The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
February 27-March 8. 2015
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running flower show, which blooms every March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show features the world’s premier landscape designers and florists, who turn 10 acres of the Convention Center into a fantasy of beautiful plants and cutting-edge designs. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations and demonstrations, special events, a mammoth indoor Marketplace, and a Flower Show Week celebration throughout the Philadelphia region.
The Premier Sponsor of the 2015 Flower Show is Subaru, and the Exclusive Sponsor is Bank of America. Official Sponsors include Acme, Bartlett Tree Experts, Crestor, EP Henry, Green Mountain Energy and Tourism Ireland.
Proceeds from the Flower Show benefit the year-round programs of PHS, which is celebrating its 187th year of gardening, greening and learning. PHS initiatives include the PHS City Harvest program, which creates green jobs and supports a network of community gardens that raise fresh produce for more than 1,200 families in need each week during the growing season; the Philadelphia LandCare program, which “cleans and greens” and maintains more than 10 million square feet of vacant land in the city; and Plant One Million, a tri-state, 13-county campaign whose goal is to plant one million,trees in the region by 2020.
For more information, please visit theflowershow.com
Art Basel’s 13th edition in Miami Beach closed today, Sunday, December 7, 2014, amidst strong praise from gallerists, private collectors, museum groups and the media. Highlights of the show included the introduction of the new Survey sector, which brought 13 art-historical projects to the fair, including many rare works never before exhibited in an art fair context; and Art Basel’s staging with performa of Ryan McNamara’s ‘MEƎM 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet’ at the Miami Grand Theater. Solid sales were reported across all levels of the market and throughout the run of the show.
Featuring 267 leading international galleries from 31 countries, the show – whose Lead Partner is UBS – attracted an attendance of 73,000 over five days. Attendees included representatives of over 160 museum and institution groups from across the world – and a surging number of new private collectors from the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Following a 100 percent reapplication rate for the Galleries sector and with new galleries coming from across the world, the list of exhibitors was the strongest to date in Miami Beach, firmly solidifying the show’s position as the leading international art fair of the Americas.
Grazie San Pellegrino!
From Francesco Vezzoli to Alighieri Boetti, Italian contemporary art was a complete success at the Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec 6-8). By the second day of the fair, the Masssimo di Carlo
Gallery from Milan had sold all of its Boettis. Most of Francesco Vezzoli’s works were also sold on the first day. We noticed however, that a work by Luciano Fontana from 1965, Concetto Spaziale, remained unsold at the Tornabuoni Art Gallery, probably due to its $3,000,000 price-tag.
“After taking it all off for 39 straight years, the notoriously racy Pirelli calendar has buttoned up, delivering a 2013 edition Tuesday — in flamboyant Rio de Janeiro of all places — with nary a nude in sight,” say the Associated Press. The calendar was the brainchild of American photojournalist and war photographer Steve McCurry.
McCurry: “I would say I am a street photographer doing ‘found situations.’ You can photograph nudes anywhere. But these models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.”
If you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss The Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City, a Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1955. A perfect family outing, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s is a Philadelphia holiday tradition that dates back half a century. During the light show, more than 100,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights combine to create fantastic holiday images. The lighting display is accompanied by festive music from the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Org. Watch snowflakes, ballerinas and reindeer float beyond the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., at Judiciary Square, honors the more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout history. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund was established by former U.S. Representative Mario Biaggi (D-NY), a 23-year New York City police veteran who was wounded in the line of duty over 10 times before retiring in 1965.
“Congress is on track to adjourn at one of the earliest dates before Election Day since 1960, giving lawmakers more time to campaign in the final stretch but also opening up the institution to further criticism that it’s not working hard enough to address the nation’s problems . . . The 112th Congress has distinguished itself as the least productive legislative session since the end of World War II, according to a USA TODAY analysis of congressional records. The anemic legislative output has helped fuel historical lows in congressional approval ratings. ” (USAToday)