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Martha’s Vineyard Festival of Arts & Ideas

Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard

With autumn’s changing leaves comes an opportunity to “Fall for the Arts” on Martha’s Vineyard this month and we’re all about East Coast Artsy Fartsy Fun. We also hear the historic Harbor View Hotel will be the setting of an inspirational and entertaining Art*Island Festival of Arts & Ideas from October 24-28, in collaboration with the island’s own Arts & Ideas magazine. A fixture on the Vineyard since 1891, the Harbor View Hotel offers luxury rooms and suites in the heart of historic Edgartown.  From its broad veranda, the hotel’s spectacular views of Edgartown Harbor and sailing and yachting where travelers can set sail on a variety of boating adventures arranged through Harbor View Hotel’s waterfront concierge, make the hotel one of the “Top 50 U.S. Resorts” in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” issue. It’s also a member of Historic Hotels of America®.

Harbor View Hotel

Harbor View Hotel

The event puts the spotlight on the Vineyard’s creative community, as more than 20 participating arts organizations and businesses converge on Edgartown Harbor for five days of art displays, performances and thought-provoking presentations. Festival proceeds will benefit Arts Martha’s Vineyard and Arts & Ideas magazine. Hallways will be transformed into galleries throughout Harbor View Hotel, while the Main Dining Room will host painting, parties and performances. Films and stories will be presented in the art lounge/theater, and youngsters will enjoy their own space for an arts adventure-filled Children’s Carnivale. A limited number of guest rooms will also be available at a special rate starting at $129 per night. Art*Island event highlights include the following:

·         Pecha Kucha Night: Sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Museum, this 20×20 slide show (20 slides at 20 seconds each) explores the process, thinking and creativity behind some of the island’s finest design and art. Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. Free.

·         Paint & Champagne: Renowned Vineyard painter Traeger DiPietro will lead a step-by-step painting workshop in the Harbor View “art studio” (main dining room), complete with music, wine and champagne. The evening will culminate in a group “show.” Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m. $25 per person

·         Island Art Show: Harbor View Hotel’s lobby, dining rooms and function rooms will serves as galleries showcasing two-dimensional art by the Vineyard’s top galleries and artists. Saturday afternoon will bring an opportunity to review and purchase art from the participating gallerists. Friday through Sunday, October 26-28. Free.

·         A Vineyard Picture Book: Photographer Alison Shaw and writer and island historian Tom Dunlop will present their latest picture book collaboration, “To the Harbor Light.” Sponsored by Vineyard Stories (publisher of Shaw and Dunlop’s four-book series) and Bunch of Grapes bookstore. Friday, October 26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Free.

·         Open House Party: Open to the public, the festival’s “kick-off” party will showcase music, art and fashion in the Harbor View Ballroom, with local radio station WVVY streaming the festivities to the island and beyond. Friday, October 26, 6 p.m. Free.

·         YardWorks: An interactive arts collaborative, the YardWorks dancers will present an hour of short original dance pieces by local and visiting performers in the Harbor View Ballroom. Saturday, October 27, 1:30 p.m. Free.

·         Vineyard Shorts: The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival will hold two screenings of short films by local filmmakers in the Harbor View Art Lounge/Theater. Saturday, October 27, 3 p.m. Free.

·         Masquerade Ball: Come dressed as a famous artist or a living work of art – the Island*Art masquerade ball will benefit the Vineyard arts community and is being billed as the party of 2012. Musical entertainment provided by the Sultans of Swing. Saturday, October 27, 9 p.m. $25 per person at

·         Children’s Carnivale: Sunday will be devoted to fostering the creative spirit in youngsters with collaborative arts activities curated by Featherstone, The Yard, Island Theater Workshop, the YMCA and Arts Martha’s Vineyard. Sunday, October 28, 1-4 p.m. Free.

In addition to Art*Island events, Harbor View Hotel is also hosting a Creative Economy Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  Held on Tuesdays leading up to the festival, this series is an opportunity for artists, artisans, and representatives from galleries, art centers and museums to participate in panel discussions on issues affecting the island’s tourism, cultural and arts economy. The luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 9, 16 and 23.

So get your art on… East Coast rustic sailing style.

Art in LA: The Annenberg Foundation ‘Water: Our Thirsty World’

This beautiful shot right here is Frans Lanting’s image of  The Iguazu Falls. Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

Oh, we love that story (vengeful god be damned!), but there’s another story we must also share. The Iguazu River is located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu and the waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River. The falls, in case you’ve never witnessed their breathtaking majesty, are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brasil) and were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, but, in 2009, an acute drought in southern Brazil cut the water flow in the falls by two thirds. Yes, water… it’s a basic human right and one that is too quickly drying up.

So, as a tribute to our beloved Argentina y Brasil and the Iguazu Falls, we had to share this event because, though it may not be in Argentina, it might take you there. Plus, we think The Annenberg Foundation is one of the best Foundations around. Incorporating art, human rights, environmentalism, and education all in one nice little bundle of activism and creativity, we wanted to share a great event going on in LA at the Annenberg Space for Photography, entitled “WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” in partnership with National Geographic Magazine.

The exhibit, opening to the public on Saturday, March 27, 2010, will coincide with the release of National Geographic’s April 2010 issue on the precarious state of the world’s fresh water.

“WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” examines the local and global challenges of our planet’s fresh water resources captured by a selection of National Geographic’s finest, award-winning photographers. Good stuff! The digital and print images will highlight the significance of fresh water in our lives and how the diminishment of is impacting local and worldwide communities. And, if I see you buying a plastic bottle of water as you stroll around… ya fired! Another great perk: a digital film presentation offers hundreds of other National Geographic images and shared insights from photographers.

During the three-month exhibit, the free IRIS Nights lecture series will also continue inside the Photography Space on Thursday evenings, and programs related to the exhibit will include a themed group slideshow evening and photography workshops. How exciting, eh?!

“WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” will be open to the public March 27, 2010, and will run through June 13, 2010.

So check it out, buy a reusable water bottle, and turn off that tap when you’re brushing your teeth already! Geez. Mama wants to show those falls to her future children, okay?

The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA. 90067

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, and it creates a new paradigm in the world of photography.

Abu Dhabi and The Islands

Picture this: you’re kneeling in the fading twilight with camera in hand, eye-to-eye with an African ostrich.

Sound wild?

Well, you can make it your reality with Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara’s exclusive Stay and Click photography course,March 18 – 21. Set amid the rugged beauty of the Royal Nature Reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, this three-night, two-day landscape and wildlife photography class brings both novice and experienced photographers close to nature with cameras and critiques.  Students have a chance to photograph the more than 20 different free-roaming species that grace Sir Bani Yas’ shores, including Arabian oryx, antelope, and gazelle.

With 30 years of experience as a contract photographer, Ira Block will lead the course. His photo library includes rare archaeological relics from ancient sites in Eastern Europe, Peru and the Middle East. It’s the perfect trip to hone your skills and explore the rich wildlife and landscape with your lens. What’s more, in celebration of the hotel’s one-year anniversary, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is giving away one free spot in this exclusive course!

Simply submit your favorite desert or wildlife image by uploading it here by Sunday, February 28.  Ira and Anantara will announce the winning picture on the website on Sunday, March 7.

Not the winner? Not to worry, you can still reserve a space in the class. Individual rates start from AED 6,550+ ($2,052 inclusive of tax and tourism charge), double rates from AED 8,600+ ($2,716 inclusive of tax and tourism charge).  Package includes the two-day photography course, three nights of accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner in The Palm restaurant.

*Photographers participating in the two-day course must have a digital SLR camera, lenses, and all necessary cables along with a laptop computer and editing software.

Botanical Flower Painting Classes

For all of you established and aspiring artistes… this just in!

Orient-Express Hotels has announced two new 2010 programs for its popular Botanical and Flower Painting Classes at Reid’s Palace, on the island of Madeira, Portugal, and The Inn at Perry Cabin on Maryland’s eastern shore, both well-known for their lush gardens and beautiful surrounding scenery.

The Botanical and Flower Painting Class at Reid’s Palace (April 27 – May 1, 2010), will be taught by Siriol Sherlock, who has mastered the skill of watercolor to perfection, creating superb plant portraits that are both fluid and accurate.

Reid’s Palace has also launched a Designing with Plants Master Class (April 21-24, 2010) where guests can learn how to create imaginative garden borders by combining plants for structure, form and color.  The aim of the four-day master class is to help participants create and draw an individual planting plan with memorable, lasting groupings suited to personal preferences and location.

Epitomizing the spirit of travel, from the heyday of luxury, style and adventure, Reid’s Palace first opened in 1891 by William and Alfred Reid to accommodate passengers of the great ocean liners. Now, it stands for contemporary luxury and elegance perched on a cliff-top amid 10 acres of semi-tropical gardens on the exotic, temperate island of Madeira.

The price is €560 (approx. USD$843.00*) per person (excluding accommodations), and includes painting classes for five days, airport transfers, breakfast and lunch daily, a farewell dinner, a visit to the Arcos St. Jorge Rose Garden, a levada walk and a morning tour to Monte Gardens with cable car ride.

Accommodations start from €240 (approx. USD$361.00*)/per room per night.

The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland, will also be hosting a Botanical & Flower Painting Class (May 9-15, 2010), which will be led by Carol Woodin, one of the most renowned botanical artists working in the United States. Carol specializes in painting orchids and has won major awards both in the U.S. and the UK.

The Inn at Perry Cabin is an elegant circa 1816 waterfront property located on 25 acres overlooking the Miles River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.  The hotel is a short stroll from the history-steeped town of St. Michaels, Maryland and an easy one hour drive from either Baltimore or Washington, DC.  It has 80 guest rooms, each individually decorated in either a traditional style indicative of the historic section of the Inn, or in a style that evokes the contemporary Maryland seaside with a mixture of modern and period furniture and a palate of taupes, soft blues and ivories.

The price of the Inn’s Botanical & Flower Painting Class starts from USD$3,622.00, which includes six night’s accommodation, painting classes, a welcome cocktail and dinner with Carol Woodin, breakfast and lunch daily, one Botanical Complex Facial in the Linden Spa, afternoon tea, a ticket to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, an evening sunset cruise and a farewell dinner.

Aromatic Journeys: Awaken Your Senses

Stroll past two sparkling white Rolls Royce Phantoms through the sliding glass doors into paradise. Inlakesh. That’s how the staff of this ultra-chic Cancun resort greets you. In Mayan it means, “We are different faces of each other.” And this is what it means to ‘Feel AQUA.’ At peace and one with the environment. From the custom aromatic oils pumped throughout the hotel to Watsu treatments, Ashtanga Yoga, Regional Cooking Classes and your choice of two superb restaurants, Siete and MB, home to James Beard Winner, Michelle Bernstein’s stellar boite…

This certainly ain’t your parents run-of-the-mill Cancun resort. Think the W’s modish elegance meets Ritz-Carlton’s flawless service. Fans include the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Cattrall, and… me. When they say awaken your senses, they truly mean it. Right down to a nightly choice, delivered straight to your room, of six aromatic oils blended specifically for the hotel.

Intoxicating, sensual, and unique. Just like you. Sure, anyone who’s anyone knows about the Four Seasons Resort Maui, but do they also know about their brand-spankin’ new demi-blending scent analysis? Through a discussion with your mélanger, along with an in-depth computerized test, personalized perfume sessions target elements of your personality and aspects of your health that directly affect the scents – and senses – you’re drawn to. Ajne Rare & Precious, the expert all-natural and organic essential oil perfumerie out of Carmel, California, is run by husband and wife duo, Jane Hendler and Rex Rombach, and Handler personally trains each mélanger at the Four Seasons Resort Maui to guide you during your prêt-à-porter fragrance consultation.
Hendler is one of the few accredited Certified Master Essential Oil Therapists in the nation and has been called the ‘Star Perfumer’ by US Weekly. Some of her clients have included Jessica Biel, Reese Witherspoon, Alanis Morrisette and Rob Lowe. In addition to owning their own lavender farm in Carmel Valley, Jane and Rex work with small growers from around the world to obtain the organic and sustainably-harvested fruit, flower, leaf, grass, wood, lichen, fungi and spice oils that Jane transforms into parfum, lotions and skin care preparations in her Carmel laboratory boutique. Hand-blending each formula to a customer’s specific needs, Handler also developed a signature scent for Four Seasons Resort Maui, Palena`ole, available at the Spa’s retail.

Custom blend and consultation from $250

So bring the sweet smell of vacation home with you.
Feel like a guided aromatic meditation? Might we recommend a personal aromatherapy session with Renate, the on-site Artist-in-Residence, at the Ojai Valley Inn’s Artist Cottage and Apothecary? This German beauty will guide your senses through a holistic journey of self-discovery in a variety of media, whether it’s pottery, painting, drawing, wreath-making, or, my personal favorite, scent. Allow for time alone or share the experience with your family and friends. I had the pleasure of being guided through an afternoon of aromatic self-discovery with my husband – who just happened to develop my current favorite anointment he lovingly called ‘Orchard Floor.’ It was the perfect experience to end a perfect birthday weekend. Each scent is composed of essential therapeutic oils which you can also introduce into lotions, gels and creams that will carry your own name. Also worth mentioning… The Personal Mandala class, another Signature Ojai Experience, recommended at times of transition or when seeking clarity. Quiet and introspective, with insightful feedback from your instructor, these sessions reveal a deeper meaning to what lies on the paper.

From $150

Santa Fe: Your Romantic Vacation Cheat Sheet

We bet you’ve never contemplated your belly button in the center of Tent Rocks before.

Or how about made love in an adobe den under the multi-hued skies of Santa Fe?

So what, we ask, are you waiting for?

It’s not hard to feel like you’re on vacation in a place where the calm envelops you with a warm embrace. Here, fine art and dining are as approachable – and enjoyable – as that lovely girl with a wide grin smiling from across the crowded room. Ladies and gentlemen, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the next best place to vacation (and invest your retirement money). There’s a reason stars like Harrison Ford and Julia Roberts love this state so here are Jaunt Magazine’s top picks for a great spa/art/adventure away from this rat race.

Santa Fe Hotels

The Inn and Spa at Loretto is one of our top picks right in the center of town. Impressive adobe architecture and easy access to all of Santa Fe’s attractions, makes this property a favorite for Jaunt staffers. Special packages with spa, ski, and golf amenities are also available for Girl’s or Boy’s Getaways. Priced around $300-$400/night.

Inn of the Anasazi, a Rosewood Hotel, has massive hand-carved doors, sculpted stairways and sandstone walls as part of their authentic Southwestern Pueblo touches characterizing an intimate 57-room hotel. They also offer award-winning dining and an ideal location near the city’s historic central Plaza. Four-poster beds and other handcrafted furnishings grace each of the beautifully decorated rooms, along with cozy gas-lit kiva fireplaces. Rooms start at $309/night.

Encantado, an Auberge Resort: This exceptional new retreat opened this August in a spectacular setting at the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains, seven miles north of downtown near the Santa Fe Opera. Featuring 65 casitas luxuriously appointed in New Mexican native adobe style with private terraces, outdoor fireplaces, state-of-the-art technology and sweeping views of the Rio Grande, Los Alamos, and the Jemez Mountains, Encantado also introduced Santa Fe’s first world-class resort spa, a gourmet restaurant and an expansive outdoor sculpture garden. For those wishing to explore Santa Fe, Encantado also offers complimentary Mercedes-Benz car service and easy access to the city’s famed art galleries and restaurants with its centrally located Concierge Lounge offering VIP services. Rates start $425/night.


Leading galleries of contemporary art have quickly made a home in the new Railyard District, including Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, which has moved from Canyon Road to a striking new two-story gallery space on South Guadalupe Avenue. The gallery has represented contemporary masters from Richard Serra to Robert Motherwell, and Louise Nevelson to Robert Rauschenberg.

Gebert Contemporary recently expanded from its Canyon Road gallery and sculpture garden to add a Railyard District location with 6,000 square feet of “project space” that can encompass monumental sculpture and painting as well as video and installation pieces. Gebert specializes in the contemporary abstract painting and sculpture of an international group of established and emerging artists.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary, is the only American museum devoted to a female artist. Hollah! One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” The largest single repository of O’Keeffe’s work in the world, with a collection of nearly 3,000 works, including more than 1,000 O’Keeffe paintings, drawings, and sculpture, the museum displays works by this great American modernist. Over 140 artists have been also exhibited at the Museum including Frank Stella, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol and Arthur Dove.

Santa Fe Restaurants
Learn about the rich culinary history of the “City Different” with a restaurant walking tour and progressive lunch starting at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, the authority on Southwestern cuisine. The tours are led by native Santa Fean, television host, and chef/guide, Rocky Durham. Then it’s out for a guided tour to three of Santa Fe ‘s most prestigious dining destinations:

Amavi, recently voted ‘most romantic restaurant in Santa Fe’ in the May 2008 issue of the Santa Fean. Chef/owner, David Sellers and his wife, Heather highlight regional specialties from the cuisines of Italy, Spain and France.

Tom Kerpon, Executive chef of Rio Chama, will share some of his secrets about his award-winning regional cuisine that has made him one of Santa Fe’s favorite chefs!

Coyote Café, where the new chef/owner Eric DiStefano, formerly of Geronimo, will prepare a dish and share some of the rich history of the world famous Coyote Café. Phenomenal food and the chefs were so charismatic and generous with time, preparation instruction and portions!)

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Casa de Sierra Nevada

Maybe it’s because I love cochinita pibil. I’m not really sure what it is about Mexico that keeps me coming back for more. One such location – a veritable carrot in front of my hungry horsey mouth – is the protective colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The fortified town, first established in the 16th century to protect the Royal Route inland, reached its apogee in the 18th century when many of its outstanding religious and civic buildings were built in the style of the Mexican Baroque. Some of these buildings, masterpieces of the style that evolved in the transition from Baroque to neoclassical, acted as a melting pot where Spaniards, Creoles and Amerindians exchanged their cultural and artisanal influences. Founded in 1542, the town of San Miguel de Allende sits at 6,400 feet above sea level and the streets of this colonial town are lined with palacios that today are a mixture of residences, galleries, restaurants and boutiques.
One and a half blocks from the main city square of San Miguel de Allende, my pick for hotel properties is the boutique Casa de Sierra Nevada, a mixture of 16th to 18th century Spanish colonial buildings. With 31 rooms and suites spread among five colonial mansions, including a 17th century fort, and the former residence of San Miguel de Allende’s Archbishop in the 16th century, all we can say is… talk about living la vida purista. The hotel’s buildings, situated around the town rather than one location, creates an experience akin to living in a beautiful, historic apartment with new amenities and genuine Mexican hospitality.
Known for countless years as a center of art and literature, famous mexican artists and ex-pats flock to the cobble-stone streets and historic enclave to perfect their art and find peace and inspiration. With sculpture, glass-blowing, silversmithing, and photography workshops all within local reach, check out the link below for some spectacular art programs that will be sure to lift your creative spirits and make you say…

“Hay que dejar tiempo para el esparcimiento!”

Which basically means something like: ‘All work and no play sure makes Juan (or Juanta) a real snoooooze.’

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