Phillips employee Brooke Rosenblatt, foreground, and colleagues talk with trustee Scott Spector over lunch in the café this past Monday. Photo: Sue Nichols
Our museum is fortunate to have a cadre of absolutely fantastically devoted trustees, and they are very supportive of museum staff. To give the trustees and staff a chance to get acquainted, we have instituted a series of mingling opportunities. These include lunches with a small number of staff members and a single trustee, as well as periodic group lunches where several trustees and a larger number of staff gather for a musical chairs buffet lunch, giving everyone a chance for informal conversation. Brooke Rosenblatt, Manager of Programs and In-Gallery Interpretation, attended one of these lunches on Monday and shares her take on the experience:
“At the lunchtime meet-up, I got to know a couple of our Board members better. For instance, Carolyn Small Alper and I discussed her artistic and design practice; Scott Spector shared his insight on local neighborhoods and DC’s changing landscape. I really appreciated how both asked me about my experience of the Phillips and my contributions to the museum. In the comfort of our Tryst at the Phillips café, I stayed right up until the end and enjoyed learning more about our museum’s governing body. And so did many of my colleagues.”
Photo: Jeremy Ney
Museum Assistant Ianthe Gergel (known as “E”) has been creating an illustration for the Tryst Café staff every week during the van Gogh exhibition as a way of saying thanks for the free weekend coffee they’ve offered staff members dealing with the crowds of visitors. And the rest of us get the benefit of these charmers, taped to the cash register, every time we stop in the cafe for a treat.
Photos: Josh Navarro
I wanted to photograph Jane simply because her vibrant personality mirrors her quality style.
Josh Navarro: How would you describe your style?
Jane Kestner: I think it’s important to stay simple, classic and comfortable. What you wear says a lot about who you are and how you perceive yourself. I enjoy a good arm party with any outfit (always accessorize, it dresses up any outfit) and of course, most of the time, you’ll never see me without sunglasses, heels, and an iced coffee. I want to look back at pictures of myself some day and know that the pieces I’ve worn are timeless. Trust me, that hasn’t always been the case.
JN: What are your favorite shops in the city?
JK: J.Crew, J.Crew, and J.Crew…did I mention J.Crew? It’s easy. They carry the classics while also staying on top of what’s in style for the seasons. They have really changed their image over the last few years; plus, they have great sales. Unfortunately, most of my vintage gems are from Arizona.
JN: Please describe your outfit in this photo.
JK: I am wearing J.Crew pants, “The Shirt” by Rochelle Behrens, with J.Crew and David Yurman accessories.