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Philly Socialholic: Barnes Foundation Names Thom Collins New Director

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 8 - 2015


The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation announced that they have named Thomas “Thom” Collins as the new Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation. An innovative educator, accomplished art historian, administrator and author, Mr. Collins, a Philadelphia native, has more than 20 years of experience at some of America’s top arts institutions. He comes to the Barnes after serving for five years as director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida (PAMM). At PAMM, Mr. Collins oversaw construction of the new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building located in downtown Miami, which opened to great acclaim in December 2013. During his tenure, the museum achieved an overwhelming increase in membership, annual giving, attendance, and major gifts, published important exhibition and collection catalogs, added significant works of art to the collection, and began in-house production of critical new digital education tools.

“It will be a privilege to lead the Barnes Foundation in its next chapter,” said Mr. Collins. “With its world-class collection, critically acclaimed new building, award-winning programs, growing membership and engaging array of courses in art and horticulture, the Barnes has become increasingly accessible to a more diverse audience than ever before. I look forward to working with the staff and Trustees to further its mission.”

Prior to joining PAMM, Mr. Collins served for five years as director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. Mr. Collins’ tenure at the Neuberger Museum of Art was highlighted by significant growth in attendance and annual giving, and the creation of major endowments for new programming initiatives and capital improvements. He also oversaw the museum’s exhibitions, permanent collection displays, and a far-reaching platform of community-based educational programs for school children and adults in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

Before heading the Neuberger Museum, Mr. Collins served as director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, 2003–2005; chief curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000-2003; associate curator at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, 1998-2000; and Newhall Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 1994-1997.

Mr. Collins earned his MA in Art History from Northwestern University and his BA with honors in Art History and the History of Religion from Swarthmore College. He currently holds memberships in the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the College Art Association. For more information visit:


Breakfast with Santa at Hard Rock Café Philadelphia for Toys for Tots

The Christmas season is just around the corner! Instead of waiting in line for hours at the mall for a picture with Santa, join Hard Rock Cafe for their annual Breakfast with Santa. On December 13-14 and 20-21, 8:30am – 10am, Hard Rock will offer a delicious breakfast buffet, complete with story time with Santa, goodie bags, and digital photos with Kris Kringle himself. Tickets are $18, and children 2 and younger are free with a paid adult. In keeping with the Christmas spirit, Breakfast with Santa will benefit Toys for Tots. This is the perfect excuse to skip the holiday madness without skipping the photo op, so make your reservations today. Tickets available here:








Délice by Chandon

Chandon, known as California’s sparkling wine pioneers, have introduced Délice their newest addition. In keeping with the style established when the winery was founded, Délice draws on French heritage and the innovative spirit of California. Like all Chandon wines, Délice is a sophisticated and vibrant sparkling wine that enlivens all occasions; Available in Florida and Texas in 2014 and nationwide in spring 2015.With a generous creamy, luscious mouthfeel, Délice is semi-sweet and refreshing. It tantalizes the palate with nectarine, pear, golden apple and ruby grapefruit flavors. Délice is the perfect match for all kinds of spicy dishes, such as Thai curry, Cajun jambalaya and Mexican salsa. It is also delicious with creamy cheeses of all kinds and rich, decadent desserts such as lemon meringue pie or crème brûlée.





holiday-boutique-canonicalOn Friday, December 5, join the Women’s Committee of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a Holiday Boutique Shopping Day on from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at the Merion Cricket Club. Lunch and Shopping are $35 at the door. Shopping only tickets are $10/person at the door. 25 percent of all boutique purchases and all ticket sales benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the Women’s Committee grants process. Vendors are curated from top boutiques and artisans, around the country and locally.


Non-local vendors include:

Atlantic Nantucket (Nantucket, MA) European designer clothing, jewelry and decor

Boo Gemes (Bronxville, NY) Fun, stylish women’s clothing

Charbellum by Sabra Albert (Aspen, CO) Aspen made jewelry, JOTT USA down jackets

Clara Williams (Chicago, IL) Bold classic jewelry with interchangeable embellishments

Collared Greens (Richmond, VA) Eco friendly men’s apparel and gifts

Devon Baer (New York, NY) Luxury women’s apparel

Glamourpuss NYC (New York, NY) Chic, easy accessories for carpool to cocktails

Island Outfitters (Newport, RI) Cashmere sweaters and jewelry

Jingle Nog (Armonk, NY) Glass ornaments and gifts

johnnie-O (Santa Monica, CA) West Coast preppy clothing with a twist

Lined Design by Marni Gutkin (New York, NY) Personalized stationery and gifts

Oliver and Adelaide (New York, NY) American, luxury made gifts for babies and children

Recreo San Miguel (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) One of a kind wraps and shawls

Rungolee (St. Louis, MO) Unique and unusual women’s clothing

Sister Parish Design (Bedford, NY) Home and fashion accessories

Susan’s Jewelry Collection (Jupiter, FL) Jewelry from around the world

The Silk Road (Bronxville, NY) Unique gifts from around the world


Local vendors include:

Argyle Boutique (Ardmore) cut flowers and arrangements

Blue Claw Co. (Philadelphia) Travel bags and accessories made in the USA

Main line Monograms- formerally Dragonfly Gifts (Newtown Square) Onsite personalization of gifts

Jennie Seward & Co. (Bryn Mawr) Hand painted desk and home accessories

John & Kira’s Chocolates (Philadelphia) Artisan confections

The Ellie Rose (Chester Springs) Sweet simple children’s clothing and accessories

Valley Forge Flowers (Wayne) Topiaries, home accessories and holiday accents

Vanessa Fox (Bryn Mawr) Whimsical and colorful swim trunks and resort dresses


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Philly Socialholic: Baubles, Bubbly , Brunch + Jean-Charles Boisset

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 5 - 2014

PhillyBaubles, Bubbly, Brunch + Boisset

On Friday, November 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., local favorite Joan Shepp will host Baubles, Bubbly + Boisset. Guests will have the chance meet and greet Jean-Charles Boisset, the owner of more than 20 wineries around the world and the recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for their Bacchanal Wine Auction fundraiser and sip hand-selected vintage champagne. Along with classic bubbly, patrons will view timeless pieces from iconic designers including Oscar de la Renta , Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent selected by one of the “Dukes of Melrose”, Cameron Silver of Decades, the exclusive vintage boutique in Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public and champagne will be poured while supplies last.


On Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. join Jean-Charles Boisset for an unforgettable VIP brunch, pairing delectable items from Rittenhouse’s finest chefs with sparkling wines from the JCB Collection. Chef Sam Noh at Rouge will combine the sweet and savory smoked salmon with caviar, a lemon creme fraiche, on a Parmesan butter “cookie” and brioche toast, strawberry compote, champagne whipped cream paired with JCB 69 Cremant de Borgogne Rose; 11:00 a.m. Chef Eli Kulp at a. Bar, will create high street pastry with sea bream ceviche paired with JCB 21 Cremant de Borgogne Brut; 12:00 p.m. Chef Jon Cichon at the Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel will prepare coddled egg, black trumpet mushroom and parmesan paired with Charles de Fere Brand Reserve Blanc de Blanc Brut. The event is $75/person and tickets can be purchased at




Philly Socialholic: The Barnes Foundation A Feast for the Eyes!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 17 - 2014
Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917. Group of Dancers (Groupe de danseuses), c. 1900. Oil pastel on paper, 22 3/4 x 16 1/8 in. (57.8 x 41 cm). BF121. Photo: © 2012 The Barnes Foundation

Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917. Group of Dancers (Groupe de danseuses), c. 1900. Oil pastel on paper, 22 3/4 x 16 1/8 in. (57.8 x 41 cm). BF121. Photo: © 2012 The Barnes Foundation

Courtesy of The Barnes Foundation:

Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between 1912 and 1951, the Barnes collection is renowned as one of the finest holdings of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings in the world. The collection also includes important examples of African sculpture, early twentieth-century American painting, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American ceramics, old master paintings, as well as metalwork, jewelry, textiles, and antiquities.

Among its major holdings are: 181 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (the largest single group of the artist’s paintings); 69 works by Paul Cézanne; important paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Georges Seurat; 59 works by Henri Matisse; 46 works by Pablo Picasso; 16 works by Amedeo Modigliani; 125 African sculptures, masks and tools.

Not To Be Missed: William Glackens
November 8, 2014–February 2, 2015

A Philadelphia native, Glackens (1870–1938) studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There, and as an artist for the Philadelphia Press, he became friends with Robert Henri, George Luks, Everett Shinn, and John Sloan, the core of the group that later formed “The Eight” in reaction to the National Academy of Design’s hidebound exhibition policies. The group exhibited together only once, in 1908, creating the opening wedge in the struggle to democratize the process by which artists could show and sell their work. Read the rest of this entry »

Saks Fifth Avenue: Key to the Cure

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 10 - 2014

key to the cureSNL Cast Mates and Rag & Bone Limited Edition Tee Come Together for Key To The Cure

Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong and Colin Jost have been named as the EIF ambassadors for Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2014 Key To The Cure campaign, representing talent from Saturday Night Live’s past and current casts shot by famed SNL photographer Mary Ellen Matthews. Celebrated New York designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone have created the limited-edition tee exclusively to benefit the campaign, which coincides with the Emmy Award-winning show’s 40th Anniversary season.

Now in its 16th year, Key to the Cure has taken a new approach, offering a unisex tee for the first time. The shirt will retail for $35 at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online at and 100% of the proceeds from each shirt sold will be donated to  a nationally recognized cancer research facility (depending on the Saks location).

SNL cast mates will appear in a national public service announcement (PSA) wearing the rag & bone limited-edition tee. The Key to the Cure PSA will appear in major fashion and lifestyle magazines throughout the month of October.

Saks Fifth Avenue’s charity shopping weekend will take place Thursday through Sunday, October 16 to 19,at all Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide and on and


Saks Fifth Avenue New York Flagship Storebreast cancer ribbon

In addition to the partnership for the annual Key to the Cure campaign, Saks Fifth Avenue will sell exclusive merchandise inspired by notable Saturday Night Live characters from seven New York designers. These items, curated by Saturday Night Live’s Emmy-nominated costume designer Tom Broecker, will be available in Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship store and on during the Key To The Cure shopping weekend, October 16 to 19. The merchandise includes Mango’s shorts as interpreted by Alexander Wang, The Nerds outfit as interpreted by Alice + Olivia, a dress fit for The Californians as interpreted by Diane von Furstenberg, Spartans Cheerleading uniforms as interpreted by Elizabeth and James, hats fit for The Coneheads as interpreted by Eugenia Kim, Mary Katherine Gallagher’s school uniform as interpreted by rag & bone, and Gilly’s dress as interpreted by Suno.


Saks Fifth Avenue Key To The Cure Bal Harbour Florida 

Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour along with media partner Miami Magazine have partnered together for the charity shopping event of the season, Key To The Cure, benefiting Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center beginning on October 16 through October 19. A celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 16, to kick-off this year’s event. Shoppers are invited to shop for a cause while sampling delectable bites from South Florida’s top restaurants. Tickets to the celebratory event are $25 per person. Proceeds from ticket sales and 2% of participating vendor sales from Saks Bal Harbour will be donated to Mount Sinai.


Saks Fifth Avenue Bala Cynwyd  Pennsylvania

Saks Fifth Avenue Bala Cynwyd, is hosting a preview party to kick off their annual Key to the Cure event. Guests will enjoy cocktails, light bites, music and a fashion show featuring notable doctors and women affected by breast cancer. A percent of the proceeds from sales made during the Key to the Cure promotion October 16 through 19 will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Tickets for the event are $25 per person; for more information visit: