Gallery 198 at Art New York Presents Kevin Berlin's HOPE DIES LAST

Orchard recently planned Gallery 198’s premiere Art New York show with internationally celebrated artist Kevin Berlin.  The solo exhibition was the worldwide premiere of Berlin’s highly anticipated new body of new work, HOPE DIES LAST.  The collection reveals the interior and secret lives of ballet dancers by depicting their hidden thoughts in sensual black and white paintings, sculpture, and works on paper.  

HOPE DIES LAST stems from time the artist spent studying ballet dancers in 2015, working from a makeshift studio on Nevsky Prospect in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he had the opportunity to interview 14 ballet dancers and learn their innermost fears, desires, and thoughts.

Berlin arrived on opening day at Art New York with two black swans from Rebecca Kelly Ballet.  The artist and Gallery 198 also welcomed groups for artist talks, including IVY, American Ballet Theater, and U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts alumni group.

Designer Gita Omri’s Quest to Mainstream Inclusive Sizing

One of our all time favorite lifestyle magazines, Darling, recently interviewed designer Gita Omri about her inclusive sizing fashion lines.  Here is a sneak peek into the inspiring fashion feature, and if you wish to dive into the full story, please visit Darling.

Darling: What’s one message you have for women who struggle with body positivity and finding their place in fashion?

Gita Omri: First, no one feels body positive 100 percent of the time, so if you don’t feel it today, that’s cool. And when it comes to fashion, I think the most important message is: Don’t feel pressured to fit into a certain trend or style. Use clothing as a tool to bring out your true self.

Darling: What made you want to go into the fashion industry?

Gita Omri: If you ask my mom, she’ll tell you that I was always interested in clothes, but I don’t remember that. I grew up as a painter. I’ve painted since I was very young, but I didn’t think I wanted to go down that path as a career move. I enjoyed it as a hobby and didn’t want to ruin it by making it work. I thought I’d explore other things.

I was in the Israeli Air Force for two years. My second year, when I was starting to train my replacement, my evenings opened up, so I decided to take some classes. At first I thought I would be interested in event planning, so I signed up for a course in a creative college [Concept Academy] in Tel Aviv.

 

 

The woman who sold me her course was really good at her job and convinced me to also do a styling course. I ended up loving the styling course and hating the event planning. It gave me a creative outlook, but it was also challenging for me. It’s interesting because [fashion] is art that has to be functional. In that way, it’s challenging.

When you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, you will be more likely to let your true self be seen and I think that’s important — to not try to be the fashion, but to let the fashion be yourself.

"Whatever I’m developing, I develop simultaneously in a size six and a size 20, that way I can make sure the lines are the same and the fit is similar."  -Gita Omri

Plant-Powered Beauty Book Launches Nationwide

Orchard is pleased to announce the book launch of Plant-Powered Beauty by Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault -- a breakout beauty book that empowers readers with information about natural ingredients (and 50+ recipes) for health, wellness, and natural beauty.  Plant-Powered Beauty launched at Credo Beauty in New York on March 6, followed by a tour of Whole Foods Markets in NYC during Beauty Week.  The book has also been endorsed by beauty icons, including Bobbi Brown, and celebrated in media outlets such as Glamour, MindBodyGreen, Well + Good, Healthline, and many more!  

The co-authors are gearing up for more exciting events throughout the spring and summer, 2018.  

 Co-authors of Plant-Powered Beauty, Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault, at Credo Beauty, SoHo, for the NYC book launch.

Co-authors of Plant-Powered Beauty, Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault, at Credo Beauty, SoHo, for the NYC book launch.

Meet Gita Omri: Inclusive Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur

 Gita Omri, Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur

Gita Omri, Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur

 

We are in awe of Gita Omri.  This empowering and incredibly talented fashion visionary just launched a women’s collection, OMRI ESSENTIALS, based on her ‘inclusive sizing’ model – an approach to fashion that embraces body positivity like never before.

We invite you to learn more about Gita through her #ModernMatriarchs interview on ReneJade.com, providing a window into her word of fashion design and business innovation.

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Plant-Powered Beauty Book Cover

Orchard is happy to unveil the cover of Plant-Powered Beauty (BenBella Books, 2018).  This essential guide for all things natural beauty by Christina Daigneault and Amy Galper will be available nationwide on March 6, 2018.  The book is also available for pre-order on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

“As aromatherapists, we have developed a unique and dynamic formulating style that is founded on the belief that beauty is holism—meaning that the whole of beauty is made up of a healthy balance between body, mind, and spirit. We want to teach you our natural beauty blending skills so you will have alternatives to today’s marketplace filled with conventional “beauty” products that contain harmful synthetic and toxic ingredients, many cleverly disguised as helpful agents of vitality.”    - Amy Galper & Christina Daigneault

THE COLORFUL KITCHEN Book Cover Reveal!

 

Orchard is thrilled to unveil the cover of THE COLORFUL KITCHEN by Ilene Godofsky.  This exciting title of healthy and colorful recipes hits bookstores in December, just in time for the holiday gift season.  

Can't wait?  You can also pre-order her book on Amazon and also try some of Ilene's amazing vegan recipes by visiting The Colorful Kitchen blog.

THE COLORFUL KITCHEN BY ILENE GODOFSKY IS ACQUIRED BY BENBELLA BOOKS

 

Orchard is thrilled to announce that BenBella Books, one of the fastest growing publishers in the United States, has acquired THE COLORFUL KITCHEN by Ilene Godofsky.  Ilene is a celebrated health coach, recipe developer, and creator of the popular food blog THE COLORFUL KITCHEN.  Christina Daigneault, President of Orchard Literary, spearheaded the deal as agent.

THE COLORFUL KITCHEN will explore the vegan food craze in a new and refreshing way -- with an emphasis on colorful combinations that reflect vitamins and healthful ingredients.  Ilene’s philosophy “colorful, not complicated” has shaped her blog into a leading vegan resource that helps take the mystery out of plant-based eating.

THE COLORFUL KITCHEN will guide readers through easy-to-follow preparations for plant-based recipes, with variations that will make every meal exciting, delicious, and healthy.  It is for people who think vegetables are boring (they won’t for long), kale-loving carnivores, vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, and everyone in between.  It is a guide for both seasoned cooks and kitchen newcomers on how to prepare fast, delicious, healthy meals, whether they are cooking for one, two, or twelve.

“Orchard is delighted to announce that BenBella Books, a recognized leader in plant-based titles, will be publishing THE COLORFUL KITCHEN,” explained Christina Daigneault, President of Orchard and agent on the book deal.  “We are confident this book will be a definitive resource for vegans and also inspire more people to try plant-based diets with its simple, colorful, and mouth-watering recipes.”

About the Author

Ilene Godofsky is a certified health coach, recipe developer, and author of the popular food blog, THE COLORFUL KITCHEN.  Her colorful and healthy recipes have been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Buzz Feed, Mind Body Green, Refinery 29, TODAY Food, Fitness, and many more.

BenBella Books Acquires FARM TO FACE BEAUTY

BenBella Books, one of the fastest growing publishers in the United States, has acquired FARM TO FACE BEAUTY by authors Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault.  Lucas Hunt at Orchard Literary spearheaded the deal.

FARM TO FACE BEAUTY will examine a fast-emerging trend in beauty focusing on the use of non-toxic, natural, and organic ingredients, and will include over fifty recipes for healthy DIY personal care products. 

Responding to a growing curiosity about the implications of the products we use on our bodies, FARM TO FACE BEAUTY sets out to expertly teach the "key ingredients" of natural beauty for all aspects of personal care.  It will celebrate and support the shift back to nature that is happening in beauty trends now, and consumers' understanding overall that is reconnecting us with plants and the true meaning of beauty.

“Orchard is delighted to announce that BenBella Books, a recognized leader in plant-based titles, will be publishing FARM TO FACE BEAUTY,” explained Lucas Hunt, Director of Orchard Literary.  “This book is poised to support a new area of beauty on par with the Farm to Table movement that turns our attention to the importance of local, organic, and sustainable ingredients.”

About the Authors

Amy Galper is the Executive Director and Founder of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy.  She is a renowned beauty and body care formulator and advocate for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients.  Amy is also the owner of Buddha Nose, an award winning yoga-inspired brand of mind-body-beauty products, which was one of the first organic body care brands to have a national and global presence messaging the critical need for safe, toxic-free beauty and body care products world-wide.

Christina Daigneault is an attorney and the owner of an award-winning lifestyle public relations firm, Orchard Strategies. She has an aromatic plant-based medicine certification from the New York Institute of Aromatherapy, and also studied at the esteemed Maison Fragonard in Paris. Her focus is on the intersection of health, wellness, and beauty. Christina is in the process of launching an independent beauty brand.