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2012 May

Archives for May 2012

Venice Film Festival 2012

The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement has been awarded to Italian director and screenwriter Francesco Rosi. The award will be presented on 31st August, on the occasion of the screening of the restored copy of Rosi’s masterpiece, Il caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair, 1972).
The 69th Venice International Film Festival will run 29th August to 8th September, directed by Alberto Barbera. New features of the next edition include a new foyer of the Palazzo del Cinema; the Venice Film Market, a new service that will join the Industry Office; and Biennale College – Cinema, a workshop open to young filmmakers for the production of low-budget films.
We look forward to sharing more news about the festival over the coming months..stay tuned! Venice Biennale 2012

Venice ~ Cini Foundation.. a New Glass Exhibition Space

August 2012 the new permanent Rooms for Glass (Le Stanze del Vetro) exhibition space was inaugurated with the show Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932 – 1947

On 29th August 2012 the exhibition Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932 – 1947, curated by Marino Barovier, will open on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. The exhibition of over 300 works will reconstruct Carlo Scarpa’s creative development as artistic director of the Venini Glassworks from 1932 to 1947. The Scarpa exhibition is the first public event of the Rooms for Glass (Le Stanze del Vetro), a long-term cultural project launched by the Giorgio Cini Foundation in collaboration with Pentagram Stiftung for the purpose of studying and showcasing the art of Venetian glassmaking in the 20th century. [Read more…]

Napa Valley Wine Auction – Passage to Africa: On Safari with Chappellet

This fabulous auction package is part of the 2012 Napa Valley Wine Auction- Chaired by the Chappellet Family


Begin with a dream and end with an extraordinary story. The Chappellet Family invites two couples to join them in exploring the wilds of Pritchard Hill and the wild game of the African bush. This expedition, led by renowned naturalist Michael Lorentz of Passage to Africa, will take you from the vines and boulders of Pritchard Hill and the comfort of the Auberge du Soleil to the rivers and grasslands of Southern Africa. Spend 12 days exploring Table Mountain, the Cape Winelands, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and the South Luangwa while staying at luxury bush camps, including Singita Sabi Sands.

Your adventure unfolds with a trip for 10 into the Pritchard Hill wilderness. You’ll enjoy a tour into 1,000 acres of undeveloped country to an authentic bush camp created by Safari West Wildlife Preserve for lunch prepared by chef Janelle Weaver. The rugged hills are home to foxes, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, bald eagles, and the occasional black bear. Savor supper with the family and enjoy celebrated vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon including the 1969, 1975 and 2006.

Donn and Molly will share their most celebrated vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon including the 1969, 1975 and 2006. Two couples will retire for the evening at nearby Auberge du Soleil.

Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet will join you for an African adventure led by their friend Michael Lorentz. A native of South Africa, Lorentz was trained by the legendary tracker Jack Matabula. He will help you hear, see, touch and smell Africa in a way only a son of the Continent can.

Touchdown in Capetown for two nights at Cellars Hohenort: your home-base to explore Table Mountain, Cape Point and Robben Island. Then journey to the Cape Winelands and Le Quartier Francais for visits to wine farms including Vergelegen and Mulderbosch and a comparative tasting of the Cape’s Chenin Blanc that includes Chappellet’s Napa gem.

Your first bush experience is in Kruger National Park at Singita Sabi Sands. Ranked by Travel+Leisure as the #2 hotel in the world, this amazing two-lodge camp is surrounded by groves of trees and wildlife. Move on to Zambia and the Royal Chudu Lodge on the shores of the Zambezi to experience Victoria Falls from all angles. Venture into the Southern Luangwa to Chindeni Bushcamp, a sublime tented camp on the edge of a permanent lagoon where hippo chortle and elephant wallow. Your final stay is at Mfuwe Lodge where game viewing is second to none.

With visions of Africa etched in your mind, your cellar will hold two 3L bottles of Chappellet 2010 Pritchard Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon etched with sketches of African game created by Lygia Chappellet and two 3L bottles of the 2001 vintage.

*Safari must take place between February 2013 and May of 2013. Napa Valley experience to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time. Does not include: international airfare, transportation within Africa, gratuities, visas or travel insurance.

2 X 3L 2001
2 X 3L 2010

Picasso, 1917 ~ Upcoming Major Exhibition in Metz, France


So beautiful…. Centre Pompidou-Metz presents 1917, a multidisciplinary exhibition that investigates the fundamental question of artistic creation in wartime. Originating with Picasso’s creation of his largest work, the stage curtain for the ballet Parade, in 1917, the exhibition examines artistic production of that crucial year in light of historical facts and their impacts on the lives of the artists.

Alongside masters such as Brancusi, Dix, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Matisse, Monet, or Nevinson, were amateur artists who felt the need to respond to the trials of war through creative expression such as Trench art, examples of which are a high point of the exhibition. Equally important are the war artists who were sent to the front to record its events, and the many individuals who, as eyewitnesses, expressed their memory of the conflict for posterity.

From physical and psychological destruction and rebuilding through self-portraiture, to the confusion between gender, and the transformation associated with camouflage, two major figures arise: the Harlequin and the stage curtain for the ballet Parade, whose monumental format and remarkable presentation constitute the climax of the exhibition. This masterpiece by Picasso was last shown in 2004 in Hong Kong and is shown in France for the first time in over twenty years.

26 May 2012–24 September 2012

Centre Pompidou-Metz
1, parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme
CS 90490
57020 Metz Cedex 1

T +33 (0)3 87 15 39 39


We are very dedicated to community service and charity: public relations, marketing, fundraising, board membership, corporate partnerships and events


  • Arts and Culture:
    • Vice-Chair, Arts and Culture Council, Miami Beach (current Chamber appointment)
    • Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco- (2010); led marketing and PR for Maria Callas exhibition and gala event; exceeded fundraising and attendance goals by 40% ; Emmy Award for Red Carpet television editorial coverage  and garnered significant press-22 articles written about the exhibition and gala
    • San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Board (1998 to present); $2 million annual net contribution
    • Tahoe International Film Festival – (2001) Marketing and Event Director; produced all materials and events; negotiated all corporate sponsorships
    • Member: Guggenheim Museums (Venice Italy, New York), Miami Art Museum, Bass Museum Miami Beach, The Wolfsonian, MOCA, Headlands Center for the Arts; MOMA; Fine Arts Museums (FAM); French Historical Society


  • Conservation/Wildlife:
    • South Florida SPCA (rescue and rehabilitation of abused horses); volunteer and fundraiser
    • Humane Society of South Florida; volunteer and adoption counselor
    • San Francisco Zoo Auxiliary Board (2007 to present); Public Relations Chair (2009 to 2011)
    • WorldWildlife Fund (WWF), Nature Conservancy;member


  • Humanitarian and Health Causes:
    • American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter; Gala Committee (2006-2010)
    • Little Lighthouse Foundation, Miami FL – Hearts and Stars Gala Committee (2012)
    • Edgewood Center for Children and Families (2006 to present); Hope Ball founding member and PR Chair
    • Fritz Institute; Public Relations and Marketing; (2008-2010)
    • Breast Cancer Emergency Fund; (2007 to present) promoter/ auction contributor

Art in Public Places – A Venerable Public Treasure Chest


Throughout civilization, works of art and architecture have been commissioned and created that memorialize both a time in history and a style and taste of local cultures.  Italy is an astounding example of a country deeply infused with centuries of public art. From the art of Ancient Rome that proliferated from 750 BC to approximately 400 AD, to such works as Michelangelo’s  David  and the Trevi Fountain, Italy is indelibly enriched.   David, created between 1501 and 1504 and originally commissioned for a different purpose, which was ultimately installed in a public square in Florence; and the Trevi Fountain in Rome (1732-1762, commissioned by Pope Urban Vlll), both exemplify the visual treasure chest of Italy.


Miami Beach is a city that is highly committed to art and its future, as demonstrated through its “Art in Public Places” program.  Officially established in 1984, there were already several important works of art on display in the city.  Mermaid, created in 1979 by Roy Lichtenstein (yes, “that Lichtenstein “), is a highly visible and recognizable work of art located at Washington and 17th Street.  Today, there are nineteen unique and original works of art dotting the city like jewels of a crown.


The Resources for Public Art


In general, public art is installed with the authorization and collaboration of the government. In different municipalities, the government actively encourages the creation of public art by implementing a policy based on a percentage of different funds, often hovering around 1% of given real estate development costs.


The City of Miami Art in Public Places Ordinance, has established, 1.5 percent of the cost of city-owned construction projects is set aside for “works of art in public places other than museums which enrich the public environment.” Additionally, the 1.5 percents funding also included renovations of City building requiring compliance with the Florida Building Code fifty percent (50%) rule or, renovation having a value equal to or greater than $500,000, or addition to any city-owned building, facility, or other city-owned property. The definition of city construction project is also deemed to include construction projects that are developed by persons or entities other than the city, but which require the participation of the city as a party to a development agreement or ground lease. Additionally, Construction cost means “hard costs” associated with construction of a city construction project.  .


The Selection Process


The Art in Public Places program is under the direction of Max Sklar, Director of Tourism and Cultural Development and Dennis Leyva, the Art in Public Places Coordinator for City of Miami Beach.


Max Sklar, a Miami-Dade County native, is a graduate of The American University and Florida International University, Business School. He is highly regarded for his direction of the tourist and cultural initiatives of the city, including “Sleepless Nights” held annually on the first week of November.


Dennis Leyva, born Cuba and raised in Miami, is a graduate of University of Miami. Some of the most exciting projects of the Art in Public Places program have been completed in the past four years, under the supervision of Mr. Leyva.  They include Urban Deco, 2008, by Garren Owens; Morris’, 2009, by Dan Graham; Tempest, 2010, by Brian Tolle;  Liquid Measures, by Wendy Wischer, 2010; and most recently obstinate lighthouse, by Tobias Rehberger, 2011.


In addition to the City of Miami Beach staff resources, seven Miami Beach residents are appointed by the City commission to the Art in Public Places Committee. Each of these individuals is selected based on their competence and experiences in art history, architectural history, sculpture, painting, artistic structure design and other areas of specialization. The current members of the Committee are: Chairperson, Megan Riley; Vice-Chair, Elizabeth Resnick; Lisa Austin; James Lloyd; Rhonda Mitrani; Lisette Olemberg-Goldstein; and Janda Wetherington.


Educating the Miami Beach Students – ARTventure


Students and teachers throughout Miami Beach now have access to a program that is helping to bring Art in Public Places into the classroom.  As part of the Education Compact, the City has developed the Backyard ARTventure program designed to enhance awareness and appreciation for public artwork throughout the City.  A map and interactive brochure highlight the locations and information on each work of public art throughout Miami Beach (a downloadable version is available on the City of Miami Beach website http://www.miamibeachfl.gov/tcd/aipp).


The Future Looks Golden


The most recent addition to the portfolio of art work in this program was unveiled during Art Basel  Miami Beach, December 1, 2011.  This project bears indication of continued great works for the program’s future.  Not only is the obstinate lighthouse a monumental, fifty-five feet tall art work, a stunning addition to the pristine South Park, but the caliber of the artist is world class, and highly regarded by critics across the globe.  The winner of the 2009 Venice Biennale’s highest honor, the Golden Lion, Tobias Rehberger and his obstinate lighthouse represents Miami Beach’s serious commitment to significant public art – as is so well deserved for our beautiful city.