If you are quick, you might have already caught on to the title. It is true, the 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Showis 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.
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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 .
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 (akado 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.
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).
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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?
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!
Just when we thought we had lost them to some exotic destination, Nadine Kalachnikoff and Lars Bolanderunexpectedly 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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While driving through Wellington last week, I popped by to visit Jeanne Chisholm, an old friend and owner of the Chisholm Gallery, known as a leading international dealer of polo and sporting art for over 30 years. I was a accompanied by an avid sailor who also happens to be a serious art collector. He was immediately drawn to a spectacular oil on canvas by Isabella Monari called “Regata blu 1” pictured here. I was drawn to Monari’s stunning fencing scenes! That was just a sampling of so many fabulous pieces on display at the gallery. Jeanne’s impressive collection currently on view include watercolors by Hungarian artist Elmyr de Hory (think F For Fake by Orson Welles,) polo paintings of legendary Pete Bostwick and Tommy Hitchcock by Lisa Bostwick, and fine art limited edition black & white photographs by Francesco Scavullo: Think Sting, Jagger, Bacall, Sophia, Pavarotti, Lisa, Glenn etc… Scavullo created the COSMO GIRL His photographs graced the covers of Vogue, Rolling Stone, Life, Time, Newsweek, Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Harper’s and Queen, L’Officiel and Max.
If you’re planning a trip to Italy, a stop in Florence, if only to witness the restoration of the Baptistery, is a must. The Pucci couture sheath, wrapped by the venerable House of Pucci a year ago, remains a delight for tourists and Florentines alike.
The Pucci family is one of the city’s founding families and its Renaissance-era Palazzo is around the corner from the Baptistery. Laudomia Pucci has kept her father’s passion alive, spearheading efforts to mark the 60th anniversary of Florence’s Center for Italian Fashion with her father’s original 1957 designs. Pucci used over 20,000 scarves to drape the iconic Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence during its restoration. “Quite amazing to think the foulard Emilio designed in 1957 would be draping the Baptistery over 50 years later!.” A limited edition of the ‘Battistero’ scarf is available at Emilio Pucci’s stores in Florence, Rome and Milan as well as on emiliopucci.com, with proceeds benefiting this iconic monument’s continued refurbishment, scheduled to be completed September 2015.
Emilio Pucci not only dressed The Baptistery in Florence Italy, and designed the limited edition scarf, but then went to the next level– Presenting scarves of the world.. What’s next?
The 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show as this year’s show promises to drive even more cultural tourism to Palm Beach County, given the added surprises up its sleeve. This year the event has added a charitable component to engage some of the country’s most prominent collectors. The by-invitation only party will be held Friday, February 26th. Appropriately billed “Head to Toes”, the reception will benefit three organizations that improve children’s lives, through the art and education to enrich their minds, down to the shoes that will protect their feet.
Considered to be the #1 Fine Craft Show in the Country based on artist’s sales by Art Fair Source Book, a leading resource in the industry, the juried event will showcase and offer for sale a unique and vetted selection of contemporary American fine craft.
Cultural Tourists typically stay longer and spend more when visiting a destination. This year the show will be bigger and better than ever, with over 135 master and emerging artists from all over the country convening at our show,” says Elizabeth Kubie, Director of the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.
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Attending The Masterpiece Fair once was enough for me to make sure it’s on my calendar every year. There is nothing else like it!! Seeing my favorite Worth Avenue gallery, The Silver Fund, with their special pieces of silver and 20th century furniture in a knock-out stand, shine amongst the 150 galleries from across the globe made it ultra special.
The museum-quality works with superb provenance and London’s finest restaurants within the luxurious marquis, including Le Caprice, Scott’s, and The Ivy are enough reasons for true ‘connoisseurs’ to schedule a visit to what many refer to as ‘the most civilized art fair in arguably the most civilized city in the world.’ For those who prefer ‘people watching’, Masterpiece won’t let you down! We ran into part-time residents Rod and Penny Stewart as well as fashion designer Tom Ford on our first day!
For those of you who are en route to the UK to attend Ascot, Wimbledon or popping in to London on your way to the South of France, complimentary passes await you courtesy of The Silver Fund!
“Alumbrando el Barrio” or “Lighting up the Neighborhood” will permanently illuminate ten theater signs in Havana. Unveiling will take place during the 12th Bienal de La Habana from May 21st to June 20th, 2015.
Cuban painter and sculptor, Kadir Lopez Nieves, born in 1973 in rural Las Tunas, parlayed his artistic vision to transform historical icons into works of art. This year, during the 12th Bienal de La Habana, Kadir will unveil his in situ restoration project of ten of Havana’s neon and incandescent signs on the very theaters where for decades that have sat, rusting metal hulks, still attached to the buildings.
Havana, once graced by thousands of electric signs on theatres, stores, hotels and nightclubs, was a city of lights that rivaled even Paris in the 1950s. Thousands of neon and incandescent signs heralded the urban chic of Havana before the practice fell in to disfavor in the early 1960s and they slowly evaporated from the city’s skyline. The politically incorrect implications of the fabulous signage, as well as the maintenance required in the harsh, tropical climate propelled the signs into decay.
“…we all know about Cuba’s fleet of American cars. …I wonder what remains of Havana’s old neon signs. A little bit of Paris, a little bit of Vegas and a lot of South Beach, Havana was a city that positively glittered…” T. Rinaldi, NY Neon Blogspot
During the last the last ten years, Kadir Lopez has focused on reclaiming many of the city’s old inventory of unused commercial baked enamel signage and has created extensive works of art, exhibiting in Cuba, Europe, Latin America, the US and Canada in both collective and one man shows. His work is exhibited in galleries, museums and private collections.
Increasingly unsatisfied with dichotomy of working in the studio and confining the work to the interiors of exhibition spaces, Mr. Lopez decided to move his works to the streets of Havana, thereby creating a new social practice he defines as En Poder Practica Social.
“…I was feeling confined in the studio and longed to share the beauty I find in the antique signs with my neighbors and other Habaneros. En Poder, or In-Power, if you will, stands for the empowerment of the people of the city through my work, playing with the concept of electricity and illumination. Our motto is “Relighting the Neighborhood, and that is exactly what we intend to do.” Kadir Lopez Nieves
Today, Havana is a city with a new vigor and energy that is quickly reclaiming old traditions and creating new ones. With a keen consciousness of this throughout his body of work, Kadir Lopez Nieves will move out of his studio and into the streets of Havana in force during the upcoming Bienal de La Habana, breathing new life into the electric signs that are the equivalent of the rolling stock of antique American cars that grace the city’s streets. He will also participate in three important exhibitions with related works and deeper insights into his En Poder Practica Social project.
“I look forward to doing my part in relighting the neighborhoods of my beloved Havana. I am committed to work on preserving and relighting every single sign that still stands in the city….for as long as it takes.” Kadir Lopez Nieves
Theatre Locations of Signs to be illuminated during “Alumbrando El Barrio”: