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“Her Hippo” Project
By Carolina Wickenburg, Sculptor

Carolina Wickenburg is a New York–based sculptor whose work ranges from life–size public statues to portraits of her impressive clientele of European royals and distinguished art patrons. Her sculptures are striking, emotive and figurative pieces cast in bronze.

“Her Hippos” are born

Carolina’s foray into wearable sculpture was prompted by her love of jewelry and matured into a fundraising project for breast cancer research. Her hand–sculpted hippos are cast in gold, silver or brass, and inlaid with emerald eyes. Baby Hippos have recently been added to the family! Adopt a baby hippo and support Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 Why was the hippo your inspiration for this project?

“Sculpting is an ancient, yet timeless, art form. The hippo is an ancient Egyptian mythological figure; a protector of women. The hippopotamus seemed the perfect subject for its reassuring, strong yet sensuous form, as well as its mythology. They came together for me. They made sense.”

 

How did you come into sculpting in particular?

“With a major in Psychology and a minor in Art, I began my career as a social worker focusing on the assimilation of immigrants into their local communities. During that period, we opened a community arts center. My early work there brought sculpture to my attention and that’s when I began to dabble. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed this hands-on approach to art.”

 

Do you prefer to sculpt in stone or clay?

“While I enjoy transforming stone into “flesh”, stone remains rigid and structured. The malleability of clay, however, allows for spontaneity and the freedom to let the piece evolve naturally, and as needed. The tactile feel and flexibility of the clay. The three-dimensionality of it. It’s magical.”

Tell me about your creative process?

 “Hah! I do enjoy the process, but the creative part of sculpting is highly intense, intricate and introspective. You are very much in the moment.” With an eye for detail, Carolina follows a strict approach to capture her subjects using photographs and live sittings. After completing her piece in clay (which can take up to 6 months or more depending on the size), a rubber mold is made and eventually a Bronze piece. Her goal is to capture the essence of her subjects. In her full-bodied pieces, she uses the body’s anatomy, its muscles and facial features to evoke an emotion or capture a feeling. For her portraits, her goal is not only to resemble her subjects and convey their essence, but to make each portrait a piece that stands on its own.  After every portrait is complete, Carolina prides herself in asking “would I like to have this sculpture in my house?” Her answer has to be “yes”. She finds portraits the most difficult of her works.

Carolina

 I have heard that you were born to be an artist. Tell me about that.

“I am surrounded by artists!”, she laughs. “My father was very creative. He was an avid painter and my brother is highly artistic.  And as you might expect, I married into an “artsy” family as well.”

About Carolina Wickenburg

 Born in Havana, Cuba, Carolina immigrated to the US at an early age. She and her Austrian husband, reside in New York (when not traveling to the family hotel, Casa Mia, in Austria). They have two sons. As a successful NYC based architect hailing from a long line of artists (including world-renowned Alfred Wickenburg), and with a creative eye himself, her husband recognized Carolina’s talent and encouraged her to pursue art shortly after their marriage.

Please visit Carolina Wickenburg Sculpting to see her works.

 

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Milou Palm Beach
Fashion Happy Hour at
Meat Market

The brainchild of Lourdes de Guardiola, Milou’s curated collection is often described as chic, timeless, with an equestrian twist. Daughter of one of Wellington’s pioneer developers, horses became Lourdes’s life at the age of six, ultimately giving way to a successful 15 year career in the show jumping business.

“My husband Michael Morrissey and I have travelled the globe winning championships in the hunters, jumpers and equitation. Michael is a proven international show jumper, having represented team USA on multiple occasions overseas in Europe.  I turned to coaching some of the best junior riders at some of the most elite shows around the world.  A year ago I decided to venture into another passion of mine, fashion.  So I launched MilouPalmBeach.com,  an on-line clothing boutique,” says de Guardiola. The equestrian influence is apparent in the cool, effortless, hip but chic Milou collection.

Lourdes’s success and loyal following prompted her to launch a pop-up this past season at Palm Beach’s International Polo club. “I only see great things for this business, with local and international stores on the horizon.”

Private trunk shows continue during the summer with the next one scheduled during a special Happy Hour co-hosted by Ryan Beckett on June 27th at Meat Market Palm Beach!

Meat Market  will be offering complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Guests are encouraged to stay for dinner as 10% of proceeds will go towards Danny and Ron’s Rescue in Wellington.

 

 

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Contessa Gallery presents
Maria Svarbova Photography at
Market, Art +Design

Swimming Pool Series débuts at Bridgehampton Museum July 5-8

Contessa Gallery welcomes Maria Svarbova to their roster of critically acclaimed artists! The 2018 Hasselblad Master of the Art Category, Maria’s distinctive style has gained her prestigious recognition in the art world. Her photography departs from traditional portraiture and focuses on experimentation with space, color, and atmosphere.

Maria was born in 1988 and currently lives in Slovakia, where she was named one of Forbes 30 under 30. Taking an interest in Socialist era architecture and public spaces, Maria transforms each scene with a modern freshness that highlights the depth and range of her creative palette. The human body throughout her oeuvre is more or less a peripheral afterthought, often portrayed as aloof and demure rather than substantive. Carefully composed figures create thematic, dream-like scenes with ordinary objects. Her images hold a silent tension that think at emergent possibilities under the lilt of clean and smooth surfaces. Maria’s unique work continues to garner international acclaim and is setting new precedents in contemporary photography.

Maria Svarbova

Maria Svarbova, Symmetry, 2017

Maria’s largest series to date, In the Swimming Pool, is inspired by her fascination with the geometric beauty of public swimming pools in Slovakia. Her compositions bring a futuristic quality to old, retro spaces. The colours and smooth tones of these photographs create a dream-like atmosphere. The stillness and artificial detachment of the figures relate to the cool, sterile setting and offer the viewer a uniquely pleasurable visual experience.

Contessa Gallery is excited to show photographs from Maria’s In the Swimming Pool Series and will be debuting them at Market Art + Design July 5th – 8th.  Click here to Preview Photographs

For inquiries on Maria’s photographs, please contact Steve Hartman via cell: 216-956-2825 or via email: steve@contessagallery.com

For inquiries on Market Art + Design VIP passes, please contact Katie Butler via email: media@contessagallery.com

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Brioni Worth Avenue
Seasonal Sale

The beginning of summer in Palm Beach means going back to the Avenue and checking if those fabulous pieces I’ve been eyeing during the season are still there… If they are, chances are they will be significantly marked down and shopping just turned out to be twice the fun!   That’s what happened to me when I ventured in to Brioni on Saturday.  I walked out with a gorgeous luxurious blazer I had been eyeing for a favorite son-in -aw.  When I touched it, I couldn’t resist….. And yes, I paid nearly half!

In addition to the luxurious jackets, other Brioni steals include an exquisite selection of suits, fabulous oh so soft shirts, timeless neckwear, stylish outerwear and classic shoes.

Brioni’s Seasonal Sale has begun at the Worth Avenue location

The Worth Avenue store, which is ranked one of the top locations in the United States, offers Brioni’s incredible fabrics (and of course their tailoring expertise) as well as a sophisticated level of personal service.  They will make and ship custom clothing to clients no matter their location.

Visit BRIONI at 251 Worth Avenue

 

 

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Worth Ave’s Sandro and Maje
Extraordinary Sale &
Sip and Shop Invitation

Eighty percent of Spring Collection up to 50% off at Sandro and Maje on Worth Avenue

Local fashionistas will be delighted to learn Worth Avenue’s Sandro and Maje announced they will continue to slash prices on their stylish Spring collections beginning June 13th.   Eighty percent of their inventory will be on sale.   From minimalist looks  to ruffles and lace, these two French fashion-forward sister boutiques offer a beautiful selection for both the edgy and the classic dresser.  The varied collection includes flirty summer Maxis, romantic evening dresses, trendy culottes and classic palazzos.

 DRESS EVENT Sip and Shop June 15th from 12-6 PM

On Friday, gather your friends and kick-off your weekend at Sandro and Maje.  Both stores will be offering champagne and sweets during a sip and shop from 12-6 pm

About Sandro and Maje

Sandro and Maje are the brainchild of two creative sisters, Evelyn and Judith.  Sandro features a more classical, timeless line Sandro of clothing and Maje features more flirty and edgy designs.  Both lines range from daywear to evening, crafted with an eye for detail and the finest fabrics such as silk and French lace. The two brands are well-known for silhouettes with a formal feminine but oh so Parisian casual edge!  Local loyals count on Marcella Teper and Demetrius Mickens to keep them up to speed on new arrivals and timely sales.

Framing the entrance to Worth Avenue’s charming Via Encantada, the two boutiques are located at 247 and 249 Worth Avenue respectively.  For more information, contact Marcella Teper or Demetrius Mickens at 561 650 0371

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Far Niente Wine Pairing Dinner
at Meat Market Palm Beach

An Exceptional Experience for the Gastronome

On Wednesday June 20th, Meat Market Palm Beach will be hosting a Far Niente Wine Dinner. Priced at $150 (excluding tax and gratuity), this four-course dinner will begin with a reception at 7PM followed by a sit down dinner at 7:30PM. Diners can indulge in delicious culinary delights crafted by Executive Chef/Co-Owner Sean Brasel. Each course will be paired with a Far Niente wine that complements the cuisine. Full menu as follows:

 

Reception

Tempura Fried Cauliflower with Romesco

Wood Grilled Churrasco on Crispy Taro with Salsa Verde Cream Cheese

Shrimp Ceviche Spoons Preserved Mango and Aji

2016 Far Niente Chardonnay, Napa Valley

 

First Course

Foie Gras Torchon & Tuna Tartar with Mango White Soy Dressing

Citrus Dusted Blue Corn Chips

2015 EnRoute Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Second Course

Wood Grilled Lamb Tenderloin, Spring Pea Pudding, Truffle Relish and Pea Chips

2015 Bella Union Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Third Course

30 Days Dry Aged Prime Niman Ranch Top Sirloin, Garlic Boursin Celeriac Puree, Crispy Maitake Mushrooms, Confit Celery Root and Mushroom Soy Drizzle

2015 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley

Dessert Course

Pineapple Polenta Upside Down Cake with Vanilla Mango Ice Cream

2012 Dolce “Liquid Gold”, Napa Valley

 

Reservations for the Far Niente dinner are limited and can be made by calling (561) 900-6001; or email mherndon@meatmarket.net