Monday, March 26, 2012


The city is bursting forth in early bloom but the beat heats up on Broadway where Macy’s annual flower show, a veritable botonical wonderland, lets us escape into tropical gardens in paradise right here in the Big Apple. Here’s the scoop!!!
BRAZIL 'GARDENS IN PARADISE' at Macy’s Herald Square is a floral salute to Brazil and a teaser to the store’s upcoming Brazil promotion in May. It’s the great escape to paradise where you can view indigenous plants and brilliant blooms come to life in lush gardens and paths that pass a Bahia urban barrio setting, an old Salvadoran mission and a rainforest with a waterfall. The flower show has been transported from the main floor of the flagship store, which is undergoing renovations, to a 5,000- square-foot, climate controlled tent right outside on the Broadway Plaza in Herald Square. Breathtaking!!! it is filled to the most gorgeous orchids and waxy plants, even a rare white bird of paradise and a giant eight-foot toucan topiary made of Brazilian button flowers and dried magnolia leaves. Events throughout the two-weeks from March 25-April 7 will also feature Carnival windows, Brazilian dancers and planting lessons. For more information visit:
THE EARTH EXHALES: Ceramic Sculptures. Working with only "earth, fire and emotions," Kathy Rutternberg's fairytale-like ceramic sculptures create a world that is immediately captivating, but you might be surprised by what's down the rabbit hole. In her first show at Stux Gallery, Ruttenberg's world is filled with lush foliage, woodland creatures and puzzling slightly grim yet open-ended reveries of gender relations. Men are always portrayed as animals in gentlemen's clothing, and women are always well-groomed and dressed in rounded skirts. It is hard to tell if the men are masquerading as animals, or vice versa. Death, in works such as "The Moment After," is the stark aftermath of failed love, but also an opportunity to blossom imaginatively and become one with earth. Not to be missed!!! Delightful, enchanting, magical and full of surprise are words that describe this New York based, Chicago born sculptor. At Stefan Stux Gallery, 530 West 25 Street, through May 5, 2012.
ROSIE THE RIVEETER "We can Do It" women's stories come to life April 3 at NYUs Tamiment Library at 6 pm. In conjujnction with filmmakiers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly of Spagel Productions and executive producer, writer and playwright Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, celebrate the opening of a new collection of film oral histories entitled "The Real Rosie the Riveter Oral History Archive." A panel discussion featuring two real "Rosies" will be featured at Tamiment Library, tenth floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place). A reception follows immediately after the panel. The public may RSVP to
TAMARA de LEMPICKA a pioneering artist who occupied an important position in "Roaring Twenties" Paris, embodied the spirit of the Art Deco era and its sense of style and modernity. Nu adosse I, the major work, a lost masterpiece by the modern artist Tamara de Lempicka, thought to be lost since the 1920s has only recently brought to light. It will be offered in Sotheby's sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on the evening of May 2, 2012, and is estimated to sell at $3/5 million. Nu adosse I is a classic example of the artist's elegant and sensuous aesthetic and was included in her groundbreaking solo exhibition at Milan's Bottega de Poesia gallery in 1925, the same year that it was painted. Sotheby's at 72nd St. & York Ave. For pre-sale viewing schedule visit
Ta Ta Darlings!!! Brazil on my mind, reminds me of last year's fabulous trip I made to Rio de Janeiro to attend the 11th Art Deco World Congress with the Art Deco Society of New York. However, a vicarious trip to the Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro can be had right here in the Big Apple at Macy's Brazil 'Gardens in Paradise.' It's just so goregous, don't miss it!! Love to hear from you. Fan mail welcome: and do visit my Blogs at and just click on the link in the left hand column. Choose from any of the five Blogs listed or read my poem "Remind Us to Remember" on

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