Friday, April 18, 2014

Paintings, Flowers and Friends

One thing that is a certainty when you attend a party at Halcyon is that there will be gorgeous flowers. Thursday’s launch party for Henry Koehler was no exception. Our below-freezing temperatures over the past few days had Stiles worried, but he and Jonathan managed to find enough beautiful flowers to fill the shop.

And then there were the paintings! Henry Koehler, now a spry 90-something, has been a force in the art world for decades. His wife Audrey was an interior decorator, and he was friends with many decorators in NYC in the 50’s and 60’s, including Baltimore native, Billy Baldwin. These three sketches show the elegant grace that was Mr. Baldwin’s trademark, and in fact, one of Mr. Koehler’s sketches is on the title page of Billy Baldwin Remembers.

The show was styled with a lot of thought as to how the paintings worked together, and one of the most fun props was a pair of Stubbs & Wootton slippers that nearly matched a pair in two of the paintings.

Many of Mr. Koehler’s friends and family from the area came to celebrate his latest show. Many, many red dots spotted the walls, indicating that the show was a huge success!

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