Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Miami-based Artist Laelanie Larach Creates Unique Art With A Fusion Of Bright, Bold Colors

South Florida artist Laelanie Larach was born in Honduras, a beautiful country in Central America with coasts on the Caribbean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. This beautiful environment of mountains, tropical forests, and sandy beaches inspires Laelanie's artistic expression. In her earliest works she used pastels, watercolors, and charcoal; later expanding into the medium of oil on canvas.

The beloved Miami-based artist has a successful art gallery in Doral, Florida — Laelanie Art Gallery is located at 10530 NW 26th Street, Suite F104 in Miami, Florida 33172. 

Visitors will be immersed in a creative environment, experiencing Laelanie's unique works with vibrant colors, textures, and concepts. Her inspiration comes from different sources, it could be the open spaces, a sea breeze, or a profound silence that carries different levels of consciousness with a limitless reality — all is transferred onto a canvas and done for the love of art.

Laelanie Larach will be exhibiting at Spectrum Miami December 5-9, 2018 in the Wynwood Arts District, taking place at Mana Wynwood. A must see exhibition where collectors, curators and art lovers will gather to experience Laelanie Art Gallery in Booth 642, an exciting solo exhibition of the artists' work.

Learn more about this fascinating artist, visit Laelanie Art Gallery at 10530 NW 26th Street, Suite F104 in Miami, Florida or shop her collections online.

Tell Laelanie about your favorite painting or just say hello. Whether you've got a big idea or need some inspiration with a commissioned painting, the artist is available to create the perfect art. From sketch to creation, Laelanie Larach will certainly inspire you! 

Untitled Art, Miami Beach Announces Special Projects and Programming Highlights for Seventh Edition in 2018

Since its inception Untitled Art has produced a dynamic range of artist-focused special projects and programming that have included installations, performances, discussions and interventions that reinforce its dedication to presenting a diverse selection of the most compelling contemporary art. 

December 5-9, 2018 enjoy Untitled, ART Miami Beach as the international curated art fair embarks on its seventh edition in Miami Beach with a dynamic roster of 133 international exhibitors from 29 countries and 55 cities during Miami Art Week.

Untitled, Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue. The next edition of Untitled, Miami Beach will take place on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street. 

Special Projects for the seventh edition include:

A Group of People Walking Through the Space
Curated by Rodrigue Mouchez

Pep Duran
Backlot Constructions
Presented by RocioSantaCruz

Felice Grodin
Presented by Perez Art Museum Miami 

Michael Joo
Huff Wall for Single Breathe Transfer
Presented by LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University

Kelley Johnson
Slow Dance
Presented by Upfor

Claudia Peña Salinas
Teotihuacan III
Presented by CURRO

Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija
Presented by LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University

Programming Highlights for the seventh edition include:

Liziana Cruz
We the News
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and presented by ArtCenter/SouthFlorida

Ekaterina Juskowski
Presented by The Miami Girls Foundation

Sheldon Scott
Lifelong Affirmations During Childhood Acts of Faggotry (L.A.D.C.A.F.)
Presented by CONNERSMITH.

Jenny Larsson, Lucinda Linderman, Michelle Weinberg and Natalie Zlamalova
Changing Room
Presented by Girl’s Club

About Untitled Art

Untitled Art is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in discussion with a site-specific, architecturally designed venue. The next editions of Untitled Art will take place on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street in Miami Beach, FL, December 5 – 9, 2018, and at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street in San Francisco, CA, January 18 – 20, 2019.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Renowned South Florida "Dog Artist" Skip Hartzell Exhibiting at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel Week

Announcing renowned dog artist Skip Hartzell's exhibition at Aqua Art Miami during Miami Art Week this coming December 5-9, 2018. Artist Skip Hartzell creates dog-inspired art for art lovers and dog lovers alike, but he's not your typical "dog artist" by any means. Hartzell creates unique pieces, from paintings, sculptures, works on paper, to wall installations. 

Skip Hartzell's Dogs are sophisticated and heartfelt, with a playful touch. The artist is passionate about his subject matter and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue no kill shelters. Experience an amazing showcase at Aqua’s unique environment in a classic South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard has become a favorite gathering spot for collectors, curators and art lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire new works while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections.

Vero Beach Museum of Art presents Made in Germany: Art Since 1980 from the Rubell Family Collection

The Vero Beach Museum of Art presents an exciting selection of approximately sixty works selected from over 500 objects of contemporary German art drawn from the deep holdings of the renowned Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Florida. Don and Mera Rubell have established one of the first major private museums of contemporary art that has become an international model.

Neo Rauch, ‘Vorfuehrung’, oil on canvas, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

The exhibition chronicles this landmark period through cutting-edge painting, sculpture and photography from some of the most important practitioners of contemporary art. During the post-World War II era, Düsseldorf and Cologne became leading centers for contemporary art. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, both Berlin and Leipzig also emerged as important contemporary art centers. Few countries have had four major centers of contemporary art at one time.

Thomas Schütte, ‘Grosse Geister’, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

This exhibition features exceptional examples from these cities pioneering artists from the late-twentieth centuries, including Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter; sculptors Isa Genzhen and Thomas Schütte; influential photographers Bernd & Hilla Becher, Thomas Demand, and Thomas Ruff; and painters Martin Kobe and Neo Rauch, among others.

David Schnell, ‘Schilder’, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

In addition, the Museum will be offering a series of interpretative exhibition inspired activities including a series of German inspired films starting October 18th at 4:30pm; a lecture by Brady Roberts Made in Germany: An Insider View on October 24th at 5:30pm; an Adult Workshop with Sara Klein and Danielle Johnson How to Look At Contemporary Art on November 16th or 17th from 1 – 4 pm; and a number of Art Talks with a VBMA docent who will offer an in-depth tour focusing on select artworks from the exhibition on October 17th, November 14th and December 12th at 12 noon. Register for lectures, films, workshops and tours online at www.vbmuseum.org

Matthias Weischer, ‘St. Ludgerus’, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

Museum admission fees apply: $10 Adults, $9 Seniors (65+); Students with ID, Youth 17 and under, Museum members, and active military with ID and their families receive free admission. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm; and Sundays, 1 pm – 4:30 pm. The Vero Beach Museum of Art is located at 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32963. Directions: From I-95 (Exit 147), from U.S. One, and Indian River Boulevard, take State Road 60 east over the Merrill Barber Bridge to beachside, turn right at first traffic light into Riverside Park.


Candida Höfer, ‘Kloster Mehrerau Bregenz I’, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

About the Rubell Family: Mera and Don Rubell are pioneers who discover and champion young artists, undiscovered neighborhoods and new ideas. Mera and Don first began engaging with artists, galleries, and museums in 1964 while living in New York. They moved to Miami in 1992 and, with their son Jason and daughter Jennifer, began developing hotels and an art foundation and museum to house and publicly exhibit their expanding art collection. Combining their instinct for emerging neighborhoods with aesthetic acuity and hands-on business know-how, they formed Rubell Hotels and have subsequently transformed and enlivened neighborhoods on the East Coast. They helped spearhead the transformation of South Beach in the 1990’s and their art museum, located in a former DEA warehouse, did the same for Miami’s new cultural epicenter, the Wynwood neighborhood. The Rubells were also instrumental in bringing the Art Basel art fair to Miami Beach.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Artist Skip Hartzell is known in South Florida as "the dog artist" — but Skip's dogs are not your ordinary dogs.

'Raw Dog #1', Mixed materials with Burlap and Concrete, 75 x 45 x 35 inches. And 'Raw Dog Balls', Mixed materials with Burlap and Concrete on Steel Base, 55 x 35 x 24 inches.

Skip Hartzell might be known as “the dog artist”, but Skip’s dogs are not your typical dogs, and Skip is definitely not your average dog artist. 

'Olaf', Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 Inches

The artwork he creates of man’s best friend are figments of his artistic imagination and creative vision. Don’t look for portraits of your pooch or pictures of dogs playing cards, you won’t find them in Skip’s repertoire.

'Dog #21', Resin, Paper, Concrete, 12 x 11 Inches

His work instead captures the carefree liveliness, lovability and whimsy of canines. Hartzell creates directly from his emotions and instincts, his work is inspired by dogs of all shapes, sizes and varieties. The artist is extremely passionate about his subject matter and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue no kill shelters.

Visitors in Skip's art studio

Skip is best known for his unique sculptures recognized immediately by their distinct form and style that only Hartzell can produce. But don’t be fooled by the cuteness of his work — just like real dogs, Skip’s dogs draw you in. 

Happy Collectors of Skip Hartzell's Dogs

All of the work is rich with intricacies of color and technique. His painterly expression captures each dog’s own personality with beautiful textures, line and brush strokes using mixed media to bring each dog to life.

Collectors and art lovers can experience Skip Hartzell's Dogs at his upcoming exhibition during Miami Art Week at Aqua Art Miami fair December 5-9, 2018 taking place at the Aqua Hotel in South Beach.

'Before Dark', Flashe & Graphite on Paper, 76 x 42 Inches

For sales, commissions or more information about the work, email: skipperhartzell@yahoo.com / www.skiphartzell.com

Monday, September 10, 2018

Call For Artists by SaveArtSpace: Video, Motion Art, Short Films and Still Images

Have your art on television commercials in your area or in NYC. SaveArtSpace is seeking video and motion art, short films, as well as, still images. What do you want to see on your television?

Inviting artists of all ages & talents to submit!
Open Call Ends Nov 5, 2018.
Learn More

Friday, September 7, 2018

Renowned Artist & Illustrator Marianella Arocha 'La Tarula' Creates Charming Artwork, Merchandise and Books

Welcome to the charming world of Marianella Arocha, the beloved artist & illustrator is known as ‘La Tarula‘. Her artwork is collected by adults and children worldwide – loved for her original, colorful characters and delightful scenes. 

She is the proud mother of twins who are her source of inspiration and give her an abundance of creativity to develop her work and designs. La Tarula has achieved remarkable success during her 15 year artistic career, creating countless illustrations and artworks exhibited during Miami Art Week, gallery shows and events. 

The famous Venezuelan artist and illustrator is based in Miami, she recently launched her first children’s book “We 1, 2, 3” at Miami Children’s Museum and Altamira Libros in Coral Gables. Families, caregivers and children gathered to enjoy an exciting book reading of “We 1, 2, 3” and received goody bags and surprises.

La Tarula is known for her adorable characters and colorful visuals that transform and brighten any space. Most recently she added her artwork to the bar & lounge area of the Aloft Hotel in Coral Gables.

The artist creates charming artwork, art merchandise and children’s books that are playful and fun, with her own unique, recognizable style. Marianella discovered her drawing skills by chance. She was self-taught in the beginning, but has completed many art programs over the years and it has been an exciting challenge for her to grow.

In 2005, Marianella studied Drawing and Illustration at the Escuela de Historietas López y Allaco in Caracas, Venezuela. Later in 2016, she completed a Digital Drawing and Illustration program at Factory Arte School in Bilbao, Spain. She also had the opportunity to participate in a Pattern Design workshop at Bilbao Arte

In 2008, motivated by her entrepreneurial spirit, Marianella decided to embark on an ambitious and creative project launching her first line of calendars and agendas under the name of La Turula. She began creating religious figures, traditional folk images, and celebrity characters, bringing out their childlike features in a multi-colored stage. Shortly after that she added notebooks and other merchandise into her repertoire, which are still actively being sold in Venezuela along with chocolate labels for a company called Chocolates El Rey, a Venezuelan chocolate manufacturer. 

Marianella has collaborated in many private projects – decorating children’s rooms with her illustrations and designs, personalizing private parties and highlighting several public spaces such as the Pediatric Department of the Perez de Leon Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela’s Metropolitan District; and the Sana Sonrisa Pediatric Dental Clinic in Caracas, as well as other private projects.

During Miami Art Week in December of 2016, Marianella participated in the collaborative exhibition called ‘Stripes and Icons’, exhibiting her series of works “Playing with the Big Ones”, which were made with acrylic and printed on wood for the show. In March 2017, three of her artworks were included in the Wynwood Juried Art Show, Winter Edition 2017 and she was recognized with an award, winning 3rd Place in the Digital Art format.

You can learn more about this multi-talented artist and pick up one of your very own La Tarula pieces today at www.laturula.com

The Remarkable Artist & Designer Sol Gersh

Miami Beach artist and designer Sol Gersh has lived a remarkable and exciting life as an artist, designer and businessman, attending the Rhode Island School of Design and Providence College; Summa Cum Laude. 

The 91-year-old artist was born on September 28, 1926. He is retired and currently resides in Bal Harbour, Florida and continues to create and unveil new and old works at various shows and exhibitions throughout South Florida. 

Gersh was the apprentice to N.E. muralist , Harold Ashodian for 4 years, and Gersh studied 2 years with Jackson Pollack’s friend and teacher Thomas Hart Benton. He was also the President of Allied Artists for many years.

He also won first place “3 City Competition” in Surfside, Florida three years in a row for original oil or acrylic painting and won a painting prize from the Providence Art Society. Gersh most recently exhibited at Cafeina Wynwood‘s Exhibition Center in his show ‘Then & Now, 65 Years of Nurealism‘. 

Gersh coined “nurrealism” to describe the painting of daydreams; the subconscious and delusions of grandeur individuals “see” when eyes are closed, sitting in the sun, or meditating and the artist’s hand is guided by the master force suggested by Salvador Dali. One step removed from surrealism, “nurealism” is both a pun and a Portmanteau.

The artist was one of the founding co-op artists and members of The Art Place Wynwood, which was located at 2722 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida 33127. 

His works are an abstract expressionist style that the artist refers to as ‘Nurealism’. Stay tuned for more info on Gersh’s upcoming show at the Surfside Community Center this September. This solo exhibition will unveil Gersh’s new series of nautical and landscape, nature-inspired paintings.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Vero Beach Abstract Artist Chitra Ramanthan Creates Elegant & Peaceful Paintings Ideal For Any Space

Painter and arts educator Chitra Ramanathan's unique body of acrylic and mixed media paintings portray happiness as a visual entity through a curious blend of intense colors and a myriad of textural materials that glow in any light and provide a feast for the eyes. Hence they have been considered ideal for display in any luxury venue or interior by collectors and designers alike. 

'Manifestation", Mixed Media Collage on Canvas, 58 x 38 inches

Chitra was invited to interview with Art Link in Boston, Massachusetts to participate in Conversations with Artists and Art Professionals hosted by Joyce Creiger, founder of Art Specifier, who invited and interviewed the renowned painter and arts educator for the popular series.

'Symphony' (2015), Acrylic on Canvas, 67 x 71 inches

Growing up as an award-winning child artist in India, the artist continued her education and pursued a career as an established painter in the United States. Chitra attended the University of Illinois and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting with honors in 1993, and her M.B.A degree with concentrations in Art Museum Administration and Human Resources in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

'Joyful Musings', Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 60 inches

Chitra's distinguished body of work, many of them large-scale, have been acquired in the United States and abroad, and commissioned as site-specific public artworks by educational institutions and organizations such as MGM Resorts, Las Vegas. 

Untitled, commissioned piece for a private collector in Boston, Mass.
Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 60 inches

A pair of the artist's signed paintings are displayed permanently in the Bellagio Conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas since 2004. 

Chitra Ramanathan's Paintings Hang in the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas' Permanent Collection

As an arts educator who has taught courses and workshops in the painting medium for more than a decade, Chitra has been invited to participate in numerous visual presentations of her body of thematic work by institutions within the United States and abroad, such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom at the Royal Academy Schools in 2005, with invitations for professional artist residencies completed in Paris, France 2010, and in Venice, Italy 2012. 

'Ocean Melodies', Acylic on Canvas, 67 x 48 inches

Chitra is a faculty member of the Vero Beach Museum of Art. She is a full-time artist and painter who is widely collected throughout the US and abroad. To learn more about this fascinating artist, for sales and inquiries, or view images of available and acquired original artworks please visit www.chitrafineart.com

Monday, August 20, 2018

#CallToArtists via SaveArtSpace, have your art on billboards curated by world renowned photographer Stephen Shore.

Call To Artists via SaveArtSpace to have your art on billboards curated by world renowned photographer Stephen Shore. 

About Stephen Shore:
Stephen Shore's work has been widely published and exhibited for the past forty-five years. He was the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz, forty years earlier. He has also had one-man shows at George Eastman House, Rochester; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art opened a major retrospective spanning Stephen Shore's entire career. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His series of exhibitions at Light Gallery in New York in the early 1970s sparked new interest in color photography and in the use of the view camera for documentary work. Open Call Ends October 3, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

South Florida visual artist Skip Hartzell is not your typical Dog Artist, his work is anything but ordinary

Contemporary artist Skip Hartzell creates paintings, sculptures and works on paper of man's best friend. Skip Hartzell's dogs are anything but ordinary. Donning a shirt that reads, “I support putting dog abusers to sleep,” with dog patterned suspenders – it’s clear from the first introduction that Hartzell’s affinity for canines transcends the average. But the story of Hartzell’s career is more convoluted than one might assume.

The recipient of a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Painting, young Hartzell taught high school students for two years while continuing his creative studies at the University of Iowa. Soon after, he relocated to Chicago, Illinois with the intent to pursue art full-time. After struggling to make end’s meet as an artist, Hartzell began taking up freelance illustration work which eventually evolved into a full fledged 35-year career in advertising and marketing. It wasn’t until Hartzell retired from his illustrious career that he fell back into art making full time. The most noteworthy of his inspirations? You guessed it. A longstanding, and deeply embedded love of dogs! 

The biggest disservice a viewer could do to Hartzell’s work is liken it to mere dog-art. Hartzell is not a dog-painter, but instead an artist who is keen on exploring the movement, form, and energy embodied by man’s best friend. Hartzell will be exhibiting at Aqua Art Miami during Miami Art Week this coming December 5-9, 2018.

Aqua’s unique environment in a classic South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard has become a favorite gathering spot for collectors, curators and art lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire new works while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections. Stay tuned for more information as we lead into Miami Art Week.

Skip Hartzell Collector, Curator Dr. Milagros Bello of Curator Voice Art projects (CVAP)

For sales, commissions or more information about the work, email or call: skipperhartzell@yahoo.com / 561-389-2148.


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 www.myBoca.us/AIPP.