A Viennese valentine

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Fin de siècle Vienna comes to New York with “Madame d’Ora,” a Neue Galerie exhibition devoted to the Austrian fashion and portrait photographer. Her storied models ranged from Pablo Picasso to Josephine Baker to Colette, and her groundbreaking work had a decidedly sensuous appeal.

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A storied allure

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Art, architecture and design elements influence the creations of David Howell & Company. In fact, the romance of the past forms the heart of this Bedford Hills-based jewelry firm that sells its accessories around the world.

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A brand with heart

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WAG revisits KD Spain, the Bridgeport-based lifestyle brand of fabric designer Kate Spain and her husband, Pete, who handles the business side of the company. The duo catches us up on their side-by-side work, including details of the new rug collection, eye heart hand, which focuses on sustainable production and was recently installed in public spaces at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.

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In focus

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Marcy B. Freedman, the veteran Croton-on-Hudson performance artist, recaps her interactive “2020 vision” project and gives us a preview of her projects for the 2020.

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The art of train travel

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Trains follow a schedule – or at least are supposed to… Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk takes time to explore the artistic side of the enduring mode of transportation in “The Trained Eye: The Art of Railroads & Stations.”

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Feats of clay

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Loretta Lam is an award-winning Hudson Valley jewelry designer with an international following. Her passion for jewelry extends beyond her own work, though, as she’s putting the finishing touches on a contemporary-jewelry book due out in April.

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Passion for fashion

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The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its fall exhibition this month. “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection” spotlights a pioneering collector who assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the country.

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In tune with history

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Musician and academic Christopher Brellochs shares the adventures of his “Music of the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley” sabbatical, when he explored the area’s rich history through the music that might have been played during the period’s glory days.

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Artful living

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Eleish van Breems Design, the Westport studio known for promoting an artful Nordic aesthetic, expands its reach with Eleish van Breems Home. This new retail shop just around the corner offers home furnishings, antiques, décor and gifts.

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Art as healing

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Meghan Spiro is a Hudson Valley photographer whose “day job” is working as a commercial photographer and designer. But her artistry continues beyond the workday. Spiro uses her own time to explore social issues ranging from conservation to domestic violence.

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