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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, July 2021, Creative Corner

IIMBCreative Corner

Featuring Butlers who Apply their Creative Talents to their Art and their Profession

We are expanding this monthly column to include other butlers who, not surprisingly, given the level of creativity the position requires, enjoy skills in the fine arts. If you, or any butler you know, are a creative artist in no matter what genre, please feel free to submit your/their works to the editor of the Modern Butlers’ Journal.

Next month, we hope to include «The Butler who Paints,» and for this month, we have a wonderful surprise:



Rick Fink





This is a copy of the well-known painting, The Dancing Class, by Edgar Degas. The first is Mr. Fink’s work, the second, the original which hangs in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. The warmer tones make for a much more compelling image.

Mr. Rick Fink has been in the butler profession for over six decades, is the principal of the Butler Valet School in England, and a venerable member of the International Butler Trainer Alliance.

Kobi Gutman

The cast came out very well and the statue of the mermaid was painted in gold and copper. One of Mr. Gutman’s favorites, he says.

Mr. Kobi Gutman is one of  the most accomplished hotel butlers in the world, currently working as the head butler at a private hotel in Florida; he can be reached via the Institute.

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.