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Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents “Tamiami Trail: In The Beginning” Featuring Original Art From Tropical Botanic Artists Collective. Free, Opening Reception On Friday, April 5

Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCa) presents “Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning”, an exhibition of original artworks by members of the Miami-based Tropical Botanic Artists collective. The public is invited to the free, Opening Reception on Friday, April 5.  The Exhibit is available through May 31. The botanical subjects were selected to mark the 100th anniversary in 2015 of the start of work on Tamiami Trail, a roadway begun in 1915 in Miami.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek.









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Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents

“Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning”



Tropical Botanic Artists Document

South Florida’s 100 year-old Tamiami Trail

Free, Opening Reception:

Friday, April 5

 6 – 10 pm  

West Gallery/Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters  

Exhibit is available through May 31, 2019





“Spatterdock” by Jedda Wong



The botanical subjects were selected to mark the 100th anniversary in 2015 of the start of work on Tamiami Trail, a roadway begun in 1915 in Miami. Today it stretches across the Everglades from Miami to Naples and northward to Tampa, through areas that were largely wilderness a century ago. The exhibition’s more than 30 plant portraits depict species found then and now in multiple vegetation zones along the route. Due to human intervention and changes in water flow, some of the plants illustrated are rare or endangered, and their predominant locations may have shifted, but all persist in South Florida’s landscape.




“We invite our community to dive deep into the discerning talents of the artists capturing the essence of South Florida in plant form,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “Far beyond ‘flower painting,’ botanical artists show the fascinating and soul-stirring intersection of science and art.”  Presented with support from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the exhibition is the result of the artists’ collaboration with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser of Florida International University, who is principal investigator for the local Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program. 




Watercolor Painting by Pauline A Goldsmith







Featured Artists:


Margie Bauer

Kristi Bettendorf

Beverly Borland

Silvia Bota

Marie Chaney

Susan Cumins

Jeanie Daniel Duck

Julio Figueroa

Pauline A Goldsmith

Leo Hernandez

Elsa Nadal

Carol Onstad

Laurie Richardson

Donna Torres

Jedda Wong









About Tropical Botanical Artists

The Tropical Botanic Artists collective was established in Miami, Florida, in 2006 to highlight the beauty of tropical plants through art. Its members come from all walks of life and each brings a unique viewpoint to his or her work. They share a love of the natural world and that fascination is reflected in their art.





About Bailey Contemporary Arts

The mission of the Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) is to cultivate, incubate and nurture a vibrant visual arts community that enriches Pompano Beach and its goal of being a nexus of art, creativity, diversity, and inspiration.  Serving as an incubator for artistic innovation and education, the staff of BaCA amalgamates emerging local and national artists with industry professionals to elevate the creative process. Located in the historic Bailey Hotel building, which was, at one point, the center of a thriving downtown in Pompano Beach. Built in 1923, the historic Bailey Hotel is the second oldest remaining building (right behind the old Farmer’s Bank building next door) and is part of the longest contiguous collection of historic buildings in Broward County.



About the Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes the visual arts, music, film, theater, dance, public art, history, and historic preservation for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents of and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Historical Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely Historical Home. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the Pompano Beach “Crossroads” multi-disciplinary initiative.





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