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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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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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Romero Britto ‘Pop Up’ for
American Cancer Society at
Meat Market Palm Beach

More than 50 guests noshed on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres while sipping Veuve Clicquot champagne recently for artist Romero Britto’s “pop-up” gallery at Meat Market Palm Beach celebrating the American Cancer Society’s Annual Benefit “Rock Palm Beach.”  Britto has lent his vibrant, colorful artwork “Spotlight” for the annual event’s invitation and will be donating a custom portrait for the event’s live auction to help raise critical funds to support the organization’s mission of fighting cancer.

 The lounge area of the restaurant was brilliantly transformed with several pieces of vivid artwork and radiant lighting to create the gallery which consisted of three sculptures: a 7’ flamingo, a 3’ torso and a 4’ reclining woman.  Britto also exhibited several of his iconic paintings to complete the gallery.

 Guests included: Chrysanti and Howard Berger, Andy Dugard, Beth Farris, Susan Furman and Bob Holuba, Marla Garchik, Roni and Gerald Goldsmith, Arlette Gordon, Ivy Greenberg, Donna and Steve Grossman, Carol Jaeger and Douglas Jencks, Wyatt Koch, Bebe Presenti, Miguel Rivera, Renee and Donald Scott, Kitty Silverstein, Lori Stoll, Jesse Stoll, and Jeff Zipper.

                            Susan Furman & Romero Britto

 

 The American Cancer Society Annual Benefit, “Rock Palm Beach,” will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:00pm in the Grand Ballroom decorated with Britto artwork at The Mar-a-Lago Club and will feature Lou Gramm, former lead singer of the group Foreigner.

 “Rock Palm Beach” will also host a private, black-tie Sponsors Dinner on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at The Mar-a-Lago Club with a performance by the group Tavares.

Click here to view more pictures

 

For tickets or more information about “Rock Palm Beach” contact Michelle Jaminet at the American Cancer Society,

Telephone 561.655.3449 or email michelle.jaminet@cancer.org.

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Popular Palm Beach County Artist Ray Gross is One of the Highlights at the Upcoming Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

The porcelain sculptures of Ray Gross are well-known, especially to Palm Beachers as highly collectible.  Often mistaken for the “real thing”, the hyper-realistic sculptures have a pop-art flair that reflects the artist’s humor and outlook.  Ray’s “Louie, Louie” porcelain handbag sculpture is a particularly popular piece with collectors from the Hamptons to Palm Beach.  The artist, sculptor and designer was raised in South Florida, and he is a member of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and serves on the faculty at the Armory Arts Center Complex in West Palm Beach.

Look for his latest works at the 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show which is scheduled to take 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.  

Click Here for tickets and more information  

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.

 

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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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Romero Britto Supports
Annual American Cancer Society Benefit

Britto to be special guest at American Cancer Society Benefit

The 59th Annual American Cancer Society’s Palm Beach Benefit is spicing it up this year with Romero Britto.  The Brazilian-born, Miami-made pop artist Romero Britto contributed his bright signature art for the event invitations and has continue to drive the inspiration for what promises to be the most colorful and coolest benefit The Mar-a-Lago Club has ever hosted.

“Britto’s vibrant, bold, and colorful patterns reflect his optimistic view of the world – which is one of the reason we chose to align our event with him. Through its research, the American Cancer Society creates optimism for cancer patients worldwide,” said event co-chairman Shelley Menin.

Chairs: Shelley Menin & Marla Garchik

Menin’s co-chair Marla Garchik added, “We’re grateful to add Romero Britto as a corporate partner this year and are delighted to be collaborating with him for a spectacular, colorful event!”

The third Rock Palm Beach continues in 2017 with another musical extravaganza at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Friday, February 10 at 8:00pm and will feature lavish food stations, VIP Lounges, and several live acts in the Club’s Grand Ballroom.

Also, new this year, the annual event will host a black-tie Sponsors Dinner on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00pm hosted by Fantastic Finishes in the famed Gold and White Ballroom at The Mar-a-Lago Club which will also present several musical acts.

 

Other event corporate partners include the Addison Hines Charitable Trust, Braman Motorcars, Fantastic Finishes, Meat Market, and the Private Client Reserve of US Bank.

If the hard-to-miss, lively invitations requesting “colorful chic attire” are indicative of what’s to come at the event, the crowd will be carousing and dancing the night away until the wee hours!

For tickets or information, please contact Michelle Jaminet at the American Cancer Society in Palm Beach: telephone 561.655.3449 or email Michelle Jaminet

The Power of Art in Wood, Salem Barker coming to Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Using hand-held power tools, artist Salem Barker feels the artistic spirits and works freehand with wood  to give life to his creative expression.

As Barker quotes Henry David Thoreau, “The world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

A former tool and die maker, Barker uses high voltage electricity to highlight his wood pieces with black impressions to emulate lightening.  His largest wood sculpture is 12 feet tall. Barker also sculpts with stone, bronze and aluminum.  According to Barker, geared and mechanical forms are seen harmonized with rhythmic organic movements of his sculptures, contrasting man made geometric shapes made solely for power delivery, and nature’s forms made for beauty and the perpetuation of life.  He  is looking forward to showcasing his latest work when he returns to the 2017 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

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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, 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 beginning a personal collection.  Jury Members have reviewed a record number of artist’s submissions from all across the U.S.  Categories considered include: glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, as well as mixed media, fashion, jewelry, and more. For more tickets and information, please visit to http://www.palmbeachfinecraft.com.  Show hours are Thursday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and  Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  

 

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Pop up Tribute to Artist and Icon
PRINCE

Armory Art Center prepares for Purple Reign Event on January 26th

The world of popular culture was rocked in 2016 with the unexpected loss of several major Rock Icons.  Nowhere was the loss of the artist Prince Rogers Nelson known better simply as Prince felt more deeply than in his hometown of Minneapolis.  In a nod to the trendsetting aspects of Prince’s multi-decade career, and out of respect for Prince’s indomitable style, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine joined forces with the Minneapolis Art Institute to create a Fashion Designer tribute based on Prince’s musical hits. 

Billed as a Special Kiss to Prince, the 2016 Fashionopolis Event featured runway designs inspired by the one-or-a-kind hit maker, Prince, who was known as an Icon of fashion, style, music and creativity.  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.

Winner of seven Grammy awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, Prince was one of the best-selling musicians of all-time.  Hits included Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain, Kiss, and When Doves Cry.

The Armory Art Center will feature the highly regarded Pop-Up exhibit at their much anticipated Purple Reign event on January 26th.  Click here to register for the event