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Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to Host Spotlight Luncheon with Bernie Taupin

Rena Blades, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, today announced that tickets are now available for purchase to the Council's first Spotlight Luncheon in 2017: Evolution of an Artist featuring Bernie Taupin.

Renowned internationally for his 50-year song-writing partnership with Sir Elton John and so many other recognized music accomplishments, as a life-long creative, Bernie Taupin is also an author, writer, poet, painter, sculptor, performer and composer.

At the Cultural Council's Spotlight Luncheon on Tuesday, January 10, at the Kravis Center's Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach, the focus will on his career and evolution as a lifelong, multidisciplinary "Artist".

Describing his artistic style as "primal, intimate and organic," Bernie Taupin says, "As artists, we all struggle to find an original voice and escape the hindrance of labels. I'm gratified that serious art collectors and dealers are accepting and showing my work."

The Event Chair for this Spotlight Luncheon is Suzanne L. Niedland, managing director of BusEyeFilms, LLC, a member of the Cultural Council's board of directors, on the board of the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, and is a current appointee, by Governor Rick Scott, to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council (FFEAC).

Ms. Niedland also is serving as Luncheon Sponsor along with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Mr. & Mrs. Frank Walsh.

Patron Sponsors include Bruce A. Beal and Francis V. Cunningham, The Breakers Palm Beach, Mr. & Mrs. James S. Karp, Mr. & Mrs. Berton E. Korman, Herme de Wyman Miro (president of The International Society of Palm Beach), PNC Bank and Mr. & Mrs. Frederic A. Sharf.

Dina Gustin Baker and Mr. & Mrs. William D. Parmelee are serving as Supporter Sponsors of the Spotlight Luncheon with Bernie Taupin, while Donor Sponsors include Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Katz Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Bob Stiller, Mr. & Mrs. Dom A. Telesco and Palm Beach Illustrated.

Special thanks to Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, An International Fair Presented by Art Miami and the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.

Note: Mr. Taupin's current work will be on display at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, an international fair presented by Art Miami in West Palm Beach from January 12 to 16. A special selection of his pieces will be available for sale at the Spotlight Luncheon, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.

How to Get Tickets:

Individual tickets for the Spotlight Luncheon with Bernie Taupin are $150, while VIP tickets are $500 each and include the 10:30 a.m. pre-reception in the lobby of the Cohen Pavilion, where a first view of Taupin's artwork will be exhibited and available for acquisition with proceeds benefitting the Cultural Council and the Perry J. Cohen Foundation. Attendees at the VIP Reception will also enjoy a meet-and-greet with the celebrated artist. Tickets and table sponsorships are available by contacting the Cultural Council's Kodie Ann Walcott at (561) 472-3342 or by email at The deadline for ticket purchase is January 3, 2017.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is the official support agency for arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, serving non-profit organizations, artists and arts districts. The Cultural Council administers $4.5 million in grants annually, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity-building training, and advocates for arts funding and arts-friendly policies. The Council promotes Palm Beach County's cultural experiences to visitors and residents through multi-platform marketing and public information programs, including its one-of-a-kind Cultural Concierge service.

The Cultural Council presents exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides additional programming at its headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, an iconic Streamline Moderne former movie theater in Downtown Lake Worth. Also at the Cultural Council headquarters are the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store featuring products by Palm Beach County artists and the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Information Center, a VISIT FLORIDA designated Florida Certified Tourism Information Center.

The Cultural Council galleries, visitor information center and store are open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For a complete calendar of cultural activities in The Palm Beaches, connect with the Council at or (561) 471-2901. To plan a personalized cultural itinerary, connect with the Cultural Concierge at

About The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary:

The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, presented by Art Miami and sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach will make its debut in West Palm Beach City's Tent Site (825 S Dixie Hwy & Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach) on Thursday, January 12, 2017 with an exclusive VIP Preview that will benefit the Palm Beach Zoo and run through January 15th. Collectors, and art connoisseurs and art world luminaries alike will have the opportunity to acquire investment quality Blue Chip contemporary, Post-War works from 60 top international galleries over the four days. For more information, please visit

About The Perry J. Cohen Foundation:

PJCF is a registered non for profit 501(c)3 foundation named after Perry Cohen, one of the 14 year old boys who went missing at sea in July 2015. In honor of his legacy, his mother Pamela Cohen and stepfather Nick Korniloff created the PJCF. One of the four pillars of the foundation is to support "The Arts," one of Perry's greatest passions and loves. Accordingly, PJCF works to raise funds that will support creative programing of the ARTS (the process of human creativity) for young talented individuals through its relationships with both nonprofit, for profit, private and public cultural, educational and art institutions. For more information, please visit

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