Key Biscayne’s signature art event returns March 15-16, 2014 for art, live music, children’s activities, international food court featuring fine wines & craft beers as well as a FREE art giveaway in honor of its 50th anniversary. The Rickie Report shares the details. Here is a sneak peek of the FREE art giveaway by Tony Mendoza, fascinating background about Xavier Cortada artist of the Commemorative Poster and a look at Robert Brown, whose layers of artistry come from his architectural background and multi-national ancestry.
Key Biscayne Rotary Art Festival
March 15 – 16, Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Village Green, on Crandon Boulevard, in Key Biscayne
Navigational Address: 400 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
To Support the Arts, the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne and the Local Community
Free and open to the public
“We are thrilled to reach this milestone,” says festival promoter Howard Alan. “We have been bringing the best and brightest artists to Key Biscayne for several decades, making sure the show offers a wide range of unique handmade artwork; I believe that is the key to our success and the show’s longevity.”
This popular art fair, produced by promoter Howard Alan Events and the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, will take place at the Village Green located on Crandon Boulevard. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to explore the original artwork of 150 of the finest artists in the country, enjoy live music, sample dishes from the international food court and indulge in fine wines and craft beers. The show will also offer interactive activities for young art enthusiasts.
The FREE Art Giveaway will feature the work of exhibiting artist Tony Mendoza. The giveaway prize, a 24” x 24” artist proof Gicleé reproduction on canvas of his original painting “Coffee Tree”, is a whimsical piece celebrating the artist’s favorite beverage, coffee. It is valued at $500.00 and will be on display at Mendoza’s booth. Festival patrons will have the opportunity to meet this gifted Cuban American artist, explore his work as well as register for the giveaway. No fee or purchase will be required to participate. Mendoza’a art reflects his optimism, joy and whimsical view of society. His clever use of his surroundings as a source of inspiration makes him of of South Florida’s most innovative artists. To learn more about Tony Mendoza and his work, visit his website at www.TonyMendozaArt.com.
A special edition commemorative poster honoring the 50th anniversary of the show and featuring the work of FIU Artist in Residence Xavier Cortada, will be available for purchase during the event. Xavier Cortada created art installations in the Earth’s poles to generate awareness about global climate change: In 2007, an an NSF Antarctic Artist and Writer’s Program Fellow, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch a reforestation eco-art effort.
Cortada often collaborates with scientists in his art-making:
- At CERN, Cortada worked with a physicist to develop a site-specific art installation capturing the five search strategies which the CMS experiment has used to discover a new Higgs-like particle.
- He worked with a population geneticist exploring our ancestral journeys out of Africa 60,000 years ago, with a molecular biologist to synthesize an actual DNA strand made from a sequence randomly generated by participants visiting his museum exhibit, and with botanists in eco-art projects to reforest mangroves, native trees and wildflowers.
- The Miami artist has worked with globally to produce numerous collaborative art projects: peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Taiwan, Hawaii, Holland and Latvia.
- Cortada has also been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Governor’s Mansion, Florida Botanical Gardens, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Art Museum, the Miami Science Museum, Museum of Florida History, and the Frost Art Museum.
- Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami, holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business and School of Law. Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA).
Born in Havana Cuba in 1949, of Irish, English and Cuban ancestors, Bob Brown has lived in Miami since 1960. His Cuban/American life experience, his shared love of art with his wife, and his work in the field of architecture and design are major influences in his Art.
Employing a hardedge style with clear sharp color to color edges, economy of form and geometric shapes allow bold creative designs to emerge from the canvas. ARTISTA GROUP LLC. was established by Bob together with his brother Esteban (business manager) in order to provide himself and other artists a venue for creative expression. For more information about Robert Brown’s art work, please visit : artistagroup.net
Additional information about the festival:
- Juried first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing local and national artists
- Original Artwork Handmade in America
- 150 artists from 30 different states
- Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
- Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
- All artists on site for duration of festival
- Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
- International Food Court
- 6 distinct culinary offerings available for purchase
- The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne will offer craft beers, selection of fine wines, water and sodas
- Special Saturday Night Under the Stars Event
- Children’s Interactive Art Activities in the Young Artists Tent as well as an entertainment area to include bounce houses and face painting
- Live PUSH CPR Sessions by the Village of Key Biscayne Fire and Police Departments-
- Live Entertainment – The Chowder Chompers and Patriotic Marching Band will be performing at noon in the main Rotary dining tent, located in the center of the festival.
- Free Art Festival Giveaway
- 50th Anniversary Commemorative Festival Poster featuring the art of FIU Artist in Residence Xavier Cortada.
- Unveiling of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Poster at the Community Center March 14th, 5 to 7PM
- A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation.
Festival sponsors include the Village of Key Biscayne, The Islander News, the Miami Herald, Comcast, FJ Turbine Power, Neil Friedman DDS, LITE FM, Stephen and Alice Takach, Bessemer Trust, and Sylvia Bennett.
About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.
Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists. For more information please visit www.artfestival.com
For additional information on the 50th Annual Key Biscayne Rotary Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-746-6615. For information about the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne please visit www.rotaryclubofkeybiscayne.org