BEA2015aBEA2015bThis year’s BEA, May 27-29 at the Javits Center, welcomes China as the “global market forum guest of honor.” BookCon follows on May 30-31.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

VIDA4At a recent tasting of wines from the Somontano Region of Spain, we especially liked the Pirineos Maridaje Red Garnacha.

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GilbertoRamirezSotheby's-Botero2The leading art auction houses in NYC will be holding Latin American Art sales this week. A Sotheby’s session, on May 26, features five Botero lots including: Desnudo ante el espejo and Sitting Woman (bottom photo), expected to fetch together over $1 million.

For those with more elevated tastes, the sublime work by Mexican artist Gilberto Ramirez, c.1963, Mujer Meditando (top photo) is available through Lotus Editions. The painting measures 17″ x 23″.

Contact: stephen@lotuseditions.com

RhoneValleyWinesRhoneOdyssey2015aBalancing neurotransmitters with Rhone Valley Wines.

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Iris3Second Ave. @ 63rd St., NYC

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FridaKahloThrockmorton Fine Art presents: Mirror Mirror…Portrait of Frida Kahlo, with works by acclaimed photographers who photographed her, through Sept. 12, 2015.

The gallery will host a lecture given by Frida Kahlo expert Dr. Salomon Grimberg on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 3PM, entitled: “Frida saw herself first in a photograph before discovering mirrors…”

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Singla-RoussillonHappy to recommend wines from Domaine Singla, located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. We especially like the un-oaked Cuvee No. 5 2013 Red, made with Syrah and Grenache grapes. It’s probably the least expensive wine we’ve tried this year (under 5 Euros in France) but in many ways the most satisfying — especially good with a cheeseburger.

HelpHelp2In her recent commencement address to the Tuskegee University Class of 2015, Michelle Obama said that one of the “indignities” that she and her husband had to endure was “people at formal events who assumed that we were the help.”

What’s wrong with being the “help”? Aren’t we all called to be “the help,” for each other, in various ways?

While invoking God several times in her remarks, Mrs. Obama failed to mention the timeless truth: “Whoever is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:11

Divine wisdom says that to be royal we need to serve others, but to serve others we need to be royal (spiritually mature).

TopazArts-WoodsideCreative team Paz Tanjuaquio and Todd B. Richmond of Topaz Arts, now in their 15th year of collaboration, opened an exhibition of Todd’s large-scale paintings Mind Field: Oil and Oranges this evening at their Queens studio/gallery.

Mr. Richmond was an artist assistant to the late Richard Artschwager. His paintings in this show were done in California and deal with the fading citrus groves due to drought and development.

The show runs through August 15, 2015.

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