Friday, June 30, 2017

Recreation and solace

Karen McQuiston, David Langer, Stacy Sonnenberg, Eric Sanderson, KC Sahl, Carter Strickland, Sarah Charlop-Powers, Adrian Benepe, and Bram Gunther at Natural Areas Conservancy's fifth anniversary celebration.
On June 21st, the Natural Areas Conservancy celebrated their fifth anniversary at Distilled in Tribeca. The fundraiser supported the organization's conservation and restoration of 20,000 acres of New York City's woodlands and coastal areas. Julia Robbins and KC Sahl were the event's co-chairs, and Janet Ross was honorary chair. Sarah Charlop-Powers, executive director, and Adrian Benepe, board chairman, both made remarks at the festive cocktail reception.

Featured at the party was a photo installation by Adam Stoltman called "Parks and People." The two-year project documents New Yorkers enjoying recreation and solace in natural areas and wild spaces across the city.
Julia Robbins and KC Sahl David Langer and Karen Brown
The Natural Areas Conservancy has a team of scientific researchers and experts committed to preserving and promoting ecological diversity and climate resilience across New York City. The Natural Areas Conservancy also organizes volunteer activities and tours in the city's forests and wetlands. The organization works in close partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation across an area 25 times the size of Central Park. Natural Areas Conservancy research and strategic planning have helped leverage more than $20 million in public funding to address urban heat and coastal flooding.

More information about the organization's work (and their upcoming events in parks) is at, and their map of New York City's parkland forests and wetlands is also online. In September, the Natural Areas Conservancy is planning a speaking event—co-sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust—at an East Hampton home with their board member and renowned conservation ecologist Dr. Eric Sanderson.
Bram Gunther, Sarah Charlop-Powers, and Adrian Benepe
Nancy Prince and Alex Zablocki Lisa Semple and Hunter Armstrong
Chris Rizzo, Adam Weinstein, Holly Leicht, and Michael Samuelian
Richard Brockman, Matt Blood, Mirra Bank, and Michael Samuelian
Ted Wolff and Katie Schwab Julia Robbins and Daniel Hendrick
Kalie Bartholomew, Andrew Quinn, Briana Casey, Christopher Infante, and Nathan Moros
Eric Sanderson, Karen McQuiston, and Kit McQuiston
Helen Thurston and Honorable Liam Kavanagh Sue Donoghue and Christian Zimmerman
Elizabeth John, Dan Moros, Sarah Moros, Ann Schongalla, and Nathan Moros
Doug Dolan, Adam Stoltman, Clifford Folks, and Nancy Prince
Matt Alsdorf, Jeffrey Longhenry, Matt Donham, Michael Samuelian, and Chris Rizzo
Jeffrey Buan and Jennifer Epstein
David Langer, Julia Robbins, Elizabeth Garrett, Hannah Bennett, and Cait LaMorte
Meltem Kilicoglu and Clare Peeters Kelli Stephens and Tiffany Williams
Richard Schwartz, Elaine Schiff, Kate Manning, Adrian Benepe, Charlotte Glasser, Donna Mercurio, and Bob Sideli
Heather Loebner, Elise Boeger, Helen Forgione, Tod Winston, and MaryJane Boland
Clark Mitchell, MaryJane Boland, and Clara Pregitzer
Saturday evening, Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton hosted an opening reception, MOSS + ROSS + GUMMER, celebrating their new Haven Moss Garden and debut of two provocative art installations by artists Toni Ross and Don Gummer. These will be on view through October 15, 2017.

Escape by Don-Gummer
"In 1989, my wife and I moved to Los Angeles with our young and growing family," recalled Gummer. "Five eventful years later, after the riots, fires, earthquakes and high profile murders, we decided to return to our home on the East Coast. In 1995, I made Escape. It grew from my feelings of being displaced and uprooted and searching for directions. The four main linear elements emerge from the turmoil below trying to find north, south, east and west. It was my need and desire to find and express a sense of stability after those five eventful years in Los Angeles."

In Toni Ross's installation, Sanctuary Entwined, three cubes intersect three stately trees, each magnificent in their own unique way. Architectural steel structures designed for comfortable passage of the trunk and the limbs allow the trees to extend through the tops and sides, as if they grew in place. Each is wound in hemp twine, 240,000 feet (more than 45 miles) used in total. Inside the structures, the viewer is enveloped by diffuse walls of the twine that embrace like a cocoon. At the same time, they are face-to-face with the grandeur of the trees. "I hope the viewer will find a new, more intimate relationship to the natural world both inside and outside these environments," said Ross."
Two views of Sanctuary Entwined by Toni Ross.
In spite of the ephemeral nature of the "walls," a sense of peacefulness and safety resides inside them, like a bird's nest. LongHouse executive director Matko Tomicic said, "Toni's ability to transform a ceramic cube to large scale, yet to keep it airy and secret for the visitors who enter the spaces inside is just stunning."

According to LongHouse founder and Artistic Director Jack Lenor Larsen, "At LongHouse we try to be current or at least relative, but — in a quarter century — we have never been so 'right on' as now, with Toni Ross. Because this, her newest work, is so definitely on the upswing! That she moved from clay to fiber and from indoors to the landscape, is pertinent. That she has also mastered a new textile form is phenomenal! We could not be more pleased!"

Guests attending the opening included Dianne Benson, Sue Felsher, Eric Fischl, Chloë Scott-Giry, Don Gummer, April Gornik, the Haroms-Seder family, Katherine Henderson, Ron Kaplan, Joanne Kahn, Mary Jane Marcasiano and Ralph Gibson, George Negroponte, Tony Piazza, Betsy Ross, Toni Ross, Sara Salaway, Bastienne Schmidt, Dale Scott, Suzanne Slesin and Michael Steinberg, and Jack Lenor Larsen.
Dianne Benson, Toni Ross, Arcmanoro Niles, and April Gornik
Don Gummer and friends
Haroms-Seder Family with friends
Jack Lenor Larsen and Toni Ross
Matko Tomicic, Toni Ross, Don Gummer, and Eric Fischl
Tanya Willock, Sara Salaway, and Temidra Willock-Morsch
Toni Ross and Ron Kaplan
Tony Piazza, Steve Gugliotti, and Hope Sandrow
The Hampton Designer Showhouse, the showcase for America’s premier design talent, kicked off with a New York City Kickoff Party on Thursday, June 22nd at PIRCH SoHo.  Now in its seventeenth year, the Showhouse will open with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party on Saturday, July 22. Mario Buatta is the Honorary Showhouse Chairman. Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen. 

Proceeds will benefit Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY.  The Showhouse is happy to announce that Traditional Home magazine is the 2017 Presenting Sponsor, Saunders & Associates is the 2017 Exclusive Real Estate Sponsor, Hamptons Purist is the 2017 Regional Magazine Sponsor, and Kohler Co. is the 2017 Design Sponsor. 
Stephanie Sturchio, Matthew Frederick, and Caitlin Frederick
The Showhouse will feature over 30 top interior designers and decorative artists from the Hamptons, New York City and nationwide.  This year’s Showhouse will take place in two magnificent Hampton homes located 78 Rosko Lane and 82 Rosko Lane in Southampton, New York that have been generously donated by Paramount Custom Homes.  The Showhouse Boutiques will be provided by Deluxe. 

The Hampton Designer Showhouse opens with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party at the Showhouse on Saturday, July 22 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm and will be open to the public Sunday, July 23 through Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017.   Showhouse hours will be as follows: Monday through Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm (last admission 30 minutes before closing).  Children six and under, infants, strollers and pets are not admitted in the Showhouse. Admission to the Showhouse is $40 and includes the Showhouse Journal.  Gala tickets are $225 each. 

For more information on the Showhouse and to purchase tickets, visit or reach out to
Eva Karsai and Nancy Kirk
Charles and Christine Gentile
Tony Manning, Beth McDonough, and Ronald Ferguson
Mary Foley and Michael Cox
Alix Lerman, Addie Janulis, and Shelby Miller
Catherine Davin, Alexandra Davin, and Ann Feldstein
Ken Gemes, Ranelle Wolf, Matthew Frederick, and Rayman Boozer
Melanie Roy, Keith Baltimore, Shannon Willey, and Anelle Gandelman
Rajni Alex and Katie Segelstein
Keith Baltimore, Patty Forrest, Nancy Jenkins, and Jana Weill
Kevan Miller, Lyn Schroeder, and Rayman Boozer
Nancy Dougherty, Kim Radovich, Lorrie Daro, and Jessica Parascondola
Tom Lampson and Eduardo Flefil
The Research Foundation to Cure AIDS (RFTCA) kicked off NYC Pride weekend with an elegant garden party at Rockefeller University hosted by alumnus Dr. Kambiz Shekdar and friends. The evening’s entertainment included performances by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, a balloon dance by Julie Atlas Muz, and more from Bear Donna.  Guests celebrated advances in stem cell science with the potential to cure AIDS. 

Guests included: Bruce Anderson, Dennis Ashbaugh, Danny Blu, Ali Hemmati-Brivanlou, Ellie Covan, Allison Ceraso, Machine Dazzle and Andrew Martin-Weber, Tricia Donegan, Chinedu Echeruo, Chad Ethier and Morales, Thomas Farley, Vallejo Gantner, Jennifer Hatch, David Hubschman and Calogero Salvo, Karen Hagberg and Mark Jackson, Luna Kaufman, Chet Kerr, Christian Kopfli, Jesse Robert Lovejoy, Dario de Martino, Jay Margolis, JJ McKay, Julie Atlas Muz, Patricia and Ken Morris, Rob Shuter, and Basil Twist and Ken Ard. 
Eric Grossman and Dr. Kambiz Shekdar
Jadira Dlaguerra and Enrique Outieral
Jada Jones, Eric Grossman, Dusan Vuksanovic, and Joe O'Neill
Thomas Farley and Kathy Prendergast Pia
Tricia Donegan, Erin Eloise, and Pamela Herron
Dr. Kambiz Shedkar and Ali Brivanlou
Jonas Bruzas, Dora Lu, and George Botev
Cynthia VJ Cherish The Luv, Cecilie Beck, Harlem Lafayette, and Michael Petrova
Andrew Martin-Weber and Machine Dazzle
The next day designer Machine Dazzle led more than 250 RFTCA supporters on a gay pride parade float to offer hope for an AIDS-free world.

The Research Foundation to Cure AIDS (RFTCA) is an alliance of leaders from diverse fields who are developing a cure for AIDS that is accessible and affordable for those in need worldwide.  You can learn more at
Photographs by Annie Watt (Natural Areas Conservancy); Kevin Pomerleau (Toni Ross); Jen Brister for Editor at Large (Showhouse); David Dupuy & Sandy Kaufman (Pride)