Monday, September 30, 2019

Cornell Art Museum: Seven Solos Closing Reception

Enjoy the Closing Reception of Seven Solos at Cornell Art Museum on 
Saturday, October 5th from 5-7pm. Seven Solos is a departure from the usual group show, featuring only seven artists who will each create a unique, immersive, site-specific experience in six galleries plus the atrium space. Curator Melanie Johanson has worked closely with all seven artists to create an exhibition like none the museum has shown before. Join us at the museum for a de-installation performance of artist Giannina Dwin’s Ebb and Flow salt installation. Experimental creator and performer Niurca Marques will dance atop of the salt installation, moving the salt around during the dance and deconstructing the installation.

There will be a cash bar and light bites will be provided. Admission: $15.00, free for Old School Square members.

Kids’ Corner at The Frank in Pembroke Pines

The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibition Hall in Pembroke Pines presents Kids’ Corner on 
Saturday, October 5th from 12 noon – 1pm. Join The Frank every month for storytime! Together with their caretakers, children under the age of 8 build literacy and engage in art activities related to The Frank’s exhibition, New Industry! Featured storybooks will be Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman and Roberto: The Insect Architect by Nina Laden. This event is free to the public.

NSU Art Museum Free First Thursdays Starry Nights

Experience Free First Thursdays Starry Nights at NSU Art Museum Thursday, October 3rd from 4-8pm presented by AutoNation with FREE museum admission. View NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s current exhibitions and join in on the fun with drop-in art workshops for all ages inspired by artists featured in the current exhibitions. Guests will enjoy:

2-for-1 specials on wine and craft beer
Light bites in the Museum Café
Free admission to exhibitions
Hands-on art projects for all ages.

This months’ project is inspired by NSU Art Museum’s Gold and Meyer Marks’ Cobra Art Collection. Participants will create 3D assemblages of “human-animal” creatures using colorful craft-foam.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

South Florida Artist Skip Hartzell Creates Unique Art Inspired by Man's Best Friend

Renowned South Florida artist Skip Hartzell creates unique art inspired by man’s best friend. His inspiration comes in the form of a morning walk, accompanied by a furry friend. The canine-inspired artworks that he creates are figments of his artistic imagination and creative vision. Hartzell creates directly from his emotions and instincts, his work is inspired by dogs of all shapes, sizes, and varieties.

The artist creates large paintings and works on paper that capture the essence of “dog.” He is best known for his unique sculptures recognized immediately by their distinct form and style that only Hartzell can produce. 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.

Sculpture 16 x 16 x 12 Inches, and 'The Muse Returns' (2018) Mixed Media on Paper, 53 x 48 Inches.

The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, A.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and many more. 

Skp Hartzell Gallery at Art Palm Beach

Skip Hartzell is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no-kill shelters. For sales, commissions, general inquiries or future show information, email: / visit

Coral Contemporary Gallery Opens in Midtown Miami with Collective Exhibition

Founded by Isabel Tassara in 2018, with over a decade of professional experience in galleries and global art fairs based in Argentina and in the United States. The culmination of her academic and professional passion is named Coral Contemporary Gallery and is housed in Midtown Miami, Florida – today’s premier multicultural art scene.

The gallery provides the exhibition and sale of contemporary art and private consultative services aimed at the direction and inspiration of their clients. Collectors and art aficionados are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of Coral Contemporary Gallery on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6 – 11pm, located at 30 NW 34th Street in Midtown Miami.

Andres Paredes, ‘Espectral’, Hand-Cut Painted Paper, 27 x 19 Inches

Coral Contemporary Gallery opens with a Collective Exhibition featuring the works of local and Latin-American artists, the gallery welcomes you to explore the works of Lucas Pertile, Andres Paredes, Harumi Abe, Miguel D’Arienzo, Micaela Suide, Romina Salem, Francisca Oyhanarte, Lules Fiorenza, Magdalena Trucco and many more. The exhibit will walk you through most of their latest works which includes abstract and figurative painting, sculpture, collage, paper, acrylic and the use of light. From Argentinian inspiration reflected on Andres Paredes hand-cut works or Lucas Pertile’s and Miguel D’Arienzo’s narrated context to Japanese roots by Harumi Abe – the show will be a reflection of different cultures coexisting together.

Francisca Oyhanarte, ‘Kamikaze’, Mixed Media

Many of the artists are inspired by their origins, memories and relevant moments in their lives. Therefore, the exhibition will prompt you to get intimate and understand the world each artist proposes, discovering new art and a new art gallery in the local art scene. Coral Contemporary Gallery has a unique educational program aiming to nurture and to develop the relationship between art, the viewer, and the community. It will include exhibitions, artist talks, discussion panels and gallery lectures.

Harumi Abe, ‘Harumix3, Oil on Canvas, 54 x 36 Inches

By providing a space to immerse the public into various forms of art, the gallery serves as a place to contemplate, acquire and connect the art and the viewer, while expanding their boundaries.

Micaela Suide, ‘Untitled’, Paint with Water-based Inks over Linen, 35 x 55 Inches

Coral Contemporary Gallery is pleased to invite guests to the Grand Opening Day on Thursday, October 24th at 6pm. The Collective Exhibition will be on view through December 12, 2019. The event is FREE and Open to the Public, RSVP here.

Lucas Pertile, ‘Las Puertas’, Watercolors, Cinder, and Pastels on Paper, 59 x 39 Inches

For more information about the gallery, opening day or the gallery’s represented artists, please send an email to:

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm
Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

#PartnerEvents: Miami Symphony Orchestra’s Grand Season Opening!

The Miami Symphony Orchestra: Themes and Variations
October 20 @ 6 p.m. | Knight Concert Hall
Eduardo Marturet, conductor
Ed Calle, clarinet & alto saxophone
Osvaldo Fleites, trumpet
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl von Weber
MARTÍNEZ Contrapunto (World Premiere) a MISO 2019 Commission
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
Enjoy the Miami Symphony Orchestra's 2019-20 Grand Season Opening
including music from Hindemith, Beethoven and a MISO commissioned 
World Premiere!  |  305.949.6722

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Meet KX2: Ruth Avra and Dana Kleinman, Artists & Sisters Who Create Striking Wall and Freestanding Sculpture Together

The artist/sister collaboration known as KX2 combines the strengths of Dana Kleinman and Ruth Avra. Their work was swiftly put into the public eye with an invitation to represent the United States at the 2008 Beijing Biennale at the National Museum of China, running in conjunction with the Summer Olympics. Since 2007, their work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries across the United States and abroad.

KX2: Dana Kleinman and Ruth Avra Kleinman

Perhaps it was blood, or simply a similar upbringing, that eventually led to the coming together of aesthetics. Whether arranged in group installations or solo pieces, each work involves a sense of rhythm and mathematics. Not only does this reflect nature in its patterns, but it also ties the artists together as sisters, who were undeniably influenced by their mathematician father and scientist mother.

ID SERIES: ROSALINDAluminum, Acrylic on Wood Panel 52″ x 52″

The duo recently held Spring-Summer Exhibitions at CICA Museum, Korea; Whitewall Contemporary “Water” in Delray Beach, FL; the Market Art + Design Hamptons fair in July 2019 at the Bridgehampton Museum, NY. KX2 has artwork in galleries throughout the United States and two galleries in Florida, represented by MAC Fine Art in Fort Lauderdale and Jupiter; as well as Whitewall Contemporary in Delray Beach.

Portal Series: Blue & GoldDana Kleinman & Ruth Avra Collection
New ArtRolled Stainless Steel, Powder Coated70″ x 67″ x 48″

They are currently exhibiting in the group show ‘New Industry: Contemporary Visions of the Industrial‘ at The Frank Modern in Pembroke Pines, FL. The exhibition opened on Thursday, August 29th and focuses on industrial aesthetic, blurring the lines between fine art, mechanical design and fabrication while also challenging traditional artmaking materials and techniques. New Industry is on display from August 29th through October 26th, 2019.

KX2 at The Frank Gallery in Pembroke Pines, New Industry: Contemporary Visions of the Industrial, which runs from August 29 through October 26, 2019.

From a distance, the work looks sleek and high contrast with hyper-pigmented painting and shiny metal. Yet, up close the viewer is struck by textural multilayered paintings inspired by natural surfaces.

PIPELINE SERIES: SOLAR POWER10.5″ Diameter Panels with Depth Ranging 2-4″ (angled)
Repurposed Industrial Pipe with Painting on Wood Interiors

By undermining the minimalist first impression the work brings a sense of wonder and discovery to the viewer the more time they spend. Multiple panels that shift in depth off the wall talk about boundaries and disparate parts, with geometry and color tying the pieces together and creating connection.

KX2 Sculpture, ‘Birthstones Series’, 2016. 3d Powder Coated Aluminum Construction with Painting on Canvas. This work is signed (etched into the metal), each panel is 18″ x 18″ x 4″

From KX2’s Birthstones Series pictured above, the panels incorporate 3d aluminum construction with textural painting on canvas seen through cutouts in the metal. The work is bold from a distance yet engaging up close as the viewer discovers the many layers of painting textures and hues. The work is lightweight and can be installed any number of ways. 

KX2 Installation at Art Fort Lauderdale

“We tackle various themes through our different series, however the common thread is always connection and balance. We are focused on the solution, not simply illustrating the problem.” The artist duo is environmentally conscious of their material choices, using up to 50% recycled aluminum and recycled canvas.

Water Pipes, 2018Repurposed industrial pipe with paint and mixed media, 40″ x 12″ x 12″

Dana and Ruth will be hosting a workshop at The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibition Hall on Saturday, October 12th from 10am – 12pm when The Frank presents Industrial Adornments. Under the guidance of artist duo KX2, students will discover a variety of beginner jewelry-making techniques, essential terminology and an introduction to basic tools and materials.

A jewelry designer as well as a metalsmith, Ruth Avra holds a degree in Art Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin Madison and runs her own jewelry company, Avra Inc. This event is free to the public. All materials will be provided and there is no prior experience required, ages 12yrs+.

Sterling silver open back constructed boxes are 1″ square with a depth slope of 1/8″ to 3/8″. These one-of-a-kind pieces are sealed in resin for protection from the elements, making them water resistant. Each necklace is on a sterling silver 18″ chain necklace.

To learn more about the fascinating artist duo KX2, and for information on how to purchase or commission their work, please visit and browse KX2 Jewelry to view the duo’s one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

If his charcoal drawings, oil paintings and four-legged sculptures aren't enough of a hint, yes, Skip Hartzell is nuts about dogs

South Florida artist Skip Hartzell creates large paintings and works on paper that capture the essence of “dog”. His work is inspired by man’s best friend, and he is best known for his unique sculptures recognized immediately by their distinct form and style only Hartzell can produce.

Skip Hartzell Exhibition in West Palm Beach, Florida

His inspiration comes in the form of a morning walk, accompanied by a furry friend. The canine-inspired artworks that he creates are figments of his artistic imagination and creative vision. Hartzell creates directly from his emotions and instincts, his work is inspired by dogs of all shapes, sizes and varieties.

Skip Hartzell’s ‘Dog No.50’, Paper, Concrete and Resin, 13 x 6.5 Inches

“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,” explained Skip Hartzell.

Skip Hartzell’s ‘Toy Four’ (2018), Oil on Canvas, 60 x 48 Inches

“If you love dogs, you are going to love Skip Hartzell’s soulful pieces. His work is representative of caricature features of dogs,” said J. Marshall Adams, the executive director of the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce where Hartzell has held exhibitions.

Skip Hartzell's art studio in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Hartzell’s art studio is crawling with canine-based works. Whether he’s painting or sculpting, Hartzell’s dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it’s hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that’s perfectly okay with Hartzell. He’s never been one to place a rope around his artwork.

Skip Hartzell in his art studio with his dogs

“The texture is so important because the tactile experience of sculpture is so primal for me,” he says. “You grab with your hands and just start to mush things together and get your fingers on the materials, and there is just such a richness to the feel.” He says whenever he’s doing a show, he is quick to hand his sculptures to the patrons so they can enjoy the feeling, too. And whether it’s paint on canvas or sculpture, the texture is one of the most captivating and inviting parts of experiencing his artwork. Hartzell may not set out to mimic the look of someone’s beloved pet, but he says his sculptures and paintings often evoke a fond memory of a furry family member.

Skip Hartzell’s ‘Golden’, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 Inches

The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm BeachA.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher GalleryAqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and many more.

Skip Hartzell exhibition in Miami Beach at Aqua Art Fair during Miami Art Week

Skip Hartzell is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters. For sales, commissions, general inquiries or future show information, email: / visit

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

‘Tribute In Light’, A Memorial Art Installation In Remembrance Of The September 11 Attacks

The ‘Tribute in Light’ is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by The Municipal Art Society of New York, a non-profit membership organization that fights for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy in New York.

The ‘Tribute in Light’ initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2010, it has been repeated every year on September 11. On July 23, 2012, plans were initiated for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to assume the lease for the MTA (Manhattan Transit Authority) property used during this tribute, and to begin transitioning operation of the tribute from the Municipal Art Society to the memorial foundation.

Those working on the project came up with the concept in the week following the attack. On September 13 2001, the idea was presented to executives of Consolidated Edison, the electric utility company serving New York City. Architects John Bennett and Gustavo Bonevardi of PROUN Space Studio distributed their “Project for the Immediate Reconstruction of Manhattan’s Skyline”. Artists Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, who before September 11 were working on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center north tower on a proposed light sculpture on the giant radio antenna conceived of a project called “Phantom Towers”.

They were commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to create an image of the project for its September 23 cover. In collaboration, the concept was presented to the Municipal Art Society and on September 19, 2001 the Municipal Art Society chairman wrote to Mayor Rudy Giuliani asking him “to consider placing two large searchlights near the disaster site, projecting their light straight up into the sky.”

After some consideration it was decided to contact lighting experts in the field of high intensity light displays. A Las Vegas company was chosen to help design the installation and to supply the 88 fixtures that would be needed.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Pérez Art Museum Miami Presents What Carried Us Over: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is pleased to present What Carried Us Over: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey, an exhibition organized by PAMM's curatorial staff in concert with Gordon W. Bailey, a Los Angeles-based collector, scholar, and advocate. The exhibition will be on view from September 12, 2019 through April 25, 2020.

Sam Doyle. Ford, ca. 1970. House paint on metal. 34 x 25 inches. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of Gordon W. Bailey. Image courtesy of Gordon W. Bailey

The title of the exhibition emphasizes the artists' impassioned commitment to their diverse practices and confirms the inclusive theme of the show which features artworks selected from 60 gifted by Bailey to PAMM since 2016. A variety of media is displayed including drawing, painting and sculpture.

A number of well-known artists from the American South are represented: Sam Doyle, Purvis Young, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Thornton Dial Sr.,  Clementine Hunter, Herbert Singleton, Roy Ferdinand, Leroy Almon, Lonnie Holley, O. L. Samuels, Mario Mesa, Minnie Evans, Sulton Rogers, Welmon Sharlhorne, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mose Tolliver, and Willie White. Other notable artists included are: David Choe, Daniel Pressley, Eddie Arning, Harry Lieberman, Rev. Albert Wagner, and William Dawson.

"What Carried Us Over is the first opportunity to view Mr. Bailey's donations as a whole," said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. "We look forward to exploring the many ways in which his gifts will filter into our permanent collection galleries in dynamic and meaningful ways."

Several highlights underscore the diversity and quality of the artworks: two house paint on roofing tin works by Sam Doyle, whose work was collected by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Our Father, a painting that considers religion and race and Ford, a poignant tribute to one of Doyle's teachers; three large-scale constructions, incorporating cast off wood and masonite, by Purvis Young, anchored by a vibrant tribute to the Miami Dolphins, add depth to PAMM's holdings of his art; an early 1940s abstract floral on paper by Minnie Evans; a painted wood bas-relief by Herbert Singleton that reclaims an old oak door; the carved and painted wood figures, Devil Family, by Sulton Rogers; a hard-hitting, admonishment, Stop, by Roy Ferdinand, illustrating the toll taken by gun violence; a mixed media work by Sister Gertrude Morgan created in 1970 on the frontispiece of the book God's Greatest Hits; an exemplary oil on canvas by the renowned Clementine Hunter, painted when she was in her nineties; and Jane Winkleman's 2007 cautionary Disaster Ahead which addresses climate change.

Bailey's substantial gift also features several multi-piece groups: three works from Lonnie Holley, including the powerful Fighting in the Midst of the Pyramids; five, painted wood bas-relief panels from Leroy Almon; seven drawings, all accomplished on repurposed paper, by Welmon Sharlhorne; and three vibrant poster board works by the inventive colorist Willie White who achieved dramatic results with common marking pens.