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Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s

Annual Hamptons Happening Returns

for an Evening of Fundraising and Celebration

More than 300 guests gathered at the popular annual charity food and wine event that raised more than $400,000 towards cancer research

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s (SWCRF) was proud to hold the return of the one of the biggest charity events of the summer, The Hamptons Happening! The 17th annual event was a celebration of health and wellness, and the culmination of The Global Walk to Flatten the Cancer Curve with SWCRF partner, Walk with a Doc. Event committee member Maria Fishel and Kenneth Fishel hosted the ticketed fundraiser on their estate in Bridgehampton.

This year’s honorees included HUGO BOSS, Fashion Inc represented by Rodolfo Esparza III; Dr. Kenneth Mark, Skin Cancer & Cosmetic Dermatology Expert; Natalie Cohen Gould, Co-founder of Come Back Cycle, Dir. of Wholesale, FP Movement; and Chef and Restaurateur David Burke, David Burke Hospitality Management. The event was co-chaired by Mark D. Friedman of Brown Harris Stevens, Jessica Mackin of James Lane Post, and Randi Schatz. SWCRF founder Samuel Waxman MD, along with event committee members Christine Arlotta, Antonella Bertello, Erica Fineberg, Maria Fishel, Jacqueline Frank, Norah Lawlor, Jamie Koff, Christine Prydatko, Suzanne Sabet, and Michael Snell were in attendance.

Notable attendees included: Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Maria Fishel, Kenneth Fishel, Bradley Fishel, Rodolfo Esparza III, Dr. Kenneth Mark, Chef David Burke, Natalie Cohen Gould, Jamie Koff, Mark D. Friedman, Chris Wragge, Harry Carson, Ramona Singer, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Ann Liguori, William T. Sullivan, Cesar Ricci, Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Jonny Nierenberg, Tori Chanenchuk, Ali Nierenberg, Jody Gorin, Allie Gorin, Matthew Gorin, Erica Fineberg, Steven Carter, Mario Pecoraro, Chris Arlotta, Philip Greenwald, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Michael Tadross, Matthew Yee, Vincent Wolf, Suzanne Sabet, Hormoz Sabet, Debbie Shlafmitz, Howard Shlafmitz, Sarah Shlafmitz, Craig Rivera, Cordelia Rivera.

The Hamptons Happening was a cocktail chef-tasting event featuring a dozen chefs and spirits from The Hamptons and NYC area providing samples of their favorite dishes, cocktails and mocktails. The event featured appearances by VIPS like 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.

After the opening performance by Freestyle Love Supreme, Emcee Chris Wragge welcomed guests to the Hamptons Happening. After a brief interview with founder Dr. Samuel Waxman, the honorees were awarded by William T. Sullivan, Executive Director of the SWCRF. Following another brief performance, the auction got underway. 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.

Sponsors included: Backal Hospitality Group, Guaranteed Rate, HUGO BOSS Fashions Inc., James Lane Post, Mann Publications, Modern Luxury, Newrez, Prime Meridian Moving. And dozens of in-donations provided by Amali, Ani Private Resorts, Arlotta by Chris Arlotta, Arlotta Food Studio, The Baker House 1650, Bisous Web, Calissa, Covergirl, Chase William, Evolve East, Free People Movement, FR TEAM of Brown Harris Stevens, The Hidden Gem Café, HiWave, ISDIN, Kobi Halperin, Lawlor Media Group, Peter Thomas Roth, Regina Kravitz, Swoon.

The Global Walk to Flatten the Cancer Curve officially started on June 30th, 2021 and culminated at the SWCRF’s 17th Annual Hamptons Happening. The virtual walk raised international awareness and funds for life-saving cancer research. Participants logged their steps during the 11 days with the aim of accumulating 25,000 miles, enough to travel around the world. The virtual fundraising walk collected $100,000 for cancer research.

The incidence of cancer is rising around the world and advanced age is the most significant risk factor. 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.

For more information, visit: www.waxmancancer.org/events/hamptons/

For hi-res image, visit: https://bit.ly/3yW3ecy

Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan, and Rob Rich Society Allure. See individual photos for credit.

Full Albums:

Patrick McMullan: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/events/60eb0373fdffca48a0000001/

Rob Rich Society Allure: https://www.societyallure.com/Hamptons-2021/17th-Annual-Hamptons-Happening-/

About Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF):

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. For more information about the SWCRF research, visit www.waxmancancer.org.

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PRESS CONTACT (SWCRF):

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Celebrity Restaurant Owner Zach Erdem Chats With Cognac Wellerlane About 75 Main Restaurant 









TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Celebrity Restaurant Owner Zach Erdem from 75 Main Restaurant


Restaurant Staffer Ioana Rosu poses for a photo-op with 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at 75 Main Restaurant

Recently awarded The Four Star Diamond Award from the American Academy Of Hospitality Sciences, Since 2010

75 Main Restaurant is proud to have served the Hamptons area!


75 Main has long been a favorite among locals, visitors and A-List celebrities alike.   Their impeccable cuisine and atmospheric excellence makes 75 Main the perfect hot, trendy and sexy destination in Southampton.

75 Main is the The perfect blend of class and comfort.


Bolstered by the cooking of award-winning chef, Mark Militello, and our stellar customer service, 75 Main has garnered a reputation for perfection. Visiting their Southampton restaurant is an experience, one that they  have finely crafted to ensure that you and your party will never forget.


Before our dinner I had a chance to chat with Celebrity Restaurant Owner Zac Erdem who told me about his passions and why he decided to buy 75 Main and put it on the map as one of the most famous restaurants in the Hamptons.

Rising restaurateur Zach Erdem has gained considerable attention in the hospitality industry after transforming a seasonal Hamptons dining staple into a year-round hotspot. The dynamic 32-year-old has used his unique design to balance the classic style of the Hamptons with the enticing elements of New York City nightlife to reinvent the Southampton eatery, 75 Main. The ever popular restaurant and lounge has become a favorite among locals, visitors and celebrities alike, attracting Hollywood’s A-Listers and politicians such as Sarah Jessica Parker, LA Reid, Kelly Ripa, Stanley Tucci, Sofia Vergara, Howard Stern, Pierce Brosnan, Barbara Walters, Jodie Foster, Alex Rodriquez and Vice President Joe Biden.


Erdem’s esteemed reputation in the restaurant industry was not established overnight. After moving from Europa to the United States in 2002, Erdem was struggling to make a living and had planned to move back home after just six months. With only sixty dollars in his pocket—which was loaned to him by a friend—Erdem decided to take a quick trip to the Hamptons two days before his scheduled flight. After arriving at the East End, he ordered lunch at the first restaurant he saw—75 Main.


Erdem quickly befriended 75 Main’s General Manager, who offered him a bartending position on the spot. Impressed by the Hamptons and its reputation, Erdem ultimately strived to create a name for himself in this elite community. In the years that followed, Erdem traveled all over the country, working in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami, gaining insight into the continuously changing restaurant business. Erdem eventually returned to Southampton to manage the popular Nello Summertimes and brought his experience to bear.


In May 2010, Erdem was finally able to fulfill his dream of taking ownership of 75 Main—a dream that was born over nine years earlier on the beaches of the East End. Using a combination of an expertly crafted menu, sophisticated decor, and post-dinner entertainment, Erdem is taking the already established restaurant to the next level. Erdem collaborated with well-known and award winning chefs, artists, designers and D.J.’s, revamping 75 Main into one of the Hamptons popular destinations for high-end fare, ambiance and nightlife scene.


After his success in the Hamptons, Erdem searched for the perfect location to open a second restaurant. In April 12 2012, Zach Erdem took his talents down to South Florida and opened 75 Main in Delray Beach, Florida. Drawn to the charming seaside community's vibrant mix of dining, shopping, and cultural amenities, Erdem found this venue to be as thriving as the original 75 Main. 75 Main Delray has already gained a celebrity following with the likes of actor and comedian Kevin James and retired Hall of Fame basketball player Dennis Rodman, michael Jordan.


In the future, Erdem hopes to expend his reach, opening additional restaurants in some of the world’s most renowned locations.


For more information please visit https://75main.com

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St Barth Hamptons 2017 Hosted by Christie Brinkley



Christie Brinkley Poses for a photo-op at St. Barths Hamptons and Social Life Magazine Cover Bash to promote her Cover for Social Life Magazine


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Christie Brinkley at St. Barths Hamptons and Social Life Magazine Cover Bash


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Editor in Chief Devorah Rose of Social Life Magazine at St. Barths Hamptons and Social Life Magazine Cover Bash


Wanda Ftrriras, Joanne Rodriguez, and Benny Golan pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerane at St. Barths Hamptons and 

Social Life Magazine Cover Bash


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at St. Barths Hamptons

Social Life Magazine and St Barths Tourism Presented The 5th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala on Saturday, July 23rd from 6-10PM which was Hosted by Super Model and Actress Christie Brinkley.

During the event I chatted with Christie about her Prosecco Belissma.


In Italian, bellissima is the word for "most beautiful". To us, it stands for a new line of sparkling wines, all made from the finest organic grapes grown in Italy's Treviso-Veneto region. There's Bellissima Sparkling Rosé, Bellissima Zero Sugar, and Bellissima Prosecco. Bellissima was developed with help from one of the world's most discerning and beautiful women, Christie Brinkley. For the label, Christie chose Botticelli's masterpiece, The Birth of Venus. The Roman goddess of love provided the perfect image. Look for all three varieties wherever you shop for fine wines. And please, enjoy Bellissima responsibly. That would be the most beautiful thing of all.


Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. She is also an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist & environmentalist. Combining her modeling experience with her artistic talents and diverse interests, Christie's career over the years has been interesting and dynamic and has been photographed in six continents and more than 30 countries. Forty-two years in the beauty industry, including thirty years as a top Ford model, Christie was first discovered by a photographer while studying art in Paris, France. Since then, she has become the first model to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for three consecutive years, with a fourth Special Issue multi cover and appeared in the publication's annual swimsuit issues and television specials for years to follow including, most recently, Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Issue and NBC Television Special where she won a Top 5 of all time Covers Award (#4 .)


With her ageless beauty, Christie was recently featured on the cover of People Magazine celebrating her 60th Birthday. Christie Brinkley has been signed to write a book that will offer "a holistic look at diet, fitness, vitality and style. The as-yet untitled book and accompanying audio edition are tentatively due in fall 2015.

Christie will also introduce a line of skin care, "Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare", early next year. During her extraordinary career, Christie's access to the best doctors and dermatologists worldwide and has learned what works best for her skin. She will share those same benefits with women everywhere. Christie worked very closely with a number of world-renowned experts to develop a comprehensive anti-aging range. The collection will debut with more than a handful of breakthrough products, including a day cream, night cream, eye cream and several treatments.


As a passionate humanitarian, Christie, along with her model daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, traveled to South Africa and Kenya last year, in support of The First Lady of Kenya's "Hands Off Our Elephant" Campaign and Anti- Elephant and Rhino Poaching Campaigns of The United States and South Africa.


Christie Brinkley's new line of fresh and fashionable wigs and hairpieces as part of the Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection was introduced last fall and was inspired by Christie's supermodel beauty expertise and real life leading roles as mom, entrepreneur, and actress, offers a new line of affordable, on-trend hair additions. The Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection lets any woman have the most coveted hair trends in quickly and easily.


Christie Brinkley received critical-acclaim in 2010 when she made her Broadway stage debut as the merry murderess, Roxie Hart, in the Tony Award-winning hit musical "Chicago." She continued her stage success reprising the role in London's prestigious West End for a limited four-week run and again, wowed the sold-out audiences. Christie came back by popular demand to reprised her role on Broadway, and the went on to headline with The National Touring Company of "Chicago" with 182 total performances in cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston and Hartford. Christie's acting and dancing chops has The U-T in Sand Diego stating… "The lady looks amazing and has natural dazzle to spare... Brinkley can carry a tune. Her singing has a husky note that fits the rough-edged glamour gal Roxie...Brinkley brings this merrily morbid story of fame and mayhem in the Windy City a presence like a summer sunbeam ...plus a game-for-anything streak of moxie. Her disarming charm works its way into her acting technique." While Broadway World.com praises… "Brinkley is still beautiful and is a strong presence on stage. She fits the look of Roxie who is a wannabe glamour girl from the chorus. Brinkley brings a charm to the part that makes Roxie seem more ditzy than coldly calculating. She gamely tackles the songs and the tricky choreography...is made up for in enthusiasm. Her voice is nice and has a husky tone to it that fits the character."


In December, Christie made her debut on "Parks & Recreation," The episode featured Brinkley portraying the beautiful wife of "Parks and Rec" character Jerry Gergich, continuing the tradition of beautiful women in Jerry's life, since then, she's had a reoccurring role on the NBC sitcom.


Christie's popularity and sense of humor, was evident on Anderson Cooper recently as she co-hosted "Anderson Live with Anderson Cooper." In this now-famous show, Anderson revealed his temporary blindness. Christie also dazzled DWTS alumni Gilles Marini with her honed "Fosse" moves when they danced together to the delight of the audience.

Christie continues to hone her comedy chops, appearing for the third year in-a-row-on the hit comedy "Celebrity Autobiography" where superstar memoirs are acted out live on stage. Created and developed by Emmy award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, "Celebrity Autobiography" features a first rate comedic ensemble performing from the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. Christie's performances featured both solo and ensemble pieces that include themed mash-ups whereby performers play off of each other's excerpts

Christie has immersed herself as part of the Theatre community she adores and participated in both the 25th and 26th annual Broadway Cares "Easter Bonnet Competition," a memorable spectacle celebrating the incredible generosity and creativity of the theatre community and all Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supporters. This summer, Christie Brinkley received the prestigious 2012 Broadway Beacon Award. This award represents a not-for-profit Children¹s Theatre Company that brings the joys and advantages of musical theatre to NYC¹s under-served public school students throughout the five boroughs. It is presented annually to individuals in the Theater who have been advocates for increasing the audience for live theater in New York City, particularly in helping to develop new audiences for Broadway. In June, "SOFO Goes SOHO" honored Christie Brinkley for her contributions as a concerned environmentalist, especially for her work on the East End of Long Island, which is her home, at The South Fork Natural History Museum.


In 1976, Christie landed the coveted CoverGirl contract, which launched the start of a 25-year partnership that marks the longest-running cosmetics contract of any model in history. The Total Gym has become the best selling Total body fitness equipment in the world. This year, Christie Brinkley helped launch the " Move it Campaign (Check name)" for active wear company Danskin's "Move For Change" Fall 2011 campaign. Known worldwide for her commitment to health and fitness. Christie wrote and illustrated a health and beauty book, "Christie Brinkley's Outdoor Beauty and Fitness Guide" which topped The New York Times bestseller list.


On the big screen, she made her acting debut in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase as "the girl in the red Ferarri" in the hit feature film National Lampoon's Vacation, which is listed as one of the Top Ten Funniest films of all time.. and its 1997 sequel, Vegas Vacation. And participated in new interviews for the release of the DVD last year? She also famously appeared in Billy Joel's classic music videos "Uptown Girl," "Keeping the Faith" and "All About Soul," as well as painted the Cover of his album "River of Dreams" Mick Jones' music video "Just Wanna Hold. Christie was also featured in the Adam Sandler film, "Jack and Jill."


On television, Christie has appeared on NBC's "Mad About You" and hosted Lifetime Television's "In Style Celebrity Weddings," which became the highest rated special in Lifetime's history. She has also been featured on VH1's "Pop Culture Icons" series. Christie has been the subject of many documentaries including the HBO program "Beautiful Baby, Beautiful," Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait" and "Barbara Walters' Oscar Night Special," and hosted her own series for CNN "Living in the 90's with Christie Brinkley" She has also guest hosted, ABC's The View.


Christie is the recipient of many humanitarian awards including The USO Merit Award for her efforts to entertain our troops from Bosnia to Kosovo. She has also received many honors for her work protecting our health and the environment. She sits on the Board of Directors of The Global Security Institute and Radiation and Public Health Project, whose aim is to promote security thru the elimination of nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants. She has spoken on their behalf at both the United Nations, and the U.S. Senate. She wants all kids to get an education and to that end, has created a Scholarship Fund at Ross School in EH, NY. Christie's dedication to charity work includes the American Heart Association, South Hampton Hospital and Max Cure Foundation. Christie was recently awarded the "Positively Beautiful Award" for her work with Smile Train.


She currently lives in New York with her youngest daughter Sailor Lee, a brilliant student and part time model with IMG Models. Her son Jack Paris is a college student at Emerson in Boston. Her eldest daughter Alexa Ray is a singer/songwriter/poet/ artist /and writer living in NYC. Christie is very proud of all three! Christie is on Facebook and Instagram where she shares her passion for photography.


Guests enjoyed Sounds and music by DJ Lee Kalt.


Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for Manhattan and the Hamptons. Our content focuses on luxury lifestyle on local, national, and international levels. Social Life Magazine provides you an opportunity to target the most prominent New Yorkers, sought-after tastemakers, successful professionals, international jet-setters, advancing entrepreneurs, and A-List Celebrities.


During the evening I had a delightful interview with Editor in Chief Devorah Rose.

Devorah Rose is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, writer, and creator of beautiful things: stunning photographs, engaging editorials, enticing events and much more.


Devorah is best known as Editor-in-Chief of the Hamptons-based Social Life Magazine (SLM). A first generation American, proud Latina, and self-made woman, Devorah is passionate about empowering the voiceless and elevating the importance of media literacy. She believes in the power of hard work to create the life you want.


Born in Plano, Texas to a Guatemalan father and Venezuelan mother, Devorah Rose moved to Venezuela with her parents at just three months of age. At age six, Devorah moved back to the United States, where she entered kindergarten not knowing a word of English. She went on to graduate as an English major with honors from Barnard College and later worked towards her MFA at Columbia University’s prestigious creative writing program.

Devorah Rose’s college career brought her to New York City, where she was charmed by the unique promise the city held for young professionals and aspiring creatives. Soon after, the opportunity of a lifetime arrived, and she helped build Social Life Magazine from the ground up, from an idea into an enterprise.


She has worked at the helm of the publication for 14 years, and in her tenure made waves in the industry. When she placed Christie Brinkley in a bikini for the first time in 30 years, the issue garnered a record 50 million media impressions. Many other publications followed suit with Brinkley appearing in a swimsuit on the cover of People as well as numerous other publications. Devorah has cast, creatively directed, and produced covers with Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Brooke Shields, Ciara, Lauren Bush Lauren, and many other notable public figures.

Devorah’s strength as a woman was born by example; she credits much of her grit to the powerful women who raised her. During a sexist age in a third world country, Devorah’s mother graduated as a medical doctor at the age of twenty-five. Her mother would go on to compete for a highly-coveted residency at Tufts University and secure a position. Her grandmother, a woman from Martinique, raised eight successful children on her own, each of whom went on to forge a unique career path. In keeping with her family’s passion and drive, and with gratitude for their influence, Devorah Rose has done the same.


Devorah knows that inside each one of us there is a yearning to make a mark and give back to the world, which is why she seeks to empower young women (and men) by regularly extolling the virtues self-acceptance, personal wellness, and anti-bullying. A lifelong animal lover, she is currently working to spread awareness about the dog meat trade in Asia and champions several charities fighting for animal rights. She encourages donations to The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, Ping An A Fu Organization, HSI Global, and other charities that can be found at DevorahRose.org.


When she isn’t directing a cover shoot or working on a creative project, Devorah Rose is most likely curled up with a good book alongside her dogs, Estella and Thor.

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Long Island International Film Festival Celebrates Twenty Years



TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actor Brian O'Halloran at the Long Island International Film Expo 


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actress and 

TV Host Helen Proimos


Filmmaker Saila Kariat poses for a photo-op with her trophy for Best Feature Film "The Valley"


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op on Awards Night at the Long Island Film Expo


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane attends the Screening of "High Hopes" Written, Directed, Produced by, and starring Dennis Cabrini, this hilarious new feature film comedy centers around Danny Valentino, an aging New York taxi cab driver whose passionate dream of being an actor gets him into crazy situations!


Long Island Film Expo Presenters

After an exciting week of short and feature-length independent films from around the world premiering at the Long Island International Film Expo, the 20th Annual festival will go out with a bang as they presented their Closing Night Awards Ceremony Thursday, July 20th at the historic Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710) from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.

Host Kevin Brown (30 Rock, Did you hear about the Morgans?) kicked off the festivities along with presenters including actor William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) *Also receiving Best Supporting Actor Award for Shoot Me Nicely*, Broadway Star Ciarán Sheehan (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) who also performed some of his songs, Actress Ilene Kristen (Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live), Comic/Radio Personality/Actor/Author Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (The Howard Stern Show, Private Parts), and Actor/Producer Brian O'Halloran (Clerks, Dogma)!

LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, which shows 168 short and feature-length films of every genre. The expo offers networking opportunities, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers lounge and several discussion panels with topics ranging from distribution to scriptwriting, legal music, SAG contracts and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.

Some of this year’s films included Long Island premieres such as Shoot Me Nicely written and directed by Elias Plagianos, which has won awards all over the world and stars John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption), Jackie Martling (formerly of the Howard Stern show) and Josh Burrows (Captain Morgan), as well as New Hyde Park writer/director Bianca Jamotte LeRoux’s short film Flush the John and her web series Real Mommy Confessions.

Other premieres included Emma Thompson like you never saw her before as a boisterous agent with colorful language in the web series, High Road; the New York premiere of animated film Church of Superman from Pete Bune with former MTV and VH1 Host and VJ Jim Shearer as the voice of Superman, who has no problem with being the Savior of Metropolis, but when a small group of people show their appreciation by starting a “Church of the Son of Krypton”, Clark Kent himself is at a loss for words; the world premiere of The Last Letter - winner of the 2017 Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival from Alec Miranda of Lattingtown, and the New York premiere of documentary Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? from director Brad Kuhlman where Comedian Lou DiMaggio contemplates a comeback after a 20 year absence from the stage and seeks advice from a collection of comedy greats including Larry David, Ray Romano and Colin Quinn; the world premiere of short film Runaways from Wantagh’s Ryan Campbell, which was filmed in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The New York premiere of Pinch from Jake Lloyd tells the story of the chance to own a rare and valuable baseball collectible bringing two strangers together as they’re tasked with stepping out of their comfort zones and onto a baseball field; the world premiere of Long Island documentary short Pay It Forward from Mineola’s Nugent Cantileno, Valley Stream’s Robert La Rosa and Marc Riou, formerly of Huntington, and it follows a girl scout troop going out to research the stigmatism of the homeless population on Long Island while making a difference along the way; In the world premiere of Tess from Port Jefferson’s own Russ Camarda- a hired hit man gets more than he bargained for attempting to eliminate a beautiful but damaged thief; the world premiere of Like Me from Hempstead’s Larry Strong, which deals with young women and high school bullying and the everyday challenges that teenagers face; Keith McMahon from Brentwood has two short film premieres at LIIFE - The Ruins of Villastrigo which is a Nassau County Premiere, and Forgive Me which is a Long Island premiere; Patchogue producer Drew Henriksen’s short film Power of Prayer making its Long Island Premiere, which is directed by Bellport's Andrew Damon Henriques and also produced by Patchogue’s Donna McKenna, NYC’s Rich D’Angelo and Tony Simonetti from Islip Terrace; Producer/Director Leslye Abbey from Bellmore with her documentary Big Fish Blues with a host of incredible performances by top Long Island blues greats; Pasquale’s Magic Veal - starring Vincent Pastore, Danny Grimaldi, Artie Pasquale, Joe D'Onfrio, and The Long Island Premiere of One Take More, a Hofstra student film from Merrick’s own Jonathan Leiner.

The program also included other notable films from Long Islanders like the Long Island premiere of Family Drama Working Poor from New Hyde Park director Steven Bozga; TylerCam from Seaford director Jacqueline Xerri; The U.S. Premiere of documentary short The Satellite from Greenport Director Anne Johnson; the Long Island Premiere of Roll Call: A Dance Story from Northport Director Anthony DiFranco; Short/Drama Road Kill from East Patchogue Director Campbell Dalglish; The Nassau County premiere of Remembered from first time Director and Manhasset’s own Chris Armienti; the World Premiere of D.I.Y.L.I. from Seaford Director Brian Stieglitz; Documentary Short Days and Nights at Duck Island from Cold Spring Harbor Director James Redford, and SO MANY MORE!

LIIFE this year also held a showcase, (not in competition) of student films from the Long Island High School of the Arts and the Not Yet Legal Films club. Laughing through the Fear is a documentary on stand-up comedian, CBS’s “Kevin Can Wait” star and Long Island Native Chris Roach, which was filmed by the local high school film students group "Not Yet Legal Films."

With a heavy celebrity presence, visits in past years have included a wide range of noted actors and actresses including Ed Asner, Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio, and Ally Sheedy! Named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, LIIFE is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals and the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, a not-for-profit, is also the foremost group providing support to the film/TV and commercial industries on Long Island.

For More Information on LIIFE, Visit: www.LongIslandFilmExpo.com

Congratulations to all Winners:

BEST STUDENT FILM

The Pixie Fighters

BEST TRAILER

Alfred J. Hemlock

BEST ANIMATION (IT’S A TIE)

The Basket (Tokri)

The Pits

BEST WEBISODE/TV/NEW MEDIA

Shoot Me Nicely

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Chopin’s Fantasie Impromtu

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Pay It Forward – Best Documentary Short

Where Have You Gone Lou DiMaggio – Best Documentary Feature

ALAN FORTUNOFF HUMANITARIAN FILM AWARD

Roll Call: A Dance Story

FINISHING FUND GRANT

Power of Prayer

AUDIENCE AWARD

One Take More

FINISHING FUND GRANT

Power of Prayer

SCREENWRITING COMPETITION WINNER

“Powder, Pencils and Eraser”

Andrea Cavalcanti

BEST ACTOR

Steve O’Brien – The Cartographer

Honorable Mention – Derek Wilson – Life Hack

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

William Sadler – Shoot Me Nicely

BEST ACTRESS

Suchitra Pillai – The Valley – Best Actress in a Feature

Amanda Brooke Lerner – The Cartographer – Best Actress in a Short

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Agneeta Thacker – The Valley

BEST LONG ISLAND FILM

Working Poor

BEST FOREIGN FILM

An Evening of Eternity

BEST SHORT FILM

The Last Hunt

JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM

A Comfortable Distance

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Pinch

BEST STORY

Life Hack

BEST DIRECTOR

Groove

BEST FEATURE FILM

The Valley

LIIFE 2017 TECH AND SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

(Tech awards were given away on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Official Opening Night Party. Special Acting awards were awarded Thursday, July 20 at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony)

BEST ACTOR

Steve O’Brien – The Cartographer

Honorable Mention – Derek Wilson – Life Hack

BEST SUPPORT ACTOR

William Sadler – Shoot Me Nicely

BEST ACTRESS – IT’S A TIE!

Suchitra Pillai – The Valley

Amanda Brooke Lerner – The Cartographer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Agneeta Thacker – The Valley

BEST ART DIRECTION

Janet Fitzgibbon – The Gift of the Magpie

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Benjamin Zimbric – Life Hack

BEST EDITING

Jennifer Enskat – Flush the John

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Jacob Yoffee –The Valley

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Austin Merullo – No One Fights Alone – The Cartographer

JUDGES’ AWARD FOR FX

Lucas Newton – Alfred J. Hemlock

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Out Of Bounds

Wednesday, July 12, 2017- Sunday, July 30, 2017

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artists Kevin Barrett, Cheryl Sokolow and Norman Mooney


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist KAT O’NEILL


Artist JOAN GIORDANO poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


Artist ANN BRANDEIS poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Co-Owner and Artist Andrea McCafferty and poses for a photo-op with Exotic Car Collector Marc Haskell

Michael Wellbrock poses for photo-op with Marc Haskell

This past weekend I took a break from the charity galas in the Hamptons and enjoyed an art show at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York.


OUT OF BOUNDS is an exhibition of 8 contemporary artists featuring photography, painting, mixed media and sculptures with each artist pushing the boundaries in their own unique way.

Tombstones are brought to life through archival inks and layers, metals twist and thrust into provocative images, marble and glass take on appealing shapes, images bleed together and the sky becomes a voyeur. Art is exhibited inside the gallery and outside in the garden.


Art lovers enjoyed Food and Wine while enjoying the paintings, photographs and sculptures.


Showing works by:

ANN BRANDEIS

KAT O’NEILL

LAUREN ROBINSON

CFineArt presents:

KEVIN BARRETT

JOAN GIORDANO

ELIZABETH GREGORY-GRUEN

NORMAN MOONEY

ISOBEL FOLB SOKOLOW


The White Room Gallery opened in 2015 to rave reviews and has been voted Best Gallery In The Hamptons ever since. Our artists’ work has appeared in countless publications and websites including Fine Art Magazine, The New York Times, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, Dan’s Papers, The Sag Harbor Express, Hamptons Art Hub and Hamptons Daze.


We exhibit an eclectic blend of contemporary art with themes that are abstract, graphic, surreal and magical featuring both well-known and emerging artists. This past year we presented numerous exhibits including live graffiti, iconic rock n roll, a designer showcase as well as juried shows themed America on Fire and Love and Passion. To submit an inquiry or to purchase a piece of art just double click on the image.

To learn more about the White Room Gallery please visit http://www.thewhiteroom.gallery/


For the best information in art in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons please visit Cognacscornermagazine.com


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A Journey into the Wild: Honoring Nejma & Peter Beard, Chris Fischer, and Alan Rabinowitz At 

The SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala

SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Alpha Romeo Brown's Automotive Group Sponsor


Alpha Romeo Brown's Automotive Group Sponsor


Alpha Romeo Brown's Automotive Group Sponsor


Director of Development & Special Events: Diana M. Aceti and Executive Director: Frank Quevedo pose for a photo-op at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Brown's Automotive Group President Gary Brown poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Auction Items SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Adrian Grenier at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Artist Asia Lee and Kevin Berlin pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


Honoree Alan Rabinowitz from Panthera.org poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree and World Renowned Artist and Photographer Peter Beard at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala -

 A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Founding Chairman & Expedition Leader Chris Fischer at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017

It was a Wild Time at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017. Guests mingled with Honorees World Renowned Artist and Photorapher Peter Beard, Chris Fischer, and Alan Rabinowitz.


It was South Fork Natural History Museum's Most Important Benefit of the Year Benefiting SoFo's educational & environmental programs & initiatives.


The event was chaired by Anke & Jürgen Friedrich and Susan & David Rockefeller. Co-Hosts included Alex Guarnaschelli, Debra Halpert and Kerry Heffernan.


The event started at 6pm-7pm Pre-Event VIP Cocktail Reception and 7pm-10pm Benefit Party & Dancing. The event was catered by Peter Ambrose.


The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) & Nature Center is the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island. Founded in 1988 by a group of South Fork naturalists as The Nature Clubhouse in Amagansett, the museum opened at its permanent location in May, 2005 in eastern Suffolk County at 377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton, New York.


A place for children and adults of all ages to discover, explore, learn, and engage, the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center is open seven days a week, except on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is open until 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year (September – Mid June) for free admission.


Visitors are accompanied by the museum’s expert nature educators as they experience the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; colorful floor-to-ceiling photo murals of forests, ponds, and ocean landscapes; a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks; and terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, all of which engage the senses and bring the outdoors in.


The magic continues outside with SoFo’s Native Butterfly Garden, Native Wildflower Garden, Educational Pond, Purple Martin nesting gourd site and more. Visitors can take nature walks through the 40 acre Vineyard Field Preserve bordering the museum, and explore the six-mile trail system of the Long Pond Greenbelt, which features an expanse of interconnected ponds, woods and wetlands abounding with rare plants, animals, and ecological communities.

The museum is dedicated to teaching and inspiring families to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for generations to come. We look forward to seeing you at SoFo! We know your first visit will not be your last.


In 1988, a group of South Fork naturalists concerned about the future of the area’s fragile ecosystems formed a membership organization called the South Fork Natural History Society, better known as SoFo.

Their objective was twofold – to increase public awareness about the past, present, and future of eastern Long Island’s natural history and to share with others the joy they found when they went out “in the field,” exploring and learning. In 1989 SoFo obtained its charter from the New York State Department of Education, as well as its not-for-profit 501(c) 3 status. By its first year of operation, SoFo had a growing membership and a number of nature walks and programs for its members and the general public.


During the initial years, the organization operated out of a small building in Amagansett called the Nature Clubhouse. The Clubhouse was a draw for many children who made repeated visits to study the amphibians and reptiles housed there. Others came to learn about the insects netted from an adjacent pond or to watch the process of metamorphosis of butterflies or frogs.


The mission of the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center – SoFo – is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment, with special emphasis on the unique natural history of Long Island’s South Fork.


The goals of the museum and nature center are to:

Engender in children and adults a sensitivity to the natural world through direct observation and joyous hands-on nature experiences in the museum and in the out-of-doors, and to give them the tools they need to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and in the future.

Procure, preserve, document, study, and display material relevant to the natural history of the South Fork of Long Island.


Serve as a central source of local natural history information with facilities and programming designed for all segments of the public – from the interests of children to those of the scientific community.

Work in partnership with other educational and environmental organizations on the local, state, and federal level.

To carry out its mission, the museum presents hands-on interactive exhibits and guided educational experiences, in the museum and in the out-of-doors.

For more information please visit http://sofo.org.


Honorees included Peter Beard, Chris Fischer, and Alan Rabinowitz.


Peter Hill Beard is an American artist, photographer, diarist and writer who lives and works in New York City and Kenya. His photographs of Africa, African animals and the journals that often integrate his photographs have been widely shown and published since the 1960s.


Peter Beard’s photographs of Africa, African animals and journals that often integrate his photographs have been widely shown and published since the 1970s. Each of his works is unique, a combination of his photography with elements derived from his daily diary-keeping, a practice he continues to this day. These volumes contain newspaper clippings, dried leaves, insects, old sepia-toned photos, transcribed telephone messages, marginalia in India ink, photographs of women, quotes, found objects, and the like; these become incorporated, with original drawings and collage by Beard. Certain of his works incorporate animal blood, sometimes Beard’s own blood (in sparing quantities), a painting medium the artist favors.


Beard’s first exhibition was at the Blum Helman Gallery, New York, in 1975. Landmark museum exhibitions have been held at the International Center of Photography, New York, in 1977, and the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, in 1997. Gallery exhibitions followed in Berlin, London, Toronto, Madrid, Milan, Tokyo and Vienna. Beard’s work is included in private collections throughout the world.


In 2017, Beard was sued by actor David Spade who tried unsuccessfully to resell an unsigned Peter Beard work that he had purchased from the dealer Peter Tunney.


Descended from distinguished American families on both sides, Beard is one of three sons born to Roseanne Hoar Beard and Anson McCook Beard, Jr. A great-grandfather, James Jerome Hill, was founder of the Great Northern Railway in the United States in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Having made his fortune in the railroad business, James Jerome Hill was a great patron of the arts. All of his heirs were exposed to and owned great collections, presumably having a strong influence on Beard’s interests in the arts and beauty.


Beard married his first wife (Minnie Cushing Beard Coleman) in 1962; their marriage lasted only briefly. His second wife was supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, from 1982 to 1986. Beard has been married to Nejma Khanum since 1986. The couple has a daughter, Zara, for whom his book, Zara’s Tales, was written.


Beard has befriended and in some cases collaborated with many legendary artists including Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Francis Bacon, Karen Blixen, Truman Capote, Richard Lindner, and Salvador Dalí. He has also photographed many well-known people.


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C-Fine Art Showcases Art at Art Market Hamptons in Bridgehampton

C-Fine Art at Art Market Hamptons


C-Fine Art at Art Market Hamptons


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Cheryl Sokolow at

 C-Fine Art at Art Market Hamptons


ART MARKET HAMPTONS


STYLIST AND FASHIONISTA PATRICIA ANN PARENTI POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH TV HOST/ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST COGNAC WELLERLANE


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT ART MARKET HAMPTONS IN BRIDGEHAMPTON


ART MARKET HAMPTONS


ART MARKET HAMPTONS


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP IN FRONT OF A STEPHEN KENNETH HACKLEY PAINTING AT ART MARKET HAMPTONS IN BRIDGEHAMPTON

Market Art + Design, the East End's premier modern and contemporary art fair, returns to the town of Bridgehampton this July 6 - 9 for the fair's seventh edition. From its coveted location in the heart of the Hamptons - just off Highway 27 at the Bridgehampton Museum - Market Art + Design will showcase presentations by 65 top galleries enhanced by a striking and tightly curated design component pulling from dealers and designers from around the world.


The 2017 Market Art + Design Preview, presented by 1stdibs, will benefit the Parrish Art Museum - the East End's leading cultural center. Market Art + Design will also work alongside Sponsors and Partners Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, The Wall Street Journal, BYREDO, Jadot Wine, AirSea Packing and Shipping, and Art Money to create an exciting and extremely visible event for Eastern Long Island and a highlight of the Hamptons' summer season.

Art Market Productions is a partnership between Jeffrey Wainhause, Max Fishko and the dealers they work with. Since 2011 Art Market Productions has produced a different type of art fair that focuses on creating the highest quality fair experience by connecting collectors with dealers in the most optimal settings and contexts. Art Market Productions is dedicated to improving the art world by creating platforms and expanding networks of connection.

Art Market Productions currently produces six art fairs: Art on Paper NY, Art Market San Francisco, Art Market Hamptons, Seattle Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Miami Project.


This year I visited the C-fine Art Gallery and had an intimate chat with Gallery Owner Cheryl Sokolow.

C Fine Art specializes in the acquisition and placement of large-scale, outdoor and indoor sculpture and sculptural works.


They represent and exhibit the work of established, International artists with a focus on formal abstraction in sculpture, sculptural works and painting.


C-Fine Art excels in facilitating both residential and commercial, site-specific commissions and curating compelling, exhibitions of larger scale.


C Fine Art is the founder and creator of the exhibition series UNCOMMON GROUND I, II & III -- a season long, outdoor sculpture exhibition in Bridgehampton, NY -- which has become an integral part of the Hamptons' cultural programming while making large, outdoor sculpture accessible to the community.


C Fine Art provides estimate reports for existing collections and offers consulting and advisory services to both individual and corporate clients.


Owner Cheryl Sokolow has over 15 years experience in the art business. She has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Art History.


For more information about C-Fine Art please visit http://www.c-fineart.com

For more information about Art Market Hamptons please visit artmarkethamptons.com


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EDGY: Contemporary Art 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017- Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gallery Owner and Art Expert Janet Lehr poses for  a photo-op at the Janet lehr Fine Art Gallery


Painting by Artist George Schulman EDGY: Contemporary Art 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017- Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Sculpture by Artist  William Aquino

EDGY: Contemporary Art 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017- Tuesday, July 25, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artists Kevin Berlin, George Schulman, Dave Rogers and Marketing Expert Debra Rothberg at EDGY: Contemporary Art 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017- Tuesday, July 25, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Socialite Eric Andrews poses in front of Art by George Schulman and Dave Rogers (Portrait of Lady Gaga)

East Hampton, NY– Janet Lehr Fine Art was pleased to present "EDGY:

Contemporary Art 2017": a group exhibition featuring new works by six

gallery artists: William Aquino, Pipi Deer, David Demers, Oliver

Peterson, Dave Rogers and Master Artist George Schulman.

Many of the works are thematic pieces that explore unconventional painting techniques such as, multi

patterned paintings, underwater photography and found object sculptures.

The series EDGY:Contemporary Art 2017 will run from July 1, 2017 – July

25,2017. Opening reception was 8-10 pm on Saturday July 1, 2017 during 4th of July weekend.

Gallery opened daily

from 11am-7pm.


I had the chance to interview Artist George Schulman as well as William Aquino and Dave Rogers.

Master Artist George Schulman Retrospective of 6 Large Paintings and Collages come with 24 Kt Gold represents a lifetime of love, grit and sacrifice. An elite member and influencer of Art History, Master Artist George Schulman is a Long Island and American treasure.


Taught to draw by Marc Chagall at 5 years old, who frequented his second mother Freda Diamond, the Martha Stewart of her era, Schulman also drew with Roy Lichtenstein at Manhattan's Music and Art High School. As studio assistant for Masters Knox Martin & Allan D'Arcangelo, Schulman also was a student of Jim Dine, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, James Rosenquist, Al Held, Bob Rauschenberg and other great Masters. He worked for Marlborough, Leo Castelli and Betty Cunningham Galleries, managed the historic Jamie Canvas and mentored Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Schulman's first inspirations came from the Miro and Chagall paintings which hung on Freda Manhattan Brownstone living room. At 15, Schulman painted like and met the artists Karel Appel and Oskar Kokoschka. His work was so advanced, his teacher at Music and Art gave Schulman his own private studio.


Before Music and Art high school, inspired when seeing Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollack, Schulman met and was mothered by a childless Lee Krasner, who showed him Pollack paper cuts. Elaine de Kooning whose husband William de Kooning works were represented at Marlborough Gallery gave Schulman, only 20, the freedom, truth and courage to work large. Thus, began Schulman's lifelong love affair with the process of creating art.


In 1972 Schulman had a one man show at the Ingber Gallery, whose other artists of the Gallery included Louis Finkelstein then Chairman at Queens College, his wife Gretna Campbell who taught at Yale, Kajori taught at the Studio, Wilbur Niewald Chairman of the Kansas City Art Institute, a young landscape painter from the East End. She also included Schulman in a show with Knox Martin, Fairfield Porter and others over 100 people showed. It was his coming out party.


For more information please visit www.georgeschulmanartist.com

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Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle​

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Jonathan Morse for Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist David Slater at The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum for Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle


Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle


Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle

Face to Face is a collection of black & white portraits of artists and writers from the East End by Sag Harbor photographer, Jonathan Morse. This series chronicles an important era in the long and inseparable connection between artists and the East End. It celebrates the idea that one who has lived a long life of the mind, develops a depth of character that is revealed in their faces.



Jonathan Morse is an artist of this new age, and in many ways he is a trailblazer. It is typical, when a new methodology for manufacturing art arrives, for artists to try and bend its potential to older aesthetic habits. The first artist photographers in the 19th century tried to make photographs look like paintings. Many of those who embraced Acrylic paints soon after their development in the past century tried, in vain, to make them behave like oils. The imaging arts of our age are full of examples of people attempting to make these new digital tools imitate the hand or the older kinds of film cameras and photographic papers. Jonathan does none of these things. He has taken hold of both the computer and its digitally generated physical products, and has absorbed himself in learning to navigate and manipulate their actual nature. The result, as seen in this exciting exhibition of what I consider to be his most fully realized work in the medium, is something we have never seen before. This is computer art with a human hand embedded in its heart. Precisely by abandoning all attempts to make facsimiles of handmade things, he has found a way to make a technological thing that has had human life breathed into it. These are not photographs, or copies of something else – they are original works of art made wholly by technology, yet guided by a thoughtful and engaged human intellect.


Face to Face consist of some 35 portraits from a collection of 75, most of which will be illustrated in a limited edition catalog which is available at the Museum.

The exhibit will be from Friday, June 16, 2017- Wednesday, July 12, 2017. To learn more about Jonathan Morse please visit http://www.jmorseart.com

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Baldwin Family Host 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball Benefiting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund At The Crest Hollow Country Club, Jericho, New York

2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Keith Hart and  Heather Grumet


Founder Keith Hart Talks to Cognac Wellerlane


TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Bobby Goodrich, Restaurant, Night Club Impresario


TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Poses for a Photo-op With Honoree

Matthew Yonick, General Sales Manager Manhattan Beer Distributors


TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Actor Billy Baldwin at  2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball Benefiting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund At The Crest Hollow Country Club, 

Jericho, New York

Great Lengths Hair Extension Expert. Pres. of Ravell Salon Jennifer Ravell poses for a photo-op at 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball


TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a Photo-op at the 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball

The 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball, benefitting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, was Hosted by the Baldwin Family.


This year's event took place on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY from 7:00pm - 12:30am. Last year's event raised a record of $408,215.00. Now in their 7th year, the Long Island Hospitality Ball has collectively raised over $2 million.


The gala was created by Keith Hart, a hospitality industry mainstay and cancer survivor, to raise funds for charity by showcasing offerings from the region’s top restaurants, wine and spirit brands, nightclubs and entertainers as well as hotels and catering halls.


Newsday’s Jim Bernstein and Erica Marcus called the inaugural event “one of the largest fundraising events in years to raise money to battle cancer” and “a food-industry showcase.” The night of sensory delights continues to raise important and much needed funds in the fight against cancer.


Continuing at the heart of the affair is Keith Hart, who is best known for his eponymous marketing agency on New York’s nightlife and entertainment scene. Hart’s private battle with thyroid cancer, now in remission, inspired him to go public with his mission, and rally the industry to join the fight against cancer, through an extraordinary evening of dining, dancing and donating.


This year the organization is proud to announce the 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball honorees for their achievements in the Industry:


Giovanni Casano, Empire Wines and Spirits On-Premise, Division Manager and Director of Sales

Bobby Goodrich, Restaurant, Night Club Impresario

Matthew Yonick, General Sales Manager Manhattan Beer Distributors

Lifetime Achievement Award: Rob Verderosa, Hospitality Consultant

Ed Low Media Award: Joan Reminick, Newsday Food Critic


The Long Island Hospitality Ball, reflecting the breadth and depth of the region’s now mature hospitality business, was modeled on the Bartenders’ Ball, an annual fundraiser, originating in 1978, that spread to Long Island and other major markets from Washington D.C., to aid local charities and pay tribute to leaders in the Industry.

The organization is grateful to their Executive Committee Members for all of tireless work in helping to make the Long Island Hospitality Ball a huge success.


Executive Committee Members:

Keith Hart, Chairman

Greg Bartolotta

Richard Bedrosian

Michael Esposito

Larry Golus

Jay Grossman

Frank Minier

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