Refuge Journal 3

Oct 26 2017

Alex Ortega

Remember our friend Alex Ortega who stayed with us for Feed the Body, Feed the Soul and again for Homeland Experience? If not, he is perhaps best known as the Musical Director for the”Broadway at The W” concert series at The W Hotel in Times Square. While holding this title, he has performed with cast members of 22 different Broadway shows, including the casts of Hamilton, Motown: The Musical, and The Lion King. During his time at The Refuge he started recording an album that will be coming soon!

Clary Collection

Not only is Refuge co-founder Adriel Denae an amazingly talented musician,  but she’s also the founder of a start-up skin care company called Clary Collection.

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Born from a friendship with co-founder Jen Auerbach and their shared experience of birthing their first children, the duo set out to create products that they were having trouble finding in stores – balms and moisturizers free of synthetic chemicals and preservatives and rooted in the time-honored craft of herbalism.

Their products are made from native plants and oils with blends of herbal and floral steam distillations, cold-pressed oil infusions, and wildflower beeswax. Each product is made by hand and it is their aim to nurture their company with a philosophy of compassion, creating products that are good for the earth and empowering to individuals. They launched Clary Collection in the fall of 2016 and were Featured in Vogue Magazinethe day they opened their online shop. They have quickly established a dedicated following with customers finding effective relief and spreading the word to others.

By the close of their first year in business, Clary Collection products were sold in 43 stores in the United States and 5 international markets including Singapore, Dubai and Australia with retail expanding into France, England and Germany in early 2018. They have been featured in Allure, InStyle, Sunset Magazine, Moda Familia and Paste Magazine and last month were featured in Italian Vanity Fairand Italian Glamour.

In 2018, they will be launching two new products – one exclusively with a new hotel in Nashville, and will be featured in Vogue Living.On November 4th, Adriel will be in Nashville representing Clary Collection with Business partner, Jen Auerbach at the Wanderlust Festival.

Artist Throwback

2016 artist in residence, Oliver Franklin Anderson, created this film entitled ‘B E A U T Y’  featuring shots from our building and the property, and an a cappella performance from our friends The Dove & The Wolf with Erin Rae recorded live in our chapel.


Holiday Mischief

Our Holiday Mischief show takes place on December 14th with Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, the Appleton Boychoir, and other special guests welcoming the holiday season. We are offering a Sustainability Package that will include priority seating & early admission, a Holiday Toast with Cory & Adriel, a limited edition signed poster, and more! All proceeds benefit the Refuge Foundation for the Arts.

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