Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Full of love

The staff of God's Love We Deliver at the 18th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks.
On June 9, three hundred guests attended the 18th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefiting God's Love We Deliver and honoring Sam Shahid at Listowel, a 12,000 sq. ft. private home in Water Mill, New York. This signature event supports God's Love We Deliver, the New York metropolitan area's leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. All of the agency's services are provided free to clients and full of love.

"We look forward to Midsummer Night Drinks every year," says David Ludwigson, Vice President & Chief Development Officer at God's Love We Deliver. "It's a special way for us to thank our incredible supporters while enjoying a beautiful evening at the home of great friends. Thank you to our Midsummer Night Drinks hosts and to our guests for supporting our work. With the generosity of so many, we can always be there for all those in the New York City metropolitan area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves."
David Ludwigson, Michael Sennott, Sam Shahid, Karen Pearl, and Emmett Findley
Guests bid on God's Love program items such as funding meals for one year for a person living with HIV/AIDS or meals for a mother living with breast cancer and her children for six months.

They enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres and a raw bar by Canard, Inc., along with signature cocktails by Dante NYC from Campari. Flowers by Alexandra Abuza Floral & Garden. God's Love would like to thank this year's corporate sponsors Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus, Acqua Panna, S. Pellegrino, Perrier, Dante NYC, Fever Tree, Campari, Aperol Spritz, Peroni, Bluemercury and WelleCo. Special thanks to Paul Wilmot Communications.

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Jon Gilman, Karen Pearl, and Michael Sennott Patricia Suh
Andy Peters and Lester Gribetz
Jamee and Peter Gregory Chad Leat and Tim Brunner
Damian, Remy, and Jon Bond
Esther Newberg, Zach Cion, and Christie Cion
Karen Pearl and Sam Shahid Adrian Kahan and Bobby Leibowitz
Vicente Wolf, Margaret Russell, and David Ludwigson
Gary and Svitlana Flom Matt Coffin, Natasha Esch, and Russ Steele
Will Metzger, Julie Pinkwater, Michael Sennott, Michele Francis, and Vivian Polak
Greg Zaffiro, Michael Lorber, Chase Landow, Ryan Dost, and Matthew Ailey
Herbert Sambol, Brandon Moore, Paul Beirne, and Jonathan Rando
Jonathan Raiola, David Rogal, Ron Carlivati, and Lawrence Treglia
Louis Bradbury and Ken Quaye
Mark Lanspa and John Crocker
Mike Moran and Jeff Gates
Canard, Inc.
Ed Hollander and Quincey Hammond Jean and Martin Shafiroff
Vincent Branchesi, Raphael Rivas, Robby Browne, Quirijan Bolle, and Pepeijn van der Hoeven
Robert Eisenhart, Jim Shreve, Fern Mallis, Anthony Cenname, Mark Brashear, and David Witkewicz
Michael Anthony and Mindy Dubin Eric and Jennifer Leventhal
Stephen Covello, Pete Webb, and Eric Blomquist
Chase Yoselowitz, Jamie Lopez, and Nicholas Compagnone
"WOW this is amazing. It's summer outside and you're all here! This series would not exist without the extraordinary response from our audience, so thank you!" enthused Toni Ross as she welcomed a packed house to the third in this summer's series of talks, "Women Artists: Reshaping the Conversation" at Nick & Toni's restaurant in East Hampton on a sunny Sunday morning.  

Moderator Pernilla Holmes began by reminding the audience, "Last year, when I first participated in this series, it was pre-Weinstein, pre- 'We Are Not Surprised' (which is the art world's 'Me Too'). The importance of this kind of conversations just keeps growing."

The three participating artists kept the crowd in wrapped contemplation as they frankly discussed issues of identify, race, discrimination, and motherhood. Said artist Judith Hudson, "After my husband left me I had to see that being a 'good girl' didn't work for me…I had to address sexuality and power, but not lose my humor. Have you noticed how female comedians are saying such powerful subversive things? With my background, asserting myself, becoming true to myself, and owning it were difficult. Think that's true for all women."
Alyson Shotz, Judith Hudson, Sara Rahbar, and Pernilla Holmes
Sara Rahbar postulated, "Labels have always been a problem for me. I'm a human being on the planet. The Iranian is my grandfather. It's not about the Muslim-American-Feminist-Vegan-Artist. When you're young everyone is dealing with identity, but after I dealt with my pain I realized it was not about me. I wanted to take on bigger issues."

Alyson Shotz took a more metaphysical tack, "Male Abstract Expressionism artists were this double extra macho and pushed us out. It was harder then to be a woman artist. Most of my museum support now is from other women.  Now there are more women collectors. There's been so much talk when I was young, could you be an artist and have children? Only in the past few years have I felt just competing in a man's world, but in my own world.
Pernilla Holmes, Judith Hudson, Sara Rahbar, Alyson Shotz, and Toni Ross
Toni Ross presented "Vote Like A Mother" t-shirts to all the panelists.  Designed by moms with 100% of the profits going to mother-run, impactful non-profits like

The next conversations will be on Saturday mornings at LongHouse Reserve: August 11th with Carla Chammas, Dorothea Rockburne, and Terrie Sultan; August 25th with Elia Alba, Allana Clarke, Bethany Collins, Ilana Harris-Babou, Justine Ludwig and Aliza Nisenbaum; and September 22nd with Barbara Toll and Kennedy Yanko. The series remain free and open to the public, and are dedicated to the memory of Elaine de Kooning. For reservations contact Jack Meyer at 212.271.4283 or
Dean and Barbro Golden
Americk Lewis Toni Ross and Sara Berliner
E.T. and Auldlyn Williams
Carmine and Andrew Buck Sheri Sandler
Eileen Kornreich and Mariana Levine
Laurie Lambrecht and Jean Pagliuso
Selina Rothwell and Wendy VanDeusen
Shawn Green, Susanne Anchor, and Steve Miller
Josh Fayer, Francesco Manica, and Mariangela Manica recently opened a contemporary Art Gallery called NonFinito Gallery, located at 108 South Street at the South Street Seaport, the first gallery to be opened in this area. Josh previously worked at Phillips Auction House and the Stephanie Hoppen Art Gallery in London, before teaming up with Francesco and Mariangela Manica.

The Manica family are prominent Real Estate and restauranteurs in the New York area.
Josh Fayer is the grandson of New York Real Estate mogul, Mickey Palin. He is also the great-grandson of Jack Entratter, a pioneer in Las Vegas. 
Josh Fayer greeting guests
NonFinito Gallery exhibits a wide range of works by artists from all over the world and takes a new and different approach to galleries by hosting cocktail dinners with live art, immersive installations and music every month.

The current exhibit called Fragmented Realities offers alternative perspectives to our current reality for consideration, reflection, and effect. Rather than rehashing the past, or dwelling over the present, these artists test the limits of the economic social system we live in by creating alternative realities through narrative and medium. These objects, characters, landscapes, and scenarios have an otherworldly presence that questions our currently held truths and perceptions inherent in our constructed reality. Fragmented Realities acts as a portal between these worlds. This exhibit runs through June 30th. 
Francesco Manica with artist Stillvika
Artist Neil Hamamoto with Annabel Schwatrz
Jack Fayer with Mackenzie Barth
Manica family with Melanie Keiser
Josh Fayer with Mariangela Manica

Photographs by Patrick McMullan & Timothy Ko (God's Love)