art


26
Aug 09

Nelson Eusebio, director

Nelson Eusebio, photo by Tony Gale

Nelson Eusebio, photo by Tony Gale

Nelson Eusebio

Nelson is an up and coming director on the New York theatre scene.  This fall, he directed and co-produced a fantastic and timely collection of short plays about the media circus surrounding Obama.  He was once in the Marines.  Nelson can appear gruff but he has a smile that melts hearts.

Nominated and described by Deidre Schoo


12
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


22
Jul 09

Natalie Ferraro, singer and writer

Natalie Ferraro, © Tony Gale

Natalie Ferraro, © Tony Gale

Natalie Ferraro

She is an amazing singer, role model, she’s a great writer, and
she recently adopted a school near her house and has decided
to help all the girls get makeovers for their prom. Natalie was in
the first bunch of people who I met when I first started practicing
Buddhism and her infectious enthusiasm for life has always
inspired me personally. She wrote a blog at plushus.com, and now writes at lovenati.com, and she runs with a group of girls called the Drunken Classy Ladies.
She’s mom to a very cute little dog, too.

Nominated and described by Diane Kolack.


15
Jul 09

Jerome Butler, Dialect Coach

Jerome Butler, © Tony Gale

Jerome Butler, © Tony Gale

Jerome Butler

Trained as an actor at Juilliard, Jerome has a diverse artistic background that includes acting in theater and tv, teaching at MIT and working with inmates in the California prison system as part of a artistic rehabilitation program. Currently a film/tv dialect coach and accent reduction specialist by day, songwriter and juggler by night, Jerome’s creativity energy and unbounded enthusiasm is inspiring.

Nominated and described by Jennifer Bergamini


1
Jul 09

David Gibbs, Publicist

David Gibbs, ©Tony Gale

David Gibbs, ©Tony Gale

David Gibbs

David used to be a rock drummer and was in that famous “Friends” video that accompanied the song “I’ll be there for you”. He played in the big NY clubs, including CBGB’s and the Limelight.
About seven years ago he started his own publicity company called DARR Publicity and is now a successful and well-respected theater publicist, working on shows throughout Manhattan. He’s passionate about what he does and has a reputation for being super friendly.

He’s also an animal lover who has helped publicize several animal causes.

Nominated and described by Andrea Reese


27
May 09

Erin McReynolds, Adventurer

Erin McReynolds, photo by Tony Gale

Erin McReynolds, photo by Tony Gale

Erin McReynolds

Erin McReynolds has not followed any usual trajectory.  After a childhood that involved horseback riding, flute lessons, and dance, she got a degree in, what else?  Neuroscience.  Upon moving to New York, she worked in non-profit before becoming a make-up artist.  Now a graphic designer and real estate maven, Erin has just completed a cross-country road trip in a red Volkswagen Westphalia, affectionately nicknamed “the Vanana.”  All along the way, Erin has fearlessly dabbled with raw food, yoga, harmonica, and poi spinning.  There is no way to predict what Erin will do next – and whatever it is will probably come as a surprise to her, too!

Nominated and described by Mikki Baloy.


12
May 09

Andrea Reese, Cult-Hero

Andrea Reese, photographed in Manhattan. © Tony Gale

Andrea Reese, photographed in Manhattan. © Tony Gale

Andrea Reese

Andrea Reese is an amazing and multi-faceted individual. A former opera singer, she is now known for her one-woman play, “Cirque Jacqueline“, in which she impersonates Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis . She is also the assistant to motivational guru Barbara Sher, NY Times best-selling author of “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was.”  Andrea is a cult-hero in New York City who has helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams through support groups she runs, called Success Teams.”

Nominated and described by Sari Goodfriend.


6
May 09

Tamara Pogosian – Designer

Tamara Pogosian, photographed at Hillary Flowers Boutique. © Tony Gale

Tamara Pogosian, photographed at Hillary Flowers Boutique. © Tony Gale

Tamara Pogosian
With a family filled with creatives, Tamara found nourishment in an environment that would support her latent gifts. In her youth, there was painting, drawing, ballet, swimming, and karate classes; yet, these were short-lived. Art lessons soon followed, sometimes three nights a week; when, at last, by the age of twelve, she began to follow her passion for fashion.

These days, Tamara can “digest” stress and keep going. In her words, “she can design forever.” With every collection she becomes a graceful phoenix, and the next fashion week is her time of re-birth as an artist. Everyday, she taps into that vital side of business few dare venture: the creative side. This seems second nature for Tamara. She has settled right in, clothing men and women in a city for dreamers and achievers. How cool is she?

Nominated and described by Tai Odunsi


1
Apr 09

Allison Maritza Lasky, founding member of F.O.K.U.S.

Allison Maritza Lasky, in Brooklyn. © Tony Gale

Allison Maritza Lasky, in Brooklyn. © Tony Gale

Allison Maritza Lasky

Allison reminds me of that slogan from the army – “we do more before 6 am than most people do all day”!  and she MEANS it!

Her day job, working as a preschool administrative assistant, is really just her “Clark Kent” cover to support her life and passion in supporting art.  In 2003, when she was a sophomore in college, (while most of us were recovering from a frat party)  Allison became a founding member of F.O.K.U.S. – a student group designed to bring a passion for art, music and outreach work to campus at the University of Michigan.  Their very first event, a movie screening, brought in over 100 people.

Today, F.O.K.U.S – which stands for “fighting obstacles knowing ultimate success” still exists on campus at U of M, but Allison and one of her co-founders moved back home to NYC after graduation and started it up as a 501c3 non-profit here.  They have a website, a quarterly magazine and host monthly events.

Their slogan is “Art is life.  Art is…”  The idea is that every individual will fill in the rest of their sentence with their own passion.  For Allison, it is “Art is life.  Art is activism.”

Nominated and described by Lisa Samick