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Posted by on Mar 25, 2018

Hugh Arnold’s “Agua Vida” On Display at Hilton Asmus Contemporary

Hugh Arnold’s “Agua Vida” On Display at Hilton Asmus Contemporary

On a chilly spring evening recently, clients and supporters of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary (716 N. Wells St.) along with some special guests were invited to view the new Hugh Arnold photography collection entitled “Agua Vida” during a pre-exhibition, opening private dinner.

Arica Hilton founder, president and curator of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, with John Clark and Goriana Alexander.

The impressive dinner was held in the Asmus gallery and began with mouth watering cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Held as a sit down dinner, it was catered by Marchesa (the new, hot restaurant spot on everyone’s list) featuring some of their exquisite entrees consisting of brocollini, purple mashed potatoes, along with tenderloin and sea bass, done to perfection.

Hugh Arnold's Agua Vida exhibition opening - by Mila Samokhina

Hugh Arnold’s Agua Vida exhibition opening catered by Marchesa.

Desserts were provided by Swirlz Cupcakes: mini cupcakes topped with custom printed Guittard white chocolate discs with an image of Hugh Arnold’s art photography. Very delightful !

Hugh Arnold at the opening of Agua Vida at Hilton Asmus Contemporary.

Hugh Arnold at the opening of Agua Vida at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary.

As the proprietor of the art gallery, Arica Hilton introduced talented photographer Hugh Arnold to all of the art aficionados in attendance, then Hugh spoke about his current exhibition Agua Vida, described as a “Subliminal journey through life’s significant moments- both on a physical and metaphysical level.” Astonishingly, Hugh Arnold was born in Chester, England and originally trained as an actor; later on becoming fascinated by the outdoors, sunlight, and underwater elements of Fiji.

Hugh Arnold with Rob and Adele Osmond at Hilton Asmus Contemporary.

Hugh Arnold with Rob and Adele Osmond at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary.

He traveled to Egypt to learn how to scuba dive, before flying to Fiji to pursue this project. Accompanying this brilliant photo exhibit is Hugh Arnold’s new coffee table book “Agua Nacida.” Translated as “water born” in Spanish, Agua Nacida “Explores the beauty of the human form and a symbolic transition from womb to womanhood, taking us on a parallel journey beneath the surface of the sea and our soul’s hidden waters.”  A stunning 368 page book, Agua Nacida features 175 original color photographs, as well as texts by Stella Thomas.

Pam Rose, Paul Meyer and Marianne Meyer attend the Agua Vida opening.

Pam Rose, Paul Meyer and Marianne Meyer attend the Agua Vida opening.

While guests enjoyed dessert, Alexandra Rose serenaded the crowd with a violin recital. Alexandra is the founder of  Blue Ring and Senior Editor of Ocean Geographic magazine published quarterly by the Ocean Geographic Society.

Walter Jacobson and Arny Granat at the Agua Vida opening.

Walter Jacobson and Arny Granat at the Agua Vida opening.

Running March 2nd through April 7th, Agua Vida is the second in Hugh Arnold’s Agua series, shot off the coast of Malta, in the Gozo seas. Hugh Arnold is clearly an accomplished photographer whose brilliant and clever talent behind the lens of a camera cannot be overstated as he explores the underwater environment of Fiji and invites us all to enjoy it with him !

Hugh Arnold - Agua Vida at the Hilton Asmus Contemporary Art Gallery.

Hugh Arnold – Agua Vida at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary.

Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more…

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