Lectures are typically presented in October, November,
February, March and April.

The lecture series is held at:

Edwards Big Newport Theatre
300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Non-members / guests are welcome to attend for a $75 fee
payable at the door.

Click here to get directions

Click here for a list of past presenters and topics.

Twenty Second Annual Series: 2016-2017 Presenters

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October 11, 2016
Gwen Stauffer
Executive Director- Lotusland
Ganna Walska Lotusland: Innovative Design, Transcendent Tranquility and Timeless Beauty
Gwen Stauffer is Executive Director of Ganna Walska Lotusland since May 2008. Lotusland is the former estate of Madame Gana Walska, a celebrated Opera Diva who developed Lotusland into incomparable gardens with extraordinarily diverse plant collections. Lotusland has helped lead the sustainable horticulture movement in Southern California and serves as a repository for globally rare plants. Under her leadership, Lotusland has expanded its public programs to become an important resource for the Santa Barbara Community.

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November 8, 2016
Suzanne Rheinstein
Interior Designer, Owner of Hollyhock
Rooms for Today: Easy Living with Antiques
Interior Designer Suzanne Rheinstein is known for her signature style that is often described as elegant civility—“fewer things but better things”—encompassing a mixture of beautiful objects, furniture styles, personal art, painted surfaces and great attention to comfort, textures, details and light. Suzanne is the owner of Hollyhock, the renowned home furnishings and accessories shop in Los Angeles, known for its unique antiques and decorative pieces. Born and raised in New Orleans, Suzanne has a deep appreciation for the traditions of that city. Her Southern sense of style and hospitality, the visual sophistication she acquired living on the East Coast and her appreciation for the relaxed lifestyle of southern California have made her a sought-after talent. Her best-selling first book, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past, (Rizzoli, 2010) shared six homes that showcase her trademark elegant, livable style, including her own homes in Los Angeles and New York City. In her latest book, Rooms for Living, (Rizzoli, 2015), Suzanne shares her design philosophies in chapters focusing on Entrance Halls, Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Retreats, Powder Rooms, Bedrooms and Outdoor Rooms. No detail, however small, is overlooked. The book offers a master class in how she achieves harmonious living spaces through thoughtful use of texture, color and proportion. Suzanne has designed the Suzanne Rheinstein*Hollyhock fabric collection and rug collection for Lee Jofa. Antique textiles from her personal collection provide the perfect foundation for her fresh and understated interpretations of centuries-old designs. Suzanne and her work have been featured in numerous regional and national lifestyle publications and blogs. Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List include her on their rosters.
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February 14, 2017
Richard Shapiro
Designer, Artist, Collector
Evolution of an Aesthete
Richard Shapiro, a lifelong devotee of the arts, has over the years played several intertwining roles in the pursuit of his passions. A thirty-five-year collector of iconic postwar contemporary art, he served for many years on the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He has for several years presided over his own highly respected gallery, Richard Shapiro Studiolo, specializing primarily in very fine and rare Italian furniture and design from antiquity through the Twentieth century as well as Studiolo, his fifty-piece collection of moderne furniture. Richard Shapiro Studiolo, reflects the eclectic style that has become his trademark. His selections range across many cultural lines and he purchases for the gallery as he would for himself — as a private collector and connoisseur, renowned for his ability to select only the unique and rare pieces he finds novel and of great artistic merit. Self taught, Shapiro has for many years been sought out as an arbiter on matters related to contemporary art, interior decoration, design, architecture and gardens. He designed in its entirety and co-founded the the iconic Grill on the Alley restaurant in Beverly Hills. Richard Shapiro’s interiors, gardens and architectural design work have been prominently featured in Elle Decor, Veranda, House and Garden (UK), AD Germany, The Los Angeles Times, L.A. Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Architectural Digest (the cover), The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, California Homes, the newly released book, The Dealer’s Choice, and many other publications and blogs focused on antiques, art and design. Rizzoli has just released a stunning monograph of his work, Past Perfect, Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens (March 15, 2016).
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March 14, 2017
Michael Stehr
Fine Artist, Art Historian, Lecturer
Paint with Flowers: Monet's Gardens at Giverny
Michael Stehr received his degree in Art History from Stanford University in 1991 with a focus on Michelangelo and interior church decoration during the age of the Baroque. His passion for art history has Michael leading small group tours exploring the artistic treasures of Rome and Paris. He has led these tours since 2000. Professionally, Michael runs a small decorative arts business executing custom hand- painted finishes. His specialties include murals, wood-graining and other hand painted finishes. He has worked throughout California as well as earning several international commissions in Canada, Mexico and France. His company, Sistine Chapel Art & Art History has been in operation since 1992. Michael is a fine artist painting canvases in the plein-air style depicting views of California and Europe. He holds an annual art show featuring his recent work at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. He just completed his first international exhibition, showing 16 paintings in Rome that demonstrated his love for the Eternal City. He also teaches a small group of interested students in his Studio. Michael lives in the Oakland Hills with his wife Maryanne, daughter Emily and son Jack.
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April 11, 2017
Cameron Silver
Founder of Decades, Fashion Director, H Halston and the H by Halston Brand
DECADES: A Century of Fashion
Cameron Silver is the Fashion Director of the H Halston and H by Halston brand.  As a global celebrity stylist, international best selling author, and fashion expert appearing regularly on shows such as Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, he is widely recognized as a fashion and style authority.  Cameron is also the founder of Decades, an acclaimed vintage retail store in Los Angeles, worshipped by fashionistas and collectors alike for an unparalleled collection of designer clothing and accessories dating from the 1920s to today.  In 2012 he published the global best-selling book, DECADES: A Century of Fashion, and he has written for publications including Harper's Bazaar and C Magazine.  Cameron also starred in the Bravo television show Dukes of Melrose which profiled his store, Decades.  Named one of Time Magazine's "25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion,” he has styled celebrities for major red carpet appearances including the Golden Globes and Academy Awards and consulted for fashion and luxury brands around the world.