South Florida Arts Scene

SCOPE art fair moving to Miami Beach


SCOPE, one of the largest satellite fairs held during Art Basel Miami Beach, has announced a new location for this year: the sands of Ocean Drive at 10th Street in Miami Beach. The 70,000-square-foot pavilion will feature an outdoor beach lounge with views of the ocean along with 100 international exhibitors and 15 Breeder Program galleries (program that introduces new contemporary art galleries to the market). SCOPE Miami Beach opens Dec. 3, to welcome VIPs at its First View benefit, and runs Dec. 4-8. or email Galena Mosovich

Arison honored

Lin Arison, one of Miami’s most significant arts patrons, was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Barack Obama this week. Arison, who co-founded the National YoungArts Foundation and the New World Symphony with her late husband Ted Arison, was honored Wednesday at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. She was one of 12 honorees; others included musicians Herb Alpert and Allen Toussaint, singer Renée Fleming, artist Ellsworth Kelly, playwright Tony Kushner and director George Lucas.

“I am honored and deeply humbled,” Arison said in a statement. “This award is a testament to the President’s recognition of the incredible work of the next generation of young artists in this country.”

Arison was honored for her philanthropy and work as an arts education advocate. Both YoungArts, through its programs for talented teens, and the New World Symphony, made up of young conservatory graduates, are dedicated to developing young artists. Arison is the most significant individual supporter of both groups.

“These organizations have grown beyond our dreams, to contribute to the cultural vitality of our nation,” Arison said. “Ted would be very proud to know that. I am grateful to the people of Miami, where both organizations are headquartered, for their participation in developing new programs, testing new ideas, and supporting the future of the arts nationwide.”

Jordan Levin

New Bass curator

Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art has appointed José Carlos Diaz as Curator of Exhibitions. Diaz’s history in the Miami arts scene includes interning at the Rubell Collection in Wynwood, working at the Miami Art Museum and the Diana Lowenstein Gallery, and curating exhibits at the Moore Space and ArtCenter South Florida. Since 2005 Diaz has lived in Liverpool, England, where he worked at the Tate Liverpool gallery, part of a national network of British museums and arts programs where modern art and community programming are emphasized, and the Liverpool Biennial.

At the Bass, Diaz will work with the museum’s education department to develop community and educational programming, as well as organize exhibitions.

The museum will announce Diaz’s appointment at the F@B event from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the museum at 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The reception will feature a screening of artist and filmmaker Kevin Arrow’s film Gianni Versace, on the murdered designer and the creation of his Miami Beach mansion, and a performance by noise-rock duo Gavin Perry and Beatriz Monteavaro, known as Holly Hunt.

Jordan Levin

Garland sings

Singing and showbiz legend Judy Garland is long gone, but thanks to William Randall Beard’s Beyond the Rainbow, the charismatic star works her magic again. Jody Briskey plays Garland and sings many of her well-known songs — including, naturally, the signature Over the Rainbow — in a biographical play-with-songs set at the time of Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall comeback concert. Fans of the old Florida Stage may recall that the show got its South Florida debut there (with largely the same cast) in 2006.

The production opens Friday at the Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., Delray Beach. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and the show runs through Aug. 11. Tickets are $30-$40. Get them by calling 561-450-6357 or visit

Christine Dolen

Playwright couple

Marj O’Neill-Butler and Roger Martin are well-known figures in South Florida’s theater community: She’s an actor, director and stage manager, while he’s a critic and editor of They also happen to be married, and both are playwrights. That latter skill will be on display at 7:30 p.m. Monday in an evening dubbed Women Always Win. Four plays by O-Neill-Butler ( A Bump in the Night, Flight Fright, Missed Connections and Special Delivery) and four by Martin ( In Print, Ladies’ Home Companion, Sea Spray and Pass the Elephant, Please) will get staged readings as part of the South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Reading Series.

Margaret M. Ledford is directing the evening, and Todd Allen Durkin serves as narrator. Doing the reading are Ken Clement, Clay Cartland, Betsy Graver, Christina Groom, Pamela Roza, Angie Radosh and Laura Turnbull. The event is free, and it happens at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. For more information, call 305-444-9293 or visit

Christine Dolen

Dali exhibit

New River Fine Art in Fort Lauderdale presents “Salvador Dalí: A Surreal Collection” from Friday through July 30, featuring 800 pieces of work. Bernard Ewell, who has specialized in the works of Salvador Dalí since 1980, will give a free public lecture at 2 p.m. July 20 at 105 NE 16th Ter. #1; or 954-467-2624.

Galena Mosovich

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