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New Faces Around BRG

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 03.03.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Put a face behind the name...

It's time to put a face behind the name ... There are a lot of new faces gracing the halls of the various BRG locations lately. We love adding members to the BRG family and it seems like the last couple of months have provided us with a proverbial bumper crop of newbies. Meet some of our newest ....

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Sanford L. Batkin: Activist, Collector, & Renaissance Man

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 02.19.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Sanford L. Batkin (Sandy) in uniform during WWII

Over the years, we have serviced thousands of estates and their respective families. It's not often that we see estates that fall into the "veritable time capsule" category for the quality of their collections. When we do, we like to highlight them in a special way. But, the real story often comes to light when we dig beyond the tangible "stuff" contained within the estate -- when we get an in-depth glimpse at the person behind the estate. Such is the case with Sandy.

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The Bald and the Beautiful at BRG

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 02.17.20 | Jennifer Ventresca

Snip. Buzz. Whir. The clean clipping of sharp scissors and the humd of the electric razor will surround the head of Gemma Panarese when she bravely bares her beautiful bald head for her school's "Team Teddy" for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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From Boston to New York and Back Again

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 01.17.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Spectacular 18th C. English Porcelain Tea Service

Exposure to tens of thousands of fine works of art over the course of a curator's 30 years career gives her a very discerning eye for detail and quality. This is most certainly the case for one renowned former Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator, Barbara Stern Shapiro, as evidenced in her lifetime personal curation ... from Boston to New York and back.

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The BRG Family Christmas Celebration

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 12.19.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
Black Rock Galleries Employees and Loved Ones Gather for Company Christmas Party

Dark went the night. The soft golden glow of candles flickering. A band playing holiday standards. The cacophony of conversation. Tonight is going to be a good night. How could it not be a good night? When you're surrounded by family it's better than good -- and we are family!

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Singing the Blues: Rethinking Your Color Scheme

Design & Decor | PUBLISHED 12.10.19 | Jennifer Ventresca

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a blue girl. If I'm out shopping, I immediately gravitate towards all things blue (patterned, printed, solid). My children roll their eyes anytime I stop to look at something blue, with a quick roll of their eyes and an under-the-breath utterance of "of course you'd stop for that!" I wasn't always open about being a blue girl....

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Raleigh Welcomes BRG in Fine Fashion

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 11.25.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
Grant, Christie, & Michael of BRG surrounded by local chambers of commerce members

Yes, BRG-Raleigh has been operating in the greater Raleigh area for several months, but we were officially welcomed to the community in fine style ...

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Time Capsule with Ties to Waldorf in Cortlandt Manor Estate

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 11.04.19 | Jennifer Ventresca

This might be a “made for Hollywood” story based right in Cortlandt Manor, New York with acclaimed hotelier, Claude Philippe, as the main character. Decades after the fully furnished estate was passed to the husband of Philippe’s widow, many of the original contents (hand-picked and curated by Philippe himself) remained relatively untouched — down to the collection of Philippe’s cuff links discovered in the closet.

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It’s Moving Day at BRG

BRG Happenings | PUBLISHED 09.17.19 | Jennifer Ventresca

It’s moving day at BRG — well for some, that is. With expansion and business growth comes new responsibilities. Several personnel changes are afoot and we’ve moved some people around! Find out who and where here.

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Favorite End of Summer Recipes

Tips & Tricks | PUBLISHED 08.30.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
BRG Blog - End of Summer Recipes - photo by Valeria Boltneva from Pexels

Now with summer's end looming and the kids back in school, some of our BRGers are sharing their favorite summertime family recipes with you. (Yes, Labor Day Weekend is upon us, but there are technically a few more weeks of summer!) So enjoy this 'pot luck' assortment of fun foods.

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