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New ‘Community & Co.’ to Provide Salon-Style Home Interiors Experience; Charles Hollis Jones Selects Showroom as Exclusive L.A. Retailer

August 25, 2011

Grand Opening Event Oct. 6 with Entra Magazine

Los Angeles, CA (August 2011) – The new Community & Co. bears its mission in its name. Founder and interior designer Jennifer Ridel believes that a more perfect community transpires from a group effort, and she plans to have her Melrose Ave. interiors showroom be an inviting ‘salon’ to all.  With a Grand Opening event on Thursday, October 6th, Community & Co. (8259 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046) is comprised of a collection of carefully curated new and vintage furniture pieces, with a mix of home accessories, select fabric lines, as well as art and events.

The Grand Opening event, by invitation, is in partnership with new stylish online Entra Magazine, whose team of print-media veterans brings the best in international design and architecture to the Web. Please contact Julie@dubroworks.com or rosette@dubroworks.com for invitation.

Ridel is the heart, soul and businesswoman behind this endeavor that focuses on creating a “community” space where art meets home. She draws people in to her sphere with her uplifting attitude. Infusing humor and fun into her serious passion for quality modern and elegant design has paid off. After meeting Charles Hollis Jones and having what Ridel describes as “jam session-like” conversations with him where ideas just flew, the pioneering American artist and furniture designer selected the entrepreneur’s showroom to be the sanctioned Los Angeles retailer for his new and vintage pieces. They are the cornerstone of Community & Co.’s floor. Hollis Jones crafted the award-winning Edison Lamp, is recognized by the Smithsonian for his groundbreaking use of acrylic and Lucite, and has supplied Frank Sinatra to President Barack Obama with custom pieces.

“Original handcrafted, heirloom quality furnishings, decorative objects and art—each of which has a story—are paramount to the eclectic showroom,” says Ridel. “A chair is not just a chair, it’s a chair with a past, a history, and a soul.”

Community & Co. also has an exclusive deal with noted Brooklyn, NY, based design studio Eskayel, which uses imagery from owner/designer Shanan Campanaro’s paintings as primary source material for fantastically patterned bespoke wall coverings, textiles, pillows, and ceramics, all sourced/made in the Northeastern U.S. The showroom is also the exclusive retail outlet for the new sleek and modern outdoor fireplaces, Modfire, created by designer-artist Brandon Williams and fabricated by steel artisans. Modfire was named ‘Best Furniture and Accessory Design’ at the 2011 Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles.

Two other lines offered will be Fenix and Foundation. The eclectic Fenix line of functional art pieces has a sculptural feel and is designed by owner Ridel, who has long admired the work of Gio Ponti, Antoni Gaudi, Tony Duquette and Marcel Wanders. Foundation is Community & Co.’s line of stylish upholstery staples, manufactured in Southern California. Plus a well-curated, globally-sourced selection of additional designers and product will be represented throughout the showroom on an ongoing basis.

Hollis Jones, Campanaro and Modfire owners Williams and Marty Young will be in attendance on Oct. 6th.

Reflecting this diverse crossroad where individual ideas, stories, culture and design meet, Community & Co. features a space dedicated to events that will range from art shows to book signings, surprise musical events and community gatherings. The goal of the space is an effortless atmosphere where knowledge of design and the arts will inspire and influence.

In the end, says Ridel, “It really is the ability to manipulate space and curate environments with design and the overall atmosphere that changes your mood immediately. It is my goal that each person feels that change when they walk in to the space, and then wants to transfer that to their home.”

Community & Co. also offers in-house design for residential, hospitality and commercial projects.

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Barclay Butera Chosen by Renowned Artist Ray Turner for Select Group in Portraiture Series

August 8, 2009

TOURING “POPULATION” EXHIBITION LAUNCHES IN SANTA FE, TRAVELS TO  PASADENA, SAN FRANCISCO AND EUROPE

Turner_Page 94a_SMTurner_Page 94b_SM LOS ANGELES, CA (August, 2009) – National lifestyle designer Barclay Butera was selected a few months ago by artist and friend Ray Turner to be one of his portraiture subjects for the artist’s “Population” show, which opens in Santa Fe, NM, on August 7th at the Skotia Gallery.  The 12”x12” paintings portray the designer in Turner’s signature bold style.  Two paintings of Butera—Turner chose only a few subjects to capture twice–will be part of 125-150 portraits shown.  Skotia Gallery is “Population’s” first stop in a traveling installation that will subsequently be exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (Oct. 2009 – Jan. 2010), in San Francisco at the Toomey-Tourell Gallery in January 2010, then on to Beverly Hills and Europe.  The show will have an accompanying 12”x12” hardcover book, reflecting the exact size of each likeness, and with essays by Rick Gilberts, James Scarborough, and Roberta Carasso, PhD.

“In doing business with Barclay, we immediately became friends and I knew I wanted to include him in the series,” muses Turner.  “I find him to be one of the complex human beings that many of us are and that I seek out, and I painted toward the soul in him that I perceive…a snap shot that tells part of his story. I have painted a few people more than once out of interest in capturing a different facet of their personality.  Barclay is one of these, and I consider him both friend and subject.”

Painted on panel and glass, each portrait in the series evinces a slightly different approach by the artist, while inheriting the same topographical quality seen in the brooding, epic landscapes he is known for.  A prescient interpreter, he is able to capture his sitters during “privileged instants” with skill and intimacy, using impasto (a la German Fauves and Expressionists), and violent color and exaggerated features, which recall influences as Vincent Van Gogh and Francis Bacon.

“I am very honored that Ray asked me to be one of his subjects,” says Butera, CEO and President of Barclay Butera Inc.  “I’m a big fan of his, and often recommend his work to clients.  The layering of colors and strokes he delivers moves me and appeals to my own sense of depth in layering and texture.  I also love that there are two different portraits—one being more lighter and ‘real’ to my eyes, and the other more dark with exaggerated features.  There’s also a bit of a Warhol flavor to this exhibition concept, which I enjoy.”

ABOUT BARCLAY BUTERA

Barclay Butera, Inc. is based in Newport Beach, CA, and entails the Barclay Butera collection showrooms in Newport Beach and Los Angeles, CA, and Park City, UT.  Barclay Butera Home, Inc. products (www.barclaybuterahome.com) are distributed through over 300 showrooms, his own collection showrooms, and To the Trade nationwide. Butera designs and manufactures his bench made upholstery products in Los Angeles, CA.  The book Living In Style (Assouline, 2008) presents a collection of Butera’s work since 2003, divided into five lifestyle themes: Beach, City, Desert, Mountain, and Town & Country.  The designer’s first line of textiles and trims for Kravet Collections is available now, also presented through four of his lifestyle themes. Please visit www.barclaybutera.com/media for a full introduction.

ABOUT RAY TURNER

Born in California in 1958, Turner attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he ultimately taught.  Turner has progressively crafted a versatile and acclaimed body of work of growing scope and importance.  Turner is included in many publications including American Art Collector, Art Times, and Artweek magazine. Turner’s work is exhibited, in solo and group shows, in New York, California, and New Mexico in the United States, and Internationally in Berlin and Montreal.  (www.rayturnerart.com)