Infused with the legacy of the Spanish heritage, Cartagena is a gorgeous fishing village on Colombia's Caribbean coast, with beautiful beaches and breathtaking colonial architecture. The historic old town is a popular port of call for cruise ships, boasting a lively marketplace full of traditional Colombian artisans and yummy treats. These days, 200 years after Colombian independence, anyone can stroll the mighty ramparts. Visitors poke their heads through the cannon slots for picturesque views of the Caribbean. Cartagena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, and remained remarkably undamaged during the drug wars that plagued Colombia in the eighties and...

From outdoor adventures to ultra-chic lodging, here are some the best hotels to stay across the country as recommended by EV editors.     The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga   Set on 30,000 acres amid the unspoiled Sierra Madre range, this western resort executes the luxury dude ranch concept with impeccable skill: think spotted cowhide chairs in the lounge, fur throws at the edge of knotty wooden king-sized beds, and yurts decked out with antler chandeliers and chocolate leather couches. Guest rooms range from well-appointed spaces in the main Trailhead Lodge to elegant cabin suites, and large, super-secluded cabin rentals, each with décor...

Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we...

Kohn Gallery in LA invites us to witness the solo exhibition of new paintings by Mark Innerst, consisting of up to 28 new works, all of which continue the artist’s conceptual investigation into thematic genres of traditional painting. Innerst broke onto the New York art scene in the early 1980s with exquisitely executed small-scale paintings with hand-made frames, and his works were considered part of the Pictures Generation of artists who employed widely varied images as source material culled from the expanding media of the pre-digital age. In fact, Innerst worked in the studio of Robert Longo, one of the preeminent...

In our constant search for beauty and rich expression, this year we came across the work of a great artist and his vibrant, large-scale works, and he’s definitely put a spell on us. FR Bonnin, who lives and works out of his studio in Ponce, Puerto Rico, has set a high bar for local artists and is definitely ready to make an even bigger mark this summer.  After a huge success at his first solo exhibition last year, FR Bonnin has catapulted into the homes and venues of collectors and businesses across the Island and now makes his debut in...

Laura Rathe Fine Art announces the exhibition Bending The Lines, featuring new works by Gil Bruvel with an opening reception on March 21st 5-8 PM at 1700 Post Oak Blvd. Gil Bruvel subtly encompasses different concepts, primarily expressing a sublime, mundane subject—Nature. Yet, Bruvel’s technical skills and knowledge of colors reveal the magic that lies in the ordinary.   Light, airy, and silently captivating, these entirely abstract works, bring the subject matter back into a lighthearted innocence. Wood. Natural. Simple. Returning to the more traditional mediums of craftsmanship, Gil Bruvel honors this utilitarian material by transforming it into abstract geometric sculptures. Previously focusing on...

What exactly does it mean to creatively thrive, anyhow? I’d like to say it’s as simple as just having adequate time and imagination to devote to your most recent Lego masterpiece (if you’ve deemed yourself too “grown up” for Legos, then I can’t help you), but there are several different aspects that affect the ability to reach that coveted pinnacle. Creativity, if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with it, seeps through your pores and spills out into the world, in one form or another, be it in the way you accessorize, the ideas you come up with for your...

EV is proud to bring you the amazing work of renowned Austin-based interior designer Rachel Horn. She traveled to San Miguel de Allende to give us a glimpse of Mexico’s gorgeous culture and history through her work at La Casa Dragones.   At the epicenter of Mexico’s silver trade in the late 1700s, San Miguel was home to the Dragones, an elite cavalry led by General Ignacio Allende, responsible for one of the movements that eventually led to the Independence of Mexico. Today, La Casa Dragones still stands on a narrow cobbled street and serves as the spiritual house for the eponymous...

Whether it’s a seaside affair, a unique culinary experience or a world-class sports event you’re looking for, this European hotspot is sure to deliver all the thrills your heart desires. Barcelona is a city of breathtaking sites and endless leisure, with its top-notch luxury hotels, exquisite art venues and incredible eateries. It is the most important city in the Catalonia region in Spain, recognized worldwide as a cosmopolitan and beautifully diverse destination. It has become synonymous with culture, design, architecture, fashion, food and awesome weather. 1. Beaches for days One of the wonders of Barcelona is its scrumptious shoreline. Get your collection...

Inspired by a deep love of art, our style team created a visual homage to Baroque Artists, with a stylish twist. In an editorial story worthy of royalty, deep hues, contrasting layers, and dramatic makeup were combined to create an undeniably dramatic scene. (Yes, we did Games of Thrones before it was cool). Enjoy.   TALENTS Fashion Director / Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Styling: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Robert Grimes Makeup: Laura Martinez Model: Hanna Pults Necklace by Auden ($490; Valentine’s Too). Dress by Suno ($895; By George). Bracelet by Diane Cotton ($480; Valentine’s Too). Jacket by Maiyet ($1750; By George). Faux fur by Nanoo ($1400; Valentine’s Too). White jumpsuit by Sea ($495; Valentine’s Too). Gold pebble...

Modern Forms, by award-winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre, is a new publication edited by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone, celebrating the 200-photograph archive that chronicles the photographer’s substantial visual collection of modernist architecture around the globe.   Grospierre, who is now based in Warsaw, interestingly, doesn’t have art, architecture or photography training. He started his career studying political science at the LSE, where he became strongly influenced by the ‘generous ambition’ and the ‘engineering grandeur’ of modernist buildings. This led him to embark on a journey aimed at photographing and documenting modernist works across different continents. The artist believes that architecture is the perfect vessel to express the modernist movement’s core ideology. These buildings act as an...

I was introduced to this sport by my friends at The Elephant Story, a wonderful and whimsical venue in Comfort, Texas dedicated to wildlife preservation and whose owners are deeply driven by their love of animals. They are so passionate, in fact, that the store is the only The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) was formed in 1982 at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, in the Chitwan National Park in southwest Nepal. The first games were played on a grass airfield in Meghauly, located on the edge of the National Park. The co-founders, James Manclark, a Scottish landowner and former Olympic toboggan...

Filmmaker, documentarian, editor and producer; it seems like Barbara Morgan just can’t resist a good story. Morgan co-founded Austin Film Festival 21 years ago and has served as the sole Executive Director since ‘99. Her work has been featured across screens of all sizes in and out of Austin and she’ll be hosting the Festival with her team from October 23rd to the 30th. Join the AFF for another fabulous edition. Hometown: "Philadelphia, PA" Favorite Trend: “When Austin Film Festival started, we decided to focus on the screenwriter’s contribution to the filmmaking process. In film, oddly enough, the director, not the writer, is...

In a city revered for its musical roots, one particular Austin composer, Nathan Felix, found himself in a bit of a challenge to both: teach himself how to compose for orchestra and somehow let the world know that classical music is not dead, but rather much alive. IN THE WORKS Felix has a documentary titled “The Curse & The Symphony,” which chronicles the process of recording his first symphony, “The Curse The Cross & The Lion.” The documentary was featured in festivals throughout the US, including the Catalina Film Festival in Avalon, CA, Docuwest International in Denver, CO and Chagrin Documentary Fest...

EV sat down with music with SXSW Music Programmer Jes Elliot to better understand the event organizer's mindset and the goals for the world renowned festival. Each year, SXSW draws more people to Austin. To combat the mayhem of SXSW Music, arguably the most chaotic segment of the festival, only 114 special event permits were approved this year, versus the 170 that were approved last year. “It goes back to the ethos of less is more,” SXSW music programmer Jes Elliott explains. While scaling back the number of event permits may not have done much to discourage people from flocking...

CAPTIVATING, COLORFUL AND DYNAMIC, THE work of SENÉN LLANOS TRANSFORMS CELESTIAL BODIES INTO COLLAGES OF COLOR AND TEXTURE THAT INSPIRE, PROVOKE AND GENUINELY BLOW ONE’S MIND.   Emerging artist Senén Llanos is a self-taught photographer making a splash in New York City. The artist began experimenting with photography while studying computer science at the University of Puerto Rico. He easily picked it up as a hobby from his Cuban father, but Llanos truly grasped the power behind an image after the death of a close friend. This experience was the catalyst that turned this habitual snapper into a passionate photographer, driven to...

His unusual aesthetic and the grandeur of his pieces set him apart in Austin’s local art scene, while his deep appreciation for the classics, combined with his high standards and sensibility towards visual arts in modern times, make him an artist to be observed by generations. EV deeply admires and invites you to marvel at the work of Mr. Truman Marquez. The first time I walked into the studio, my jaw just dropped. I had to see the paint and brushes to believe that these paintings had been done by hand (rather than using a computer). Nothing short of amazing, “My...