Popular New York City Eatery Kicks Off Autumn with Bold Art for a Cause

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Left Bank Restaurant, staunch supporter of local farmers and artists, unveils photo series by photographer Stephanie Navatto in support of prostate cancer awareness

New York City is known for top-notch restaurants and art of all kinds. From September 1st – November 30th, 2012 aficionados of both are invited to pop by Left Bank, perched at 117 Perry Street, in the West Village, for delicious American food with distinctive European influences and art on the walls that does more than catch your eye.

For autumn 2012 Laurence Edelman and Micheline Gaulin, owners of Left Bank and dedicated supporters of local farmers and artists, have selected the striking photography series Stache Envy™ by New York photographer, Stephanie Navatto for a solo exhibit on the rustic walls of their charming eatery.

Each one shot on old-school black and white film, Edelman and Gaulin are proud to have the photos in dramatic display at Left Bank as all proceeds from the sale of the photos go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Prices range from $2 for individual postcards to $600 for the large prints framed and exhibited in museum-quality glass.

Navatto’s Stache Envy puts a brand new face on prostate cancer.

Inspired by men who grow month-long mustaches to encourage prostate cancer screenings, education and research, Stache Envy features women and children sporting mustaches made of human hair as a symbol of support for prostate cancer awareness and funding for a cure. Each photograph conveys a palpable mood ranging from deliberately provocative to surreal to nonchalant and playful. Yet the mustache is seen throughout on unexpected faces.

“Women and children typically can’t grow mustaches to support this cause, but they do within my images. We want a cure for our fathers, brothers and husbands—that’s what these photos say to the world. Stache Envy is about visible solidarity and hope.” – Stephanie Navatto

And so is Left Bank. Known among its regulars for wholesome, simple, dishes inspired by local fare grown by local farmers, Left Bank is an establishment where food is literally hand picked for purity and goodness in more ways than one.

“We go to farmers’ markets and hand pick each tomato, each peach, each bunch of kale. There's no better way to get the quality we're looking for. Also the relationships we make with our farmers helps us keep things in context. We buy from people we know and trust.” - Laurence Edelman

Art is selected in much the same way.

“We love to display art by artists we know. When Stephanie showed us her series, Stache Envy, we were quick to join in the cause for prostate cancer. And Stephanie's photographs are incredibly thoughtful from concept on.”

  • Laurence Edelman

Stache Envy is on display at Left Bank through November 30, 2012.
Left Bank, 117 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014, Monday – Saturday 5:00-11:00pm, Sunday, 1:00-10:00pm, Happy Hour everyday from 5:00-7:00pm, $1 oysters all day Sunday, 212-727-1170.

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