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 creative-capital.org/pdp.

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 florida-arts.org/conveningcultureto 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 fundingartsbroward.org or call 954-353-7673.

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

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/visual-arts/art-basel/article4200990.html#storylink=cpy

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


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/visual-arts/art-basel/article4200990.html#storylink=cpy

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."

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/visual-arts/art-basel/article4200990.html#storylink=cpy

Find the whole Miami Herald article here 

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
Learn More About The Juror...

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.

Questions? Visit our FAQ pages: General or Technical

If you have viewed our FAQs and still have questions,
please email us or call 1-888-235-2783

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)

Website:  http://www.artundressed.com 

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.

See more at: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/ann-norton-sculpture-delayed-as-program-prepares-f/nhcwj/#sthash.Cke9due6.dpuf

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 http://www.artbaseltours.com/

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tribute to American Painter Robert Butler - posted by FFAB

Tribute to American Painter Robert Butler-Florida Wildlife & Landscape Artist

At South Florida State College

November 4, 2014 all day
SHOWING: September 2014-December 2014

Robert Butler, is an American painter best known for his paintings of the wildlife and woods around Florida’s Everglades area. He was a member of the well-known African-American artist’s group, The Highwaymen. He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, along with the other original Highwaymen.

Butler developed his own style, which was exemplified by fine detail and a dramatic, romantic lighting. He painted every Florida ecosystem with an abiding love for the swamps, palmetto flats, hardwood forests, rivers, lakes, pine flats, and wildlife of wild Florida.

For many years, I’ve lived close to nature and witnessed the beauty my privileged eye has been allowed to see. As an artist, it is important to me to share my experiences, and whenever I work, it is the larger view that I strive to maintain. I invite you to look at your experience in the same way. The textured tapestry we call reality is constantly changing. An artist is one of the few who will be privileged to add his or her special splash of color. My love for the land is the strength behind my paintings, and I know there are many others who share my feelings.
– Robert Butler

Show info here 

Robert was a great artist and a great man.  His work will live on to tell the story of Florida before the mass development.  The wildlife in his paintings is what distinguished him from the other Highwaymen.  Every Florida hunter I know has one of Robert's paintings in their collection.  GL

Friday, October 17, 2014

How Should Our Buildings Adapt to Florida’s Rising Sea Levels? - posted by FFAB

How Should Our Buildings Adapt to Florida’s Rising Sea Levels?

As sea levels rise and Florida sinks, how should our buildings adapt? The new Perez Art Museum Miami points the way.

Sarasota Magazine
By: Alastair Gordon

From the Article; 
... A map recently published by National Geographic shows what North America might look like after the polar ice caps have melted. Coastal areas along the east coast will be entirely underwater and Florida—the entire peninsula, including Sugarloaf—is not even on the map.

“Miami, as we know it today, is doomed,” says Harold Wanless, chairman of the department of geological sciences at University of Miami. “It’s not a question of if. It’s a question of when.” Wanless and other scientists predict that by 2030, the sea may have risen more than two feet and as much as six feet by 2100.
“This is ground zero for sea-level rise,” warned U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who hosted a hearing in Miami Beach on Earth Day last April. More than $1.5 billion has already been allocated for projects designed to hold back the rising tides. Dutch flood experts have been flown in to consult on the matter, and Broward County enacted a climate change master plan, but all of this may be in vain, a case of too little, too late.

Despite the dire predictions, investors and developers in Miami and other coastal cities seem to have missed the memo. With speedy profits in mind, they’ve been lulled into mass denial and continue to build higher and more elaborate structures in a place that may, one day, be a sunken city. Instead of sober resolve, there’s an intoxicated, end-of-the-world giddiness to new development that, regrettably, matches the area’s stereotypical image of sybaritic excess. Party hard and live for today! Forget about the drowning future. Miami Goes Wild, reads the wet T-shirt of today. Of course, it doesn’t help that many of the state’s political leaders—including Gov. Rick Scott, Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush—continue to insist that climate change is a myth conjured up by a liberal conspiracy.

 Illustration by Rob Jones

Money speaks louder than scientific fact. Real estate is booming. Wildcat investments are pouring in from South America, Europe, Russia and the Far East. Virtually every block along Miami Beach has a new project under construction, and the skyline of downtown Miami bristles with glassy new high-rise buildings that appear to have been dropped into place like so many alien entities. Architecture with a capital “A” is exploited as a mighty marketing tool, with riotous forms and oversized balconies that expand giddily into fleckless blue skies.

As Miami rises higher, the city continues to sink at alarming rates. On any given day, you can find areas that are already under water, depending on the tide and lunar cycle. Sub-level garages and residential basements are regularly flooded. Fresh water is being contaminated as sewage gets displaced by seawater. Storm drains are overflowing and can’t handle the saltwater that bubbles up through the porous limestone aquifer. During the full moon, small rain puddles expand into lagoons that stretch along the lower sections of Alton Road while the undercarriages of Bentleys and Maseratis corrode in the brackish soup.

Full Article found here 

Interesting article.  It's sad to think my grandchildren may not be able to grow up on the same land as the last four generations of my family because it will be underwater.  What do we do at this point to mitigate the damage?  And why are the developers not worried? As the article states; "Money speaks louder than scientific fact." Until the rising ocean cuts into their bottom line the buildings will continue to go up right to the waters edge. GL

Thursday, October 9, 2014

PMorgan Chase & Co. announce a major gift of art to PAMM’s permanent collection - posted by FFAB

Pérez Art Museum Miami Receives Significant New Works for the Museum’s Permanent Collection from JPMorgan Chase
By Alexa Ferra

Banking Firm Gifts American Women Artists Pieces from World-Renowned Corporate Collection During Annual Corporate Luncheon

MIAMI –  At today’s Seventh Annual Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Corporate Luncheon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a major gift of art to the museum’s permanent collection. This gift includes six works by American women: Pat Stier, Marilyn Minter, Jenny Holzer and Maya Lin, across a range of different media. The announcement was made by Lisa Erf, director of the JPMorgan Chase Art Program, at the luncheon following a discussion with PAMM Director Thom Collins on corporate art collecting for a community.

“JPMorgan Chase has a long history of supporting the arts in South Florida, and we are incredibly grateful for yet another gesture of the company’s commitment to culture and this community,” said Thom Collins, PAMM director. “This gift is the perfect example of how corporate collecting contributes to making art more accessible to our community.”

"This is a collection of art that belongs in a museum and for this generation to appreciate,” said Erf. “We are thrilled that these pieces have found a great home at PAMM."

More than 300 of South Florida’s most influential business leaders attended the highly-anticipated luncheon, which honors the corporate community for its vital support of the arts in South Florida. For the first time, the luncheon was held at the museum’s new, and now iconic waterfront facility. Attendees enjoyed the lunch reception and viewed the museum’s new exhibition, Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico, which opened just last week, and has received rave reviews by the national and international art community.

PAMM Chairman of the Board of Trustees Aaron Podhurst presented the Seventh Annual PAMM Corporate Honors to J.P. Morgan—the firm’s investment bank--, in recognition of the company’s vital impact on the arts in South Florida.  In addition to having one of the most established corporate art collections, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has a long legacy of supporting cultural programs, and promoting education and access for the entire community. In South Florida, the firm has supported the Museum of Science, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery of Science, and Miami Art Museum and Pérez Art Museum Miami’s educational and community programs since 1999.

The PAMM Corporate Luncheon raises funds for the museum’s education programs. PAMM is the largest provider of art education outside of Miami-Dade County Schools, reaching more than 50,000 children since opening in December 2013. Corporate support has made many of these free programs possible, which include: free family activities every second Saturday; Brick by Brick, a program for at-risk teens which takes place at community centers in underserved areas throughout Miami-Dade, and focuses on architecture, design and community planning; PAMM in the Neighborhood, a summer camp program for underserved youth; and more.

For the fourth consecutive year, presenting sponsor of the PAMM Corporate Luncheon was South Motors Automotive Group. Additional Pérez Art Museum Miami Corporate Luncheon supporters included: gold sponsors Cernuda Arte; Citi; City National Bank; Douglas Elliman Real Estate; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Novela & Associates; Podhurst Orseck, P.A.; and UBS Wealth Management; and silver sponsors: Bank of America; BBVA Compass; Beaux Auctions; Carol C. Lumpkin and R. Hugh Lumpkin; Classical South Florida 89.7 FM; Itaú; Jose Milton & Associates; MSC Cruises; Perry Ellis International; RBC Wealth Management; The Americas Collection; U.S. Trust; and Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L.