Friday, January 19, 2018

All in the family

Looking south along Fifth Avenue from 53rd Street. 2:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Friday, January 19, 2018. Sunny and bright and cold yesterday in New York with temperatures barely above freezing. Although the weatherman’s predicting 50 degrees on Saturday.

Last night the Winter Antiques Show of the East Side House Settlement opened at the Park Avenue Armory. This particular antique show now in its 64th year, traditionally marks the beginning of the New York winter social season. So the calendar will be flooded with all kinds of social activities.

Arie and Coco Kopelman.
At 4:15 p.m., just before the opening of the show which was in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Arie Kopelman, Chairman Emeritus of the Show, was the recipient of the Inaugural East Side House Settlement Heart In Hand Award thanking him for his 25 years of Leadership. In those 25 Years Mr. Kopelman, who from 1966 to 2004 was President and COO of Chanel (US), is credited with turning the show around by bringing in new leadership and infrastructure as well as bringing new dealers into the fold.

The result? The Winter Antiques Show is considered one of the top shows of its kind in the world. Last night’s show was exemplary. There was a lot of art this year. When you enter the Drill Hall you face the honorary double booth which this year was occupied by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 1919 to 2018.  

The Virginia Museum contains an encyclopedic collection of great art from around the world. Its presence set the tone for many of the exhibitors. The Adelson Galleries, for example, had a fascinating collection of John Singer Sargent’s portraits and watercolors. Michael Altman Fine Art (Booth 51) had beautiful works of Frederick Church and Childe Hassam and Winslow Homer. Peter Fetterman Gallery of Santa Monica has one the largest inventories of Classic Photography in the US, while the Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts LLC has a brilliant collection of Guy Pene Du Bois; and Michael Goedhuis features some of the greatest Chinese contemporary artists.
Thomas Jayne. DPC and Duane Hampton.
It’s a treasure trove of art, antiques, jewelry, books, silver and more. The show runs from today through a week from Sunday (January 19 through January 28th). Collector or not, it’s a pleasure to your senses and peace of mind to see the beauty those of us who are artists can create for the pleasure of our eyes. Plus your visit helps the East Side House Settlement.

East Side House Settlement is a non-profit organization located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx area of New York. It has served the Mott Haven section of the Bronx since 1963, with an emphasis on programs serving children and families.
Opening night of the The Winter Antiques Show.
Keshishian, London & NY: A handwoven tapestry, Thilisi, Georgia, circa1960s.
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York: View of Flushing New York, about 1850-60
Adelson Galleries, New York: Lilian Westcott Hale, Book of Verses, 1924.
All in the family. And last week down in Palm Beach, Arie and Coco's daughter Jill Kargman was the special guest at the Friends of MorseLife Afternoon, a prominent donor luncheon for MorseLife Health System held at a private venue in Palm Beach.  

MorseLife, founded in 1983, is the major charitable nonprofit providing health care, housing and supportive services to seniors of Palm Beach County – serving 3,600 seniors daily on its West Palm Beach campus and community.

Hosted by Francine Kittredge and Friends of MorseLife Chairs Barbara Rothschild and Andrea Stark, the event was attended by 150 donors for a presentation by Jill, who spoke with hilarious affection about the courtship of her parents, about her husband and children and her career as a comedienne and writer for print, television  and film. Well-known for her sublime wit and satirical spin on Upper East Side motherhood (i.e. Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out”), Jill did not disappoint!
Barbara Rothschild, Andrea Stark, Jill Kargman, and Francine Kittredge.
Judie Schlager and Stephanie Ribakoff.
Jan Willinger and Paulette Koch. Lori Gendelman and Juliana Gendelman.
Roberta Kozloff, Judy Snyder, Nancy Lane.
Keith Myers and Jill Kargman. Jean Sharf and Michelle Jacobs.
Terri Sriberg, Jill Kargman, Judith Ripka Berk.
Pamela Pantzer and Sondra Mack.
This past Wednesday night in New York. There was a 25th anniversary celebration for interior designer Richard Mishaan’s company Richard Mishaan Design. Lots of guests from the worlds of fashion, design and media toured the 2000 square foot space at his studio on Hudson Street in Tribeca filled with antiques, art, and archives gathered from 25 years of design.

Marcia and Richard Mishaan.
Afterwards there was a small dinner for thirty guests at Yves restaurant, 385 Greenwich Street. Among the group: Jeffrey Caldwell, Debbie Bancroft, Vanity Fair’s James Reginato, AD’s Amy Astley, 1st Dib’s Tony Freund, Michael Gross, Dering Hall’s Michael Boodro, Forbes’ Bettna Zilkha, Michael Clinton, Randi Schatz, Robert Rufino, Nicole Miller, Frank Dilella, Alex Papachristidis, Scott Snyder, Helen Schifter, Sarah Dodd, and Campion Platt.

Marcia Mishaan, Richard’s wife acknowledged her husband’s talent and gave guests an idea of life with the designer: “My husband has always been a visionary and my life has never been dull because of him. Whenever I come home I never know where the furniture will be. My children even asked me once why the dining room chairs were always changing.”

“I am so glad I left the fashion world and decided to spend 25 years in the design business,” Richard told the guests.

Congratulations Richard! 

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