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World premiere of internationally acclaimed artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s Grand “Circus” installation at Art Miami 2022


BY Cavalier Gallery

In honor of the 32nd edition of the art fair, the newest series by the Danish artist will feature 33 sculptures that depict performing artists including: clowns, magicians, acrobats, dancers, musicians and more

MIAMI, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A Koala Bassoonist! A Rhino Strongman! In Bjørn Okholm Skaarup‘s grand “Circus” installation, the animals themselves are running the show. Unveiling at Miami’s longest running contemporary and modern art fair, Art Miami, by Cavalier Gallery, the installation will be showcased during the fair’s run from Tuesday, November 29 to Sunday, December 4.

Comprised of 33 sculptures, the installation is inspired by the late-nineteenth century circus where costumes, banners, and colors created a neo-baroque symphony of larger-than-life forms and displays. Each sculpture within the installation highlights the spectacle of color and movement celebrated by a menagerie several years in the making.

“Ever since I was young, I’ve been drawn to the traveling circus that occasionally reached my birth town in the Danish province,” said sculptor Bjørn Okholm Skaarup. “To prepare for this installation, I spent several years collecting paraphernalia from the golden age of the American circus to fully immerse myself in that past artform with the understanding that the idea of the old circus had to be reconsidered and revised, especially in its mistreatment of wild animals. With “Circus,” I wanted to pay tribute to the spectacle of color and movement and can assure that not a single animal was harmed in the making of this large bronze menagerie.”

In the artist’s contemporary bestiary, or classical book of animals in bronze, each sculpture presents a whimsical story or allegory to decipher, with sources ranging from ancient fables and art history to music and modern animation. In this fantastical installation, a Lion ringmaster welcomes you to a show where the troupe is run entirely by animals. Featuring a grand 6 x 10-foot Circus ring, the installation is complete with a gathering of clowns, magicians, acrobats, dancers, and musicians, such as:

  • Koala Bassoonist: from Down Under a special guest, is pausing from his daily rest, and favored eucalyptus tree, to play his woodwind melody
  • Tiger Fakir: the mighty tiger elevates, himself as he premeditates, his destinations in the sky, where flabbergasted birds fly by
  • Lion Tamer: a king among the animals, and ringmaster of carnivals, the roaring lion leads the way, on tour from London to Marseilles
  • Rhino Strongman: much stronger than a ploughing ox, this rhino is a paradox, so soft and gentle, mild and frank, yet armored like a heavy tank

“Bjørn is known for playing between the limits of nature and culture through his work, and this installation is no different,” said Ron Cavalier, President of Cavalier Galleries. “Through this installation, the artist pays tribute to the late-nineteenth century circus with a Hippo Ribbon Dancer, Rhino Strongman, Giraffe Clown, Sea Lion Juggler, Racoon Oboist, Elephant Magician, Bear Roller Skater, Crocodile Tightrope Walkers, and more. We’re excited to showcase this grand installation at one of the preeminent international art fairs globally, Art Miami.”

“Circus” will be on-view at Art Miami at booth AM406 beginning Tuesday, November 29 to Sunday, December 4. The full installation will be available for acquisition, along with individual characters from the Circus collection.


Danish artist Bjørn Skaarup’s unique sculptures draw inspiration from classical mythology, late Renaissance, as well as 20th century American pop culture, while reinterpreting both classical and modern artistic themes.

From 1994-2004 Skaarup was an artist for the Danish National Museum and employed as a scientific artist at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. In addition to his career as a self-taught sculptor, Skaarup is an accomplished author and illustrator of books on history, archaeology, and anatomy.

Recent solo exhibitions in the U.S. include a public installation of the monumental Hippo Ballerina in Pershing Square Plaza West, New York, NY (previously located at Dante Park at Lincoln Center, New York, NY;  22nd Street and Broadway next to the iconic Flatiron Building, New York, NY; and 5th Avenue in front of the Girl Scouts of America Headquarters, New York, NY); Carnival of the Animals at Cavalier Galleries in New York, NY, the Washington National Cathedral, DC, and at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. In 2015, the Collectivité of St. Barthélemy (St. Barth’s) acquired a suite of 10 animal sculptures for public display throughout the island. Skaarup’s sculptures have also been exhibited at the Koldinghus Museum, Denmark; and in Italy at Museo del Cenacolo di Ognissanti, Florence; the Four Seasons Hotel, Florence; and Hotel Cipriani, Venice. Bjørn Okholm Skaarup lives and works in New York City. He is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Skaarup holds a Master’s degree in History and Art History from the University of Copenhagen, and a PHD in History from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He has furthered his education with post-doctoral studies at the Warburg Institute, London and Columbia University, New York.


Cavalier Galleries has offered an unparalleled selection of contemporary fine art for over 35 years. The Gallery presents year-round exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and photography in New York, NY, Greenwich, CT, Nantucket, MA, and Palm Beach, FL. Owner, Ron Cavalier, has been a strong supporter of public art exhibitions since the gallery’s inception, continually organizing large-scale outdoor installations of works by world-renowned sculptors. For more information visit

Media Contact: Breanna Suden on behalf of Cavalier Gallery,  

Modisch and Tay Gaye Present: Mansion Showcase LA

December 13, 2018, private real estate, Los Angeles, CA

The private mansion event and fashion showcase organized by Modisch and its founder Tay Gaye took place on December 13 in Hollywood Hills. Modisch is a unique clothing line created by African immigrant and Philly-based designer Tay: its fancy and sporty pieces are worn by both ordinary people and celebs like 21 Savage.

The event was a mix of a fashion showcase, art performance and young Hollywood style mansion party. All guests had a chance to see how the designer was making a hoodie from scratch. After the hoodie was sewed, artist John Born painted a picture right on it to make it look even better.

HGM talked to Tay Gaye about his career and clothing line: “I was born and raised in Liberia that’s where I started making clothes, in Africa, when I was seven. My Dad passed away but, in the village, where I’m from, he was a popular designer. When he passed, my older sister took over the business: she opened a tailor shop, and as a kid growing up that’s where I used to be every day…

When I moved to the US in 2000, I was trying to figure my way around, it was very difficult because I didn’t really know anyone here, it was just me, my older sister and my cousin.

When I was in school, we had so many classes, and I was that one person who was making clothes, and it was shocking for many people that a kid of my age could make that stuff from scratch. I even told my teachers how to do certain things. I started making clothes for my close friends. At the end of high school, I started making my own jeans and I had my own brand. I had a son and took a break from college, that’s when I started Modisch. Modisch means fashion in German. I got a graphic designer to put a logo together, I started t-shirts: I was doing animal prints, and at that time animal print was popular and a lot of brands would use animal print. I was one of the first brands doing this, and I had celebrities like French Montana buying my staff. Basically, this is how I built my brand. I do show cases like this one to show people how to really do this just for people to believe when I am doing this, I put my heart and passion”.

You can order Modisch clothes at
Follow Tay Gaye on Instagram @tay_modisch

ANTONIO BANDERAS embarks on a new professional dimension in his artistic career as Honorary President of MIAMI FASHION WEEK.


London, November 9th 2015

JULIOIRANZO, President of Miami Fashion Week and in representation of the entire organization, welcomes ANTONIO BANDERAS and thanks him for his active involvement as HONORARY PRESIDENT.

“ANTONIO BANDERAS with his creative talent, network and charisma gives a new boost to MIAMI FASHION WEEK. We are at the point of renewal and relaunch to position the event to a higher dimension and become part of the TOP international fashion circuit”, says IRANZO.banderas1small

BANDERAS has expressed his excitement about his involvement in this new fashion project and to form part of the organizing team that counts with prestigious collaborators such as Sergio Salerni, as well as the teams in Miami, Milan, Barcelona and Madrid.

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Unquestionably, Miami is a city in full swing with rapid growth in all areas that deserves to have a fashion event of the highest international level. This is for me a very exciting challenge indeed”, says Banderas about this new facet.

The renowed actor has recently completed his first fashion course at London´s Central Saint Martins. Antonio is launching next fall a Men´s Fashion Line with his own label: ANTONIO BANDERA´S DESIGN in association with the Danish multinational BESTSELLER.

The new group The Fashion Shows, that is behind Miami Fashion Week brand, has an aggressive and innovative strategic relaunching plan for the event that will revolutionize the fashion industry in the city of Miami and with Antonio Banderas on board it will surely be the event of reference for the national and international market.



The Art And Craft Of Bentley’s ‘Flying B’

  • Flying B’ bonnet mascot: ultimate symbol of Bentley design and craft
  • Latest ‘Flying B’ chosen from an in-house design shortlist
  • Sixth iteration of upright bonnet mascot
  • 97 per cent of all Flying Spur orders include a ‘Flying B’
  • Crystal wings illuminate as part of lighting welcome sequence
  • Created in grade 316 stainless steel using lost wax casting process
  • Polished by hand to mirror finish; also available in black gloss finish
  • 11 week manufacturing time, before pre-assembly
  • Standard specification on Flying Spur Mulliner, optionally available across Flying Spur range

(Crewe, 18 November 2022) On approaching the Flying Spur Mulliner, owners are treated to a moment of pure automotive theatre. As the Bentley name badge above the grille smoothly slides out of view, a beautifully polished ‘Flying B’ bonnet mascot – the sixth iteration of the design – rises to take its place. In perfect synchronicity, headlamps and the delicate clear acrylic wings of the mascot briefly illuminate with a welcoming glow. Standard of the Flying Spur Mulliner, the ‘Flying B’ is also available as an option on all Flying Spurs – with a 97 per cent uptake.

Creating that moment, and the elegant ‘Flying B’ mascot that draws every eye, called for a fusion of exceptional design, craft and engineering skills. It’s symbolic of Bentley’s approach to creating unique ownership experiences through relentless attention to detail at every stage. 

Taking design to the next level

Versions of the Bentley ‘Flying B’ bonnet mascot have been offered since the mid-1920s, with the current design being the sixth iteration. For the latest Flying Spur, Bentley designers and engineers accepted the challenge to take the art and craft of the ‘Flying B’ to the next level. The emblem that graces the radiator of the Flying Spur Mulliner is the first in Bentley history to be deployed electronically, the first to feature a cover plate that replaces it when stowed, the first with clear acrylic wings and the first to be internally illuminated. 

During development of the new Flying Spur, a shortlist of candidate designs by the in-house team at Crewe was created in prototype form and presented to the Board for selection. The winning design, by Hoe Young Hwang, was the unanimous choice. 

Created using turbine casting techniques

The ‘Flying B’ mascot is cast as a single piece of 316 grade stainless steel, which has an austenitic crystalline structure that’s both very tough and capable of withstanding extremes of temperature. The addition of molybdenum also gives it corrosion resistance, vitally important for a component that’s exposed to the elements all year round anywhere from the arctic circle to the equator.

The ‘Flying B’ is made using the investment (lost wax) casting process at Lestercast Ltd, a technique usually reserved for precision components such as gas turbine blades. This form of casting, though time consuming, is typically used for making complex-shaped components that require tighter tolerances, thinner walls and a better surface finish than can be obtained with sand casting.

First, molten wax is injected into a die. A water-soluble core occupies the cavity where the two acrylic crystal wings will sit, while a ceramic central core creates a passage within the wax moulding for the illumination wiring. The wax emblem is then removed from the die and the soluble core dissolved to create a perfect ‘Flying B’ in wax. 

Next, the wax emblem is encased in multiple layers of a fine ceramic solution containing colloidal silica and alumina; once these layers have set solid, the wax is melted in a steam pressure chamber to leave a ceramic mould with a hollow cavity in the shape of the emblem.

At this point molten 316 stainless steel, heated to 1,600°C, is poured into the ceramic mould. Once the steel has cooled and set, the ceramic outer skin is removed, while the ceramic core is dissolved under pressure using a caustic solution. The stainless-steel Flying ‘B’ emblem that emerges is then ready for the next stage; shot blasting removes any minute traces of ceramic material and a process called ‘extrude honing’ ensures that the internal passage within is smooth enough for the wiring that will pass through it. 

Only after every trace of ceramic material is removed, and the component carefully measured to ensure it meets the precise tolerances required, will the Flying ‘B’ be sent for hand polishing. This final touch of hand craftsmanship brings out the deep lustre of smooth stainless steel.

The entire process takes 11 weeks from start to finish, at which point the mascot is ready for assembly by WCM Europe Ltd, of the crystal acrylic wings, wiring and tiny LEDs that create such a magical effect when deployed.

Evolution of the Flying ‘B’ mascot

The earliest Bentleys were not fitted with a bonnet mascot. The oldest Bentley in existence, EXP2, featured a simple water temperature gauge as a radiator cap directly in the driver’s line of sight. But demand from owners led the company to offer from the mid-1920s an ornate, upright brass ‘B’ featuring wings held horizontally. 

During Bentley’s Derby era, (1931-39), artist Charles Sykes was commissioned to create a smaller, more streamlined version. His original design featured a forward-leaning single-wing ‘B’ in the Art Deco style, with facets so that the ‘B’ read correctly when viewed from either side. However, the single wing wasn’t popular with owners and Sykes’ faceted ‘B’ design was altered to feature two rearward-facing wings. 

A rearward-leaning Flying ‘B’ was briefly offered for the Derby Bentley MR and MX series overdrive cars, perhaps to signify their sporting character. One disadvantage of this design was that the wings projected back over the bonnet; owners had to twist the mascot sideways when opening the bonnet to avoid denting it! 

Iterations of Sykes’ design were offered in modified form for Bentley models up to the 1970s, at which point pedestrian protection legislation banned prominent solid bonnet ornaments and they were discontinued.  

In 2006 a revised design of the Flying ‘B’ bonnet mascot was introduced, now with a retractable mechanism, for the Bentley Azure and Brooklands models. Later, the same design was offered as an option for the Bentley Mulsanne. This design retracted upon impact but was otherwise fixed in place; it took until 2019 and the arrival of the new Flying Spur for the Flying ‘B’ to reach its current pinnacle of technical and artistic perfection.

Lürssen Co-Presents Coral Ocean At The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2022


Lürssen is proud to co-present Coral Ocean – a 28 year “young” lady – at the forthcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

CORAL OCEAN, originally known as CORAL ISLAND, was built in 1994 and is one of the most iconic Lürssen superyachts ever built. This 73-meter yacht was one of the yard’s largest projects at the time and she was built to the designs of the late Jon Bannenberg, the convention breaking legendary Australian designer who is universally acknowledged as the godfather of modern yacht design.

Following the change of ownership in 2019, CORAL OCEAN underwent an extensive refit, which was completed in 2022. Together with the Ahoy Club, Lürssen is pleased to present a yacht that is in such exceptionally good condition – a proof that a quality yacht can retain its value even after so many years.

At their stand in the Superyacht Village at Pier 66 South Lürssen will inform their visitors about innovative topics such as Fuel Cell Technology. On display will also be a unique model explaining how a fuel cell works, powered by hydrogen reformed by methanol. In addition, the Lürssen Sales and Refit team will be available at the stand to answer any questions you may have about new builds and refits.

Solography Miami Debuts as First U.S. Based Franchise During Art Basel Week in Miami


BY Solography Miami 

Montreal based self-serve photography & gallery debuts in Midtown

MIAMI, Nov. 22, 2022 Solography Miami, a modern gallery combined photography and content creation studio concept, debuts during Art Basel week. Located in the Midtown District, Solography Miami is the first U.S. based franchise. The Montreal based self-serve photography and art gallery, is changing the traditional gallery model. Instead, the models themselves are the photographers, with the use of an ingenious tool that allows the model to take the images. The concept works for couples, families, groups, and solo projects.

A set fee pays for a specific time period usage which provides a level of affordability and convenience that many can take advantage of for photography projects, content creation including podcasting and small videos along with props. In addition, the combined space holds an onsite art gallery featuring established artists whose work (paintings and sculptures) is available for sale to studio visitors.

The Solography concept was introduced in Montreal, Quebec, by brother and sister team, Mikeal and Fabiola Bouchereau. “It is an exciting opportunity to introduce the U.S. to Solography Miami during Art Basel, when people from around the world will have a chance to stop by. We are hosting events that feature local Miami artists and influencers to gain exposure to the South Florida arts community. We feel the concept is so unique that it will be an overnight success in the U.S.”

Solography Miami

During Art Basel week, Solography Miami is hosting the following events.

1) Friday, December 2, 2022: Miami Influencer Party Meet and Greet, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
2) Saturday, December 3, 2022– Miami visual artist Reyna Noriega @reynanoriega provides a live painting exhibition. (
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3) Sunday, December 4, 2022- Haitian visual abstract artist and photographer, Kichner Malary provides a live painting and exhibition. (
Exhibition collection by Kyana Malval and her studio Views on Things, is highlighted in the gallery. @kyanamalval, (

For more information about Solography Miami and Art Basel week events, please call 305-942-7115. Located at 30 Northwest 34th Street, Miami. 33127, follow on Instagram ( Solography has three locations, Montreal, Santo Domingo and Miami.

Contact: Susan Nefzger

Jimmy Kimmel Returns To Host 95th Oscars


LOS ANGELES, CA – Emmy® Award-winning late-night talk show host and producer Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 95th Oscars®, executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner announced today. Kimmel hosted back-to-back broadcasts in 2017 (89th Awards) and 2018 (90th Awards). Molly McNearney will also serve as an executive producer. The 95th Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

“We’re super thrilled to have Jimmy score his hat trick on this global stage. We know he will be funny and ready for anything!” said Weiss and Kirshner.

“Jimmy is the perfect host to help us recognize the incredible artists and films of our 95th Oscars. His love of movies, live TV expertise, and ability to connect with our global audiences will create an unforgettable experience for our millions of viewers worldwide,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang. “With Kimmel, Weiss and Kirshner’s fresh perspective and masterful guidance, the Oscars will celebrate its rich 95-year history, the collaborative nature of moviemaking, and our diverse, dynamic and deeply creative community of filmmakers.”

“Having Jimmy Kimmel return to host ‘The Oscars’ is a dream come true. As we see every night on his own show, Jimmy can handle anything with both heart and humor, and we know that he will deliver the laughs and celebratory moments that define the Oscars,” said Craig Erwich, president, ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals. “We love being the home of Hollywood’s biggest night and can’t wait to toast the success of this year’s cinema and storytelling.”

“Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is either a great honor or a trap.  Either way, I am grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no,” said Kimmel.

Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live! ” and recently signed a three-year contract extension, making him one of the longest-running talk show hosts in American television history.

The 95th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.


Famous Artist Alexey Klokov Debuts His New Collection BLACKANDWHITE

Are you looking for some inspiration during this difficult time? Something to take your mind off things, something worth remembering and admiring? We have just the thing for you.

Meet famous Russian artist, Alexey Klokov, who is well-known for his creativity and love of innovation. He has a unique ability to express himself across different genres, experimenting with styles, textures and colors to bring new meaning to the canvas on which he creates.

About the Collection

Klokov recently revealed a new collection of black and white enamel paintings on linen canvas, artwork that was inspired by recent events around the world (including the US). The collection revolves around the idea that society split into two categories of people: the Dark Side and the Light Side, the good and the evil, the right and the wrong.

The use of a monochrome palette is not something new for the world of art and has attracted legends like Pablo Picasso, Albrecht Dürer, Kazimir Malevich, Gerhard Richter, and Bridget Riley in the past; each of them balancing the contrast of black and white in their own way.

Following the traditions of famous artists, Alexey Klokov offers a unique interpretation of these two colors by making the natures of black and white dance to the same tune. That perfectly explains the name of the collection – BLACKANDWHITE (without spaces).

Today, we live in a rapidly changing society in which major events push for polarization. Alexey Klokov uses his works to show that this polarization is not something that should be seen as typical because there is always black in white and white in black. This exact combination creates a perfect balance, like a black and white piano keyboard, yin and yang, day and night and so on.

Artwork is the voice of the artist; the way to communicate and address with a unique personal message. The art itself is a powerful tool to reflect present-day processes, making a political statement through one’s paintings in order to trigger audience engagement. From this perspective, Alexey’s images are both very symbolic and modern, helping him to communicate his own attitude about today’s society.

About Alexey Klokov:

Alexey Klokov is a talented Russian painter who recognizes famous artist Anatoly Zverev as his mentor. Alexey graduated from the Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design in 1991 and, in his early years, restored old Russian art.

Later in life, he developed his own unique method of color and materials usage, experimenting with high-quality oils and enamels, Belgian linen and high karat gold. Since 1998, his compositions have been exhibited all around the world, including Russia, Canada and Japan. Critics have often characterized his art as “expressive” and “intense” (Wikipedia). Notable figures, such as Silvio Berlusconi, Boris Johnson, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, and Hillary Clinton are known to have the works of Klokov in their private collections.

The Omni Grove Park Inn Announces Winners For The 30th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition


The largest gingerbread house competition in the country celebrates 30 years with six brand-new specialty awards and first-ever People’s Choice award.

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The nation’s largest Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ returned for the 30th year to The Omni Grove Park Inn after introducing new specialty awards, a new judge, increased prizes, and more. Two hundred and nineteen gingerbread house entrants across Adult, Teen, Youth and Child categories were submitted for a chance to win a piece of more than $40,000 in cash and prizes, a 60 percent increase to years past.

The Omni Grove Park Inn introduced six new Specialty Chef Nicholas Lodge Awards, renamed in loving memory of former lead judge Chef Nicholas Lodge. Inspired from past entries and the creative elements that our competitors have introduced over the years, the Specialty Awards included “Best Use of Color,” “Best Use of Sprinkles,” “Most Unique Ingredient,” “Pop Culture Star,” “Most Innovative Structure,” and “Longest Standing Competitor.” Additionally, for the first time, registered competitors had the opportunity to vote on their favorite design to determine the winner of the new “People’s Choice: Best in Show Award.”

This year’s judge panel evaluated each creation based on overall appearance, originality, creativity, difficulty, precision, and consistency of theme, with each entry required to be 75 percent gingerbread and 100 percent edible. Judges featured Carla Hall, celebrity chef, author and TV personality; new judge Ashleigh Shanti, chef/owner of Good Hot Fish and 2020 James Beard finalist; lead judge Mark Seaman, culinary applications chef for Barry Callebaut; Nadine Orenstein, curator of the department of drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Cheryl Forberg, James Beard award-winning chef and dietitian; Geoff Blount, pastry chef and teacher; John Cook, executive pastry chef at The Omni Grove Park Inn; Steven Stellingwerf, pastry chef, author and teacher; and Aaron Morgan, executive pastry chef at the Stable Café on The Biltmore Estate.

The 2022 top three winning entries in the Adult, Teen, Youth and Child categories include:
Grand Prize Winner, Adult First Place: Ann Bailey, “When Dreams Have Wings” – Cary, NC
Adult Second Place: Beatriz Muller, “The Time of Christmas Past” – Cold Water, ON
Adult Third Place: Tiny Farm Bakers, “Merry Mountain Mayhem” – Montreat, NC

Teen (ages 13-17) First Place: Rhinehart Girls, “Fairy Tea House” – Columbia, TN
Teen Second Place: Courtland High School German Program, “Clara’s Dream” – Spotsylvania, VA
Teen Third Place: Lolajay, “A Merry ‘Type’ Of Christmas” – Asheville, NC

Youth (ages 9-12) First Place: Coble Adams, “Santa Yoda and His Baby Elves” – Raleigh, NC
Youth Second Place: Hailey Wesolek, “Christmas In The Treehouse” – Swanannoa, NC
Youth Third Place: Ella Frahler, “Workbench Of A Sewing Elf” – Greenville, SC

Child (ages 5-8) First Place: Maisy Frahler, “Christmas Morning Paper Dolls” – Greenville, SC
Child Second Place: Team Tinker, “The Christmas Chapel” – Lexington, KY
Child Third Place: Glitter Girls, “Mrs. Claus’ Fairies” – Toccoa, GA

The first-ever 2022 People’s Choice: Best in Show Award was given to:
People’s Choice: Best in Show Award: Jessica Frost, “Engine of America” – El Paso, TX

The 2022 winners across the six new Chef Nicholas Lodge Awards include:
Best Use of Color: Difficult Dessert Devotees, “Inside Out Christmas Party” – Fuquay-Varina, NC
Best Use of Sprinkles: Odyssey 3-4 Seekers, “The Ginger Ridge Parkway” – Asheville, NC
Most Unique Ingredient: Strangest Sisters, “Vecna’s Lair” – Asheville, NC (with the use of Nori)
Most Innovative Structure: Team Andreacola, “National Museum of Gingerbread” – Indian Trail, NC
Pop Culture Star: Coble Adams, “Santa Yoda And His Baby Elves” – Raleigh, NC
Longest Standing Competitor: Merry Spafford, “Mother Goose on the Loose” – Loudon, TN (having competed 19 consecutive years)

The 2022 winner for the participant who traveled the furthest:
Furthest Traveled Competitor: Beatritz Mejia, “Santa Academy” Guatemala

The competition began with a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 and has grown to become one of the nation’s most competitive holiday events. Other ways to celebrate The 30th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition this year include:

  • 2022 Gingerbread Display: In true holiday spirit, The Omni Grove Park Inn will display all gingerbread creations in-person throughout the resort from November 28, 2022 – January 2, 2023. All Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for registered resort guests and those that have confirmed dining reservations. Guests not staying at the resort are invited to view the display anytime Monday-Thursday and after 6 p.m. on Sundays, based on parking availability and excluding holidays and December 23-25, 30-31 and January 1. Display access is subject to hotel capacity, including pedestrian traffic.
  • The Great Gingerbread House: The Great Hall at The Omni Grove Park Inn has once again introduced a life-sized gingerbread house modeled after the historic hotel, thousands of twinkly lights and over 80 illuminated trees throughout the resort. Guests can enjoy house-made hot chocolate, a specialty craft brew in partnership with Highland Brewing and sweet treats by the glow of the iconic fireplaces.
  • Gingerbread Holiday Package: For stays from November 22 – December 30, 2022, the property welcomes gingerbread lovers to indulge in its Gingerbread Holiday Package which includes a holiday gingerbread cookie, deluxe accommodations, daily breakfast at The Blue Ridge farm-to-table artisanal buffet restaurant, and overnight valet or garage parking.
  • 12 Days of Gingerbread: Providing a virtual alternative, the hotel will continue “The 12 Days of Gingerbread” by presenting one of the Top 12 finalists, per day, on the hotel’s Facebook (@omnigroveparkinn) and Instagram (@omnigrovepark) from December 1 – 12, 2022 to spark Ginger-innovation during the holidays.
  • Holiday Parking Program: During the Fall & Holiday season, a $25 per car self-park fee will be charged for drive-on day guests with a portion of the parking proceeds donated to the community in support of 15 local nonprofit organizations in Western North Carolina. Since the program’s inception in 2013, the hotel has contributed more than $680,000 to local charitable partners. The list of 2022 Fall & Holiday Parking Partners can be found here.

For more information on The Omni Grove Park Inn, call (800) 438-5800 or visit For more information on The 30th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™, call (800) 413-5778 or visit

Meet MOON UltraLight: Bloggers’ Number One Choice

Either you are an active blogger trying to take good photos for social media, or someone who is looking for a phone with the best camera, you need a new advanced portable lighting device that will help to brighten your photos and videos.

Hollywood Glam team was excited to learn that MOON UltraLight by MOON Ultra.

MOON UltraLight is a sleek, portable lighting device designed to illuminate your photos and videos with its various tones and pocket-sized user-friendly experience. Compatible with most phones and tablets, MOON UltraLight offers intuitive touch controls that provide customizable brightness so its users can now perfectly capture life’s special moments with ease; by simply clipping MOON UltraLight onto their devices.

“We’re thrilled to bring our product to CES for the first time this year alongside all the leading companies also exhibiting the future of technology. With the launch of MOON UltraLight, we hope to help make our users special moments last forever by providing them the perfect illumination to capture optimal photos and videos,” says Edward Madongorere, CEO of MOON.

The product is available at select B8ta stores nationwide and can also be purchased online for $49.99.

More information on the product can be found on MOON’s website:


ABOUT MOON: MOON Ultra is the creator of the MOON UltraLight. MOON UltraLight is an ultraportable lighting device designed with customers in mind. Its intuitive touch controls provide customizable brightness and tone, allowing users to perfectly capture special moments. MOON Ultra was founded in Boston, Massachusetts and is now headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Follow MOON on Instagram @MyMOONUltra and view the company website

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