Murals in Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale, a community arts celebration, a talk by NPR arts reporter Neda Ulaby and an opening reception for a Cuban painter’s solo show mark the week on South Florida’s visutal arts scene.
▪ Miami artist Nicole Salgar (NM Salgar) unveils a sprawling tropical mural at rum-centric cocktail bar The Rum Line at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in honor of her late brother Louis on Sunday from 8 p.m. to midnight. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Louis Salgar Fund (www.louissalgarfund.com), which raises money for scholarships and community programs benefitting young creative people in South Florida. Guests will be treated to a menu of light bites, shots of Fernet Branca, Bacardi drink specials and more. The Rum Line is located at 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-695-0110.
▪ Life is Art presents “River of Art: Taste of Opa-locka” on Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring artworks by local artists such as Gary L. Moore, Glenda Ramos, Edwive Seme and Paschal, among others. Live music and food from Opa-locka restaurants are included in the entry fee ($10 in advance with the promo code ART, or $20 at the door). The event takes place at the new Opa-locka Arts and Recreation Center (The ARC), 675, Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka. Parking is free. For more information, call 305-687-3545 or visit www.lifeisartfest.org.
▪ South Florida muralist Bill Savarese (www.muralsbybill.com) recently completed Reflections at Port Everglades to kick off Broward County’s VisualEYES mural series in celebration of its centennial, also known as the Broward 100. The acrylic on stucco abstract in blue, green and magenta is located on the Amman Building and represents Florida’s relationship with water. To see the mural, go to 2550 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For information about the series, contact Leslie Fordham at 954-357-7532.
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▪ ArtServe welcomes guest speaker Neda Ulaby, NPR’s reporter on arts, entertainment and cultural trends, for a special forum titled “Arts Journalism in a Fractured Cultureverse.” The reception starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. It’s free and open to the public with an RSVP to www.artserve.org. Space is limited. For more information, call 954-462-8190.
▪ Café Society, a monthly art salon organized in partnership with the Venetian Arts Society of South Florida, is hosting an opening reception for “Contemporary Caribbean,” a solo exhibit by Cuban painter Arturo Montoto, at Forre & Co. Fine Art Gallery, 1007 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The event takes place June 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. and features food chef Irie of PBS’s Taste of the Islands plus a guest lecture by Neil Hall, Miami-based architect and curator of Urban Collective, Art Africa Miami and Soul Basel. For information, call 954-463-0011 or visit www.forrefineart.com.