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Brittany Farinas of House of One image via Shaye Price of A Design Partnership for use by 360 Magazine

House of One Q×A

Brittany Farinas fiercely and fashionably has entered the world of interior design. The designer of both residential and commercial spaces resides in South Florida, where she launched her company, House of One. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in interior design, Farinas utilized her life-long passion to help others beautify their spaces. Streamlined, sleek, and polished, Farinas has an impeccable eye for style that makes her stand out. 360 Magazine spoke with the designer about her favorite interior aesthetics, House of One’s recent blog launch, and upcoming projects.

When did you first get into designing residential and commercial spaces?

About four years ago.

What type of look does House of One try to imbue in its clients spaces?

I try to make each of my client’s spaces very much a reflection of who they are, while creating a visually exciting yet timeless look. At House of One, we strive on creating unique spaces with bold moments.

How would you describe your personal favorite interior aesthetic?

My personal design aesthetic is minimal eclectic. I love sculptural elements in a space and I have a great appreciation for luxurious textures. When it comes to designing an interior space for myself- I like to neutralize the primary pieces (larger furniture items such as sofas, tables, cabinetry) and add character in secondary pieces (i.e accent chairs, pillows, accessories, accent lighting).

What visual design software does House of One utilize?

We use AutoCAD, SketchUp, and multiple rendering softwares.

What is the most important thing to consider when designing an interior space?

The most important thing to consider when designing spaces for our clients is to envision exactly how they will use their space daily and how the space will evolve through time.

 How does designing a residential space differ from designing a commercial space?

When designing a commercial space, it’s about promoting the brand image and creating a setting for productivity and growth for the company as a whole. It’s necessary to be conscious of how multiple groups of people might be using the space- whereas designing for a residential client is more specific and lifestyle driven. While designing residential and commercial spaces are targeted towards a different end goal, both need to be extremely functional while aesthetically pleasing.

On your website, I saw that you are launching a blog. That is so exciting! What type of content will be published on House of One’s blogspace?

Yes! I am extremely excited about the blog as well. This will be a place where I can elaborate more on the projects in different categories. For example, we will have a section labeled “Project Tours” where you will be able to get an in depth look at some of our recently completed work. I’ll also be featuring posts on different trends, and a behind the scenes look of our design process.

Where do you find interior design inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere I go. However, I’ve always been inspired by fashion. When I go eat at restaurants I can’t help but touch the different fabrics and materials. I have always been so curious that way.

Did you always have an eye for detail, or are there ways in which you’ve sharped your interior design vision over time?

I would say I’ve always had an eye for detail. My mom worked at a furniture store when I was about the age of 3-15. I spent a lot of days with her hanging around the showroom. I always gravitated towards certain colors/details. At a young age I was very opinionated about what I liked and didn’t like when it came to design. Over time, I feel my eye for design has definitely evolved, and I know it will keep doing so over time. I think it’s just a part of life and growing as a person and designer.

Are there any exciting projects coming up for House of One that you can speak about?

Yes! We’re currently working on a 8500 square-foot office space that we’re all really excited about- the palette is gorgeous. We’ve also been working on restoring a Mediterranean home in Miami Beach, which will be completed in about two months. This project is very special for us, and we’re excited to get this one styled and photographed soon.

House of One image via Shaye Price of A Design Partnership for use by 360 Magazine
House of One image via Shaye Price of A Design Partnership for use by 360 Magazine
ESJ Capital Jungle Island image by Melinda Sherwood at Kreps PR & Marketing for use by 360 Magazine

MIAMI’S ECO-ADVENTURE PARK AND RESORT

ESJ CAPITAL PARTNERS TO DEVELOP SOUTH FLORIDA’S FIRST-EVER TRUE ECO-ADVENTURE PARK AND RESORT IN MIAMI

Opening in 2022, the $300 million re-imagined “Jungle Island” will feature a thrilling aerial adventure course with zip lines, up-close animal encounters, water attractions, one-of-a-kind entertainment and nightlife, and a new hotel, just minutes from downtown Miami and Miami Beach.

ESJ Capital Partners (hereinafter: ‘ESJ”), an Aventura, Florida-based commercial real estate firm and a registered Investment Advisor, has secured the final approvals necessary to move forward with developing a one-of-a-kind eco-adventure destination and hotel on 18.5 acres of prime waterfront in Miami.

The $300 million project is an ambitious re-imagining of the historic “Jungle Island,” a zoological theme park and botanical gardens built in 1936 that once boasted the largest and rarest collection of exotic animals and birds. It is located on Watson Island, roughly five minutes from both downtown Miami and the world-renowned South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, surrounded by the crystal blue waters of Biscayne Bay.

Inspired by some of the world’s most successful eco-adventure destinations and conceived by a team of the top hospitality/nature attraction experts, ESJ’s master-plan for redevelopment of the park caters to the 21st-century guest, while still preserving historic elements that has made the Jungle Island experience a favorite landmark for nearly a century – including an unparalleled collection of over 50 parrot species in its multi-story aviary.

Set to re-open in mid-2022 as “Jungle Island: Miami’s Adventure Oasis,” the redesigned park will include the only aerial adventure course in South Florida featuring zip lines, ropes courses, bridges, and climbing nets suspended up to 60-feet in the treetops; a 19,000-square-foot trampoline park; interactive and hands-on animal nature tours that allow guests to get up-close and personal with over 100 species of wild animals, such as swimming with capybaras; a 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater with new and unique, family- friendly entertainment featuring aerialists and acrobats; elevated dining and nightlife experiences; a Mediterranean-style beach club and cocktail lounge on Miami’s only private beach; and several water features including a new 900-foot “lazy river”  that meanders through the park’s lush green and animal habitats.

A key component of the park will be a new 300-key, family-friendly eco-resort, scheduled to open in late 2024 or early 2025.

Based on market research, ESJ expects to draw more than 500,000 guests during its first year of operation, comprising a 50-50 mix of both local/domestic visitors and out-of-market travelers.

“Florida is finally getting its first true eco-adventure park, where nature and wildlife provide inspiration for guests to explore, play, challenge themselves physically, or simply relax,” said Arnaud Sitbon, CEO of ESJ. “Best of all, it’s going to be in a city that is one of the world’s top-rated travel destinations, just minutes from Miami’s top-rated beaches and attractions. It’s a privilege to have the honor of breathing new life into this much-beloved landmark, and our hope is that it will spark appreciation and respect for nature and our planet’s precious wildlife.”

“A nature-oriented destination of this magnitude in the heart of Miami’s urban core is truly remarkable,” said Micha Dubernard, Senior Vice President of ESJ Capital Partners. “In addition to providing a unique attraction that enhances Miami’s reputation for tourism and culture, Jungle Island’s lush habitat will also serve an important ecological role by helping absorb some of the city’s carbon emissions and serving as a natural preserve for Florida’s wading birds and other wildlife.”

According to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), there is substantial demand for this type of venue.  “We are extremely pleased to add such a compelling attraction to our community,” said William D. Talbert III, President & CEO of the GMCVB.  “We look forward to continue working with the Jungle Island team.”

In 2019, Greater Miami attracted a record-breaking 16.3 million overnight visitors and an additional 7.9 million day tripper, for a record number of 24.2 million total visitors with a total economic impact close to $18 billion, according to the GMCVB. Industry experts expect Miami’s hospitality and tourism industry to recover steadily over the next year, in conjunction with COVID-19 vaccine roll outs.

In addition to the adventure park and nature attractions, Jungle Island will also feature a strong corporate appeal, with more than 10 indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, catering to small or large groups, and ranging from small celebrations to 1000+-person gatherings.

ESJ acquired Jungle Island in April 2017, which involved the transfer of the existing land lease on the City of Miami-owned Watson Island to ESJ.  In August 2018, Miami voters approved a city charter amendment to waive competitive bidding and allow ESJ to modify Jungle Island’s lease and allow the construction of a 300-room hotel. In February 2021, the City of Miami provided final approval on a long-awaited land-use ordinance change and special area plan, both necessary to redevelop the 18-acre property with a hotel and additional recreation amenities. ESJ plans to begin construction on the new adventure park this summer, and will break ground on the new $100+ million hotel in 2022, pending a final building permit.

To lead Jungle Island’s transformation, ESJ has pulled in some of the world’s leading hospitality, attraction, entertainment and construction experts. These include IDEAS Brand & Experience Design, led by 25-year Disney executive Bob Allen; HKS Architects, an interdisciplinary global design firm which recently completed Royal Caribbean’s $250 million redevelopment of CocoCay Island; EoAan award-winning design firm; Gardiner & Theobald, an independent construction and property consultancy noted for its development of Miami’s acclaimed Faena District and the $4 billion Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas, the largest resort development in the Western Hemisphere; and several additional specialists in the field of animal entertainment and education.

For more information about Jungle Island updates, bookings and hours of operations please visit Jungle Island’s website.

About ESJ Capital Partners

ESJ Capital Partners, founded in 2008, is a diversified, institutional vertically integrated, real estate investment firm. ESJ utilizes its breadth of experience and expertise to invest in attractive opportunities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit this website.

About Jungle Island

A favorite South Florida landmark since 1936, Jungle Island is located across from the cruise ports, between Downtown Miami and South Beach. Miami’s premier eco-adventure park proudly takes guests on an epic journey through adventure, nature and play. From thrilling attractions, behind-the-scenes VIP tours, elevated dining experiences at a waterfront restaurant & lounge to unforgettable interactions with some of the world’s most fascinating animals, Jungle Island offers guests a variety of real-life jungle adventures. For regular updates, follow Jungle Island on social media and visit their website.

Beach Polo illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

2021 World Polo League Results

The 2021 World Polo League Beach Polo, Miami Beach, took place on the sands of South Beach between 21st & 22nd Street, and it was a weekend for the books! The 3-day tournament featured world-renowned polo players. Cuba Gooding Jr & Claudine De Niro, Sophia Culpo, Orianne Collins, Alan Faena, Jackie Guerrido, Kobi Karp, Michael Góngora, Mark Samuelian, and Jeremy Shockey were among the fashionably dressed spectators.  Team Seminole Casino Coconut Creek – consisting of Nacho FiguerasMelissa Ganzi, and Alejandro Novillo Astrada – take home the 1st place trophy. 

Following the finals, notables including Romero Britto, Marlon Humphrey, Gussie Bush, Sterling Jones, Ines Rivero, and Louis Aguirre competed in the charity celebrity polo match that benefitted Give Back for Special Equestrians. 

RESULTS:
**Team rosters listed below**

Winner: The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

2nd Place: Land Rover

3rd Place: The Setai

4th Place: World Polo League

GAME RESULTS, BY DAY:
**Team rosters listed below**

Friday, April 23, 2021

Game 1 – The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (8) vs World Polo League (7)

Game 2 – Land Rover (6) vs Italkraft (5)

Game 3 – The Setai (8) vs The Villa Collection/GFI (7)

Saturday, April 24, 2019

Game 1 – The Setai (6) vs World Polo League (5)

Game 2 – Land Rover (9) vs The Villa Collection/GFI (7)

Game 3 – The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (9) vs Italkraft (5)

Sunday, April 25, 2019

Game 1 – Land Rover (6) vs The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (9)

Game 2 – The Setai (4) vs World Polo League (3)
Celebrity Game – Museum of Polo Hall of Fame, Give Back For Special Equestrians, The Polo Training Foundation

Game 3 – The Villa Collection/GFI (4) vs Italkraft (3)

TEAMS:

CELEBRITY CHARITY MATCH:

Give Back for Special Equestrians: Ines RiveroLouis Aguirre; and Tito Gaudenzi

Museum of Polo Hall of FameMarlon Humphry, Marc Ganzi and Gussie Bush

The Polo Training FoundationRomero Britto, Sterling Jones, Nacho Figueras

SPONSORS: 

PresentingWorld Polo League

Team Sponsors: World Polo League, The Setai Miami Beach, Land Rover, The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Villa Collection at The Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, and Italkraft.

Official SupplierCasablanca

HospitalityMenin Hospitality; Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, 1 Hotels, Shelbourne Miami Beach, Kayak Miami Beach

CharityGive Back For Special Equestrians; Museum Of Polo Hall Of Fame

Supporting SponsorsCodigo 1530, Event Star, Therabody, Oshen Salmon, Curio, Aqua Botanical, Designer eyes, BlackFin, Bodvar Rose, Macallan, Super Coffee, YachtLife, Dischino & Schamy, USA Sports Medicine, KetelOne Botanical, Engel & Volkers, The Husk, Gracida, Highend Work 

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Beach Polo illustration by Heather Skovlund (photo credit Alchemy) for 360 Magazine

World Polo League Beach Polo

World Polo League Beach Polo is Returning to South Beach

FridayApril 23 – Sunday, April 25

Tickets on Sale NOW!

World Polo League Beach Polo is returning to South Beach! Taking place on the sand between 21st and 22nd Street, the exciting weekend of competition combines entertainment, luxury, and the best polo action in Miami Beach. Strict health and safety measures will be enforced.

The tournament will feature some of the world’s most renowned polo players, including Nacho Figueras, Nic Roldan, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini Jr., Juan Martín Nero, and Barto & Jeta Castagnola, Grant Ganzi, Tito Gaudenziamong others. There will also include a celebrity charity polo match benefiting Give Back for Special Equestrians. 

Polo Matches: Friday, April 23 – Sunday, April 25 

  • Retail Village: opens at 11 am, daily
  • VIP Tent & Polo Lounge: opens at noon on Friday & Saturday and at 11:45 am on Sunday.
  • On the sands of South Beach at Collin Park between 21st & 22nd Street

VIEWING/TICKET OPTIONS:

  • Spectator viewing of the polo matches & access to the adjacent Retail Village is free & open to the public with concessions available to purchase.
  • Daily tickets are available to purchase here to the Polo Lounge, located on the Northside of the field. The Polo Lounge will offer a tented shaded lounge with direct views to watch the matches. 
  • Access to the exclusive VIP tent will be available by table sales only. For pricing and inquiries, please email Miami Polo Cup.

TEAM SPONSORS: World Polo League, Richard Mille, Casablanca, The Setai Miami Beach, Land Rover, The Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, and Italkraft.

RETAIL VILLAGE: The Retail Village at World Polo League Beach Polo is an area near the field where spectators can go to purchase official merchandise, and other items such as sunglasses from Fred Eyewear, and items from Curio at Faena Bazaar, amongst other vendors such as Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Super Coffee and Therabody.

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair Announces 2019 Exhibitors List

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair (JHFAF) is pleased to announce the exhibitors for its inaugural edition, hosted on September 12-15, 2019 at the Snow King Sports and Events Center (100 E Snow King Ave). Surrounded by the Teton mountain ranges, the city of Jackson Hole is an unparalleled, non-coastal art destination. The four-day fair will include works from 50 national and renowned exhibitors, carefully chosen for their curated booths which best reflect Jackson Hole’s distinctive American tastes. The galleries will be bringing in works by established, American artists from both Contemporary and Modern, as well as Western, Native American and Wildlife genres.

Fair Director Rick Friedman says, “We are so excited to provide the local arts community with such a wide range of significant Modern and Contemporary artworks, many of which have not yet been seen in Jackson Hole. With 50 exhibitors, we have a completely sold out show that demonstrates the respect and enthusiasm the international art world has for the Jackson Hole arts scene. The fair presents a fresh selection of over a thousand important pieces and I can’t wait for fairgoers to experience this unforgettable event” 

Spanning from every region of the United States, the exhibitors hail from 29 different cities, including two local galleries, Tayloe Piggott Gallery and Diehl Gallery. The JHFAF exhibitors represent nationally acclaimed artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Emil Bisttram, Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Raymond Jonson, Jeremy Kidd, Elaine de Kooning, John Nieto and Ed Ruscha.

Recognized for its wildlife scene and natural beauty, Jackson Hole offers an unprecedented art experience for all. The town’s rocky landscape, Western charm, dedicated community and world class museums create a uniquely American art scene. JHFAF is pleased to present their roster of exhibitors for the inaugural fair:

2019 Galleries:
917 Fine Arts, Miami Beach, FL
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Addison Rowe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Andrew Smith Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Bill Hester Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Bonhams, LA, NYC, London
Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Faust II, Santa Fe, Scottsdale
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
Gary Snyder Fine Art, NYC, Bozeman
GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Green River Stone Company, Logan, UT
HG Contemporary Art, Flushing, NY
ILIAD, New York, NY
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
J Klein Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
James Compton Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
K Contemporary, Denver, CO
Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE
L.A. Design, Missoula, MT
Legend Nano Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
Mai Wyn Fine Art, Denver, CO
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Matthew Rowe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Maxwell Alexander, Los Angeles, CA
Maynard Dixon Museum, Tucson, AZ
Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
Mike Clark Fine Art, Billings, MT
Nieto Fine Art, Rockwall, TX
Patricia Qualls Contemporary Art, Carmel Valley, CA
Peace Waters Collective, San Diego, CA
Prescott Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Santa Fe, NM
Redfern Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York, NY
Seagrave Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Steidel Contemporary, Lake Worth, FL
Stevens Fine Art, Phoenix, AZ
Studio Greytak, Missoula, MT
T.H. Brennen Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
Thomas Paul Fine Art, West Hollywood, CA
Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Waddell Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Walker Fine Art, LTD, New York, NY
Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Woolff Gallery, London, UK

About Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair
The Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair is the latest addition to the luxury, regional fairs produced under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman. Other fairs produced by Friedman include: the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley and Philadelphia. JHFAF is excited to contribute to Jackson Hole’s vibrant arts community.

2019 Sponsors: Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, artnet

The Opening Sneak “Peak”
Thursday, September 12, 3-6pm

Show Hours
Friday, September 13, 12-6pm
Saturday, September 14, 12-6pm
The Harvest Moon Art Benefit | 6-8pm
Sunday, September 15, 12-4pm
General admission tickets are $25pp and can be purchased online or at the door.

Photo:  Sarah Winkler, Metamorphic Dreamscape, Acrylic on panel with Gold Mica,  Iron Oxide, Marble Dust, 60 x 60 in. Courtesy of K Contemporary.

MOST INSTAWORTHY LOCATIONS

The Most Hashtagged Places In America
  • PlayPicks reveal that Disneyland in Anaheim is the USA’s favourite place to pap an Instaworthy photograph
  • Miami Beach has been shared 8,673,724 times on Instagram, making it the most hashtagged beach and second most hashtagged place overall in America
  • New study shows men have a more active social (media) life, admitting to sharing online multiple times a day whilst on holiday

 In 2019, if you don’t take a photo it’s like it never happened. Social platforms like Instagram act as outlets which let us explore places we’ve never seen before – one search of a hashtag and you’ll have everything at your fingertips. But where are the most tagged places in America?

New research from entertainment experts PlayPicks uncovers the most shared locations in the USA, delving into categories from beaches to arenas and festivals, to uncover the most Instagrammable hotspots in the US. Alongside this, PlayPicks ran a survey of the US public to reveal just how reliant the nation is on social media, in particular when it comes to travelling.

Top 5 Most Hashtagged Places in the U.S

Playpicks have scoured Instagram to find the top 20 hashtagged places spanning over nine different categories. These are the top five most hashtagged locations overall in the U.S for Instagrammers: 

  • Disneyland Anaheim – Not just where dreams come true, but also where hashtags are made. Disneyland was built in 1955 and has since received 19,783,733 Insta shares. Considering the fact that they had an estimated attendance last year of 18.3 million, it’s of no surprise that it’s the most hashtagged location in America. It’s sister park in Florida, Disneyland Magic Kingdom, takes the second spot on the most hashtagged list at 9,400,298 posts.
  • Miami Beach – This man-made beach has 8,673,724 shares on Instagram, making it the most Instagrammed beach in the US – and with 15.22 square miles of beautiful, golden sand and relaxation, it’s easy to see why you can’t help but take one for your grid.
  • Central Park – One of two of New York’s offerings in the top 10 list (the other being Times Square) is its first major landscape park. The park’s construction started in 1857 and upon its completion, it became one of the most popular tourist destinations – having approximately 40 million visitors a year and 6,104,544 shares on Instagram.

The Influence of Influencers 

In the age of the influencer, Instagram has a more direct effect on our everyday choices. PlayPicks surveyed the US public to uncover how much of an influence social media really has on our travel decisions and experiences:

  • The majority of male respondents (45%) admitted to taking holiday inspiration solely from influencer posts on social media rather than their friends. Only 22% of women said they would listen to just an influencer, instead 50% would balance their decision based on both friends and influencers.
  • Men care the most about getting the perfect snap for the ‘gram – on average, men spend 20.28 minutes getting a picture just right before uploading it, while women spend only 14.67 minutes.
  • Although 49% of respondents said they solely take photos for themselves, 26% said they do it for social media – this was preferred over taking snaps for family and friends, which only 24% claimed was their primary reason for documenting their trips.

To explore the rest of America’s favourite social media destinations, search the interactive tool and find the most hashtagged places in America here.

The Inaugural Faena Festival

Faena Art presents Faena Festival: This Is Not America.

A New Annual Multidisciplinary Festival during Miami Art Week, from December 3-9, 2018.

The First Faena Festival explores the mythologies and narratives of ‘America’ and commissions new installations and performances that reflect the multiplicity of cultures, voices, and people across its physical, conceptual, and political borders.

Faena Festival: This Is Not America features commissions, installations, and performances by Derrick Adams, Cecilia Bengolea, Alfredo Jaar, Isabel Lewis, Luna Paiva, Tavares Strachan, and Wu Tsang and boychild, among others.

Faena Festival, This Is Not America, is keyed to Miami’s enduring role as a port that welcomes migrants, refugees, and tourists from across the US and the Americas, and from countries throughout the world. The festival engages with the multiplicity of communities and cultures and the palimpsest of histories that have created the Americas while responding specifically to Miami as its hemispheric hub. All programming is free and open to the public.

This Is Not America is anchored by Alfredor Jaar’s groundbreaking work, A Logo for America, and proposes a new curatorial format for presentation that occupies and engages the entire Faena District and extends beyond into public spaces of the city of Miami Beach as an experiential platform. The diverse venues of the Faena District Miami Beach will be activated, including the public areas of the street, sidewalk, and beach; the Faena Hotel, including its theater and screening room; and Faena Forum – the OMA-designed cultural centerpiece of Faena District Miami Beach.

“From the beginning my vision for Faena has been to create a cultural epicenter that draws artists and audiences from throughout the Americas and around the world,” stated Alan Faena, Founder and President of the Faena Group. “The annual Faena Festival will provide a new platform to explore ideas in contemporary culture that fosters engagement with the issues that define us individually and collectively. We are interested in site-specificity and universal impact – in creating a cultural movement without borders, we want to speak to the world. Artists are not limited by geopolitical divides, and ultimately, by celebrating these diverse artists and visions we find ways in which we are all connected.”

“This Is Not America addresses America as concept more than a piece, a contested and powerful idea that is greater than the waters and borders that frame it,” noted Zoe Lukov, curator of Faena Art. “Artists in the Festival have been invited to explore the concept of America as a myth and a narrative that has at times bound and divided us but ultimately has the power to unify. By occupying the interstitial zone between land and sea many of these site-specific installations seek to reimagine porous and transitional spaces as places of refuge and safe harbor that are representative of what our ‘America’ is and can become.”

Tennessee Williams Paintings

Citizen of World III, by Tennessee Williams (1970s), oil on canvas board. On loan from David Wolkowsky. The young man depicted in this painting is symbolic of Williams’ acceptance bout becoming a target due to his sexuality.

INTIMATE PAINTINGS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES WITH RARE MUSEUM SHOWING.

Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter

At the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in Miami Beach Final Month – on view now through October 7th.

From the Collection of David Wolkowsky, Scion of Pioneer Jewish Family that Settled Key West in the 1800’s.

Long known as “Mr. Key West,” David Wolkowsky, the famed scion of Florida’s pioneer Jewish family that helped to settle Key West in the 1800s, has loaned his paintings by close friend Tennessee Williams to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU their premiere in Miami Beach.

This is one of the few times they have been exhibited outside of Key West. The exhibition Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter is an intimate showing of nine exquisitely rare paintings by one of America’s greatest playwrights, created Williams in Key West during the 1970s. One of his closest friends was David Wolkowsky, the Key West developer who owned a private island called Ballast Key (nine miles from Key West), and the Pier House Resort.

Both idyllic locations were the scene of many glamorous gatherings hosted by David and Tennessee, including parties for Hollywood luminaries, heads of state, and society’s crème-de-la-crème.

If these paintings could talk, oh the stories they’d tell…

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, Tennessee Williams, David Wolkowsky

The Blaze of the Moment, by Tennessee Williams (1970s), oil on canvas. On loan from David Wolkowsky.

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, Tennessee Williams, David Wolkowsky

Clockwise: Tennessee Williams in Key West, David Wolkowsky, and Williams painting in Key West.

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, Tennessee Williams, David Wolkowsky

Subject matter includes the writer’s famous cohorts during the 1970s in Key West (including a portrait of a very young Michael York), and personifications from Williams’ own poetry, short stories, and characters from his plays.

Billie Holiday songs played in the background while Williams captured different images on his canvas.

Some of the paintings by Williams feature gay themes. An “open secret” throughout his fabled career, the playwright struggled with societal prejudices from a young age, and the taboos surrounding homosexuality during his lifetime manifested in a number of Williams’ paintings.

His artwork remains widely popular among collectors, most of these sought-after paintings from the last years of his life are in private hands and rarely seen.

These precious gems are the pride of the Key West Art & Historical Society, and the Miami Beach exhibition (on view through October 7 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU) is an uncommon opportunity to see in person how Williams expressed through painting his feelings about sexuality, loneliness and being gay.

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, Tennessee Williams, David Wolkowsky

The Tidings Brought Mary at Far Rockaway, by Tennessee Williams (1975), oil on canvas. On loan from David Wolkowsky.

Most of these sought-after paintings from the last years of his life are in private hands and rarely seen.

GRAND BASEL

Global debut of the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces

 

Grand Basel is the ultimate global show for automotive masterpieces, with the vision of ‘Celebrating Excellence in Motion’. The show is not just an exhibition, but a platform for automotive culture: a forum, a market place and a space for discussion. Its debut show in Basel marks the beginning of a global tour.

 

The show focuses on collectors’ pieces from the past and present, as well as on new cars of exceptional value and impeccable quality. The exhibition brings together a limited number of carefully-selected, top-of-the-range automobiles – not just the most dignified and luxurious classic cars, but also one-off contemporary editions and technically-advanced concept cars.

What makes Grand Basel unique is that these automotive masterpieces have been carefully selected with special consideration for each car’s cultural meaning, conceptual innovation, condition, provenance, rarity and value.

Grand Basel is also the world’s first and only show to present the automobile in contexts of art, design, architecture and lifestyle; bringing together significant automobiles in an unrivalled, pioneering setting. The show is a completely new approach to exhibiting, discussing and honoring the car.

A global show for a diverse audience

“Grand Basel presents international connoisseurs, experts and collectors with the epitome of automotive culture,” explained Global Director, Mark Backé. “It will appeal to a broad enthusiast audience interested in automobile aesthetics, technological sophistication, art and culture.”

As well as showcasing exclusive and rare cars of the highest calibre, Grand Basel presents cultural highlights and – at the inaugural show – even a world premiere.

While visiting the show, guests will also be able to appreciate the tension between architecture, design, art and the automobile in a range of special exhibitions. Several of these areas have been specially curated by members of the advisory board – a unique set of cultural connoisseurs who have helped to shape the direction of the inaugural Grand Basel.

With their input and support, Grand Basel is a truly open and connected show, relevant to the contemporary and the classic, the analogue and the digital.

Grand Basel in Basel

One of the special features at the first show in Basel will be six curated frames that display individual cars and associated objects, each chosen by a member of the advisory board. While the rest of the exhibits will represent a ‘hive mind’ of consideration, these six frames will showcase very personal interpretations of automotive culture.

The advisory board includes: contemporary artist, Sylvie Fleury; renowned creative entrepreneur and founder of Garage Italia, Lapo Elkann; founder of the Goodbrands Institute for Automotive Culture and chairman of Grand Basel’s advisory board, Prof. Paolo Tumminelli; cultural commentator and author, Stephen Bayley; design theoretician, Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff; and world-renowned ‘car designer of the century’ Giorgetto Giugiaro.

“It is no coincidence that for Grand Basel’s debut show in Basel, we have an advisory board made up of leading European voices on the automobile, art and architecture,” explained Mark Backé. “Each Grand Basel will be uniquely relevant to the region where it is taking place, and so for our future shows in the North America and Asia, you may see different perspectives and personalities shaping the presentation.”

The show’s exhibits are carefully selected to just 113 cars, spread over a total show space of 32,000 square metres. A separate ‘Collectors Lounge’ displays a selection of 8 vehicles, set over 7,000 square metres. Exceptional cars have travelled to the show from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the UK, Italy and the USA, and are being exhibited not just by dealers, but by private collectors, museums, manufacturers and coachbuilders.

Exhibition inspired by architecture

Grand Basel’s show style is a bold deviation from the often-nostalgic ambience of established car events. It has a striking, homogenous design, inspired by contemporary architecture. This chosen structure allows exhibits to be presented and admired in a surrounding reminiscent of modern museums, with exceptional automobiles shown in ‘frames’, honouring these cars as the masterpieces they are.

Grand Basel’s world tour

The format of Grand Basel was conceived so that presentation of the show in various locations around the world is part of the agenda. The automobile influences – and is influenced by – society and culture in every part of the globe, and so the discussions at Grand Basel will always have relevance.

The inaugural Grand Basel show in Basel takes place from 6 to 9 September 2018. It is the prelude to a global tour, with a future show in Miami Beach already in development. Every show will have a distinct identity, with the Grand Basel team setting regional and national priorities, and continually reviewing and refining their intercultural aspirations.

 

About Grand Basel

Grand Basel is the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces. Showcasing a top-of-the-range selection of cars from the past, present and future, Grand Basel is the first and only show to present the automobile in the cultural context of art, design, architecture and lifestyle.

Grand Basel addresses a discerning audience of collectors, restoration and conservation experts, dealers, manufacturers and connoisseurs, offering a global platform for exchange. The show is being organised by the MCH Group, a leading international live-marketing company headquartered in Basel, which is also responsible for Art Basel. Following its premiere in Basel in September 2018, further shows in other parts of the world are being planned.

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Kamiesha Garbadawala

Kamiesha Garbadawala (b. 1977, Westmoreland, Jamaica) worked as a designer at fashion houses Ralph Lauren, Celine, Henri Bendel, and launched a celebrated line of handbags with Barneys, before she was compelled by a set of personal tragedies to begin anew. Garbadawala’s creative passion has reemerged and flourishes as the energetic and gestural works resulting from her meditative, stream-of-consciousness paintings, which she says:

“Explore the emotions which ebb and flow within [my] day-to-day as a wife, mother and creative. Amidst the constant noise that is New York City living, there is security found within a world created and controlled by my own hand.”

The Parsons graduate has exhibited as a part of SVA’s Summer Residency and Open Studios and Creative Mischief by the National Academy Museum, and has garnered praise and awards from ArtSlant (Showcase Winner) as well as Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series (Semi-Finalist,Eden”). She was recently selected for a solo exhibition in New York City to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Garbadawala’s work can be found in private collections across the country and, most recently, at SCOPE Art Basel Miami Beach with ArtePonte (Booth B33).

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Kamiesha Garbadawala at SCOPE Miami Beach with Marysol Patton (of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Miami”)