by Debbie Wells
Stone Sculptures by Fortuna Szpiro at Leonard Tourné Gallery Exhibition: June 17 through July 31, 2015 Reception: Wednesday, June 24, 6-8pm Also, one sculpture will be on view in the sculpture garden/public space at Art Southampton: July 9-13, 2015
The Leonard Tourné Gallery is happy to announce that sculptures by artist Fortuna Szpiro will be on view as part of an upcoming art gallery exhibition this summer. The gallery, located at 46 East 65th Street in New York City (www.leonardtourne.com), specializes in established and emerging contemporary artists from around the globe and they are showcasing a selection of her stone sculptures in their gallery and its beautiful outdoor patio. Visit the artist section on the gallery’s website to see even more of her artwork.
A few years ago, I read a magazine article by Victoria Crosby about Kathryn Livingston’s book, “Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend”. Intrigued by the idea that a Long Island woman transcended from wealthy socialite to iconic fashion designer, I contacted Victoria to find out more. Victoria was kind enough to introduce me to Kathryn Livingston and I arranged for her to speak at a local historical society event about Lilly’s life and career.
The author (shown below) is as elegant as her subject as she tells the story of Lilly’s life, which is as colorful as her designs. She was linked to the Phipps family by her mother’s second marriage to prominent race-horse owner Ogden Phipps.