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The StageThere’s a new 10,000 square foot live performance venue opening up in Miami’s Design District next month called The Stage that sounds very promising. It is billed as a place “for aspiring and established musicians, artists and entertainers to showcase their talents.” Continue Reading »

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Dani UmpiThe event listings for Basel are coming in hot and heavy these days, and here are two for your consideration…

Willard Wigan – The enchanting world of Willard Wigan makes its debut in Miami for Art Basel with 58 pieces–most formed in the eye of a needle, visible only by high-powered microscopes in custom cases. Highly anticipated pieces include Little Miss Muffet, Cameron Diaz Continue Reading »

Artformz MiamiThe first exhibition of the fall 2010 season brings to Artformz the works of three new artists. Maxine Spector, Sara Rytteke, and Rossella Ramanzini each use the figure as central to their creative practice, but in different ways and with decidedly different motives. These three artists present us with imagery representaional of concerns currently present in contemporary arts dialogue. Whether in painting on paper, painting on wood panel, or large-scale photographic imagery, they treat the political, the spiritual, or the social, in original and compelling ways. Continue Reading »

The PassingThis month’s Wynwood Art Walk kicks it up a notch when the cutting-edge Calix Gustav Gallery debuts its newest exhibit The Passing on Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. with an opening reception and complimentary cocktails for all guests. The exhibition’s reception will take place at the gallery located in the Wynwood Arts District (98 NW 29th Street in Miami) and should be a focal point of the neighborhood’s monthly art walk.

The exhibit purports to portray the “fleeting of time, new seasons and new beginnings representing rebirth. This resurgence is only accomplished with the understanding of life; its meaning and its hardships.” We”ll be sure to let you know if it accomplishes this task. (The complimentary cocktails should help.)

Bios of the artists read…

Ecuadorian-born artist, Jovan Karlo Villalba creates cinematic paintings featuring visions of sweeping cataclysmic events. The increasing threat of man-made devastation in forms of biological and nuclear warfare, environmental catastrophe and economic ruin, in conjunction with their magnified portrayal in the media, has created an onslaught of social alarm and has subversively woven feelings of doom into the fabric of present-day life in America.

Colombian-born artist, Catalina Jaramillo creates an installation that deals with issues raised upon both separation from her partner and her mother’s death. The installation celebrates the obsessive tendencies that some manifest with their loss and grief, it is an accumulation of the memories and objects left behind at times of loss. In reviving those who we’ve lost we learn to accept life’s realities and thus, learn to move on and accept our destiny. The installation will combine aspects of performance art, video, photography, and sculpture.

Sculptor Richard Herzog examines parts of society and nature trying to bring awareness to these elements hoping to alter the viewer’s perceptions and make them look at things differently and consider the world they live in. The sculptures are a combination of a systematic organization of natural forms possessing a chaotic multi-layered visual effect mimicking our world, dominated by its rapid pace and over stimulation.

The Passing will run from July 10 through September 1, 2010. Regular gallery visiting hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cynthia Leesfield, Jennifer Leesfield, President Bill Clinton, Ira Leesfield, Michael Leesfield

Cynthia and Jennifer Leesfield, President Clinton, Ira Leesfield, Michael Leesfield

Miami trial attorney Ira Leesfield and wife Cynthia hosted a private dinner at their Coconut Grove home on Sunday April 18, 2010 for good friend Bill Clinton in support of the Clinton Foundation’s Global Initiative.

At the exclusive event, President Clinton led a roundtable discussion on the Foundation’s work throughout the world and its current role in Haiti’s relief efforts.

Twenty people attended, raising close to $200,000 for the Foundation. Clinton’s visit to the Leesfield home coincided with his trip to Miami for his annual philanthropic summit, the Clinton Global Initiative University

Anyone who will be in New York on April 29th (as we’ll be) should consider attending the National Arts Club premiere screening of Danny Schechter’s new film, PLUNDER: THE CRIME OF OUR TIME, which approaches the Financial Crisis as a crime story –a point of view held by many Americans. Continue Reading »

Here’s one you really shouldn’t miss. If you’ve ever seen an Art Battles event up in NYC you know it’s a live-art competition where artists create work side- by-side in front of a live audience. For nine years Art Battles has been a platform for new and talented artists to showcase their skills in and around NYC in a setting where there’s a tremendous amount of pressure to perform — after all, people ARE watching. Continue Reading »