Saturday, August 18, 2018

City of Boca Raton Issues a 'Call to Artists' for First Ever Public Mural Project

The City of Boca Raton’s newly established Art in Public Places (AIPP) Advisory Board has created its first public art program and is accepting applications for a mural project near the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

A 6-foot high maintenance wall at the west entrance of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, at 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, will be the site of the city's first public mural. (Lulu Ramadan/Palm Beach Post)

Established in January 2018, Boca Raton's Art in Public Places Advisory Board was created to enrich and enhance the City’s public environment and landscapes through creative collaborations with local artists. The goal is to provide a cultural experience for residents and visitors. The seven-member Board is made up of residents in the Boca Raton community who have knowledge or interest in public arts. 

Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art who serves as the Chairman of the AIPP Board, is encouraged by the community’s interest in this new initiative. “Our goal as the newly formed Art in Public Places Board is to promote the inclusion of art into the civic landscape all while incorporating culture and education with the purpose of bringing people together.” The first project by AIPP is the Red Reef Park West Wall Mural located at the entrance of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center boardwalk. “As the liaison for the Art in Public Places Board, it is my privilege to oversee the first public mural installation within the City of Boca Raton,” commented Ruby Childers, Downtown Manager for the City. “This visual arts initiative not only beautifies our City but showcases artistic talent from our community and beyond. I invite all qualified artists to participate by answering our Call to Artists.” 

The City is currently accepting applications from artists skilled in visual arts (murals). The preferred artist(s) will have an extensive background in street art with proven results in public spaces and civic and community engagement to create innovative temporary public art. Amounts to cover artists’ expenses, including paint, supplies, site preparation, installation and clean-up may be granted subject to authorization by the Board and in accordance with any Project rules established by the Board. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 31, 2018 at 5:00pm EST. For more information on what proposed art should include, to apply or additional information on the project, visit the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board webpage at

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Contemporary Glass Artist Abby Modell

Abby Modell creates exquisite, hand blown, contemporary art glass, striving to create a harmonious interaction and reaction between color and glass. 

Modell’s style is recognized around the world with works in private homes and corporate collections throughout the United States, including the world headquarters of Morgan Stanley in New York, New York and in the permanent collection at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. And most recently the Royal Caribbean, Symphony of the Seas, Sculpture collection. She has also been exhibiting in several tradeshows and galleries.

You can experience Modell's current exhibit in Philadelphia at the National Liberty Museum's 'SpaceLab: An Interstellar Exhibit of Glass Art' - the exhibition opened July 6th and on view through September 7th, 2018.

The exhibition features Abby Modell's 'Galaxy Collection' showcasing her three dimensional wall art and large sculptural objects. Focusing on transparencies and refracted light, Modell creates work that is inspired by the natural swirling formations of the stars, planets and the infinite dimension of the night sky.GALLERY 


2006 Michael Davis Glass Studio, New York, NY (current)

1976 Syracuse University and Parsons School of Design, BFA

Saturday, August 11, 2018

ArtsLaunch2018 - Adrienne Arsht Center


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 8
RAIN DATE: Saturday, September 22


This is Miami’s biggest annual event celebrating and kicking off the Arts Season—and it’s FREE! Join the Adrienne Arsht Center for a day of fun and discovery: family activities, mini performances, a community arts village of more than 100 arts and cultural organizations, chef demonstrations, food*, live bands, DJs and more. Plus—the majority of the Arsht Center’s season will go on sale for individual show tickets for the first time—and if you purchase in person at the box office, they’ll waive the ticket handling fees!**
This is the perfect opportunity for you to spend a day immersed in arts and culture, while exploring the Center’s performance space in the most unique and intimate ways. Bring your friends and family!
    Mark your calendars and RSVP below. Check out the event page on Facebook to get updates as more activities for the day are added.
    The festivities will include a party on Thomson Plaza featuring:
    • Curator/DJ of Mixtape Monday’s at Wood Tavern DJ KUMI ALVAREZ
    • Powerhouse pop rock-reggae band JAHFÉ
    • Grammy-nominated Latin funk band LOCOS POR JUANA
    Performances, staged readings, screenings and workshops will be offered all day long throughout the campus from partners including:
    • A Cappella Corner featuring local high school groups
    • Centro Cultural de España Miami
    • City Theatre
    • Delou Africa
    • Florida Grand Opera
    • Greater Miami Youth Orchestra
    • Jolt Radio
    • Magic City Opera
    • Miami City Ballet
    • Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
    • Musical Fairy Tales
    • New World Symphony
    • Radio Lollipop
    • South Florida Center for Percussive Arts
    • Zoetic Stage
    Additional events and a detailed schedule for ArtsLaunch2018 will be announced in August. Stay tuned for more!

    *Food and drink will be available for purchase. 
    **Only valid for single tickets purchased at the Box Office window on September 8. Restrictions Apply.

    South Florida Contemporary Artist Skip Hartzell Creates Artwork Inspired by Man's Best Friend

    South Florida contemporary artist Skip Hartzell creates incredible dog-inspired art for art lovers and dog lovers alike - from paintings, sculptures to wall installations, the work is unique and heartfelt. 

    "Dogs are always in the moment. Although nothing in life has held my attention longer or has been more fascinating to me than dogs, my work is about much more than that. It is about form, movement, color and texture. The dogs are a recognizable common denominator that allows me to communicate my joy of living, passions and sentiments." 
    -Skip Hartzell.

    Skip Hartzell's Dogs. 40% of the proceeds from Hartzell’s paintings all go to animal-rescue no kill shelters. 

    For sales, commissions or more information about the work, email or call the artist at: / 561-389-2148

    Sunday, August 5, 2018

    Locust Projects: 20th Anniversary Edition of SMASH AND GRAB

    Join us on Saturday, October 13th from 6:30-9:30pm and enjoy Locust Projects Annual Smash & Grab Fundraiser 2018, the 20th Anniversary edition of SMASH AND GRAB. Followed by SMASHED, the After Party featuring artist activations. Auction starts promptly at 7:30pm, live DJ, food, drinks included.

    There is no other fundraiser quite like this one. The lively event revolves around a raffle, for which over one hundred local, national and international artists have donated artwork — enough so that each raffle ticket is guaranteed to win an artwork. Tickets are drawn at random during the party, with the winner getting their choice of artwork (i.e, first called gets first pick, and so on). The result is a fun way to place artwork into collections, build visibility for artists, connect with Miami’s art community, and support Locust Projects.

    Famous Venezuelan Artist & Illustrator 'La Tarula' is Launching her first Children’s Book “We 1, 2, 3” at two South Florida Locations

    Marianella Arocha - La Turula Children's Book Signings in August! Enjoy a delightful storytime & book signing with renowned artist and illustrator Marianella Arocha known as La Tarula at Miami Children's Museum on Saturday, August 11th from 2-4pm, and on Sunday, August 12th at Altamira Libros from 11am-1pm.

    The famous Venezuelan artist and illustrator Marianella Arocha known as La Tarula is launching her first children’s book “We 1, 2, 3” at two South Florida locations, where families and caregivers will enjoy an exciting book reading of "We 1,2,3" to the children and surprises for them as well, ‘La Tarula’ will be there to sign the book!

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    SaveArtSpace: Your Art on Billboards in NYC!

    The Your Art New York open call ends Tuesday, July 31 at Midnight. This is your opportunity to have your art displayed on advertisement space in NYC for the month of September. All artists are encouraged to submit! Curated by Jeremy Wolff.
    Submit Now

    For Other Available Open Calls Please Visit

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    The Extraordinary Work of Artist Vito Bonanno Living and Working With Autism

    Internationally recognized artist Vito Bonanno taps into the daily emotional and social challenges of living with autism, placing his innermost feelings onto canvas. 

    Awe in Autism, magazine interview.

    The New England-based artists’ work is image and concept driven and imbedded in his personal philosophy. 

    "Vito's Mind", mixed media on canvas from his 2016 Controversial series.

    His art contains the essence of his life, feelings, thoughts and dreams, coupled around objects or topics that “get stuck in his head”, including traffic lights, grids, ceiling fans, graffiti and pop culture. 

    "Airplane Crashes into Aerosol Building", from his 2015 Airplane series.

    For more information about this artist, for inquiries or to commission a piece contact and visit

    Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Experience the Magical and Exciting World of Visual Artist Dana Donaty

    Explore the visual thrills and creative joy of renowned contemporary artist Dana Donaty's work in her current exhibition, 'Profoundly Playful: A Survey of Work', at The Coral Springs Museum of Art on view through August 25, 2018.
    Widely recognized for her provocative canvases with unusual narrative, Donaty’s unmistakable satirical lexicon is a perfect collision of reality and fantasy, outlandish burlesque, psychological flirtation and a super charged palette that is like a party about to get thoroughly out of control.

    'Top Dog', acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60".

    She has completed many award winning public art projects, featured in over 50 national and international publications. She has garnered multiple awards within the design industry, as she has been sought after to create unique commissions for high profile residential and commercial projects.

    'Saturday Night', acrylic on canvas, 48" x 80".

    Her work has been exhibited at The Cornell Museum of Art, as well as international art fairs like Art Palm Beach, Art Boca Raton, the American International Fine Art Fair, Scope and major group shows throughout Florida. Selected solo shows include The Coral Springs Museum of Art, Exhibition sponsored by South Florida Ford; Paul Fisher Gallery in Palm Beach and The Ora Sorensen Gallery in Palm Beach. Her work is in both public and private collections in the US, and Europe.

    'Bombay Nights', acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48".

    For general inquiries contact:

    Delray Beach Studio: T. +1 561.504.3374 / by appointment only.

    Bakehouse Art Complex, Studio 48. Located at 561 NW 32nd Street in Miami, Florida 33127. T. +1 561.504.3374 / by appointment only.

    PAMM: Patron Trip to San Francisco

    Thursday, November 1st through Sunday, November 4th, 2018 enjoy the Pérez Art Museum Miami Patron Trip to San Francisco. 

    Patron and above members are invited to an art trip to San Francisco, joined by PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans and new Chief Development Officer Doug Evans, members will explore the sites, museums, and collections. 

    Space is limited to 20 guests. A deposit of $2,000 per person will save your place on the trip. 

    Kindly RSVP by Tuesday, July 10 to Lauren Waller, 786-345-5682 |

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    Penny Hardy Creates Sculptures With A Visible Energy

    Penny Hardy originally trained as a Scientific Illustrator enabling her to explore the intricacies and delicate detail of natural forms and structure and the fundamental discipline of observational draughtsmanship. These core skills provided a strong basis on which to explore the natural and human landscape in greater depth. Throughout her training and consequent working life alongside Architects and designers, she developed a deep interest in three dimensional forms and sculpture which has always been at the heart of all her work past and present.

    'You Ble Me Away'

    A self taught sculptor, learning new techniques and methods as each idea developed, she adapted to the demands of each new sculpture and has built a varied and dynamic portfolio.

    'The Kiss'

    The sense of movement and dynamics within sculpture provides it with its own life and vitality.  She tries to capture this in all her pieces, transforming inert materials into sculptures with a visible, tangible energy.

    'Yin & Yang'

    There is a richness in discarded man-made metal items, skillfully made and creating their own mechanical energy, she brings that depth to new forms, re-using that energy for a different purpose, transforming their function to create a new entity.


    The liquid, fluid and flowing forms of the cast pieces dramatically reflect the movement of light across the sculptures. The dance figures, inspired by the dynamic forms of contemporary dancers use flexible, sinuous materials to re-create a visual, retained memory of movement, stimulating imagination and translating early sketches to a tactile experience.


    All her sculptures have a vitality and fundamental energy, with an intrinsic visual interest that she feels people can relate to and enjoy and share the emotion expressed.


    Penny has exhibited throughout the UK since her first public exhibition of  dance sculptures in 2006, including Doddington Hall, Hill House Dartington and Royal West of England Academy. She works on a private commission basis and in recent years has completed commissions for clients in Italy, France, Belgium and America.

    Announcing an Open Call For Submissions for a bank in Miami developing “art gallery branches”

    Call For Artists: Solo Bank Branch Exhibition Titled, ‘A Command Performance,’ In Aventura's Financial Center

    Announcing an Open Call For Submissions for a bank in Miami developing “art gallery branches” aiming to draw in customers and nurture a connection to the brand. This unique Call For Artists is seeking a Miami-based artist/photographer for a solo gallery exhibition of 2D work titled A Command Performance in an Aventura storefront starting in Fall 2018. The exhibit will be part of an ongoing series celebrating local artists. A Command Performance celebrates performance excellence (Theatre, Jazz, Film, Music, Sports, Dance, etc.) through the eye, perspective and imagination of a local artist who shares this level of passion for art. The deadline for submission is August 20th.

    The artist receives 100% of sales, less any production costs incurred by the client. Artist must agree to inclusion of work in exhibition promotion through various media and marketing channels including potentially social media, outdoor, newspaper, and PR.


    • Artists must be contemporary artists working in Miami, celebrating, documenting or representing grand
      performances in Miami.
    • Media is limited to that which is suitable for wall-mounted presentation. Photography is preferred but painting and works on paper will be considered. We are not seeking sculpture, sound/video, media or performance art.
    • Artist must be able deliver 9-12 exhibition-ready works no later than September 2018.
    • Exhibited work must be either one-of-a-kind original works or from a limited edition series of no more than (10) and be exclusively on view in the Aventura location for the duration of the exhibition. All exhibited work must remain in place for the duration of the exhibition.
    • Artist must be willing/able to print and deliver art for exhibit. All agreed upon upfront payments will be reimbursed by the client. Client will manage installation.


    Submission Guidelines:

    • Please submit 5-10 works as JPGs (under 5mb ea.), PDF contact sheet, or direct link to a lightbox or collected portfolio via email, with artist contact info (phone number and email address) in the body of the email. Additional links to portfolios, reviews and/or social media platforms are welcome.


    Entry Fee: N/A
    Exhibition Dates: Fall 2018 – Summer 2019
    Deadline: 12:00 AM (CST), Monday August 20, 2018.


    Contact Information
    Contact Name: Cortney Lederer
    Contact Email:

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Internationally Collected Visual Artist and Filmmaker Cheryl Maeder is a Pioneer of Art, Film and Technology

    Cheryl Maeder was born and raised in Elmwood Park, New Jersey on June 18, 1949. In her early 20's she moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where she studied photography at Zurich University of the Arts. After 8 years in Switzerland, she returned to the United States and opened her studio in San Francisco where she photographed international advertising & fashion campaigns for clients such as Sony, AT&T, Visa, Calvin Klein, Marriott Hotels among others. She transitioned from photographing fashion models to photographing real women. She wanted to celebrate the beauty of women in all shapes and sizes. Her photography work became the inspiration for the global Dove Campaign on 'Real Women, Real Beauty', which was shown in the United States and throughout the world, transforming the way women are perceived in the media. That campaign was a real defining moment and ended up as not only advertisements, but also video, workshops, sleepover events and the publication of a book and a play. Oprah featured it on her TV Show.

    Cheryl Maeder's 'Meditation', Les Copines Series.

    “The artist has made a career out of creating work that is the opposite of what others are doing – shooting out of focus and fuzzy when the trend is hyper definition, aiming her lens at plus size women when the trend is super skinny; and projecting video when the theme is murals. But she makes it all work and makes her work stand out by doing so,” said arts writer Sandra Schulman about Cheryl Maeder and her work.

    Cheryl Maeder, 'Submerge I'.

    In 2005, she relocated her studio to the Miami area and deeply immersed herself into filmmaking and fine art. Her investigations into video and installations expanded her world. Through the exploration of new technologies, opportunities for creative collaborations have occurred for large-scale installations, as well as local, national and international exhibitions.

    Submerge Series, Public Art Video Installation, City of West Palm Beach, Florida.

    Cheryl Maeder
    is an internationally collected visual artist & filmmaker at the forefront of art and technology, creating never-been-seen before interactive installations, such as her famous limited edition photograph with video of Les Copines, Awakening.

    Les Copines, 'Awakening', Photograph & Video Installation, 1/5.

    One of Cheryl's most iconic fine art photography series is Submerge, a famous collection of works that were selected for a Public Art Video Installation by the City of West Palm Beach for
    Canvas Outdoor Museum Exhibition. The Submerge Series explores the relationship human beings have with the environment. The human body contains 70% of water fluids and the oceans waters cover more than 70% of the Earth itself. Water represents our connectedness to the Earth and to each other. Submerge is the courage and willingness to take the leap into the depths of the Waters of the Soul.

    'Submerge Judith II', Limited Edition Archival Photographic Watercolor Print

    Cheryl Maeder's photographs are in the permanent museum collection of The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU in Miami, exhibited internationally - The Musée du Louvre in Paris, SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Union in New York and Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach. Her work is exhibited at major art fairs, such as Art Miami, SCOPE Art Show, Art London and Art Shanghai, among others.

    PBS for Project Filmmaker, South Florida

    Her work is also auctioned at Sotheby's, New York. The artist had a solo exhibition at Miami International Airport in 2015, and was recently selected by PBS for Project Filmmaker, South Florida, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Enchanted, interactive art installation at Cornell Art Museum

    Current exhibitions include 'Enchanted', an interactive, multi-media art installation by artists Cheryl Maeder & Diane Arrieta at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square in Delray Beach, Florida. This magical exhibition opened March 29th and runs through September 9th, 2018.

    Enchanted multi-media art installation at Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, Florida

    is a Conceptual Interactive Forest Installation by Cheryl Maeder and Diane Arrieta, who combine their works to present a modern fairy tale experience that collides with the realities of our modern world [e.g. extinction and rising waters]. Focusing on the beauty and lessons we as humans can learn from our natural landscapes and inhabitants. By constructing a faux natural environment, based on land and sea, the artists are conveying the need to “slow down and smell the flowers” before it [nature] disappears.

    For more information about this artist, sales or inquiries, contact:

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Acclaimed public artist Lloyd Goradesky's work was selected for The 2019 International Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium

    Acclaimed public artist Lloyd Goradesky has been chosen along with 8 additional art professionals for The 2019 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium. This exciting public art group showcase was created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission and produced by the City of Boynton Beach through its Art in Public Places program. The International Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium was created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission to celebrate art in motion.

    Public Artist Lloyd Goradesky
    The outdoor exhibit brings meaningful and playful public art by prominent South Florida artist Lloyd Goradesky, connecting the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences. Goradesky’s projects use the power of art to create social interaction and dialogue using innovative technology combined with his unique use of materials, as well as incorporating natural elements within the environment such as sunlight, wind, rain, etc., to amplify the design or effect of a public art piece.

    Goradesky’s Gator in the Bay 2014 in front of the PAMM when the Perez Art Museum Miami celebrated its Grand Opening during Art Basel Miami Beach
    The selected kinetic artworks will be on exhibit along S. Seacrest Boulevard and E. Ocean Avenue in Boynton Beach, Florida for one year. Many of the artworks will be powered by wind, with one powered by solar and another by human interaction. The kinetic art committee deliberated on numerous submissions and made their final selection of only eight artists; the arts commission approved the committee’s recommendations and the chosen public artworks will be installed during the first two weeks of October 2018.

    Lloyd Goradesky was born and raised in South Florida with a unique background in art, business and design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He resides in Hollywood, Florida where he lives and works. He is widely recognized for his iconic public art projects that allow the community to experience art in their daily life, thereby creating a greater sense of place and identity.

    Gator in the Bay at night, Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island

    “Goradesky’s work is compared to Christo & Jean-Claude. Using the Power of Art to bring awareness to our natural surroundings, Goradesky’s art extends from multi-media design to complex material creations.” said Discovery Channel of Lloyd Goradesky’s work.

    Lloyd Goradesky is a perfect example of an artist who creates work directly from his inner emotions and instincts, conveying a powerful and positive message for viewers drawing his inspiration from nature and the environment. “The purpose of this project is to celebrate public art in motion, Lloyd’s piece ‘Love Will Guide Your Way’ truly exemplified this with his free-standing 6′ 6″ tall stanchion supporting a 6-foot-long kinetic wind vane. The piece is created with recycled structural steel; with one end of the wind vane displaying a cut-out heart shape, and the other side of the wind vane is a circle with smaller heart cut-outs designed to capture wind to create movement as well as shadows of the hearts within the immediate visual space,” explained Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts Manager of the City Manager’s Office, Art in Public Places – City of Boynton Beach.

    Goradesky’s epic public art installation, Gator in the Bay, created to raise awareness for the Everglades

    The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium is supported by Equity One, Inc., Kinetic Art Organization (KAO), International Sculpture Center, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Buffalo Wild Wings, Boca Bearings, Hacklab, Solartree Project, Coastal Star, Neighborhood Gallery, Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, The Secret Garden Cafe and the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. The FREE biennial event is created to connect the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences.

    Goradesky has completed many award-winning projects, featured in numerous national and international publications, television, radio, cable and internet programs such as Discovery Channel and PBS. He has garnered multiple awards within the art and design industries, and he continues to create unique commissions for high profile residential and commercial projects.

    Monday, July 16, 2018

    SaveArtSpace Announces New Open Calls, Have Your Art On Billboards In NYC!

    Have your art on billboards curated by New York’s largest artist collective, Con Artist Collective!
    Con Artist is an art collective, community, workspace & gallery. Their shared venue and studio hosts events, collaborative exhibitions, group projects, life drawing, and more! They are a platform for artists to network, gain exposure, and share skills and knowledge with one another. Con Artist Collective is an active community of over 500 creatives from all walks of life, and all over the world.

    Open Call Ends August 20, 2018
    Learn More

    Other Open Calls To Consider

    Your Art New York
    This is your opportunity to have your art displayed on advertisement space in New York City! All artists are encouraged to submit!
    Deadline to Submit: July 31, 2018.
    Learn More