Avant Gallery presents Marc Baptiste

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Tonight was a special occasion for several reasons.

To begin it was my first outing of fresh air in two days from being bed ridden with illness. It was a break from work, from charity work of taking care of cats/kittens, an escape from the everyday.

Despite the abundance of wine and liquor spirits, I remained loyal to doctor's orders of straight water. Besides, tonight was about art and the people! And what a night it was!

Tonight, I did not want to miss the opportunity to attend the exhibition of famed photographer, Marc Baptiste at my favorite art gallery, Avant Gallery in the design district.

Known for his sexy, alluring photography, Baptiste's work has appeared in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaare, Elle, and Cosmopolitan to name a few. His advertising clients include Nike, Reebox, and Paris Hilton Perfume.

The life-size photographs did not disappoint. Pictured above in the background is one of his works.

In the same photograph above, that's me with the illustrious interior designer Keith Powell. Keith's career began as a window-display designer and his first client was Ralph Lauren. From there his career catapulted and included the creme de la creme of clients including Gucci, Calvin Kelin, Versace and Tiffany and Company. His skills then naturally spilled over into interior design where he was hired by a West Palm beach socialite and professional polo player. The client list keeps growing.

Towards the back of the gallery was a modern Italian style bathroom including the bathtub pictured with nude model covered in boutique shopping bags.

Owner of the Avant Gallery, Dmitry Prut, is a master in throwing a party and putting on an exhibit! The event was well attended.

The night was a great success for Avant Gallery and owner Dmitry Prut. I am ecstatic to have been part of this exhibition which is part of the larger exhibition, "Pictures & Furniture". You know I've been eyeing this Louis XVI wood and acrylic chair since I first stepped foot into the gallery. It would be ideal for my bedroom.

Upon my return home, and gazing around my room as I prepared for bed, I dozed off with visions of art furniture dancing in my head. Tis the season!

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