Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May at Morikami - posted by FFAB

May at Morikami Welcomes Back Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks,
Mother’s Day Crafting and More

Delray Beach, Fla. – April 22, 2015Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens complements spring weather with a fully blossomed garden and an array of exciting events lined up for  May. Sushi & Stroll summer walks return with delicious food, beautiful sunsets and taiko drumming performances that are sure to be enjoyed by all. Also this month, visitors can add a Japanese flair to their Mother’s Day gift by crafting an origami card. See a full list and description of May events below.

September 30, 2014 – May 24, 2015
Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form, and Function
Japanese Design for the Senses comprises three distinct exhibitions highlighting the beauty, form, and function that is inherent to Japanese craft and design. Each component features objects designed and crafted to be both beautiful and functional. Examples include an array of exquisite works, from folding screen paintings and lacquer boxes, to handcrafted lamps, benches, and step chests, all of which are as impressive in their design as they are in their craftsmanship and functionality.
Touch of Gold: Lacquerware Boxes and the Paintings of Elaine Ehrenkranz
For over forty years, the abstract expressionist painter Elaine Ehrenkranz formed a comprehensive collection of magnificent Japanese lacquerware boxes ranging in date from the 15th to the mid-19th centuries. A large portion of her collection was donated to the Harvard University Art Museums in 1997, with the remaining masterpieces gifted to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in 2013. Touch of Gold features her remarkable gift to the Morikami.
Ma: Defining Space: Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
A built-in storage system comprised of staggered shelves, chigai-dana first appeared inside shoin-style homes in the Kamakura era (1192 – 1333), replacing the freestanding, portable bookcases that were used to store and display scrolls, books, tea utensils and other decorative objects. A companion to the tokonoma, an alcove in which hanging scrolls and other objects of art are decoratively displayed, chigai-dana is an integral part of Japanese domestic architecture. Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji’s timeless, elegant shelving and storage systems accentuate the simple yet refined beauty of form and function that is the essence of Japanese design and furniture aesthetics. This exhibition was organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Katachi: The Essence of Aesthetic Form and Function in Japanese Furniture
Katachi embodies the hallmark of Japanese aesthetics: a harmonious balance of beautiful form, fine workmanship, and practical functionality. This exhibition draws upon the Morikami’s collection of 19th and 20th-century Japanese furnishings, including decorative folding screens, storage chests, lamps, and many other examples of fine Japanese design and craftsmanship. Also on view are several pieces made by renowned furniture maker George Nakashima (1905 – 1990), a leading innovator of 20th-century furniture design and one of the founders of the American Craft Movement. 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School
4-week session: Fri., May 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Class fee: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $40
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo School
4-week session: Tues., May 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Class fee: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $60 payable to instructor
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. The Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Floral
4-week session: Thurs. May 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 10:30am- 12:30pm
Class fee: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to capture the beauty of flowers and bamboo.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Landscape
4-week session: Thurs. May 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm                                                           
Class fee: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to mimic sweeping landscapes.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series
Day: Friday, May 8
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children (4-10) (museum members and children 3 and under FREE); $2 for taiko performance (optional). Reservations are not required.
Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with taiko drums and a cultural backdrop that can't be beat! Add a cold drink, a breathtaking sunset and a walking path through a tranquil garden and you've got Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks! Stroll the gardens at your own pace and take advantage of our free tour of the museum and gardens for smart phones. Excite your palate with something delicious from our own Cornell Café, indulge in some shopping at the Museum Store or tantalize your senses with a drumming performance by Fushu Daiko.
Please note that the museum galleries are closed for these special nights. Food and drink are not included with event admission.

Family Fun Holiday Activity: Mother’s Day Craft
Day: Sunday, May 10
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: Free with paid museum admission
Honor your mother by making a special card for her.

Demonstrations of Sado: The Way of Tea
Day: Saturday, May 16
Time: Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission
Observe Japanese sado, “the way of tea,” an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. The true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet can bring a calm perspective into a busy life.
Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. For more information, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Sado Tea Ceremony Class
2-week session: Sunday, May 17 & 31
Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am
Cost: $55 (members $50; advance registration required)
Learn to perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of Master Soei Chieko Mihori. Tea Ceremony Workshop (offered in November, January and March) is a prerequisite for this class.
To register, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call 561-495-0233.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Authentic Branding Workshop for Individual Artists - posted by FFAB

Authentic Branding Presented by The Creative Capital Foundation and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc.
Workshop for Individual Artists
The Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. announce an upcoming workshop with the Creative Capital Foundation for Individual Artists. This workshop will focus on the way that artists convey key messages about their work whether intentionally or not. Artists who attend this innovative and exciting workshop will acquire tools to identify and calibrate their brand and will leave with a clear strategy to more effectively present themselves and their work and move forward to achieve their goals.

This workshop is intended for mid-career artists; it is preferred for artists to have participated in previous professional development opportunities, though not required.

More information on the Authentic Branding Workshop, including the workshop leader and feedback from past participants, can be found here:

Workshop Details:
May 16, 2015 –Jacksonville
Presenting Partners: The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Location: 245 Riverside Avenue, Suite #310
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
*This workshop is open to artists from the following counties: Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns

May 17, 2015 – Gainesville
Hosted by: University Galleries, University of Florida
Presenting Partner: College of the Arts, University of Florida
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

About Creative Capital:
The Creative Capital Foundation is a national foundation that serves artists and supports their work through their Grantmaking activity and their Professional Development Program. The Division has partnered with Creative Capital since 2007 to offer meaningful and innovative professional development to Florida artists. More information about Creative Capital and its services can be found at:

Application and Participation:
To apply for the workshop, please visit this link:
The application deadline is April 30, 2015, artists will be notified of their inclusion in this opportunity no later than May 7, 2015.

To be eligible to apply for this workshop, artists must be a Florida resident and for the May 16th workshop, must reside in the counties listed. The workshop is open to artists working in any discipline.

If selected, artists attend the workshop free of charge. They are responsible only for their transportation to and from the workshop location and a small fee for lunch during the day’s events.
This workshop is made possible through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and also with private support through Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. More information about Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. can be found here:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Norton Museum sends five artists into Florida Everglades - posted by FFAB

Norton Museum sends five artists into Florida Everglades

There’s a Broadway musical quality to what the Norton Museum of Art asked of five artists: Go into the woods.

Into the Everglades, to be precise.

Clyde Butcher’s “Moonrise Number Two” (Courtesy: Mildred and Herbert Lee)

The result: You’ve never seen the Everglades quite like this.jim

The museum commissioned five photographers to go into the Everglades over the course of the last 18 months — amid more than two-and-a-half years of planning — and show the public what they saw.

Their wildly different depictions of the impression Florida’s grassland eco system made on them is captured in a vast new exhibit, “Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades,” which runs through July 12.

Bert Teunissen, Domestic Landscapes. Everglades, 2014 (Photo: Courtesy Bert Teunissen)

Their projects are part of a wider exhibit that includes more than 200 images, early maps, postcards, Audubon prints and works by celebrated photographers including Walker Evans and Marion Post Wolcott.

The five commissioned artists — Amsterdam-based Bert Teunissen, American Gerald Slota, Korean-American Jungjin Lee, photographer Jim Goldberg and historian Jordan Stein — were chosen for their disparate points of view.

And that only adds to the richness of an Everglades exhibit that stands as a unique portrait of Florida’s greatest natural resource.

James Balog’s “Florida Panther” (Courtesy: Norton Museum of Art)

“Imaging Eden” goes beyond the expected photographs of wild terrain and reptiles.

The exhibits range from photojournalism to pure abstract. From black and white to vivid color. You never knew there were so many ways to look at the Everglades, and this exhibit does challenges the conventional mental image.

Lee takes a reductionist view of the Everglades. Through the lens, she looks for simple, minimalist forms that tell a story about the landscape. Grassland ridges become patterns, a fleeting crow ephemera, a woodland path a haunting.

Eliot Porter, “Slough and Mist, Cypress Lodge, Punta Gorda, Florida, January 31, 1974” (Photo: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas)

“She’s incredibly Zen about the way she photographs,” exhibit curator Tim Wride said. “She has this ability to ferret out ‘the moment.’”

Teunissen takes the opposite tack. Rather than photograph outside spaces, he focuses on the inside spaces where people from the Everglades live. His portraits of the people in the Everglades — most of whom were photographed in their trailer homes — are intimate, familiar and bring us closer to the people who live there.

“I tried to make a big overview of the people who live in that area,” he said. “They are the ones who make up that countryside.”

Gerald Slota, The Seminole Wars, 2014 (Photo: Slota)

Gerald Slota let the centuries of U.S.-Native American conflicts inspire his massive mural of abstract colors and images. The inspiration was the 1837 Christmas Day battle in which Native Americans and escaped slaves worked together to repel the U.S. Army.

It’s history that feels immediate and aggressive instead of a sepia-toned memory of a bygone conflict.

“My goal was for you to step back and get your own personal narrative,” Slota said.

Goldberg and Stein worked together to produce an installation of photographs, videos and found objects from their time in the Everglades. It’s an abstract walk through the Everglades from the fresh eyes of someone new to that landscape.

“It challenged me to make photographs that show how compelling my experience was in the Everglades,” Goldberg said.

“It’s such a closed community in a lot of ways,” Stein added.

That makes their windows into the Everglades all the more revealing — and important.

“Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades”
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach
When: The exhibit runs through July 12.

More information: Call 561-832-5196 or visit

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Florida Statewide Cultural Conference - Feb 8 & 9 - posted by FFAB

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Statewide Cultural Conference Registration Open and Schedule Available
Register now for a productive and inspiring two days at Convening Culture 2015: Building a Healthier Florida Through Arts and Culture hosted by Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. in Orlando. Plan to join us for a welcome reception on February 8 and a day of exciting and engaging sessions on February 9. From discussions on arts and healthcare initiatives to panels on sustaining a healthy funding environment, there will be many ways for participants to engage and explore these topics while learning from one another in the inspiring setting of the newly-opened Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Keynote speaker Richard Blanco
Keynote Speaker
Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet
Former Florida artist and Individual Artist Fellowship Recipient, Inaugural Poet, and author, Richard Blanco, is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history and the first Floridian to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, Blanco was instilled with a strong sense of community, dignity, and identity that he has carried into his adult life as a writer. A builder of cities as well as poems, Blanco holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.F.A in Creative Writing. In this talk, he shares elements of his personal narrative about how poetry prompted him to discover his authentic self and a deeper understanding of what it means to be American while emphasizing how the arts support Florida’s diverse communities.
Blanco is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College and the University of Rhode Island. He has written and preformed occasional poems for organizations such as the Boston Strong Benefit Concert, Freedom to Marry, the Fragrance Awards, and the Tech Awards in Silicon Valley. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as major media from the U.S. and around the world, including CNN, Telemundo, AC360, BBC, Univision, and PBS.
“Like the inaugural poem he wrote for our country, Richard Blanco’s moving story speaks to the amazing American spirit in all of us who keep dreaming, persevering, exploring, and creating.”--Gloria Estefan, American singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur

Conference Schedule
February 8, 2015
Pre-conference Workshop
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Financial Literacy for Individual Artists
This pre-conference workshop for artists is presented in partnership with the Creative Capital Foundation, a national foundation serving individual artists. Through this workshop, participants will learn valuable tools and tips to become more comfortable with the financial aspects of their art practice. From generating budgets that accurately tell the story of their work to calculating the value of their time, this session brings useful information to Florida artists of all disciplines to expand the business aspects of their creative careers.

More information about the Creative Capital Foundation and its Professional Development Program can be found at

Opening Reception
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Presented by Visit Orlando
Reception Presentation: Inside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
This talk gives attendees a glimpse into the brand new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and highlights the widespread collaboration and community involvement that have been integral in its recent launch. Presented by Kathy Ramsberger, President of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Following the talk, interested attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the Center.

*Attendees may check-in for the conference during the opening reception and visit the conference bookstore.

February 9, 2015
8:00 a.m.Check in and introductions

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.Conference Welcome

Local and state leaders welcome conference attendees and introduce the topic of “Building a Healthier Florida through Arts and Culture” in the beautiful DeVos Family Room at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.Session 1
  • Cultural Organization Capacity Building – Public Sources
    Representatives from various public funding sources (government and regional organizations) participate in a moderated panel discussion on ways to create a healthy funding environment for Florida cultural organizations and best convey the benefits of public investment in arts and cultural programming.
  • Power of Arts and Culture on Wellness and Aging
    This session addresses the growing issues of aging and care giving with examples and demonstrations from local community and national initiatives that focus on aging in place and keeping loved ones at home as long as possible through the stimulating and connecting power of the arts. The session specifically addresses how everyone can support individuals afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as their care givers and families. Presented by Margery Pabst, President of the Pabst Foundation and President-Elect of the National Center for Creative Aging.
  • Artists and Journalists Leading Community EngagementPresented by The Treasured Lands Foundation and the Pegasus Foundation
    This panel discussion includes journalist Eve Samples of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel, Florida artist Janeen Mason and Florida filmmaker and author Bill Bellville. They will discuss their perspectives and insights on raising awareness of the impact of arts and culture on Florida communities.
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.Keynote with Richard BlancoPresented by Walt Disney World Resorts with the Florida Humanities Council
The Keynote with Richard Blanco will be followed by a booksigning.
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Lunch
  • Impact of Educational Programming: A Case Study with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
    Presented by Ogden and Bonnie White
    This session highlights the impact of the educational program of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, a professional not-for-profit regional theatre dedicated to the performing arts. Julie Rowe, Director of Education, discusses the program’s lifelong impact on its participants followed by a lively performance by the Touring Company.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.General Session
  • Charting the Course: A New Arts & Culture RoadmapThis session will introduce the Division of Cultural Affairs’ new five-year strategic plan. Participants will hear remarks from Jana Ertrachter, the consultant who worked with the Division through its planning process, and Division of Cultural Affairs Director Sandy Shaughnessy. This will be an interactive session with facilitated dialogue around the four key strategic issues in the Division’s new plan: Sustainability; Partnerships and Collaboration; Marketing and Communications; and Elevating the Role of Artists. Attendees will leave this session with clear ideas as to how they can engage in the Division’s vision for the future.
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.Session 2
  • Connecting Arts and Culture with Florida’s Tourism Industry
    Presented by Mears Transportation
    This panel discussion emphasizes the flourishing partnerships between arts and cultural organizations and the tourism industry and will discuss the potential and growing the impact of collaboration between these two sectors.
  • Arts and Culture as a Solution for Community ImprovementPresented by John and Joanne Payson
    Internationally acclaimed countertenor Terry Barber is known for his extraordinary range both vocally and stylistically. Barber is founder of Artists For A Cause, Inc., a nonprofit that stimulates engagement in art and culture while addressing the critical needs of communities. Barber performs and will discuss how his organization empowers hundreds of artists as they use their talent for community improvement, taking on issues like poverty, health concerns, and more.
  • Arts in Medicine at Orlando Health
    Presented by Orlando Health
    This session is presented by Dr. Diane Robinson and highlights how the Integrative Medicine Department is incorporating the expressive arts into the medical plan of care at Orlando Health. Dr. Robinson will provide research information on the benefits of the softer side of medicine in cancer treatment, and will present some of the work her team is involved with in direct patient care.
    *A collaborative art making experience by Orlando Health’s current resident artist will be set up in the lobby and will be on display during the closing reception.
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.Session 3
  • Spotlight on Florida Arts in Medicine
    Jill Sonke is the Director of the Shands Arts in Medicine Program at the University of Florida and a national leader in the field of arts in medicine. During this talk, she discusses the history of arts in medicine in Florida, current trends in the field and the role of the arts in health messaging.
  • Cultural Organization Capacity Building – Private Sources
    Representatives from various private funding sources including private foundations, community foundations and an individual donor participate in a moderated roundtable and touch on ideas for engaging younger generations in philanthropy and support for cultural programs.
  • Advancing Accessibility for Florida Arts and CulturePresented by United Arts of Central FloridaThis session will include a moderated discussion on best practices and innovative programs addressing cultural access and inclusion. It will highlight the work of organizations that lead the field in terms of cultural access and will give participants a glimpse into the impact of inclusive programming for individuals with disabilities.
  • Florida Artists as Leaders and CollaboratorsThis session highlights the projects of a Florida artist instigating innovative collaboration between two areas – her studio practice and cancer care. Is there really such a thing as “healing art?” Jacksonville artist Nadine Terk discusses one of her latest projects, There for You, a documentary project that includes studio portraits of breast cancer survivors and their compelling stories of their journey to heal. This series of paintings and audio stories show another side to cancer and comment on the healing process and the self-discovery it evokes.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.Closing Remarks & Performance by Orlando BalletThis intimate performance by Orlando Ballet will feature three excerpts from Swan Lake by the remarkable company dancers and will include remarks by the Ballet’s Artistic Director, Robert Hill.

Closing Reception
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Orlando Science Center
Reception Presentation: Expanding and Electrifying the Cultural Landscape
This program features an excerpt from the Orlando Science Center’s own High Voltage! Show, where visitors get shockingly close to the science of electricity. Following this will be a special presentation featuring the Science Center’s Musical Tesla Coil, followed by remarks from the Orlando Science Center, on their role in Orlando’s cultural landscape.

Additional details and opportunities to come.Schedule elements are subject to change.
Visit register, view the current schedule, and access hotel information.

Convening Culture is made possible through the gracious support of the following sponsors.
  • Session Sponsors: Orlando Health, Mears Transportation Group, Walt Disney World Resort, United Arts of Central Florida, The Bryce L. West Foundation, Tricia & Robert Earl, John & Joanne Payson, Ogden & Bonnie White
  • Friends of the Conference: The I-Drive District, Florida Humanities Council, Hilton Orlando, The Pegasus Foundation, Treasured Lands Foundation
  • Partners: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Science Center
This information was shared by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

I went to the conference last year and was truly impressed by the breath of content, work sessions and the networking opportunities.  I highly recommend this event and can't wait to attend.  G 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Purvis Young’s art finds home in Camillus House - posted by FFAB

Funding Arts Broward Invites New Members - posted by FFAB


Funding Arts Broward Invites New Members
to Join in a Passion for the Arts
Florida Youth Orchestra demonstrates the benefits of music with impact to the community
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Recently, Florida Youth Orchestra (FYO) serenaded more than 80 FAB! members and their guests at Fort Lauderdale’s Tower Club. With the city and the ocean in the backdrop from 28 floors up, this group with high energy and purpose, mixed and mingled to the classical sounds of four students demonstrating that music is good for confidence, comradery and the human spirit. FYO's Musical Director Steven Burnes shared ways and means that music affects lives, and particularly children. Five new members were welcomed into this Who's Who Monday luncheon that celebrated the arts and the accomplishments of FAB! One hundred percent of membership dues are contributed through grants to arts organizations that present at venues throughout the county and enhance our community.
In eleven years, Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) has distributed more than $2 million to the arts. "The one thing we in this room all agree upon, I think I can say with conviction,” says FAB! President Drazia Rubenstein, "is that the arts are important to us as individuals, as a community and indeed to society as a whole."‎ The four young musicians, Chase Cueto, Erin Gotlieb, Ethan Foreman and Abby Hart, performed a soft, classical rendition after the meal that confirmed any doubt, that the audience or Rubenstein may have had about her statement.
New members enjoyed their first FAB! luncheon of the season and shared how they too would like to be more involved. “We hope to continue to integrate and mix our membership demographics with more, younger members, male members and culturally diverse members,” says Rubenstein, “in order to truly represent Broward County, and the artistic talent and audience that we are working towards nurturing in the NEXT ten years.”
Annually, Funding Arts Broward holds special FAB! Fun events in order to share with their members the special cultural experiences. It might be a back stage tour at Broward Center for the Performing Arts or a tour of a private art collector. FAB! fun events provide unique opportunities for members and their guests to experience the arts in our community, and have a first-hand look at their membership donations at work.
Through an efficient and effective process for determining grant eligibility and funding, FAB! has created a community of like-minded, art loving individuals who have joined together as advocates of visual and performing arts.

The program is created through a sustainable funding pool supported by annual contributions by members - individuals ($1000) and corporate ($3,500), is managed through an accurate and transparent accounting system. Every cent of the membership fee is distributed to the arts through grants. Members feel that this money has a direct economic impact, as well as an impact on the quality of life, community value and arts education; and that it is an endeavor rich with reward, for the future, for the fabric of the community and for the children, through arts education. Also, FAB! is the recipient of a Knight Foundation Challenge Grant that allowed the funding of eight additional FAB! Knight New Work Projects in Broward County in the past three years.

For further information on FAB! and more details on becoming a member, visit or call 954-353-7673.

For art aficionados, a new Wynwood emerges to the north - posted by FFAB

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For art aficionados, a new Wynwood emerges to the north
By Anne Tschida and Jane Wooldridge

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For art aficionados bound for Art Basel Miami Beach and this week’s other fairs, the private museums and galleries of the Wynwood Art District will be high on the must-see list. By midweek, the juice bars, coffee shops and craft breweries surrounding the Wynwood Walls street-art enclave will be as busy as Lincoln Road.

What Wynwood visitors may not find are the artists who helped shape the neighborhood into a global hotspot. Many of them — and a handful of gallerists — have headed north, renting studios amid the botanicas, sugarcane vendors and discount clothiers of Little Haiti and the track-side stretch of warehouses known as the Little River Business District.

Artists including Edouard Duval-Carrie, Emmett Moore, Agustina Woodgate, Carlos Betancourt and Bhakti Baxter find the vibe there — and the prices – just right for studios and, in some cases, even living space.

When Moore returned to Miami from college a few years ago, he immediately gravitated to Little River, where he worked a decade ago as a high school artist. “It’s kind of quiet and off the grid. You could get a big space for cheap,” he said — size being critical for his large furniture pieces. Rents range around $8 to $12 per square foot.

For Moore, Wynwood was never an option. Finding any commercial space for less than $40 per square foot is now nearly impossible, said Realtor Tony Cho of Metro 1 Properties. And with many artists moving elsewhere, the energy wasn’t right for Moore.

As for Little River, “Right now, it’s a really good community, where you can collaborate with other artists and feed off each other.” 

Betancourt agrees. After working in Wynwood, Opa-locka and El Portal, Betancourt last week purchased land for a home/studio in Little River, where he will be able to create both two-dimensional artworks and sculptures. 

“There’s an organic feeling of the way it is progressing ... there’s a very careful planning behind it, with special consideration to the artists,” Betancourt said. “This is always very fragile. The bigger developers with big ideas can come in too soon, and that can jeopardize the organic feeling. They are extremely aware of that."

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Whether you call it Little Haiti, Little River, Lemon City, MiMo or the Historic Upper East Side this part of Miami is attracting lots of attention.  With rents lows and large spaces available this could be the perfect next hot area.  I know of two artists that have recently moved into new space and love the area.  I'll have to make a side trip during Art Basel week to see what all the fuss is about.  GL

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New American Paintings CALL FOR ARTISTS : South Region - posted by FFAB


Entry Deadline: December 31, 2014 (Midnight EST)


Artists residing in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia,Washington DC, West Virginia

Dominic Molon
Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art,
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
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Submission Deadline: December 31, 2014 (Midnight EST)

To apply online you will need to prepare four jpegs of your work (no larger than 1200 pixels at their greatest dimension) and a credit card for the entry fee of $50. All styles and media are welcome, as long as the work is singular and two-dimensional.

Click here to register and submit your entries to the Southern Competition*:

*If you have been featured in a past issue of New American Paintings then you already have an account on our new web site. DO NOT REGISTER A NEW ACCOUNT. If you wish to enter this year’s competition, please follow the instructions on the site to gain access to your account.

Apply online now to take advantage of our special offer! Subscribe to New American Paintings for $99/1-yr and your $50 entry will be free. This option is available to you when you register to pay for your competition.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

ARTundressed 2014… South Florida’s Sexiest Art Festival - posted by FFAB

ARTundressed 2014… South Florida’s Sexiest Art Festival

November 20 @ 6:00 pm - November 22 @ 10:00 pm

Celebrating art at its most creative, original — and erotic, ARTundressed has invited more than 120 artists from more than 28 countries to South Florida for a provocative showcase. Curated by knowledgeable art experts, the ARTundressed exhibition displays both the humorous and the sensual aspects of creative nude art, but features performance art, chic fashion, great live music, and cutting-edge visuals. Held November 20, 21, and 22 at The McCormick Place, this fifth annual event hopes to awaken — and heighten — Miami’s senses and spirits.

A one-of-a-kind event… The ARTundressed Festival presents a unique opportunity to truly experience the sensual aspects of the visual and performing arts through Art; Music; Fashion; and Entertainment. The principal concept of the Exhibition is to create an interactive environment which allows everyone attending to become participants and even performers themselves by engaging them in a memorable erogenous experience.

ARTundressed illustrates a variety of sensual subject matters that bring to life the essence of the exhibition itself; whether you are an art enthusiast or connoisseur; mainstream, or into alternative lifestyles, the collection of exhibited artworks is designed to literally stimulate the erogenous mind and spark intimate conversations. Our goal is to awaken and heighten all of your senses, reach out and touch the mind, body and amorous spirit through interactive participation.

ARTundressed 2014 INCLUDES:

** Art Exhibition showcasing around 250 exceptional curated art pieces
** More than 120 artists representing over 28 different countries
** An impressive collection of creative erogenous artworks rarely seen
** More than 80 participating artists are planning to attend the Exhibition
** Participation and art installations by local and international artists, performers, and Art Masters
** Live shows and performances; Live bands and deejays; Chic and Provocative Fashion
** Live Art Workshops and Interactive Community Art Wall for audience participation
** Art contests for Body Painting; Live Drawing and Photoshoot Sessions
** Catering Services offering appetizing food, beverages, and cocktails
** The Closing Party: “the GOOD, the BAD, and the NAUGHTY” (Saturday night)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Renoir to Chagall | Tampa Museum of Art - posted by FFAB

“The Seine at Billancourt” was painted by Alfred Sisley between 1877-78. 

Renoir to Chagall | Paris and the Allure of Color
Tampa Museum of Art
On view October 11, 2014–January 11, 2015

Impressionist and post-Impressionist works opening Saturday at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Few places continue to enthrall us like Paris and the rich legacy of the artists who made the “City of Light” their home. Together, these artists, including the well-known leaders of French impres- sionism—Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley—came to define 19th-century Parisian moder- nity, bringing to life the cafés, city streets, and brightly lit seaside resorts of the French capital and its environs.  

Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color showcases 55 masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Museum Show info here

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jamie Wyeth's Portraits of Rudolf Nureyev - posted by FFAB

Jamie Wyeth's Portraits of Rudolf Nureyev at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
October 11, 2014 through January 18, 2015 

Images of the Dancer from the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

This exhibition focuses on the art of Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) and is drawn from the substantial holdings of the Wyeth Family in the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s collection. It explores the unique collaboration between Wyeth, one of this country’s greatest living painters, and the famous ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev (1938‒1993). These exuberant works were made in many media and date between 1977 and 2001, including posthumous portraits Wyeth created. The Museum is supplementing the nineteen portraits—three of which are large in scale—with five costumes in the Brandywine’s collection that Nureyev wore in some of his most memorable performances.

Show info here

My teenage niece has a recently discovered love for Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.  She even has a Jamie Wyeth gallery opening postcard taped to her high school binder.  I'm a big fan of originality and I'll bet my niece is the only highschooler in America to be proudly flying a Wyeth work.  Her friends may think it's strange but I think that shows she's already way ahead of the crowd! GL

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ann Norton sculpture delayed as public art program prepares for funding boom - postedby FFAB

An artists’ computer-generated rendering of an untitled gateway by Ann Norton, commissioned by the City of West Palm Beach for the Okeechobee Boulevard median near Sapodilla Avenue

Ann Norton sculpture delayed as public art program prepares for funding boom
Palm Beach Daily News
By Jan Sjostrom

Two years after the City of West Palm Beach approved commissioning a 35-foot Ann Norton sculpture for the Okeechobee Boulevard median next door to the Kravis Center not a single brick has been laid.

The delay is connected to changes in the city’s public art ordinance that are likely to uncork a gusher of new money for public art. The revision, approved in March, adds private construction to certain city-financed building projects as a source of financing for public art.

Under the new ordinance, municipal, commercial and multi-family residential projects with above-ground costs exceeding $500,000 will be assessed 1 percent for the public art fund. As an alternative, developers can provide artwork or historical or cultural elements of equivalent value, with the approval of the city’s art in public places advisory board and the city commission.

“We anticipate collecting up to $3 million over the next 12 months if building permits are issued the way we expect them to be,” said Christine Thrower, director of the parks and recreation department, which oversees public art.

That’s a huge leap from the $535,000 the city collected from 2000 to 2012, when the city spent a little more than $69,000 on public art projects.

With so much money on the way, the city has determined it needs a public art master plan. The city has selected IBI Group, a global architecture, planning, engineering and technology firm with offices in Pompano Beach, to create the plan. The plan must be completed by May. The city also intends to hire a public art coordinator, its first staff person wholly dedicated to public art.

The Ann Norton sculpture, which was to be executed in consultation with the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, will be re-examined in the context of the new master plan, city leaders said.

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Municipalities all across Florida are creating and implementing Public Art Master Plans.   This year dozens have applied to the Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs grant programs.  Most will be recommended for full funding.  These grants were applied for as part of master plans to revitalize downtowns, create new city spaces by reclaiming abandon lots or enhance already important city parks. 

Cities gain value through public art - cultural, social, and economic value.  Public art is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture.  It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities.  public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces.  It provides an intersection between past, present and future. GL

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wynwood | Art Basel Tours by The Art Experience- posted by FFAB

Art | Experience


Our tour packages offers a unique opportunity for everyone to dine and explore the three art-centric neighborhoods of Miami Art Districts with (celebrity eateries and bars), Art Galleries, Design Houses and Studios, and the Wynwood Walls. We offer the tour to our locals every week, also we offer customized tour pacakages for (Art Basel) an artistic experience and (SOBE Food and Wine Festival) a culinary experience, this opportunity has never before been offered outside of these two major international events occurring only once a year with over 1,000,000 in attendance.

We provide a 3-Course Dining Experience prepared by Celebrity Chefs at a selection of fine restaurants Oak Tavern, Riviera Focacceria, Shokudo and more, with décor and service at its finest. Our Exclusive Design District, Midtown and Wynwood (Art Districts) Passport which is actual passport sized, containing detailed maps of the districts, venues and vendor locations and ads, gallery information and points of interest. The best part of the passport is the incentives section made just for us, including discounts, 2 for 1’s and savings valued at over $300.00! The passport is good for one year so it may be used repeatedly, the purpose being to bring the customer back to enjoy our three art districts over and over again. Also inclusive Your Personal Exclusive Tourator ( a tour guide highly knowledgeable of the arts) available for (groups of 6+) – The best part of the tour, before or after you dine, you will be able to view some of the best art collections in the world. Entrance into the district’s exclusive galleries is $10 per person normally, and inclusive in the tour is not only one gallery, but up to three galleries. View the Walls of Wynwood, the Margulies Collection, Rubell Collection, and have a once in a lifetime experience! 

Website with tour info and pricing found at

I'm excited hearing about this group and I'm sure they will do well.  To get the most out of your time in Wynwood, with the artwork so spread out, its wise to go you're first time with someone who knows the area.  I have been giving tours of Wynwood and Art Basel for years now and have been posting my "Glenn's Guide to Art Basel" as a way to demystify the art scene for first timers.  A permanent tour company that specializes in the area is a welcomed idea and one I will utilize.  GL