Spring has officially arrived and with it, a fresh start to a new season filled with adventure and exploration. As we welcome you to the Spring issue of GB Magazine, we hope to inspire you with stories of successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and artists who have captured our attention with their unique talents and inspiring journeys.
Our double cover features Grant Cardone and Krystyna Laukien, both of whom have billionaire dollar hearts and remarkable stories. Grant Cardone’s rags-to-riches tale will leave you inspired, while Krystyna Laukien’s philanthropic efforts for the people of Ukraine will leave you in awe.
We are also honored to feature Stephen Gamson, a celebrity artist who has used his art to raise millions for various charities around the world. His bold colors and simple geometries leave a beautiful lasting impression.
We would like to express our gratitude to all of our contributors and members who helped put this issue together. We would also like to thank our cover features, Grant Cardone and Krystyna Laukien, for sharing their stories with us. Finally, we thank Stephen Gamson for guiding us through the art world with his insightful commentary.
We hope you enjoy our magazine and the stories we have to offer. As you embark on your Spring travels, we wish you safe and memorable journeys. We look forward to seeing you along the way.
Thank you for reading GB Magazine.
Marijke Vandervennet & Sir Michael Honablue
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."
- Bruce Lee
“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.”
- Keith Haring
"The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you." "Fashion changes, but style endures."
- Coco Chanel
In 2013 I was living in NYC where life was exciting but it lacked a sunny environment that I longed for. I can say I am now living my dream life because Miami Beach has so much to offer both to enjoy your self, your family and friends. During the day I go to the gym, have some meetings or lunches, supporting friends and charity causes, evenings I am usually with my family.
GB /Tell us about your home and how you designed it?
I was working on its design and planning from scratch. I am an interior designer and this is my first overall architectural project including pool and landscape design. To design a dream home for your family is a biggest blessing. My heart and soul is in it!
GB /What foundations do support?
I am a co-founder of Miami Loves Ukraine program of Innata nonprofit organization.
Together with co-founders and my dear friends Yulia Faist, Natalia Lopez, Anirays Camino and Anna Merhabi we deliver the most urgent humanitarian aid – such as perishable goods, medical supplies and to support vulnerable victims of the war in Ukraine.
We recently had our second fundraising event at my residency. So grateful to our sponsors and everyone who supported us, so we were able to raise needed funds for the people of Ukraine.
GB /Tell us what it means to be in the "Girls On Rolls" club?
To be able to be surrounded by beautiful successful supportive and kindhearted women is a true blessing and very inspiring and empowering.
GB /Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
I love to visit Europe and admire its historical site and beautiful architecture. USA is my favorite when I wish to enjoy nature, I am fascinated by the amazing variety of national parks and beautiful sceneries. Utah, Colorado, Arizona… so much to take your breath away. Aspen is very special in my opinion as you can go to a beautiful nature hike and come back to a wonderful dinner experience. The city is so adorable like from a post card!
GB /Who has inspired you on your life journey the most and why?
I’m lucky to say that there are so many people in my life that inspire me in different ways! One of them is Anirays Camino the owner of Wepah party planner and founder of Wepah Foundation and “GOR” club. She is a true inspiration of being beautiful inside out person, loving mother and wife, successful business owner, amazing and supportive friend, creative and outstanding artist, caring and helping so many people and charity organizations! Love her!
Stephen Gamson is an American Artist known for his bright, bold, and colorful works. Gamson grew up in Central Florida and was drawn to art at a young age. He remembers taking art classes as a child where he would build sculptures from plexiglass. As a teenager, he worked in a family recycling business where he had a chance to experiment with materials such as metals, plastics and paper.
He was drawn to the colors, shapes and textures that would serve as a foundation for the work he creates today. He frequently visited art galleries and museums whenever he traveled. In addition, he read every art book and magazine he could get his hands on. Early in his life and with a shoestring budget, he started collecting art from Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Crash just to name a few. He found inspiration when visiting their studios. This combination of events helped him establish himself in the art world as an Artist and Art Collector.
Gamson's art is influenced by living in the multicultural community of Miami. He often uses bright colors and bold lines in his works, which range from paintings and sculptures to murals and public installations.
His art has been exhibited in galleries and at events around the world, Stephen Gamson is also an active member of the philanthropic community. He’s worked with various charities by creating artwork for their auctions, including the American Cancer Society, Pink and Blue for Two, Kristy House, the Humane Society, Little Lighthouse Foundation, the Miami Children's Hospital, I Have a Dream Foundation and many others.......
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