Brenda von Schweickhardt Exline Hosted A Private Cocktail Reception To Introduce The Newest Addition to the Art World The Accessible Art Fair New York


Brenda von Schweickhardt Exline hosted a private reception to introduce the newest addition to the art world, the Brussels based Accessible Art Fair and U.S partner, Maria van Vlodrop of MVVO ART on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015.

Guests enjoyed light bites courtesy of Le Pain Quotiden, Exki NYC and Neuhaus Belgium Chocolates and beverages by Cliffton Dry, Hottie Tottie and Duvel. Additional sponsors included Belcham, Third Man Collective Perfume and Colognes and Fairweather Magazine.

Notable attendees included: Brenda von Schweickhardt Exline, Stephanie Manasseh, Maria van Vlodrop, Mort Zuckerman, Louisa Shadforth, Nadine Heidinger, Phillip Spradley, Robert Yahner,Ann Lydecker, Marcel Ceuppens,Jean Christophe Legreves, Morris and Pamela Franco, Rangu Salgame, Shelagh Darcy-Hinds, Mariam Azar, Kevin Doyle and Megan Odabash.

The Brussels- based Accessible Art Fair is set to launch in New York November 1 to November 26, 2016 by Maria van Vlodrop, President of MVVO ART.   The Accessible Art Fair concept is simple: make artists accessible to the public and make the public accessible to the artists. It offers artists a beautiful space to exhibit and sell their work to an art buying public. In Brussels, the Accessible Art Fair has become a focal point of discovery of new talent and a chance for artists to launch their career.

Founded by Brussels-based Stephanie Manasseh in 2007, the fair has managed to break with traditional art boundaries to create fresh opportunities for new, emerging talent. The Accessible Art Fair was born from Stephanie’s passion for art but also after realizing that there is so much artistic talent without gallery representation. ‘I decided to give these artists the opportunity to sell their work directly to the public, without having to wait around to be discovered.’

She continued, “OurNew York launch feels like a natural evolution. There is a wealth of talent here that simply needs an opportunity to exhibit work.”

Stephanie has curated for luxury brands such as Montblanc for which she launched the Montblanc Likes Art Award at the Accessible Art Fair in 2012 and BMW Belgium, where she has helped launch the Art and Design Sessions – showcasing young talent and world-famous names such as Marc Lagrange, Xavier Lust and legendary Terry O’Neill. Jeff Koons joins the design sessions in July 2016.

Commented Maria van Vlodrop, “I am proud to partner with Stephanie and bring this new art fair to New York City and support emerging artists at such an intimate venue such as the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.”

Brenda von Schweickhardt Exline, Maria van Vlodrop, Stephanie Manasseh (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Brenda von Schweickhardt Exline, Maria van Vlodrop, Stephanie Manasseh (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/


Ann Lydecker, Henry Hebbler, Louisa Shadforth (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Ann Lydecker, Henry Hebbler, Louisa Shadforth (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/


Nadine Heidinger, Phillip Spradley, Robert Yahner (National Arts Club) (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Nadine Heidinger, Phillip Spradley, Robert Yahner (National Arts Club) (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/


Rangu Salgame, Shelagh Darcy-Hinds, Mariam Azar (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Rangu Salgame, Shelagh Darcy-Hinds, Mariam Azar (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/


Marcel Ceuppens, Bonnie Diamond, Elliot Diamond, Pamela Franco (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Marcel Ceuppens, Bonnie Diamond, Elliot Diamond, Pamela Franco (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/


Ijaz Malik, Brenda von Schweickhardt, Mortimer Zuckerman (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Ijaz Malik, Brenda von Schweickhardt, Mortimer Zuckerman (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/


Morris Franco, Pamela Franco (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Morris Franco, Pamela Franco (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/


Mortimer Zuckerman, Brenda von Schweickhardt Exline (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Mortimer Zuckerman, Brenda von Schweickhardt Exline (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/


Atmosphere (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

Atmosphere (Photo Credit: Victor Hugo/

NY PEAS: The Dynamic Duo Helps Parents Navigate the Education Maze With The Private School Admissions Guide

NY PEAS Book Cover front cover


The New York City Private School admissions process can be daunting and at times overwhelming even for the most high-achieving New York parents seeking the best educational start for their child.

Education experts Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff of Private Education Advisory Service (PEAS), have experienced both ends of the private school admissions process both as admissions officers at top New York City private schools and as parents of children within the private school system. They have decided to compile their experiences into the second edition of their guidebook The NYC Private School Admissions Handbook.

In this book they share their hard-earned expert advice on how to navigate this often stressful process. From helpful timelines to helping families fill out applications and write essays to finally identifying the right and best schools for your child, PEAS have you and your child’s first steps in education covered in this essential new book.

Today top private schools in New York City can receive hundreds of applications, so the competition can seem as fierce as the Ivy League Colleges. It’s critical for parents to know which schools to pick, when to start applying, who to ask for recommendation letters, what to say in interviews, and all the hidden tricks. Each chapter takes the parent through each of the various phases of private school admissions from nursery school up to high school, detailing the needs of applicants along the way. They offer their advice for everything from when to start researching schools, to building relationships with school officials to inevitably how to figure how which schools would be the best fit for your child.

As qualified teachers, they have taught in classrooms and have over 15 years of private school experience and knowledge. Vimmi grew up in India where she completed her Undergraduate degree in Business and Economics, and they both completed their Masters Degrees in Education.

The book is published by Virgo EBooks Publishing and is currently available on for Purchase for $24.99.


Co-founded by Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, NY PEAS help hundreds of children and families navigate the competitive and notoriously stressful process of applying to New York City private schools. Brozost attended New York University and received her Master’s degree in Education from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.  Brozost has her degree in the advanced teaching of Reading and Writing from Columbia University’s Reading and Writing Project. Brozost taught second grade and has worked in the admissions office of a prominent New York City private school. Shroff completed her Undergraduate degree in Business and Economics in India. She has a Master’s in Education from New York University. Shroff taught at various private schools in New York City. Shroff has worked as an admissions officer as well as a Director of Admissions at various New York City private schools.

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Fall season openers LMG’s excited for

There’s plenty of amazing events coming up that we’re excited for. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites:

The Jazz Age Lawn Party (August 16 & 17, 2014) The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island is New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. Guests dressed in 1920s attire sip on summer cocktails and listen to live jazz music of the era. There’s also a 1920s motorcar exhibition, Charleston dance competition and lessons, vintage portraits and antiques on offer. Find out more here.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

The Jazz Age Lawn Party (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards (August 24, 2014) Beyonce leads the nominees this year at the 31st Annual MTV Video Music Awards with eight nominations, followed by Iggy Azalea and Eminem each with seven nominations. There will be performances by superstars Arianna Grande, Taylor Swift and Usher. Find out more here.

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards (August 25, 2014) Celebrities unite for the annual Emmy Awards in August to honor the best in US primetime television. Comedian and late-night talk show host Seth Meyers will host the show for the first time. The nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series include Netflix’s new show Orange is the New Black, and HBO’s True Detective is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. We can’t wait to see who the winners are! To see the full list of nominees click here.

Seth Meyers, this year's host

Seth Meyers, this year’s host

The US Tennis Open (August 25 – September 8) Watch the world’s best players compete under the open sky at the US Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows. An array of Grand Slam veterans like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Eugenie Bouchard, and Angelique Kerber, and some talented up-and-comers will compete for one of the sport’s most sought-after trophies. Find out more here.

US Open

US Open

Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Awards 2014 (September 3, 2014) The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will honor fashion designer Carolina Herrera with its 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry Fashion on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. A benefit luncheon will be held at the Lincoln Center, New York, heralding the arrival of Fall Fashion Week. The Institute’s board chose Carolina Herrera as this year’s recipient because of her exquisite sense of style and commitment to sophisticated elegance. Past recipients include Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino. Find out more here.

The Toronto International Film Festival (September 4 – 14, 2014) The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is among the most successful public film festivals in the world. World premieres, galas and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors and industry supremos make the rounds. If you are a cinephile or simply just love to experience new and innovative films, TIFF is the event to attend. In this year’s festival, look out for crowd favorites like Wild, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Reese Witherspoon, and The Equalizer by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington. Find out more here.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (September 4 – 11, 2014) Designers, industry insiders, celebrities and fashionistas gear up for the most anticipated fashion event of the year. The best of Spring/Summer 2015 fashion will go on show for over 3 million fashion consumers globally in the epicenter of fashion. Designers from around the world will debut their collections the next chapter in the future of fashion begins. Find out more here.

Ralph Lauren at MBFW Fall 2014 (Photo:

Ralph Lauren at MBFW Fall 2014 (Photo:

New York Women Foundation’s Annual Neighborhood dinner (September 18, 2014) Save the date for the New York Women Foundation’s annual Neighborhood Dinner in Manhattan. This year, the 20th Anniversary, they’ll be honoring outstanding women leaders serving the Manhattan community, including Lyn Pentecost (Executive Director of the Lower Eastside Girls Club), Hali Lee (Founder and Executive Director of Asian Women Giving Circle), and Christina Seid (Co-owner of Chinatown Ice Cream Factory). Find out more here.

Brooklyn Charter School’s unique mix of entrepreneurship and innovative education

The Brooklyn Charter School in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community of Brooklyn is a remarkable school.

It is the only charter school with its own business to help support its operations. All profits from its non-profit organization, The Bridal Garden, are donated to the school and used to inspire excellent academic performance and learning.

The Bridal Garden, a charitable bridal boutique founded by the school’s chairman, specializes in the resale of donated high-end wedding gowns and accessories. It offers designer gowns up to 75 percent off retail, with big names like Ulla-Maija, Angel Sanchez, and Vera Wang.

As a pioneer of the charter world, the BCS is the first charter school of the New York Department of Education and one of the highest-performing charters in the New York State.

As a Title 1 school, where 71% of families are below the poverty index, literacy is low in such an underserved community. The BCS aims to improve this with a literacy initiative that mirrors techniques in Finland, where there are some of the highest performing schools in the world.

Known as “the Jewel of Bed-Stuy”, the BCS – with a strong mission, deep-rooted values and unique community spirit – is a school like no other.

For more information call the BCS at (718) 302 2085 or visit the school at the next open house, every Tuesday from 9am to 10am. You can fill out an enrollment application online.

To donate a wedding gown to The Bridal Garden or for more information, please schedule an appointment.


NY Peas offer advice for the upcoming school admissions season

The New York City metropolitan area offers hundreds of excellent educational choices – which can make deciding on one for your child quite a difficult task.

Thankfully, education experts Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff of the PEAS (Private Education Advisory Service) help New York parents navigate the competitive world of private school admissions.

With admissions season upon us, it’s important to understand how to navigate the process, and the PEAS are here to give their advice on how to get prepared.

Getting Organized

One of the most important things you can be doing this summer to ensure a smooth admission season is to get organized! When September arrives you must schedule and attend tours and open houses, mail your applications, and attend the various playgroups/interviews. Why not set up your organizational tools early?

Buy a calendar or create an Excel Spreadsheet.

List all the schools you like along with contact information: phone number, mailing address, e-mail and most important, the name of the Director of Admissions.

Each school has their own application deadline and procedure. Note all deadlines, open houses, tours and interview dates. This can be overwhelming and hard to keep track, so maintaining a folder or a calendar that is easily accessible will help keep you organized and sane. We suggest a duplicate calendar for your spouse:)

Invest in a filing system. All correspondence from each school should be saved in their designated folder. Whether done on-line or off!

Set up a notebook to record your thoughts, impressions and observations of each school. Record your impressions immediately after each school visit so that they are fresh and accurate. This ‘personal diary’ is an invaluable tool to have as you get closer to the decision making process.

Work on your Application Essays Early! 

One of the most time-consuming and stressful parts of any application process is writing the many essays needed to complete each application.

Most essays will ask that you describe your child and will require that you explain why you are applying to ‘School X.’

Take time over the summer to jot down your child’s many strengths and some of the weakness. Keep the latter list short.

Once you have chosen four or five attributes, note some brief anecdotes that would complement those attributes. This list will ensure an easier writing process!

Make the anecdotes personal and specific, this will make your essay much more memorable! And PLEASE be realistic and SUCCINCT when describing your child.

One of the goals of this process is to gain admission in a school that is the right “fit” for your family … not just any school!

Look at Schools with an Open Mind

Opinions, opinions! Everyone has them and when it comes to schools they like to share them! Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation, gossip, and ‘frenemies’ out there. People are competitive and do not always have your best interests in mind.

One of the most productive things you can do now and through the entire process is to tune out those opinions. Stay connected with dear friends who have their own children in the schools to which you are applying, an education consultant, and most importantly, yourself.

Do Your Homework! 

If all goes well the first time around, this admission process will be a one- time event. Do your homework – both for the schools to which you are applying as well as the entire process!

School websites are a great resource. Learn as much as you can about their mission statement, history, educational philosophy and physical space.

Talk to families who currently have children in school.

The more you know — the more confidence you’ll have — the easier the next six months will be!

To contact or find out more about PEAS, please click here.


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