A Life Changing Trip: Expressionist Artist, Leonor Anthony’s Voyage to Beijing

I met the brilliant Expressionist Artist, Leonor Anthony a few years ago at a common friends birthday luncheon. I was instantly drawn to Leonor, which usually occurs to me anytime creativity & raw talent are in my presence.

Leonor’s preferred mediums are oil on canvas, charcoal drawings, digital art and mixed media. The imagery of her art is crafted with unprecedented assertiveness, a combination of refined, complex and loose brush strokes, characterized by violently expressive color and jarring compositions that elicit vivid emotional reactions.

When I found out about Leonor’s recent trip to China I had to make sure she shares this life changing experience with the world.

First, meet the lovely Leonor Anthony & some of her works of art:

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Il Comendatore by Leonor Anthony

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Works of Art by Leonor Anthony. Some of these will be exhibited in Liege, Belgium October 4-7 2013 and Red Dot December 5-8, 2013

CHINA – Beijing Art Expo 2013

Leonor went to China for the for the 16th Beijing Art Expo 2013 with her gallery, Art Center Miami. The exhibition took place from Sept 13-16. It was her first time in China so she didn’t know what to expect. What Leonor found was the land of the extremes! Absolute chaos, multitudes of people and cars living harmoniously with sublime landscapes, Buddhist temples, Tai Chi practitioners and highly educated art collectors.

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These photos where taken at Long Qin Xia scenic spot…

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For more information on Leonor Anthony, visit www.leonoranthonyartstudio.com; Art Center Miami Gallery-ART CENTER WYNWOOD 149 NW 36 ST Miami, Fl 33127

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An Evening at the House Of Horror

I was summoned by the demons to visit the House of Horror Amusement Park located in Doral. It only took a moment before I embarked into an oppressive nightmarish setting of a cemetery haunted by zombies & chainsaw-carrying murderers. 

I won’t give away full details of my experience. You need to live or “die” by your own experience.

The basics: demons, possessed clowns, slaughterhouse gore, asylum madness and macabre characters that will give you a good jolt.  I felt disoriented in the mazy passageways, pulsating lighting with nooks & crannies serving up the next scare.

The kid in me had an amazing time and the adult in me needed a stiff drink afterwards.  🙂

Here’s a sneak peek. Visit, if you “dare”… 

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Pre-Cocktail Reception at Olympia Theater in celebration of Recent Cinema from Spain’s Return to Miami

Last night’s pre-VIP cocktail reception at the Olympia theater at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts was amazing! Over 300 people came out to celebrate the Recent Cinema from Spain film series return to Miami this November. 

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RECENT CINEMA from SPAIN 2013 MIAMI ANNOUNCES INITIAL FILM LINEUP FOR THE III EDITION IN MIAMI: The Body, A Gun In Each Hand, Combustion AND Carmina Or Blow Up

EGEDA (Audio-Visual Producers’ Rights Management Association) and The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts Present the Third Edition of the Recent Cinema from Spain Film Series this November 2013.

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Arturo Morell, Alina Intertain, Emilio Sanchez, Elvi Cano, Margaret Lake and Francisco Tardio

Following the tremendous success of the last two editions, which attracted audiences of almost 4,000 each year, the third edition of the Recent Cinema from Spain Series will be returning to Miami, FL to host a four day Spanish film event celebrating the diversity of contemporary Spanish cinema showcasing the best of Spain’s rich, vibrant and vital films – on the big screen at the Olympia Theater located in the heart of downtown Miami. Ticket and pass holders will enjoy nightly premieres and participate in Q&A sessions with filmmakers and cast members following each film. Kicking off the event will be a red-carpet opening night gala on Thursday, November 21, 2013 followed by a VIP reception.

The program will include The nominated Goya Awards nominated thriller The Body , the wittiest recent Spanish comedy A Gun In Each Hand , the youth market Spain’s box office blockbuster Combustion and the multi-award winning mockumentary and box office sensation in Spain, Carmina or Blow Up .

I’m really looking forward to seeing, THE BODY El Cuerpo 2012 by Director: Oriol Paulo, Cast: Jose Coronado, Belen Rueda, Hugo Silva

A heady mix of classic noir, blood-chilling horror and high suspense, THE BODY is a thriller following a detective (Award winner Spanish star José Coronado) who searches for a corpse (lead actress in J.A. Bayona “The Orphanage”, Belén Rueda) which has gone missing from a morgue. A Goya Awards nominee for Best New Director, Paolo proves to be a master storyteller with this absorbing plot, which keeps viewers guessing about both the strange circumstances surrounding the victim’s death and the reasons why her body has disappeared. “…the kind of breathless, relentless genre fare whose sole aim is to generate suspense, and it pretty much succeeds.” Jonathan Holland. Variety.

For all information on the films please visit: http://www.miami.recentcinemafromspain.com

OLYMPIA THEATER AT THE GUSMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Built in 1926, the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is a beacon for the South Florida arts community. The magnificently restored theater is home to live performances, films, community events, corporate meetings and social affairs. Tucked into Miami’s contemporary skyline is the enchanting Mediterranean courtyard with shimmering stars and golden balconies. Majestic turrets and towers suggest another era when performances were events and grand theaters provided a dreamlike escape from the modern world. The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is not solely a venue, rather than a beautiful facility that supports the entertainment industry in South Florida. The Olympia Theater caters to South Florida’s diverse community and international guests, providing them with a unique cultural experience that defies comparison. The Olympia Theater is located at 174 E. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33131.

For additional information, please call 305-374-2444 or visit http://www.gusmancenter.org

PRESS CONTACT; Cheryl Hohweiler / The Patton Group / Cheryl@ThePattonGroupInc.com

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MARYSOL PATTON

A special thanks to Marysol Patton, The Patton Group for putting together some of the most amazing events in Miami!!

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Lunch with Céline at The Peacock Garden Cafe

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – I had to find the perfect spot for a quiet lunch meeting that offers an exquisite ambiance and I remembered that a good friend recommended, The Peacock Garden Cafe. Around 1870, the Peacock family looked for the perfect spot to plant their roots. They discovered it in what came to be the Village of Coconut Grove! Now, almost 130 years later, they planted a verdant tropical garden on this very ground. The Peacock Garden Cafe is their vision of the archetypal Coconut Grove restaurant.

Peacock Café is perfect for a delightful meal, a quick bite or maybe a glass of my favorite, – Prosecco to be enjoyed in their beautiful garden. Miami Spice is near the end. Make sure to try their $19 lunch menu. I recommend the classic wedge salad, Vegetable Risotto and both desserts: Chocolate brownie & sorbet!

As for my date with Céline -I’ve been drawn to her “Rorange” red & orange hued glow. The Céline handbag is a perfect Fall staple adding a pop of color to any muted outfit. I purchased mine at my favorite store, Saks Fifth Avenue – Dadeland. Make sure to stop by the Fifth Avenue Club and allow the them to make your shopping experience sheer perfection.

I hope your tummy is grumbling and the fashionable diva in you is in full roar!

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Have a happy Thursday!!!!!!! 🙂

BEAUTY BLOGGER EVENT – NEIMAN MARCUS, Coral Gables

Friday, September 20, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm there was an explosion of beauty at Neiman Marcus, Coral Gables! Guests mingled with beauty bloggers as they presented their favorite Fall beauty picks.

Bloggers included Juliana Cardona aka afashionsoiree.com presenting New Hollywood-Glam, by Bobbi Brown, Jana Rose Carrero aka ojandcigs.com presenting Rocker Chic by Dior, Ginger Harris aka electricblogarella.com presenting All in the Nude, by Laura Mercier and Kelly Saks aka kellysklosetblog.com presenting Kaleidoscope Eyes, by YSL & Giorgio Armani.

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All the looks were amazing, however If you prefer a natural finish like I do then make sure to check out the world of Laura Mercier Cosmetics.

My go to makeup artist is Janet Velasquez. She works with several brands including Laura Mercier and has wands for fingers!!! To book an appointment with Janet, please email chanellesun22@gmail.com

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Another makeup Diva is Aly Diaz for Christian Dior. She can do a smoky eye like nobody’s business 😉

To book an appointment with Aly, please contact alydiaz@ymail.comDior 1

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LOOK OF THE DAY: Fashion Focus – It’s All about my ALEX HAMDAN pants

A pop of color is always welcome in Miami even when it’s raining! I’m transitioning into Fall by wearing an off-white & beige silk long sleeve shirt, bone colored shoe booties, rose gold accessories and fuschia colored silk pants by Fashion Designer, ALEX HAMDAN Easy, Effortless and Chic 😉

Have fun with fashion! xoxo

LOOK OF THE DAY: FOCUS - It's All about my ALEX HAMDAN pants

Photo Credit: Jose G. Diaz; Location: Wynwood

Haute Living Magazine and The Vizcayans hosted a haute event at Fendi Casa

Thursday, September 19, 2013- I attended an exclusive event at Fendi Casa hosted by Haute Living Magazine & The Vizcayans for a whimsical evening celebrating some of the top in South Florida design by honoring the accomplishments of Aleksander Alembert, Katia Bates, and Violeta Stamatovska.

These three brilliant Interior Designers each created a vignette that showcased their design aesthetic.

ImageVioleta Stamatovska of Studio Architects, Aleksander Alembert of Alembert Design and Katia Bates of Innovative Creations

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Everyone meet, Ms. Diclia Haddad, my fellow Lebanese ‘go to girl’ at Fendi Casa!!!

Dilcia has an eye for luxury. I can always count on her to show me the best pieces for my clients. Her suggestions are an instant hit.

I encourage you to visit this beauty at the Fendi Casa showroom or simply send her an email at sales9@clubhouseusa.com and request a walk-through of the showroom.

 

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Snapshot into the world of Fendi Casa. An image taken with my i-phone does not justify the elegance & beauty of their pieces. You must visit the showroom for yourself an take in all that is, Fendi Casa.

 

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