The Board of Trustees of the National YoungArts Foundation have appointed Carolina García Jayaram as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Michael Kaiser, Interim CEO. Ms. García Jayaram comes to YoungArts from United States Artists, one of the nation’s largest grantmaking and advocacy organizations supporting performing, visual, media and literary artists, where she has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Among her other achievements at USA, she oversaw the formation of a new Fellows Alumni Advisory Council, the establishment of new partnerships with leading national organizations and festivals and the production of USA’s annual two-day convening, the Artists Assembly. Prior to USA, Ms. García Jayaram served as Executive Director of the Chicago Artists Coalition, revitalizing the 40-year-old organization into a vital resource for entrepreneurial artists. She also served on the Chicago Cultural Plan Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. In recognition of her achievements, the Chicago Tribune named her “Chicagoan of the Year in Arts” in 2013.
Fashion/personal stylist and shopper Elysze Held
has been in the fashion industry for decades as fashion/visual/stylist director for national chains. Today she styles editorial layouts, produces fashion/trunk shows, style/shopping clinics and weddings. She has a celebrity clientele and is the stylist for WSWVN7’s Deco Drive’s Lynn Martinez
and Chris Van Vleit
. She is featured in the movie, “Iris,” shopping with style icon Iris Apfel
. Her gifts to the community include styling and directing young models, each a patient at the Sylvester Cancer Center Pediatric Unit
, for the “Fashion for a Cause”
runway show, organized by Juwan & Jenine Howard
for The Juice Foundation
; and she is on the Board at DASH, Design & Architecture High School
. Visit Elysze’s website – www.StyleOutoftheCity.com
Tennessee Williams' award-winning Broadway play, The Two-Character Play, opened at Miami Theater Center with a post-performance reception where opening night guests got the chance to meet the show’s cast and creative team. Directed by Miami native and MTC Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin (pictured with Spencer Stewart), MTC’s production of The Two-Character Play tells the story of brother and sister actors, who abandoned by their theater troupe, are forced to wrestle personal demons and professional challenges as sanity slips through their fingers. Faced with an audience expecting a performance, the siblings cling to their art, hoping it will shield them from total destruction.
Chef Diego Oka of La Mar by Gastón Acurio was crowned the Prince of Porc at Cochon U.S. Tour held at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Chef Diego will go on to represent Miami against the other nine cities’ winners in Grand Cochon at Snowmass / Aspen for the title of 2016 King or Queen of Porc and the grand prize, a four-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. This year’s Miami event benefitted the Piggy Bank, a farm devoted to providing free heritage breed pigs and business plans to emerging family farms.
John Varvatos hosted a special shopping evening at the John Varvatos Bal Harbour store to benefit The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). A committee of celebrated local personalities co-hosted the event: Daniel W. Schwartz, Alex Kshner, Emmett Moore, David Herzberg and Jack Benmeleh (pictured). Emmett Moore created a special work of art entitled “Atlas Table,” on display at the event. Ellen Salpeter, Director of ICA, Miami, noted, “We’re pleased to partner with John Varvatos to honor Emmett Moore, a member of the ICA Next committee, who reflects the growing community of local creatives who are coming together in support of the museum. As a pioneering brand and a strong supporter of the arts, John Varvatos is a natural alignment with ICA Miami’s mission to present the most innovative art of our time.”
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the South Florida R.E.A.L. Awards (Real Estate Achievers and Leaders) in conjunction with its annual South Florida Real Estate Summit at Jungle Island. The awards recognize those in the Real Estate sector who have achieved notable success during the previous year while also being leaders in the community. Pictured: Arthur “AJ” Meyer, REAL Awards Task Force Chair; Donald Soffer and Jeffrey Soffer of Turnberry Associates; and Manuel M. del Cañal, EVP and Head of Wealth Management, Ocean Bank.
Opera Gallery, a leading dealer in modern and contemporary art, celebrated its grand opening in the Miami Design District. More than 300 luminaries from art, design and social circles enjoyed a first look at the 1,500-square-foot gallery space which showcased modern masters as well as contemporary works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring, among others. Opera Gallery Group Founder & Chairman Gilles Dyan welcomed guests and mingled with VIPs, including: Romero Britto, Justin and Soledad Lowe, Barbara Hulanicki, to name a few. Opera Gallery is located on the second level of Miami Design District's Palm Court.
The Related Group’s Carlos Rosso and his family welcomed a new addition to the family, a two-month Australian Shepard rescue, aptly named “Condo." Rosso's advice is "Adopt, don't shop" when your family wants to add a furry new family member - there are plenty of homeless animals seeking loving families. Rosso is a strong proponent of projects that welcome residents and their pets, like Related's Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences and IconBay, both featuring large dog parks. At the four-tower Paraiso community, residents can have two dogs, no weight restrictions, and there will be a two-acre park for the pooches to enjoy the outdoors!
Fisher Island Club’s exclusive dining event during South Beach Wine and Food Festival was hosted by famed chef Emeril Lagasse and the Club’s own Executive Chef Stephane Caporal. Guests enjoyed a special multi-course dinner inside the Vanderbilt Mansion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lagasse’s namesake, Emeril’s Restaurant and his latest cookbook, Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom From My Life in the Kitchen.
Terra Group and The Related Group, the development team bringing the Park Grove community to the Coconut Grove neighborhood, gave back to its future community by sponsoring over 100 kids at Coconut Grove Cares to an evening of fun and sports. David Martin, President and Co-founder of Terra Group (pictured) was presented with a big thank you card for taking the kids to the HEAT game. Photo by Zoltan Prepszent.
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