Caroline Chariot-Dayez at Lars Bolander New York Gallery.
Last Thursday night was a busy one. At the Lars Bolander New York Gallery (he’s also in Palm Beach) at 72 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, there was a cocktail party for Belgian painter Caroline Chariot-Dayez who flew in from Brussels for the first New York show of her paintings, entitled “The Fold.” In the mix: art expert Michel Witmer, style writer Michèle Gerber Klein and NYSD’s JH (these three just back from TEFAF in Maastricht.); as well as collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, artist Edwina Sandys, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation’s Michael Ward Stout, Tina Louise, Christopher Mason, Elizabeth Fondaras, fashion designer Anand Jon, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Vince Steffan, Heather Cohane, Mark Langrish,Ann Dexter Jones, Jason Grant, Barbaradi Kwiatkowski, Bob Felner, Darcy Leeds, Brett Sherlock, Elaine Sargent,interior designers Peter Lentz and Phillip Thomas,WNYX-TV’s Dorothy Dunne and graphic designer Marvin Berk.
The event also gave new and old friends an opportunity to wish Lars Bolander a happy birthday and say hello to his lovely wife Nadine Kalachnikoff and their sons Howard and Christopher Kalachnikoff, who put the whole event together.
“The Fold” can be seen at Lars Bolander N.Y. (72 Gansevoort Street, between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street - Tel: 212-924-1000) until April 28th. You can visit Caroline Chariot-Dayez on her web site:
Heather Cohane, Mark Langrish, and Emma Snowdon Jones
Nadine Kalachnikoff and Lars Bolander
Kate Birk and Nicole Brewer
Edwina Sandys and Heather Cohane
PMC's Scott Rudd giving photo lessons
Georgina Schaeffer, Dan Moriarty, and Marcia Schaeffer
Don Paul, Caroline Chariot-Dayez, Tina Louise, and Michel Witmer
Ewelina Bisczak, Jon Anand, Julya Madorisaaya, and Cathy Lee Jones
Outside Lars Bolander
Meanwhile I was uptown starting at the Calvin Klein boutique on 60th and Madison where Safe Horizon was holding a kick-off party for its 11th annual Champion Awards Luncheon Honoring Heroes and Championing Children which will be held May 11th at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and 26th Street.
This year’s event which will be hosted by B. D. Wong, will honor People Magazine for giving voice to countless victims by covering issues related to violence and abuse. They will also present the 3rd annual Liz Claiborne Champion Award to a Safe Horizon client and survivor. Honorary chair for the event is Christine Quinn, Speaker, New York City Council and Corporate Chair David L. Eslick, Chairman, president and CEO of USI Holdings Corporation and Corporate Vice Chair, Emanuel Chirico, CEO, Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation. This writer will serve as Reception Host (beginning at 11 a.m.) along with Ashley Stark as Reception Junior Host.
From the Safe Horizon cocktail I went down to Cipriani 42nd Street for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 8th Annual Forces for Nature dinner honoring John Esposito, President and CEO of WEA Corporation (WarnerElectra/ Atlantic Corporation).
This was the second year I’ve attended this dinner. And after the first time, I didn’t want to miss it. They bill themselves as America’s most effective environmental action group and just spending an evening at this benefit, you can believe it.
Robert Kennedy Jr.
The NDRC takes in many environmenteal issues: Clean Air & Energy, Global Warming, Clean Water & Oceans, Wildlife & Fish, Parks, Forests & Wildlands, Health & the Environment, Nuclear Weapons, Waste & Energy, Cities & Green Living, U.S. Law & Policy and International Issues. For those of you who believe that we are quickly approaching crisis and human survival issues when it comes to the environment, this is the organization to become familiar with. For those of you who don’t believe it will matter in the lifetime of any humans living today, good luck.
Frances Beinecke, NDRC’s President opened the evening discussing the current environmental situation generally. Among her comments were that the current industrial revolution in China will within very few years result in a third of the air pollution in California; that we are indeed all living on one small planet and none of us is exempt from reaping the whirlwind of environmental degradation. Ms. Beinecke pointed out that the NDRC is an organization that champions a sustainable future for our earth and our children.
Robert Kennedy Jr. took the podium after Ms. Beinecke. Mr. Kennedy is a dynamic and vigorous speaker very much in the tradition of his father and uncles. He has a physical vocal problem (polyps on his chords?) that affect the sound of his voice, but nothing impedes his resolve, his commitment and his passion for confronting the environmental issues that are beginning to engulf us all. The main point of his speech, however, was to introduce Laurie David who founded the STOP GLOBAL WARMING VIRTUAL MARCH (www.stopglobalwarming.org) .
So far hundreds of thousands of people, including Senator John Glenn, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Philadelphia Eagles and Walter Cronkite have joined Mrs. David’s March to voice their concern about global warming and to urge leaders to take actions.
Mrs. David is married to comedian/writer Larry David. She began her career in entertainment as a talent coordinator for the David Letterman show. Four years later she left to start her own management company, representing many of today’s top comedians as well as comedy writers. She’s produced several comedy specials. However, it would seem that all of this was only a step toward her ultimate commitment which is the issues of global warming and the environment.
Three years ago when she was honored by Robert Kennedy’s Riverkeeper organization, Mr. Kennedy called her his “environmental hero.” He reiterated that on Friday night pointing out that since then she’s been given all kinds of awards for her work in alerting us to the great potential catastrophe the world is facing in environmental terms.
Mrs. David gave a brief acceptance speech. She is very at home at the podium – a goodlooking woman equipped with certainty of purpose, and the knack for keeping it brief and on point. What she’s done that amazes everyone is rallied so many diverse groups to build awareness of the situation, mainly by using the powerful medium message of television.
After Mrs. David, Lyor Cohen, head of Warner Music Group (CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group) introduced John Esposito. Mr. Esposito, another committed environmentalist described to the audience how he’s rallied his staff and his company to confront the issues now in the day to day conducting of corporate business. Under his leadership, WEA is the first major music company to partner with NRDC to develop ecologically responsible and progressive paper procurement practices.
The honorees speeches were followed by a special performance by MEA artists Jason Mraz and Robert Randolph.
NDRC draws a very dynamic crowd crowd including Robert and Mary Richardson Kennedy, Elizabeth Wagley and Joe Conason, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, Candace Bushnell and Charles Askergard, Graydon and Anna Scott Carter, Amanda Hearst, Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant, Morgan Entrekin, Alan and Cindy Horn, Maya Lin, Kerry Kennedy, Rory Kennedy, Wendy and Larry Rockefeller, Kathy and Billy Rayner, Christopher Mason, Donna Dixon and Dan Aykroyd, John and Patricia Adams, Winston Lapham, and Dan Tishman.