R. Couri Hay https://rcourihay.com creative public relations Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:34:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://rcourihay.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-241542_NEW-LOGO-FOR-R-COURI-HAY_1_061218-32x32.png R. Couri Hay https://rcourihay.com 32 32 Chef Works: In their own words: The journey of Executive Chef Saul Montiel https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/chef-works-in-their-own-words-the-journey-of-executive-chef-saul-montiel/ Wed, 17 Apr 2019 20:38:28 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3964 Saul Montiel is the executive chef at Cantina Rooftop, Cantina 48 and Stage 48 in New York City. He was born in Atotonilco El Grande, a small town outside of Pachuca in Central Mexico. He...

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Saul Montiel is the executive chef at Cantina RooftopCantina 48 and Stage 48 in New York City. He was born in Atotonilco El Grande, a small town outside of Pachuca in Central Mexico.

He was kind enough to share his journey with us about crossing the border as a teenager and working his way up through the kitchens of New York.

The Chef Works blog is pleased to present Chef Saul … in his own words …

When I was growing up in Mexico, I always wanted to go to Madison Square Garden to watch Michael Jordan play.  My father died when I was three, and my mother had to raise four children on her own. So my dream was just that … a dream.

When I was a teenager, I took my first steps to making that dream come true. I crossed the Arizona border when I was 16, armed with zero English, $20 and a lot of hope.

The plan was to establish myself and send money back to my family. I was going to be the “man of the house” for my younger siblings.

My mother and grandmother owned and operated a small fonda (bistro/inn) and that’s where I got my first taste of culinary. I did everything from cleaning, bussing, serving, shopping and cooking. By the time I was 9 I was well known in the market. I was a shrewd shopper — always helping my mom to buy fresh produce, meat, poultry, fish, etc.

Eventually, I made it to New York and threw myself into the only occupation I had known – culinary. It was rough for a 16-year-old … and at times it felt like it would be too much. But the chef saw my hard work as a dishwasher. I came in early for shifts and the chef team recognized my commitment. There was an opportunity for us both.

I focused all of my free time on how to be a better cook. I spent hours at Barnes & Noble reading cookbooks and working for free. As a result, I was rewarded with promotions and opportunities at other restaurants.

Like many starting chefs, I bounced from restaurant to restaurant, learning what I could.   I experienced many different cuisines and worked with some amazing chefs: Sara Jenkins, Amanda Freitag, Anne Burrell, Jody Williams and Josh Capon to name a few.

Now I am happily married and my amazing, supportive wife, Eliana, and I have two beautiful daughters. I am a legal permanent resident, and the executive chef of Cantina Rooftop, Cantina 48, and Stage 48. I also own a small restaurant in my home town in Mexico, called La Unica.

I continue to support my family back in Mexico, but my mother refuses to retire!

I love the United States as much as I love Mexico.

The journey was long and hard, but absolutely worth the struggle.

I never did get to see MJ play. But I’ve seen more than a few games at The Garden.

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Articles Fashion & Style Featured The Archive Get To Know Actress, Model & Maxim Cover Girl Janel Tanna https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/articles-fashion-style-featured-the-archive-get-to-know-actress-model-maxim-cover-girl-janel-tanna/ Wed, 17 Apr 2019 20:15:37 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3960 Janel Tanna is an actress, occasional producer and screenwriter who, just four years into her career, has appeared in more than twenty projects. She has won 16 acting awards at various...

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Janel Tanna is an actress, occasional producer and screenwriter who, just four years into her career, has appeared in more than twenty projects. She has won 16 acting awards at various film festivals, plus two writing awards. She has also received an additional 10 acting nominations. Not bad for someone who almost never went down the path of acting, which she had often daydreamed about, but life seemed to have other plans.

“It was just fate,” Janel says of becoming an actress. She had gone to New York City for some work interviews and to visit some college friends. On a whim, she put an application together for The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. She said, “I got accepted the day after I went in for the interview component, and they were very encouraging.”

Janel had boarded a plane to return home, but the airline wouldn’t let her bring her dog, a miniature husky, into the cabin; they insisted he had to go in cargo. She refused, and after many hours, Janel and her pet were finally given the go-ahead to board another flight, but that one never ended up taking off, due to an engine malfunction.

“I got off that plane, and I’m like, this is a sign, I’m not supposed to leave New York City right now.” The acting classes were only for a few months, she figured, and she had always wanted to gain more formal training in the craft.

Shortly after her Strasberg classes began, Janel auditioned for an independent film and got the role, and that team was very supportive. “They’re like, ‘You’re very gifted as an actor,’ so this team was a very encouraging environment. They really allowed me to discover the truth in my role and believed in me.  And I ended up getting nominated for best actress at a film festival for that very first role, and it just went from there.”

While acting was a “what if” that seemed might never come into fruition, modeling was something, she explains, more or less randomly happened. That all started when a friend, a top U.K. makeup artist, encouraged Janel to model, and she went on a few auditions and quickly booked a L’Oréal hair job. After that, she started doing various runway shows, including three seasons of Couture Fashion week, Couture in Paris runways, and again this year with Couture, EPN and New York Fashion week.

“I like to set goals and plan ahead, but at the same time, I live day by day; I always feel my life can be pretty random, but I like to go with it,” she says. “Modeling is very thrilling; I have met some amazing humans through it.”

On a whim by encouragement from others, Janel entered the 2019 Maxim Cover Girl modeling competition – and won over 30,000 other applicants, taking home a $25,000 prize, which she’ll use to help finance her next film project. Famed photographer Gilles Bensimon shot the magazine cover.

The first “Sienna’s Choice,” which is the first she created, produced and starred in, looks at end-of-life care and the decision-making involved. It has won accolades, including more than thirty awards and nominations at various film festivals around the globe.

In the dramatic short, “Intervention,” shot in California, by director Linda Palmer, Janel plays an addict going through withdrawal and dealing with the aftermath of a parent’s suicide. She joins Julia Silverman as a co-producer as well. She explains, as an actress or filmmaker, “I like to be a chameleon; I pull from many different aspects of who I am to make characters, it really gives me satisfaction when I feel the truth deep when each of these personas come to life. When it comes to writing or producing films, I tend to focus on things with some kind of social message. Something that will touch people or is a hot topic of ethical debate.”

Janel also trained by James Brill in the Meisner technique at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, and she works with Carl Ford of the Susan Batson Studio for character preparation. She says, “He’s brilliant. I really trust him with the characters I bring to him that we bring life into. That is important to me.”

Coming up, she plays an Eastern European femme fatale in “Cozmo’s,” a sci-fi comedy series that will run on the on-demand streaming service Atomic Network.

You might ask what was keeping Janel from living out her acting dream from the start? While Tanna considers herself a lifetime learner and student, and although her heart always wanted to act, she also has a love for science and connecting with people. Prior to training in acting, she earned a medical degree (MD) summa cum laude. Janel was also elected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.

During medical school, Janel was the recipient of the McGraw Hill Book Award for being in the top two ranked students (out of a class of 144) in the basic science curriculum, the Edward Curvish Award in Biochemistry for the medical student with the highest average in medical biochemistry, a medical research award, and a Glascow Rubin awarded to all the women graduating in the top ten percent of the class. Tanna was also a student member of the medical school admissions committee, tutored renal physiology and a did a research fellowship on cerebral aneurysms.

She started her training in brain surgery but at the end of the day she says, it’s not for everyone. Prior to medical school, she taught students for the MCAT (medical college admissions test), did research in DNA replication and repair, and won the Merck Index award for the top one percent of the class in Organic Chemistry. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast and college cheerleader.

Read the Full Article and View More Photos in Social Life Magazine: https://sociallifemagazine.com/2019/04/17/get-to-know-actress-model-maxim-cover-girl-janel-tanna/

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Convos with Couri: The Power of the Party https://rcourihay.com/columns/couris-blog/convos-with-couri-the-power-of-the-party/ Tue, 09 Apr 2019 18:18:19 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3953 The post Convos with Couri: The Power of the Party appeared first on R. Couri Hay.

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The Power of the Party

To really grab someone’s attention, you need to show them a good time. That is the Power of the Party; the capability of making connections, expanding your community, showcasing your brand, growing your publicity, and building trust, all with one event.

As a close friend of Andy Warhols, I learned all about publicity. This stemmed from his creation of Interview Magazine in 1969. Why did he start this magazine? To go to parties. We would interview important, fancy people and take their photos and it would go in the magazine, growing their publicity which leads to more parties.

As a publicist for artists, chefs, actors, and actresses, you name it, I see events and parties benefiting everyone. Whether it is opening night of a Broadway show, a new art exhibition in a gallery, the launch of a new product; never forget the power of the party. The power to get anyone of everyone important at one location, giving them an unforgettable and positive experience. There will be photos taken and interviews done that will grow publicity so that people who didn’t attend the event will wish they did.

One example is the art world. The art world is one big party. One of the most famous events is Art Basel, which has received criticism with artists and some critics for being too much of a party. However, one reason that people are in the art world is for the fun. They are there for the buzz and the Hollywood stars. They are there to purchase the million dollar artwork and after, attending the luxurious satellite parties with celebrities and famous artists. In the end, if there is a new artwork in town, there will be a party to celebrate it.

If you plan a successful party; one with a great crowd, fun music, delicious food, plenty of drinks, and a deserving cause, then you will grow your publicity, your audience and your reputation. So, never forget the Power of the Party.

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Marijuana edibles: Pros and cons https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/marijuana-edibles-pros-and-cons/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:25:35 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3935 Dr. Harris Stratyner, PhD and Hillary Peckham of Etain, debate the pros and cons of edible marijuana. View full Fox 5 News video here

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Dr. Harris Stratyner, PhD and Hillary Peckham of Etain, debate the pros and cons of edible marijuana.

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Domingo Zapata visits the Vatican https://rcourihay.com/columns/social-safari/domingo-zapata-visits-the-vatican/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:16:05 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3929 Domingo Zapata was understandably nervous when meeting with Pope Francis, who appointed the Spanish-born artist an ambassador for Scholas Occurrentes, an organization that promotes arts education. “Relax, now I’ll paint...

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Domingo Zapata

Artist Domingo Zapata with his jacket painted by the Pope

Domingo Zapata was understandably nervous when meeting with Pope Francis, who appointed the Spanish-born artist an ambassador for Scholas Occurrentes, an organization that promotes arts education. “Relax, now I’ll paint on you,” the Pontiff told him after the swearing in, and proceeded to paint a cross, a bird and his signature on Zapata’s blue suit.

The cross and bird topped with the papal autograph seems to be Francis’ artistic signature – he painted the same thing on a canvas on which Zapata and fellow artist Mr. Brainwash also worked. “He did a cross, and then he did a bird – he does this thing all the time – and then he signed it,” said Zapata who wrote “I am human” in Spanish on the canvas. Brainwash wrote “Life is Beautiful” and added a heart. The painting, titled “El Inmigrante,” has an immigration theme and will be auctioned off to benefit Scholas Occurrentes.

Canvas painted by Domingo Zapata, Mr. Brainwash, and the Pope.

Zapata had painted in the Pope’s presence once before when he created a work that sold for $500,000 to benefit the organization. Francis was thankful – and enjoyed the experience – and invited him back to the Vatican for a joint art session.

“What’s great is that I am the first painter to ever paint with the Pope, and I am the first painter to ever become a canvas for the Pope,” Zapata said.

“I think it’s beautiful we have a Pope that promotes art in education,” he said. “It’s extremely important, and I am proud to be an ambassador of this and to be able to help.” Zapata also donated other works to help raise funds for the organization.

Of Pope Francis’ artistic skills, Zapata says, “We need to get him a couple more classes, but I think he’s doing better.” And what will he do with that brand new suit with the Pope’s painting on it? “I’m going to paint on it, and then I’m going to

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Pietro’s Fight Night Round VII https://rcourihay.com/columns/social-safari/pietros-fight-night-round-vii/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:14:10 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3925 Pietros Fight, the nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), welcomed more than 600 guests to their seventh annual fundraiser...

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Pietros Fight, the nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), welcomed more than 600 guests to their seventh annual fundraiser raising more than $250,000.

The event honored lawyer Sal Strazzulo with the ‘Cure Fighter Award’ and Nick Raineri with the Ultimate Fighter Award, for their long-term support of Pietro and the Scarso family.

Pietro’s Fight was founded by Manni and Dayna Scarso in 2012 after the couple learned the devastating news that their then-three-year-old son Pietro was diagnosed with DMD – the most common and lethal childhood genetic disorder in the world affecting one in every 3,500 male births. The mission of Pietro’s Fight is to increase worldwide awareness of DMD, with the purpose of raising and appropriating funds for research that will realize a cure for this fatal disease and ensure that children like Pietro have the opportunity to enjoy a full life.

Following a cocktail hour where guests enjoyed Italian dishes and treats and were invited to bid on a wide variety of raffle items in a chance auction, they were then ushered into the dining room where they stood in respect to listen to Jessica Friedhoff, who has performed at the New York Grand Opera at Carnegie Hall and Central Park, perform the national anthem. Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, who is the spiritual leader of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Williamsburg, as well as the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens as vicar for development, then gave a blessing to the Scarso family and their supporters.

Manni and Dayna Scarso then rose to thank their sponsors and volunteers before playing a special dedicational video celebrating Pietro’s 10thbirthday. The video featured a testimonial from Manni and Dayna as well as good wishes from former NHL player Kevin Weekes, NCAAM Mississippi Bulldogs player Aric Homan, and NBA legend Shaquille O’NealPietro Scarso then made his entrance, alongside his brother Nico Scarso, to applause and cheers. He thanked everyone for attending and said that he was happy to be there.

The honorees were then welcomed to the stage. Dayna introduced Nick Raineri, who said, “No-one should be honored but Manni and Dayna,” while thanking them for their tireless work. Manni introduced Sal Strazzulo, who noted that it was recently International Women’s Day saying, “Every day is women’s day, when you look at the work that Dayna does each and every day.” He then read an anonymous poem dedicated to all mothers and women, including his wife Allison Strazzulo, who is pregnant with their third child. Dayna then introduced Former New York State Senator Marty Golden who said that “no family has fought harder to kick DMD to the curb.” Manni and Dayna Scarso then recognized past honorees, before concluding the program and inviting people to the dancefloor.

Members of the New Jersey cast of The Jersey Boys then performed a selection of the band’s greatest hits, before winners of the raffle items, which included a 2019 Honda Accord donated by Bay Ridge Honda, were announced. Rappers Fatman Scoop and Chubb Rock then performed.

Through their fundraising, Pietro’s Fight has funded multiple research projects selected by the foundation’s Director of Research Dr. Carlo Rago.

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The World’s Most Exclusive Hotel https://rcourihay.com/columns/travels-with-couri/the-worlds-most-exclusive-hotel/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:10:45 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3920 Aman Junkies Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Bill Gates, and Harrison Ford are among the rich and richer who have made the 20 hour trip from NYC to Phuket. It’s a...

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Aman Junkies

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Bill Gates, and Harrison Ford are among the rich and richer who have made the 20 hour trip from NYC to Phuket. It’s a long flight, even on a private jet, but once you touch down, the magic carpet rolls out. We were met by a white-uniformed greeter from the Amanpuri, who escorted us to a black chauffeured BMW that whisked us to the hotel. Looking out the window, you see a poor third world country streaming by until you swing into the long, palm-lined drive to the resort’s enchanted garden; all the teak wood buildings are built in the traditional Thai style with whimsical peaked winged roofs. The architecture echoes the Royal Palace compound in Bangkok where King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara live. Frederic Varnier, the charming and erudite head honcho here for the past 15 years and members of his sarong wearing staff meet us, bowing in the time-honored greeting.  Here you will find a collection of the world’s savvy cognoscenti who are called “Aman Junkies”, because of their loyalty to the brand.  This list includes Jason Statham and his wife Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and their six children when they were still married.

Vladislav Doroni

The Amanpuri was built by legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha in 1988. It was the first in the Aman Group of hotels and resorts that now span the world from the Turks & Caicos and Bali to Sri Lanka and Tibet. The Aman Resort Group is now owned by Vladislav Doronin. I wandered down hand-hewn stone steps, surrounded by greenery to a tiny rock peninsula on the property.

This idyllic spot, edged with swaying palm trees, overlooks Pansea Beach. The soundtrack was provided by a gentle wind and white-capped waves rolling picturesquely against the boulders that create this stone jetty.  A young Tai girl led us to the outermost table, one of only four, perched eight feet above the sand and sea. She held back a simple wooden chair and placed a freshly pressed white linen napkin on our laps. The menu was something you would expect at Sant Ambroeus, not on a rock in Thailand. The chef proves masterful and the cuisine an unexpected delight; healthy, sophisticated and scrumptious. With a majestic palm tree acting as our umbrella, I looked out over the multi-blue hued sea, relaxed and comforted, this table symbolizes the exquisite experience that is the Amanpuri.

The Jet Set

Every detail at this flagship hotel is elegantly curated, from the fragrant cool towels and the refreshing hibiscus teas that await you at every stop to the refined taste exercised in the execution of the pavilions and reception areas.

The most extravagant way to stay here is in one of the 30 private villas that spread out over the hills looking down at the ocean. These range from a two-bedroom compound with a private pool and separate pavilions for dining and lounging for $3,800 a day to a grand 8-bedroom house with a live-in housekeeper and chef for 14k a night. Billionaires, the jet set and stars like Pierce Brosnan, Jean-Claude Van Damme and One Direction’s Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson have all slept here as well as scores of others who don’t want to see their names in print. The management has been known to send out boats filled with security to bribe and shoo away the paparazzi that train their long lenses on their guests. Not long ago they spied on Brangelina and reported that their son Pax had hurt his leg while jet skiing. When one of these villas goes on the market, they fetch 10 to 25 million dollars.

The Pavilions

For a romantic rendezvous, I’d suggest staying in one of their 40 glamorous stand-alone Pavilions that face the sea and are near the beach, bar, pool, and restaurants. These rooms are spacious and well thought out; they also boast their own outdoor dining and lounging pagoda. The bedroom is a sleek dark wood cocoon with sliding teak doors and windows that either seal you in or open to the views of the sea and the tropical gardens that surround you. The twin bath and dressing rooms make it easy for a couple to get ready simultaneously. Every day there is a surprise, the Buddha in your bedroom is draped with a fresh frangipani lei, floating orchids fill your bathtub that is surrounded by lit candles, there is package on your pillow bearing a gift: a white silk scarf, white orchid plants punctuate your room, and fresh fruit and cookies are always left on a tray. Service is silent and they time it so you never see it happen.

Puri Naoki

Although you can go into Phuket to eat, it’s easier to dine at the resort. Although there is swift room service, we started every day with breakfast in the main pavilion facing the Olympic sized, black tiled pool, that is surrounded by grey chaise lounges. The food here is on a par with the Carlyle in NYC or the Rosewood in London, with freshly brewed coffees and teas and homemade

breads and jams. There are lots of healthy choices; try the fresh fruit smoothies, egg white frittatas, or the open-faced Tai omelet. That said, I couldn’t help but miss the lavish buffet breakfasts you find in European hotels, but the Amanpuri is far quieter than a normal five-star hotel and you never wait for anything. You can choose from three separate restaurants and cuisines, The Tiger restaurant serves Tai food but if you want a hamburger, it’s done just like at home. Their Italian restaurant offers perfect pastas and a heavenly Tagliatelle lamb ragu. Puri Naoki serves Japanese fare; order all the sushi, the grilled yellowfin tuna and the tangy hot and sour soup with a floating shrimp. To work off the calories head to the hotel’s state of the art gym, which sits on top of a bluff.  Every treadmill offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the sea and long stretches of beach. You can hire a trainer to put you through your paces or there’s a yoga master who conducts a class in the mornings. Sweat in Nirvana. Recover in the elegant spa. It is a quiet oasis and all they want to do is pamper you. Order up: The Royal Thai massage, invigorating facials with local herbs or expert mani-pedis. My favorite treatment was the foot massage with Andaman sea salt and roasted coconuts. After lunch, nap in the shade, then rent jet skis and go exploring. They offer all the watersports here, from snorkeling and waterskiing to sailing and paragliding. As I swam in the sea it was hard to envision the tsunami that hit the area 15 years ago in 2004. Thankfully there are very few signs left of the devastation that it wrought.

Tea Time

Between 4:30 and 5:30 pm there is a not to be missed ritual in the teahouse overlooking the pool. A gaggle of maidens makes traditional Thai pancakes, the size of silver dollars, over a charcoal stove while a musician softly plays an indigenous instrument. These tiny treats are beyond yummy; try the banana, mango, and chocolate, or go rogue and have one made with sweet onions. They melt in your mouth so you have to be careful not to eat too many. The ladies also serve cold ginger tea with mango juice and offer pumpkin and banana bread and coconut cookies if you want to switch things up. Luckily, tea time is exactly one hour or you’d need to wear a caftan to the beach. We went swimming at sunset; the water was warm and the sun’s last rays reflected off the ocean as we body surfed and played in the waves like happy seals.  Later, the lapping waves lulled us to sleep in our beds. Amanpuri, the stuff dreams are made of. aman.com (66)76-324-333

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Jean and Martin Shafiroff Host St. Patrick’s Day Party https://rcourihay.com/columns/social-safari/jean-and-martin-shafiroff-host-st-patricks-day-party/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:07:05 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3916 Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a cocktail party with their special guest Patrick McMullancelebratingSt. Patrick’s Day as well as the society photographer’s birthday with the evening honoring Stony Brook Southampton...

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Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a cocktail party with their special guest Patrick McMullancelebratingSt. Patrick’s Day as well as the society photographer’s birthday with the evening honoring Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Guests were encouraged to wear green with Shafiroff donning a spectacular green and gold Oscar de la Renta ballgown.

McMullan, known for his St. Patrick’s Day parties, was thrown a surprise dinner by Shafiroff in 2017. Patrick is said to be one of the inventors of modern social and event photography, and the Irish Embassy has called him “a vital Irish American.”

Midway through the event, Jean commanded the attention of the room to talk about the importance of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and how it “was vital to residents of the East End.” She then added with a smile, “there are two things you need – a good hospital and a good ambulance.” She then introduced Patrick calling him, “the icon of icons.” Patrick also stressed the importance of the hospital saying, “I am incredibly grateful for the hospital as, without it, I wouldn’t be here.”

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital 61stAnnual Summer Party will take place on Saturday, August 3rdand Jean and Martin have been named this year’s honorees. In addition, Jean Shafiroff has been named to the board of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Association.

Guests included: Trish BackalDebbie and Steve BernsteinGeoffrey BradfieldRita CosbyR. Couri HayOdile de Schietere-LongchamptJoseph FicheraMaria, and Kenneth Fishel,

Dr. David FoxMontgomery FrazierHilary and George Gurley with George Jr.Susan GutfreundYaz HernandezLucia Hwong GordonLarry KaiserRoy KeanGreg Kelly and Judith GreySandra KuhlMargo LangenbergNancyJane and Jeffrey LoewyMichel LongchamptRuth MillerBen MindichLibbie MugrabiAdele Nino,Dr. Nicholas PerriconeKathy and Othon ProunisRandi SchatzJane ScherRebecca SeawrightAna and Scott StonePeter Thomas Roth, and Doug Troland.

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Bentley Meeker Opens “Exploring Light” https://rcourihay.com/columns/social-safari/bentley-meeker-opens-exploring-light/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:04:01 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3911 Artist Bentley Meeker celebrated the opening of “Exploring Light,” a show of his new illuminated sculptural works, presented by Garvey|Simon gallery at a pop-up space in the Hudson Yards district...

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Artist Bentley Meeker celebrated the opening of “Exploring Light,” a show of his new illuminated sculptural works, presented by Garvey|Simon gallery at a pop-up space in the Hudson Yards district of Manhattan.

More than 150 friends, collectors, and art-world luminaries gathered for the VIP reception. Notable guests included Fern Mallis, Liliana Cavendish, Susan J. BarronJanna Bullock, Hisashi MiyaoJean ShafiroffSteven TrenkJoe GanimAndrew YoumansMichael Genovese, publisher Justin Mitchell, and columnist R. Couri Hay.

The exhibition, on view through March 16th, is taking place during Armory Week at 517 W. 37thStreet, NY, NY 10018, a street-level gallery space near the fairs.  “Exploring Light” consists of 40 contemplative installations that create a unifying tableau and invite the viewer to immerse themselves in a collective perception about light.

In addition to the New York City show, an exhibition of Meeker’s work titled “Immaculate Refraction” will be mounted at the Penticton Art Gallery in British Columbia, Canada on March 23th through May 12th.

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Galerie Gmurzynska Hosts Opening for “Karl Lagerfeld: 30 Years of Photography” https://rcourihay.com/uncategorized/galerie-gmurzynska-hosts-opening-for-karl-lagerfeld-30-years-of-photography/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 16:56:30 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=3904 On Tuesday, March 5, Chanel Iman and her husband Sterling Shepard, Gay Talese and Audrey Gruss, joined Galerie Gmurzynska Co-Owner Isabelle Bscher and gallery Director Martin Friedrichs in honoring Karl Lagerfeld at the opening of an oeuvre-spanning exhibition of his fine-art photography....

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On Tuesday, March 5, Chanel Iman and her husband Sterling ShepardGay Talese and Audrey Gruss, joined Galerie Gmurzynska Co-Owner Isabelle Bscher and gallery Director Martin Friedrichs in honoring Karl Lagerfeld at the opening of an oeuvre-spanning exhibition of his fine-art photography.

The show, on view from March 6 through April 27, is the gallery’s second exhibition following its inaugural showing of work by Wifredo Lam. In the comprehensive exhibition of more than 40 works, the full range of Lagerfeld’s output is on display, from his celebrity portraits—whether a close-up of Nicole Kidman or Arnold Schwarzenegger atop a motorcycle—to his photography depicting his beloved adopted city of Paris, and his romantic depictions of floating flowers.

About Galerie Gmurzynska

Galerie Gmurzynska is an international art gallery with locations in Zurich, Zug, Switzerland, and New York City that specializes in modern and contemporary art as well as Russian avant-garde. Isabelle Bscher, is the third-generation owner and director.

Galerie Gmurzynska presents unique exhibitions that are both historically well researched and scientifically documented. It works with leading art historians as well as collaborating with museums on exhibitions and for the enlargement of their permanent collections. Additionally, it participates in multiple art fairs including Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze Masters in London, Salon in New York and Art Basel, Switzerland, FIAC, Abu Dhabi, Frieze Masters, Tefaf and Expo Chicago, where it is regularly identified as a must-see booth.

Known for its museum quality and uniquely curated exhibitions, Galerie Gmurzynska has hosted over 150 shows in its various premises and published over 100 art historical catalogues and catalogue raisonné in close collaboration with experts worldwide. Moreover, the gallery has represented the estates of some of the world’s greatest artists such as Yves Klein, Louise Nevelson, Wifredo Lam, and David Smith, in some cases for several generations, and contemporary artists Robert Indiana, Christo, Fernando Botero, and Ronnie Cutrone.

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