NEW YORK, NY – The Winter Show: Supporting The East Side House Settlement
I recently spent a delightful afternoon covering The Winter Show at The Armory to benefit The East Side House Settlement. Featured were artists specializing in fine and decorative arts. Supporting a worthy cause, the event was elegant, stunning, and heartwarming.
The East Side House Settlement has served people in need for 130 years. Philanthropic lawyer Everett Wheeler founded the organization in 1891 on the Upper East Side House. Wheeler and a small group of volunteers “settled” in the neighborhood and crafted a mission to serve the community through education.
In 1963, the Settlement Board of Managers moved The East Side Settlement House to the South Bronx, where they determined that the need was the greatest.
Today, the East Side Settlement House organization serves communities throughout the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. They have never waivered in their mission to assist vulnerable families. Partnering with schools and city agencies, they strive for meaningful, lasting change.
I was extremely impressed by The Winter Show. More than 70 exhibitors who specialize in the fine and decorative arts from all around the world participated. The Show also offered panel discussions by experts in the field to support the visitors in deepening their understanding of the exhibits.
Here is a sampling of the many exhibits I visited.
The first exhibit was entitled Architects of Design. Note this magnificent grand piano designed by the architect Rafael Viñoly of 432 Park Avenue fame. Of particular note is the curved piano keyboard.
Another superb exhibit consisted of two birdcage chandeliers by Louis Cane, entitled Gardening Money and Musical Monkey. They are available at http://www.maisongerard.com.
I particularly enjoyed a painting from the Richard Green Gallery in London entitled Les Roses by Jean-Pierre Cassigneul.
Note the plush, inviting walkways in the exhibition areas.
Another exhibit was by Spenser Mark at http://www.spensermarkers.com, to which I was drawn personally. I found their collection of silver extremely impressive. Before my Mom married my Dad, she worked at the S.J. Shrubsole, an established New York antique dealer and a place I often visited. Most amazing was the centerpiece of their collection created by Erik Magnussen. “WOW!” best sums it up!
After a tour of the many exhibits, a delicious, elegant luncheon was offered. It was all packaged except for the napkin, a fork, and the glass. Note the beauty of the table and the chic individual plating (or basketing).
Here are the menus in each basket.
You can support The East Side Settlement House’s mission of creating lasting change in the most vulnerable Bronx and Northern Manhattan communities. For more information, click HERE or go to https://www.eastsidehouse.org/donate/.
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