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Bonhams Celebrates First Year in Georgetown at British Embassy

October 23, 2012

Sir Peter Westmacott and Bonhams Auctioneers welcomed over 300 guests Monday evening to the British Ambassador's Residence for a reception celebrating Bonhams first year in Georgetown.

Ambassador Westmacott welcomes guests as Bonhams' Martin Gammon and Jonathan Horwich look on (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ambassador Westmacott welcomes guests as Bonhams' Martin Gammon and Jonathan Horwich look on

Amy Gammon with Melinda Goforth, UK Trader and Investment, British Embassy (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Amy Gammon with Melinda Goforth, UK Trader and Investment, British Embassy

Well-heeled Washingtonians and friends of the British Embassy perused selections from Bonhams fall auction season in New York and London as they drank champagne and nibbled on passed hors d'oeuvres that included traditional favorites of mini Beef Wellington and fish and chips.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

A seasonably warm October evening meant doors opened wide onto the lovely English garden.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"It's quite an evening for British art." Sir Peter Westmacott congratulated "the only British auction house in Georgetown," and one of the world's oldest, founded in 1793.

1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud parked outside British Embassy (Photo by: Judith Beermann) 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud parked outside British Embassy

Known for its fine art, antiques, and collectors market, the Ambassador mentioned their "recent sale of the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever sold, a 1912 ' Silver Ghost Double Pullman Limousine,' which sold for  $7.37 million."

Jonathan Horwich, Global Dirctor of Picture Department and Dr. Martin Gammon (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jonathan Horwich, Global Dirctor of Picture Department and Dr. Martin Gammon

"I've been overwhelmed by the welcome of the arts community, said Dr. Martin Gammon. "When I came here from San Francisco just over a year ago to open Bonhams in Georgetown, I didn't know anyone."

From the Marouf Collection of 18th C Meissen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) From the Marouf Collection of 18th C Meissen

Distinctive of Bonhams, said Global Director of the Picture Department, Jonathan Horwich is its "celebration of the collections of the collector."

Holly Styles and Jennifer Altemus (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Holly Styles and Jennifer Altemus

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

For a schedule of upcoming fall auctions, visit Bonhams.

To make an appointment for a free consultation, call Martin Gammon at 202.333.1696.

Bonhams is located at 2902 M Street.


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Connecting with Joe Sternlieb

October 17, 2012

Day three in his new position as CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), Joe Sternlieb sat down with The Georgetown Dish.

“Spectacularly gorgeous, close to everything, incredibly diverse with a diversity of offerings … and portal to the C&O Canal,” Joe’s passion for Georgetown is matched only by his focus on the BID’s biggest challenge: improving transportation and access.

“We’re perceived as a place apart,” explains Joe. “We need to improve transportation, and make getting here as easy as getting to Metro Center.”

City planning is something Joe knows a little something about. A familiar and influential presence in D.C. since the 1990’s, Joe began his career here as Staff Director of the D.C. Council's Committee on Economic Development where he managed legislative initiatives leading to the creation of the Washington Convention Center Authority, the MCI Center, Industrial Revenue Bond Forward Commitments. And, perhaps most foretelling, helping write legislation establishing the city’s BIDS.

From there, it was a natural move to Deputy Director of the newly established Downtown BID overseeing economic development, transportation, physical improvements and homeless programs. Joe led initiatives including the DC Circulator, DC Wayfinding Sign System, and Downtown Homeless Services Center.  

Joe outside the Georgetown BID office (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Joe outside the Georgetown BID office

Now a popular and established mode of transport, the DC Circulator was an eight-year project that included endless testing of buses, signage and routes.

That kind of perseverance will come in handy as Joe tackles Georgetown’s reviving streetcar system, working with the Mayor’s Task Force. Ever optimistic, he says, “We’ll have streetcars here in 10 years, maybe sooner … connecting Georgetown with K Street, Palisades and Georgetown University.”

After 10 years, Joe left the Downtown BID to enter development as Vice President for Acquisitions at EastBanc, the Georgetown-based developer of high quality mixed use projects (including Cady's Alley) where he focused on the acquisition of transit- and service-friendly urban properties, mainly outside of Georgetown.

Encouraged by the level of occupancy and diversity of businesses here, Joe welcomes the news that T.J. Maxx and Home Goods are slated for The Shops at Georgetown Park. “Look at Friendship Heights, a nearby model,” he says. “Neiman-Marcus and Bloomingdales … with Loehmann’s and Nordstrom’s Rack across the street.”

When asked about the high rents forcing many small family-owned businesses off Wisconsin and M Streets, Joe expressed confidence in the region’s economic stability, with flexibility to make room for pockets of new business growth, such as areas south of M Street.

“We’ve got 5,000 service sector jobs here that don’t require a college degree. We need to connect employment centers with employees.”  

With over two decades of experience in city planning, Joe’s learned that “tweaking little things can suddenly unleash enormous change.” As he settles into his new job here, he’s eager to “keep everything’s that working well. I’ve always been lucky to work with people who are patient."

Before getting involved in local D.C. issues, Joe was the national grassroots coordinator at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the national issues organizer at People For the American Way, and spent seven years working on nuclear arms control issues in New York and Washington. He holds a Bachelors degree from Connecticut College and a Masters degree in city planning from M.I.T.

Joe lives in Northwest with his wife and two teenage children who attend D.C. public schools.


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Winging It

October 14, 2012

Beyond palm trees and endless shoreline, the appeal of South Florida lies in the beauty of its coastal wildlife.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach is a tranquil spot overlooking 100 acres of constructed wetland.

Anhinga (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Anhinga

A nature walk with a mile-and-a-half of elevated boardwalk.

Great Egret (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Great Egret

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Little Blue Heron (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Little Blue Heron

Alligators and turtles and frogs may be hidden in the marshes ...

Tricolored Heron (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tricolored Heron

But these fine feathered friends offer a warbled welcome.

Common Moorhens (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Common Moorhens

Great Blue Heron (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Great Blue Heron

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


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