Celebrating the arts in Palm Beach

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Over the weekend, as many of us endured the worst of winter in NYC, Palm Beach celebrated the first day of the Chinese New Year with an evening of eastern enchantment at the Norton Museum’s 35th Annual Bal des Arts 2011.

At this year’s gala, a gong summoned the guests through a pagoda-lined hallway for cocktail hour, then to a dining area of stunning red and gold tablecloths adorned with towers of blossoms as centerpieces. For dinner, Chinese culinary delights: chilled lobster, cucumber sorbet, entrees of lamb and personal tasting trays of candied peaches and chocolate. For entertainment, a traditional dancing dragon (and Alex Donner crooning the night away to the nostalgic hits of the immortal 50’s).

Speaking of immortality, the goddess of immortality is Athena–representing the domestic arts—and celebrating its 15th year, the American International Fine Art Fair. The fair was also open for business this weekend with its prestigious dealers from far and wide. The fair‘s most notable piece was a magnificent 100-carat diamond with a price tag of $40 million (after all, it IS nearing Valentine’s Day…).

The Hammer gallery featured 20 Renoirs, and David Webb made its debut with all new pieces created from the original designs (to-die-for) along with 60 more designs that have never been offered to the public.

Over at Wally Findlay’s, The TransAtlantic Bridge Presention. Guests included Kathy (Alan) Bleznak, Sydelle Meyer, Bill and Nancy Rollnick, Doyle and Barbara Rogers, Bunnie Stevens and Robert and Suzanne Wright.

On Sunday night, my husband Carlos Morrison and I co-hosted an AVENUE Shows dinner with AVENUE’s own Julie Dannenberg at Cafe Sapori in West Palm Beach.  Guests included Paul Vandekar (Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge), Michael James of The Silver Fund, John Atzbach of John Atzbach Antiques and Jacqueline Smelkinson and Marsha Moylan of Moylan Smeklinson/The Spare Room.

It certainly was an eventful weekend. There’s a saying that no human community can exist without culture, and the prestigious island of Palm Beach, for all it’s worth, was gleaming this weekend with a multitude of treasures…

Laurie Silvers and Mitch Rubinstein

Torrence and Rosemary Harder

Mark and Nicci Graham

Jean and William Matthews

Jeffrey and Frances Fisher

Heidi and John Niblack


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