Grab your sunshades and imagination for Art Deco Weekend, Jan. 12-15.
Deco Kids Club
Stop by Caricatures for Tots at my Splash and Color booth Saturday and Sunda. Buy a limited edition signed copy of my Miami Beach Art Deco coloring book.
Lively costumed characters, free art activities, kids marketplace, carnival, free kids Art Deco tours and more await children.
Jazz Age at Art Deco VIP
Experience the mystique and glamour of the prohibition era. Pay $55 for live jazz and an evening soirée. Listen to Michael Arenella, his Dreamland Orchestra and other jazzy musicians the entire weekend.
Miami Beach’s longest running festival has it all. Don’t miss these exciting events:
Antique Car Show, Bark Deco Dog Show, Guided Tours, Antique and Design Promenade, Films, Classic Car Show and more.
Visit over 100 pop up shops on Ocean Drive with tantalizing cuisine and unique items while enjoying free street entertainment.
For more information visit, http://artdecoweekend.com/events/#event-films
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse near Palm Beach, Florida.
Ring in the holidays at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse’s Holiday Shop and Sip Social on Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Enjoy holiday shopping with wine, tasty treats and free gift wrapping. Special discounts benefit the lighthouse. Purchase unique gifts for the kids and that hard to please someone on your Christmas list. Get a free Lighthouse ornament when you become a member of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. RSVP at 561-747-8380 x101
St. Augustine Lighthouse in North Florida.
Join the Luminary Night celebration at St. Augustine Lighthouse, Dec. 6 from 6-10 pm. Get free admission, visit Santa and witness over 1,000 dazzling candles. Catch the Christmas spirit while enjoying holiday music. For more information, call 904-829-0745.
Although no longer in the headlines, the Florida Keys is still suffering from the impact of Hurricane Irma that hit in September. In a desperate move, the Keys were open to the public on October 1. Tourism is the lifeline of the economy.
While Key Largo and Key West suffered little damage, most of the Keys were devastated by Hurricane Irma.
According to FEMA 25% of the homes in the Keys were impacted by Hurricane Irma and 65% of the homes were destroyed. Recovery efforts continue in the the lower Keys and Marathon which were hardest hit by the storm.
The focus on luring tourists back to the Keys has baffled some residents who still haven’t recovered from the hurricane. They feel essential needs of residents are being overlooked.
Schools and educational organizations in the Keys have also been devastated and need help. Big Pine Academy is asking for donations for their recovery efforts. Donations will help rebuild the school and replace supplies lost by the teachers. Visit their website to see how you can help. (https://bigpineacademy.com)
I’m determined to do what I can to help. I am donating 40% per cent of the proceeds from my coloring book Splash and Color to the Early Learning Children’s Foundation in Miami.
The Early Learning Children’s Foundation carried supplies to the Keys immediately after the hurricane. They have a track record of helping the residents of the Florida Keys. It’s my boots on the ground approach. Please buy a coloring book to help South Florida recover from Hurricane Irma.
Before renovation, The Bass displays Public Art during Art Basel.
The Bass solidifies its position as an art leader in Miami by bringing a fresh way of seeing and experiencing art. The grand reopening of The Bass heralds a new age.
After being closed for 2 1/2 years, The Bass opens with much fanfare and anticipation on Sunday. Before its temporary closure, the museum had transformed itself to a hotspot for contemporary art.
Now it artfully and skillfully showcases its old masterpieces alongside contemporary art. Botticelli, Rubens, El Greco and Van Dyke take center near contemporary art and challenges visitors to rethink their perceptions about art.
Instead of discarding the past, The Bass preserves it in a fresh and exciting way. The Art Deco building that houses the Bass is revitalized with new exhibition spaces, expanded lobby and education center, and grand staircase.
Designed by Russell Pancoast in the 1930s, it is one of the oldest buildings in Miami Beach. With the new expansion, the old and new form a fascinating dialogue.
As William Murtugh states “…at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present with a mutual concern for the future.”
The Bass has done that in a bold and brash way.
I saw this sign a sign saying “Repect Your National Monuments” when touring the Washington Mall and visiting historic landmarks. Funny how now the fight over monuments has become the battle cry of white supremacists. The removal of confederate monuments nationwide have upset, embolden them and fueled their hatred.
After all monuments signify who we are. The indefinite closing of the Washington Monument at the Washington Mall speaks volumes about the dysfunction in our government.
Splash and Color: Art Deco Coloring Book for Kids of All Ages. A coloring book to engage families with Art Deco. I thought it was a good idea a few years ago.
When I pitched my idea about reaching the family market in South Beach a few years ago, I was met with disdain. My plea fell on deaf ears when I approached the Miami Design Preservation League, Delano and the hotels on Ocean Drive about my coloring book and a Coloring Contest to reach the family market in South Beach. I wasn’t surprised by the lack of enthusiasm or vision. Artists have a tendency to be ahead of the curve.
After years of bad publicity and overly aggressive police behavior to control “raucous” behavior Mayor Levine and the City of Miami Beach are endeavoring to change the Art Deco District’s image. They want to make Ocean Drive better for residents and families. The recent Air and Sea Show is a good start. I hope the business community supports the initiatives to make Ocean Drive a safer and better place for residents and families.
Art Basel bring tens of thousands of cultural travelers to Miami each year.
As a savy businessman and leader of the free world, I would think you would appreciate that Art is Big Bucks. I read that in February you visited the National Museum of African American Museum (NMAAHC). I am sure you didn’t have to stand in line like most Americans to visit the museum. I had to get up early three months in a row to get timed tickets online. It took me more than one hour to go through an online que to finally get the tickets.
The point I’m making is that the African American Museum is driving people to Washington, DC. Probably people like me who only decided to revisit DC because of the Museum. According to Skit.com the “African American Museum sets a new standard in Museums as Destination. The large number of visitors in February forced the Museum to offer timed tickets.”
The Alliance of Museums reports that museums “directly contribute $21 billion to the US economy each year and billions more through indirect spending by visitors.” In addition, “There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums, more than the attendance of all major league sports events and theme parks combined (483 million in 2011).
Back to the Big Bucks theory. According to the Travel Industry of America “Thirty percent or 35.3 million adults say that a specific arts, cultural or heritage event or activity influenced their choice of destination. In fact, many travelers will extend their stay because of an arts, cultural or heritage event or activity. That mean cultural tourists spend more than the average tourist. This translates to jobs. Hey, I thought you were all about bringing jobs home.
And I know you’re all about business. So is defunding the National Endowment for the Arts a good business decision?