joomla visitor

Author Archive

Shakespeare’s observation on Summer…

“Summer’s lease  hath all too short a date” – William Shakespeare- Photos Taken in Montauk, New York (Well Hello there Montauk, where have you been all my life?)  All photography ©2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez            

read more

Color Factory in NYC’s Soho: “Kid-tested mother approved!”

  The Color Factory in NYC’s Soho- a treat for the senses! by Leticia Marie Sanchez Visting the Color Factory in NYC’s Soho was like stepping into the whimsical novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Even before entering the galleries we were greeted with savory Mochi and once inside treats galore: macaroons, vanilla blueberry gelato, and candies! Left: One of many sweet treats on our visit: Macaroons!     But the sweetest part of the day was the stimulating visual lesson on color!   At the entrance of the exhibit was 100 colors by Artist Emanuelle Moureax.         One of my son’s favorite rooms was “Balloon Wishes” with a welcoming placard, “When you wish upon a balloon/You find yourself in this Ombre Room.” Each balloon had a delightful wish bestowed by a student from 826 NYC.    

read more

Snapshot of Manhattan, August 2019 with the words of Walt Whitman 1867

Give me faces and streets — give me these phantoms incessant and endless along the trottoirs! Give me interminable eyes… Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan! Walt Whitman, 1867   All photography ©2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez

read more

The Sherry-Netherland: A welcome dose of Beauty and Civility

 Review: The Sherry-Netherland A welcome dose of Beauty and Civility in Manhattan by  Leticia Marie Sanchez Amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City is a place that embodies civility at its finest: The Sherry-Netherland. If you find yourself lost, a sidewalk clock on Fifth Avenue bearing the hotel’s name lets you that you have arrived. The resplendent lobby ceiling harkens back to the Vatican. In fact, the artist who created the ceiling, Joseph Aruta found inspiration for his glorious mural in Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican Palace.   Many of the details of this gilded building, including the walls, mosaic floors, and panels inside the elevator were originally part of the Vanderbilt mansion. White-gloved attendants lead you to the elevator, squiring you to your room where fresh flowers await. The joyful white flowers are accompanied by handwritten welcome

read more

Painting à la Pollock, East Hampton

    Painting à la Pollock: Child’s Painting Class and Tour at Jackson Pollock’s Home,  East Hampton by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography and text © 2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Painting with my 4-year-old son underneath the sun dappled trees at Jackson Pollock’s home as we overlooked the abundant natural beauty of the Accabonac Creek proved one of the most treasured moments on my artistic foray to the Hamptons. My son and I participated in the wonderful Imagine That! Tour and art class led by engaging art educator Joyce Raimondo. The class commenced with a tour of Jackson Pollock’s studio, where the children searched for traces of the artist’s footprints in the vibrant floor covered by vestiges of his drip painting. The children then peered through a book showcasing Pollock masterpieces that currently hang at world

read more

Review: Ugo Rondinone’s Buoyant “Sunny Days” at Guild Hall East Hampton

Ugo Rondinone’s “Sunny Days” at Guild Hall, East Hampton August 10-October 14. 2019 by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Photo Left: Cultural Cocktail Hour Editor-In-Chief Leticia Marie Sanchez at the Guild Hall Summer Gala “Sunny Days“               Photo Above: Tree-lined Main Street in East Hampton site of the Guild Hall Summer Gala On summer nights in August, the Hamptons social season is in full swing, and the vibrant Summer Gala on August 9th at Guild Hall was no exception. The festivities marked the opening night of Ugo Rondinone’s “Sunny Days,” an exhibit which proved a balm for the soul. Rondinone is a Swiss born, New York-based contemporary mixed-media artist who works with sculpture, painting, video, sound, and photography. ”Sunny Days” is comprised of three parts: paintings, sculptures, and a poignant, heartwarming

read more

Review: The 2019 Hampton Designer Showcase House in Southampton

Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Review: An artistic oasis in Southampton by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photo Left: Cultural Cocktail Hour Editor-In-Chief Leticia Marie Sanchez at the 2019 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home to benefit Stonybrook Southampton Hospital. What struck me about the design of this Southampton retreat on Rosko Lane was that it was simultaneously a calm, light-filled seaside escape as well as a dynamic, cosmopolitan space for entertaining guests. This moveable feast of textures and colors made both the indoors and outdoors an artistic oasis.   Many design firms were involved in creating the distinct features of the house, and I will highlight a few that caught my eye: Alessandra Branca designed the living room that balanced tranquility with modern touches like these on the left.     In the Master Bedroom by Morgan Harrison Home, a dreamy peach palette framed the verdant nature of the Hamptons outdoors;

read more

Throwback Thursday to Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week!

 by Leticia Marie Sanchez Throwback Thursday to last year at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week! A highlight for me was hearing one of the most moving pieces of classical music, “Lark Ascending” during the show, in the video clip below! — Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Cultural Cocktail Hour in 2018 Greetings from Paris! At Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Fall Winter 2018, the uplifting strains of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Lark Ascending” played during the presentation of the ethereal designs by Azulant Akora.    The stirring music was befitting of a collection that proved inspirational, ethereal, and exquisite. Akron’s presentation was filled with showstoppers including a intricate floral-imbued gown and a royal green dress that was regal and perfectly showcased in the golden, classically gilded room at La Maison Champs Elysées. What was even more impressive about Akora’s collection was

read more

Happy Midsummer’s Eve!

 I recently discovered this 1915 painting by Daniel Garber which currently graces the walls of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I was struck by the translucence of the fabric, the glistening leaves, and the soft light: pure magic. Wishing my readers a Magical Midsummer Eve!  

read more

Cultural Cocktail Hour visits New York!

Throwback Tuesday to New York trip two years ago! Looking forward to visiting New York again next week! All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez “If London is a watercolor New York is an oil painting”- Peter Shaeffer Central Park, New York,  July 2016

read more
Page 1 of 5712345»102030...Last »