Sleepless Night: Lords South Beach presents Ricardo Bellino
An auction event to benefit the KiptonART Foundation with Nespresso
Lords South Beach is pleased to announce its participation in Sleepless Night, Miamiʼs ultimate cultural all-nighter. Lords will be showcasing the work of Ricardo Bellino, the entrepreneur-turned-artist who creates portraits of iconic cultural figures out of recycled Nespresso capsules. Ricardoʼs portrait of Elizabeth Taylor will be auctioned off during the event, and all proceeds will benefit the KiptonART Foundation.
Hosted by Lauren Foster and Erin Newberg, Lordsʼ Sleepless Night celebration will feature a pop-up Nespresso café on the porch that will serve complimentary coffee throughout the night. Ricardoʼs portraits will be on display in Lordsʼ lobby gallery.
“Ricardoʼs work pays homage to well-loved icons who have shaped our culture,” says Lords Founder, Brian Gorman. “This is a fantastic opportunity to support an emerging artist, in the spirit of Sleepless Night. Weʼre also proud to donate to the KiptonART Foundation, an organization that makes it possible for artists to continue creating inspiring work.”
The relationship between Lords and Ricardo began earlier this year when Ricardo read an article about Lords, and was inspired not only by Brianʼs penchant for decorating guest rooms with portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, but also Lordsʼ focus on charity, community, and acceptance. Ricardo offered the portrait as a gift for the hotel, and Brian, in turn, decided to auction the piece to benefit a good cause.
The auction of Bellinoʼs Elizabeth Taylor portrait is expected to raise considerable funds for the KiptonART Foundation. Providing stipends for emerging artists is just one of the essential services provided by KiptonART – the foundation also promotes new artistsʼ online presence and visibility through exhibitions while forging invaluable connections for them in the art world. In addition, all of the art that hangs in Lords is by KiptonART.
This benefit is just one of Lords’ many charity initiatives – giving back to the community that supports him has always been a priority for Brian Gorman. Since opening nearly a year ago, Lords has donated over $10,000 through its Rooms That Matter program. Ten percent of the proceeds from five guest rooms are donated to LGBT charities that promote education, acceptance, and safety: Care Resource, The Point Foundation, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Lambda Legal, and Aqua Foundation.
ABOUT LORDS SOUTH BEACH
Appropriately oriented and situated in the heart of South Beach on Collins Avenue, Lords South Beach is the first gay hotel brand to open in the US and the vanguard for the modern gay boutique hotel. Sexy, chic, affordable, and fun, it has raised the bar for what the discerning gay traveler can expect from a hotel. With 54 rooms, three plunge pools and a variety of exciting hotel venues, including the Cha Cha Rooster Restaurant and Bar with cocktail partner ABSOLUT VODKA, as well as choice guest amenities like a digital concierge by Out Magazine and the Lords Social Network, Lords South Beach has revolutionized the concept of hospitality. Community is also important to Lords; the Rooms That Matter initiative includes
five designated rooms for which 10% of room sale proceeds are donated to charities that provide support for those in the LGBT community. The hotel provides a liberal, proud, playful experience and a sense of community for guests who want to mix and mingle. Lords South Beach is conveniently located in a gay-friendly location at the center of the South Beachʼs best restaurants, clubs, bars, shopping and beaches,
including Miamiʼs famed gay beach at 12th Street just steps away.
ABOUT RICARDO BELLINO
Ricardo Bellino began his career bringing American ventures to Brazil, like Elite Models and the Donald Trump brand. He became famous for closing a multimillion-dollar deal with Donald Trump in three minutes – setting a world record in the process. While playing with an empty espresso packet at a café in New York, Bellino thought about creating something new out of the discarded aluminum. Joined by his wife,
sculptor Marina Bellino, and close friend Wellington Amaral, Bellino formed ArtMakers and learned how to assemble the huge panels from tiny Nespresso capsules. Artmakers created their first portrait – John F. Kennedy, Jr, – in January 2009. He has gone on to create artwork featuring Madonna, Andy Warhol, and Barack Obama and has showcased his work in Boston, Montreal, and New York.
ABOUT THE KIPTONART FOUNDATION
The KiptonArt Foundation was established in 2009 as extension of KiptonArt.com, which connects art collectors and designers of all levels with unparalleled access to thousands of works by both emerging and established artists. The KiptonART Foundation facilitates the endowment of visual arts through the support of the KiptonART Rising Program. The Foundation’s main goal is to promote the annual Rising Winners by providing stipends for artists to create and sustain their work, all the while raising their profiles to a larger audience. Visit KiptonART.com to pre-register for upcoming private sales.
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