THE BUZZ: MARCH 2023
By Megan Weisberg
Photo provided by ASKA
By Megan Weisberg
Photo provided by ASKA
Chicago native KATHY TASLITZ is a renowned artist and designer, creating art, museum-quality furniture, lighting, and decorative objects favored by architects, designers, and collectors. She entwines her worlds of art and design to explore humanity’s collective experience through the themes of pop culture, technology, and the natural world, often through a female lens. Her work ranges in media and scope, from large-scale, site-specific sculptures to impeccably constructed small works. She has been featured in top publications such as Architectural Digest, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, VICE, and now Sheridan Road. For more information, visit kathytaslitz.com.
No less an interiors authority than Margaret Russell, the longtime editor of Elle Décor, is over the moon for SHINGLE AND STONE: THOMAS KLIGERMAN HOUSES. This monograph covers twenty years of homes. It’s a deep dive into the design process with sketches and renderings alongside stunning photography that captures the beautiful light of the East Coast. Kligerman is a student of American and European domestic architecture and admired by all for his ability to move the needle forward in residential design. monacellipress.com
Five attorneys from Buckley Fine Law have been recognized as 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Managing Partners David Buckley Jr. and Linda Fine received the Illinois Super Lawyers designation, while Partner Caroline Hecht and Associates Natasha Adler and Nicole Arnold were named Illinois Rising Stars. Super Lawyers represents the top 5 percent of attorneys in Illinois who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, as chosen by their peer nominations and evaluations that are combined with independent research. Rising Stars represents the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the early stages of their careers. Buckley Fine Law is a full-service law firm located in downtown Barrington. With over a dozen attorneys, Buckley Fine concentrates its practice in Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Asset Protection, Business Law, Litigation, Employment Law, and Commercial and Residential Real Estate. For more information visit, buckleyfinelaw.com.
ASKA™ A5 is a real flying car—the world’s first electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL) that can drive on roads and fly. The ASKA™ A5 is powered by a proprietary power system that features battery packs and a gasoline engine that acts as an onboard range extender. This dual energy source delivers a 250-mile flight range and drastically increases power source reliability. Unlike any vehicle ever developed, this four-seater flying car is the size of a large SUV and combines the best in modern automotive and aviation design with a high level of safety. ASKA™ can drive on roads and take off vertically from a compact space like a helipad or by conventional runway takeoff and landing. A pilot’s license is required; training is included in the $789,000 price of the vehicle. An On-Demand ride service (targeted for 2026) will feature a fleet of ASKAs™ operating on demand in major cities and their surroundings. Free early bird registration is open now. In January 2023, a fully functional model of ASKA™ debuted at the CES show in Las Vegas. The company is progressing with FAA type certification and ASKA™ is targeted to launch in 2026, subject to standard regulatory certification. ASKA™ is now available for preorder at askafly.com/pre-order.
The Barrington Youth and Family Services (BYFS) is holding its annual BYFS Gala on April 22 at the Barrington Hills Country Club. This year’s theme is “Bringing Back the Circus to BYFS.” BYFS has proudly served the Barrington area’s mental health needs for more than 50 years. “We are so grateful for the support of our community,” shares Gala co-chair Betsy Wintringer, “which has allowed us to deliver counseling services to all in need, regardless of their ability to pay.” Tickets go on sale March 10. For event details, sponsorship opportunities, or information on auction items, visit barringtonbyfs.org.
The new S2 Del Mar™ model from LiveWire™, an all-electric motorcycle brand spun off by Harley-Davidson, will reach dealers early this year with a price of about $15,000. The proprietary S2 ARROW architecture was created at Live-Wire Labs in Mountain View, California, but the bike’s lean “street-tracker” styling has its roots in Harley-Davidson acing legend. Expected to weigh less than 440 pounds and to be powered by an 80-horsepower motor, the S2 Del Mar should be blazing quick–LiveWire predicts 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. The anticipated range in city riding is 100 miles. livewire.com
Wine lovers, this is your dream come true. Thanks to Aire Ancient Baths in Chicago’s River West, you can literally bathe yourself in red wine. One of the most indulgent items on the bath house spa menu, this 180-minute red wine bath to soak in “the antioxidant properties of the Spanish Tempranillo grapes,” according to Manager Michael Lara. This experience includes time in the ancient thermal bath circuit and the laconicum steam room, in addition to 30 minutes in the wine bath with a cranio-facial massage. End the experience with an hour-long massage with grape seed oil. You will be transported to another place while you enjoy the benefit from the revitalizing and purifying effects. beaire.com
Everyone should see an opera at least once in their life, as it takes you on a journey through time and emotion. And there’s no better place to do that than Verona, Italy. The Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheater built in the first century A.D. to watch the fights of gladiators, will host the 100th anniversary of its iconic opera festival this summer. Enjoy performances such as La Traviata or Aida and feel the acoustics as they vibrate around the historical site. We recommend staying in the Italian Lakes and taking the train to Verona, as it’s only around an hour from Lake Garda. That way you can enjoy the beauty of the lakes by day and an evening under the stars at the opera by night. citalia.com
Maribel Weisz of Antique Resources and Stephanie Sarris with Bellehaven Designs have collaborated to breathe new life into antique chairs with the aptly named ENCORE COLLECTION. Luxurious, durable, sustainably sourced fabrics are selected to reupholster 100-to-200-year-old chairs by a talented team of local, woman-owned upholsterers. For more information, visit antiqueresourcesinc.com.
London-based CHARGE CARS is offering a limited run of the most wicked EV in the world. Only 499 of these beauties will be built, each on a new, licensed, U.S. made body shell based on the 1967 body style. Charge claims acceleration of 0-60 in 3.9 seconds thanks to 536 horsepower electric motor. Almost more beautiful than the exterior is the super-luxe interior, bespoke to each owner. charge.cars
In a town full of galleries, one stands apart. Hinsdale’s Acquisitions of Fine Art has always been influential in the art world. With the recent expansion into Palm Beach, this spot is unstoppable. While founder Sheryl Srivastava holds down the ultra-chic fort in the Sunshine State, partner Thomas Karr continually elevates the Hinsdale Avenue gallery. Some of the incredible artists represented at Acquisitions are David Marcet, Michael Pantuso, the talent behind our Hinsdale Living January cover photograph, and Robert Fleishman, whose wild, exuberant paintings and digital collages have become must-owns for savvy collectors. For those seeking the rare and exquisite, the gallery is also home to original sketches by Coco Chanel and a Warhol that would light up any wall. Tom is an expert with a client list that reads like the Grammy Awards presenters, and although he’s far too discreet to dish, he will happily consult on artwork and framing needs for anyone with a good eye and interest in elevating their collection. Acquisitions of Fine Art, 10 East Hinsdale Avenue in Hinsdale, acquisitionsoffineart.com.
EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art presents its 10th-anniversary edition from April 13 to 16 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Following its successful in-person return in 2022, EXPO CHICAGO 2023 will welcome more than 170 leading galleries representing 36 countries and 90 cities from around the world. Since its inception, EXPO CHICAGO has remained dedicated to supporting local and regional arts communities; a dedication reflected by the strong regional showing from the Greater Midwest and both U.S. coasts. The participation of artists from countries including Argentina, Bahamas, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe is reflective of EXPO CHICAGO’s equally strong commitment to international arts communities. For more information, visit expochicago.com.
Venezuela-born Dubhe Carreño is a Chicago artist, ceramics professor, and former gallerist who opened a new showroom and studio in Lake Forest this month. Carreño’s primary goal is to offer her clients a space where they can experience both a finished curated collection of art and design as well as a closer and intimate look at the creative process. THIS QUIET DUST CERAMICS SHOWROOM will regularly feature artists with the common goal of creating beautiful, hand-crafted, ethically-made objects that celebrate the importance of making your living space unique, functional, and beautiful. The name “This Quiet Dust” comes from an Emily Dickinson poem and serves as a metaphor for the human condition; we are impermanent in our physical form, yet our true self is transforming and everlasting. Likewise, Carreño notes “this clay can be transformed from dust to become that which holds our sustenance.” Visit This Quiet Dust to acquire the perfect little something and gain a special insight into creativity. For more information, visit thisquietdustceramics.com.