Studio 1696 | 1696 Old Okeechobee Rd, West Palm Beach

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

We have already featured Studio 1696 on our blog, but as season gets closer we want to make sure that you all are keeping up with the excitement that is to come at the warehouse retail store. When you walk inside, you will notice A LOT. Colors, patterns, precious stones, textiles and textures from around the globe. The international collection of world travelers Lars Bolander and Nadine Kalachnikoff practically comes to life at their visionary spot in West Palm Beach. From December through April, the dynamic couple will host a series of pop-up shops featuring some of our favorite local artists and designers. Wyatt Koch (Remember our profile where he announced his upcoming fashion line?), Rory Mackay (His stationary collection was just featured in the Oprah Magazine), and Caryna Nina are just some of the artisans who will be featured in the shops.

Follow Studio 1696 on Facebook to make sure you know who will be there and when!

Preview Party December 1st
Pop-Up Shops December 2nd -14th
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Clem Penrose – Fine Art
Pat McInerney – Jewelry
Rory MacKay – Stationary
Jenny Garrigues – Accessories

Preview Party December 14th
Pop-Up Shops December 15th -24th
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Whitney Baldwin – Jewelry
Wyatt Ingraham – Menswear Fashion
Caryna Nina – Tunics
Denis LaMarsh – Imported Furniture
Montecristi Hats by Yovanny – Panama Hats
Rory Mackay – Stationary
Clem Penrose – Fine Art

Strong Boalt Menswear – Menswear by Amanda Boalt

Clem Penrose Exhibition

Clem Penrose Exhibition

Although interpretations by a novice may be refreshing, explanations from a trained eye which describe the intricacy of fine art is a necessity. This is why we stepped back on this one to let the renowned artist and writer Bruce Helander detail the artwork of  Clem Penrose, Fine Artist and Creative Director of the New Harmony Artists Guild in New Harmony, Indiana. His artwork will be exhibited at Studio 1696 throughout the entire month of December. For more information, please contact 561-832-2121

An excerpt from “Penrose Examines the Power of Nature with a Double Feature of Invention”
Written by Bruce Helander, American painter, collage artist, editor, and writer

The artist begins his journey by exploring surfaces with elementary position marks he later expands. Then he presents a marriage of carefully mixed acrylic paints that seem to have an affection and natural attraction to those non-organic surfaces. After he has laid down the basic elements of his composition (often based on memory or dream cloud formations and waterway edges, which add a colorful reflective spirit), Clem Penrose incorporates ancient myths into his paintings. He examines the power of nature with a double feature of invention, utilizing lighting and tornadoes that at the same time form kinds of abstract, stick-figure shapes with meandering tails, which can disappear and reappear depending on barometric pressure. In another amazing picture entitled Wolf Moon, Penrose sets up a clever night scene, where midnight trees are silhouetted against a mysterious and provocative sky, convincing the viewer that the clouds from the head of a wolf howling at the moon. All of his works have the distinct flavor of the extraordinary movement of light. His newest works reflect his recent residency in Palm Beach, where the Intracostal Waterway and powerful Atlantic Ocean seem to have a gravitational pull on his creative impulses. Down where the sea kisses the shore, his visionary expressions are exemplified within his paintings, such as Islamorada – The Purple Isle and Standing Mandela. Reflecting on natural beauty manages to conjure up all the experiences of his past, while dexterity and imagination spin it back to the picture plane. Deliberate sharp edges bring a peculiar and convincing separation between foreground and background, adding a realistic sense of space.

Clem Penrose "Sunset on the Gulf", Airbrush Waterfront

Clem Penrose
“Sunset on the Gulf”, Airbrush Waterfront

Click Here to continue reading on Clem Penrose’s website, clempenrose.com
-Bruce Helander is an artist and curator who writes on art. He is the former Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design.

Penrose was also featured in Posey Magazine Summer 2013.
The article titled “Life After Life After Life” by Linda Neal Reising takes a closer look at the artist’s journey and personal life.

Click the feature below for more…

Clem Biddle Penrose VII featured in Posey Magazine

Clem Biddle Penrose VII featured in Posey Magazine

Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

My last trip to Mexico was for a wedding. I remember the jovial spirit of the wedding party as timeless festive songs echoed along the coastline while we flooded the dance floor. The colorful lights, skirts swaying and twirling with every song…You could feel the liveliness of the Mexican culture which has been passed down for centuries.

There are times when words cannot do justice to describe the most vibrant and touching moments. This is when we can thank the invention of photography and the photographers who capture and tell stories with their stills.

Christophe von Hohenberg, renowned portrait, documentary, and lifestyle photographer briefly describes the plot and inspiration for his upcoming exhibition, Shadows of the Gods….

“For the past eight years, I have been living among the shadows with the children of Montezuma and Cortez, exploring the neighborhoods,” says von Hohenberg. “From walking through romantic Calle Francisco Sosa in Coyoacan, to losing my balance on cobblestones in the picturesque Colonial neighborhood of San Angel.”

Shadows Of The Gods Book Cover

Splitting his time between Mexico City and New York City, von Hohenberg’s photographs have been featured in American Vogue, Art ForumVanity Fair, German Rolling StoneThe New York Times, Fortune, and French Vogue, as well as art galleries and private collections around the globe. He has published two acclaimed books Andy Warhol- The Day the Factory Died and Another Planet – New York Portaits – 1976 – 1996

Shadows of the Gods features photographs ranging from 2007 to the present, capturing the emergence of contemporary art and culture within Mexico City’s historical setting. A selection of the pieces featured in the exhibition will be taken from a section of the book which is devoted to Mexican Street Art.

Join von Hohenberg as he reveals his latest work at

Leonard Tourné Gallery
46 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065

Wednesday, November 4 through Saturday, November 14

Contact maribel@altimapalmbeach.com for more information.

Mexican Street ArtMexican Street Art

Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

If you don’t know Patrick McMullan, you ought to get out more!”
Andy Warhol

In the 1980s, Patrick McMullan found his niche photographing high profile events and celebrities. Today, he maintains his solid reputation with a team of professionals who capture over 50 exclusive events each week from New York to Los Angeles- that means almost 3,000 events each year! If you have not seen him lately, perhaps Warhol said it best, “You ought to get out more!”

Everyone has their own inspirations.

You will often find artists observing and admiring the works of their peers, strangers, or legends past. This is no different for Patrick McMullan. Take away all the glitz, glamour and people, and enter his home to find his most prized collection. “Pictures” is the compilation of Patrick McMullan’s personal purchases from art shows and thrift shops. This selection of photographs has not been seen by many but his family and friends- until recently. After a great success at the Salomon Contemporary in New York, Patrick McMullan’s collection will make its way to Palm Beach’s Paul Fisher Gallery as the show heads south as one of the most anticipated events this season.

SAVE THE DATE

Exhibition Opening
November 13th until December 1st

“Pictures”
by Patrick McMullan

Paul Fisher Gallery
433 Flamingo Dr
West Palm Beach, 33401

For more information, kindly contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach.com or 561-833-8283.

 

 

 

 

We all have heard the beautiful stories of 19th and 20th Century artists who made the pilgrimage from the United States to France to pursue their craft. We jumped on this particular story when our dear friend, Christophe von Hohenberg introduced us to Matthew C Eames, son of Dickon Eames– an American sculptor who produced stunning  artwork while living in France during the 1970’s.

Fun Fact: Have you ever crossed the Brooklyn Bridge or the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge? These two are some of the world’s most iconic structures designed by members of the Roebling Family. Eames is related to the Roeblings. It is no coincidence they are engineering masterminds- the talent runs deep in this family!

Matthew published “Dickon Eames: An American Sculptor in France” as a tribute to his father whose works include an inspiring collection of over 300 sculptures, holograms, and lithographs. The book provides a personal account of his father’s artwork produced over a span of 25 years and 3 countries. Eames’s work tells its narrative through substance, space, movement, color, ingenuity and a little humor.

Want to see his work in person? Visit www.dickoneames.com

or

Visit the Leonard Tourne Gallery on November 4th.

Leonard Tourne Gallery
46 East 65 st
New York, New York 10065

Dickon Eames

Matthew C. Eames, Author and son of Dickon Eames

Matthew C. Eames, Author and son of Dickon Eames

If you are quick, you might have already caught on to the title. It is true, the 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show is not only going to spoil you with its stellar array of coveted artistry, but Uber’s rideshare services, the Show’s new partner, will make your experience seamless. Before heading out to one of the most anticipated ART shows at the Palm Beach County Convention Center this season, remember to a) download the Uber app if you have not already and b) plugin code “FINECRAFT” (New users only) for a complimentary ride (up to $20) to or from the venue.  The code will be activated in February.

Each year in late February, thousands of art connoisseurs, interior designers, curious locals and tourists make plans to spend part (if not all) of the weekend perusing the impressive showcase dubbed the #1 Fine Craft Show in America” by  Art Fair Source Book. From February 26-28 2016, the convention center will feature 135 of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists who have mastered the intricacies of glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, fashion, jewelry and more.

Altima’s idea to form the partnership between Uber and PBFCS came as the solution for an easy parking option which allows patrons and special guests to avoid long lines at the valet parking or self-parking. Read more from Alexandra Clough of the Palm Beach Post Blog, Who ya gonna call? Uber, if you’re attending convention center show”.

If you are interested in hearing more about Altima’s Public Relations and Marketing services for your events, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

Meet someone who I feel especially proud to call a friend and a member of the Altima team:  Sonia Velasquez lost an eye at the age of six to family violence, yet overcame adversity becoming a model, renowned journalist, producer and recently, a ‘celebrity in the design world,” determined to introduce colors and light to our world.  Sonia is all about  making the world a happier place.  Every Friday, Sonia offers her readers a new décor tip, as she draws inspiration from her visits to art museums around the world, finding unique pieces such as the one from master artist Fernando Botero .

Like her Facebook page to make sure you receive your weekly dosage of color and joy!

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For more colorful news, be on the lookout for new videos of ‘How to”—a project Sonia and Sherwin-Williams are presently working on.  In this new series, first of its kind, Sonia explains step by step how to choose the perfect DIY  (aka do it yourself) color, as well as the complementary shine and finish, and demonstrates how the use of the brush alone can make the difference. The “How to series which was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, recreated the possible obstacles encountered by first-time ‘do-it-yourself’ decorators.  To view the series, subscribe to www.youtube.com/soniavelasquez.

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I’m always asked to click the right box.. Am I Hispanic/Latino  or Caucasian?  It was an added plus when applying to Ivy League colleges, as there was a quota to be filled, but for some reason,years later, I’ve continued to click the ‘Latino’ box… It’s just something I’ve always done in an effort to champion opportunities for fellow Hispanics who will go way beyond what is required to prove themselves.   Recent vocalizations by running officials and hate crimes this past month have made me more passionate…I’ve witnessed first-hand employees who have crossed the Rio Grande, lost a spouse during their treacherous trip at the hands of greedy smugglers, only because they were eager to work hard, pay taxes/social security (which they do) .  In my case, the surviving spouse continued to pay taxes hoping to become legalized, and sent whatever was left to her children in Guatemala… (like her there are so many…) 

Then we hear about 18 year old Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos...who came to this country to support his family in Guatemala.  An aspiring young chef, murdered because the color of his skin.  Funds needed to be raised to ship his body back to Guatemala.. Ironic, as he was trying to bring his family here legally, and he is sent back in a body bag ONLY after monies were raised to ship him back….A tragedy which never would have happened without the HATE involved, and triggered by some of our influential community leaders.

So here’s the good news:

One Jupiter Community event is a Jupiter community initiative, created with the collaboration  of El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center,  Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta and the Town of Jupiter Community Center all of whom decided to make a difference with an extensive exhibition of Guatemalan art and local history on display at the Jupiter Community Center beginning on September 10th.    We are All one and we need to remember that!

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In addition, please join the Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter as they celebrate Guatemalan Legacy and remember Onesimo on September 18th.  Event is free for all ages and will begin at 5:30 pm at Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail.  At 6pm, there will be showing of the documentary film, “Brother Towns.” The film is the story of two towns linked by immigration, family and work: Jacaltenango, a highland Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, our coastal town where many Jacaltecos have settled. Following the film will be a discussion led by Jamie Stuve (President and CEO of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society), Dr. Timothy Steigenga (Professor of Political Sciences and Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Florida Atlantic University) and Jeronimo Camposeco (advocate and expert in social and anthropological research including consulting on farm worker labor practices and Maya culture for various universities).

Read more 

To help Onesimo’s family with expenses, please visit www.youcaring.com/inmemoryofonesimo  they have raised $1,150, but they’re not at the finish line yet…

For more information on how to get involved, contact Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, cynthia@lighthousearts.org,

(561) 748-8737.

 

 

shoe design, wearable art

I buy the shoe because I love the way it looks… and then, I suffer...  Who says shoe lovers are practical? We may not be able to wear these particular shoes, but we do get to fantasize. Who better than the wife of one of our favorite designers to come up with these whimsical designs are masterpieces to inspire our fantasies?

Jane Weitzman, noted philanthropist, will be one of the highlights of the 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show February 26th  through February 28th, 2016. Jane, wife of famed shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman, will be a special guest at what is considered to be the #1 Fine Craft Show in the country, according to Art Fair Source book, a leading resource in the industry.

Author of Art and Sole, a visual representation of the many renowned artisans commissioned to realize her whimsical inspirations, Jane will be one of several highlights at the upcoming 2013 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. 

So we can’t wear them, but how fun is it to fantasize!

Jane will be supporting three local Palm Beach charities during her presence in Palm Beach.  Glades Academy Foundation, Center for Creative Education, and talk about the perfect tie in Shuzz Foundation!  We’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, visit The Palm Beach Craft Show for updates

 

 

Just when we thought we had lost them to some exotic destination, Nadine Kalachnikoff and Lars Bolander unexpectedly surprises us with yet another pioneering endeavor! And lucky for us, it’s happening in our backyard! We shouldn’t be surprised, as this dynamic creative duo– icons of design, style and fabulous taste— have always been ahead of the eight ball… World travelers in search of the unique and beautiful, Lars and Nadine have created a bazaar-style shopping experience where we may all share in the experience of their world travels…

I had to pop in to check it out. Of course it’s off the beaten path, but then again aren’t all treasures? Among their latest acquisitions from their summer travels to Greece, London and Sweden:  Hand-painted plates from Greece which Nadine naturally needed to alter so they are ‘made to order’. When asked if I could see the website, she was appalled!

“Website? He’s an aging artisan from Greece!” So I guess we have to wait until the doors open to see what they have in store.  Next Stop? India.

Nadine and Lars will be hosting ‘visiting’ artists and designers this season in their ‘out of the box’ warehouse-style studio located at 1696 Old Okeechobee.  Stay tuned for calendar of upcoming exhibits and news!

For those of you who want to be kept in the loop, and travel the world within your backyard,visit

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