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2024 Spring Art Show & Champagne Brunch



2024 Spring Art Show & Champagne Brunch


The Spring Art Show has returned once again!  Art enthusiasts and supporters gathered on April 6 2024 from 11 to 3 to view featured artists both local and from the New York School of The Arts. All artists donated a portion of their proceeds to Oakcliff.  The catering of James Muir retruned with an elegant champagne brunch.  Patrons of the art either made a donation or purchased art while they were there.  Oakcliff Sailing is looking forward to a renewed and refreshed season and very excited to share it with all of you!  

I was happy to inteview featured Artist Diane Hanna who showcased her art. Diane Hanna is an artist based in Oysterbay, New York.  Ms. Hanna showcased Mannequin Collection "As my World Stands Still, her Signature piece dh"EscapeArtist" and "Paris "Photography with mix media, Her third piece  is a self portrait called Vision. She also had a variety of cards of her Art series. When she is not creating Art, her other talents include being an Actress, Photographer and a Poet on the passions of Love.

Ms. Hanna was seen in the film "The Irishman" starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci directed by Martin Scorsese. Her next acting appearance will be performing April 10 Wed for a private Party at the Secret Room in New York City in the Off Broadway  "Murdered by the Mob " her Role as Dona Rosella Dinner Theater!


To find out more info on Diane Hanna please visit her face book page at


I also had a chance to inteview sailing student Noelle Scheer who explained about the benefits of enrolling in Oakcliff Sailing.  During my interviews I spoke to Emil Backstrom who submitted a painting Original Abstract Gouache on Paper Painting, “Bananas” 1962 by Norman Bluhm.

Lastly I had the pleasure of talking to Interior Designer Marilyn Rose who is also a patron of the Arts.

Long Island interior designer Marilyn Rose has decades of interior design experience and know-how. Marilyn’s work has been seen in many top design magazines and television shows, along with her popular travel diary, Travels with Marilyn. She has completed projects across Long Island and the Hamptons, and in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and beyond.


Marilyn is loved and trusted by her clients for her ability to create gracious living spaces within their budget and for providing value and professional expertise, whether the project is a single room or a grand estate. Marilyn’s range encompasses any style: elegant yet casual summer homes, glamorous pied-a-terres, sleek contemporary apartments, or traditionally classic estates.

Marilyn’s innate sense for good design and good taste are influenced by her artist’s eye and balanced by her practical nature. As a mother herself, she understands that function is as important as aesthetics.

Marilyn’s formal education in interior design is enhanced by her fine arts training, knowledge of history, and a life-long love of travel and appreciation of different cultures. Marilyn has been able to maintain the quality of her vision by working closely with her exceptional team of design associates, who share and reflect her standards.


Perhaps the only thing that means as much to Marilyn as her clients’ happiness is earning their trust and respect, and exceeding their highest expectations. You can find out more information at


OAKCLIFF SAILING was Founded in 2010 by Hunt and Betsy Lawrence in order to raise the caliber of sailing in the United States, Oakcliff Sailing has grown by leaps and bounds each year from offshore racing to high performance as well as inshore racing. Based in the North Shore of Long Island in Oyster Bay, Oakcliff hosts sailors from around the world filling the bay with sails through the summer. Without exploring what Oakcliff Sailing has to offer, it might seem to be a lofty goal to restore American sailors to the top of the podium. But, with an expert collection of directors, coaches, industry leaders, and alumni, Oakcliff Sailing is the best suited sailing center in the country to do so. Sailors at Oakcliff have access to nearly 100 boats, including the largest worldwide fleets of Nacra 17s, 49ers, 49er FXs, and  Match 40s. In addition to a fantastic fleet, a sail loft, and a workshop, the clinics and coaching at Oakcliff Sailing are also unparalleled. On a daily basis, students are coached by staff and world-class top coaches. The first American to compete in three America’s Cups and two Whitbread (now Volvo) Races, Executive Director, Dawn Riley, runs daily meetings and coordinates activities. Meanwhile, board member Dave Perry, who has written several books on sailing and match racing also leads match racing clinics throughout the season.


For more info please visit

For more info on red carpet events and Art Openings please visit


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Northport Historical Society

  • Deputy Director/Curator: Teresa Reid

  • Marketing & Membership Coordinator: John Daniello

  • Education Coordinator: Carol Taylor

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Northport Historical Society celebrates the history of the iconic doll in our first pop-up exhibit of 2024! This Northport Collects Series exhibit looks back on sixty-five years of Barbie with vintage dolls and accessories on loan from local collectors. Explore her journey from the 1959 New York Toy Fair to the 2023 Barbie Movie, and gain insights into her life, fashions, and friends. On display March 1st - 31st.

Barbie, The Pop-up Exhibit was curated by Terry Reid with graphics designed by John Daniello.

 Barbie fans of all ages enjoyed Barbie's 65th Birthday Celebration on March 9th at the Northport Historical 
Society Sat, Mar 9, 2024.

The event included Barbie Through The Years & The Forgotten Dolls Of BarbieLand Presentation and:


Barbie-themed crafts for children

Barbie doll playing station - with accessories!
Take Instagram-worthy photos with our Barbie photo wall
Raffles Featuring Chances To Win Barbie Dolls, A VW Bug and Barbie Ornaments
Refreshments served, including Barbie-inspired cupcakes from Casey Cakes!


The pop-up showcased over 100 items of Barbie Dolls, Fashion and Barbie Accessories.  There is also a 
collection of Ken Dolls aquired by John Daniello Marketing & Membership Coordinator.


The pop-up will be exhibited through the end of March.

The mission of the Northport Historical Society is to preserve and promote the heritage of Northport, East Northport, Asharoken, Crab Meadow, Fort Salonga and Eaton's Neck. We are entrusted with discovering, collecting, and interpreting the historic objects, documents, photographs, and other material that will continue to inform our lives and bring pride to our posterity.

We maintain a museum and research library in a landmark building where artifacts associated with the area's history are curated and displayed. We seek to illuminate our legacy through educational programs, exhibits and social activities. We work with others to maintain the character of the Northport area through supporting efforts to preserve historic structures and spaces.

For more information about Northport Historical Society please visit

For red carpet events in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.

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Luciana Pampalone an Award Winning Visual Image Specialist with Global experience as a Fashion-Beauty Photographer with 30 years experience in Content Creation, Artistic Direction and Fashion Travel Photography. Recently named on George Wayne's (Vanity Fair) Top 100 Creative Influencer's List. Excellence in Media Award given By Womenz Straight Talk & WOM Media Group, United Nations Media Pact 

Luciana’s work has taken her to many diverse locations, including; Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Brussels, Canada, Croatia, England, France, Grenadine Islands, Japan, Jamaica, London, Paris, Scotland, St. Croix, Thailand, Mexico and Venezuela, all which have contributed to her vision and worldly sensibility. 

During our inteview she explained that her exhibit was a collection of her art work spanning 30 years.

For more information please visit

Positioned in the Mill shopping center in Watermill, NY, with 154 parking spaces including 8 Tesla charging stations, Windmill Art Gallery Southampton occupies the 4,500sf freestanding retail structure plus another 500 yards (4500sf) of beautifully maintained lawn with a full Montauk Highway (HWY 27) exposure.

With a total of indoor and outdoor 9000sf gallery space, WAGS houses a diverse array of artworks that span styles and mediums with dedications to emerging and established artists; both local and international.

For more information about the gallery please visit



Beyond Monet
Immersive Experience


Through the use of cutting-edge projection technology and an original score, Beyond Monet breathes new life into over 400 of Claude Monet’s artworks.

Comprised of over 4 trillion content pixels, this high-resolution portrayal of Monet’s work gives guests the opportunity to become one with his paintings.

People of all ages can be part of every brushstroke as Monet’s artwork comes to life in front of their very eyes. Guests can become one with the paintings as projections of Monet’s pieces swirl around, transforming the space into an ethereal representation of his life’s work. His artwork expands beyond the framed canvases through music, sound effects and scenography that will awaken the senses and create a captivating atmosphere. Beyond Monet promises to break conventions with this spectacular audio-visual journey through impressionism. In Monet’s vision lies an incandescent world without a shore, a world of fleeting and effervescent reflections. Beyond our gaze is Monet.

Created by French-Canadian creative director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his team at Montreal’s Normal Studio, Beyond Monet is an immersive experience showcasing over 400 of the artist’s works.

2023 Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience WILL BE SHOWN UNTIL jANUARY 2, AT THE Samanea New York Mall, 1500 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 



Hamptons Fine Art Fair | July 13-16, 2023

Spent the afternoon interviewing at The Hamptons Fine Art Fair and enjoying all the beautiful Art!

HFAF is the brainchild of ArtHamptons founder, Rick Friedman and his team, who present an even more elite, momentous and trendsetting version. Successful past art fairs produced in The Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Palm Springs, Philadelphia and Jackson Hole.

Artist StephenJaskulski and Cognac

Artist Abby Modell and Cognac

Art Dealer Johnny Woo and Cognac

Kat O’Neill and Andrea McCafferty

Artist Dylan Smith and Cognac



Hamptons Fine Art Fair | July 13-16, 2023


Stephen Jaskulski

Stephen Jaskulski, aka Jazz, is a self-taught painter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now based in Los Angeles California, his work and his life are from his stream of consciousness. By letting his natural process unfold, Jazz analyzes the inner workings of himself and the world around him while allowing the paintings to flow uninterrupted. His highest goal is finding a genuine connection with the viewer and to strike a chord deep in their soul, allowing them to find comfort or a sense of familiarity. Jazz' mediums consist primarily of oil sticks, oil paints, acrylics, and spray paint on canvas, wood, and paper.

To learn more please visit

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith is a Southern California based visual artist focused on illustration and mixed media works. Dylan’s vibrant, colorful and inspiring pieces have garnered significant recognition in the Coachella Valley, landing him a spot to create a work of art on one of the benches on Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs. Prior to landing in the desert, Smith had two solo exhibitions at Studio 35 and Starling Bar in Sonoma, California as well as a group show at Rancho Maria Winery. Dylan was honored to be part of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall exhibit at Art Queen in Joshua Tree and is set to have a solo exhibit and performance there as well once things are “normal again”.

For more info please visit


Abby Modell’s ‘Galaxy Collection’ of hand-blown glass features her three-dimensional wall art, large sculptural objects and LED lighting. Inspired by formations of ultra-luminous swirling stars with their infinite dimension and ever-changing rotation, the artist focuses on transparencies, refracted light and modern forms.

Design, color, shape, texture and light merge together to reveal the intricate subtlety and beauty of the universe throughout her collection. Modell includes reflective surfaces in metallic hues to visually expand dimension. Matte, mirrored and gloss glass mixed with DiamondDust™ fire-polished glass assemblages and Swarovski crystals create textural galactic surfaces. Organic shapes push the boundaries of contemporary design. Ombre color palettes mixed with dichroic glass further reflect her unique expression, creating rainbows of light within many works.

Modell is proud to partner with a zero-waste certified sustainable glass finishing studio committed to reducing environmental impact on our planet. By recirculating applied glass into many of Modell’s pieces during their creation, the studio honors and preserves the earth and our resources.

Abby Modell is a widely collected and acclaimed glass artist. She has exhibited collections at numerous fine art fairs and galleries including Art Palm Beach, Scope Miami, Art New York, SOFA Chicago, Art Market Hamptons and Architectural Digest Design Show, NYC.

Modell’s work is in and has been exhibited at private homes, corporate collections and museums, including the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the world headquarters of Morgan Stanley in New York City, the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, the Wit Gallery installation at the Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA, and the First International Biennale of Santorini, Greece. Commissioned collections include the Bloomingdale’s Holiday Windows in New York City, Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas luxury cruise ship, and the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York City.

Abby Modell works in New York City and welcomes commissioned projects.

Imagination and color captured in glass

For more info please visit


Dane Fine Art gallery now consists of a staff of over 25 knowledgeable art professionals with in-depth knowledge and understanding in multiple fine art forms and mediums.

Today’s fine art marketplace is highly active and robust with limited editions and original art increasingly assuming the role of high-qualty investment that often results in a high return. Many Blue-Chip artists such as Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Picasso, Renoir, Rockwell, Degas, and Miro are great investments for art aficionados. Over recent years some of these artists pieces have seen a 20% to 55% increase in value each year.

As a global leader in fine art sales, we are constantly buying and selling. For sellers; our expertise and authority in the marketplace affords sellers of fine art art pieces, excellent valuation of their work and the highest fair market value prices paid. For buyers; our buying power and economies of scale afford the buyer with best possible pricing, a vast selection, reliable provenance and secure transactions.

Where most galleries negotiate the price between seller and buyer, and may not even own the piece they are marketing, we own well over 95% of the pieces sell or auction. This removes the “middleman”, minimizing the hassles of brokering and ensures you will not be investing in a “phantom” piece.

From the very start of your transaction to the very end, you will experience the utmost professional customer experience. Our professionalism and convenience has built a loyal consumer base of repeat clients and referrals. Because of this, we have the ability to sell highly sought after pieces for 30% to 50% cheaper than most anywhere else.

Our company’s unique process stems from our philosophy: to offer private, corporate and dealer clients the finest artwork at the most reasonable price points possible — simple and straight-forward.






‘Notes & Dust Motes’

Paintings by Ann Lombardo



Organization Details:

The Water Mill Musuem


‘Notes & Dust Motes’

Paintings by Ann Lombardo

Reception: Saturday, June 17, 4-6pm

Exhibit Open from June 15 to July 2, 2023

Artist Ann Lombardo and Cognac

Museum Director Rachel Verno and Cognac

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane

This is Artist Ann Lombardo's second Solo Show at the Water Mill Museum located at 41 Old Mill Road, Water Mill, NY 11976. Hours and more details at Open hours are Thursday through Sunday, or by appointment. To make an appointment, write to her using the ‘contact’ link above.

Works are in oil, almost all new, many born out of personal images, emerging from life’s illusions. Some are recognizable, and others you’ll supply your own conceptions. Come enjoy the show.

Ann has worked in visual arts most of her life, first as a fashion illustrator. She took up oil painting in the representational style 17 years ago and has exhibited in local group shows. Favorite subjects include vintage and memorable still lifes and local landscapes. The works come in all sizes to purchase and take home, ‘off the wall.’

For more information please visit her website

The Museum opened in 1969 and strives to tell the story of the hamlet of Water Mill; its people, places and very industrious history. The building itself dates back to the 18th century and features a massive water-powered grist mill, exhibitions of local history, a colonial garden and more. Visitors travel back in time as they experience the mill that named the hamlet Water Mill.

The mission of the Water Mill Museum is to preserve it's historic water-powered grist mill, the other buildings at it's site, it's museum collection and inform the public about the history of the mill, the hamlet of Water Mill and the hamlet's cultural and natural heritage. The museum's collection will contain items: that best depict the many past uses of the water mill building; the agricultural base of the hamlet's first 300 years, and the commercial, cultural and social development of the hamlet of Water Mill from 1644 to the present.

To that end, the museum shall: keep in good repair all its buildings; collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret items and information related to the history of the mill and the hamlet; and provide educational programs and exhibits that relate to Water Mill's people and its history.

For more information about their exhibits please visit




OAKCLIFF Spring Art Show 2023

The Spring Art Show is BACK!   


Artist Elena Kariyannis and Cognac

Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op

Spring Art Show WAS BACK! The event took place on April 1st 2023 from 11 to 3 and the public and art enthusiast were welcomed to join a display of wonderful featured artists both local and from the New York School of The Arts. All artists donated a portion of their proceeds to Oakcliff. The catering of James Muir returned with an elegant champagne brunch. Participants made a donation or purchased art at the event.

I had a chance to chat with some of the artists including Diane Hanna, Elena Kay and filmmaker Eddie Rocky Rivera.

Diane Hanna

As well as being an artist and photographer Diane is also an actress and has worked on independent films and appeared off-Broadway. In her films, each role brings a different side of her. In the future, She would like to play a very dramatic role. Currently, she working on many projects that that will touch hearts. She recently was cast in the role of Dona Rosella, the widow of my beloved Paulie in the off-Broadway Dinner Theater, “Murdered by the Mob.” She is currently working on several independent films.

For more info please visit 

Elena Kariyannis


Elena Kariyannis AKA ‘erocksny’ is an American Contemporary Visual Artist internationally known, having exhibited in New York City and Europe.

Elena's art style is a fusion of Abstract-Expressionism and Pop Art. Her unique style of painting which is expressed powerfully through her art is mostly done with her fingers.

Her inspiration is fueled by everyday life experiences, by living in the moment, constantly moving and evolving. Her vibrant use of color evokes an intense energy that naturally captures the viewer and instantly makes one feels a part of the magical creative experience.

For more information please visit

Eddie Rocky Rivera

Eddie is a director, film and music producer.

Eddie Rocky Rivera is known for The Streetz (2017), The Streetz 2 (2020) and The Right to Live (2017).

Cindy Mich

Cindy Mich is an award winning journalist and active media personality. She contributes to a cluster of online and offline platforms, and her radio shows, Cin's Chat Corner and Sons Spotlight, hold a total of 205,000 listeners spread across twenty states with a 15% international following. Cindy prides herself on performing and providing interesting and intriguing interviews on and off red carpets, and to her, every interviewee is a celebrity. Cindy has authored a teaching textbook for CNA's on the treatment of seizures in elderly patients, co-authored a mentoring manual for filmmakers, and has published three books. She has two short films due to be released in the next year. She has taught creative writing, broadcasting and publishing in both the public and private sector, and has acted as a professional model in the past. Cindy is also the founder and fueling force behind the NYC based independent film festival, Art is Alive, now in its sixth year, and Co-Founder of Bedford Falls Film Festival. Prior to starting her own festival, she has acted as a film judge/reviewer for a number of festivals, including AFI. She has also been an accredited media and film reviewer for Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently, she launched her own publication, The Art is Alive Magazine.

Of all of the labors of love that she is embraces in her daily life, raising her beautiful children is her favorite and most fruitful job.

You can follow her at

I also had a chance to chat with Sailor Molly Roy who works at Oakcliff Sales.

Oakcliff Sailing was founded in 2010 by Hunt and Betsy Lawrence in order to raise the caliber of sailing in the United States, Oakcliff Sailing has grown by leaps and bounds each year from offshore racing to high performance as well as inshore racing. Based in the North Shore of Long Island in Oyster Bay, Oakcliff hosts sailors from around the world filling the bay with sails through the summer.

Without exploring what Oakcliff Sailing has to offer, it might seem to be a lofty goal to restore American sailors to the top of the podium. But, with an expert collection of directors, coaches, industry leaders, and alumni, Oakcliff Sailing is the best suited sailing center in the country to do so. Sailors at Oakcliff have access to nearly 100 boats, including the largest worldwide fleets of Nacra 17s, 49ers, 49er FXs, and Match 40s. In addition to a fantastic fleet, a sail loft, and a workshop, the clinics and coaching at Oakcliff Sailing are also unparalleled. On a daily basis, students are coached by staff and world-class top coaches. The first American to compete in three America’s Cups and two Whitbread (now Volvo) Races, Executive Director, Dawn Riley, runs daily meetings and coordinates activities. Meanwhile, board member Dave Perry, who has written several books on sailing and match racing also leads match racing clinics throughout the season.

For more information please visit

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2023 Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

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2023 Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Beyond Van Gogh is a new truly immersive experience. While other shows use virtual reality or still images, this immersive experience breaks barriers by incorporating both still and moving art. Masterpieces, now freed from frames, come alive, appear, and disappear, flow across multi-surfaces, the minutia of details titillating our heightened senses. The show is projected on every surface around you, this makes you feel as though you have stepped directly into a Van Gogh painting. We accompany the show with a beautiful score and include many other surprises!

When most people think of Van Gogh, they are immediately drawn to his emotional journey and his role as tortured artist.

For the first time we allow you to be fully immersed in the mind of Vincent Van Gogh. A virtual reality journey that allows Vincent, through his own letters and words talk you through his artistic process and how he navigates his mental reality and uses paint as the translator of Human Experience.

See the words from his letters be replaced with broad strokes of paint as they transform from the page onto the canvas and grasp the connection between reality and the world, he created for himself and, unknowingly, created in perpetuity for the rest of us.

“You tell me not to give myself too many worries and that better days will come again for me. I’d say that these better days have already begun for myself, when I glimpse the possibility of completing, to some extent, the work…”

300 ARTWORKS through the use of cutting-edge projection technology and an original score, Beyond Van Gogh breathes new life into over 300 of Van Gogh’s artworks. 30K SQUARE FEET Occupying over 30,000 square feet, Beyond Van Gogh is the largest immersive experience in the country, offering guests ample room to safely enjoy the exhibit.

4T CONTENT PIXELS Comprised of over 4 trillion content pixels, this high-resolution portrayal of Van Gogh’s work gives guests the opportunity to become one with his paintings.

Founded in 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group is a full-service, diversified entertainment company, and home to four divisions: Artist Agency & Management, Theatre & Film, Brand Partnerships and International Exhibitions. The company focuses on maximizing opportunities to present and distribute the creative efforts of its producers, creators and artists on a global scale, contributing to their respective potential.

Pushing the boundaries of performing arts, entertainment, and public installations since 2009, Normal Studio believes in making life legendary. Using multimedia magic and fusing physical and technological elements to transform spaces into full-on immersive experiences, Normal Studio tells stories in new and different ways by reimagining what’s possible. The result is a unique adventure that sparks awe and wonder, making an unforgettable impact on people’s everyday lives.







Spent the afternoon at The Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, NY For Artists Talks




EAST END COLLECTED7 exhibition artists Kelynn Alder, Glen Hansen, Candace Hill-Montgomery, as well as George Schulman will discuss their respective works during an intimate panel discussion. Moderated by curator Paton Miller and co-moderated by Christina Strassfield.

Southampton Arts Center is committed to community building through the arts. We present and produce inspiring, inclusive, socially and regionally relevant programs across all disciplines – welcoming, connecting, and collaborating with the diverse members of New York’s East End community and beyond.





Art Enthusiasts Gathered for an art reception benefitting

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation

Art enthustiasts and guests gather on Saturday, November 26th

3-6 pm for the opening reception

Beth O'Donnell Artist and Cognac

Christine Matthäi Artist and Cognac

Hans Van de Bovenkamp sculptor and Cognac

Art enthustiasts and guests gather on Saturday, November 26th

3-6 pm for the opening reception at the Hans Van de Bovenkamp Gallery Art Studio located at 93 Merchants Path Sagaponack, NY 11962 (entrance on Ranch Court).

After the success of our Premiere Gallery Exhibition, Hans Van de Bovenkamp once again is opening his studio to present the works of three distinguished contemporary artists:

ANAHI DeCANIO whose work draws inspiration from nature as well as urban landscapes. She explores the juxtaposition of feminine energy with graffiti like textures, patina AND text until the final richly visual story reveals itself in abstract form.

CHRISTINE MATTHÄI whose work is a form of meditation often combining spiritual influences with the natural beauty of the Hamptons, skillfully capturing the essence of light and water. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally.

BETH O’DONNELL whose multidisciplinary work blends a variety of techniques including pigmented encaustic wax on Japanese gampi rice paper, photography and mixed media. Inspired by New York City & the place she lives on the East End. A place of land, sea & sky.

HANS VAN DE BOVENKAMP whose contemporary abstract sculptures can be seen the world over, will present his extensive collection of sculptures, paintings and works on paper.

“Gallery @ Hans Van de Bovenkamp Studio” is situated on 7 acres of exquisite grounds and sculpture gardens.

Hans Van de Bovenkamp is renowned for his monumental sculpture created primarily for open-air public locales, Hans Van de Bovenkamp has been described as an artist- mystic whose work, with its signature power, lyricism, and grand proportions, heightens the viewer’s sense of fantasy, imagination, and discovery. This vivid monograph includes a de- tailed chronology highlighted by the artist’s personal recollections, and his creation of sacred space, monumental sculpture, and the seductive Menhir series. Fifty percent of book sale proceeds will be donated to the Ellen Hermanson Foundation.

For more information regarding the Hans Van de Bovenkamp please visit

A portion of proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to support The Ellen Hermanson Foundation

Committed to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer. No patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay. All services though Ellen’s Well are provided free of charge. If you cannot attend but would consider making a donation, you may donate at

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in Art Receptions in New York, Long Island and the Hamptons.

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Art Market Hamptons 2022 

Art Market Hamptons returned to the Hamptons for the twelfth edition in August 2022. The premier art fair was held August 11-14 in Water Mill. It featured 85 top galleries.

Below are some of the galleries and artists that I had a chance to chat with.

Caroline Crockett Kneese, Cognac

Albert Sultan and Cognac

Kat O’Neill, Andrea McCafferty, Cognac

Holly Suzanne Rader, Cognac


Below are some of the galleries and artists that I had a chance to chat with.

Studio Artego LLC

I spoke to Gallery Owner Misong Park from Studio Artego LLC an Art Gallery in Queens, New York.

It is worth noting the history of galleries in New York City in recent decades where serious attention has been given to artists outside the cultural mainstream– not only Korean, but those emanating from diversified, unpredictable and culturally-laden backgrounds. This is not about the number of viewers, but about the importance of galleries, such as Studio Artego that engage artists from divergent cultural perspectives outside predictable exhibition agendas.

To find out more info about this gallery you can visit

The White Room Gallery

I had a chance to chat with Kat O’Neill, one of my favorite gallery owners in the Hamptons from the White Room Gallery.

The gallery features contemporary art with a provocative twist of inspirations. Exhibits include photography, mixed media, sculptures and all forms of painting. The gallery provides a wide array of styles featuring both well-known artists and emerging talents. They exhibit year-round with shows that are as diverse as they are dynamic. Elite art fairs include Art Hamptons and Art Basel. Our artists' work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Maxim, Luxe, Modern Luxury, Hamptons Magazine and numerous international fine art magazines as well as on a myriad of broadcast and online platforms. To see an interview of co-owners/co-directors Andrea and Kat go to Happening in the Hamptons @

Andrea McCafferty has over 20 years of being in the gallery business and has curated well over 300 shows, exhibiting several revered local artists including Eric Ernst, Paton Miller, Elaine Grove and Charles Waller with shows ranging from abstract to realism with provocative themes like Risque Sex and Cuban Cubism. Andrea is an artist as well specializing in photography and mixed media. She has given her time to curate shows for many charitable organizations including The Springs Invitational and Art in the Yard.

Kat O’Neill has over 20 years experience in the arts as an award-winning writer, playwright, photographer, mixed media artist and as a partner/svp/creative director at internationally-acclaimed agencies working on image accounts like Ferrari, Absolut and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Her work has been featured on numerous websites and publications including The New York Times and has been exhibited in galleries and museums. She has generated money and support for The New York Philharmonic, The Jewish Children’s Museum, Wildaid, Quail Hill Farm and Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue. Outside years of curating exhibits for The White Room Gallery, Kat has also curated fundraising art exhibits for St. Jude’s Children Hospital and The Retreat.

For more information please visit


I also had a chance to catch up with Artist Albert Sultan owner of Sultan Chic who I interviewed 12 years ago at another Art Fair.


SULTANchic Furniture:

SULTANchic scours the globe for rare vintage furniture of unusual shape and form. We look for the hidden potential in overlooked pieces. Once acquired, the furniture is refinished and reimagined for a contemporary look. No detail is spared and we consider the transformed pieces couture fashion furniture for the home. Grab these one of a kind treasures for your design projects!

SULTANchic: An Artisan Workshop:

This branch of SULTANchic was founded by artist Albert Leon Sultan after many years of hands on experience in Decorative and Fine Arts. High profile corporate clients have included BARNEYS, Ralph Lauren, Tiffanys, as well as various fashion houses and Broadway producers. SULTANchic’s goal is to provide a one stop resource for Homeowners, Designers, Hotels, Restaurants, and Nightclubs, to carry out their artisan finishing needs. Each client and project requires a large range of unique creative skills. SULTANchic hands on experience allows for seamless execution of your design vision. Projects have included decorative painting/plastering, stenciling, upholstery, as well as metal leafing. This site showcases the scope of Sultan's work for over fifteen years. We hope that you will now have the confidence to embark on the various decorative arts projects you have imagined. Please feel free to contact SULTANchic with your specific needs. For larger projects SULTANchic is able to field teams of artisans worldwide. We take great pleasure in providing the finishing touches essential to good design. SULTANchic takes your vision and leaves your home, office, or establishment more complete.

Cerulean Gallery

Later that day I met and interviewed Caroline Crockett Kneese from Cerulean Gallery.

This gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery founded in Dallas, TX in 2006 by Caroline Crockett Kneese. Caroline closed the gallery doors in 2009 after a relocation to Amarillo, TX, where she opened a location in 2015. Caroline reopened Cerulean in its original Park Cities location in March of 2020.

“An amazing open, elegant space”


The gallery features the works of established and emerging local, regional, and national artists and provides over 20 years of personal consulting services for all levels of art connoisseurs. In addition, Cerulean Gallery is focused on giving back to the community and donates a portion of the proceeds from each exhibition opening to benefit various philanthropic organizations.

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ARTIST Holly Suzanne Rader gifted me this embellished aresol can that I displayed in my Pink Beauty Room


Although I did not have a chance to interview Artist Holly Suzanne Rader we did have a chance to meet. I was blown away by her creativity and perfection detail in the beautiful art pieces she creates.

Holly Suzanne Rader is an internationally exhibited contemporary American artist born in Appalachian Tennessee. Her work is inspired by fashion, nature, street art, pop punk culture, film noir, French and Americana romanticism. She began her fine arts career over 20 years ago as a classically trained portrait painter, but has since evolved to a mixed media artist who creates collage portraits using photo transfer techniques, acrylic, spray paint and cut crystal embellishments.

She has exhibited her work in New York City, Paris, Hong Kong, Atlanta and Norway.

She now works and lives with her husband John Bednar and two sons in the greater NYC area.

Holly was impressed with my fashion style and thats how we happen to meet at the Art Show. She was so generous that she even presented me with one of her pieces of art.

Education: MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design. BFA, Virginia Intermont College


Detour Gallery, Red Bank, NJ

Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

Maison Masor Art, Montclair, NJ

Convey Art Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ

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Anatol Bekkerman ABA Gallery Owner

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Hamptons Fine Art Fair | July 14-17, 2022 |

Hamptons Fine Art Fair | July 14-17, 2022 |

This year Art Collectors and Enthusiasts enjoyed Hamptons Fine Art Fair annual curated, high-caliber art fair.

The event was created for art enthusiastic Hamptonites to benefit from the East End’s widest and deepest selection of important art ever. It’s where the excitement, anticipation and drama of an international fair connects into the main thoroughfare in the Hamptons. Explore the spectacular Pollock and VIP Pavilions–filled with art discoveries and surprises around every corner. Uncover irresistible treasures.

I had the pleasure of interviewing several important gallery owners about their art pieces. Below are the galleries that I featured here at Cognac's Corner Magazine.


ABA GALLERY specializes in the finest examples of 19-and 20th century Russian Art. Over 30 years of experience. Assembles collections for private,corporate and museum clientele. Discreet consultations, valuations and acquisitions. For over thirty years ABA Gallery has been dealing in the finest examples of nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian painting and sculpture. During this time, the gallery has placed important and rare works of art in major public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Enormous interest in Russian art has flourished throughout the world as increasing numbers of Western museums mount extensive exhibitions of Russian art. ABA gallery has worked closely with these institutions in promoting and sponsoring exhibitions on important artists such as David Burliuk, Boris Anisfeld, Natalia Gontacharova and Boris Grigoriev, among others. ABA Gallery consults and makes recommendations to private and corporate collections, auction houses and art funds.

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LOVES GALLERY is located in the HEART of the HAMPTONS!

50 Hill Street Southampton, NY

Owner/artist Jennifer Contini opened up her Pop Up Gallery in the summer of 2021.

The gallery represents several artists both locally and from around the United States.

Jennifer was born in a small town in Ohio and has carried on a love affair with New York City since she gravitated to lower Manhattan in 1993.

“I live and work in a place that beats to the same drum as I do. The fast urban pace of Manhattan is home, and my vibrant Downtown neighborhood defines and inspires my work. This is the space where my artistic vein finds higher meaning.”

While versatile in all mediums, her gallery work is concentrated in representational mixed media work.

Jennifer’s technique of using mixed media – including acrylics, metals, resins, plastics, marbles, maps and signs enrich her paintings. She expresses herself best through the diverse materials and objects that she interacts with everyday. Her canvases contain a myriad of messages that come from what the city transmits and also from her strong spiritual beliefs.

Jennifer is committed to supporting communities and often participates in and donates artwork to charity events.

In June of 2010, Jennifer curated and hosted “COMBINING GRACE: A Tribute to Gilda Radner.” A group show consisting of 16 female artists raising money for Gilda’s Club downtown New York City.

In July of 2009, a live-auction sale of Jennifer’s work raised thousands of dollars for a fundraiser to benefit a homeless shelter in Midland, Texas.

Jennifer has exhibited internationally in Rome, Germany and Paris, France.Her collectors are from all over the world. She believes that supporting charities that she cares about, is a big part of her inspiration, feeding into and motivating her art!

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Purchase College, SUNY, and is a mother to three amazing children.

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BOCCARA ART Galleries - a global network of Modern and Contemporary Fine Art Galleries and exhibition spaces, dedicated discovering and showcasing talents in the Modern and Contemporary art world. In museum quality presentation style, we showcase an important collection of historically influential and emerging artists with wide international diversity.

BOCCARA ART Palm Beach galleries are complementing the list of corporations settling down in Florida and contributing to it's unprecedented cultural and economic development. In early 2022 BOCCARA ART Miami and BOCCARA ART New York Galleries relocated to Palm Beach. Following it's major clients to Palm Beach was an extraordinary movement in the history of the BOCCARA ART Galleries.

Today we have 2 active galleries in Palm Beach and a gallery in Brea, Los Angeles, with representatives in Chicago, Monaco and Seoul. BOCCARA ART is one of the first art galleries to open an innovative online platform under the name of "BOCCARA ART Mars Gallery" . Platform was launched in July 2021.

The BOCCARA ART Los Angeles Gallery, specialising in South Korean art, is located in South Brea, California, at 598 South Brea Lofts, Brea, CA, USA.

Since 2007, under direction of it's current owner LIUBOV BELOUSOVA, BOCCARA ART Galleries invested significantly in engaging the local art scenes. We encourage each of our galleries to source artists locally and offer them a worldwide visibility.


BOCCARA ART Galleries provide a variety of virtual art experiences such as virtual gallery tours and virtual exhibitions which are freely accessible online.

In addition to the extensive and varied curated program of exhibitions held within our galleries, we continue to establish museum partnerships and scouting representatives in major cities. In 2020 we established a collaboration with Neiman Marcus Group and Bergdorf Goodman with online sales platforms and a rotation of exhibitions that travel throughout the United States. BOCCARA ART Galleries participates in over 12 major international Art Fairs each year, including Art Miami, Asia Week New York, Art New York, Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Fine Art Hamptons, LA Art Show, SOFA Chicago, ZonaMaco Mexico City, ESTRE Arte Uruguay, PArC Peru Art Contemporaneo, KIAF Seoul, Fine Art Asia Hong Kong, Art Shanghai and more.

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Tracy Turco and Cognac

Kevin Barrett, C-FINE ART, Cheryl Sokolow



50 dealers from across the nation/world offered important 20/21 century art pieces

Over 400 respected artists were on display, from renowned emerging, to blue chip masters. Meandering the aisles is an awe-inspiring, eye-opening experience.

Art enthusiasts enjoyed a final opportunity to explore the 4 buildings filled with art, and uncover exciting “must have” treasures. The fair was filled with amazing works of art, never seen prior, in the Hamptons

for an insightful panel discussion, A Passion for Art Philanthropy: Donors on Donating. with an esteemed lineup (4-5pm in the VIP Lounge) Aline Wealth Aline Wealth will graciously match the gate revenue received today as a donation SAC.

Supporters enjoyed the highest caliber of art, in a chic, trendy, and elegant art center setting, the former site of the Parrish Art Museum and food trucks offered delicious lunch and dinner options, al fresco on the relaxing Sculpure Park grounds.

A live jazz performance by a famous special guest, on the brick steps at the entrance, from noon-4pm

Covid safely protocols, with mask wearing enforced in each building.

All that participated celebrated the booming Hamptons art scene and indulge themselves, Why not we all deserved it!

Below are some of the art dealers and artists that I interviewed.

Black & White Gallery

Gallerist Tatyana Okshteyn has re-opened her beloved Black & White Gallery / Project Space in a new location in Southampton following the passing of her late husband, acclaimed artist Shimon Okshteyn, who was taken by the Covid-19 pandemic last year. The first two exhibitions at the new space are Shimon's first posthumous shows entitled Shimon Okshteyn: Natural Landscape and Shimon Okshteyn: Still-Lifes, currently on view online at and through July 5, 2021 at the artist's former Southampton studio converted into exhibition space.

The new gallery space combines the bi-level barn with paint splattered on the first floor preserving the original marks made by the artist while working there and the sculpture garden surrounding the studio barn with the artist's sculptures scattered throughout the space.

C FINE ART Gallery

C Fine Art represents and exhibits the work of established, international artists with a focus on formal abstraction in contemporary, dimensional art.

Our appreciation for excellence in craftsmanship and insistence on originality leads us to artists who masterfully fabricate their work, reaching far beyond the boundaries of their chosen materials.

We excel in the integration of larger-scale outdoor and indoor sculpture and sculptural wall pieces in residential, commercial, and public environments, and welcome site-specific projects and commissions.

C Fine Art provides estimate reports for existing collections and offers consulting and advisory services.

Owner, Cheryl Sokolow is the founder and curator of the exhibition series, UNCOMMON GROUND I, II & III. The season long, outdoor sculpture exhibitions in Bridgehampton, NY have become an integral part of the Hampton’s cultural programming while making large-scale sculpture accessible to the community.

Cheryl Sokolow has over 20 years of artworld experience with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Art History.

Kevin Barrett was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1962; his family relocated to New York several years later.

Barrett studied sculpture at the Maryland Institute of Art as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York. Upon completion of his studies, he was employed by the Shidoni Foundry in New Mexico where he oversaw fabrication and bronze casting for many years.

Considered an expert in his medium, as a young artist he consulted independently with and built sculptures for a number of well-known artists in New York, New Mexico and Europe including Herbert Ferber, Tom Wesselmann and Alan Houser among others. He continues to be sought after for advice and consultation in creating and maintaining metal sculpture.

Barrett set up his first studio in Miami, before returning to New York where he has maintained a studio for over 20 years. He recently relocated to Duxbury, MA where he currently resides with his family.

Barrett’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the US and Europe and can be found in such collections as the Vero Beach Museum, The Interlocken Center for the Arts, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, The City of Coral Springs, and in private collections world-wide.


After 20 years on Wall Street and nearly as long as a collector, Howard Shapiro decided to make a business out of his passion for fine art. His goal is to place quality, well-priced works of American and International art in the hands of discerning collectors and homeowners. He generally focuses on American Impressionism, tonalism, early modernism and WPA, as well as select international movements such as L'ecole de Paris or Latin American surrealism. He works with collectors and decorators. He also provides art consultation services, framing, conservation and restoration services.

Mr. Shapiro is a graduate of Yale University, cum laude. He worked for, among others, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.

Louis K. Meisel Gallery

In 1973 Louis K. Meisel Gallery opened its doors on Prince Street & West Broadway after five years on Madison Avenue as Meisel Gallery. The SoHo gallery currently occupies 20,000 square feet and continues to exhibit new paintings by many of the original Photorealist artists as well as a newer generation of the finest realist painters and sculptors in the world. Credited with coining the term “Photorealism,” Meisel became a pioneer of Photorealist art, championing the work of such renowned painters as Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Chuck Close, Charles Bell, Ron Kleemann, and Tom Blackwell. Meisel is the author of numerous books including the definitive volumes on Photorealism. Photorealism in the Digital Age, the fourth and final volume, was published in 2013 by Abrams. Meisel has also authored monographs on Charles Bell, Richard Estes and Mel Ramos, and deco pottery designer Clarice Cliff.

In addition to Photorealist works, Louis K. Meisel Gallery in SoHo exhibits The Great American Pin-up, a subset of vintage American illustration. Meisel has written about the lives and works of these artists of the 1930’s through the 1960’s with titles including The Great American Pin-Up, 1996, The Best of American Girlie Magazine, 1997, and Gil Elvgren – All his Glamorous American Pin-ups in 1999, all published by Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Cologne, Germany. In 1997, he wrote The Edward Runci Collection: Pin Up Poster Book published by Collectors Press, Inc., Portland, Oregon.




Market Art + Design 2021

Market Art + Design, the East End's premier art fair, returns to The Bridgehampton Museum in August of 2021. Market Art + Design's eleventh edition will feature 80 top galleries presenting the best in modern and contemporary art and design in an expanded, museum-quality pavilion.

Renelio Marín Artist


Alysha Marko Artist



MARKET ART + DESIGN 2021 Premiered in Bridgehampton between August 12-15, 2021.

I had the pleasure of interviewing several well known artist. Below are the artist that I featured in this year's Market Art + Design.

Alysha Marko

Alysha, originally from New Jersey, graduated with a B.A in Psychology from Seton Hall University. She has modeled for publications like Elle and Playboy and has appeared in films, television, and theater productions. While living in Los Angeles, she began working with John Cameron, who first taught her how to paint. She continued her studies in New York, taking courses at The Arts Students League while working for The Switzer Group, an architectual interior design firm. Design is a major influence in her works, and the methods of expression and communication that she learned as an actor allows her to build narrative and construct scenes as a painter.

Renelio Marín

Marin’s work can be found in the Rosanna and Giorgio Armani Collection, Giuliana and Fulvio Bracco collection, Rubin Foundation collection, Havana International Bank Collection, Banco Metropolitano – Havana, Cuba, Denise and Jacob Baal-Teshuva Collection, Manny Vidal Collection, Jorge Reynardus Collection, and Robert King Collection.

Renelio Marin (b. 1964, Graduate degree from San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in Havana in 1993. Received an M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University in 2011. He also received a B.A. in Studio Art from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2009.

Renelio’s work is split into two directions – one where lines and drawing is the primordial element and the other in which painting and color are used as conveyors of emotion and expression.

The first direction of work is linked to the surrealist method of automatic drawing. Back in the early 1990’s in Havana, while Renelio was still a student at the Academy of Fine Arts, the work of psychologist Carl Jung became a major influence as to the purpose of art. Automatic drawing became the method for accessing the levels of the mind. The narrative in his accumulative drawing series is based on association.

The other direction of work is painting. Painters and art movements that had a similar historical narrative to his life in Cuba during the Cold War years were his major influences. Those whose lives were entangled for many years with the politics of the Socialist/Communist countries of the Soviet bloc. Also, modern art and the impulse to better the world or at least improve life conditions. Painting for Renelio is not only a mode of expression or way to deal with personal traumas, it is also a way of becoming.

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George Schulman

Classically trained, Contemporary Master Fine Artist, George Schulman is acclaimed for his stand alone, wildly colorful, kinetic, exuberant, and at times visually tense signature style.

During the 80’s and 90’s, New York’s most creative era, Schulman held his own in Museum and Gallery shows, alongside friends and mentors, including new to the scene Jean Michel Basquiat. He continues to teach, motivate and inspire a new generation of artists and fans by his ability to stretch the boundaries of fine art.

Creative and theatrical, drawing with white shoe polish on discarded brown paper, at age 4 moved in with his Grandparent 2 blocks form his parents. After another violent rage of his WWII returnee father, Schulman packed has bags and moved in with his Grandparents and never yelled at him

A mannequin for his Grandmother, a wedding dress designer and seamstress and Grandfather a Dapper suit maker and tailor, Schulman was given the freedom to explore his creativity, The alley behind their apartment lived a huge feral black cat with one eye Cocky Eye, the King of the alley cats, who he was only allowed to bring in the house after school til bedtime.

Across the alley was a sweat shop with rows of Spanish woman siting in their underwear in front of their sewing machines. Crawling thru the window in support a innocent Schulman would strip down to his underwear, became fluent in Spanish and learned how to sew and knew he was loved and safe.

Time spent away was usually on weekends with twin sisters 7 years his junior or his favorite 1st cousin Freda Diamond, 20 years his senior. The Martha Stuart of her era, the Designer and Consultant lived and worked at her 5th Ave Brownstone. Working at her side surrounded by Museum Masterpieces and Home Goods, A Listers and Innovators Schulman received honest reviews and commissions.

Immersed in the Art Industry historically during one of New York’s most creative eras, Music and Art High School and Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts, Schulman’s earliest collections were shown in 1 man and group shows in Soho, 5th Avenue Galleries and at the Whitney Museum of Art. Respected by his peers, as Gallery Assistant for the renowned Marlborough Gallery, Schulman visited the 20th Century Master Fine Artist studios of William DeKooning, Jackson Pollack, Larry Rivers, Mark Rothko and Basquiat.

Not feeling comfortable with an early his rise, feeling the need to evolve as an artist, then Manager for Jamie Canvas, a Soho Art Supply Store, Schulman struggled to find time to paint and find his own voice. Choosing a move to the Huntington Long Island home ownership rather than a Village corner building group buy, to keep a foothold in the Art Market, Schulman opening custom stretcher building company and began to teach.

Sacrificing family safety for a large studio, desperate for dedicated time, space and community Schulman began a 15 year exodus alongside a diverse and vibrant community of some of the world’s greatest artists. As a Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, Schulman’s could work large started to evolve.

Influences of Matisse’s and sparks from contemporaries John Walker, Bill Jensen and Gregory Amenoff, known for their painterly impasto brushwork, quirky forms and unfamiliar abrasive colors shapes and patterns inspired by floral motifs, Schulman’s paintings fluctuate between elements of mathematical logic and the harmony of Apollonian planning.

Using exaggerated forms, colors and textures not unlike the Synthetic Cubism of Picasso, and lifelong friend, teacher and mentor Artist Knox Martin, whose own work was transformed through the works of his elders’ the Action Painters, whose work exists in flattened spaces. Schulman’s unique exuberant abstract paintings are far from flat.

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Monica Shulman

Monica Shulman is a self-taught artist whose brand of gestural abstraction is a form of story-telling. She is known for her elaborate impasto technique that creates heavily layered and sculptural surfaces. Monica engages the medium itself, specifically oil paint and more recently oil pastel, as a participant in both her abstract and figurative works. Exploring themes of the human condition, identity, and self-reflection, her intuitive work is process-oriented and she learns through experimentation. Her world is best described as colorful and rhythmic. A first generation American of Cuban and Argentinian descent, who left her career as an attorney to focus on her art practice full-time, Monica lives and works in the lower Hudson Valley with her husband and their children.

Monica has been featured in various publications including Popular Photography, Westchester Magazine, Create Magazine and the Huffington Post. In 2019, the Director of PULSE Art Fair in Miami invited Monica to participate in the “Next Generation” exhibit to celebrate the fair’s 15th anniversary. Her work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, the National Association of Women Artists, Photo LA, Art Market Hamptons, PULSE Art Fair, and the New York Mercantile Exchange, among others.

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 The Finale of ‘Donald and Victor: Under The Influence’ With Artist Don Hershman At Salomon Arts Gallery-Post

Artist Don Hershman celebrated the finale of his latest collection of original pieces, as part of a retrospective series inspired by the late Victor Arimondi. In the show, Donald and Victor: Under The Influence, the inventive artist embodied his visceral need to pursue interests and creative expressions as he paid a loving tribute to his former partner who succumbed to AIDS in 2001. Hershman’s paintings recognizes the unique attributes of Arimondi’s work, featuring a display that is compassionate and reflective of our modern times. The exhibit can still be viewed until Sunday, June 27th, 2021. A feature film chronicling Don & Victor’s relationship, with a screenplay written by Don, is titled SHOOT ME BEAUTIFUL and is currently in preproduction. George Rush serves as executive producer.

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Adele Nino pc Patrick McMullan

Rosemary Ponzo, Janik Aleksander pc Patrick McMullan

Donald Hershman, Jorge Alzate pc Patrick McMullan

About Don Hershman:

Driven by a desire to continually improve the state of the world, Don Hershman lives out a fascinating dual life in grand succession that inspires his own artwork. He holds unique combined positions as both an illustrious artist and a renowned podiatric surgeon. Equal satisfaction is found when he paints, as well as when he performs surgery on patients.

Born in 1954 and raised in New York City, he received his BA in Pre-Med with Psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo and trained in Podiatry at the College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco before establishing his own private practice there in the early 1980s. As the painter was building his medical practice, he was also evolving a body of artwork, exploring various media in the form of drawings and paintings, and finding his voice as an artist.

About Victor Arimondi:

Vittorio Maria Arimondi was born in a convent in Bologna, Italy in November of 1942. Later in life while in art school, Arimondi was discovered by an ambitious modeling agent, began fashion modeling to make a living, and soon became a notable member of the international fashion world – first in front of the camera, then behind it.

He modeled for the likes of Esquire and other high profile magazines, and would eventually produce photography for titles such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Arimondi was a genuine artist and ahead of his time. More important to Victor than the fame acquired throughout his modeling career was recognition for the singularity of his vision and need to create art. While living in Stockholm during the mid 1970’s, Victor and his photography, keenly exploring the male form, were discovered and utilized by Editor Bill Cuomo, who was creating a new genre of magazines as After Dark arrived on the scene. Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, to which Victor often contributed photography, quickly followed.

In 1980, Victor had arrived in San Francisco to shoot the book during a time of new growth and exploration in the gay community, and he became well known, both in his community and worldwide. This prompted increased demand for his photography from magazines, such as ongoing contributions and covers for The Advocate. After devoting much of his creative energy to the male figure, Victor shifted his focus to the streets, where he photographed workers, homeless and other struggling people in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, and his approach to this work belied his inherent gift for social commentary.

About Salomon Arts Gallery:

In 2003, Salomon Arts Gallery was created to showcase the works of emerging artists. The center hosts talented artists in many fields including painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. They also serve as a venue for dance, music, poetry, and film. Salomon Arts Gallery has supported the creative arts industry and those who have been living and working in Tribeca for over 40 years (since 1975). Instagram: @salomonartsgallery, Facebook: salomonartsgallery




Presenting "Shades of Light" - Our New Virtual Exhibition!

Anne-Marie Zanetti Unfurling Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24 in | 76.2 x 61 cm

In these new times of sheltering-in-place and social distancing, we are excited to bring a wonderful new art collection to you to enjoy at home. Our latest exhibition, Shades of Light, is a virtual show to benefit The Retreat, an important organization that serves victims of domestic violence.

Shades of Light is a juried exhibition that received over 300 entries from which only the best 25 were chosen. The artists' works showcase beauty in all its forms, to inspire and delight the viewer. We invite you to see all of the works here and in a virtual exhibition opening next Saturday, April 18.

Find new art with prices for every purse. The gallery portion of sales will be donated directly to The Retreat to help women and children in critical need of support and a fresh start.

Take a break from the news and look at exciting new art from your home and let us know what you think - we would love to hear from you.

Stay safe, be well, and keep the faith!

With kind regards,

Richard, Joi and MAGO

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