Saturday, June 8, 2019



Legendary, high-fashion designer, Donna Karan recently collaborated with ArtLeadHer, a non-profit focusing on 15 rising female talents in this exhibit at Urban Zen in the West Village. 60 percent of the proceeds benefit disadvantaged girls 8-12 programs in New York and New Jersey. Mashonda Tifrere is the curator. Each image was created to inspire as well as celebrate women from all over the world. Paintings and photographs display courage, strength and as well as praise to our sisters everywhere regardless of national origin or religious beliefs.

From March 8 through April 7th, The King Woman show is open for viewing daily from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Urban Zen is located at 705 Greenwich Street.

For more information, please visit:
#DonnaKaran #donnakaran #UrbanZen #urbanzen #ArtLeadHer #artleadher #MashondaTifrere #mashondatifrere #TheKingWoman #thekingwoman


The Slow Wine Tastings began nearly thirty years ago with a simple philosophy:
It must be good, clean and fair without the use of pesticides or herbicides or excessive water consumption.

The behind-the-scenes works of Slow Wine includes visiting the producer, discussing the process of the wine, blind-tasting and reviews.

Slow Wine includes production from Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Guilia, Slovenia, Lazio, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto, California and Oregon.

Prize awarded wines that represent an expression of place, originality and history.
Quality-price ratio is another factor that is considered for this award. Most are under $30.

For more information, please visit: 
#slowwine #eataly #eatalydowntown #abruzzo #campania #emiliaromagna #fruilivenezia #guilia #slovenia #lazio # lombardy #marche #molise #piedmont #puglia #sardinia #sicily #tuscany #umbria #veneto #california #oregon 

Article: @AdenaDawn

Photos: @AgnesMiazga

Monday, May 27, 2019


"Its not a map; its a journey"

"Peer pressure is very real. Rallying can go either way. Be careful and think whom you choose as your friends. People want to belong and have a sense of belonging. If you feel neglected somewhere you might look somewhere else. You should be able to be pleased with your deeds when you close your eyes at night and be at peace with your deeds. Live long without 'burning out' and do onto others as you do to yourself."

World famous art photographer Meryl Meisler's grandfather Murray Meisler came from Galizia, Poland to United States out of necessity and was a transman. Hungarian-origin grandmother Elizabeth, "my yankee grandma", grew up on a farm in Wisconsin; a very 'blue-collar' background.

Grandfather was "very strict disciplinarian". Grandmother was "very sweet nurturing caretaker". "Parents were very devoted; kids always number one." Very 'family that plays together stays together'. "Siblings were best friends. Parents were very hard-working and adventurous and had a sense of humor." Very "you don't have to be a 'nudist' to visit a 'nudist colony' etcetcetc Very open-minded and free-spirited, in their own way".

This made Meryl Meisler's artwork "very open-minded; try things but still have to have 'a trade' to fall back on". Initially came "Meryl Meisler, school art teacher" not "a risk-taker".
"A shy ambivert and workaholic, bringing a photo camera
has always been 'grounding'. Definetely in middle of introverted and extroverted, but can go to extremes. Sometimes it's time to 'sit still' and sometimes it's time to 'move around."

"Daddy", rather than 'father', raised Meryl to be "an individual even though he worked a lot he came home every night"; so no 'Daddy Issues' there. "I'm very lucky. Daddy admired people with real talent as a "God's gift".
"Sunny", rather than 'mother', "was vivacious and Unforgettable"; despite having three kids she went back to work as soon as possible and always had multiple array of full-time jobs
and "as soon as she found her calling she 'stuck with it'; she instilled 'a sense of loyalty''. 'Meryl Meisler the photographer' is "a blend of both parents".

"Close", Meryl's mother and aunt were "very close", and "best friends"; they "kept family together". Patricia Ryan, 'life partner', and Meryl Meisler went to school together and their 'child', their 'doggy', is named via VIA.

"Taking photos was a way of relating to grandfather, not dad. Initially was just "something we did. Photographing at Bronx Zoo was my 'going fishing'. Grandfather was not a very 'warm person'
but he liked photographing." Now world-famous photographer, Meryl "took" what she learns from her "religious yet very progressive parents" as model and "kept going".

"I didn't go to photograph. I photograph where I was going". And she "kept going", and keeps going, particularly with her second photography book "Purgatory and Paradise". "This explains what 'eye' I have. A lot of people were photographing 'the clubs'.
I see mine as 'funny', but mine caught on. Culture is essential. Cultural is something that grows and develops. You are what you 'eat'.
"It also helps to be encouraged, absolutely. To to be spoken to in a positive manner.
Exposure to an admiration for arts in general. Very important exposing younger people to vast array of the Arts".

Back to "Purgatory and Paradise" book, there are a lot of juxtapositions between recent times.
Both happened during a major economic recession.
One decade a loft space could have been purchased for $15,000 another $150,000.
Both had a crazy and very monetary viable 'nightclub scene'
and also a huge Art Gallery scene that popped up practically out of nowhere and "throughout that there were always exciting young people".

"For a younger person, its ok to be different. I am product of my background. Who knows? I maybe would have been a different person. Its not a map its a journey. It's healthy to have role models to know that you are not alone in this universe.
Yes, there are those people who are 'shooting stars', but there's a place for all of us.

Advice for a young 'creative':

Keep doing it.

Preserved it.

Keep going.

Stay healthy, so you can live long enough to enjoy it.
It's like a parking spot, eventually you'll find one.

You're here for a reason.

Look for helpers.

You and your life is worthwhile.


courtesy of StevenKasherGallery

courtesy of Bizarre Books

Thursday, May 9, 2019



BORISS @borissmiroshnikov

Dj Liam Mcmullan @theliammcmullan

Jacket: Bernard Brandall

Fine Art Photographer:

Peter Mclennan @petermclennan76