of transitioning to their new military life and the complicated social hierarchy that goes with it. Uprooted from their hometown, family and friends, their new life as an Army family becomes even more unsettling when Calli learns that her husband will soon be deployed to Iraq.

“New friendships sustain Calli through loneliness and the ever-present specter of widowhood. ‘The Immortals’ is an examination of marriage, friendship, war and death,” said Eversmann.

About the Author

Tori Eversmann

Tori Eversmann

Tori Eversmann, wife of retired First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, the soldier who inspired the lead character in the book and Jerry Bruckheimer’s movie Black Hawk Down, has captivating stories of her time as an Army wife and its aftermath in the post-9-/11 world. Amid adversity, Tori worked tirelessly as a single parent, a cheerleader for her husband’s wounded men at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and as a conduit of information from the front lines during her husband’s 15-month deployment in the Iraq war, all to keep her and the other Army wives afloat. Tori received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Skidmore College and currently lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

 

 

 

Trailer Video of Black Hawk Down

 

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Wine and Truffle Summer Dinner at
Meat Market Palm Beach

 

Leave it to Meat Market Palm Beach to get a head start on Truffle Season– yes, that’s right!  Black AND White truffles. Palm Beach’s sizzling steakhouse is continuing its popular Summer Wine Dinner Series with a four-course Wine and Truffles Dinner on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  

Crafted by Chef/Co-Owner Sean Brasel, the menu will feature bold and savory dishes prepared with truffles, widely considered one of the world’s most desired culinary delicacies, sought after for their aromatic flavor. Each course will be paired with wines from Inglenook Winery of Napa Valley.

First Course
White Truffle with Foie Gras and Chicken Liver
Roasted in Puff Pastry with Green Apple, Citrus Apple Salad and Indian Truffle Honey Sauce
2013 Inglenook Blancaneaux

Second Course
Wood Grilled Wahoo with Oxtail Marmalade with Black Truffle Red Wine Sauce
Heirloom Baby Carrot, Potato Pearls and Freshly Shaved Black Truffle in Olive Oil
2012 Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon

Third Course
Clear Creek Farms Wagyu Sirloin with White Truffle-infused Boniato Fritters and
Blackberry Truffle Red Wine Emulsion
2012 Inglenook Rubicon Meritage

Fourth Course
Goat Cheese Bavarois with Chocolate Oat Crumble, Chocolate Sorbet,
Whipped Truffle Honey and Bee Pollen
2012 Inglenook RC Reserve Syrah

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

The word got out before invitations were sent out, so only about 10 seats left at this time.  To reserve call 561 354 9800