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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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.

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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.

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.  

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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.

 

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. 

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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

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(when prompted press continue– no need to register)

or call  561 832 1776
 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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. 

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. 

 

 

Armory Art Center Sponsors Shopping Opportunity in Advance of Purple Reign Event

In anticipation of The Armory Art Center’s upcoming Winter Fundraiser planned for January 26– PURPLE REIGNa Tribute to Prince,  two neighboring Worth Avenue boutiques have gotten into the Purple spirit.   Mary Mahoney and The Silver Fund are offering a donation to the Armory Art Center for any purple merchandise purchased in the month of December.  A special piece sure to appeal to collectors is a beautiful Dorothy Draper inspired chrome X-form bench upholstered in a brilliant purple velvet fabric, USA circa 1970 exclusively designed by The Silver Fund and offered at $8,500 (featured above).  

Vase Poseidon Bleu-Lavande

Vase Poseidon Bleu-Lavande

 

Mary Mahoney has a celebrated collection of tableware, gifts and entertaining essentials with many purple options.  Collectors are invited to consider the Lalique Poseidon Vase offered at $17,500.

The Armory Art Center is delighted to be the beneficiary of this WORTHwhile shopping opportunity.  In their 30th year, The Armory Art Center offers scholarships for youth and adult programs to help inspire the creation and experience of art in Palm Beach County for underserved families.  In addition to providing a full roster of art classes, the Armory Art Center operates two major programs…. Artist in Residence Program and Art of the Phoenix, which conducts therapeutic art classes to aid teenage victims of human trafficking.

Click here for more information on Purple Reign 

Mary Mahoney has been an institution in Palm Beach for three decades.  Today the shop is not only a staple for Palm Beach hostesses in the know who master the ‘art of entertaining’, but is also a source of inspiration for anyone in search of ideas, themes for their next event, and gifts for their hosts.  

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Black River Caviar seems to be an ongoing favorite among her regular clients and visiting ‘house guests’ looking for the perfect gift for their host/hostess. So much so, Mary added a designated Black River Caviar section to include a fabulous display of Caviar servers to accompany the exquisite assortment of Siberian and Oscietra caviar.

Black River Caviar, a favorite among Palm Beach residents and exclusive purveyor to Seabourn Cruise Lines, is served at some of the finest restaurants across the Globe.  Harvested in the pristine waters of the Rio Negro with excellent properties for sturgeon breeding, the environment mimics the real flow of a river in a completely natural area, free of contaminants and pollution.

 

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 To inquire about the various types and price list,  

call Mary Mahoney at 561 655 8288  

Visit The World of Mary Mahoney