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MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center Just Steps Away From Paname NYC Restaurant


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Artist Yikui Gu and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 





































































































Artist Alexis Duque and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 



















































Artist Allan Gorman and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 



















































Curator Michaela Bonuta and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 



















































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BLUM ANTIQUES Owner Eva Blum and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 





















































Artist and Jewelerr Bob Saling poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Manhattan Art & Antique Center

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MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center





Art and antique collectors enjoyed an exciting new arts initiative at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center – MAAC on the Map. It is a four-part exhibition series happening in 2017. After the resounding success of MAAC on the Map Edition I, that opened on March 11, 2017, The Manhattan Art & Antique center is thrilled to announce the opening of their next contemporary art exhibition in the series. The opening and reception of MAAC on the Map Edition II, featuring the artistry of Alexis Duque, Alicia Degener, Allan Gorman, Christina Massey, Sarah Whalen and Yikui Gu, took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 between 4pm-7pm and all were welcome to join in the wine and cheese soiree.

MAAC on the Map is a contemporary art exhibition series that aims to give a platform to emerging and established artists at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center - one a the nation's largest fine art and historical design centers.  MAAC on The Map is a movement to give contemporary artists a new home on the Upper East Side and an opportunity to expose their work to a different audience.  The injection of these vital contemporary artists reinforces that the Upper East Side is a potent destination for innovation, a creative hotspot where experience meets a new breed of artistic disrupter.

The Maac on the Map Edition I inaugural exhibition opened on Saturday March 11, 2017 with a packed reception to honor the eight female, Asian artists featured in the first series.  They included Gao Yuan, O'Zhang, Xin Song, Zahra Nazary, Shiva Jlayer Lulu Dong, Ping Zheng, Dasha Shkurpela.

Visitors had the opportunity to explore the work, curated by Paul Anavian and Michaela Boruta, in the six dedicated gallery spaces at the Manhattan Art & Antique Center.  The guests were also invited to discover the wonders of remaining 50 galleries populating the space.  The artists were on hand to discuss their works in detail with the public.  Smaller groups gathered at various artworks to hear the motivations, techniques and inspiration for the artist's creations.

This format will again be employed at Maac on the Map Edition II.  The curatorial vision for Maac on the Map Edition II is based on visual patterns and how we "see" the world through our own particular cultural or personal filters.  It's a collection of artists who are exploring the idea of the line.  How we break it, flow with it, chase it, sexualize it or define space with it to control our relationship with the world.  Each artist is gazing, glaring, observing society and shifting the way we "look" at our inner and outer landscapes.

New York City comes to life in Spring withthe rich offering of art fairs focusing on Contemporary art and design.

Some of the artists featured in Maac on the Map Edition II that I met 
were :

Alexis Duque

"The chaotic and unavoidable process of urbanization in our globalized and over populated world are the central focus of my work.  I am interested in depicting clustered spaces and precarious constructions that seem to multiply and overflow with crowded objects in one continuous urban sprawl, at the same time as such structures begin to crumble and decompose from within.  Through the use of exaggerated drama and distortion, my work attempts to challenge the way the viewer confronts the idea of consumerism and urbanization with contemporary culture and draw the viewer's attention to the isolation of the transitory residents, like semi-nomads that emigrate hop  to find a better life on the outskirts of large metropolises."

For more information www.alexisduque.net

Allan Gorman

"I find myself drawn to hidden abstract patterns, random shapes and aesthetic tensions I see in real objects - particularly within the confines of industrial structures, machinery and vehicles.

Although I paint in a realistic style, my focus isn't necessarily on the precise rendering of objects, but rather on conveying the abstract information created by - and within those objects.  I ask viewers to share a journey of discovery with me and hope they'll become as excited and fascinated and moved as I am about the beauty that can be found in what's often taken for commonplace and mundane.

In this way, I define my works as abstract compositions nested in the guise of realism and I use this criterion to inform my choices of what to paint."

For more information please visit www.allangorman.com

Yikui Gu

"The spaces between order and chaos, sincerity and irony, or design and chance are the most interesting to explore. My paintings are an attempt to probe these areas using visual elements from sneakerhead culture, found internet images, Ikea catalogues, personal photos, and art historical references. Through this combination of political, cultural, and domestic imagery, I hope to affirm and subvert the modern human condition. I want my work to be both horrifying and hilarious."

For more information please visit http://yikuigu.com

I also had the opportunity to chat with Andres Aquino Founder of Couture Fashion Week.

Couture Fashion Week, founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino, presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City, Cannes and other selected cities.  For more information please visit http://www.couturefashionweek.com/

To learn more about the Manhattan Art & Antique Center pleases visit https://the-maac.com





















































Owner and Executive Chef Bernard Ros and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Paname NYC Restaurant on the upper east side















































































































































































































































































































Paname NYC Restaurant 



Just steps away from the Manhattan Art and Antique Center is Paname NYC Restaurant where we dined on fabulous French cuisine!  Paname C'est Paris, a neighborhood French Restaurant, is the perfect destination after a day of shopping for fine antiques and fabulous art!  For more information please visit 
panamenyc.com

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events and fine dining in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.

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Art And Antique Enthusiast Enjoy A Special Cocktail Reception At Manhattarn Art & Antique Center


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Manhattan Art & Antique Center Director Paul Anavian poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane




















































Artist Zahra Nazari poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Manhattan Art & Antique Center




























Artist Shiva Jlayer chats with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Manhattan Art & Antique Center



















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Manhattan Art & Antique Center







Art & antique lovers and enthusiasts attended a wine reception at the Manhattan Art & Antique Center on 1050 Second Avenue at 55 Street.  This wine reception took place on Saturday from 4pm to 7pm on March 11, 2017.
 
Celebrating now its 40th Anniversary (founded in 1974), The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center in Midtown Manhattan, is the nation’s largest with 100 galleries representing America’s top dealers in every category of arts and antiques. The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center is a veritable treasure trove of all that is beautiful, fascinating and unique for sale. Boasting three floors of antiques, fine art, decoration, silver, jewelry, European, Asian African art, and antiquities–this is a “must visit” for antique and art lovers, collectors, interior decorators, or those just looking to be visually inspired.

Whether you want to buy or sell, we welcome you to visit us 7 days a week.
During the reception I had the pleasure of interviewing the Director Paul Anavian who explained, “If you can’t find what you are looking for here, you won’t find it anywhere.”  The center occupies three floors of fabulous treasures of art and antiques. 

During the reception I also was pleased to talk to Artists Shiva Jlayer and Zahra Nazari.
 
Shiva was born in Persia and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Shiraz University. She was influenced heavily by her father, Mehdi Jlayer, who was one of the famous painter, sculptor and poets of their hometown. At an early age she watched her father paint and was influenced to pursue and find her own artistic path.

 After graduating, in 2011, Shiva continued by taking classes with multiple artists. After moving to United States in 2014, Shiva enrolled at New York Academy of Art continue education program and had the honor of working with one of her most favorite artists, Steven Assael.

Shiva's website has two sections. One section is her own works and the other is dedicated to her father's works representing Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of persian empire (from Achaemenid dynasty, more than 2500 years ago).

Shiva's works vary from representational and surrealistic portraits to Persepolis paintings in remembrance of her father's works. Her portraits reveal emotions that evoke the human condition underneath the surface. Shiva has a unique style of  capturing the vulnerabilities through surreal representations and forms. Shiva has won few awards in different painting contests which she participated and has had many solo and group exhibitions. She currently lives in New York.

For more information please visit https://www.shivajlayer.com/
 
Artist Zahra Nazari was born in 1985, Hamedan, Iran  and now resides in New York City. She has a studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Her large­-scale abstracted and architectonic paintings and installations are based on the ruins of historical sites in Iran in conjunction with American postmodern architectural forms.

Nazari was a recipient of The AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum; Mentoring Program from New York Foundation for the Arts; Artist Residency Fellowship from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Visiting Artist Fellowship from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in many galleries and museums such as Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY; China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY; Saba Institution, Tehran, Iran; and Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC.
 
For more information please visit her at http://zahranazari.com/
 
I also visited one of the shops in the Center, Sakai Antiques, where you can find portraits of King Henry the VIII to a bat chandelier from Transylvania.
 
For over 30 years and spanning two generations, Sakai Antiques has offered a fine array of 18th & 19th century European works of art, antiques and decorative pieces. Since the beginning, we have strived to satisfy the discerning needs of connoisseurs, dealers and collectors alike. We take pride in our ability to consistently offer unique art and antiques to the trade as we are constantly scouring the globe for the finest pieces.  For more information please visit http://sakaiantiques.com/
 
To learn more about The Manhattan Art & Antique Center please visit https://the-maac.com
 
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Art Hearts Fashion kicks off Art Basel Miami in Style



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TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Opening Night Party of Art Heart Fashion at The Spectrum Art Show


December 2016 marked the 15 year anniversary of Art Basel Miami. North America's foremost international modern and contemporary art fair has called Miami Beach home since 2001. Art Hearts Fashion kicked off the week for the opening night kick off party at Spectrum Art Fair. The night presented by Planet Fashion TV featured local and international couture designers Yas Couture by Elie Madi, House of LiJon, Mister Triple X, Willfredo Gerardo and Rocky Gathercole.

Art Hearts Fashion showcased on the opening night of Art Basel Week at Spectrum and Red Dot, Miami's Arts & Entertainment District at 1700 NE 2nd. Elie Madi opened the night with amazing couture creations all the way from Lebanon. Following was chainmail art fashion by House of LiJon sculpted couture. Mister Triple X a fan favorite did not dissapoint with edgy streetwear and his signature sexy attire. Miami Local Willfredo Gerardo brought glam evening gowns and the finale of the night was none other than Rocky Gathercole bringing his amazing art inspired fashion. Art Hearts Fashion has been a fixture on the global fashion scene; regularly producing fashion shows at New York Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week as well as LA Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week China. The night featured live musical acts, performance art entertainment, restaurant tastings, beverages by LaCroix Sparkling Water, and cocktails sponsored by Jack Daniels, Korbel Champagne, Whispering Angel Rose, Herredura Tequila, John Waitlings Premium Rum, and red and white wine varieties by European Winery of the year Marques De Riscal.

The highlight of the night was the beauty direction lead by April Love Pro team. April invited world-renowned hair stylist Myo Lai to create avant-garde hair looks providing art and fashion fans an explosion of eye candy to kick off the week. The fashion show was produced by Art Hearts Fashion with backstage direction by Didi Roberts, front of house by Rosy Muto with Guest Management services powered by Gjests.

As a voice for artistic and cutting edge designers, Art Hearts Fashion is paving the way toward the future of Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion's philanthropic drive stretches from coast to coast, putting the spotlight on how fashion can promote constructive ideals and influence the progressive evolution of the fashion industry. Each season, AHF works AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Make-A-Wish granting wishes both behind the scenes and on the runway at the shows. The platform is proud to raise funds and awareness for organizations including: Aids Healthcare Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation, Project Cancerland, Children's Hospital LA, & Women's Cancer Research Foundation. www.ArtHeartsFashion.com

For More information visit www.ArtHeartsFashion.com

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Billionnaires And a Sexy Art Crowd Attend Miami Art River

 



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Patricia Parenti  and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op with Artist Kristina Kossi Miami Art River















































Prince Lorenzo de Medici poses for a photo-op at  Miami River Art Fair in Miami Beach














































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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Kristina Kossi   at  Miami River Art Fair in Miami Beach



























TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in front of Prince Lorenzo de Medici's Car at  Miami River Art Fair in Miami Beach















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op  at  Miami River Art Fair in Miami Beach


 









Billionnaires and a Sexy art crowd dressed in diamonds, gowns and tuxes attended  a special preview  viewing gala at Miami River Art Fair in Miami Beach on December 1, 2016.

The sexy affluent art crowd sipped champagne and dined on  filet mignon while deciding what paintings to  purchase.

This was the fifth edition of the Miami River Art Fair, an international, contemporary art fair that took  place at the Downtown Miami Convention Center inside the James L. Knight International Center.

This art fair was conceived as a showcase of world-class galleries, artists and projects in an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall. This grand show space overlooks the one-of-a-kind outdoor Riverwalk Sculpture Mall that will feature monumental sculpture on the banks of the historic Miami River.

Miami River Art Fair is organized by Nina Torres Art Productions and produced in collaboration with the Foundation of Contemporary Art.

Nina Torres is the Director for Miami River | Art Fair. For over 20 years, Nina Torres has been actively participating in the international art market, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art. Nina has curated and overseen over 300 hundred exhibitions at international venues around the world including London, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, The Netherlands, Monaco, France, Thailand and the USA with current and upcoming projects in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Austria, Portugal, Barcelona, New York, Marbella and Berlin.

Nina Torres is currently Director and Chief Curator at Nina Torres Fine Art in Miami, FL, USA. and has partnered with the Miami River Commission to foster and encourage art in public spaces, with the James L. Knight International Center to exhibit a permanent collection of international artists from the roster of the gallery and now is opened a permanent exhibition at the Conrad Hotel Miami.

Nina  has been awarded in 2012 as Miami Women of Impact, 2013 Top Entrepreneur by Negocios Magazine and the Best 100 Mexicanos en el Exterior, on 2014 was selected as Art Ambassador Damas de Lincoln of Lincoln Motor Company, on 2015 named Honorary Member by Foedus Foundation at the Vatican City during her metting with Su Santidad Papa Francisco and received a recognition by the International Network of Social Journalism. Also she has been featured on several newspapers and Magazines as Art Bahrain, Brickell Magazine, Art Bodega, The Best of Miami on Miami Today and E.20.20 Emprendedores by Miami Diario among others.

During the event I interviewed Prince Lorenzo de Medici who showcased his art and his fabulous car.

Prince Lorenzo de' Medici is a direct descendant and heir to one of the most famous family names in human history.  The de' Medici Dynasty, which created the Italian Renaissance, symbolizes unparalleled historical contributions to art, politics, banking, cuisine, medicine, accounting, philanthropy, commerce, geography, agriculture, religion, textiles, and fashion.  The family tradition continues with Prince Lorenzo, who is a cultural ambassador, trendsetter, Royal TV Reality Star, Chef & Culinary Expert, Artist, Auto Enthusiast, Philanthropist, and International Keynote Speaker, fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, and Russian.
 

Prince Lorenzo de' Medici is a direct descendant and heir to one of the most famous family names in human history.  The de' Medici Dynasty, which created the Italian Renaissance, symbolizes unparalleled historical contributions to art, politics, banking, cuisine, medicine, accounting, philanthropy, commerce, geography, agriculture, religion, textiles, and fashion.  The family tradition continues with Prince Lorenzo, who is a cultural ambassador, trendsetter, Royal TV Reality Star, Chef & Culinary Expert, Artist, Auto Enthusiast, Philanthropist, and International Keynote Speaker, fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, and Russian.

 
Among many U.S. and International television appearances, Prince Lorenzo starred in TLC's Secret Princes. He was also featured in Italy's Wild West, as well as the reality show Undercover Princes in the Ukraine.  He is available for a Reality Series on his exciting life, or be a Host of, or Judge for, a Reality Show (Travel, Cooking, History, Dating, Art), Host Radio Show, Podcast, Online Series, Live Appearances (e.g. Night with a Prince), Host a Pageant, Infomercial (Luxury Goods), Soccer Commentary, Endorsements: Fragrances, Watches, Fashion, Auto, Food, Furniture, Linens, Wine & Spirits...
 

Prince Lorenzo de' Medici is a food expert.  From his upcoming royal cookbook, The Noble Art of Cooking, he shares secret recipes from the de' Medici kitchen handed down from generation to generation.

As an accomplished artist, Prince Lorenzo paints unique portraits of his ancestors to perpetuate their immense legacy as well as to bring them to the language of contemporary art.

He recently designed his own automobile, and he can often be seen riding his personally designed motorcycle.

I also had the chance to talk to Artist Kristina Kossi.

Native New Yorker Kristina took a sculpting class in 1992 as she felt that she had a talent for it, she put sculpting on hold when she opened the renowned jazz club Zinc Bar; later adding Flatiron and Pegu to her portfolio of New York lounges. She was the lead designer for these venues. The stained glass lighting fixtures in the Flatiron Lounge and Zinc Bar are drawn by hand and typical of her artwork.

Kristina was born into a professional family of ice skaters. When her parents were on tour they took her with them and Kristina skated in the shows, and later went on to perform solo in ice shows. In 1993 Kristina went on to open the jazz club, Zinc Bar thereby filling her life with music. She now sculpts full time. Kristina’s bronze ‘Odette’ is on display in the Zinc Bar and is for sale. She is studying sculpting under Antony Antonios at the Art Student's League in New York.

Kristina lives in New York with her husband and two sons.

Her art work and sculptures can be seen at the Paul Gabezas Gallery in New York City which was also shown at the Miami River Art Fair.  Kristina reveals, "I love the Renaissance and the Art Deco periods, the lines and their simple elegance are just so exquisite. I am inspired by Bernini, Nadelman, Manship and Verrier. My youth, spent in the worlds of ballet and skating, have given me an eye for the form and movement of the body which I incorporate into my works."

For more information please visit http://www.kristinakossi.com/
and to learn more information about Miami River Art Fair please visit http://miamiriverartfair.com/


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Art Enthusiasts And Art Collectors Flock to Art Miami and Aqua Art


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Artist George Schulman and Gallery Owner Howard Shapiro from the Lawrence Fine Art Gallery pose for a photo-op at Art Miami in front of George Schulman's Painting
















































































































Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane post for a photo-op at Aqua Art












































Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane post for a photo-op at Aqua Art













































Director of Aqua Katelijne De Backer  and Patricia Parenti pose for a photo-op at Aqua Art Miami



 








Known as Miami's premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week - the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists descend upon Miami. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from more than 125 international art galleries.

Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America's contemporary art fair market. With a rich history, it is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to receive praise for the variety of unparalleled art that it offers. It is the "can't miss" event for all serious collectors, curators, museum directors, and interior designers providing an intimate look at some of the most important work at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement.

At the opening night preview party I spoke to Artist George Schulman and Gallery Owner Howard Shapiro at the Lawrence Fine Art Gallery located in East Hampton, New York.

Mr. Schulman George was recently chosen by Artsy.net as one of the Top 50 Artists at Context Art Miami.
https://www.artsy.net/…/artsy-editorial-50-must-see-artwork…

Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. their growing database of 500,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.

During Miami Basel Week I also attended Aqua Art Miami.

Aqua’s unique environment – in a classic South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard – has become a favorite gathering spot for collectors, curators and art lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire new works while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections.

Aqua Art Miami, which kicked off with a VIP Preview on Wednesday, November 30 and be open to the public December 1 - 4, has become the premier destination for prominent collectors and art aficionados to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists. Throughout the years, Aqua Art Miami has continued to solidify itself as a completely unique fair, consistently staying true to its signature relaxed yet energetic vibe. The 2016 edition will feature 47 international exhibitors showcasing fresh new works, and set in the intimate exhibition rooms that open into a beautiful courtyard, all found within the classic South Beach hotel. 

This year, the five-day fair partnered with the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a non-profit trade network on a mission to facilitate business between and for women art dealers. Aqua Art Miami and AWAD will hosted a special morning panel on Friday, December 2 that will address ‘Unconscious Bias and the Art World,’ moderated by Susan Mumford, Founder and CEO of AWAD.

Director of Aqua Art Miami  Katelijne De Backer  revealed that Aqua Art Miami is a great place to find emerging artist with real talent during our interview.
 
I  also had the chance to chat with Gallery Owner Latifa Metheny from Azart Gallery in New York City and Artist Camomile Hixon about her fabulous painting of Elvis the King of Pop.

For more information please visit http://www.azartgallerynyc.com/

To learn more about Aqua Art Miami please visit http://www.aquaartmiami.com/ and to learn more about Art Miami please visit http://www.artmiamifair.com/

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ArtSouthampton 2016

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ArtSouthampton Founder Nick Korniloff poses for a photo-op at ArtSouthampton















































Robert Chaloner President of Southampton Hospital poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at ArtSouthampton














































ArtSouthampton Artist Kevin Berlin poses for a photo-op with a bevy of beautiful models wearing his signature Top Hat







































































Model Lucy CI Miller, Artist Kevin Berlin and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Art Southampton















































ArtSouthampton Founder Nick Korniloff and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at ArtSouthampton






































Art Southampton Kevin Berlin's Model Lucy CI Miller poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane













































ArtSouthampton - TV Host Cognac Wellerlane chats with Shark Tank Host Kevin O'Leary at ArtSouthampton about his Art Work


















































































































































































































































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Art Southampton - TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo op in front of Adrien Brody's Painting entitled "Hooked"

















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in front of a sculpture made of small time pieces at Art Southampton










Art Southampton, Christie’s International Real Estate, and participating galleries invited Platinum VIP cardholders and accredited members of the press to experience an exclusive first view of the highly anticipated Art Southampton fair with a cocktail reception benefiting the Parrish Art Museum and the Southampton Hospital. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served to all that supported the event.  The event took place on opening night July 7th from  7:30pm - 10pm

Throughout the weekend many events took place including Friday evening The New York Academy of Art presenting “Call of the Wild”, a special exhibition co-curated by Brooke Shields and Academy President David Kratz. The show featured paintings and sculptures by Academy alumni, which focused on the natural world and the animal kingdom.

Artists featured: Dina Brodsky, Benjamin Craig, Claire Cushman, Alexandra Finkelchtein, Shauna Finn, Angela Gram, Alonsa Guevara, Loretta Mae Hirsch, Aliene de Souza Howell, Jake Ingram, Sara Issakharian, Lani Kennefick, Maria Kozak, Will Kurtz, John O’Reilly, Elliot Purse, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Susan Siegel, Hannah Stahl, Nikki Vail

SHARK TANK HOST & LIFETIME PHOTOGRAPHY ARTIST, KEVIN O’LEARY’S INTERNATIONAL PHOTO EXHIBITION: “IRRECONCILABLE IMAGES” Presented by Gallery Valentine presented his lifetime of rare photos.

All proceeds from sales will benefit the Perry J. Cohen Foundation (www.pjcf.org) and Teenage Entrepreneurs.

After a phenomenally successful fourth edition, Art Southampton, the premier international contemporary and modern art fair in the Hamptons, returned to present amazing art from  July 7 – 11, at the height of the summer social and cultural season. Art Southampton is the most important destination for acquiring the finest investment quality works of contemporary and modern art along with design. The fair quickly has become the ‘can’t miss’ event of the summer for all serious collectors, museum professionals, curators, interior designers and art enthusiasts to acquire works from more than 60 leading international galleries.

Art Southampton’s unique ambience and design is unrivaled by any other art fair in the Hamptons. The elegant, air conditioned Pavilion will showcase emergent, cutting edge and modern works, along with a focus on design, paintings, photography, prints, drawings, video art, sculpture, and indoor and outdoor curated projects of the highest quality. 

The fair is located on the world-renowned pastoral grounds of Nova’s Ark Project in Bridgehampton. Art Southampton’s ample on-site complimentary parking and convenient hours made this ‘can’t miss’ fair accommodating even for guests who are visiting the fair and the Hamptons just for the day.



















ACADEMY AWARD WINNER AND ARTIST, ADRIEN BRODY was unable to attend but his sencond series, "HOOKED" which calls upon the viewer to find light in a dark world through a collection of lively, colorful painted fish, in conjunction with Benrimon Projects was also presented at ArtSouthampton.


For more information please visit http://www.art-southampton.com


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C Fine Art & The White Room Gallery Opening Reception: Saturday July 2nd, 6-8 pm

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White Room Galley Artist Melissa Hin poses for a photo-op in front of her painting













































CFine Art Gallery Owner Cheryl Sokolow and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op in front of one of CFine Art Sculptures at The White Room Gallery Reception in Bridgehampton on 4th of July Weekend







































































































































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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses with Artist Melissa Hin on 4th of July Weekend


























Artists William Quigley, George Schulman and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Art Show Reception at TheWhite Room Gallery in Bridgehampton














































TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane, Artist George Schulman and Debra Rothberg pose for a photo-op at Art Show Reception at TheWhite Room Gallery in Bridgehampton














































TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane, Artist George Schulman and Debra Rothberg pose for a photo-op at Art Show Reception at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton














































White Room Gallery Co-Owner and Curator Andrea McCafferty and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Art Show Reception at TheWhite Room Gallery in Bridgehampton














































White Room Gallery Artist Beth Barry and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Art Show Reception at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton













































White Room Gallery Co -Owner Artist Sally R. Breen poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the White Room Gallery on July 2nd in Bridgehampton, NY


 







C Fine Art & The White Room Gallery
Opening Reception:

Saturday July 2nd, 6-8 pm

In ‘Off the Wall’, Cheryl Sokolow represented an exciting roster of internationally recognized artists, including Kevin Barrett, John Van Alstine, Isobel Folb Sokolow, Norman Mooney and Rogan Brown.   They participated with sculpture and wall reliefs of all sizes. Each artist fabricates his/her work with a discernible yearning, one that reaches far beyond the boundaries of their chosen material revealing a unique visual language which engages the viewer on a variety of levels.

The White Room Gallery brought paintings by Beth Barry, Melissa Hin and Sally Breen ‘On the Wall’.  With abstract sensibility, each painter defines the illusion of space in their own personal way capturing nature’s exquisite light and atmosphere with its many colors and textures.
Artists:

OFF THE WALL: Norman Mooney - Kevin Barrett - John Von Alstine (Also on view: Isobel Folb Sokolow, Rogan Brown)

ON THE WALL: Melissa Hin - Beth Barry - Sally Breen



Sally Breen has long taken her inspiration from the beauty of the ocean. Living in Water Mill, NY, the artist draws on the continual change of light and the reflection from the water surrounding her. Ms. Breen’s lyrical, contemporary paintings capture the very essence of light and water and are transformative for both the artist and viewer. The artist is able to capture the enormity of the sky and the expanse of the ocean on canvas, while conveying the moods of the moment. Her paintings are a powerful metaphor for all that is beautiful, changing and hard to contain in life.

Ms. Breen also served as a gallerist at The Gallery, Sag Harbor, an experience that convinced her she preferred art creation to art business. However, seeing a need for a main street gallery that can give artists a platform, she has become a partner in The White Room Gallery.

In the past her entrepreneurial spirit led her to found The Local Art Rag, the East End’s Guide to local artists and musicians, with her partner Daniel Schoenheimer, which ran for five years. Earlier in her varied career, includes computer graphics, print making, gouache painting; and even one-of-a-kind silk-screened tee shirts sold at Thompson Square Park back in the day.

Ms. Breen’s contemporary style is informed by her intuitive and reflective approach to the subject, yet Ms. Breen has a very solid classical training in the arts. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and took post-graduate classes at the New York Academy of Art. She also has studied at as varied institutions as the Corcoran, the Torpedo Factory, SUNY Purchase and NYU.


Melissa Hin's emphasis in Fine Art is in exploring the expression of emotion through the use of pure color and composition. Utilizing the complexity of applying / throwing a multitude of colors layer upon layer. Each color dominating various parts of the whole until the painting is finally complete. What each color represents is left to the interpretation of the viewer. It can represent a feeling, an opinion, an emotion, a part of society or culture. Each entity in itself a thing of beauty and when combined a compelling part of the whole.

Artist Beth Barry reveals, "When I first flew in an airplane, I was struck by the color, shapes and shadows created by the light from the sun.  The sun influenced everything, infusing the already rich palette of the landscapes and seascapes with what felt like a supernatural light.  As the plane moved, the images seemed to move as well.  The shapes bounced and swayed in their own rhythmic way.

This was all very exciting to me and the experience has informed my artwork ever since.  Light, color and movement are basic elements of all of my paintings.  My work has also been strongly influenced by the coastline of Massachusetts.  I grew up there and have always felt tremendous happiness and excitement at the beach.

Pleasure is a large part of my process and a critical part of the finished piece.  My paintings are places of happiness."

For more info on Art Shows, Art Receptions and Red Carpet Events keep reading cognac's Corner Magazine.

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Arthampton

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Arthamptons - Art Gallery Owner Cheryl Sokolow  poses for a photo-op with Cognac Wellerlane and Patricia Parenti
































































































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Arthampton TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist George Schulman














































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Dave Rogers at Arthampton













































Arthampton TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Tom Smith



I was happy to interview three very well known artist at Arthamptons


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

C fine Art represents and exhibit the work of established, International artists with a focus on formal abstraction in sculpture, sculptural works and painting.

C Fine Art specializes 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 APPOINTMENT OR INQUIRY PLEASE CONTACT:

    Cheryl Sokolow, Principal
    Mobile: (646) 594-7583
    csculptures@gmail.com

Artist George Schulman also presented his fine art and you can see more of his collection at the Lawrence Fine Art Gallery in East Hampton.

George Schulman's wildly exuberant, colorful and kinetic paintings take the viewer on a roller coaster ride in and out of the pictorial plane. Viewed from one perspective, they look like Candy Land-like maps of a fantasy place.


Their inspiration and construction come from a variety of places.  Schulman is the son of a seamstress and tailor, and his forms seem to mimic zippers, buttons and the detritus of a NYC sweat shop. Artistic inspiration includes Valazquez, Seurat, of course Matisse,  long-time mentor and colleauge Knox Martin but also the many Street artists Schulman got to know in the 80s and 90s.


Lawrence Fine Art featured Schulman's art as part of its "New Voices" exhibition, July 2015.


Schulman lives and works on Long Island, New York.


Lawrence Fine Art was established by Howard Shapiro

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.

For more information please visit http://www.lawrence-fine-arts.com

Also I was happy to meet Art Gallery Owner Tom Smith from Kidder + Smith Gallery.

His artwork was so innovative and Hollywood inspired.

Take a look at his website at http://www.kiddersmithgallery.net/

Next is another favorite of mine Artist Dave Rogers presented his artwork for the first time at Arthampton.

Rogers a 14 year veteran of the US Army who served in Iraq (1990-91), Bosnia (1997), as a first responder at the World Trade Center (2001) and homeland security in New York (2002-2004), is a New York based Neo-POP sculptor, painter, installation artist and independent curator, who has shown his work nationally in such areas NY, Miami, NJ and CT and also internationally in such countries as China, Korea, Germany, England, France, Mongolia, Switzerland and Spain.

His works are in several private and public collections, as well as having been displayed in Museums, National Libraries, Universities and Cultural Centers, as well as several art fairs including Miami Basel, Toronto Love Art Fair, and the Korea and Hong Kong Affordable Art Fairs. Rogers belongs to The Guild of American paper cutters, the Art and Oil Painting Associations of Jiangmen China, The Huntington and Patchogue Arts Councils, and Studio Montclair, NJ. His work has been featured in Long Island, Miami, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Dominican Republic newspapers and magazines as well as on News 12 and Fios1 Long Island, Miami TV, and Guangdong Television in China.

For more info please visit http://www.artspace.org


Art Hamptons is owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which produces Art Aspen, Art Hamptons, Houston Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, and the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago. All art fairs are presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media. For more information about Urban’s art and design fairs, visit the following websites:

Art Hamptons: June 23-26, 2016 | www.arthamptons.com
Art Aspen: August 4-7, 2016 | www.art-aspen.com
Houston Fine Art Fair: Sep. 29-Oct. 2, 2016 | www.houstonfineartfair.com
SOFA CHICAGO: November 3-6, 2016 | www.sofaexpo.com
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair: February 16-19, 2017 | www.palmspringsfineartfair.com

About Urban Expositions
Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events. Urban serves seven industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming. Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois. www.urban-expo.com

About Clarion Events
Clarion Events can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now delivers more than 200 events in over 20 countries.  www.clarionevents.com and www.olympia-art-antiques.com

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in Red Carpet events in Long Island, Manhattan and the Hamptons

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25A Magazine VIP Hosted A VIP Party and a Meet and Greet with Famous Artist Peter Max at LaMantia Gallery

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Peter Max Meet and Greet VIP Party  Art Gallery Owner James LaMantia and Cognac Wellerlane



















































































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at LaMantia Gallery for a Meet and Greet with Artist Peter Max









































Peter Max Meet and Greet VIP Party Cognac and Artist Peter Max















































Peter Max Meet and Greet VIP Party Cognac Chrstopher Pape, James LaMantia and Chase Backer













































Peter Max Meet and Greet VIP Party Cognac Chrstopher Pape, James LaMantia, Tracy Stern and Chase Backer














































Joy Marks and Cognac Wellerlane at LaMantia Art Gallery for Meet and Greet with Artist Peter Max












































Publisher Chase Backer on the Cover - Art by Peter Max



























































Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in front of Peter Max Poster - Photo by Tracy Stern










25A Magazine VIP Hosted A VIP Party and a Meet and Greet with Famous Artist Peter Max  at LaMantia Gallery in Northport Long Island on June 22, 2016

One of the most famous of all living artist's, Peter Max is also a pop culture icon. His bold colors, uplifting images and an uncommon artistic diversity have touched almost every phase of American culture and has inspired many generations.

Peter Max has painted for six U.S. Presidents and his art is on display in Presidential Libraries and in U.S. Embassies. Max has painted our Lady Liberty annually since America's Bicentennial and in 2000 a collage of his Liberties adorned over 145 million Verizon phone books.

Max has been named an official artist of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He has also been Official Artist of 5 Super Bowls, World Cup USA, The World Series, The U.S. Open, The Indy 500, The NYC Marathon and The Kentucky Derby.

In 2002 Abrams Books publishes what would become one of the best-selling art books ever!   "The Art Of Peter Max"

His art has flown the skies on a Continental Airlines Boeing 777 Jet. His art installations include an amazing 600-ft stage for the Woodstock Music Festival, a giant mural for the Winter Olympics and 10-ft guitars for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

For more information please visit
http://petermax.com/

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.

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Luxury Design Enthusiasts Flock To Opening Night Of The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair

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Cindy Lou Wakefield and Founder Rick Friedman poses for a photo-op on Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair

























TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Rick Friedman on Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair




































Scott Howe President of Arf Hamptons poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Werlane on Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair
















































Cindy Lou Wakefield and Founder Rick Friedman poses for a photo-op on Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair










































Stylist Patricia Parenti and TV Host  Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op on Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair













































Architect and Interior Designer Glen Gissler poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair













































 Debra Rothberg, Designer Glen Gessler and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair




















Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair



















Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair





















Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair



















Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair















Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair























Opening Night Of  The Hamptons Contemporary Design+Décor Fair







The Opening Night Preview of the Hamptons Contemporary Design and Décor Fair proved a fabulous success as Hamptonites flocked the 160+ exhibitor pavilion to experience the latest in luxury design aesthetic from an international array of architects, designers, interior and exterior state-of-the-art manufacturers and one-of-a-kind artisans.


The Opening Night Preview was hosted by Architectural Digest (AD) and benefited the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF). The AD host committee included luminaries of the design world including Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan, Chesie Breen, Thom Filicia, who adopted a dog from ARF,  Alexa Hampton, Celerie Kemble, Scott Nelson, Ann & John Pyne, Elizabeth Pyne, and Vicente Wolf.


Fair founder Rick Friedman was joined by Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Scheiderman, ARF Board Member Alex Papachristidis, and Southampton School District Superintendent Dr. Nicolas Dyno for the ribbon cutting of the first luxury design fair ever held in the Hamptons. Other notables in attendance included Cindy Lou Wakefield, AD Publisher Giulio Capua, Douglas Elliman Chairman Howard Lorber, art dealer Arne Glimcher, designer Marshall Watson, HC&G power ladies Marianne Howatson and Pamela Eldridge, Dr. Lewis Feder, Rob Florio & Actress Tina Louise, Irma & Ken Herzog,, Dede & Shane  Gotthelf, Cheri Kaufman & Bill Schlight, Jesse Nash, Ilona & Jeff Roth, Roberta & Edgar von Schlossberg and Ziel & Helene Feldman among numerous.


Guests were entertained by the spins of DJ Marg and feted with delights by Cheffe Collette of the Inn Spot on the Bay. Along with cocktails and champagne, the evening featured Robert DiNero’s endorsed VDKA 6100 and Cheech Marin’s Tres Papalote Mezcal.


An extraordinary evening celebrating the bespoke luxury and design creativity that is pure Hamptons in support of ARF, who were onsite for the Opening Night Preview Party with over a dozen dogs and cats in their Mobile Adoption Center and one sweet pup found a home on opening night and there are adoption commitments for several others.

For more information please visit
http://hamptonscontemporary.com/

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in Red Carpet Events in Manhattan, Lng Island and the Hamptons.


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