The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show celebrates art of all mediums. Glass has been recognized as a luxury material for ages. The material has evolved as glass-making techniques shift with technology, and styles shift with the eras. The only constant is its beauty. Think René Lalilique, Émile Gallé, Louis Comfort Tiffany… All renowned masters of the art. The 13th annual show which takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 26-28 brings together a very talented pool of artists from all over the country for this juried Show.

Florida Native: Innovative Clearwater, Florida Glass Artist, Marlene Rose
National Endowment of the Arts Grant Award Winner, Marlene Rose, utilizes a rare and relatively new technique sandcast glass to bring her visions to life.  Her works are collected by the glass cognoscenti, fine-art collectors, and Hollywood A-List celebrities including John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Bell and others. Working from her Clearwater, Florida studio, Marlene has taken the thousands year-old tradition of bronze casting and applied it to molten glass. Read more: www.marleneroseglass.com

"Buddha Wall" by Marlene Rose

“Buddha Wall” by Marlene Rose

First Timer: Capturing the Essence of Nature in a Fine Craft Showcase of Glass
Hand sculpted and blown glass in the classic technique by David and Jennifer Clancy demonstrate life like natural scenes frozen in time. From their studio in Jamestown, Rhode Island, they are often inspired by the sea which is reflected in their captivating natural landscapes. Well-known in the Northeast U.S. for their solo show at the Newport Art Museum, the Clancy’s have earned a following of fine craft collectors and glass aficionados alike and will be making their first appearance at this year’s Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. Read more: www.clancydesigns.com

Emerging Talent: Casey McMains Brings the Magic of Cameo Glass
The cameo glass of Vermont emerging artist, Casey McMains tends towards the surreal and symbolic weaving meaning and thoughts together.  Casey prefers to work with glass because it has a memory. It is able to be transparent, translucent, and opaque simultaneously in the same piece. She explains that working in glass provides the opportunity to sculpt with light and shadow in a dynamic and intimate way that is unlike any other medium. She believes that it is magic, true alchemy in the vein of Newton and Flemmel, using all the elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit) to create something that didn’t exist until the moment of its creation. Casey is looking forward to showcasing her latest works during her first appearance at The 2016 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. See more: www.etsy.com/shop/CaseyMcMainsGlass

Casey McMains, Glass Artist

Casey McMains, Glass Artist

For more information and to sign up for updates, please go to www.craftsamericashows.com. Tickets will be available for sale beginning January 2016 through the website. Show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Take Home a Nude, Armory Art Center West Palm Beach

Take Home a Nude, Armory Art Center West Palm Beach

Take Home a NudeYes, you read this correctly. However, we are talking about art here! The Armory Art Center, the visual arts education and exhibition center in West Palm Beach, has planned a silent suction featuring over 300 works of photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, and choice crafts donated by noted artists and collectors. What makes this event so special? Art is known to be visually appealing, but Take Home a Nude taps into all the senses while you experience art in various forms (2D and 3D), live music and savory hors d’oeuvres. The event celebrates the collector in everyone.

“This is the most fun, interactive event of the season and will include art for the serious collector as well as the sophisticated and casual buyer,” stated David Veselsky, chairman of the Armory.

Linda Silpe and Jan Willinger, co-chairs of the event, have passionately tended to each detail making this an affair to inspire and remember. The Palm Beach Daily News featured the duo highlighting the third “Take Home a Nude” they have organized to benefit the arts center. Click here to read more, “Art pours in for Armory’s Take Home a Nude auction”.

Take Home a Nude will feature works created by renowned as well as local artists including Kim Dingle, Juan Miro, Tommy Morrison, Ellen Liman, Pamela Acheson Myers, Gina Porten, Fiona Tan, Steven Manolis, Jill Wiseman, Rene von Richthofen, Vivian Wang, Bruce Gendleman, Bruce Moskowitz, MD, Jane Manus, Nancy Ellison, Sassno, Susan Nash, Skip Mizelle, and Steve Caras.

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Major event sponsors include: Mr. and Mrs. Ted Baum , Mr. and Mrs. Donald Silpe, Mr. Robert Spiegel and Mrs. Jan Willinger, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Soter, Mr. Ken Elias and Mr. David Veselsky, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blumenstein, Ms. Cynthia Friedman, Ms. Jackie Grimm, Mr. Richard Grossman, Mrs. James Gubelmann, Mr. and Mrs. John Kessler, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Mason, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Silpe, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Haft, Ms. Muriel Kaplan, Ms. Pamela Acheson Myers, Ms. Susan Nernberg, Ms. Linda Rossbach, Ms. Carole Ruhlman, Whole Foods, and Legends 100.3.

Armory Art Center
Take Home a Nude & Other Important Art
Silent Auction, Cocktail Reception & Dinner by the Bite Sponsored by: Jupiter Magazine, Whole Foods, The Palm Beacher, Legends 100.3
Thursday, January 7, 2016
1700 Parker Avenue . West Palm Beach

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets: $150.00 per person or $1000 for groups of 10

For more information, please contact Marcy Hoffman – marcywpb@prodigy.net.

The Armory Art Center is a not-for-profit community-based visual arts education and exhibition center providing opportunities for individual growth, self expression, increased awareness and appreciation of the arts through participation in studio art classes, exhibitions, lectures and other educational programs. Celebrating 30 years, the Center educates, enriches and engages a diverse population through the “experience of art.” Classes in ceramics, drawing and pastels, painting, watercolor, collage, photography, jewelry and metals, sculpture, stone carving, and more are offered year-round and on every level.

For more information about the Armory Art Center, please call 561.832.1776 or visit the Armory’s website at www.armoryart.org.

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2015 has been a fabulous year for Altima Palm Beach!  We celebrated our 15th anniversary, launched our new website, and teamed up with celebrated photographer Patrick McMullan! It is only fitting that we end the year with a bang! Scroll below for a peek at December 2015 charitable events captured Patrick. And of course, continue to follow the blog for ‘Altima Picks’ coming up in 2016. Keep the good times rolling!

All photographs taken by Patrick McMullan.

Studio 1696 New York Meets Palm Beach

Studio 1696 Featured Designers ©Patrick McMullan

Studio 1696 The Talented Group  ©Patrick McMullan

Lori Stoll Holiday Tribute to American Cancer Society

Suzanne Migdall, Hilary Musser, Frances Fisher and Lori Stoll. Photographed by Patrick McMullan

Suzanne Migdall, Hilary Musser, Frances Fisher and Lori Stoll ©Patrick McMullan

 

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue league Christmas Party.

Tom Quick, Pauline Pitt, Lesly Smith== The 44th Annual CHRISTMAS BALL Benefitting The PEGGY ADAMS Animal Rescue League== Sailfish Club, Palm Beach, FL== December 10, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Patrick McMullan/PMC==

Tom Quick, Pauline Pitt, Lesly Smith (c) Patrick McMullan

Paradise Fund Casino

Scott Dingman, Bettina Anderson

Scott Dingman, Bettina Anderson ©Patrick McMullan

Private Celebrations, Meat Market Events and more

Jeff and MeiSze Greene, Terry Allen Kramer, the Honorable Brian Mulroney and Mila Mulroney ©Patrick McMullan

Jeff and MeiSze Greene, Terry Allen Kramer, the Honorable Brian Mulroney and Mila Mulroney ©Patrick McMullan

Mary Mahoney Opening Weekend Celebration

Susan Cohon, Ellie Block, Cynthia Berenson, Mary Mahoney, Peggy Trethewey, Shannon Porthault ©Patrick McMullan

Susan Cohon, Ellie Block, Cynthia Berenson, Mary Mahoney, Peggy Trethewey, Shannon Porthault ©Patrick McMullan

 

Patrick McMullan will be back in South Florida on January 10th to continue to cover the hottest events! 

Couture ‘Art to Wear Fashion’ Show at 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Many people don’t think of Fashion when they think of Fine Crafts, but collectors familiar with the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show understand why the two fit together. The fine craftsmanship that goes into the exotic designs, hand-painted textiles and intricate handwork will be showcased at The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show during a fashion show Saturday, February 27th at 1:30 pm.

New York City-based Starr Hagenbring’s silk artful jackets and coat dresses (featured above) will be among the vetted designers to be featured at the 13th Annual event. designers showcasing their wares include Irina Fisher,  Jacquelyn Rice, and Ewa Kielczewska. (Complete list below)

 

Jacquelyn Rice

 

Ewa Kielczewska Designs

Ewa Kielczewska

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show hours:
Friday, February 26 10am – 6pm; Saturday, February 27th 10am – 6pm and Sunday February 28th 11am – 5pm

For complete schedule of events visit www.craftsamericashows.com
Tickets will be on sale in January.

Take a peek at some of the designers to be featured at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

Kate Beck
Veronika Braslavsky
Jacqueline Kilmartin
Iris Mansard
Amy Nguyen
Mina Norton
Marian Schoettle
Michael Conti

 

 

Carmen Borja, purveyor of home linens to members of the Spanish Royal family and the elite society in Spain, will showcase their expansive and exquisite collection at Lori Jayne Monogramming located at 304 S. County Road, during a three-day trunk show, December 14th-16th. ‘Shop, Save and Give’ will be hosted by Susan Bardin, Annie Falk, Raysa Fanjul, Lillian Fanjul de Azqueta, Shelley Menin and Marzia Precoda, all of whom are representing one of the following charities:  The American Cancer Society, Catholic Charities, Children’s Home Society, Lighthouse ArtCenter and New Hope Charities. Five percent of proceeds from each purchase will be allocated to one of the five charities, at the purchaser’s discretion.

Carmen Borja

Representatives from Carmen Borja will fly in specifically to introduce their elegant collection of bed and table linens to Palm Beach, during a special discounted promotion for three days only.

“We have many clients from Palm Beach who buy from us at our stores in Spain.  We thought it was time to come to them and support their philanthropic efforts,” says Yolanda Pisa, General Manager of Carmen Borja.

In addition to the funds raised during the 3-day trunk show, representatives of the charities, will have the opportunity to choose a beautiful bed set of their choice to use at a future fundraising event for silent auction or raffle purposes.

 

Carmen Borja Trunk Show
December 14th-16th
@ Lori Jayne Monogramming

304 s. County Road

www.CARMENBORJA.com

 

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About Carmen Borja

Carmen Borja began as a family workshop in Spain specializing in luxury bed and table garments with handcrafted embroidery. The exclusive customer profile has included members of the Spanish royal family and the elite society in Spain. Now with over 40 years of experience in the market establishing an international presence in Europe, Latin America, Qatar and Mexico, Carmen Borja has become a leader in the industry with an uncompromising commitment to quality and use of the finest materials. We proudly work with world renown Interior Designers and professional decorators to add value as a source for high-end bedding and table garments.

All creative design and manufacturing are exclusive to Carmen Borja, which provides a unique value which is widely appreciated by our clients in the most prestigious of homes. Our products are created for our world-wide clientele who enjoy a discriminating taste for luxury that cannot be found in the standard markets. Our collection features the best Catalan piques and Swiss Batiste for bed linens. All our bed sheets are woven with cotton produced by Frette and Satenes de Siletty and our table garments are woven with the best linens from Holland and Luxemburg as well as Russian damascus.

Carmen Borja is excited to expand its commitment to quality of product as well as quality of clientele in the USA.

As part of Carmen Borja’s policy in engaging market and community growth, the company gives to the non-profit community that care for children as well the arts.

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.

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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