New Executive Director Tom Pearson, who took over leadership earlier this year at West Palm Beach’s Armory Art Center has made his top priority to increase the Armory’s presence in the community.  He is excited to kick off this effort with some new high-profile special events.  In December, the focus is on families with the new Arts Festival to be followed up by a Art/Music/Fashion-oriented event in January.

wpbartsfestivallogopnc-2Poised to be one of West Palm’s new favorite pre-holiday events, the First Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival presented by PNC Arts Alive is scheduled for Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Armory Art Center Campus at 1700 Parker Avenue. 

“This is an ideal family weekend to enjoy quality art and music with perfect timing for holiday shopping!” said Armory Executive Director Dr. Tom Pearson.  The exhibitors at this juried festival were selected from 158 artists from around the country to serve a wide-range of tastes from youth to sophisticated art buyers.  Children from ages 5 to 10 will enjoy creating holiday crafts in the Kid’s Zone while their parents are shopping for holiday gifts of unique art. 

In addition to the great variety of art presented, the West Palm Beach Arts Festival will feature music, demonstrations, and popular food trucks. Featured performers include the Roaring Kelly Band, Orchid City Brass Band, Psychic Ghost, Les Nuages with Frank Cerabino, and PB State College Jazz Quintet, Quartet, & Sextet.  Parking is available at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts with a shuttle running to and from the Armory.  Click here for more information and to view complete Festival Schedule

 

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Save the Date now for January 26, 2017 for what is sure to be one of the most talked-about events of the Season.  Purple Reign will be hosted at the Armory Art Center with celebrity speed painter Michael Israel, dinner by the bite, and music and fashion to celebrate the creative talent of the rock music artist Prince.  http://www.armoryart.org/purple-reign

First of a series of events benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County SELLS OUT

In spite of rescheduling due to Hurricane Matthew, the 2016 Wellington Golf Tournament benefiting the Neil S Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club sold out!  The event which takes place at the Wanderers Club was rescheduled to November 13 2016. Leading the charge this year is Chairman Nic Roldan.

Marley Goodman Overman & Georgina Bloomberg

Marley Goodman Overman & Georgina Bloomberg

 

It’s no secret the celebrity-studded Boys and Girls Club fundraisers are among the most coveted events to attend.  Shoppers, shooters and party-goers should mark their calendars!  A for sure sell out will be the 2017 Wellington Dinner Dance which takes place January 6th– equestrian champions Georgina Bloomberg and Marley Goodman Overman are returning as two of the Chairmen.

This year’s theme is Passport to Paradise and highlights include music by HyRyze, performances by the Club’s dance team, and amazing vacation packages that include an extravagant equestrian experience for auction

 

Mark Your Calendar Now For These Popular Upcoming Boys & Girls Club Events

NOVEMBER:  2016 HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW at Seagate Hotel & Spa

DECEMBER:  2nd Annual Tower Shoot at Pine Creek Sporting Club

JANUARY:  2017 WELLINGTON DINNER DANCE

FEBRUARY:  2017 GALA – THE WINTER BALL at The Breakers Palm Beach

Click here for event ticket and registration information 

Nic Roldan, Gillian Johnston, Neil Hirsch, Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi take the trophy at Great Futures Polo Day.

Nic Roldan, Gillian Johnston, Neil Hirsch, Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi take the trophy at Great Futures Polo Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gala kicked off Nation’s Largest Outdoor Museum

A crowd of more than 300 art enthusiasts, celebrities and socialites attended the exclusive gala and after-party for CANVAS, the outdoor museum show, that is gearing up for its second year using Downtown West Palm Beach as it’s “cultural canvas” on November 11-20.  The party took place October 22 at the CANVAS VIP Pop-up Lounge at 1016 Clare Avenue in West Palm Beach.  The event was co-chaired by Bettina Anderson, Lizzi Bickford and Chris Leavitt of Million Dollar listing fame.

Lizzi Bickford, Chris Leavitt, Bettina Anderson

Lizzi Bickford, Chris Leavitt, Bettina Anderson

DJ Adam Lipson kept the energy upbeat throughout the night with special performances by Sean’s Dance Factory and four-time Grammy nominee, Ja Rule.

Guests enjoyed drinks courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and a sit-down dinner from Wellington Hospitality Group.  Proceeds from the event benefit CANVAS Art Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding visual arts to enrich public spaces and foster social and economic outcomes.

The competition was fierce during the live auction as guests had the chance to bid on sought after items including a Cuba Experience trip hosted by CANVAS founder, Nicole Henry; a one-week lease of the newest, sleekest, Aston Martin; a VIP package to the Kentucky Derby; and tickets for two to Hamilton with five-star accommodations at The Plaza Hotel, just to name a few of the outstanding items available for bid. Ja Rule went home with a one-of-a-kind original painting by Pipsqueak Was Here!!!, part of the 2016 official CANVAS artist lineup.

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Nicole Henry and Ja Rule

“I am so grateful for everyone who attended and graciously donated to this important cause,” said Nicole Henry, founder and curator of CANVAS. “Through their generosity and sponsorships, we will be able to create a curated show filled with visionary masterpieces that will broaden the mind and inspire creative excellence. I can’t wait to show you what these internationally acclaimed artists will bring to our city.”

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Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS will transform Downtown West Palm Beach on November 11-20, 2016. Starting this year, CANVAS will be centrally located along the busy Flagler Drive, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach. The green space will be built into a world-class outdoor museum accessible to the public year-round with rotating exhibitions and its annual show in November. Artists from across the globe will create monumental installations and murals in the Kids Art Park, Chamber Park, and Installation Park, part of the multi-phase project launching this November. Similar to last year, there will be a menu of exciting free and ticketed events:

CANVAS schedule of events:

 Nov. 11, 7 – 11 p.m. – CANVAS Local Showdown in Northwood

 Nov. 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – CANVAS Sip + Stir

 Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – CANVAS Kids Day

 Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 6 – 9 p.m. – CANVAS Art + Fashion Engaged   featuring Marchesa Trunk Show

 Nov. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – CANVAS ‘Be Art’ Closing Brunch

For more information or to purchase tickets http://www.canvaswpb.org

Tori Eversmann, author of ‘The Immortals’ will be at Meat Market Palm Beach for a book signing Tuesday, November 15th. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet her husband, First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, who was immortalized in the epic film Black Hawk Down  and inspired the lead character in her book.

A portion of proceeds raised at the event from book sales or dinner will benefit American Humane- American Humane provides a) lifesaving service dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress;b) protects America’s hard-working military dogs and recognizes their heroic contributions to our country- both on and off the battlefield. 

I had the pleasure of meeting this talented author and her honorable husband on several occasions. Extremely impressed by an inexplicable bond between the two of them, I purchased a copy of The Immortals .  It was not only entertaining but enlightening to realize how little we know about the challenges faced by the family members left behind.

About the Immortals:

Eversmann’s semi-autobiographical character, Calli Coleman, abruptly lands in the role of Army wife in provincial Sackets Harbor, New York, when her husband is recalled to active military duty during the Iraq War. Calli and her young family face the adversity of transitioning to their new military life and the complicated social hierarchy that goes with it. Uprooted from their hometown, family and friends, their new life as an Army family becomes even more unsettling when Calli learns that her husband will soon be deployed to Iraq.

“New friendships sustain Calli through loneliness and the ever-present specter of widowhood. ‘The Immortals’ is an examination of marriage, friendship, war and death,” said Eversmann.

About the Author

Tori Eversmann

Tori Eversmann

Tori Eversmann, wife of retired First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, the soldier who inspired the lead character in the book and Jerry Bruckheimer’s movie Black Hawk Down, has captivating stories of her time as an Army wife and its aftermath in the post-9-/11 world. Amid adversity, Tori worked tirelessly as a single parent, a cheerleader for her husband’s wounded men at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and as a conduit of information from the front lines during her husband’s 15-month deployment in the Iraq war, all to keep her and the other Army wives afloat. Tori received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Skidmore College and currently lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

 

 

 

Trailer Video of Black Hawk Down

 

The name Mark Spivak has been synonymous with wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel for years.  Honored for ‘excellence in wine criticism’ during his stint as wine writer for the Palm Beach Post, the award winning author and former Sommelier recently completed his first culinary thriller—  “Friend of the Devil’, published by Black Opal Books in May 2016.  Set in Palm Beach in 1990, the novel tells the story of American’s most famous chef, who sold his sold to the Devil for fame and fortune.

Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.

Here’s what they’re saying on Amazon:

A little Kitchen Confidential, a little Real Housewives of Palm Beach, and a little Faust.”

Sex, drugs, and an upscale version of terducken called Bedouin stuffed poussin …this fast-paced existential drama has got something for everyone.

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This is not Mark’s first rodeo in the publishing world. His first book, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, tells the stories of twelve spirits that changed the world and created the cocktail culture. “It’s like sitting in a bar at closing time, listening to a good friend tell stories,” said one reviewer. “You never want it to end.”

He is also the author of Moonshine Nation; The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle, hailed as the definitive book on moonshine in America. The book traces the history of corn whiskey going back to the Colonial period and the Whiskey Rebellion, and provides profiles of actual moonshiners Mark visited throughout the Appalachian South.

If you are a lover of food, wine and great thrillers, join us during a special Happy Hour at Meat Market Palm Beach

Tuesday, October 18th 6-8pm, when Friend of the Devil comes home to Palm Beach

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Space is limited, kindly RSVP 

It was a wall-to-wall VIP crowd on a recent Tuesday evening at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s reception to celebrate the Spring/Summer issue of its award-winning Art&Culture Magazine.  It was hot outside, but insiders cooled off at Palm Beach’s Meat Market, sipping on the signature aqua-colored drink, “The Shady,” and donning the Council’s signature #ShadesOfCulture aqua sunglasses.

Bold-faced names from The Palm Beaches and leaders from the worlds of hospitality and the arts sampled Meat Market Executive Chef Sean Brasel’s culinary creations while enjoying drinks courtesy of First Republic Bank.  Throughout the evening, a video loop of the Cultural Council’s latest breakthrough advertising and social media campaign showcasing celebrities who wear aqua sunglasses to promote the arts in Palm Beach County.

Elise Gordon, Debbie Zuloaga & Lisa Kells Show off the latest issue of Art & Culture Magazine

Elise Gordon, Debbie Zuloaga & Lisa Kells show off the latest issue of Art & Culture Magazine

The Aqua sunglasses represent a symbol for the arts and our Palm Beach County community.  Together, we can see the arts  through a different lens.   Become part of this extraordinary cultural exchange – one that sets The Palm Beaches apart by sharing stories, photos, art and favorite performances with  the hashtag #ShadesOfCulture.  For more information please visit shadesofculture.com

 

 

“Now in its seventh edition, Masterpiece London remains the premier event for fine art, antiques, and decorative arts.”
Apollo Magazine

In it’s 7th year Masterpiece London can honestly be called the finest show on earth for decorative arts. And it is the favorite show to visit for many international collectors.

Masterpiece offers a diverse range of exhibitors and their treasures, as well as dining at some of London’s finest establishments within the fair including Le Caprice, The Ivy, and Scott’s... all against the backdrop of Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital Chelsea. And all of this is walking distance from the heart of London.

Michael James owner of the Silver Fund on Worth Avenue,  invites you to visit the fair this year as his guest. Please click here to download a complimentary ticket. The ticket can be printed as many times as needed. Please share the ticket with friends who would enjoy Masterpiece London as well.

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The Silver Fund stand at Masterpiece 2015

 

“The event is fast becoming the most imaginative and glamorous

art and antiques fair in the world”–The Financial Times

 

“Booth upon booth is loaded with century-spanning eye candy,

from the elegant to the extravagant.” –Architectural Digest

Preview Day: Wed, June 29, 11am - 9pm                                                    

Fair Days:  
Thur June 30, 11am-9pm
Fri, July 1, 11am-9pm
Sat, July 2, 11am-6pm
Sun, July 3, 11am - 6pm
Mon, July 4, 11am - 9pm
Tues, July 5, 11am - 9pm
Wed, July 6, 11am - 9pm

Fair Location
South Grounds
The Royal Hospital Chelsea
Chelsea Embankment (Near Sloane Square)

Contact Us:  UK Mobile +44 (0) 7710 032453
dealers@thesilverfund.com

Having heard from a friend how spectacular Umbria was, I was eager to find out what specifically made it an unforgettable destination– UMBRIA Jazz Festival.   For 10 days and nights,  (July 8th-17th)  the sweet sound of jazz music can be heard throughout the medieval city of Perugia and the hills of Umbria come alive with the sound of music. 

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Since 1973, the festival has been a huge attraction every summer and hosts some of the most amazing Jazz musicians around. Artists such as Miles Davis, B.B King, and Elton John have performed.  This year, from July 8-17, the festival’s lineup will be just as amazing. The majority of performances taking place under the stars at the open-air Arena Santa Giuliana, while others happen within the gilded walls of Teatro Morlacchi, 

Who’s Playing at the 2016 Umbria Jazz Festival?
In past years, the Umbria Jazz Festival has attracted the likes of musical legends such as Miles Davis, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, and even Elton John. The 2016 festival is no different — if you’re planning on traveling to Umbria this summer, prepare yourself for this impressive lineup:

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July 8: Massimo Ranieri “Malia” with Enrico Rava, Stefano Di Battista, Rita Marcotulli,
Ettore Fioravanti, and Stefano Bagnoli (Buy tickets)
July 9: Diana Krall and Ola Onabule (Buy tickets)
July 10: Mika and Ezio Bosso (Buy tickets)
July 11: Buddy Guy and Ruthie Foster (Buy tickets)
July 12: John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, and Mark Guiliana (Buy tickets)
July 13: Enrico Rava New Quartet featuring Stefano Di Battista (Buy tickets)
July 14: Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guests Kurt Elling and Melody Gardot (Buy tickets)
July 15: George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic and Cory Henry & The Apostles (Buy tickets)

July 16: Steps Ahead Reunion and Marcus Miller “Afrodeezia” Tour (Buy tickets)

July 17: Chick Corea 75th Birthday Celebration, Homage to Heroes, and Stefano Bollani “Napoli Trip” (Buy tickets)

The program and number of participating artists may change as it gets closer to the festival. There are many, many more performances over the course of the ten days – smaller, free events all throughout town – but the artists listed above perform in the evening hours and are considered to be the main event of each day.

WHERE TO STAY..

vacation-rental-photo_Italy_HII-IPC_Villa-I-Palazzi-Casale-Torre_ipcpol02_tabletPerugia  can get very busy during the Umbria Jazz Festival and hotels, inns and villas can book up quickly.  Personally I appreciate the privilege of venturing into the historic city centers for exceptional jazz, then being able to retreat to the countryside to soak up the peace and beauty of Umbria.

Whether I’m traveling to the Caribbean or Europe, I like the space and privacy that a private villa offers. My friends at WIMCO Villas represent dozens of private villas with pools in Umbria and Tuscany – contact them at 1-800-449-1553 to ask for suggestions. They’ll set up your flights, rental cars and even private chefs and vineyard tours.

On my bucket list is a 9 bedroom villa I would like to fill with 8 friends/couples!  Only 6 miles from Perugia and less than 14 from one of my favorite historical towns,  and birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi, the villa offers horseback riding, golfing, restaurants, food shops, and even hot air balloon ride  nearby.

I continue to count on my favorite concierge — WIMCO for my vacation needs– Contact Stiles (owner/principal of WIMCO) directly for any inquiries at Stiles@wimco.com, Barbara Pierce Bpierce@wimco.com  or call 401 236 9024

Countess Diane de la Bégassière’s sense of humor and personal relationships are  key to the success of Miss D’s Luna Si Podcast and her eclectic roster of guest speakers. Diane discovered a way to leverage her innate sense of humor, inquisitive nature, people skills and eclectic roster of friends.  Former water ski champion, triathlete, jewelry designer and Manhattan PR maven, Diane’s joy of life and laughter has led her to this latest stage in her life.

“I finally figured out I have a face for Podcasting,” says Diane, “I know so many people with interesting stories to share, starting a podcast was a natural.”

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Diane with Edwina Sandys

Within just 6 months, Diane has hosted over 15 shows including internationally renowned artists, interior designers, authors, exiled aristocrats, entrepreneurs—all of whom have fascinating stories, experiences, and in some cases interesting behind the scene secrets to reveal.   The stellar roster of guests have included Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, artist and author;  Nadine Kalachnikoff, Russian Aristocrat, International Interior Designer/artist who recounts her early youth following her father’s exile from Russia and growing up in Paris surrounded by Dali and Picasso, and had her book report written by Ernest Hemingway,  and who overcame her learning disabilities and shyness through catering (Her clients included the White House and the British Royal family):  Patrick McMullan iconic NY Celebrity and social photographer, who recounts memories from a by-gone area including memories with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, David Bowie;  Rochelle Ohrstrom, artist and author of Ponzi & Picasso where she reveals the darker side of the art world;  Tarik Wildman who confesses he does everything (yes everything)  while flying a plane; and Harry Hurt III author of 7 books and writer for NY Times and Texas Monthly.

“What I love the most of what I do is what I learn about my friends I never knew!  In this day and age, we don’t spend enough time asking questions, we’re too busy moving on to the next.  I love sitting my friends down and developing a conversation in a friendly, casual and comfortable setting, and understanding what led them to be who they are now,” says Diane de la Begassiere.

To hear Diane’s podcast interviews log on to missdslunasi.com

She can also be found on             Facebook:           https://m.facebook.com/MissDsLunaSi/

iTunes:                 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/miss-ds-luna-si/

Another Planet’ and ‘Andy Warhol-the Day the Factory Died’ Capture a By-gone Era

 Jane Holzer and Susan Lloyd revisited a by-gone era by co-hosting  an exhibit and book-signing by internationally renowned photographer, Baron Christophe von Hohenberg.  The celebration took place on Thursday March 10th at The Silver Fund , an exceptional gallery which has complemented Worth Avenue with treasure troves of exquisite collections of 20th century silver and design.  New York photographer, Patrick McMullan flew to Palm Beach to capture the moment.

Von Hohenberg, who had just returned from an exhibit in Vienna, where he ‘sold out’ his collection, did not expect the immediate success of this last minute show.  Referring to his books as “reliving of celebrated times immortalizing models, artists, designers, musicians, gallerists, and other icons who reigned in New York during the Seventies and Eighties”, von Hohenberg was on hand to sign his two latest books “Another Planet” and “Andy Warhol, the Day the Factory Died”.  Two photographs from von Hohenberg’s ‘Nude with Wookie” series were framed, displayed and sold within the first 20 minutes to a Palm Beach collector.

 

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Over 100 invited guests paid tribute to Von Hohenberg’s unique style of cataloguing popular culture.  Many of who came to find themselves portrayed in his books and return to those moments illuminated by his photography, which has been featured in publications as wide ranging as Interview, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Fortune, German and French Vogue, and German Rolling Stone.

“It was so great to see so many faces and friends after more than twenty and even thirty years!  I relived so many moments and shared so many memories because of this opportunity.   Thank you Jane, Susan and the Silver Fund for this opportunity,” said Baron von Hohenberg.

In addition to Jane Holzer and Susan Lloyd, the eclectic roster of collectors, artists, gallery owners, Broadway producers and members of Royal families included Earle Mack, Terry Allen Kramer, Carlos Morrison, John Loring, Felicia Taylor, Mai Harrison, Fran Weisler, Elizabeth Thompson, Fran Weisler, Countess Diane de la Begassiere, Princess Maria Pia de Bourbon-Parme, Karin Luter, Talbott Maxey, Matthew Eames, Baroness von Oppenheim, Kenneth Walker, Felicia Taylor, Mark Goldschmidt  and Jim Pappas.

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The Silver Fund Team

Michael James and Jason Laskey from The Silver Fund spared no expense, inviting popular vocalist Racquel Williams to perform during the reception.  Chris Nolan, of Spirit of the Tsars, offered guests complimentary tastings of his rare ultra-premium Golden sipping vodka.

In his book, Another Planet: New York Portraits 1976 – 1996 Von Hohenberg lived and photographed when the giants of fashion, art and society rubbed elbows with drag queens and addicts in clubs like the legendary Studio 54. The book contains portraits of personalities like Allen Ginsberg, Julian Schnabel, Cornelia Guest, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to name just a few.

 

In Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died, Christophe documented Andy Warhol’s Memorial Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on April 1, 1987. His photos from that day, stand as a time capsule published to  mark the twentieth anniversary of Andy Warhol’s death.

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BOOK-COVER-OKClick here to view more pictures of the fun filled recption on Altima Gallery

Click here to view all the pictures captured by Patrick McMullan