Art Salon Parties make the NY Times!

Posted by The G on June 4, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

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Gilles Larrain (toasting the crowd), a muse and Thomas Shelford (from left to right)

Close to a year ago, I attended an Art Salon Party at the legendary Gilles Larrain’s studio in SoHo in New York, and at the time, I described it as a scene out of “the good old days of New York.”  The studio space is incredible and you can feel the vibrant energy within seconds of walking through the door.  It was not surprising when I discovered that the space has been the home to iconic photo shoots from the likes of Sting, Miles Davis and Robert Mapplethorpe, just to name a few.  The party, which is held on the last Thursday of every month, gives both the artsy and the not-so-artsy a chance to express themselves as guests are invited to take part in 20 minute painting sessions (whereby you can see amazing works of art created in under a half hour!), performance art, music and of course, an array of delicious wine and cheese.  You cannot  imagine my delight when I was reading the New York Times today and there was a feature about the Art Salon Party!  Like I’ve said before, if you want to get a taste of what New York was like before it became Disney-fied, you must attend an Art Salon Party.  I met so many cool people, many of whom I stay in touch with to this day, and every time I reflect on the evening, I get a sudden jolt of inspiration. Check out the above links for more details. Congratulations again to the Art Salon for finally getting the recognition they deserve!

Art Salon Party

Posted by The G on August 28, 2009 under Artsy Fartsy | 5 Comments to Read

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Thomas Shelford with his amazing art.

Thomas Shelford with his amazing art.

Tonight I witnessed a scene out of old New York. At artist Gilles Larrain’s studio in Soho, there was an infamous Art Party.  Gilles Larrain took the cover shot of Miles Davis’ albums “Aura” and “Decoy,” and once a month, he opens this legendary studio for an art party.  Throughout the evening, you’ll witness performances, performance art and they even have models posing while local artists are encouraged t0 make renderings (At one point, the artists had 20 minutes to draw and the results were outstanding!) The crowd is elegant and smart, but not pretentious.  You can mingle with New York’s elite without feeling like you are a misfit.  The party happens once a month and you can read more about it here.  Famous artists Thomas Shelford and Louda invite you to look over their shoulder while they create brilliance and are happy to explain their craft.  These parties cannot be missed. One of these days, you’ll be seeing me doing a reading from my book Sketches of Verbal Alchemy at this event!  Watch this space for more details. Enjoy some more pictures after the jump.

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