Take a seat and put your hands together for Pratt senior Kaitlyn McKay, a multidisciplinary artist who won the “Bklyn New Talent” award for her shag stool.
Kaitlyn’s win earned her the one-in-a-million chance to showcase her work at last month’s Bklyn Designs design show, co-sponsored by aptsandlofts.com, the annual crowd-pleaser attracting a who’s who of the design world, with aptsandlofts.com renting a booth just for her!
Bklyn Designs is one of the biggest design shows in the city, allowing new and emerging designers the visibility they need before an international audience to grow their business, claimed Standing O pal Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, adding Kaitlyn’s design promoted Brooklyn.
Kaitlyn McKay’s shag stool exemplifies what we love about Brooklyn’s design community — craftsmanship, beauty, and an influence that transcends time and geography,” he said.
Standing O agrees. Brooklyn is all about the beauty and community that goes into creating a true “heartform.”
The designer looked to Scandinavia for ideas.
“I was inspired to create the shag stool by the body of a late 1800s Swedish stool,” Kaitlyn, who is interested in a marriage between handcraft and mass production, told Standing O.
Pratt Institute [200 Willoughby Ave. at Hall Street in Clinton Hill, (718) 636–3600].
You gotta have heart
Heartfelt Standing Os to Beth Israel Brooklyn division nurse Patricia Davitt, physical therapist Elizabeth Tangney, and respirator therapist and director of administration Vadim Leyko, who were awarded the “2014 Heart Award” at a hospital breakfast reception last month.
The nominees were voted by their peers — a testament to their dedication, said the veep for administration.
“There is no greater honor than to be recognized by one’s peers,” said Rhony Hetsrony.
The winners received a crystal plaque and certificate, and can now add this Standing O to their accolades.
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn [3201 Kings Hwy. at E. 32nd Street in Midwood, (718) 252–3000].
It’s a winning day!
A thousand and one words of congratulations to this year’s winners of the 28th annual citywide Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Bookmaking Competition: Gianluca Pellegrini and Ping Wen Lin of PS-IS 229 the Dyker School won in grades three to five for their submission “Journey to the Stars.” Alex Trinidad and Brian Tzic, who attend P77K in Flatbush, took top prize in grades six to eight for their joint collaboration named “New York City.”
Judges said the budding writers and illustrators were the cream of the crop for best embodying the Ezra legacy of hard work. They received $500 and had their books displayed at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
A shout-out to borough daughter Melissa Goldin and Brynn Wilkins of Fairport, N.Y., who won first place for their film “TubStep” at the ninth annual Gollin Film Festival at the University of Rochester. An Oscar can’t be far behind.
Many thanks to generous members of the Lutheran Medical Center Auxiliary for presenting Lutheran Medical Center with a $60,000 donation — to add to the more than $2 million they have gifted the hospital over the years.
The greenbacks were presented during a gala luncheon last month at Sirico’s restaurant in Bay Ridge.
Standing O says, “Thanks for the donations, and keep up the good deeds.”
Lutheran Medical Center [150 55th St. at First Avenue in Sunset Park, (718) 630–7296].