Wednesday, April 24, 2019

LongHouse Reserve Celebrates its 28th Season with Rites of Spring: Season Opening

Will Ryman, LongHouse 6 (2019)
LongHouse Reserve is excited to open its 28th season with Rites of Spring on Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  The gardens will be filled with spectacular displays of flowering trees and showy daffodils that over 30 years have multiplied by hundreds of thousands.  The daffodils are now augmented with great swaths of tulips and other spring blooms making this a season not to be missed.  New art has been installed for the 2019 season and includes extraordinary works by Wendell Castle, Jun Kaneko, Joseph Walsh, Young Jae Lee, and Will Ryman.  LongHouse founder, Jack Lenor Larsen, noted textile designer, author and collector, created LongHouse Reserve on colonial farmland at the edge of East Hampton’s Northwest Woods and opened it to the public in 1992.   This unique outdoor museum and arboreta is one of the most popular cultural destinations on the East End of Long Island.
Making his debut at LongHouse Reserve is Will Ryman who has created a towering, site-specific “Rose” installation on the LongHouse Pyramid Plateau. Stemming from the artist’s internationally acclaimed exhibition, The Roses, 2011 on Park Avenue in New York City, Will Ryman’s monochrome red rose LongHouse 6, 2019 embodies a duality located in the cultural significance assigned to this flower. This romanticized symbol of beauty and perfection is at odds with the sculpture’s exaggerated size, hand worked quality, and the missing petals it has shed around its base. This duality, frequently at stake in Ryman’s work, reveals the imperfect and temporary nature of all things. 

Jun Kaneko’s “Dango” 1996, a gift to LongHouse from the Judith and Gerson Leiber Foundation will take center stage in the Edward Albee Amphitheater and a magnificent bronze bench by Wendell Castle will invite visitors to relax in the gardens.  Rites of Spring will also premiere “Vessels”, an exhibition of stunning ceramics by noted artist Young Jae Lee.   Joseph Walsh, the brilliant furniture designer from Cork, Ireland, has created a site-specific wall shelf for LongHouse, “Enignum Shelf XXXVI” that highlights his mastery of curvilinear forms.
LongHouse Reserve members will enjoy the “perk” of exploring the grounds the 1st Saturday of each month (First Saturdays) 11:00AM-1:00PM.  LongHouse will also offer 15% off on new, renewal and gifts memberships from now until opening day on April 27.

French Heritage Society Presents its Third Annual Book Award

Cheryl Hurley and Caroline Weber

French Heritage Society bestowed its third annual Book Award upon Caroline Weber, author of Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris. Gathering at a private club on the Upper East Side last week, the evening began with cocktails before moving into a larger salon for the award presentation and program. "It is our goal to foster Franco-American friendship, amité, and understanding," said Elizabeth F. Stribling, Chairman of the Board of Directors of French Heritage Society. "What better means to learn about France than through books!"

In presenting the award, Jennifer Herlein, executive director of French Heritage, spoke on behalf of Christian Draz, French Heritage Society Book Award Co-Chair and Board Member: “Whatever offense her three society divas may have taken at being used as creative fodder for Proust's satirical fiction, they would surely be highly flattered by the extraordinary lengths to which Caroline went to document the truth of their real and often difficult lives.”  Said Ms. Weber, "I was excited when the French Heritage Society asked me a few years ago to moderate the discussion with their Book Award winner, Luc Sante.  I did not imagine I would be in the other seat - ever. Thank you for this honor.”  

In a staged conversation with Cheryl Hurley, former president of the Library of America, Weber illuminated Proust's milieu with insights culled from her extensive research. 
The French Heritage Book Award recognizes and honors a nonfiction work of literary, scholarly or aesthetic distinction that illuminates for the general public either an important element of French cultural or historical patrimony or the considerable and noteworthy influence France, its citizens and its culture have had in shaping American history, thought and culture.

The evening was made possible by Co-Chairs Elizabeth Stribling and Christian Draz; the Book Award Steering Committee, Yann Coatanlem, Janet Desforges, Patricia Forelle, and Clydette de Groot; and the New York Chapter Co-Chairmen, Guy Robinson and Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt. A jury comprised of Anne Poulet, Bruno Racine, and Elaine Sciolino chose Proust’s Duchess unanimously from a shortlist of four non-fiction titles that illuminate elements of French cultural or historical patrimony in interesting ways.

Photo credit: David Dupuy/ 

Monday, April 1, 2019

El Museo del Barrio Holds Gala Kick-Off Soirée

 El Museo del Barrio's chairman, María Eugenia Maury, with her husband William Haseltine, opened their Fifth Avenue home for a pre-gala soirée. María Eugenia welcomed her guests, "All of you are wonderful friends and great supporters. El Museo is turning 50 years old!" Museum director Patrick Charpenel shared that, “The Museum has appointed a new chief curator, Rodrigo Moura, from Brazil. He brings many new ideas and is aligned with the values and mission of El Museo." 

El Museo’s Gala will be held on Thursday, May 2 at The Plaza Hotel, honoring Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Raphael Montañez-Ortiz, and Craig Robins.

Guests included: chairman emeritus Tony Bechara, and board member Claudia Marmolejo, as well as Debbie Bancroft, Danny Baez, Alejandra Cicognani, Anna Maria Gonzalez Cuevas, Carey and Gloria Fieldcamp, Virgilio Garza, Michael Gross, Alex Morris, Sergio Orozco, Dan Pollock, Liliana Porter, Sana Sabbagh, Jean Shafiroff, and Victoria Wyman.

Opening on April 11th at El Museo is “Culture and The People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019”, a two-part exhibition featuring selections from the Permanent Collection.

About El Museo del Barrio:
New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.

Photos (c) John Sanderson for  

Free Beauty Events April Giveway is back this month with another amazing giveaway, and time it has a whopping $150 value!  For anyone not familiar with FBE, the site is a great tool for all beauty addicts.  It helps you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag killer free samples. Each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's best must haves.  Let's check them out!  

This month's basket includes industry favorites from L'Oreal, Neutrogena, Nature Box, Eva NYC and more!  The contest runs from now through 4/30/19, winners will be chosen on 5/10/19 and notified by 5/15/19.  Entering is simple!  Visit FreeBeautyEvents on Facebook (don't forget to like them!) or enter directly on their website.

Besides the monthly giveaways, the site also offers great beauty advice and product reviews on their blog.  Like any of the products you read about?  Keep your eyes open for your chance to stock up!  Easy as 1-2-3, just enter your zip code into the site's search bar to find out which locations in your area might be handing out samples.  It's a helpful way to keep up to date with the beauty events happening in your town.  

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