Thursday, December 7, 2017

The New York Conservancy Belvedere Ball In Central Park

Last night was the Central Park Conservancy's Belvedere Ball in Central Park.
It was a busy night for me.
I was shooting another event earlier so the dinner was nearly finishing when I finally got there and the young guests were arriving for late cocktails and dancing. It was one of those magic nights when adults of all ages came together in celebration of New York's greatest treasure, Central Park. Who does not love this amazing place where one can stroll, jog, sit under a tree on on a great lawn, skate in winter, swim in summer......... If you know me well you know I don't like to travel in August because I swim twice a day in Lasker Pool. There are a myriad of other activities that take place in the park and thanks to the Conservancy
To read more about the Conservancy please click on this Conservancy Wed Site Link
To view all the photos please click on this PHOTO LINK








Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The 20th FARE Gala at The Pierre Hotel in New York City

Last night was the 20th Annual FARE Ball to help raise funds and awareness for children and adults with food allergies.
I was so excited that Sharon Mann was receiving the Founders Award for all her hard work. I still remember the first time we meet with Mary Kennedy and her passion that was the driving force behind this annual event.
Charles Masson received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to excellence and compassion for diners with food allergies. I have been lucky enough to have worked with Charles photographing and documenting his life with both food and flowers and one of my portraits of him at Majorelle was used on the menu. It was great to see him there with his beautiful wife Christina and his talented artist son Charlie.
Walt Disney Parks and Restoration received the award as Corporate Dinner Honoree for their work in making sure children with allergies are taken special care of at all the parks food concessions and restaurants.
There was also a shout out to 20 of the people who have had the most impact on Fare and they all took to the stage to be acknowledged. The list included  Janet Atwater, chair of the FARE Board of Directors; Becky Basalone - Teal Pumpkin Project®; Pierre-Henri Benhamou, MD - DBV Technologies Inc.; Dave Bunning, philanthropist; Denise Bunning, food allergy educator, philanthropist and FARE Board Member; A. Wesley Burks, MD – University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Ruchi Gupta, MD - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Judith and John Hannan – co-founders of the Food Allergy Initiative,; The Jaffe Family, co-founders of the Food Allergy Initiative; Stacie Jones, MD -
To learn more about FARE please click on FARE WEBSITE
To view all the photos please click on this PHOTO LINK





Thursday, November 30, 2017

UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2017 at Cipriani Wall Street

On Tuesday November 28th 2017 th 13th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball took place at the glamorous Cipriani Wall Street in NY where Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated musician, actor and television host Harry Connick Jr hosted the evening.
This years honorees included Carol Hamilton who is the Group President of L'Oreal Luxe USA and Lucy Meyers who won everyones heart. Lucy is a 5 time Special Olympics Medal-winning swimmer who talked about the importance of looking after children with special needs.
For more information on UNICEF does please go to their website on this link UNICEF

I always love seeing friends and this year was no exception to the long list of guests and clients who stopped to say hello as I took their photos. Among them were the always glamorous Hillary Gumbel, the tireless and fabulous Gillian Miniter and her husband Silvester, Kate Murphy and her group of friends who happily stood up to be photographed at their table, The extraordinary Event Planner Mary Blum was for once not working and looked totally gorgeous. She was siting at one of Mindy Grossmans tables with my favorite DJ and fellow Bali adventuress Marjorie Gubelman. We both lamented the state of Mount Agung, the volcano that is currently keeping everyone on high alert in Bali and closing the airport nearly daily. It was great to see Gillian Hearst and we had a 3 second chat when I took her photo with some of her friends.
Diana Ross was the head line artist but sadly she requested no photos so I got to watch the concert while everyone around me went wild with their smart phone.


To see all the photos I took please click on this link EVENT PHOTOS






Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CCBF Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City

I am always excited to shoot at the beautiful Plaza Hotel. Last night was the CCBF Fall Gala and the event raised over one million dollars to help children suffering from life threatening diseases. Here is the link to read more about the organization and what they do. CCBF
To view the red carpet and other images please take a look at this PHOTO LINK





Monday, November 6, 2017

DIA Fall Night

Last night was the Dia Fall Night where friends, Artists, Curators, and philanthropist rubbed shoulder  viewing the Art and then enjoying an amazing dinner at ArtBeam. The room designed by the awesome duo of Cait and Jules was simple and stunning. The waiters from Olivier Cheng walked beteween the tables as if they were on a runway, so well choreographed as they delivered the steamed fish that had to be opened from its wrapping with a pair of scissors infront of each guest. After dinner dessert was served in the space that had been used for cocktails so the crowd was able to walk around and mingle with everyone.
To view all the photos please click on this PHOTO LINK








Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Studio Museum in Harlem Fall Gala 2017

Last night was one of my most look forward to events of the year, The studio Museum in Harlem's Fall Gala at Cipriani Wall Street.
Why do I love it so much?
It is the people starting with Thelma Golden the Museums Director and Chief Curator and Raymond McGuire the Chairman, Gala Chairs, Katherine C. Chenault, Carol Sutton Lewis, Jacqueline Bradley, Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi and the evenings honoree, Sir David Adjaye. Add to it the most vivacious, well dressed, happy supportive and excited crowd of guests and there you have why no one sits down and then the dance floor becomes packed.
Raymond announced that the gala had raised over $2.3 million  and then told the room one of his famous jokes. You had to be there to hear it but lets just say it was a good one!
I was so happy to see old friends and new and to get to run around and photograph everyone.
To find out more about the museum please click on this link STUDIO MUSEUM LINK.

To see all my other photos please click GALA PHOTOS








Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Harlem School of the Arts Fall Gala 2017

last night was the Harlem School of the Arts Fall Gala at the Plaza Hotel. It was such a fun night with students and guests mixing and mingling. The students performed some songs and dance and wowed us all with the passion and performances.
To see all the photos please click on this PHOTO LINK





Friday, October 6, 2017

Jacinda Bayne Exhibit in NY, MERGING LANDSCAPES

Last night I was thrilled to get to attend the opening of Jacinda Bayne's Merging Landscapes at the Anderson Contemporary Gallery located at 180 Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan.
I live up town so I always feel like I am visiting another city when I venture down to the Wall Street area.
By 6.30 pm the crowds had left and the streets were calm as I wove my way down Maiden Lane.
I was so excited to see Jacinda again. We met last Saturday when she came to visit me in my studio with her husband Murray and their 2 year old Riley. Connected by one of my friends from when I was not much old than Riley, Jacinda is one of those people you just want to spend time getting to know. She loves her family and she loves her art. Throw in being raised by eccentric parents in New Zealand and a passion for travel there is a lot to know about this dynamic blond who also manages to keep in shape not just by doing spin classes in Freemantle Australia, she also teaches the classes several times a week.
"You know Julie as an Artist I need to get out of my studio and be social. Teaching spin is great cause it combines meeting new people and staying in shape".
Last nights opening was beautiful. I met many Australians, some who have lived here for years, others that were just passing through. Murray's mother had flown in from Scotland so it was a family affair.
Jacinda has some paintings of bridges. While I think of them as things that connect us she wants to remind us to pause in the middle and observe our surroundings. What ever you think I say cross a bridge, take a tunnel or hop on a ferry..... or what ever you need to do to get there and take a moment to enjoy some art.
So if you have a chance take a journey downtown and visit this space. It is in the lobby of 180 Maiden Lane so just ask to be pointed in the right direction when you get there.
To see more of Jacinda's work click on www.jacindabayneartist.com
For info on Anderson Contemporary click on www.andersoncontemporary.com




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Carnegie Hall Fall Gala 2017

Last night was the Carnegie Hall 2017 Gala performance followed by Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street. The concert was a total crowd pleaser for so many reasons. Firstly due to a strain in one of Lang Langs hands he is only able to play one handed and this could have been very tricky as he was due to perform Gerswin's Rhapsody in Blue for 2 pianos with Chick Corea and the Philadelphia Orchestra, however Lang Lang suggested that a third piano be bought on stage and that the 14 year old Maxim Lando to play his other hand.
The three of them had the audience in raptures.
After the concert the crowd made their way to Cipriani 42nd Street for a wonderful dinner of shrimp salad, rack of lamb and a cream cake with the Carnegie symbol made out of white and red chocolate on top.
A bib shout out to Mercedes Bass who not only looked radiant but also danced up a storm well after the guests were beginning to leave.
To see all the photos please CLICK ON THIS PHOTO LINK