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September Artists & Chefs

ANNY STERN

Anny Stern grew surrounded by the beauty and vast variety of semi-precious stones and they always fascinated her with their wonderful colors and energy.

The first piece Anny remembers designing was when she was around eight years old. Her grandparents had a tremendous influence in this process. She still remembers that day, one of the many very special afternoons at her grandparent’s house; her grandmother looked at her and said: “see this crystal necklace and the pearls I have aside? I want you to take this necklace apart and redesign it, putting the pearls into it and creating a new piece.” Anny answered: “I do not know how to do it”, her grandma ignored her answer and said: “Yes you do, I know you do! Sit down and we will make it happen.”

The seed of ANNY STERN™ Fashion Jewelry was planted on that day and germinated in 2001 as a result of the fusion of a professional background in business and a gifted talent for jewelry design when, during a day of fun, Anny “magically” found herself at Saks Fifth Avenue at Worth Avenue in Palm Beach – Florida negotiating an event with the store jewelry manager who admired her necklace.

Whenever someone asks Anny Stern about how she got into the jewelry business, she has only one explanation to give. “IT’S A GIFT, everybody has a gift in life, and I call this a gift. I don’t have a lot of explanation, it just happens.” And lest her creativity be compromised, she readily admits that business is part of her, too.  With her creative juices flowing and her business acumen, Anny Stern has built a viable, successful business career with her “gift.”

ANNY STERN™ Fashion Jewelry is these days showcased at prestigious locations and very high end boutiques.Anny Stern creates every single piece as part of herself; she infuses them with feelings, personality, and good energy. She designs her pieces wishing that customers will enjoy wearing her jewelry as much as she enjoys making them.
The stones are chosen with love; Anny Stern can feel that the stones talk to her like they know what they want to be. This can sound a little strange but it is the way she creates her designs, she looks at the stones, and if they “connect” then she will move forward with the creation process…it is like a love relationship. For this reason, she definitely believes all pieces are infused with good vibes.

Anny personally thinks it is all about the details, so every piece is meticulously designed and examined paying attention to that. ANNY STERN™ jewelry is designed with semi-precious stones and precious metals including sterling silver and 18k gold plated. Quality is a must on every single piece she designs, Anny loves paying attention to details, the little things that make the final piece unique.

CHEF ODIN ROCHA

Chef de Cuisine Mezcal, Montage Los Cabos

With nearly a decade of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries, Rocha’s impressive career includes culinary posts at highly regarded resorts and restaurants throughout Mexico.

A passionate young chef, Rocha most recently served as chef de cuisine at 1826, the fine dining restaurant at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. Prior to that, he’s held posts at AAA Five Diamond restaurant Brasserie Lipp, a traditional French restaurant in Mexico City and Trattoria Don Corleone.  Odin holds a degree in gastronomy from the Inter University Center for Advanced Studies in Mexico City.

“In my kitchen, I take care of three basic concepts, my team, the product, and the customers. Take care of your team, respect the product and make happy your customers. The culinary team at Mezcal is extraordinary and I look forward to sharing my love for traditional Mexican cuisine in a modern and creative way with the guests of Montage Los Cabos.” – Chef Odin Rocha

GENNARO GARCIA

Gennaro Garcia is a native of San Luis, Sonora, Mexico. He was the second Latino artist in 26 years, after Fernando Botero from Colombia, to have a solo show at the Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Gennaro was born and raised in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. He migrated to Arizona in his early twenties with drive, passion and the desire to create art. In 2012, Gennaro reached his personal goal – a solo exhibit in San Miguel de Allende, in his native México. His art alludes to his dual identity as both Mexican and now, American. His use of Italian techniques with oils, acrylics, wood and plaster, along with the combination of a Mexican color palette from his childhood, has resulted in art that showcases both world-class skill and a true Latino immigrant perspective. To create his first Talavera collection, he traveled to Puebla, Mexico to study the original 195-year-old technique with Uriarte Talavera in which he has a 5-year partnership where he continues to create Talavera.

His art pieces are featured in many commercial and residential interiors, and he has participated in more than 60 exhibits in the last 4 years, including 9 solo shows. Currently, you can acquire Gennaro’s art in 10 different galleries in the United States in various cities in Mexico such as Puebla, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico City, Cabo, San Jose del Cabo, Todo Santos and Valle de Guadalupe. The Mexican film director, Carlos Muñoz, is working on a short film about Gennaro’s journey as an artist in Mexico. Salvador Robledo, an American filmmaker, has been concurrently shooting a complementary documentary for the last 2 years about his transition and art in the United States.

In 2015, Gennaro was the Heard Museum’s Signature Artist at their annual El Mercado de las Artes. In 2016, he received the Masters of the Southwest Award, a recognition presented by the Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, as well as the Hispanic Heritage award presented by Cox Communications and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gennaro began an exciting partnership with Disney in 2016. The partnership includes a conference where he presented on his journey as an artist, as well as a mural in collaboration with his daughter, little Frida, in Mexico City. He has bridged his love and passion for the arts and the culinary world by venturing into the restaurant design field. As of now, he has designed the following restaurants: Barrio Queen, Tio Chano, El Sonorense, Ghost Ranch, Taco Chelo, Salt and Galaxy Taco.