Famous for its winter season, Gstaad has been a destination for the who’s who– celebrities, Royals and jet-setters from across the globe since the early 1900’s — some who enjoy the skiing and but most who relish the après-ski scene-   So its only natural that Gstaad would host the Hublot Polo Cup Gstaad, as it is the ‘Sport of Kings’.

The Gstaad Polo Club is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, from August 13th to August 16th. In addition to Hublot, sponsors include Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza, E. I. Sturdza Investment Funds, McLaren Geneva, Gstaad Palace, Vicomte A., Perrier Jouët champagne and Dunhill to name but a few.

Polo aficionados who appreciate the finest music has to offer, will have the opportunity to enjoy the Menuhin Festival which began July 16th and continues through September 5th.  Even on top of the summits of our mountains, you can hear the gentle sound of the music…

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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.

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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!

Masterpiece-Tom-Ford--Rod-Stewart (2)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!

Don’t forget to check out the latest art exhibits and upcoming events online!
https://www.masterpiecefair.com

Just email dealers@thesilverfund.com

DATES & TIMES

Preview Day
Wednesday, June 24, 11am – 10pm

Fair Days
Thursday, June 25, 11am – 9pm
Friday, June 26, 11am – 9pm
Saturday, June 27, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, June 28, 11am – 7pm
Monday, June 29, 11am – 9pm
Tuesday, June 30, 11am – 6pm
Wednesday, July 1, 11am – 9pm

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

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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

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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
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Theatre Locations of Signs to be illuminated during “Alumbrando El Barrio”:

-ALAMEDA/Santa Catalina Y Parraga,
Vivora -ACAPULCO/Avenida 26 esquina Ave kohly,
Alturas del Vedado -APOLO/Diez de Octubre numero 446 -ARENAL/(ave 47 y calle 30 , playa)Columbia y 6.
La Sierra -ARSENAL/Casablanca -CITY HALL/Ayestarán y San Pablo,Plaza
For complete list, contact Mr. Adolfo Nodal adolfovnodal@gmail.com /310 808 3594
or visit www.kadirlopez.com
https://www.facebook.com/enpoderpracticasocia

by Victoria Woodhull-Cushing

For those who are in the know, The Private View Gallery,  located at 212 Brazilian Avenue in Palm Beach, opened in March of 2014. For those who want to learn more about contemporary art and build their art collection, they should make an appointment at The Private View Gallery, founded by Paige Rense Noland, former editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, where she served from 1970 to 2010.  Private View is curated by Victoria Woodhull Cushing.
The majority of the artwork for sale at the gallery comes directly from artist Kenneth Noland’s (1924-2010) personal collection – works of his own that he held back over the years and works of artists he collected and admired. As a collector, Noland purchased many important works in his lifetime, and it was also common for his peers to trade amongst themselves.
While the gallery operates as an exclusive showroom for Noland’s own paperwork (Noland’s works on canvas are represented by Pace Gallery in New York and London) they also represent several private collections of Noland’s work and collaborate with the estates of other artists.  For example, our current exhibition includes not only works by Noland but also sculpture by Sir Anthony (Tony) Caro and works on paper by Hans Hofmann.
If you would like to attend a private reception third week of May  and meet Paige Rense, please email me at maribel@altimacclub.com
or call Altima International at 561 833 8283
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Arcature Fine Art, Friedrich’s Optik, The Silver Fund and Holden Luntz Gallery Host Exclusive Block Party During 2nd Annual Art and Design on Worth Avenue adds exhibits, book-signings and a new fashion element.

A consortium of local shop owners in the 300 block of Worth Avenue continued their efforts to establish this block of famed Worth Avenue as a destination for those seeking the best in art and design by hosting The Second Annual Art and Design on Worth on Tuesday, April 7th.   Arcature Fine Art, Friedrich’s Optik, The Silver Fund and Holden Luntz Gallery rolled out the red carpet and popped open the champagne for over 150 clients and guests who strolled store to store to sample a variety of delectable treats and unique collectibles.
Highlights of the evening included exhibits and book-signings by renowned photographers Harry Benson and Patrick McMullan, as well as informal modeling of CADE’s Spring and Fall collections, presided by fashion designer Bevin ButlerFriedrich’s Optik showcased their exclusive eyewear collection popular with many notables including Iris Apfel.
Seen balancing a Sharpie in one hand and a camera in the other, New York photographer to the stars Patrick McMullan remarked, “Had I known how many fabulous attendees this annual event attracts, I would have brought more books!” His collection of books with photos of well-known people celebrating in style sold out in short order.
 “I’m always amazed at the number of people this event brings to the Avenue.  What a delightful evening.  I bumped into many friends who delight in the many new quality offerings found each season on the Avenue.  We enjoy these curated events targeted to those who wish to add to their collections,” said prominent collector Susan Lloyd.
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World-renowned fashion photographer and photojournalist, Patrick McMullan, famous for pioneering the celebrity and social photography business as an iconic brand, announced he will be in Palm Beach beginning of April for a private book-signing of four of his candidly illustrated books– Glamour Girls, InTents, Secrets of the Riviera and Kiss Kiss.

Glamour Girls boasts one of the largest collections of photographs ever published of the world’s most celebrated women, featuring over 1400 images and spanning Patrick’s career. Published Fall 2007, the book chronicles everything from the sophisticated galas of society, to the flirty Hollywood parties, to the famed New York nightlife and everything in between.

InTents is an unparalleled opus combining documentary and fashion photography in its most intimate moments. In a uniquely McMullan-esque take, InTents captures behind the scenes, catwalks and features quotes by the fashion world’s most famous players, chronicling the highly charged lives of supermodels, celebrities, and fashion editors during this electric week of shows. InTents also pays tribute to the machine behind the scenes—the stylists, photographers, publicists, hair and makeup artists, and all those who make it happen every season.

Secrets of the Riviera: A Photo Essay is a gorgeous full-color work featuring the world’s sexiest supermodels of today and tomorrow at their best: gliding down the catwalk, frantically preparing backstage and unwinding at the closely-watched festivities surrounding the Cannes Film Festival. All of Patrick’s favorite photos are here — of Tyra Banks, Laetitia Casta, Heidi Klum, Stephanie Seymour, Carmen Kass, Gisele Bundchen, and much, much more!

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Kiss Kiss is a 304-page compilation of over 1,000 black and white and color images of kissing. KISS KISS captures the famous, the infamous, the beautiful, the talented and everyone in between. Kiss Kiss opens with an eloquent essay by world-renowned columnist Liz Smith. A joyful and entertaining book that spans 30 years full of passion and surprise.

“The kiss can be comic or serious, romantic and flattering… but Patrick has seen them all… an artist with his camera and almost no kiss is out of bounds for Patrick.”
–Liz Smith, from the introduction to KISS KISS

A limited number of these iconic illustrative mementos ranging in price from $40 to $120 will be available for purchase during the upcoming private book-signing first week of April. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to the event, please click below and please specify which book(s) you would be interested in purchasing.

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Terry Allen Kramer hosted a by-invitation only book-signing for her dear friend Nicky Haslam at her magnificent home “La Follia’ on March 10th. Internationally renowned social photographer Patrick McMullan flew down for the occasion.

Over 70 books were sold during the two hour cocktail reception, which included close friends of Nicky and Terry’s, and others who were grateful to receive an invitation.

Among the illustrious guests were newlyweds Gerry and Roni Goldsmith; former first lady of Canada Mila Mulroney; world renowned interior designer Lars Bolander; artists Nadine Kalachnikoff, Helmut Koller, Yelitza Karolyi, Melinda Trucks and Edwina Sandys; The Silver Fund gallery owner Michael James; jewelry designers Peggy Stephaich Guinness and Helga Wagner; former Palm Beach Mayor Lesley Smith; PR maven Catherine Saxton; Ambassador Earle Mack; Morgan Stanley financier Robert Riva; Allman Bros co-founder and drummer Butch Trucks, Sequin founder/owner Kim Dryer; Dale Coudert; Bill Finneran; Joel Pashcow; Paola Bacchini Rosenshein; Pauline Stephaich; Sandra Sondes; Candace Jorritsma; Marzia Precoda, Jim Pappas; Paula and Bob Butler and Pamela O’Connor.
Photos by Patrick McMullan

Atmosphere== TERRY ALLEN KRAMER Hosts Party For Designer NICKY HASLAM's New Book " Nicky Haslam, A Designer's Life" by Rizzoli== Private Residence, South Ocean Avenue, Palm Beach, Fl== March 11, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - PATRICK MCMULLAN/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==

Book-signing party at Terry Allen Kramer’s home

Jason Laskey, Mark Hellier, Terry Allen Kramer, Michael James== TERRY ALLEN KRAMER Hosts Party For Designer NICKY HASLAM's New Book " Nicky Haslam, A Designer's Life" by Rizzoli== Private Residence, South Ocean Avenue, Palm Beach, Fl== March 11, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - PATRICK MCMULLAN/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==

Mark Hellier, Jason Laskey, Terry Kramer, Michael James

Pamela O'Connor, Tino Riva, Pauline Stephaich, Maribel Alvarez== TERRY ALLEN KRAMER Hosts Party For Designer NICKY HASLAM's New Book " Nicky Haslam, A Designer's Life" by Rizzoli== Private Residence, South Ocean Avenue, Palm Beach, Fl== March 11, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - PATRICK MCMULLAN/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==

Pamela O’Connor, Robert Riva and Pauline Stephaich

Paola Bacchini Rosenshein, Catherine Saxton== TERRY ALLEN KRAMER Hosts Party For Designer NICKY HASLAM's New Book " Nicky Haslam, A Designer's Life" by Rizzoli== Private Residence, South Ocean Avenue, Palm Beach, Fl== March 11, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - PATRICK MCMULLAN/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==

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A wine and Culinary Experience in the Tradition of Thomas Jefferson’s Love for France hosted by the Florida Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc

Guests will be treated to an entertaining evening complete with professional re-enactments of historical moments as well as a four course Culinary Dinner with an outstanding selection of Moët Hennessy wines. This wine and culinary experience is designed in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson’s love for France. Live auction items will include a historical trip to France, a bronze bust of Lafayette by Pierre Jean David d’Angers, and an exclusive painting of the Hermione by Laurent Dareau.

Miles Young, President of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, and Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather explains: “Hermione Voyage 2015 celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Marquis de Lafayette, teen hero of the American Revolution and French Founding Father of the United States. It also marks the return of this historic tall ship to the iconic ports of the War of Independence, in one of the most remarkable and authentic reconstructions in the world. This ambitious project brings history alive while exemplifying Lafayette’s family motto “Why Not?”

The reconstructed Hermione, will make her grand U.S. return voyage in the summer of 2015. As the Hermione moves up the Eastern seaboard (with stops in Yorktown, Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Greenport, Newport, Boston, Castine and Lunenburg). It will be accompanied by a range of pier side activities. These include in some ports a Traveling Exhibition and a Heritage Village that will be accessible to the public. The Hermione Voyage 2015 is part of an expansive outreach program with cultural events, exhibitions, and educational programs that celebrate the trip and mark its progress. A robust social media activation for the voyage expands the reach of the project to millions of people.

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To view more information about the Hermione, Click Here

Nathalie Eynard, Associate Director of Admissions of Le Rosey received the red carpet when Marzia Precoda hosted a Rosey informative tea for parents and children at her fabulous home. New York famed photographer Patrick McMullan captured the moments!

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Marzia Precoda and Nathalie Eynard (photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

Though the event was strictly private with the guest list limited to close friends of Marzia’s and her co-hosts Lori Stoll and Lori Bernstein, over 30 parents and their children were in attendance. Rosey Alumni including Bill Mann class of 1940; Maribel Alvarez class of ’76 and her son Robert Riva, class of 2007 were also present to answer questions from inquisitive parents. Result: 6 students were signed up on the spot for the Rosey camp and another 8 pending!

Marzia and her co-hosts Lori Stoll and Lori Bernstein understand the value of the multic-cultural experience Rosey offers. “My husband is American. I am Italian and an attorney. We believe it is crucial for our children to speak several languages and grow up in an environment where they are exposed to multiple cultures. It not only opens their horizons, but will provide them with opportunities they otherwise would not have. By allowing them to experience Le Rosey, we rest assured we are offering them a gift and tools for the future,” says Marzia Precoda, Palm Beach Day Academy 2015 Gala Chair.

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“Marzia’s generosity and hospitality was key to the success of this event. As a US rep alumni of Rosey, and parent of two alumni, I can’t thank Marzia enough for her hospitality. Families trust her and feel comfortable sending their children for summer camp knowing that Marzia is minutes away.,” says Maribel Alvarez

Click here to view more pictures on Patrick McMullan’s site