Monday, May 6, 2013

Spring Showings

Arts’ Night Out, a festive celebration of the Spring Show NYC.
Last Friday night, over 1,000 young patrons from the city’s top cultural institutions packed the Park Avenue Armory for the  Arts’ Night Out, a festive celebration of the Spring Show NYC, co-chaired Emily Collins, Abigail Starliper, Maggie Moore, and Lydia Melamed Johnson. They created this evening to introduce their generation to the joys of collecting. So, in addition to mixing and mingling, they can visit the individual booths, where the dealers give a brief talk about their particular specialty.
Jeff R Bridgman Antiques
Among the guests were: Andrew Ogletree, Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Akiko Saito, Elizabeth Pyne, Nicolas D'Vachio, Timothy Thompson,Stefanie Mustian, Jason Mustian, Bryan Cates, Emma Fanning, Emily Shawjlyk, Pauline Eveillard, Carolina Richards, Alexandra Diamond, Eunice Lee, Graham Moore, Paul Shufro, Adam Hurly, Catherine Smith, Mark Rutledge, Jonquil O'Reilly, Bria Koser, Laura Mathis, Brian Carpenter, Jessica Mantel, Alexandra Reboul, Frederick Schultz, Emily Adonna, Rebecca Haeusler, Angela Nelson, Gwyneth Smith, Lisa Litwin and Ethan Litwin, Tim Cannon, Joseph Harding, Julia Ludwig, Elizabeth Jensen, and Meredith Burks.
Clinton Howell
Some of the groups they represented were the Metropolitan Museum (Apollo Circle); Metropolitan Opera (Young Associates); New York City Opera (Young Patrons Circle); Brooklyn Museum of Art (Patrons Councils); New York Public Library (Young Lions); The Guggenheim Museum (Young Collectors Council); The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art; The Young Fellows of The Morgan Museum & Library; Whitney Museum of American Art (Whitney Contemporaries); The American Friends of the Louvre (Young Patrons Circle); New York Historical Society (Young Friends); Asia Society (Asia Circle); Carnegie Hall Notables; El Museo del Barrio (Young International Circle); Freer/Sackler Silk Road Society; St. George’s Society of New York (George); Guild Hall of East Hampton; New York Philharmonic (Intermezzo Society); Philadelphia Museum of Art (Young Friends); Royal Oak Foundation; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Young Patrons Circle); Save Venice (Young Friends); The American Friends of the Georgian Group (Young Georgians); The Bruce Museum (Young Friends); The World Monuments Fund (Moai Circle); Center for Architecture (AIANY Young Professionals); Museum of the City of New York (Young Members Circle); Rubin Museum of New York(Visionary Circle); American Folk Art Museum (Young Patrons); Alvin Ailey (Young Patrons); Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (Plinth), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Young Patrons).

The evening was sponsored by Apollo Magazine and Broken Shed Vodka.
Lydia Melaed Johnson, Emily Collins, Abigail Starliper, and Maggie Moore
Aiza Keesey, Lydia Melaed Johnson, and Doreen Ho
Elaine Rosenberg
Missy Goldberg, Kelly Kannen, and Zach Deegan
Brittany Millman and Lainey Yang
Carlton Hobbs and Stefanie Rinza
Tiffany Niem, Pauline Eveillard, and Julie Mcaskin
Mark Helliar, Michael Franks, and Mark Lyman
Mikel Witte, George Nelson, and Bettina Nelson
Robbie Gordy, Catherine Smith, and Adam Hurly
Irene Aitken and Clinton Howell
Melanie O'Donnell and Amra Pucarevic
Yew Tree House Antiques
Patrick Bavasi
Timothy Thompson, Maggie Moore, and Andrew Ogletree
Alan Hedrick, Tyler Cornelius, and Stephanie Marie Pallock
Tiffany Frasier and Derek Brown
Jessica Weinberg (right)
Taylor Brown, Sophia Gangei, Katie Fong, and Owen Biglin
Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Ian Shapolsky, and Akiko Saito
Tim Birnbaum and Peter Milligan
Also last Thursday, Madeline Weinrib transformed The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop into an enchanting outpost for her first-ever Charity Sample Sale, benefitting The Society of MSKCC's leading patient care, education, and research programs.

Guests flocked to The Society of MSKCC Thrift Shop for a special Preview Party, where they shopped for a cause, snapping up Madeline Weinrib's coveted carpets, pillows, accessories and more. The buzzing boutique transported visitors to a world of vibrant color and pattern, with Weinrib's distinctive designs, all handmade by artisans in India, Morocco and Central Asia.
Dr. Annette Rickel, Hillary Dick, Madeline Weinrib, and Kim Flaster
The event marks Weinrib's first collaboration with The Society of MSKCC and its' Thrift Shop, which has been a fixture on the Upper East Side for more than 25 years and plays an integral role in The Society's fundraising programs.

Guests included Madeline Weinrib, Dr. Annette Rickel, Melanie Holland, Hilary Dick, Elizabeth Fuller, Kim Flaster, Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, Shabnam Henry, Coco Kopelman, Leslie Jones, Robyn Joseph, Stephanie Loeffler, Amy Raiter Dwek, Jonathan Rosen and many more.
Robyn Joseph and Gretchen Gunlocke
Jonathan Rosen and Melanie Holland
Coco Kopelman and Madeline Weinrib
Tara Seawright and Alexandra Rowley
Leslie Jones, Dr. Annette Rickel, Minou Pirasteh, and Gail Hilson
Elena Kornbluth, Christopher Heydon, and Amy Raitter Dwek
Shabnam Henry
Stephanie Loeffler and Nina Reeves
Kim Seibert and Madeline Weinrib
Tim Nagler and Nancy Coffey Nagler
Paige Morrissey, Erin Lynch, and Madeline Hemingway
The Children’s Storefront held its Annual Spring Gala, “A Night for Changing Lives,” on April 23, 2013 at the IAC Building in Chelsea. The evening honored Past Board President Christine LaSala and Past Board Chair Michael Stubbs for their years of leadership, dedication, hard work and support of our school. The event was co-chaired by Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, Lise and Michael Evans, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Sandra and Eric Ripert and Marcus Samuelsson.
Board Chair Ray Cameron and Honoree Michael Stubbs
Head of School Wendy Reynoso and Honoree Christine LaSala
The Storefront Choir
WABC reporter Kemberly Richardson was emcee for the benefit, which included dinner, dancing and a live auction with Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet. A highlight of the evening was a performance by the Storefront Choir. Students were also on hand during the cocktail hour to speak to guests about programs at the school. The evening raised over a million dollars to benefit the Storefront.

The Children's Storefront is an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through eighth grade. Our work is grounded on the conviction that every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education.
Honoree Michael Stubbs, Kim Landrigan and Gala Co-Chairs Michael and Lise Evans
Storefront Students greeting Trustee Amanda Low and guests
Trustee Maria Vecchiotti and Ilene Nadel
Trustee John Forbes, Guests Dan Williams, Kristen Williams, Andrea Forbes and Eric Rivers
Trustee George Weiksner, WABC Reporter and emcee Kemberly Richardson, Board Chair Ray Cameron
Storefront students
Gala Co-Chair Marcus Samuelsson and his wife, Maya Haile
Peter and Anne-Marie Embiricos
Vanessa Cornell, Sandra Ripert, and Erica Karsch
Gabby Karan, Gala Co-Chair Lise Evans, and Gian Paolo DeFelice
John Frawley, Rob Kuhbach, Candace Frawley, and Veronica Stubbs
On Friday night, April 26, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway swept into town to lend her presence to The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Spring Gala.

Best known to New Yorkers for Scandinavia House, its gleaming headquarters on Park Avenue and 38th Street, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes international understanding through its many programs and cultural exchanges. Queen Sonja on Thursday night had formally opened the current exhibition at Scandinavia House, MUNCH | WARHOL and the Multiple Image.

Some 360 guests from around the world assembled in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre to celebrate the best of American and Norwegian art and culture, among them Inger and William B. Ginsberg, Hon. Charles and Monika Heimbold, Lise Stolt-Nielsen, Richard E. Oldenburg, Mildred Brinn, Arthur Zeckendorf, Inger Elliott, Lena Kaplan, Hon. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr., Giosetta Capriati, Craig Dykers, Gaetana Enders, Baroness Zarelli-Marimó, Lisa Resling Halpern, and members of the diplomatic corps from Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.
The Grand Ballroom of The Pierre
Queen Sonja, wearing a flowing crimson gown, greeted guests at cocktails and entered the ballroom to a musical fanfare, escorted by Edward P. Gallagher, ASF President.  

The 2013 Awards Ceremony was the centerpiece of the evening, with the ASF Cultural Award going to James Rosenquist, the internationally-acclaimed American artist of Norwegian and Swedish heritage.  The Foundation’s Gold Medal was awarded to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in recognition of its far-reaching efforts to increase the awareness and appreciation of the art and design of the Nordic countries. 
ASF President Edward Gallagher, ASF Gala Co-Chair Inger Ginsberg, ASF Chairman Bente Svensen Frantz, ASF Gala Vice Chair Arthur Zeckendorf, and ASF Gala Co-Chair Lise Stolt-Nielsen
Her Majesty Queen Sonja presented the ASF Cultural Award to Mr. Rosenquist and the Gold Medal to MoMA’s Director Glenn Lowry.

The Collegiate Chorale performed excerpts from “Song of Norway,” offering partygoers a preview of its April 30th performance at Carnegie Hall.  Those in attendance were delighted by the performance, which featured Jason Danieley, Alexandra Silber, and Judy Kaye.
Her Majesty Queen Sonja entering the Grand Ballroom escorted by ASF President Edward Gallagher, with H.E. Consul General Sissel Breie, ASF Deputy Chair Bernt Reitan, and ASF Chairman Bente Svensen Frantz accompanying them
Inger Elliott
Helen W. Marx, Lisa Resling Halpern, Gala Co-Chair Monika Heimbold, and Agnes Ahlander Turner
ASF President Edward Gallagher and Gala Co-Chair Lise Stolt-Nielsen
Arthur Zeckendorf with Anne Detwiler
Grace Kennan Warnecke, Sheila Johnson Robbins, and Karen Lerner
MoMA Director Glenn Lowry with ASF Trustee Richard E. Oldenburg and Mary Ellen Oldenburg
The evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Margaret Juntwait with ASF Executive Vice President Lynn Carter
Amb. John L. Loeb, Jr. and Sharon Handler Loeb
Bård E. Bunaes and Barbara Bunaes
Victor B. Borge with his wife, Paula Borge
Laureen and Ragnar Meyer-Knutsen, Vice Chairs of the event
Lisa Resling Halpern with Malena Belafonte
Honorees John Rosenquist and MoMA Director Glenn Lowry
Gala Co-Chair Monika Heimbold and her husband, Hon. Charles A. Heimbold
More than a decade has elapsed since Peter P. Blanchard III and his wife Sofia set out to follow Peter’s father’s wishes to convert the family estate, Greenwood Gardens, into a public ornamental garden and conservation center.

The good news is that, as of this month, the gates of the century-old private estate garden, located astride a ridge above Short Hills, New Jersey, are indeed open to the public.
Cocktails were served on an overlook terrace, between a pair of wooden pergolas,
Peter and Sofia welcomed more than a hundred friends and supporters to a gala dinner in late April in order to say ‘thank you.’ Any one of the attendees could have been forgiven for thinking that they’d been magically transported on a bright spring evening to a mountaintop in Italy.

Cocktails were served on an overlook terrace, between a pair of wooden pergolas, and inside a simple white tent, long communal tables were laid with freshly cut ranunculus, deep pink bougainvillea, vivid fuchsia, and red, purple and blue sweet peas. In lieu of place cards, tiny pots with herbs ran down the tables.
Ellen and Pierre de Vegh, The Honorable Brendan and Ruthi Byrne, James Zemaitis, Blake and Elizabeth Cabot; Colin Cabot; Henry P. and Susan Johnson; Susan Lowry; and Janet Mavec and Wayne Nordberg were among the friends of Greenwood present. 

The evening also brought together a number of members of the Frick family, including Elise Frick, Emily Frick and Helen Clay Chace. Adelaide Childs Frick, Peter Blanchard’s mother, had played an important role in reviving Greenwood Gardens in the 1950s—no doubt inspired by the formal gardens she had known as a child growing up on Long Island.
Tim Hartman, Louise Moos, Lezette Proud, Elaine Becker, Peter Blanchard, Sofia Blanchard, Arthur Vanderbilt, and Susan Lowry
Peter Blanchard
Susan Johnson, Sofia Blanchard, and Louise Moos
Louis Bauer, John Zweig, Marcia Zweig, and Betse Gump
Mara Seibert, Lenore Rice, and Elaine Becker
Donna Dorian and Wendy Moonan
Susan Johnson
Bill Noble, Sofia Blanchard, Colin Cabot, and Marco Polo Stufano
Ellen de Vegh, Helen Clay Chace, and Pierre de Vegh
Louise Moos, Anina Rossen, and Pierre de Vegh
Linda Carrington
Heather Emelander, Gene Schaefer, and Diane Genco
New York City-based 14+ Foundation’s co-founder, Joseph Mizzi, enlisted friends Vito Schnabel and Jeff Zalaznick for a special event at Jeff’s newly opened Carbone on Monday, April 22nd for Mizzi’s charity that supports children’s education in Africa. 

14+ Foundation is a NYC-based charitable organization formed in 2012 to develop and build schools and orphanages for African children in rural communities.  All proceeds from the benefit will support the Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia, Africa, the first school created by the 14+ Foundation, which is breaking ground next month.
Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman
This important cause brought out the support and attendance of boldface names, including notable New Yorkers and industry leaders Steve Tisch, Eddie Milstein, Stavros Niarchos, Jacqueline Schnabel, Stella Schnabel, Aby Rosen, Samantha Boardman, Alberto Mugrabi, Frank Sciame, Jon Neidich, Lyor Cohen, Gus Wenner and the Bruce High Quality Foundation.  Guests attended a private dinner at Carbone to support the development of Chipakata Children’s Academy and its educational initiatives to provide formal education, as well as arts-based education, sustainable learning environments and livelihood skills for underserved youth within rural communities of Zambia.

The current site plans for a school, orphanage and community facility spread over 200 acres of land, which allows for farming and other agricultural activities as a means of long term sustainability. 
Vito Schnabel, Joseph Mizzi, Haley Mellin, and Stavros Niarchos
Eddie Milstein Lyor Cohen
Alberto Mugrabi and Vito Schnabel
Stefan Bondell
Gus Wenner
Mario, Nchimunya Wulf, Joseph Mizzi, and Jeff Zalaznick
Joseph Mizzi, Marla Bienvenida, Bernard James, and Nchimunya Wulf

Photographs by Christine Butler (The American-Scandinavian Foundation); Elle Jota/ (MSKCC Thrift Shop); (Arts’ Night Out).