Special guest, Mahnaz, to host a ‘Meet and Greet‘ at Richters of Palm Beach on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

By Brandy Billinghurst

Committed jewelry aficionado and champion of well-curated vintage, the Mahnaz Collection will be in Palm Beach Feb 13-18.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mahnaz, a former foreign policy expert turned jewelry historian will escape NYC’s frigid temperatures to introduce her curated collection to Palm Beach. Typically available for viewing by-appointment only at her gallery on East 57th Street, a selection from exquisite jewels will be available to Palm Beachers at Richters on Worth Avenue from Feb 13-18.

Launched in 2012 by Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, the Mahnaz Collection collects and sells original, influential, fine vintage, designer and artist-made jewelry, primarily from the mid-to-late twentieth century. The jewels are authentic North and South American and European design classics.  Often handmade and rich in color, these innovative and finely crafted jewels are bold, yet timeless in style. Important design concepts, explored in precious and semi-precious materials, shape the collection.

18 karat gold Trojan Horse motif cuff designed by Anton Fruhauf in c. 1970

Showcased during Mahnaz’s visit will be a variety of the mid-to-late twentieth century designer and artist-made jewelry on which the gallery has built its reputation. Featured in the pages of Vogue, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar, and on the shelves of Barneys New York, these often handmade bold designs have been assembled with a scholar’s touch. The collection is a blend of rare jewelry by historic design houses, as well as by independent artists, with a certain affinity for British jewelers from the 1960s and 70s, along with contemporary Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo modernist jewelry.

Features include select vintage and modern jewels by Boucheron, Chaumet, Cazzaniga, Hemmerle, David Morris, Kutchinsky, Burle Marx, Nanna Ditzel, Andrew Grima, Charles Loloma, and Richard Chavez.

Follow Mahnaz Collection for regular reminders on why you do not want to miss out!

Take a look for yourself at the slideshow below.


Champagne and conversation with Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos to be held at

Richters,  224 Worth Avenue on Wednesday, Feb 13th from 2-5 PM

LA CLARA Sales Gallery opens at The Royal Poinciana Plaza

Great Gulf, an internationally award-winning Canadian real estate developer, opened its Palm Beach sales gallery for LA CLARA, a stunning residential tower, on February 2nd.  Designed by world-renowned architect Siamak Hariri, LA CLARA is a luxury 83 unit, 25-story high-rise residential building on Flagler Drive. Great Gulf is a vertically integrated residential developer with 18 high-rise condominium projects currently under construction in North America.  Above, a rendering of the expansive living rooms and breathtaking views.

La Clara features wraparound terraces with eastern exposure views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. The unique design assures complete privacy and spacious outdoor entertainment space

Architectural Pedigree

“The building was designed from the inside out, seeking exposures that have nothing but sky and water,” said Siamak Hariri co-founder of Hariri Pontarini Architects. “The objective was to provide every owner with a significant, expansive corner window and large terrace. Performance came first, then structure, and Great Gulf has supported my vision.”Siamak Hariri has been recognized with 60 major architectural awards for designs including the McKinsey & Company Canadian headquarters, the Tom Patterson Theatre for the Stratford Festival, and the Baha’ i Temple of South America. He has a reputation for his profound interest in light, form, site, material, and craft. Light and clarity are hallmarks of many of his works. This project, with its intensive and expansive light, characteristic of Florida, was a compelling opportunity to approach luxury. (View Siamak Hariri’s Sacred Spaces influences West Palm’s Skyline)


Bedroom: Nine foot tall ceilings are standard in La Clara, a unique luxury high-rise condominium building in the Palm Beaches. One, two, and three bedroom units are available with official groundbreaking scheduled for March

La Clara: Unique Integration of Artistic Vision and Development

“La Clara with co-developer Terrace Mountain, is an exciting entry into the Florida luxury market and will showcase our design and expertise that we’ve developed over 40 years,” said Great Gulf President Residential Niall Collins. “It’s a contemporary elegant project that reflects our reputation to marry design innovation, construction technology and craftsmanship. We look forward to many more projects ahead.”

The building will be unique, with residences having views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and most will include vistas of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. It’s conveniently located minutes away from the Kravis Center for Performing Arts and Worth Avenue, and next to Norton Museum of Art. It will feature amenities to make it a complete community — a stunning building that focuses on lifestyle. Private terraces and public spaces are inspired by the lines of a luxury yacht. La Clara will feature one to three-bedroom condominium units ranging from 1500 to over 3000 square feet, starting at $2 million. Luxury finishes throughout include Miele appliances and Snaidero kitchens.  Occupancy is scheduled for 2021.


About Great Gulf

Established in 1975, the Great Gulf Group of companies including Great Gulf Homes an international award-winning, low-rise and landmark high-rise residential developer providing over 70,000 families with places to call home; Ashton Woods Homes, the 3rd largest private builder and 18th largest in the U.S.; First Gulf, an innovative market leader in sustainable, accessible and transit-oriented commercial developments and large scale design-build industrial facilities; Tucker HiRise, a leading construction management company, specializing in the construction of high-density, mixed-used projects; H+ME Technology, a precision engineering panelization manufacturing facility; and Taboo Muskoka, one of Canada’s top-ranked golf courses, is one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. With major projects in Canada and the United States, the company’s fully-integrated activities span the entire real estate spectrum. www.greatgulf.com

Douglas Elliman Development Marketing is handling the exclusive sales and marketing for La Clara.
For more sales information, contact Chris Leavitt at 917.664.0720. www.laclarapalmbeach.com

The sales gallery opened February 2 at 50 Cocoanut Row, S101.

Winter Chefs Series

Join Palm Beach Daily New food writer, Roberta Sabban, for a series of lectures and lunch programs at three award-winning Palm Beach Restaurants. This educational program is designed to introduce participants to south Florida’s top purveyors. A combination of the longest growing season in the continental United States and a well-traveled dining public will keep the island’s culinary world on its toes.

These lunches are designed to take participants behind-the-scenes to meet the chefs and top local, family-owned wholesalers for a lively, interactive discussion on the latest trends and the constant quest for the finest quality products.

Each program will be followed by a three-course lunch. Reservations are required. Meet at the restaurants. $125 per luncheon.

February 12 – Chez Jean Pierre – Seafood and Produce
Chez Jean-Pierre with David and executive chef, Guillaume Leverrier, Anthony Scalisi, Scalisi Produce and Steve Gyland of Cod & Capers Seafood.

March 12 – Meat Market – Beef and Veal
Join executive chef, Sean Brasel and Douglas Bush, Bush Brothers Provisions Company.

April 9 – Renato’s -The fairest Fowl with the King of the Coop
With executive chef Javiar Sanchez and Scott Sechler, owner Bell & Evans and Douglas Bush, Bush Brothers Provisions Company.

Reservations are required. For tickets or more information contact: The Society of the Four Arts, 240 Coconut Row, Palm Beach – box office or call  561.805.8562.


Adelson CavalierA Merger of Experience & Artistic Vision

Seeking to expand their presence beyond the Northeast, two top gallerists, Adam Adelson of Adelson Galleries— New York and Boston, and Ron Cavalier of Cavalier Galleries with locations in Greenwich, Nantucket and New York, have partnered and in November, they jointly opened a new gallery, Adelson Cavalier, at 318 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.

Over the past five years, Adelson and Cavalier have enjoyed a productive business relationship as colleagues, and their shared ethos made a joint venture seem like a logical next step.  Each have a  love for American masters, and 85 years of combined professional experience and expertise in the fields of Impressionism, Realism, Modernism, and Contemporary Art-including large-scale outdoor sculpture.

The new venue, Adelson Cavalier Galleries is a bi-level space that occupies 3,400 square feet, and is tailor-made for the changing exhibitions that will be curated primarily by Adelson, which will highlight emerging and established Contemporary artists, as well as historically significant artworks by 19th and 20th Century masters.

Adelson Cavalier Galleries Exhibits

Currently on exhibit are Federico Uribe’s whimsical and magical constructed sculptures; Frank Corso‘s recent paintings of South Florida landscapes are exhibited in the gallery’s salon. In the mezzanine gallery, visitors will see recent works by the internationally acclaimed American artist, Eric Fischl.  The exhibition incudes cast glass sculpture, Pinned Mylar prints, and original works.

Federico Uribe

Horse, 2016, Bullet shells, 126 x 83 x 34 inches.      (Federico Uribe at the opening of his recent exhibition “WOW at Adelson Cavalier Galleries)

Click here to see photos of recent openings and personal appearances by Federico Uribe and Frank Corso

Current and upcoming exhibitions include:

Hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 10AM- 6PM, Thursday through Saturday, 10AM – 8PM, and by appointment.
318 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480
561. 720.2079

Groundbreaking contemporary works by Brendan Murphy and Mr. Brainwash are among the highlights at the prestigious and much anticipated ‘tent site’ art fair

By Brandy Billinghurst

South Florida art enthusiasts recovering from their annual Art Basel come downs, have another weekend to absorb some of the planet’s best contemporary art–courtesy of Art Miami. This time, it’s the 3rd edition of Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, a world class fair poised for a breakout year in 2019.  Palm Beach’s Contessa Gallery, still glowing from a fabulously successful exhibit during Art Basel, will feature works from renowned artists Mr. Brainwash, Hijack, Maria Svarbova, Daniele Sigalot, and Cayla Birk, as well as the world premiere of Brendan Murphy’s latest sculpture series.

Brendan Murphy, War and Peace Series: Warrior 1 Pose

Brendan Murphy’s most recent works are the result of a pivotal period of personal stress and hardship, namely, the destruction of his Malibu neighborhood caused by devastating wildfires. Artists often produce their most poignant work during dark times, and Murphy’s “War & Peace Series” (pictured above) are no exception. Created using an exclusive process which generates a vibrant chrome-based painted finish, the series of large-scale soldiers in yoga poses garnered national attention when premiered at Art Miami 2018. New “War & Peace Series” poses will be debuted at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2019. Do not miss!

Mr. Brainwash, Believe in Magic

Brendan Murphy, Lightning

Following up another blockbuster solo exhibition at Art Miami 2018, Contessa Gallery will bring the electrifying works of Mr. Brainwash to West Palm Beach. This brilliant artist with roots in the world of street art was eventually introduced to Bansky, arguably the most famous street artist alive, and has continued to blaze a path of artistic experimentation throughout his career. This year, the gallery will showcase his new paintings consisting of neon light bulbs, paper collages, and fiberglass, as well as his newest broken vinyl record collages which give both material and subject a new life by, “making singers live forever with what they sold.”

Hijack, Balloon Head

For more detailed information about the artists or gallery, which will remain open during the week of the art fair, please visit www.contessagallery.com or contact Steve Hartman at 216-956-2825 or via email at art@contessagallery.com.

Learn more about Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2019 at https://www.artpbfair.com/


Tortoiseshell: A Timeless Trend

From bags to shoes to glasses, tortoise shell is seemingly everywhere, and I’m not complaining. Especially after finally finding its way into my personal jewelry collection! I recently popped into one of my favorite shops, Sequin, on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach and couldn’t resist these faux tortoise shell earrings. Not only are they made to look like the coveted tortoise shell, they also have coral colored gems which accentuate the tortoise shell design. What girl doesn’t want to mimic Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, who sported the timeless black and brown spots on a variety of their accessories, right? And the best part—they are super lightweight so they can be worn comfortably all day long!

A rule of thumb for seamless inclusion into your wardrobe: simply consider tortoise shell a neutral. A maximalist neutral that will be sure to catch everyone’s eye!

Finding Your Own Sunshine with Vivre Couture

Hand painted artwork worthy of a gallery exhibition? Lusciously tropical garments guaranteed to turn heads at any of life’s premier moments? Yes, please! Vivre Couture, a partnership between designer Kristen Alyce and artists from around the world, fuses the highest quality elements of art, design, and construction into their hyper-inspired line of wearables. Their line, which includes apparel for men and women as well as accessories including handbags, bow ties, luggage tags, shoes, cardholders, and belts represents the best of the Palm Beach experience and happens to be my latest obsession. vivre couture

What sets Vivre Couture and their “wall to wardrobe” concept apart is this team’s unmatched commitment to advance the meeting of fine art and couture fashion. Each item is carefully crafted with fine canvas and linen, then hand painted with thick bodied acrylic paints. Gowns and cocktail attire are created with in-home custom fittings and require between 24-80 hours of hands-on attention to include  designer, seamstress, and artist. Take a look for yourself at https://vivrecouture.com.

PapiChulo Tacos, bringing flavor to Jupiter

To me, the best food is the freshest with the fewest ingredients. Simple enough, right? This brings me to everyone’s favorite Tuesday night fare–the taco. Everyone is sure to have an opinion on where to find the best of this deceptively simple dish. This is where I return to my “freshest and fewest” philosophy. To be sure, there are plenty of taco spots that I happily visit to satisfy my cravings, but there can be only one spot I call the best!

Papichulo Tacos Palm BeachFortunately, I have found my personal El Dorado, courtesy of the cozy and authentic PapiChulo Tacos. Recently opened, and nestled near the Jupiter Lighthouse, the eatery attracted me with its creative cocktails and menu promising authentic Mexican-style street food. Homemade tortillas? Check. Mexican Shrimp Ceviche? Of course. Housemade Sangria? Yes, please!

And yes, I had the perfectly prepared street corn smothered gloriously in chipotle mayo, along with the quesadilla stuffed with cheese straight from Oaxaca. So many salivating choices on my path to the main event. For my first visit, I tried Carne Asada, Pollo, and Repollitos (crispy brussel sprouts with secret sauce and queso frecso, YUM!). Each was to die for in their own unique way, but I’m wondering what it would take to get a bottle of the chimichurri sauce! Hands down, dare I say, best tacos I have had in Palm Beach County. I plan on returning ASAP to taste what I could not manage to order before being rolled out. Get a peek at their menu and specials here: https://www.papichulotacos.com/menu. Tell them Brandy sent you!