Resident Magazine Associate Publisher, Melissa Kasis, and Editor-In-Chief, Hillary Latos, attended the celebration of Artspeak and unveiling of Floating Garden. The magical piece epitomizes the energy of Manhattan cityscape – nestled amidst the enticing lavender field. Cocktails were provided by Johnny Swet and guests enjoyed some canapés by Café Boulud. The event took place at the The Surrey Private Roof Garden on Madison Avenue on Friday, May 20th, 2016.


Marco Maranghelo

Amy Herman, Melissa Kassis, Adrianne Stern, Hillary Latos and Marco Maranghello


To find out more about The Floating Garden: CLICK HERE


American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris earned a BFA from Cornell University in 2003 and an MFA from Hunter College in 2009 where he received the Tony Smith Prize. Gerakaris’ kaleidoscopic paintings, installations, and origami accordion sculptures engage nature-culture themes and are showcased in many prominent institutional collections including the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program Permanent Collection in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), the Schomburg Center, and Citibank, in addition to an international array of private collections such as Patrick McMullan, William Lim, and Beth Rudin DeWoody. His artwork has been exhibited around the globe at venues such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Chinese Contemporary (Beijing), iSolAIR (Cape Verde Islands, West Africa), the National Academy of Fine Arts, The Surrey, and the Mykonos Biennale, while being featured in publications like Cool Hunting, Time Out Beijing, the Financial Times, and Architectural Digest. Gerakaris has also created a variety of large-scale, site-specific installations commissioned by Cornell Tech, The Surrey Hotel, and Bergdorf Goodman.



ArtSpeak! is a free program for students that brings performing artists to Washington, DC area schools to raise interest in and awareness of theater and the arts.

ArtSpeak! events are panel discussions with question and answer sessions, contests and games. In addition, all guests perform onstage. The program is open to anyone, but is aimed at students; adults are welcome but are encouraged to bring a student along. There is no charge for attending, no tickets or reservations are required, and admission is first come first served.

ArtSpeak! events tour different high schools in the DC area. There are currently four events per year.

ArtSpeak! is educational and fun. In addition to developing an appreciation for the arts, students can win autographed CDs by playing “ArtSpeak! Trivia” or participating in “Three Questions,” where students conduct their own interview with the artists on stage.

ArtSpeak! is targeted at high school students but is appropriate for those in middle school and for mature elementary school students. The event typically lasts about 1 hour 45 minutes. It is held in the evenings, not during school hours, in order to be accessible to the whole community.

ArtSpeak! ends with an autograph signing, allowing students to directly interact with the artists. Autograph sheets are provided.

ArtSpeak! was created and continues to be produced by Shugoll Research, a Bethesda based market research company, as a part of its corporate commitment to support the arts and arts education.

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