|This past Wednesday, the Brooklyn Museum held its annual "Brooklyn Artists Ball." This year's Ball celebrated women artists and the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
Marisa Tomei served as Honorary Chair. Carla Shen and Nilani Trent were Co-Chairs. Honoress included Elizabeth A. Sackler, Martha Rosler, Amy Sillman, and Mickalene Thomas.
|Proceeds from the Brooklyn Artists Ball benefit the Museum's education, exhibition, and outreach programs.|
|All Brooklyn Artists Ball attendees were invited to wear festive attire. And so they did ...|
| The Horticultural Society of New York held its annual New York Flower Show on April 17th, 2012 at 583 Park Avenue. This year's theme was "Couture en Fleur."
Designers included Fleurs Bella, Laura Clare, Nancy Swiezy, Rachel Cho, Renny & Reed, Zak Events, and more.
The evening honored James Taffin de Givenchy (Jewelry Designer), Jack Rogers (Footwear Designer), and Lee Anderson of Lee Anderson Couture (Fashion Designer) for their work within the design industry.
Guests included Mary Van Pelt, Chairman, Sharon Casdin, Andrea Henderson Fahnestock, Kamie Lightburn, Sheila Stephenson, Bruce W. Addison, Salvatore Bacarella, George Ball, Parks's Commissioner Adrian Benepe, CeCe Black, Teresa Carleo, Ethne Clarke, Marianne Engle, Nina Griscom, Jay Herman, Dennis S. Hersch, Millicent M. Johnsen, Nancy M. King, Janet Mavec, Mario Nievera, Henry Hope Reed, Elizabeth Scholtz, Hon. Dora Schriro, Frances Schultz, Anne Shearman-Betts, Jessica Tcherepnine, Sara Hobel.
|On Tuesday, April 17th Earthwatch Institute hosted an evening celebrating the accomplishments of Earthwatch scientists and volunteers working to address the critical issues of global climate change and innovative environmental solutions. Unique and sustainable hors d'oeuvres were by New York restaurateur, Phil Winser of The Fat Radish.
The evening also included the first annual after-party hosted by the Earthwatch Junior Committee from 9:30 PM – 12 AM. The party featured cocktails and desserts by the Fat Radish, and New York City's DJ Huggy Bear.
|Guests included: Ed Wilson, President and CEO of the Earthwatch Institute, Jorge Colmenares, founder of Miracol Energy, Bill Moomaw, Kevin Anton, member of Earthwatch International and US Board of Directors, Bob Vila, Gretchen Grant, Richard Brewster, Barbara Brewster, Vita Reinoso, Tarin O'Donnell, Anna Lindow, Nina Lawson, Byron Anderson, Milos Alacaly, Jon Blanksteen, Jessica Bolback, Alexandra and Will Cart, Jared Dubey, DJ Huggy Bear, Eliza Glaster, Emma Hall, Willy Steigman, Courtney Murzin, Jon Tomashoff, Larry Sadaka, Dan Kessler, J. Michael Reinoso, Jake Kramer, Emily Starkey, Mark Quilhot, Adam Friedman, Cortney Maran, John Sten, Natalie Boyle, Katherine Tuckerman, Beryl Crofton-Atkins, Valarie Walker, Marianna Zabavina and many more.|
|This past Monday night, Liz Smith and Bette Midler conducted a "conversation" at a private (women's) club on the Upper East Side, ostensibly to raise money for the Maria Droste Counseling Services which provide psychiatric assistance to those who can't afford the regular therapist's rates.
It was kind of an interview, with Liz doing the interviewing and then taking questions from the audience (one question: What is a question you've never been asked that you'd like to answer. Answer: "Would you like jewelry?"). They talked for more than an hour and held the audience (laughing) in the palms of their hands.
|La Liz and The Divine Miss M.|
|Among the happy attendees were Ms. Midler husband of 27 years, Martin von Haselberg; Joan Ganz Cooney, Lesley Stahl, Jeanne Vanderbilt, Gillis McGill, Ellen Levine; Harriet and Ron Delsener, Mary Wells Lawrence, Deeda Blair, Joni Evans. The event was organized by Elizabeth Peabody, who is raising the public profile of the Mareia Droste Counseling Services.|
|Maria McBride, Elizabeth Peabody, Betsy Selman-Babinecz, and Jan Sarro.|
|Lauren O'Keefe and Christina Atterbury Dever.|
|June P. O'Keefe, Winifred B. Atterbury, and Lauren O'Keefe.|
|Betsy Selman-Babinecz, Ginette Molina, and Chera Finnis.|
|Pamela Harris, Carolyn MacKenzie, and Lorna Graev.|
|Alana Trimmier.||Jay Kernis.|
|Shirley Herz and Enid Nemy.|
|Terry Ramkissoon, Ron Delsener, Eleine Bricken, Leslie Perkin, and Susan Burke.|
|Iris Love, Ann Radice, and William Stubbs.|
|Liz Smith and Amy Freitag.|
|Maria McBride (second from right) and friends.|
|On March 31, Venuses, hearts and flowers and images of Pinocchio were much in evidence when Nassau County Museum of Art unveiled its new exhibition, Sculpture / Jim Dine / Pinocchio at a special preview party for invited guests. Attendees especially appreciated the opportunity to meet artist Jim Dine who graciously discussed the works in the exhibition with visitors. The Dine exhibition and the Contemporary Gallery exhibition of works by NYC artist Steven Salzman remain on view through July 8.
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, NY.
|Emily-Jane Kirwan, a director of NYC's Pace Gallery, with Jim Dine.|
|Museum Director Karl E. Willers, Ph.D. with Laura and David Grey, art collectors who are long-time supporters of the museum.||Robert O. and Esther Mayer. Bob Mayer is co-chair of the museum's Corporate Committee.|
|Jonathan and Tracey Serko with Board President Clarence F. Michalis (center). Mr. Serko is a museum trustee.|
|Dr. Stephen D. and Jill Kremer. Jill Kremer is co-chair of the Journal Committee for the upcoming 2012 Ball, the museum's major annual fundraising event.||Elaine Berger and Carol Wolowitz co-chair the museum's Contemporary Collectors Circle.|
|Jim Dine visits with museum guests.|
|Brad Emerson reports ... On a recent Saturday evening, The New York Yacht Club was the setting for a gala honoring distinguished pianist Seymour Lipkin on his 25th anniversary as Artistic Director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine. Also on the faculties of Juilliard and the Curtis Institute, Lipkin succeeded cellist Leslie Parnas and acting director Roman Totenberg in the position in 1987. The evening was hosted by Gregory Carroll.
Kneisel Hall traces its origins to 1902, when Franz Kneisel, founder of America's first professional string quartet, began taking students to his vacation home for summer study.
After emigrating to America, Kneisel became concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1884, when he was barely 20 years old. In 1905, he moved to New York to become the first violin director of the new Institute of Musical Art, now Juilliard. His daughter Marianne, also a violinist, married Otto Kahn's brother Felix Kahn, a director of Paramount Pictures, who built the hillside concert hall that is the core of today's campus as a gift to his father-in-law.
After a hiatus following Kneisel's death, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School was reestablished in 1953 by Marianne Kneisel, pianist Artur Balsam, violinist Joseph Fuchs and violist Lillian Fuchs. Marianne Kneisel utilized the original buildings given by her late husband and a library donated by Mrs. Gustave Schirmer, widow of the music publisher. Each summer some of the finest students from music schools across the country go there to study under a distinguished faculty including Joel Krosnick and Ronald Copes of Juilliard.
|Shawn Moore, Gregory Carroll, Colin Brookes, Patrick McGuire, Geoffrey Herd, Elizabeth Lyon, Laurie Smukler, and Ellen Werner.|
|Timur Galen, Linda Genereux, Paula Deitz Morgan, Alan Kornerg, and Harold Koda.|
|Frank Marsteller, Beth Gutcheon, and Robin Clements.|
|Robert M. Clements and Mark Cluett.|
|Gregory Carroll and Seymour Lipkin.|
|Paula Dietz Morgan and Thurmond Smithgall.|