May 10

Elodie Belmar, actress

Elodie Belmar, in front of Serge Gainsbourg's home. © Tony Gale

Elodie Belmar, in front of Serge Gainsbourg's home. © Tony Gale

Elodie Belmar

Lewis Carroll is a fucking genius.

Just ask Elodie Belmar. For the past two years she’s been Alice in an original production of Alice au Pays des Merveilles (Alice in Wonderland) with the French theater company “La Petite Fabrique.” Of the experience Elodie says the best part was learning to be present every second of every performance and striving to create something new each time – instead of doing the same thing over and over, ‘like a sad robot.”

In addition to being a working actor, she recently completed her professional certification in shiatsu massage. Both theatre and her work as a massage therapist help her stay connected to the present moment and the people around her. “Shiatsu and theatre [are] very linked for me. Listening, concentration, connection with the other…always beginning a show or a massage without knowing what’s going to happen, and [discovering] little by little – It’s a bit scary, but always [results] in…good surprises!”

That’s basically Elodie’s philosophy on life – start every moment with the knowledge that anything is possible.

That’s why she travels. She’s been all over the world. Mexico, Morrocco, India, Hungary, Cabo Verde (to name a few). “There’s no better feeling than [being] lost somewhere and taking the time to discover a place, the air, the time – and the people.”

Of course, she’s a master at finding beauty in the everyday, whether it’s in Paris or…Dublin…or New York. A look, a smile, a good movie, anything. That’s why she’s equally happy cooking at home as she is traveling, acting and skydiving – which she’s tried, and she says she’d like to do once a month if possible.

No, Elodie Belmar is definitely not a sad robot.

Nominated and described by Nicole Cordier

Oct 09

Liza Lentini, renaissance woman

Liza Lentini, Photo by Tony Gale

Liza Lentini, Photo by Tony Gale

Liza Lentini

Liza Lentini is a true renaissance woman.  Most people know her as an award-winning playwright, having her first professional production in her native Boston when she was just 19 years old.  Insistent to follow all of her passions, she’s combined her lifelong apprenticeships in the arts into several prosperous businesses: writing, jewelry making, makeup artistry, photography.

But the cause that is closest to her heart is her charity, started in 2006 by cashing in her pension and diving right in, Elephant Ensemble Theater.  A few times a month, Liza and her group of actors travel around New York City children’s hospitals with uplifting performances of plays Liza’s penned herself.  Many people talk about dong it, but Liza actually did it.  Not just a little bit, not half way, but with the lioness determination she’s earned a reputation for.  And one thing that’s as legendary as her theatrical career is her dogged determination to do good work, not just as an artist but also as a human.  Now, that’s an artist with a cause!!!!

Nominated and described by  Ericka Gutierrez

Sep 09

Shien Lee, Patron of the Arts

Shein Lee. © Tony Gale

Shein Lee. © Tony Gale

Shien Lee

Do not let the façade of pastiche vintage fool you, Shien Lee is not someone living in the past. In fact, she definitely a product of the Twenty-first Century, and her retro sensibilities are a sign of things yet to come. Her style is so unique, a stew of the best of every fashion and period, that the events she calls Dances of Vice have become their own genre. A patron of the arts, she brings together all her favorite people: dancers, singers, painters, illustrators, photographers, musicians, magicians and whomever else she feels will cross pollinate and influence each other to create something old and new, beautiful and monstrous. Using the latest resources to promote her vision, she gleans gems from all eras like a time traveling proprietor of a dime store museum. Impossible to fit into any one category, fans of her work simply call it Dances of Vice. Look to the style of the future and you’ll find Shien Lee.

Nominated and described by Don Spiro

Aug 09

Don Spiro, Photographer

Don Spiro, in his home. © Tony Gale

Don Spiro, in his home. © Tony Gale

Don Spiro
Don was born in the wrong decade.  His style, chivalry and taste in tunes do not align with the times and thank heavens.  Don encourages all those around him to dress well and act honorably.  He is a fantastic photographer with a penchant for pin-ups and co-proprietor of Wit’s End a monthly celebration of the Jazz Age.

Nominated and described by Deidre Schoo

Mar 09

Robert Honeywell, co-artistic director, and founder of the Brick

Robert Honeywell, in front of the Brick © Tony Gale

Robert Honeywell, in front of the Brick © Tony Gale

Robert Honeywell

Robert is co-artistic director and founder of the Brick Theatre, a playwright, a librettist, and an actor.  He is also a corporate lawyer who speaks a few languages and has traveled to many interesting places.  He has a great face, quirky charisma and stage presence. He recently  bought a cabin upstate.  I find him interesting because he manages to balance a heavy-duty career with his creative endeavors, and not in that waiter/day player way so common in NYC.

Nominated and described by Mikki Baloy