Wally Findlay Galleries honorsThe American Friends of Blérancourt »
Celebrating AFB’s 30th Anniversary | March 7, 2016
On March 7, Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to host a cocktail reception, dinner and private preview exhibition in honor The American Friends of Blérancourt and Anne Morgan and Heroic Women of World War I. The evening will include a benefit exhibition of recent paintings by contemporary artist Isabelle de Ganay, Maître de l’École de Rouen, and a collection of historic photographs from Anne Morgan’s War: Rebuilding Devastated France, 1917–1924 provided by the Blérancourt museum.
Isabelle de Ganay was born in Rouen in 1960. Art and nature very quickly occupied a predominant place in the life of young Isabelle and when she was only 15 years old, she was accepted to the famous Beaux-Arts in Rouen. This was an honor rarely bestowed on someone so young and serves as an early indication of her talent. In 1976, Isabelle met Albert Malet, the last Impressionist painter of the School of Rouen. Malet had been a student of Robert Antoine Pinchon and he would become Isabelle’s mentor for the next ten years. Isabelle continued her formal education at the Academie Julian and L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she was first in her class. Isabelle returned to Rouen, and began exhibiting throughout France. Critics praised her unique style and more exhibitions followed for the artist. Malet, who had always been aware of her gift as an artist, designated Isabelle as his successor. Upon his death in 1986, Isabelle assumed his position as Maître de l’École de Rouen. Thus carrying the responsibility of passing on the knowledge and technique of one of the last French schools of art.
In 1917 Anne Morgan, youngest daughter of J. Pierpont Morgan, returned to France, determined to bring aid to the war-torn civilian population. She managed to be sent as close as possible to the battlefront in Picardy, to Blérancourt, a little village dominated by the ruins of a chateau built by one of France’s most prestigious 17th century architects, the Huguenot Salomon de Brosse. Only two gate houses and the fraction of a wing plus two monumental arches remained of the original structure, but Miss Morgan set to work and made it her base for an extraordinary campaign of humanitarian aid.
She was joined by a committee of volunteer women from both France and the U.S. and she worked closely with the American Field Service, of which Blérancourt was one of its key centers. After the war she and her volunteer workers rebuilt entire villages and brought doctors, nurses, teachers and agricultural experts from the U.S. to bring life to the devastated region. At the same time she bought the chateau and decided to turn Blérancourt into a museum of French-American history. The collections represent five centuries of Franco-American relations. The success of Anne Morgan’s efforts has made her a legend in Picardy. In 1931 she gave the chateau and its collections to the French government.
In 1985 the American Friends of Blérancourt Inc. was founded by Baroness Bernard d’Anglejan Chatillon, who has been working tirelessly with President Mrs. Jean-Paul Anglès to raise funds for the museum’s expansion. In 1989 the AFB completed a first addition, the creation of the Florence Gould Pavilion. The museum is currently closed for construction work on a large new extension, designed to double the exhibition space. The American Friends are also responsible for the creation of several gardens and an arboretum of American trees on the museum grounds. These remain open to the public as are the two newly-restored gatehouses, the Anne Morgan Pavilion in which Anne Morgan lived and the Bibliothèque Pavilion which houses the library.
Wally Findlay Galleries’ interest in Blérancourt is truly personal as Frederick S. Clark, Vice President and Director of Wally Findlay Galleries New York, is a decedent of J. Pierpont Morgan.
Featured Image: Isabelle de Ganay: Jardin en Normandie – from Wally Findlay Galleries Collection (137007)
Wally Findlay Galleries honors Bascom Palmer »
Celebrating the 35th Annual Evening of Vision Gala | February 1, 2016
Friends and supporters of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute attended a cocktail reception in celebration of the 35th Annual Evening of Vision Gala on Monday, February 1, at Wally Findlay Galleries on Worth Avenue. After the reception, Mr. Borynack and Mr. Zaralegui hosted a private dinner for 25 major donors of Bascom Palmer at Club Colette in honor of Dale and Marietta McNulty, gala chairmen, Alfonso and Raysa Fanjul, honorary chairmen, and Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The reception was a complement to the exhibition of recent works by the renown American contemporary painter Mary Sipp Green. Sipp Green’s collection was the result of two years of her devoted visits to France with a personal focus on Paris and the charm of Provence. The exhibition was handsomely received by both Wally Findlay Galleries collectors and the supporters of the Bascom Palmer Gala committee.
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is a non-profit eye institute whose mission is to lessen the burden of blinding diseases by offering compassionate clinical care to patients, conducting forward-thinking research and training the ophthalmologists of the future. For the twelfth consecutive year, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is ranked the nation’s best eye hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
In addition to its international reputation as one of the premier providers of eye care in the world, Bascom Palmer is the largest ophthalmic care, research and educational facility in the southeastern United States. More than 250,000 patients are treated each year with nearly every ophthalmic condition, and more than 18,000 surgeries are performed annually. With four patient care facilities in Florida (Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples and Plantation), the Institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Wally Findlay Galleries is a proud partner in support of the continuing outstanding accomplishements that the Bascom Palmer specialist and staff achieves on a daily basis.
Wally Findlay Galleries honors the Palm Beach Symphony »
Celebrating the 2016 Annual Gala – Midnight Reveries: A Night in España | January 4, 2016
Wally Findlay Galleries hosted Palm Beach Symphony’s Gala Kickoff reception featuring an exclusive evening of art and cocktails on January 4, 2016. The event included a special appearance by renowned British painter Hugo Grenville in this private preview exhibition of his recent works entitled The Colour of Light. More than 175 members and friends of the gallery attended the social event and mixed and mingled with the artist while enjoying his lyrical and dreamlike romantic paintings.
Palm Beach Symphony is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to engaging, educating, and entertaining the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. The Symphony has grown and expanded from its early, small beginnings in 1974. It has worked and succeeded in becoming a key cultural force in the area through high quality concerts and fine dining experiences, social and community events, and educational outreach programs.
Wally Findlay Galleries hosts patrons and friends of the Daniel E. Ponton Fund for the Neuroscience »
Honoring the 2015 Benefit Dinner Dance Ladies Committee | November 26, 2015
Wally Findlay Galleries hosted patrons and friends of the Daniel E. Ponton Fund for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to honor the fund and the 2015 Benefit Dinner Dance Ladies Committee. The evening included a special preview exhibition of Connections: The Roots of Modernism with works by Spanish Modern Master Pablo Picasso and Contemporary Modernist Gilles Gorriti (b. 1939). The Gallery donated a $20,000 painting by Gorriti in support of this Palm Beach Benefit, as well as a portion of the proceeds from the exhibition benefitting the fund.
Created in 2007, The Daniel E. Ponton Fund is committed to propelling medical research and advancing patient care in both local and global communities. The fund has provided critical support for some of the nation’s most promising scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who are paving the way to accelerate advances to cures for diseases including brain and spinal tumors, aneurysms, vascular malformations, spinal cord injury, and brain trauma. Now in its eighth year, the Ponton Fund has expanded to support global health efforts in Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic. To date, the fund has committed nearly $7M to support programs that provide hope and promise to patients and families around the globe.
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to support the Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot »
All proceeds from the United Way’s Turkey Trot will be donated to local agencies to help feed families on Thanksgiving who are struggling with hunger | November 26, 2015
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to underwrite the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Turkey Trot. The race is held on Thanksgiving morning, and the proceeds from the event are donated to local agencies to help feed children and families who are struggling with hunger on Thanksgiving. A tradition on the island, the Turkey Trot takes participants on a 3.2 mile tour of Palm Beach island.
The New York Times recently released an article supporting Turkey Trot’s across the country, and highlighting the increase in participation of Thanksgiving Day races across the country. Running has recently become much more social, which the Turkey Trot is a great example of. Often groups of friends, families and coworkers enter the race together, with some participants even running in costumes.
The Palm Beach Turkey Trot started with only 30 people in 2010, the first year, and has grown to over 1,000 participants in 2014. Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to support this fun tradition that provides Thanksgiving meals to those in need
Dimitry Gerrman Sculpture created as a memorial to the Holocaust »
Used for Elie Wiesel Holocaust Remembrance Award in 1994
As a strong supporter of the community and local and national charities, Wally Findlay Galleries proudly supports its artists in their philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors. One of the most significant gestures by a Wally Findlay artist was Dimitry Gerrman’s “Crying Violin” sculpture, created as a memorial to the Holocaust.
In 1994 the sculpture became an International Elie Wiesel Holocaust Remembrance Award which was presented to Steven Spielberg for this movie “Schindler’s List.”Gerrman notes that the small sculpture was intended to represent the undying human soul. The Jewish News in 1995 described the piece as “a remnant of the Holocaust, reminding us of a character in Elie Wiesel’s novel “Night” whose violin was smashed. The violin’s form is distorted and a barbed wire string runs through it. It is broken and burnt, but its spirit is alive and will always be alive.”
The Elie Wiesel Holocaust Remembrance Award was established in 1985 to pay tribute to prominent individuals who escaped or survived the horrors of Nazi Germany and went on to become outstanding national and international Jewish leaders. Spielberg was the first non-survivor to receive the award, serving as a symbol for the next generation to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.
Wally Findlay’s Chairman and CEO, James R. Borynack, has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, while underwriting events to promote the understanding of the Institutes’ important work. Wally Findlay Galleries continues it’s dedicated support for Jewish causes globally, including the underwriting of a recital by the Israeli Philharmonic in 2012 followed by a dinner on the gallery’s renown private terrace and sponsorship of Palm Beach Synagogue’s 2014 Chanukah Concert Spectacular supporting Project Connect.
Wally Findlay Galleries supports the Palm Beach Community »
Gallery looks forward to philanthropic events in the 2015/2016 season
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to continue its support for and partner with the Palm Beach community. As the season in Palm Beach begins, the gallery looks forward to working with local charities and groups to support and benefit the town.
On the calendar for the 2015/2016 season is a Title Sponsorship for the Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot, with proceeds donated to local agencies to feed children and families on Thanksgiving; host for the annual cocktail reception to celebrate and support the Caritas Dei Bishop’s Gala and Catholic Charities; a Field Sponsorship for the Windsor Charity Polo Cup in support of the Alzheimer’s Association; underwriter for the Celebration Ceremony of the restored Memorial Fountain; along with gallery events honoring Hospice, The Four Arts, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to play an active role in the support for these causes which are of the upmost importance to the Palm Beach Community.
Wally Findlay Galleries supports The Community Foundation »
Luncheon celebrates philanthropy in the community | June 3, 2015
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to continue its support for and partnership with the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. As a community sponsor, Wally Findlay Galleries supports the Founder’s Award Annual Luncheon on June 3 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
The luncheon is a celebration of philanthropy in the community honoring the 2014/2015 competitive grant recipients and the grand total raised during the Great Give. Ann Christiano, Frank and Betsy Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida will serve as keynote speaker and discuss the “5 Imperatives for Social Changemakers.” The highlight of the afternoon will be the special presentation of the 2nd Annual Founder’s Award to our former board chair and generous philanthropist, William M. Matthews for his impact in the community.
The Great Give supports non-profit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties »
Community wide event celebrates the spirit of giving | May 5-6, 2015
On May 5th and 6th Palm Beach and Martin Counties held the annual Great Give, an unprecedented partnership between United Way of Palm Beach County, United Way of Martin County and The Community Foundation. The Great Give encourages local organizations to raise donations in an opportunity to gain exposure to and start relationships with new donors, while raising money for local nonprofits. This community wide event celebrates the spirit of giving and collective effort it takes to strengthen the community by raising critical funds. Anyone can donate to the cause, and choose a local organization to support with their gift giving. Bonus pool dollars and prizes are added to the charitable donations from the community.
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to financially support and recognize the participation of many groups whom the gallery collaborates with and supports throughout the year. Included in the participating organizations are The Society of the Four Arts, The Humane Society, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, The Historical Society of Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Symphony, amongst many others. The Gallery is proud to support these groups as they work with The Great Give to amplify their impact on the community.
Wally Findlay Galleries hosted chairman’s reception for Hospice of Palm Beach »
An evening to honor and thank major donors | April 1, 2015
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Wally Findlay Galleries hosted the annual Hospice Chairman’s Reception, an evening to honor and thank the donors who show their support for Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea Foundation over the last year.
The invitation-only event has been held on The Terrace at Wally Findlay Galleries since 2011. The gallery is proud to continue its support for Hospice as it serves nearly 7,000 patients and countless families in Palm Beach County each year.
Hospice of Palm Beach County raises funds in support of the non-reimbursable programs and services the organization makes available to patients nearing end of life. Hospice aims to providing patients and families access to medication, medical equipment, social workers, physicians, nurses and chaplains at no cost, while helping to ease pain and anxiety through expert medical care, pain and symptom relief, caregiver education and emotional and spiritual support.
Wally Findlay Galleries hosted reception for The Jamestown Foundation »
Guest Speakers: General Michael Hayden & KT McFarland | March 12, 2015
On Thursday, March 12, the Jamestown Foundation gave a salon talk on Global Challenges at Wally Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach. Jamestown is a global research group collecting and analyzing facts on the ground in fifty countries where conflict and instability affect the national security interests of the USA. Its focus is on the former Soviet space, China and Terrorism. The evening included a conversation featuring guest speakers General Michael Hayden, the Former Director of the CIA, and “KT” McFarland, Fox news commentator and National Security Analyst.
Jamestown is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, which works to inform and educate policy makers and the broader community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States and which frequently restrict access to such information. Utilizing indigenous and primary sources, Jamestown’s material is delivered without political bias, filter or agenda. It is often the only source of information which should be, but is not always, available through official or intelligence channels, especially in regard to Eurasia and terrorism.
Hayden served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009 and was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries, producing timely analysis for decision makers, and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the United States. He also served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency, and Chief of the Central Security Service.
McFarland is FOX News’ National Security Analyst and appears regularly on FOX News and FOX Business News. Amongst her many accomplishments, McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations, as an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger on the NSC Staff (1970-76), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Staff (1981), Senior Speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and later the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (PA) and Pentagon Spokesman (1981-84). McFarland received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award for her work in the Reagan Administration (Distinguished Service Award, 1985).
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to support an organization that provides a unique array of specialized publications and research, regarded throughout the world as indispensable sources of information.
Wally Findlay Galleries to host reception for The Pontifical Institute of Theology at Posillipo »
Honored Guest: Rev. Francesco De Luccia, S.J. | February 25, 2015
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, James R. Borynack, Chairman and CEO of Wally Findlay Galleries hosted a Reception and Salon Talk to support the Pontifical Institute Theology at Posillipo, in Naples, Italy. Rev. Francesco De Luccia, S.J., an ordained priest in the Society of Jesus from the Pontifical Institute of Theology at Posillipo, will be speaking to discuss the renovation plans for the Institute, its historic campus, and educational innovations to its curriculum.
Posillipo is unique as a Catholic seminary and educational institution. In the early 20th century, Pope Pius X entrusted the educational programs of Posillipo to the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits formal name. He viewed the pedagogical model of the Jesuits to be the best training model for priests and religious, both diocesan and those affiliated with religious orders. This is a distinguishing characteristic of Posillipo, as are its alumni many of who are prominent Cardinals, Bishops and priests.
A vital piece of the renovation and revitalization of Posillipo will be the innovations in curriculum design and delivery. This will include enhancements to learning delivery using up-to-date technology for researching and understanding Church teachings, liaisons with other global academic institutions for an exchange of thought and perspectives, and a fresh look at the practical implementation of theoretical teachings in today’s world.
Fr. De Luccia, who is also the Treasurer for the Italian Province of the Society of Jesus, discussed the renovation of the complex at Posillipo and the planned educational innovations to its curriculum. The timing of this project falls in the same year as the visit by Pope Francis to the United States at which time he will address a Joint Session of Congress in Washington D.C., the first time ever that a Pontiff has done so.
Wally Findlay Galleries continues its annual support for Catholic Charities »
Annual private preview exhibition and cocktail reception benefits Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach | December 15, 2014
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to host a private preview exhibition and cocktail reception to celebrate and support the 4th Annual Caritas Dei Bishop’s Gala and to benefit Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach on December 15th at the Palm Beach Gallery.
The event features a remarkable collection of works of art adoring the blessed Madonna, including works from the 14th through the 21st century. The evening included cocktails, hor d’oeurvres, and a welcoming staircase performance of Christmas carols by the St. Juliana Catholic School Children’s Chorus under the direction of Lisa Ulseth.
Wally Findlay Galleries continues its annual support as a Major Sponsor for the Caritas Dei Bishop’s Gala which will be held at The Breakers Hotel on, January 29, 2014. The event benefits the fourteen programs and ministries of Catholic Charities that provide services to the poor and vulnerable living within the five county Diocese.
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to support The Town of Palm Beach United Way »
All proceeds from the United Way’s Turkey Trot will be donated to local agencies to help feed families on Thanksgiving who are struggling with hunger | November 27, 2014
Wally Findlay Galleries continues to be a proud supporter of the Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot, an annual race held on Palm Beach Island, will take place this year on Thanksgiving morning, November 27th at 7am. A holiday tradition on the Island, the race takes participants on 3.2 miles run through downtown Palm Beach. This tour of the beautiful island is enjoyed by runners, joggers, walkers, and even cheerleaders, who come together to support the United Way.
All proceeds from the event are donated to local agencies to help feed children and families who are struggling with hunger on Thanksgiving. Last years proceeds were used to purchase 827 Thanksgiving meals for those in need. The Town of Palm Beach United Way helps advance the common good for those in need throughout Palm Beach County by focusing on programs and priorities that promote education, income and health – the building blocks for a good life. Wally Findlay Galleries is proud of its recognition in support for a cause that plays such a vital role in the Palm Beach community.Art for a Cause