It’s that time of the year when people are ready for parties and summer clothes. For a lot of New Yorkers, the Hamptons are party central this time of the year. Because they’re all out there. They? The fundraisers for important charities here in New York. People are anxious to get and about again. It’s good for us all around.
For example, last Friday night, Tiffany Dubin, in collaboration with the Louisa Guinness Gallery, opened Sculpture to Wear, an exhibition of artist made jewelry at the Sotheby’s Gallery on Newtown Lane in East Hampton.
A stellar committee of friends lent their names to the invitation: Dennis Basso and Michael Cominotto, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, Carole and Earl Mack, Lisa and George Melas, Monique Merrill, Marcia and Richard Mishaan, Jennifer and Joseph Rudick, Tracy and Jay Snyder, and Bettina Zilkha.
The wearable art on view included a delicious “Lips” necklace by Man Ray (based on his lover, photographer Lee Miller), as well as works by Alexander Calder, César, Niki de Saint Phalle, Michael Craig-Martin, Lucio Fontana, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Claude Lalanne, and Ed Ruscha.
According to Dubin, “The discerning collector understands that with these works, they can own a masterpiece created at a human scale. These are investment pieces. They are rare and prices are fantastic, especially compared with canvases and sculpture. As Louisa Guinness has wisely written, ‘Some people would like a Picasso on their walls. Others prefer to wear one.’”
The exhibition continues at Sotheby’s East Hampton through August 28th.
A couple of weeks ago, Maria Fishel and Kenneth Fishel hosted The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s (SWCRF) The Hamptons Happening! at their estate in Bridgehampton. This 17th annual event is a celebration of health and wellness and one of the biggest charity events of the summer, ending with The Global Walk to Flatten the Cancer.
This year’s honorees included HUGO BOSS Fashions, Inc. represented by Rodolfo Esparza III; Dr. Kenneth Mark, Skin Cancer & Cosmetic Dermatology expert; Natalie Cohen Gould, co-founder of Come Back Cycle, and restaurateur David Burke, David Burke Hospitality Management.
The Hamptons Happening consisted of a cocktail chef-tasting event featuring a dozen chefs and spirits and featured appearances by Chris Wragge, anchor of CBS 2 Morning News, Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson of The NY Giants, Ramona Singer of RHONY, and a performance by Freestyle Love Supreme, a Tony award winning Broadway musical improv group. Chris Wragge also held a brief interview with Dr. Waxman. With tickets purchased and auction item bids, the event raised more than $400,000.
The delicious tastings stations were supplied by: A la Mode, Arlotta Food Studio, Bareburger, Beauty & the Broth, Bimble, Centro Trattoria, Chef Julian Medina, Chef Scott Kampf of Southampton Social Club and Union Sushi & Steak; Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Company, David Burke Hospitality Management, Golden Pear, Halo Sport, Herradura Tequila, Kurly Kurtosh, Magnolia Bakery, MarieBelle New York, Milene Jardine, Out East Rose, Pompette, Rust & Gold, Simple Vodka, T-Bar Steak & Lounge, Taub Family Companies, Woodford Reserve.
The Global Walk to Flatten the Cancer Curve started on June 30th and culminated at the 17th Annual Hamptons Happening. The virtual fundraising walk collected $100,000 for cancer research.
More than 60 percent of Americans diagnosed with cancer are 65 and older. SWCRF, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging, is leading the way in funding the scientists who are working towards the next breakthrough in cancer treatments. Currently, SWCRF is funding 50 renown investigators on three continents, each working together to develop less toxic cancer treatments.
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Galerie magazine, which has long showcased the collaborative work of artists and designers inspiring readers to “live artfully,” brings together the creative minds and work of artists and interior designers to Sag Harbor for the month of August with the Galerie House of Art and Design show house. The 12,500 square foot home is on five acres with a three-acre pond and features over 22 designers and art galleries with monumental sculptures from Nara Roesler, Kasmin, and Friedman Benda on the grounds.
Galerie magazine founder Lisa Fayne Cohen hosted the VIP Opening Benefit Cocktail Reception this past Thursday night at the house in support of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s East Hampton Emergency Department. Among the group seen touring the house was actress Anne Heche, who was one of the last to leave.
All of the designers were also in attendance including Mark Cunningham, Richard Mishaan, Leyden Lewis, Benoist F Drut, Jeff Lincoln, Josh Greene, Katie Leede, Rayman Boozer, Sara Story, Rocky Rochon, and Billy Cotton.
A few weeks ago at T-Bar in Southampton, best-selling author, animal rights activist and actress Leesa Rowland celebrated the release of her new book The Charisma Factor: Unlock the Secrets of Magnetic Charm and Personal Influence in Your Life. Published by Hatherleigh Press. The 224-page self-help book follows the release of Rowland’s first book, Discovering the It Factor within You.
Rowland believes this was the “best time” to come out with the book. “It’s especially important now as we’re coming out of the pandemic. I want to help people become the best that they can be. One of the chapters is about different charismatic personalities, the traits that they have, and their magnetism. It’s like a behavior study really,” Rowland says.
The paperback version is available at Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, Penguin Random House, Books A Million, Bookshop.org, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s and Amazon ($15.95). The eBook version is also available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Google Play Store, Kobo ($12.99).
Photographs by Richard Lewin (Wearable Art); Patrick McMullan (Waxman); Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com (Galerie House); Rob Rich (Leesa Rowland)