One of America’s best-known interior designers and President/Owner of Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc., Carleton Varney is our keynote speaker. Carleton will illuminate all attendees on the great legacy of Dorothy Draper, billed as America’s Most Fabulous Decorator, during our great jazz age. Draper’s use of vibrant colors, bold Rococo furnishings, and grand senses of scale and color created environments that were as unique to America as was jazz music; nowhere else could her environments or jazz music have been born.
From the iconic Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, to New York City’s Hampshire House Hotel, and the glittering Quintandhina Hotel in Brazil, Draper’s theatrical backgrounds served as luxurious entertainment settings for post-war guests in the jazz era. She decorated such famous nightclubs and dance halls as Roseland and Fifi’s Monte Carlo in New York City, The Camellia House in Chicago, and Versailles, home of the chanteuse Edith Piaf. Draper was the era of great bands.
Carleton Varney not only perpetuates the Dorothy Draper legacy, but he also now serves our nation for the second time as a prominent leader in the decorative arts. Varney is a recent Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts and he previously held the appointment of design consultant to the White House for the Jimmy Carter Administration and the Carter Presidential Library. Varney has decorated the Vice President’s Naval Observatory residence as well as Governor’s mansions in West Virginia and Connecticut. He also served as the interior designer for the American Embassy residences in Tokyo, Japan and Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of some 34 books on design and decorating and has penned two novels.
To learn more about Carleton Varney, please visit Carleton’s full bio and website to shop for exclusive designs from the Carleton Varney and Dorothy Draper collection, as well as read his not-to-be-missed weekly decorating blog.
Thursday: Cocktails with Carleton Varney
February 28, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
319 Abercorn St. Savannah GA, 31401
Tickets: $50 – Purchase here
Friday: Lunch & Learn with Carleton Varney: Dorothy Draper and the Jazz Age
March 1, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection, 700 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Tickets: $85 – Purchase here
Serving as current Interim Executive Director for the Coastal Jazz Association, Paula Fogarty has recently directed the three most successful Savannah Jazz Festivals in the past 37 years. She is currently compiling research on Savannah’s rich jazz history for the upcoming Savannah Jazz History and Hall of Fame Exhibit, and its companion book, slated to open in Fall of 2020. Paula says, “Savannah’s jazz history is as old and rich as the jazz history in New Orleans. In Savannah’s jazz heyday from the 1920’s through the 1940s, there were over 190 jazz venues in Savannah!”
Paula will tell the stories of jazz in Savannah including the vibrant scenes on West Broad and Tybee Island, the great jazz lyricist Johnny Mercer, Louis Armstrong’s mentor, Joe King Oliver, bass legend Ben Tucker and so many other legends!
Paula is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and art history M.A. graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. Her career has focused on luxury marketing, furniture design and manufacturing, and operations. As President of Kindel Furniture Company, in Grand Rapids, Michigan Paula is one of only four female leaders of furniture manufacturing companies in the industry’s history.
As owner of her own marketing and operations consulting firm, Paula Scott Unlimited, Paula assists clients in creating consistent communications strategies. Paula has been a civic servant for arts-related causes, raising significant funds and organizing iconic events for the organizations she has served. She has served as Board Chair for the Irish Georgian Society, The Kendall School of Design Foundation, and the Center for Environmental Studies. She now serves as a current board member of the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library, the American Society of Furniture Designers, and the Pat Conroy Literary Center.
Savannah Jazz History and Legends, a presentation by Paula Fogarty
of the Coastal Jazz Association
March 2, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cranmer Hall, 1st Floor, 27 West Charlton Street Savannah, GA 31401
Tickets: $25 – Purchase here
Luncheon & Lecture The Armstrong Kessler Mansion: The Renewal is Complete
Followed by the inaugural tour of the Armstrong-Kessler Mansion hosted by Richard C. Kessler.
This exclusive tour of the newly renovated Armstrong-Kessler Mansion, Savannah’s largest historic home, will be hosted by owner and luxury hotelier, Mr. Richard C. Kessler. The home, considered to be the country’s best example of Italian Renaissance Revival Architecture, will not be open to the general public, making this tour a unique experience for all attendees. Guests will be treated to a luncheon and talk with lead architect on the project, Christian Sottile, and interior designer, Chuck Chewning, at the historic Oglethorpe Club, one of the most prestigious private clubs in the South. In addition to the docent-led tours of the Armstrong-Kessler Mansion, guests will enjoy jazz entertainment at a reception in the new Italianate gardens.
Internationally Acclaimed Architect, Christian Sottile & Designer, Chuck Chewning will join forces to give an exclusive lecture on renovation of the the Armstrong-Kessler Mansion.
Chuck Chewning has over thirty years’ experience in luxury interior design, decorative arts, and architectural preservation. Today he runs his own design business, Charles H. Chewning Interiors, based in Savannah and Studio Rubelli, the interior design division of The Rubelli Group in Milan, Italy. Chuck received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Historic Preservation of Architecture and in Interior Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design.
Christian Sottile, AIA is principal of Sottile & Sottile, a Savannah-based design firm working extensively in Nationally Registered Historic Districts. His work includes civic design, architecture and master planning, emphasizing historic research, urban analysis, and community-wide engagement. Concurrently with his professional practice, Sottile is a professor of architecture and urban design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the former dean of the SCAD School of Building Arts. In this role, Sottile led the graduate and undergraduate programs in Architecture, Architectural History, Preservation Design, Interior Design, Furniture Design and Urban Design.
March 2, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
The Oglethorpe Club, 450 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Armstrong-Kessler Mansion Tour groups: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM
Tickets: $150 – Purchase here