artist


30
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


23
Sep 09

Kate Cusack, Costume Designer and Artist

Kate Cusack, photographer in her studio. © Tony Gale

Kate Cusack, photographer in her studio. © Tony Gale

Kate Cusack

There are many beautiful qualities and interesting things I could say about Kate Cusack. One of the aspects of her personality that I find most admirable is her honesty. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, what you see is what you get with Kate. She is who she is and does not waste time pretending to be otherwise. She is more true to herself than anyone I have ever known and I admire her greatly for that. She is driven and focused and believes in herself and her creativity to an impressive degree. As well she should! She has been carving out an impressive career in the Arts from a young age and there’s no sign of her slowing down.

Kate studied fine Art in undergrad and completed her graduate degree in theater, specifically, costume design. Currently she is focusing on her ever-expanding Art jewelry collection, made entirely out of zippers. She has always had a knack for turning humble materials into beautiful works of Art and her zipper jewelry is an amazing example of her talent.

Nominated and described by Margaux Lange


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


5
Aug 09

Darren Korb, Musician

Darren Korb, © Tony Gale

Darren Korb, © Tony Gale

Darren Korb
I knew Darren Korb when he was a wee lad.  We did summer musicals together back in California.  He went to an all boys Jesuit school and he was a counselor at Space Camp! Now he’s in New York, playing in a band and growing impressive facial hair. I just found out he and his brother have written a musical called Marry Me! about two best buddies who get married for financial reasons…the ultimate bro-mance-sical.

Nominated and described by Natalie Ferraro


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.


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


22
Apr 09

Taiwo (Tai) Odunsi, Ambassador of Creativity

Tai Odunsi, swinging in Prospect Park. © Tony Gale

Tai Odunsi, swinging in Prospect Park. © Tony Gale

Taiwo (Tai) Odunsi, Ambassador of Creativity

Tai is a painter, author, graphic designer, thinker, leader, friend, mountain biker, cook, lover, philosopher, and visionary. His abundance of creative energy is matched by a boundless enthusiasm for life and for his fellow humans. Not content simply to be creative himself, Tai has made creativity a mission, spreading its gospel far and wide — and sharing its wonders with those lucky enough to know him.

Tai has written two books: The first, Collabetition, is a treatise on the creative process, examining the component elements of creativity and guiding readers to expand their creative powers. His recently completed The Land of Intuit and the Quest for the Book of Destiny is a sweeping novel set in a parallel world. When three children appear in that world, they must save it from the brink of chaos. The hero of the novel, Jack Artizan, has more than a little Tai in him — a resourceful kid from Brooklyn who learns to follow his heart.

Nominated and described by Mike Mermin