It was a pleasure having Damon Tommolino in the Solarium. The solo show closed today, September 28, 2009. 10 paintings were hung, 3 were sold.
Oil and acrylic on canvas. SOLD
“Street Cafe” will be going to James and Maureen Knowles. A perfect addition to the main room of their apartment.
Little Jimbo, just back from Thailand was along for the ride.
“A through Z”
20” x 40”
Oil on canvas, SOLD
Cars: Man Being Approached by a Red Truck.
Acrylic on canvas, SOLD
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The piano at Lily’s is calling you! Following the opening reception for Dave Prutting’s photography show “Italy in 8” in the Lobby of the Roger Smith Hotel, Mike Holland played piano in Lily’s Restaurant.
On Tuesday, September 8 photographer Dave Prutting had an opening reception for his photography show in the lobby of the Roger Smith Hotel. Photographs by John Knowles.
We have experienced a great embrace from social media super stars who have help the Roger Smith Hotel to break-through. It is a break-though in the social internet. I would like to introduce you to the important influencers who are shaping the identity of the social media world.
For us, it starts with Chris Brogan. His endorsement has energized the hotel community and given validity towards our social medias impact on business.
Her personal Hotel Room Tour has reached 160,000 + viewers in only a week of its existence. I look forward to thanking her in person.
Gary Vaynerchuk and Wine Library at the Roger Smith.
In the Last week of August 2009, Gary V. hosted hosted his hit internet show Wine Library from the Lab Gallery. It was impressive to see the large Social Media turnout.
Setting up for Wine Library TV NYC with Gary Vaynerchuk at the LAB Gallery at the Roger Smith Hotel.
Photos from the after party of the Mashable Social Good Conference and finale of Wine Library TV NYC Week with Gary V. Photography by Adam Wallace.
Social Interactions and Developing Relationships
There has been some great new energy at the Roger Smith Hotel over the last couple of weeks. New contacts made, interesting ideas thrown around and a conscious social awareness. We were so happy to host this small gathering on the roof terrace with friends of Sprouter and the Roger Smith Hotel. Thank you to Sarah Prevette and all who attended for a great evening.
The Roger Smith Hotel is a safe place for Social Media. People come to midtown to be part of the SM rush. Discoveries are made, progress is charted, and all the while relationships are strengthened. It is a social internet.
Exploring the Elements. James Knowles is hard at work with Fire in the foundry. The ability to transform molten bronze in a solid sculpture. The heat from the sand-molds is released as the artist begins to break the mounds. The ground smokes. This is one piece of 19 that will become the final sculpture.
The sculpture will be installed in a fountain at 173 Park Street in New Canaan CT.
Prutting and Co. Water: 137 Park Street, New Canaan Ct.
What is for Sale?
This storefront can and has acted as a Live billboard promotion for the Roger Smith Hotel and Lily’s Restaurant. The social media potential for the space is great.
NYC Fashion Week 2009, Dolita Paris fitted models in the Social Media Store at the Roger Smith Hotel.
Previously the space was used to sell jewelry and is currently refereed to as “The Jewelry Store”. The working title for this retail space is “The Social Media Outlet”.
I have had one pour. The problems I encountered, some have been addressed. There was a break in the wall of the steel container. I had to work through welding issues similar to the ones you faced the other day. I went back to the books, the Lincoln bible on welding and studied what rods are used for what. Then I stopped in to the welding supply shop on Bruckner blvd where I bought the welder for Feng. We discussed it briefly and he assured me that what he gave Feng was precisely what I should use. It was not what I had figured out in my research. Feed wires long enough. Welding rod ok. New chain fall. Let’s try a melt. I’ve not figured out the lighting of the furnace very well so when I light the thing with air blower going and Propane torch on top to ignite. A volume of gas and air accumulates in the furnace and whaaaaboooom it explodes as it lights. Not good. But it gets the thing going. So I slowly add air and then gas to bring it up to a roaring intensity pchhhhhwhhhhhhhhhhhhh kind of thing. But hot gases are flowing out through the furnace lid joint in many directions. Furry green blue flames. Losing heat and making it difficult to approach the furnace as the flames are waist high. I shut it down to consider how to resolve that. I attempted to remove the lid. Hooked up the steel jig i welded up. Took too long over the hot furnace. Removed the lid. Found the refrractory joint loose and friable. Stop consider. I need a means to apply a soft refractory mud between the Lid and the fire box. Consider: what do I have? Clay to bind and silica sand a refractory. I made up a slurry of the two and put a drooly layer on the joint and replaced to top. Seemed to sit well. Cranked up the heat. Flames look ok. Some fuzz but ok. Metal slumping as the temperature rises. Start up the second blower, add more gas. Feisty robust full bodied flame and gutteral roar. Look up. Uhoh. Looks like I wired the whole. Barn just over the furnace area. Fire and heat impinging on the cord and then zap. Blew a fuse somewhere. Consider: Shut down all breakers. Cut the wires. Re direct them around the pouring system. Devise heavy wire connectors. Isolate the joints with electricians tape. Reset all breakers. Test. OK. Now redesign the lid removal system which takes too long to remove. Consider: Pipe rigid top and bottom. Pipe sliding over the rigid pipe. Weld moving pipe to the lid (with new welding sticks) Rig up a lever and counterweight to lift the lid easily and rotate it to the side. Test it. Fix it. Test it. Fix it…….. Works. Heeehaaaa. Order metal 250 Lbs. Order castable and ramming refractories. From a good group in Lancaster pa. That is where I am. Molds ready to pour. System now redesigned. Getting closer. I have one casting In hand. 19 to go.
Casting the Molds.
The sculpture that James is casting is for a Prutting Co. house in downtown New Canaan CT.
This summer I tested my Panasonic Lumix DMCTS1 to see how it would work under water. The camera is shock proof and water proof and is pretty much only good for those functions. As a still camera, I have not been able to take any pictures that I am happy with.
Underwater though proved to be very stimulating. The HD video quality is a plus. The fun to be had with an under water camera is immense.
Thanks to Steph and Nadia for being my partners in crime by the pool.
The talent that participated in the Roger Smith Shorts was impressive. For a week in August, 6 filmmakers were let loose in the Roger Smith Hotel to create 6 works of art.
The film that were created are;
“Rabid Rocky” by Daniel Brothers
“On the Rocks” by Sean Cunningham
“Hotel Genius” by Ted Wallach
“Suite 15” by Jacob Mendel
“The Honeymoon Killer” by Shreng-Lee Huang
“Clean The Room” by Dmitry Povolotski