To do this weekend: Jill DeGroff's cocktail portraiture
Tue May 11 2010
TONY's Jordana Rothman (Painting: Jill DeGroff)
Thanks to the virtuosos at craft cocktail bars like PDT and Death & Company, it's easy to appreciate mixology as an art form. But artist Jill DeGroff—cocktail king Dale DeGroff's better half—goes a step further. Like cartoonist Al Hirschfeld, who famously sketched Jazz Age barflies, DeGroff's bright, playful portraits represent the latter-day cocktail scene's most colorful characters. Her trove of images functions as a boozy Facebook of sorts: She's painted bartenders, chefs, cocktail geeks, writers—including (shameless plug!) TONY's own Jordana Rothman, left.
Get an eyeful of DeGroff's work this weekend, when she'll be presiding over a pair of exhibits as part of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Her portraits will be on display all weekend at the "official bar" inside Astor Center (more info here). Or shell out $50 for the Dizzy Fizz Tastemaker's Punch at the Ramscale Gallery, where DeGroff will share wall space with artists Nicole Desmond, graffiti maven Claw Money, photographer Leo Borovskiy and others. Get your tickets, and read up on the whole hooch-soaked affair, here.