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SCOPE ANNOUNCES NFT ARTISTS FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIP TICKET RELEASE

SCOPE ANNOUNCES NFT ARTISTS FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIP TICKET RELEASE

Expo/Fair

Published 7/20/21

With stunning views of the ocean, SCOPE’s unparalleled curated selection of contemporary art will be presented alongside museum-quality installations, panel discussions, and nightlife events.SCOPE + YellowHeart will create the first-of-its-kind, NFT-minted, VIP tickets to commemorate SCOPE Art Show’s 20th anniversary. The tokens will feature unique editioned artwork tied to SCOPE’s New Contemporary Program, presenting emerging and celebrated artists alike that define our cultural landscape across a variety of creative disciplines. The limited-release tickets will go on sale September 9th on YellowHeart’s marketplace and will feature work from Swoon, Saype, Relm, Nychos, Diana Sinclair, ENTES, Logan Hicks, Kathie Olivas, and CTWF (Coloring The World Foundation).“In celebration of our 20th anniversary, SCOPE has partnered with digital marketplace YellowHeart to create a first of its kind Blockchain ticketing solution featuring a diverse curation of innovative NFT minted VIP …

Art in August

Art in August

Family

Published 7/15/21

Art in August was created to support the important work of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a 501(c)3 national non profit that is committed to raising funds for research and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the United States.Designed by over 30 artists - including Peter Tunney, Baron Von Fancy, Jason Naylor, Andrew Hudson and Chef James Kent - and manufactured by Enduring Images, each $175 plate will be on sale from August 20-31. The artwork ranges from collages (like Vinnie Ray’s Portal 11 and Katy Hirschfeld’s Handsome Youths) to graffiti (from muralist Riiisa Boogie’s Keep Rockin’ and Hektad’s repetitive LOVE graffiti on Lover.) All of the proceeds from each plate will directly support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.Art in August kicks off August 20th through the 31st! To buy a plate, click here.

Atlanta: Bold and Beautiful

Atlanta: Bold and Beautiful

Visual Arts

Published 7/11/21

For the first time, everyone everywhere can engage with these organizations—including the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University —across the city in one digital location and discover its unique culture. As travel and tourism opens, Google Arts & Culture hopes Atlantans will be reminded just how much their city has to offer, and that visitors will be encouraged to discover the city for themselves.Atlanta is the first city in the American deep south and fourth in the U.S. to be featured inGoogle Arts & Culture’s global initiative to capture and share the unique culture of cities.Along with Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Charlotte, Atlanta joins European cultural hubs on the platform including Milan and Naples, Italy, Lyon, France, and Hamburg, Germany.Bonnie Speed, Director of the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University said, "We are thrilled to be a part of Atlanta's Google Arts & Culture launch. This new platform will allow more Atlantans to learn about the …

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Performing Arts

Published 7/2/21

SANDRELL RIVERS THEATER: INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT- SONGS OF UNITY WITH LAUREN CARTERJuly 2nd @ 8 pmJoin SRT for an Independence Day Unity Concert with vocalist Lauren Carter featuring classic songs such as What the World Needs Now, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, With a Little Help from my Friends, This Land is Your Land, Ain’t That America and more- Lauren Carter's soulful and versatile voice lights up the Sandrell Rivers Theater in this In-Person Concert! More event details here.THE RED CURTAIN: THE ART OF FACING FEAR - THE WORLD UNITED - SHOW 2July 4th @ 10 am Live theatre performed by 25 actors from 5 continents written by Ivam Cabral and Rodolfo Garcia Valquez and Directed by Rodolfo Garcia Valquez. More event details here.DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD: DREAM CAR CLASSICJuly 4th @ 10 amThe Dream Car Classic presented by Cobra Joe Productions has made a great come-back to the Downtown Hollywood area. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Dream Car Classic gives gearheads and …

GRAFFITI ARTIST JOZZA PARTNERS WITH JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

GRAFFITI ARTIST JOZZA PARTNERS WITH JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Family

Published 6/24/21

As part of the launch of the partnership, Jozza joined Caitlin Stella, CEO of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; Kip Hunter-Epstein and Joey Epstein, Chairs of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Art Committee; and other team members from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the Art Committee; for a special event at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 18th where the partnership was announced.  Jozza donated two extraordinary original pieces of artwork – “Catch the Love” and “The Daisy” to the Hospital. The two paintings are hung on the Hospital’s walls in the first floor Family Resource Center and on the 4th floor across from Daniella’s Atrium. In addition, Kip Hunter-Epstein and her husband, Joey Epstein graciously donated a third Jozza original painting– “Snoopy and Woodstock” to the Hospital, to be hung on the wall outside the Surgical Unit on the 2nd Floor.Jozza will also be placing additional pieces of his artwork on a …

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

Music

Published 6/11/21

Miami’s Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Seraphic Fire wrapped up its virtual season, known as Season S, with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claudio Monteverdi.This last presentation, on May 23, marked the first time these artists gathered after more than one year apart – and the intensity of emotions they exuded made their sacred music shine even brighter.Seraphic Fire cautiously approached every detail in preparing for the first in-person recording in still unstable conditions. Humbly rather than pompously, the ensemble gathered around a finely chosen repertoire. In the ascetic acoustic space, the sonority of evenly employed male and female voices carried an intimate atmosphere over the screen.Conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, the ensemble’s founder and artistic director, chose five pieces from Monteverdi’s collection, “Selva Morale e Spirituale” (1641). The vocalists and guest instrumentalists elegantly interpreted the first piece, “Beatus vir,” and …

Hops at the History Center - A Scenic Georgia Sketchbook

Hops at the History Center - A Scenic Georgia Sketchbook

Artist Spotlight

Published 6/4/21

With this book, Huffman hopes to record each place in time to preserve the beauty and context before they are lost to time or progress.Ronald R. Huffman has been a resident of Atlanta for more than twenty-five years and is a landscape architect, community planner, and historian. He has previously taught classes in environmental planning and landscape architecture as an adjunct professor at Southern Polytechnic University.He is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Huffman is a self-taught part-time artist who enjoys exploring his deep southern roots and finding art within history. He enjoys bringing attention to forgotten places and landscapes by interpreting them with nothing but a no. 2 pencil and a sketch pad. Join the fun Monday, July 12, 2021 at 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the DeKalb History Center. The book is available for purchase. In Person Option: Member tickets are $5 / Non-member tickets are $10 / Live Virtual Option: $5. …

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Prepares for “The Obama Portraits Tour”

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Prepares for “The Obama Portraits Tour”

Visual Arts

Published 5/18/21

“The Obama Portraits Tour” will commence in Chicago June 18th and will continue across the United States through May 30, 2022, before returning to Washington. This is one of several national initiatives set by the Portrait Gallery to engage communities in the power of portraiture. Visitors hoping for a last look at the portrait of Michelle Obama before its departure can view the painting, alongside the featured gown designed by Michelle Smith’s label Milly, through May 23 as part of the special exhibition “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States.” Free, timed-entry passes for all ages in accordance with social-distancing policies can be reserved at si.edu/visit/passes. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of former President Barack Obama is no longer on display and will be next exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago when the tour begins.From the moment of their unveiling in February 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s commissioned portraits of the Obamas have inspired …

CULTUREOWL IS LANDING IN ITS FOURTH LOCATION

CULTUREOWL IS LANDING IN ITS FOURTH LOCATION

Visual Arts

Published 4/23/21

CultureOwl launched Atlanta as its fourth location on April 26th, 2021. Atlanta joins Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Tampa/St. Pete in unleashing a world of culture to its followers! 14 other locations are in the works including Boston, Detroit and San Diego. The company first launched its franchise opportunity in 2020 from its headquarters in Miami. “our vision is to spread across the country in the next 3 years, bringing quality cultural programming and news to cities nationwide,” stated Amy Sherit, Owner and Founder of CultureOwl.The expansion is based on a franchising model, enabling business owners with a love for culture and business acumen to do something they love while building a thriving business.No CultureOwl in your locale? Be the change and bring CultureOwl to your town through this affordable and lucrative franchise opportunity. Visit www.cultureowl.com/franchising for more information. 

Fantasy Fest 2021 Poster & T-Shirt Artwork Contest

Fantasy Fest 2021 Poster & T-Shirt Artwork Contest

Visual Arts

Published 4/19/21

The winning selections that best represent the 2021 theme will become the official Fantasy Fest poster OR the official T-shirt. Artwork that creatively and graphically reflects the theme, characteristics, flavor and the whimsy of Key West will be reviewed by a selection committee and selected artists will each receive $750, a signing party and recognition as the official Poster/T-shirt for Fantasy Fest 2021! This is your opportunity to join the revered ranks of artists whose creations have been seen by over 70,000 party revelers!Artists may submit up to three (3) different images online for consideration. Posters may be horizontal or vertical, with a preferred finished size of 18" x 24". The Key West Tourist Development Association may ask artists to make modifications to artwork proposals. Artists are asked to include the words “Fantasy Fest” and the 2021 theme words “All A Daze for a Holiday”. The artwork will be the sole property of Fantasy Fest upon selection and payment to …

Key West Food & Wine Festival 2021

Key West Food & Wine Festival 2021

Culinary

Published 1/12/21

Set for Wednesday through Sunday, January 27th through the 31st, the festival’s indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs’ culinary flair, tempting libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere.Attendees can whet their appetites for island-style excellence at waterfront tastings, winemaker/chef collaborations and food-related adventures such as an absinthe tasting inspired by literary legend Ernest Hemingway, a Key West resident during the 1930s.According to event organizer Mark Certonio, all local coronavirus health protocols are to be followed during the festival, including social distancing and the wearing of facial coverings as mandated.Planned highlights are to include the “Indulge” Grand Tasting set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 28th, at the Southernmost Beach Resort (enter at 508 South St.). Attractions are to include more than 50 wines for sampling, culinary creations on the beach and a subtropical sunset.Friday’s standouts include “Meet Mote Marine,” a …

Virtual Art Auction for Kids' Cancer

Virtual Art Auction for Kids' Cancer

Visual Arts

Published 8/20/20

Their biggest fundraising event of the year, Chefs for Kids’ Cancer Gala in New York City, was postponed due to COVID-19. It's a magical night which features a robust art auction that sees a lot of competitive bidding to score bragging rights for a new piece of art.Typically, the auction almost raises enough money to fund an entire pediatric research grant! Because of COVID-19, they are pulling more than 70 pieces of art that would have been featured at the gala out of storage to create their very first online art auction!Check out some of the featured artists:Katy Hirschfeld Leinoff, a Miami resident, is one of over 70 artists who have donated pieces to the first event online Art In August auction to benefit Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.Peter Tunney's work, which frequently mixes and varies in media, functions as relics of the constant performance that is his life. His work is a part of a bigger story, one that has taken him across every inch of the globe, seen him tackle Wall …

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

Immersive productions leaves a much larger personal imprint because there are no stages and audiences can become totally immersed in the performance itself. Audience participants can choose to be masked or unmasked, and stand within a few feet of the actors. Oftentimes, in immersive shows, a single performer will pair off with a single theatregoer for an encounter. It can be a performance for an audience of one, or the theatregoer can volunteer as a character in a plot.Many times immersive theatre productions are held at site-specific locations to enable audiences to talk to the actors and interact with the surroundings. These types of productions are really far from new. In fact, in the Middle Ages most theatre presentations were site specific, immersive, and participatory.South Florida has seen the Juggerknot Theatre Company expand Miami Motel Stories into Wynwood, the multi-media Medea at MDCLiveArts and the unique and wildly popular Amparo Experience. The long popularity of …

Community vs Professional Theatre

Community vs Professional Theatre

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

By Larry SchwingelThe subject of community theatre versus professional theatre can stir a debate about understanding the differences, but the bottom line is that professionals get paid and amateurs do not. Earnings, skill levels and formal training are all factors in the success of professional theater. Community theatre is at a disadvantage in these areas, but it feeds into the community spirit and brings awareness to the artistic sensibilities of everyone that participates.Community TheatreCommunity theatre is comprised of a cast of volunteer actors, set designers, and crewmembers that “work” for their love of theater and stage. Collectively, they bring a unique, fresh approach. Often times, the productions are of high quality—a compliment to their passion and unbridled enthusiasm. This is the heart and foundation of community theatre. South Florida is unusual because of the intermingling in professional and granting organizations. Almost all theatres in the …

Top 10  Frescos  & murals You Must Travel to See

Top 10 Frescos & murals You Must Travel to See

Visual Arts

Published 4/2/19

Pan American Unity Artist: Diego RiveraLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaThe great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s iconic creation is incredibly grand and mesmerizing in its sweeping depiction of humanity. Spanning a 22-foot high and 74-foot wide wall and covering nearly 1,800 square feet, it is Rivera’s largest masterpiece. Its full name is more than befitting of the interconnected galaxies of human faiths, which the mural encompasses – The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on the Continent, the continent being North America. Created in 1940, this mural is basically a vivid history map replete with symbolism. It recreates some of the most defining moments in the history of North America that have made it the fascinating mixture of cultures know today.Sistine Chapel CeilingArtist: MichelangeloLocation: VaticanThe Sistine Chapel’s ceiling was painted between 1508 and 1512. Hired by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo was scoffed at by …

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/17

Most will agree that a kiss is one of the pinnacles of romance, bestowed upon that special someone and stirring a wide range of emotions. This work of art, painted by Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908, depicts a pair of lovers entwined in a passionate embrace, draped in colorful robes, obviously influenced by contemporary Art Nouveau style. And the fact that it’s currently on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, is the perfect excuse for a romantic getaway to go see it. …

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