Mark Leibowitz for Ruinart

Mark Leibowitz is one of ten artists featured at Ruinart Champagne's VIP reception at the Betsy Hotel in Miami's South Beach tonight.

What is Ruinart? Described as the oldest champagne house around (since 1729) and a blanc de blancs label owned by the LVMH brand, it was branded the "Art Basel Champagne" at the top restaurants in town, such as Mr. Chow, host to Larry Gagosian's party tonight. It's delicious.

Curated by Leslie King-Hammond, PhD, the Ruinart vernissage featured artists sought by an important studio based corporation in a partnership that featured the brand and created a collection for a benefit auction supporting children with special health needs. The artists were namely, Isaac Fortoul (New York), Carrie Sunday (New York), Kiki Valdes (Miami), Johnny Robles (Miami), Melissa Ayr (Dallas), Pascal (Santa Fe), Trish Williams (Chicago), Mark Leibowitz (San Francisco), Dane Storrusten (Seattle), and Elijah Blue (Los Angeles).

As a guest to Mr. Leibowitz' reception last night, I entered the Betsy Hotel from the oceanfront side of South Beach and was greeted by an intimidating blonde who asked the nature of my business. Luckily, my name was on a list and I was allowed to enter. The evening moved along at a fast clip, beautifully fueled by unending pours of wonderful champagne, that moved from the Betsy Hotel to Mr. Chow and its party of hungry, parched Art Basel powerhouse revelers.
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