Cohn then introduced me to the artist, Scott O’Neil, who confirmed that the painting was set in the Hamptons.
“Amagansett,” O’Neil said.
“But she painted it in Vermont,” Cohn said.
“I was missing it,” O’Neil replied.
Cohn then introduced his wife, Lisa Pevaroff, a painter and jewelry designer.
“She made these bracelets,” he said, holding out his arm to show off two strands of black beads accented with silver skulls.
Pevaroff was wearing a black dress and seven bracelets featuring beads made of black quartz, pearl, rubies and diamonds.
Lesa Tinker, who has recently started a business offering home delivery of farm-stand produce in the Hamptons, joined in. She was wearing three bracelets.
The jewelry modeling over, Pevaroff offered an up close examination of her skull bead.
“This is my signature skull,” she said, showing the “La Pev” lettering engraved on the back of the skull. The skull face features diamond eyes and a wide grin.
“I believe that skulls are happy,” Pevaroff said. “They remind us to live life.”
Pevaroff, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate started making the bracelets about a year ago. They are available on her website, http://www.lisapevaroff.com, for $200 to $5,000.
Cohn’s posse soon scattered to sample about a dozen tastings offered at the event. Josh Capon of Lure Fishbar presented oysters with jalapeno ponzu. Bryan Futterman of Foody’s served sliders with roasted locally raised pig.
Cohn had a couple of slices of pizza at the Rolling in Dough Pizza truck.
Roths, Furman, Ross
Other tasters included theater producer Daryl Roth and her husband, Steve Roth, chairman of Vornado Realty Trust, the artist Clifford Ross, chef Eric Ripert and Roy Furman, vice chairman of Jefferies & Co.
Toni Ross, daughter of the late Time Warner chairman Steve Ross, founded the benefit. It raises money for a scholarship fund at the Hayground School named in memory of her late husband, Jeff Salaway, with whom she opened the East Hampton restaurant Nick and Toni’s. Salaway was killed in a car accident in 2001.
“He would have been all over this,” said Stuart Match Suna, president of Silver Cup Studios. “The thing he loved to do the most was host people and make them happy.”
The evening ended with tequila cherry chocolate chip ice cream prepared by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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