Mini Christmas Trees, Jewelry Galore, Sterling Silver Menorahs and Toys – Oh my! – Holiday Shopping at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art Store - image courtesy of Eduardo Chacon

Boca Raton Museum of Art Store – image courtesy of Eduardo Chacon

By Dindy Yokel

Boca Raton is the shopping Mecca, rivaling any major city for designer and mass-market retailers.  Anything you want is just a short drive to Town Center or Mizner Park and parking is free if you know where the lots are (look behind Uncle Julio’s and Sur La Table in Mizner Park).  Valet can make it worthwhile if you are weighed down with purchases and sated from a well-earned meal.

Some Boca stores have unrivaled service as recently experienced at the divine Neiman Marcus.  Todd McPherson and Fran Neiman (no relation, this reporter asked) are “Designed Sales Associates” who happily guide you (shopping Sherpa anyone?) you from the first floor to the very top ensuring that your experience is everything it should be and more.  If they don’t have it on the selling floor, this dynamic duo will find a way to order it for you.  Cozy up to Todd as he has a private viewing room that brings the entire experience up several notches.  This is gift selecting on steroids.  Stop off in the lingerie department – it is never too early to shop for Valentine’s Day – and visit with Jane Rosenberg, the fit specialist.  She’s so warm you will want to hug her before you depart – but do ask her first.

Mont Blanc is another standout for customer service from the offer of flat or sparkling water, to a much welcome chair to perch upon while trying out these extraordinary writing instruments, fine watches and more.  Melani Barni is a cheery woman who makes even the purchase of pen refills a bit luxe and the two darling French women who have been there since the boutique opened are elegance personified.  Looking for a few interesting togs to round out your wardrobe, a visit with Melissa at Trilogy is something you will find yourself repeating over and over again – stylish, edgy but not silly and the prices are certainly reasonable – it is a super spot to pick up gifts for your BFFs who share your taste.

Most stores seem to carry much of the same unless you want the luxury gift of the year from Neiman Marcus now known as their Fantasy Gifts including the Ultimate Mardi Gras Experience for $125,000 or the 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Neiman Marcus Maserati for $95,000 and who could resist the Vanity Fair Academy Awards Experience for $425,000.  Saks Fifth Avenue got on the über-luxe bandwagon this year with its Gifts of Indulgence such as the crystal lamp by Baccarat for $925,000, now that’s a lot of light.

Boca Raton Museum of Art Store - image courtesy of Eduardo Chacon

Boca Raton Museum of Art Store – image courtesy of Eduardo Chacon

There’s a new shop on the block at the Boca Raton Museum of Art that makes shopping a breeze and even better your purchases support a most worthy cause at the same time.  Start with a no-brainer, a gift of Museum membership from $80 this perfect present for the art lover in your life includes exhibitions, author talks, jazz in the garden and they are open year-round.  Gifts of membership are also available online for those who cannot bear to brave the crowds between now and Three Kings Day.

Museum Trustee, Jody Harrison Glass was found perusing the Museum shop last week and stopped to chat.  #1 on her list is the gift of classes at the Boca Raton Museum Art School – available by calling or visiting the Art School – from $260 plus materials.  When implored to open up her shopping bags, Mrs. Harrison Glass had an assortment ranging from not your run-of-the-mill snow globes ($46), to artisanal glassware, Bubble Wrap Glass Vase ($255) and fun necklaces by Italianissimo.  Most fun, was a cache of Cubebots ($8) by Areaware, “wooden puzzles with a playful personality,” as the box reads.

Andrea Kline, co-chair of the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s annual gala (slated for January 31, 2015), “loves to shop.”  Encountered loading her car from recent purchases, Ms. Kline paused a moment to share her holiday gift giving thoughts.

“The shop at the Museum is my new favorite, it’s beautifully designed, colorful and stocked with fabulous gift items for children, jewelry, art glass tabletop goodies for everyone on your list for the holidays.  I especially love the Metalaceart baskets, they’re “jewelry for the home”.

And what’s better than having beautiful gift items to select from and supporting the Boca Raton Museum of Art at the same time.”

Everyone who’s anyone knows the philanthropist par excellence, Peg Greenspon, a Museum Trustee also caught shopping one day.  Peg was pretty in a daring red cardigan with lips that matched those on the site-specific exhibition in the Museum’s colonnade by Berlin artists, Stich & Schnock.  Peg knows how to show her colors and knows a rare find when she spies one.

Chatting with Peg outside the Museum store she confided that,”this is the most exciting shopping destination I’ve visited recently!  The merchandise is artful, creative, unique, and festive.  I’ve made several purchases as birthday and hostess gifts…even a few for myself!  I’m doing all of my holiday shopping at the Museum Shop including gift memberships.”

Prices at the Boca Raton Museum of Art Store range from $10 for toys to $6,000 for one-of-a-kind portrait vases by Kenny Pieper, a North Carolina-based glass artist.  The store’s offerings also include ceramic bowls by Rossheim/Marrinson Studios; contemporary takes on old English botanist shadowboxes by Christopher Marley; one-of-a-kind jewelry made from ancient artifacts by Wellington resident Donatella Linari, and hand-painted one-of-a-kind silk scarves by Southern California artist, Catherine Wilmot.

Stainless steel, handcrafted handbags by Wendy Stevens, a native of Cleveland, home of U.S. Steel are priced from $350 for Fiddle Head Fern to $749 for the Andalucia bag.  Stevens, who now resides in Pennsylvania, says that she is inspired by, “the muscular, industrial world of manhole covers, construction zones, and subway cars.”  Wendy Stevens’ handbags are carried by Henri Bendel and have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Tassenmuseum (Dutch for Museum of Bags & Purses) in Amsterdam.

Another unique line is from METALACEART, Israeli designers of contemporary metal home ware, jewelry, and objects since 2004.  Each work is handmade and inspired by the, “world of lace fabrics and embroidery using advanced metal process technologies.”  METALACEART is featured at prominent Museum shops and galleries around the world including: MoMa in New York, Galleries Lafayette in Paris and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and now at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.  Prices range from $110 for mezuzahs, to $335 for large bowls and $549 for the Late Blooming Menorah.

Trisha Bruno’s collection of fine jewelry pays homage to the beauty and nature of her native South Florida.  Her handcrafted forms burst forth from the garden and the sea rendered in sterling silver, gold and precious gemstones.  Earrings, cufflinks and necklaces range in priced from $400 to $6,000.

Lynn Everett Read is the talented designer behind Vitreluxe Glass Works based in Portland, Oregon.  Hand-blown lighting, tableware, sculptural objects, and jewelry from Vitreluxe are celebrated for their sophisticated color pairings, striking silhouettes and meticulous craftsmanship.  Mr. Reed is an artist of many talents including painting, sculpture, and theatrical set design.  “My pursuit of watercolor, color field painting and set building paved the way to an interest in glass for its optical intrigue, transparency of color and versatility,” says Reed.  Works are priced from $52 for Teadrops, $99 for stump Cups and up to $1,100 depending upon the piece.

Elegant Gold Leaf Drinking Ware by Dan Mirer of Corning, New York is 23k yellow gold and 12k white gold leaf hand rolled on and fused to the glass bubble while the vessels are being blown.  Oval Glasses and Boules are $66; Flutes are $92 and the Pitcher is $295.  “A delicate folding and expanding of the leaves makes each piece unique.  The surface of the glass is formed in graphite and metal molds to produce a rippled texture, accentuating the reflections of the gold,” says Mr. Mirer.

Boca Raton Museum of Art Store - image courtesy of Eduardo Chacon

Boca Raton Museum of Art Store – image courtesy of Eduardo Chacon

The shelves are deftly arranged – not overcrowded – with some of the most irresistible products from artisans including Working Class Studio, a collective of graduates from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).  Other artists include Tanaka Kazuhiko who creates miniature, dream-like ceramic mobile sculptures of flying people; Donatella Linari, Kenny Pieper, Tom Dixon, Erica Rosenfeld, Stray Dog Designs, Rossheim/Marrinson Studio, Areaware and Pheromone, among others.

Don’t run out when your crossed everyone off your shopping list, stroll into the Museum and explore the current exhibitions (on view until January 11, 2015) including:  Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art; Elliott Erwitt: Photographs from the Collection of Richard Coplan and Martin R. Malinger; Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions, New York Photographs from the Collection; Latin American Artists Depicting Human the Form, and video installations by Shizuka Yokomizo, Cory Arcangel, Janet Biggs, Trine Lise Nedreaas and Robin Rhode.  Upcoming exhibitions to put on your calendar include Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil, Surrealism and Magic (January 26 – April 5, 2015), and Helena Rubinstein: The Power of Beauty (April 21 – July 12, 2015).

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Shopping Locations

Boca Raton Museum of Art Store

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

www.bocamuseum.org  Tel: 561-392-2500

 

Boca Raton Museum Art School

801 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486

www.bocamuseum.org  Tel: 561-392-2503

 

Neiman Marcus –Town Center Mall

5860 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Todd McPherson & Fran Neiman 561-866-7924 (direct)

Jane Rosenberg 561-451-7056 (direct)

 

Mont Blanc – Town Center Mall

6000 Glades Road, Suite 1083, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Melani Barni – 561-750-6088

 

Tril-o-gy Boutique – Melissa, Janet & Barbara

The Shoppes at Addison Place

16850 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33446

561-498-4493