Art deco expert to headline fest in France
Artist Sharon Koskoff will present the keynote address June 19 at the third annual Art Deco Festival in Perpignan, France.
Koskoff, founding president of the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches, will discuss how the Palm Beach area preserves its Art Deco architectural gems. She said she will focus on the Lake Avenue Theater built in 1939, now home of the county’s Cultural Council; the Armory Art Center, which also was built in 1939, and the Lake Worth Playhouse, which was constructed in 1924.
She also will sign her book, Art Deco of the Palm Beaches.
The festival in southern France runs from June 15 to 21.
Astronaut soars — Capt. Mark Kelly was the center of attention at a reception May 10 hosted by resident Frances Fisher and The Gardens Conservancy at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.
Kelly is a decorated astronaut who spent 50 days in space and commanded two space shuttles, Endeavour and Discovery.
The reception celebrated the nominees and sponsors of the Women in Leadership Awards program, which took place May 11 at the Kravis Center.
Kelly was the keynoter at the 34th annual awards sponsored by the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.
Small named partner — Former resident Brad S. Small has been named a partner in the entertainment law firm Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman of Los Angeles, Calif. Small attended Palm Beach Public School. A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, he has 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry.
Bank executive — Cari Rentas has joined Professional Bank as senior vice president and strategic marketing director.
Most recently, she served as district manager of First Republic Bank, where she managed preferred banking offices in New York and Greenwich, Conn.
Flagler Rotary Club — Karen Erren, executive director of the Palm Beach County Food Bank, will speak at the 7:45 a.m. breakfast Tuesday at The Chesterfield.
Members are asked to bring canned goods to donate to the nonprofit. The cost is $21.
For information, call Colleen Parkey at 236-7198.
Indie book finalist — Brenda Star, president of StarGroup International publishers, has announced that the book, Palm Beach’s Most Popular Restaurants, has been named a finalist in the coffee-table book category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards competition.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Harvard Club in New York City.
StarGroup is based in West Palm Beach.