The tradition of local gallery nights, in which art-lovers stroll from one gallery to another and absorb as much culture as possible, began, some say, about 30 years ago in Coral Gables.
The regularly scheduled strolls are still popular in the City Beautiful, as well as in Wynwood.
But for a week, Coral Gables plans to turn the art stroll into a one-stop with the exhibit “New Art for the New Year” at the Coral Gables Museum.
The exhibit opened Wednesday and continues through Feb. 7 and offers a mix of Latin American, Cuban, European and American paintings, mixed-media and sculptures.
We “have one of the longest running visual art scenes and so we are elevating the fact that here we have the finest selection of Latin American and contemporary art in South Florida,” says Michelle Cash, marketing coordinator with the city’s Department of Economic Sustainability. “This is the first time that the galleries have come together in collaborative fashion to really promote themselves [under] one roof.”
Participating galleries include ArtSight, ArtSpace Virginia Miller, The Americas Collection, Ca’ D’Oro, Casa Turquesa, Cernuda Fine Art, Collage Gallery-Fundacion Artistas Unidos, H. Benitez Fine Art, Jorge M. Sori Fine Art, JSK Architectural Group and Klara Chavarria Contemporary Art.
“This event builds on the success of Gallery Night,” said Mayor Jim Cason, in a statement.
The show is being curated by Denise Gerson, former associate director of the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum.
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