December 12, 2012
I Went to a Very Special Celebration
I was invited to a really wonderful party last Sunday evening hosted by photographer, Maria Robledo, in her lovely Brooklyn, New York townhouse. Guests at the party were all employees and former employees of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and several photographers who we have worked with over the years. The idea for the party was conceived when Maria met with Ayesha Patel and Frances Boswell. Over breakfast, the three reminisced about the many amazing times shared with the MSLO family. They also discussed Gael Towey, who has worked as MSLO's Creative Director for twenty year, and how her unique creative influence affected their lives in so many indelible ways. They decided to honor Gael with a party and came up with a very special guest list. Frances and Susan Spungen created delicious savory tarts, beautiful salads, and the best cookies. I must say, it was a very special gathering!
2 Maria's husband, Holton Rower, is an accomplished artist who also happens to be the grandson of sculptor, Alexander Calder. http://holtonrower.com/
3 Gael Towey, the honoree, affected the lives of all the guests in so many positive ways.
4 John Dugdale - photographer - John lost his sight almost entirely several years ago and turned from commercial photography to art photography using a large-format antique camera and the help of an assistant. http://www.thejohndugdaleschool.com
6 Andrea's husband, Martin Hyers - Photographer
10 Frances Boswell - Food editor - I have known Frances for her entire life. Now a certified acupuncturist, she combines her love of food with Chinese Medicine as a healing modality. http://qiserasera.com/
12 Celia Barbour - former Editor-in-Chief of Living - Celia is a very talented writer.
13 Lisa Wagner - SVP, Supervising Editorial Producer - Lisa first started working with me many years ago as a stylist on my Christmas book.
14 Ayesha Patel - Deputy Creative Director - Ayesha is fantastically creative.
15 Ann Johnson - Art Director - It was great to see Ann again.
16 Page Marchese Norman - Former Home Editor of Blueprint Magazine - Page always has the greatest decorating ideas.
17 Stephen Earle - Style Director - Stephen is now the SVP/ Home Design at Polo Ralph Lauren.
18 Susan Spungen - Susan was the founding Editorial Director for food and entertaining at MSLO and the co-author of my award-winning bestseller, Martha Stewart's Hors d'oeuvres Handbook. She is now a cookbook writer and a food stylist for films. http://www.susanspungen.com
21 Artwork by Holton Rower - He applies layers upon layers of acrylic paints and then carves designs using Japanese razors.
22 One of his sculptures made with pipe cleaners
23 I really loved the onyx sink in the bathroom, designed by Holton.