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His grandmother taught him two things: "We eat with our eyes first, and, at the table, feed people body and soul." For interior designer, cook and author James Farmer, his book A Time to Celebrate is as much a menu-filled garden-to-table lifestyle resource as it is an homage to his southern roots and traditions. In a delightful luncheon lecture, "Inviting the Generations to the Table," he kicked off the 2016 Washington Winter Show (WWS) at the Katzen Arts Center with childhood tales of a passion for floral arrangements, "grub worms that catch catch catfish that end up on my grandmother's chipped Limoges plates," fried chicken and "blue and white is always right."
The luncheon program began with a charming musical tribute from the Boy's Choir of the John T. Walker School for Boys, one of three WWS charities benefited this year. The other two are THEARC and The Founders Board of St. John Community Services. Designer Nina McLemore ended the luncheon with a fashion show.
This year's loan exhibit, Through the Eyes of a Child: John Mason's Memories of Gunston Hall, showcases 18th century objects from a private collection and serves as inspiration for this year's show.
With forty-four exhbitiors on three floors, and an event-filled weekend of dealer talks, guided walks, Jazz night, and Sunday activities for children, this wonderful annual Washington tradition truly brings generations to the table, inspiring collectors and art lovers alike.
For a complete schedule of events, visit Washington Winter Show.
America's first museum of modern art is the place where I discovered and fell in love with Paul Klee's Arab Song, Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. Today I add the stunning work by a Russian artist named Alexej von Jawlensky.
Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland, The Staechelin and Im Obersteg Collections, the spectacular new exhibition at The Phillips Collection on loan from October 10 through January 10, 2016, is a treasure trove of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and School of Paris artists.
Paul Gauguin's NAFEA faaipoipo (When Will You Marry?), the masterpiece (though unsalable during his life) created on his first visit to Tahiti, is proudly presented against a Polynesian blue wall all its own, and the painting has never been more vibrant. It was recently sold and this is a unique opportunity to see it.
You'll recognize many paintings, including Pablo Picasso's Harlequin with Black Mask and several quintessential Vincent Van Goghs.
Three portaits of rabbis by Marc Chagall are here along with several works by Ferdinand Hodler and Camille Pissarro. And there's lots more.
My new discovery, Alexej von Jawlensky, was a contemporary of Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse and Emil Nolde, and those influences are evident. Known for his expressive use of colour and form, especially in his portraits, Jawlensky, later in his career produced works reminiscent of the traditional Russian Orthodox icons of his childhood. His bold use of primary colors applied in thick brush strokes, even in his very first painting before formally studying art, show his distinct appreciation for light on objects.
It's always a good time to enjoy the art on view at The Phillips Collection. Now more than ever.
To all the contributors, partners and, most of all, you, the readers of The Georgetown Dish, THANK YOU!
We're starting our seventh year and could not have done it without you.
This list is personal so please forgive any omissions.
Ol' Blue Eyes crooning in my head so let's start with Kitty Kelley's reissuing of His Way to commemorate Sinatra's 100th birthday. Fascinating and retrospectively even braver to have first published in 1986. Another favorite Georgetown writer, Mary Louise Kelly celebrated the publication of her thriller, The Bullet, and Karin Tanabe, fresh off the presses with The Price of Inheritance, finished her third novel, out next spring.
The most poignant Georgetown story of the year was the renaming of Rose Park's tennis courts for the Peters Sisters. The whole city came out to celebrate in my backyard park. About time.
Gunther Stern, a true spirit of Georgetown, was honored, Mayor Muriel Bowser dazzled in her first 100 days, and the Grand Dame of Georgetown, Frida Burling, turned 100!
It was a very good year.