The recent cancellation of the Monaco Yacht Show in September seemed like the grand finale to the Year Without Events. The list of Covid Casualties is extensive, from the Rolex Monte-Carlo Tennis to the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Monaco U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup was also forced to cancel its June event. Golf legend Greg Norman was due to receive the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from Prince Albert, who presents the invitation-only 3-day match play tournament that pits Team USA against Team Europe.
The third edition of the biannual event will now be combined with the 2021 St. Moritz U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup for the Ryder Cup European Development Trust and take place over seven days in June 2021. Monaco residents Roberto Giorgi, Illia Melia, Bruno Andreis and brothers Alex and Vik Gustav are expected to play for Europe along with other pro athletes, chefs, actors and musicians who could have been pro golfers.
With the absence of this year’s play in the Principality, Monaco U.S. Celebrity Golf Association Chairman, Susan Feaster decided to put on “A Summer Celebration of Artist Carol Bruton,” who designed the golf trophy for the 2019 St. Moritz Cup.
“I wanted to do something to give back to the local community after confinement,” Feaster tells Forbes Monaco at the intimate preview on July 10, with guests including Princess Nina of Saborga, art collector and entrepreneur Lex Van Hessen, Michel Bouquier head of Monaco Private Label, and Monaco’s first private astronaut, David Shilling. “At the suggestion of Lieutenant-Colonel Philippe Rebaudengo, I reached out to Castelroc to host the art exhibit.”
Toronto-born Bruton is the epitome of sports and ocean protection. A year-round open water swimmer for over a decade, the Beaulieu resident finds inspiration from the myriad of images she observes from below the water’s surface looking up.
“The morning light shining on the sea creates a crystal clear reflection of the world,” she describes. “I then apply cold glass and raw pigments to the canvas, sometimes using 700 tiny brushes to capture the intricate threads of coral.”
The expo at the palace-facing Castelroc restaurant runs from July 11 to July 23. “I am bringing life to this difficult period we are all facing,” Bruton explains, adding that part of the profits from sales will go to Prince Albert’s environmental foundation.