Grimanesa Amorós is an interdisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research and critical theory. Each has greatly influenced her work. Grimanesa makes use of sculpture, video, and lighting to create works that illuminate our notions of personal identity and community. She uses her art as an agent for empowerment to involve viewers from all different backgrounds and communities. Born in Lima, Peru, Grimanesa lives and works in New York City.
Lorenzo is a prolific essayist, writer and an award-winning street photographer. Since 2010, his book, 25 Lessons I’ve Learned About Photography (... Life!) has been the #1 Best Selling Photo Essay and Artist & Photography Biography on Amazon.com. Most recently, Lorenzo edited and published a new edition of Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives. In October of 2010, he served as the NYC photography adviser for Microsoft’s foursquare photography app, and in 2008 was chosen to be the HP Be Brilliant Featured Artist. Lorenzo has over 30,000 photographs published on flickr.com and ranks as one of the site’s most popular photographers. His photos can also be seen on over 300 blogs, websites and print publications.
Helaine is an antiques specialist, fine arts and collectibles appraiser, author and educator. Since 1997, Helaine has co-hosted the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) television show, “Treasures in Your Attic” and is one of the writers behind the syndicated newspaper column of the same name. Helaine is also a contributing editor at Country Living magazine, a Hearst Publication. Books she has authored or co-authored include: The Definitive Appraisal Handbook, The Official Identification and Price Guides to American Folk Art & Holiday Collectibles, and Tramp Art: A Folk Art Phenomenon.
David Gaynes is emerging as a unique voice in the world of independent documentary film. Saving Hubble (2012) is both a love letter to the world’s most famous telescope and a document of the grassroots movement that saved it from an untimely death. Keeper of the Kohn (2005) is a portrait of Peter Kohn, a beloved 70-year old autistic man caring for his dying friend. It won the Jury Prize for best documentary at the Vail Film Festival. David recently photographed the award-winning documentary All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert (2011, Dir. Vivian Ducat).
In an age of disposable messages, Carla Hansen’s are deliberate and take many hours to create. This purposeful ‘writing in thread’ is a result of her lifelong love of words and pictures. Now she draws on everyday conversation, buzzwords and thoughts to make her viewer stop, think or laugh. Carla never studied embroidery at New York’s School of Visual Arts where she earned her degree, but believes all of her creative experiences have lead her to this place. Carla’s My Needle Habit has been exhibited at the Katonah Museum, Gallery Aferro, Lovebird Studio as well as several online exhibitions. My Needle Habit will be included in a book of new embroidery artists being published later this year.
Brian is one of the Brooklyn Winery's founding fathers. In that capacity, he’s done everything from raising capital to managing the event and customer winemaking businesses. Brian’s even installed a sheet rock ceiling (2 layers thick he’s happy to note) — in the Parlor room, in case you’d like to check out his handiwork! Prior to jumping into the winery world, Brian spent countless hours making Excel models and PowerPoint presentations at McKinsey and Co. before joining ExpoTV.com, helping a cool tech startup. He also started an amazing water business (which is still operating) at his alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis.
Hailed by The New York Times as “displaying an engagingly brassy professionalism,” entertainers Will & Anthony Nunziata have been enchanting audiences across the US and around the world singing fresh arrangements of Classic Standards, Broadway, and Contemporary Music. The brothers return July 10-14, 2012 to New York City’s acclaimed Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, to celebrate the release of their debut album “Make Someone Happy." Will & Anthony have performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, and with numerous Symphony Orchestras. TV credits include Good Morning America, NBC's Columbus Day Parade, and The Rachael Ray Show.