Preview the spectacular happenings at our ICONS Gala with The Lifestyle Lounge!

Preview the spectacular happenings at our ICONS Gala with The Lifestyle Lounge!

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By Monica Aparicio,
If you’ve been under a rock about the Women’s Mafia 11th anniversary gala benefitting ReachWithin, here goes… 7480c1_36d95fceb0a0458db76a1c882a803cf3Imagine the elevator doors opening into a beautiful plush lobby where the winding hallway opens to reveal a dimly lit ballroom sitting on the penthouse of a building in the Flat Iron.

You arrive and are greeted with adornment of golden temporary jewels via Tribe Tats and divinely inspired henna designs on your delicate hands via Margie Nugent while sipping on delicious Daily Greens juices or enjoying a perfect cocktail!

unnamed-4Over at the opposite end of the ballroom you see Carmen Rubio setting up for your glamour photo. You get your picture taken by Carmen or photo artist Marcy Andrew Deliz before DJ Sharri starts to play luscious melodies and you strut in your Goddess costume to the dance floor.

Dancing, you look out the window to see the Empire State twinkling while you and your friends turn the heat up with your moves.

You pause to recoup and head on over to The Lifestyle Lounge pop up, where you receive a complimentary miracle stretch with Marina Simovic and sit down to speak to Dieniz Costa about dipping into your sacred sensuality, since you’ve been thinking about fully claiming your Goddess Power!

While you’re there you also have a mini consult with Kelly Lynn Adams about taking the next steps with your career and you hear some awesome astrology tips with Jeanny Tsai.

You feel so uplifted about your future you celebrate by treating yourself to a gorgeous piece of jewelry at Georgianna Kouliano’s table and you participate in the mini Cacao ceremonies with Chrysalis Unfurling before indulging in yummy hors d’ oeuvres.


All this plus hula hooping with Isamar Gonzales, making art with Inspirality & VitaminR, complimentary energy healing with Nathalie Jaspar, mini consults with Meg Conkling, the curly hair alchemist (because your next haircut will be the bomb), life coaching with Sydney Campos, Goddess portraiture with Lisa Levart, prophetic Tarot with Denise DePass, soul revealing sessions with Kell Morton and by 11pm you go home with a cup that runneth over!

Mmmmmmm get ready, get your tickets


Join us for The Lifestyle Lounge experience inside of the Women’s Mafia 11th Anniversary Gala celebration and dress up as your favorite Goddess or historical heroine

OCTOBER 6, 2016.   7-11pm

Receive complimentary mini consults with top wellness and healthy living experts, bodyworkers and healers!

Meet the Experts, Healers and Vendors

Sacred Sensuality with Dieniz Costa

Dieniz Costa is a sacred sexuality liberation and empowerment coach, healer and speaker who helps women of color go from burned out, suppressed and dissatisfied to liberated, orgasmic and fulfilled.

 She works with women on healing from past traumas to rebuild their sense of self worth, beauty and power. After working with Dieniz you will enjoy your body and be the full expression of your true self while living from a place of spiritual power.

Career Counseling with Kelly Lynn Adams

Kelly Lynn Adams is a certified business and leadership career coach, motivational speaker and founder The After 5 Club. Kelly Lynn has helped hundreds of women manage their careers and build smart and sustainable businesses (especially those who are in 9 to 5 jobs). Kelly Lynn has also spent over 12 years in corporate finance for some of the top fashion houses and biggest retailers in the world.

Receive career coaching, productivity and time management training, self-care guidance and how to start and monetize a passion project/side business when you speak to Kelly.

Holistic Life Coaching with Sydney Campos

Sydney Campos is a holistic entrepreneur, meaning there is no separation between her passions, her spirituality and her livelihood. As the founder of Make Only Magic, she serves incredible clients as an intuitive life coach, yoga instructor, energy healer and marketing strategy advisor specializing in Fortune 100 brands and early-stage startups.

Sydney will guide you to reconnect with your own internal compass to accelerate healing and break through blocks standing in the way of your deepest desires. Everything Sydney does is based on love and service, and helping you live life beyond your wildest dreams.

Beach Body with Michelle Hache and Christina Colon

Michelle works independently as a virtual fitness coach with Team Beach Body and is currently a student at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She teaches others to implement a healthy lifestyle in body mind and spirit. Michelle can provide you with the necessary tools to achieve a higher level of clean and healthy eating and lifestyle.

Talk to Michelle and her partner Christina about Shakeology whole food meal replacement containing a daily dose of dense nutrition of Phytonutrients that help support health and vitality, build lean muscle and curb cravings. Exotic superfoods and vitamins will help you fight free radical damage and support a healthy immune system, also aiding you in weight loss.

Curly Hair Alchemy with Meg Conklin

Meg Conkling is a seasoned Curly Hair specialist, best known as the Curly Hair Alchemist. Her skills and expertise are as adaptable as her strengths and versatility. She is articulate and has always approached her clients and the art of curls with enthusiasm and an open heart.

With Meg  “It’s not just a haircut, it’s an experience.” Meg helps you clarify the woman you are and the woman you are ready to embody, with an intuitive consult prior to your haircut. Explore a heightened and holistic one on one training. Walk away learning how to manage and embrace your natural texture.

Kabbalistic Astrology with Jeanny Tsai

Jeanny Tsai has worked with Kabbalah Astrology for over 10 years. She is known for her depth, clarity, and accuracy when giving a reading. She is well versed in giving general readings as well as well as giving deep insights into specific areas of one’s soul blueprint such as relationships, career, health, and soul path.

Jeanny can help you map out ideal dates for starting a business, getting married, and other life important events. She advises on when to take action and what remedies to use to reach one’s highest destiny. Her approach is heart centered with her clients goals and soul evolution in mind. Jeanny is also an intuitive healer who has apprenticed with masters in multiple lineages from around the world.

Rodan Field Skincare Kate Dawson

Kate proudly represents Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. These uniquely effective skincare products are designed by two of the most respected dermatologists in the country with a legacy of delivering on what they promise. Kate believes that using Rodan + Fields is as close as you can get to visiting a dermatologist … without an appointment.

Rodan and Fields can truly transform your skin.

Goddess Erotica Portraiture with Lisa Levart

Lisa Levart is the author of Goddess on Earth: Portraits of the Divine Feminine, winner of the GOLD Nautilus Book Award. Goddess on Earth, an ongoing project for more than a decade draws deeply on ancient mythology to reveal the vibrant interior lives of the women she photographs and their personal experience with the divine feminine.

The Goddess:Erotica portraits will allow you to enjoy your divine sexuality through the eyes of a loving artist. Treat yourself to a one-of a kind, encaustic art work that most deeply reflects your most powerful erotic self.

Reiki Healing with Nathalie Jaspar

During a session with Dive Into Reiki/Nathalie you will experience warm, deep relaxation, gain a sense of clarity and a feeling of joy. It’ll enable you to access your own true inner energy so you can bring positive change into your life at all levels—physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Dive Into Reiki offers sessions and classes based on traditional Japanese teachings.

Network Spinal Care with Dr. Kell Morton

For over ten years Dr. Kell has been transforming lives by helping people let go of the stress and pain that we all accumulate through the bumps in the road of life. He helps youlet go of who you’re not, so you can raise your standards and breakthrough limiting beliefs, allowing you to embrace more and more of who you truly are, and ultimately rock life at a higher level with more passion, joy, creativity, and love

OrthoBionomy with Ellen Williams

Ellen Williams is a Licensed Massage Therapist whose work is geared to alleviating discomfort and pain in your body without causing more pain. Because work with your body’s nervous system to help your body recognize what’s going on, your body is able to self-correct, thus allowing the results of each session to last longer. You’ll feel more comfortable in your body, so you‘ll sleep better and wake up more alert and focused

Miracle Stretch with Marina Simovic

Marina is a certified Stretch Therapist and Usui Reiki Practitioner. She uses a unique stretch technique with specialized tables to stabilize, isolate and carefully stretch various parts of your body. Feel relaxed and refreshed with this gentle healing experience which helps to get you more in tune with your physical and emotional well being.

Aromatherapy with Avila Aromatics

Experience the benefits of holistic essential oil and infused plant blends to support your mind, body and spirit. Created by Karin Lieberman, clinical esthetician and aromatherapist, whose passion for plants and nature led her to create these beautiful wellness centered products using essential oils.

Goddess Jewelry with Georgianna





Where Magic’s Most Famous Names Secretly Gather: WONDERSHOW at the Cutting Room 12/29

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Cassandra NemzerHave you heard about Wondershow? Every month or two the best magicians, mentalists and physical acrobats in the world gather as performers and audience members for an intimate crowd – TV stars such as David Blaine support rising stars who are winning magic’s top prizes, such as Merlin Award Winner Asi Wind. Female magicians such as Cassandra Nemzer and alternative physical performers such as Jonathan Burns are given a platform to amaze and inspire new generations.
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Acts of Magic, Mischief and Mystery


New York, NY. Dec 2015 – Award winning producer Patrick Terry returns to The Cutting Room with a line up of today’s best magicians and variety artists! For one night only, don’t miss incredible performances by the one and only MASTER LEE (Conan O’Brien), as well as Bronx native ELLIOT ZIMET (America’s Got Talent), Plus outrageous comedy from Tonight Show alum JONATHAN BURNS, and a special appearance from New York’s Enchanting Songstress CASSANDRA NEMZER (Carnegie Hall) and much more!
Wondershow Dec 29
Presented exclusively at Manhattan’s beautiful CUTTING ROOM, owned by CHRIS NOTH of the Good Wife and Sex & The City, WONDERSHOW is an experience like no other – and will showcase the best in underground talent, as well as established professionals, like headliner, JON STETSON: America’s Master Mentalist. As one of today’s most popular entertainers, Jon has appeared on major networks and in major venues around the globe, not to mention private shows for The King of Sweden, The New England Patriots, and multiple Fortune 100 companies. His extensive television credits and thousands of live shows combined with a razor sharp sense of a humor guarantee that you will never forget ‘The Stetson Experience.’

And as if that wasn’t enough, WONDERSHOW creator, PATRICK TERRY will serve as the Master of Ceremonies chaperoning the night’s spirit of all things astounding and confounding. But arrive early to enjoy drinks and delicacies from the full bar.

Don’t miss what TIME OUT NEW YORK calls, “Professional Mindf*ckery by the most skilled performers in the business. ” as it continues to be the city’s most exciting destination for  magic, mischief & mystery.

For Tickets and more info visit

CUTTING ROOM – 44 E. 32nd Street – New York, NY

Cassandra Nemser

Cassandra Nemzer Singing Shot

Jon Stetson

Master Lee

Elliot Zimet

Jonathan Burns


Monday, March 31: Support Creative Arts In Schools at Community-Word Project’s Annual Benefit

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By Ashley Papa
Get your tickets this week for Community-Word Project’s 14th Annual Benefit: Writing Our Future. The evening promises to be a vibrant celebration of Community-Word Project’s work inspiring creative and critical thinking in young people through the arts.  The evening’s program will include dynamic student performances along with guest readings by poet and teaching artist Aracelis Girmay and Angel Reda of Broadway’s Chicago.

Monday March 31st 6:30-8:30pm
Bonhams Auction House
580 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Benefit tickets can be purchased online by clicking the button at the top of our homepage:  We hope to host over 300 attendees catered by chef David Santos of Louro, with activities highlighting the students’ achievements and recognizing honored guests throughout the evening. This year’s silent auction promises to be the best ever, with items including weekend get-aways, designer sunglasses, Broadway tickets, and a cooking class and private party in your home with a professional chef, and of course, many stunning pieces of original artwork!

Featured actress Angel Reda of Chicago, Wicked and the upcoming Damn Yankees

About Community-Word Project:

Community-Word Project is a New York City arts-in-education organization that inspires children in underserved communities to read, interpret, and respond to their world and to become active citizens through collaborative arts residencies and teacher training programs. Founded in 1997, Executive Director Michele Kotler and CWP received an Echoing Green Fellowship to help young people develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Since then, CWP has inspired more than 15,000 youth in underserved New York City communities to become positive agents of change for themselves and their communities through our school partnerships and hundreds of aspiring teaching artists through our intensive Teaching Artist Training and Internship Program.

CWP was founded with the belief that creative learning through the arts gives every child the opportunity to find a voice that, not only is heard, but also has the power to make you pay attention. According to a 2012 report from the National Endowment for the Arts, learning in the arts helps youth in under-resourced communities become more likely to stay in school, attend college, and be engaged citizens. Each year through our highly trained, diverse teaching artists, each year, CWP’s collaborative arts programming helps more than 1,500 New York City youth learn creative and critical thinking through poetry, sculpture, mural painting, photography, music/rhythm, dance, and performance, with every child leaving the classroom each day knowing, “I have a voice; my voice is powerful; my voice can change the world.”

Wondershow: For a Night Of The Unexpected!

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Get Ready for WONDERSHOW
Featuring an extraordinary line up of the city’s hottest magicians and variety acts.
Nov. 22nd, Doors 7pm, $15. 21 and over
Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY (DUMBO)

Developed by award-winning producer Patrick Terry, don’t miss the mind-blowing illusions of rising star RYAN DUTCHER (MTV), the exquisite sleight of hand of New York’s own DAVID SCHWARTZ, and the inspiring miracles of international sensation ANDREW GOLDENHERSH  (The Magic Castle), & much more! See a video teaser here.

Illusionist Ryan Dutcher in NYC
Aurora Black

Presented exclusively at DUMBO’s gorgeous Galapagos Art Space, WONDERSHOW is an experience like no other – and will showcase the best in underground performers as well as established professionals, like the incredible ASI WIND, a recent winner of the Merlin Award for “Most Innovative Show” – an honor whose previous recipients include Penn & Teller, Criss Angel, and David Copperfield. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed mentalists, Asi also served as an advisor on David Blaine’s new TV special and recently wrapped a sold out run of his hit show Concert of the Mind.

The line up will also include a special appearance by FRANCIS MENOTTI, known far and wide as one of the most respected entertainers working today. As well as spellbinding burlesque by New York City’s naughtiest ballerina, AURORA BLACK. WONDERSHOW’s creator, Patrick Terry will serve as the Master of Ceremonies chaperoning the night’s spirit of all things astounding and confounding.

Producer and Magic Man himself, Patrick Terry

Like nothing you expect and everything you imagine, this unique variety experience, continues to be the city’s most exciting destination for magic, mischief & mystery.

TALENT Q&A: Dawn Smart, Leading Businesswoman and Designer To The Ballroom Stars

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By Marcy Clark with additional reporting by Gildas Rolland

Dore Designs and CEO Dawn Smart are bringing haute couture to American shores with striking custom made gowns, which are highly coveted by ballroom dance champions and private clients alike.

Dawn Smart, left, with Sales Associate Heidi Bucigross

Ms. Smart purchased the company in 2007 and with her at the helm sales of Dore Designs gowns have doubled, and the company now posts revenues in excess of 2 million dollars a year.

With her designs regularly featured on stars of television programs such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and in the feature film “Musical Chairs,” Dawn has an inspiring story and fantastic advice for young women eager to enter the design world, as well as anyone who is determined to follow their true passion.

Women’s Mafia: What does fashion mean to you?

Dawn Smart: As the head designer at Dore Designs I view fashion from a ballroom prism; gowns are created to accentuate movement. I am creating costuming and design is influenced by the champion who is wearing a Dore Gown. A dancer who has an incredible ability to spin might spark a trend for skirts that fly out. For me ballroom fashion is a collaborative effort with the dancers wearing my creations.

WM: How were you introduced to the Ballroom world?

DS: A friend took me to a ballroom studio for a party. He had said that we were going to a chamber of commerce function and then suddenly they turned off the lights and a big guy asked me to foxtrot. I resisted falling in love with the industry for a few months, and kept delaying the lessons I had purchased at that event. When I finally took my first step on the dance floor, I knew I never wanted to leave. For the first time in my life I really enjoyed exercise. Dancing with another person, being able to have a conversation, understanding the music; it was all fun and engaging on so many levels.

WM: Where do you get your design inspiration?

DS: My design inspiration for the ballroom world comes from the story of the movement. A lot of dancers have a story they are telling as a couple, a scene they are acting out, and they often share that with me as I begin the design process. For one champion couple, the woman was embodying a “Mediterranean Goddess” character and so we dressed her accordingly: in blues, silks and turquoises. The characterization informed the way her partner interacted with her and made them even more compelling to watch.

WM: What makes Dore Designs gowns unique?

We make our designs in the United States, they are all couture construction and they are all original. We make them on a body form, with a specific body in mind and that is why they fit our clients so well.

We dress Ballroom champions and also real women just entering the field, for over 30 years now. We use a lot of jersey, crepe and silk from Italy, as well as stretch fabrics of various types. We use many unusual fabrics to create one of-a-kind pieces.

We might have a fabric or a type of crystal that we only use on one dress. If I buy a print I will buy only enough for one dress and if someone else wants to order something in that print then I will create something completely different to keep integrity within the brand. All our gowns are crafted and draped by hand, so there is no pattern to duplicate.

WM: How would you like your brand to evolve in the next 10 years?

In the next 10 years I would like to have Couture and Ready to Wear lines for evening gowns as well as a practice wear line for the dance studios to brand themselves. The future of our company will grow in the real world as well as the ballroom world.

WM: How would you describe your creations in 5 words?

Classic lines, form-fitting, luxurious feel.

WM: Which designers have influenced you the most?

DS: When I was a teenager, Dianne Von Furstenberg was my idol. Now my favorite designers are Marchesa. Valentino, Versace, Alexander McQueen and Elie Saab. I am inspired by their use of unique materials and that they use layers and intricate construction in their gowns.

WM: What’s the aspect of being a fashion designer that you enjoy the most?

DS: I get to make women feel beautiful.

WM: Do you have any secrets for success that Women’s Mafia members could learn from?

DS: Get up every morning and try to be better than you were yesterday: more creative, more inventive. I use Seth Gordon’s book Purple Cow as a reference. Every gown needs to be extraordinary and worth talking about.

For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit and “like” them on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs

Relief On The Runway: Women’s Mafia Founder Marcy Clark hosting Charity Fashion Show!

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Ladies, will you join us for Relief On The Runway on Saturday April 28th?

I am thrilled to MC this chic charity event, for women only, which will support Islamic Relief USA’s programs benefitting women all over the world. Their top-rated programs include clean water initiatives in Mali, Yemen and China, Vocational training for orphans in Afghanistan, Emergency Livestock intervention in Ethiopia, Educational programs in Africa and across the middle east, Food Aid programs in Egypt, Lebanon, China, the United States and many other countries, as well as dozens of other life-saving, inspirational programs in the areas women need them most. Tickets are selling out fast as they are extremely reasonable at only $40 for a luxe evening.

Islamic Relief USA Charity Event to Feature Women’s Fashion Show:

(New York, N.Y., 4/12/2012) Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a relief and development organization based in the D.C. metro area, will feature a women’s fashion show at an April 28 charity event in New York. Relief on the Runway will feature designs by Deepak Perwani, Nayna, Cosry, Guzel, Modern Mary, Razan Daker, Nzinga Knight, Nahda Designs, and Sahaili Styles. The event is for women only.  Musical performance by Omnia Hegazy and Spoken Word artist Tahani Salah.  Casting and Production by Aushim Raswant of 3V.

Styling and Production by Engie Hassan of EngieStyle. Hair and Makeup by Rare NYC.  Proceeds will go toward Islamic Relief’s programs benefiting women.

What: Islamic Relief’s Relief on the Runway Charity Fashion Show

When: April 28th, 2012

Where: Broad Street Ballroom
41 Broad St.,
New York, NY 10004

Islamic Relief USA’s projects for women seek to improve maternal health, promote gender equality and empower women through education and income-generating opportunities.

Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization with eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA benefited more than 6 million people in 34 countries, including the United States.  In addition to its 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is listed on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

A Worldwide Leader in Alleviating Poverty |

Islamic Relief USA Awarded 4 Stars by Charity Navigator

Jazz Legends Marion Cowings & Kenny Barron Release Exciting New Remastered Album

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It is my pleasure to invite you to listen and secure the newly remastered album: “Marion Cowings and Kenny Barron.” Now available on itunes, this album is thrilling for jazz lovers and those who love a rich sound.

Jazz aficionados everywhere will have the opportunity to warm their hearts this spring with the smooth baritone voice of jazz legend Marion Cowings. Well known as the lyricist on the standards “For Ceora” and Miles Davis’ solo in “Freddie Freeloader,” listeners will experience Cowings’ rhythm and sounds that go beyond age, trends or style. Accompanied in his latest album release with pianist Kenny Barron, these jazz masters express impeccable collaborative musicianship. With these classic songs played faithfully to the composer’s intent, they will satisfy the hearts of audiences.

Barron is widely recognized as a world-class virtuoso, and band leader. Cowings is known for his work with singer Kim Kalesti and his collaboration with many jazz artists including Hank Jones on their compilations; this album will be Cowings’ debut as a solo artist.

Jazz singer Marion Cowings is a native New Yorker. His smooth baritone voice and considerable range have been delighting audiences around the world for decades. Mentored by the legendary Jon Hendricks, Cowings is a master of vocalese and singing technique. He has appeared at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Blue Note, Village Vanguard, as well as many prestigious jazz festivals and venues abroad. Currently Cowings headlines regularly at Smalls Jazz Club in the West Village and his sets are broadcast live to a faithful global audience.

Upcoming NY Concert Dates:

March 21, 2012 8pm
New York City, NY

Smalls Jazz Club
April 27th, 2012

Kim Kalesti of “Kimistry and The Living Museum” at Zinc Bar

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Kim Kalesti
With Pianist John DiMartino and Bassist Marcos Varela
The Zinc Bar
Wednesday, March 21st at 7pm for one set
82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village, NYC

Singer, composer and jazz legend Kim Kalesti has a long-standing reputation for her beautiful vocal tone, fine phrasing and intelligent storytelling. A young Kim Kalesti captured the attention of New York City’s jazz scene in the early 1980’s. Her list of accomplishments would blossom even more from recording and performing in clubs and Jazz festivals with jazz greats including Kenny Barron, Eddie Gomez, Joe Williams, Dave Leibman and Clark Terry, to name a few. Now in the prime of her memorable career she has been invited to perform for and with Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Billy Eckstine, Carmen McCrae, Jack Jones and George Clinton. There is something magical about listening to a seasoned performer such as Kim Kalesti, who has dedicated her life to her artistry.

Kim Kalesti, accompanied by Pianist John DiMartino and Bassist Marcos Varela will work her musical magic at the famous New York Jazz Club, The Zinc Bar, on Wednesday March 21st at 7pm.

On the New York scene Grammy Nominated pianist and arranger John Di Martino has established a reputation as an adaptable, respected straight-ahead jazz player, a sensitive and sought-after accompanist of singers, and a brilliant Latin jazz keyboard artist.

Bassist Marcos Varela at 18 was recognized by the Houston jazz scene as one of the top honorees of the NFAA International Jazz award, IAJE Clifford Brown / Stan Getz All- Star and later a member of the Prestigious Kennedy Centers Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program. A graduate of New School University on scholarship, Varela quickly established himself as an important part of the New York and World music scene.

“Kimistry and The Living Museum!/kimkalesti

SUGAR: Flash Art Gallery & Lounge Opens In Philadelphia

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Grand Opening Party March 3rd Featuring Premiere Exhibition “Crystal Days”

12 West Willow Grove Ave. Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia 19118

By Marcy Clark

SUGAR, a guaranteed sweet spot for lovers of art, music, culture and design, is hosting a Grand Opening Event this Saturday March 3rd from 5-7pm. Featuring monthly exhibitions showcasing internationally recognized artists, Sugar embraces a relaxed “come and stay awhile” aesthetic, with a “fine” art collection, books, vintage clothing, Vynl Bar, a couple pinball machines, modern, vintage and mid-century finds from EAC and regular events showcasing extraordinary musicians and delicious local edibles.

Sugar is the dreamings of Elie-Anne Chevrier, formerly of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she managed logistics for exhibitions for nearly 20 years. She is a collector, mid-century connoisseur and all-around treasure hunter highly regarded for her huntress ability, her Modern, Vintage, Mid-Century dealership, and her recent pop-up home store NOMAD.  Her first exhibit “Crystal Days,” curated with Timothy Buckwalter, features work by Timothy Buckwalter, Douglas Witmer, Michael MacFeat and Tami Seymour.

Elie-Anne shares about her vision for Sugar: “Folks really had fun at Nomad. They tended to stick around for a while and chat and seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. Visitors were saying how they felt instantly at home and had the best conversations here and Sugar is expanding that conversation with Art and Music. I want guests to experience the art and be inspired by the current show, play our vynl music collection, live with our home designs and curios and then be able to choose some of these inspirations to take home. Our goal is to create a timeless ‘John Cage’ type experience.”

Sugar’s Grand Opening event will feature four artists on display for the “Crystal Days” exhibit during the month of March as well as music and refreshments:

Timothy Buckwalter – Featured artist and “Crystal Days” Curator Timothy Buckwalter graduated with honors from Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art in 1988 and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been included in the Linz Biennale and exhibited nationally at De/Chiara Stewart Gallery in New York; Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon; Rebecca Ibel Gallery in Columbus, Ohio; Pharmaka in Los Angeles; Lizabeth Olivera, Pro Arts, Oakland Art Gallery in Oakland; and Four Walls, Southern Exposure and Braunstein/Quay in San Francisco. Buckwalter has written extensively about fine art, penning features and reviews for San Francisco Chronicle, The East Bay Monthly and KQED. He has also guest curated for SFMOMA’s OpenSpace.

Doug Witmer – Philadelphia local Douglas Witmer’s work has been the subject of over 10 solo exhibitions in the US, as well as curated group shows internationally. In 2011 the artist’s debut solo museum exhibition was mounted at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Other recent venues include: MoMA PS1, Blank Space Gallery, and The Painting Center (all NYC), AxD Gallery (Philadelphia), Some Walls (Oakland, CA), The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, The Philadelphia Cathedral, Pharmaka (Los Angeles), The University of Maryland, The University of Dayton (OH), Sydney Non-Objective (Australia), and Bus-Dori Project Space, Tokyo, Japan. His work is in public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is also known locally as the owner of the popular Green Line Coffee chain.

"Indian Summer" by Douglas Witmer

Michael MacFeat – Philadelphia’s own contemporary artist Michael MacFeat is a self-described “artist, writer and independent curator.” Recently he has been in exhibitions at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Private Galleries in Paris, France.  He will be showcasing his Urban Survival Kit (romantic) a collaborative work with Timothy Buckwalter.

Tami Seymour – Tami, co-founder of NOMAD, will be showcasing her photography during “Crystal Days.” She is a designer turned stylist and photographer as well as the author behind the popular blogs: Singerseymour and Middle Diner and partner of the design studio Singer Design Company. She has a never-ending obsession for creating and absorbing beautiful design in all its forms.

Photography by Tami Seymour

Jewelry by J. Rudy Lewis – Philadelphia fine Jewelry Designer J. Rudy Lewis is innovative in his style, always observing and incorporating fragments of art and nature into his designs. His collections explore the concept of art as jewelry throughout time. Lewis is catching the eyes and being acquired by top stylists, celebrities, Royalty and even made it to the Grammy’s.

Saturday evenings will will have music by Brandon Morsberger – Exciting local musician Brandon Morsberger returns to this space to perform his original music and live slide-guitar. Also Jorgan Perry will perform.

Cupcakes: Fresh baked by Darlene Longstreth

Sugar is a flash Art and Design gallery located in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia dedicated to showcasing museum quality artists, the best collections of modern, vintage and mid-century furnishings, accessories & jewelry. Open daily March 3rd – April 1st, W-F 10am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm, with the possibility of continuing in April and May. Follow Sugar’s journey on Twitter (@followsugar) and Facebook ( for updates and events, and visit for more details.