For more than 40 years, Myrna and Sheldon Palley have collected the glass works of over 50 artists. It has been their life’s passion and they have donated it all to the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.
“We might have collected the glass, but the collection belongs to the community where we have lived for the past 70 years—attending UM, working, and raising our family,” Myrna Palley wrote in an email.
“Miami and the University of Miami mean so much to Sheldon and me that giving the collection to the Lowe, and making it available for everyone to see and enjoy, was our way of saying thank you. The community has done so much for us.”
Everyone can now enjoy the collection at a reinstallation that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts. The Lowe has designated 2018 as the Year of Glass.
Nearly 350 friends and family members traveled from all over the U.S. and Canada to celebrate at the kick-off party Feb. 2. Linda Boone, owner of Habatat Galleries of Boca Raton, curated the installation of more than 150 pieces.
Featured are works by Dale Chihuly, Jose Chardiet, Mary Van Cline, KeKe Cribbs, Laura Donefer, Marvin Lipofsky, Harvey Littleton, Richard Marquis, William Morris, Tom Patti, Clifford Rainey, Therman Statom and Lino Tagliapietra.
Boone also oversaw the renovation of the Palley Pavilion, which houses a $3.5 million collection. Included also are pieces donated to the Lowe for installation in the Palley Pavilion by The Matus Family, Martin E. Messinger, Florence and Robert Werner, and Pat and Larry Stewart.
As part of the Year of Glass, Chihuly’s Mosaic Persian (1998), a donation by Dale and Doug Anderson, will be installed in the museum’s lobby. Events will include hands-on workshops with UM glass artist students and the Distinguished Glass Artist Lecture Series. Artist Statom gave the first lecture to a standing room only audience.
“Myrna and Sheldon’s vision and passion have transformed the Lowe Art Museum into one of the nation’s finest academic art museums, which in turn has been transformative for the entire University,” said Jeffrey L. Duerk, executive vice president and provost for University of Miami, in a release. “Their newly reinstalled Pavilion is a testament to the wonder of glass as well as to the Palleys’ importance as collectors in this exciting field.”
Learn more at www.lowe.miami.edu. Collections also include more than 19,000 objects, spanning 5,000 years of world culture.
Student play teaches love
More than 150 students auditioned to be a part of the writing team, cast and crew of this year’s production of “Standby.”
The play utilizes stories of The Holocaust as reference to the dangers of hate “while trying to understand the rationale of bullying, stereotyping, prejudice, intolerance, ethnic profiling and social injustices,” said Ruth Gordon, volunteer executive producer of Holocaust Impact Theater, in an email.
The mission of the play, which will be performed three nights, is to promote the celebration of acceptance and diversity.
“Hate and bigotry are never acceptable,” Gordon said. “It is vitally important for people to understand that unkind words and/or acts of aggression, can affect a person's life permanently.”
This year, the group has three student producers, one student director, and an assistant director overseeing the production from inception last summer until the performances at 7 p.m., March 1-3, Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112th Ave.
The theater project is now in its 14th year of bringing together local high school students who every year write, perform, produce and direct their own original script.
Tickets are $10 and are available online at http://hrld.us/2HCxyPL.Night of the event, if still available, tickets are $10 cash. Money from ticket sales goes toward the theater group to underwrite the cost of the program. Contact Gordon at 305-253-5867 or ruth21952 aol.com.
Help children with reading challenges
“Follow the Rainbow” is the theme for the 2018 Frances McGlannan Foundation event to raise funds for scholarships to specialized schools for children with dyslexia and related language learning differences.
The event will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. March 17 at the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 2540 S Bayshore Dr. Cost is $125. For alumni, age 30 and younger, tickets are $100. Organizers are planning a fun St. Patrick’s Day-themed dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. For tickets go to http://www.francesmcglannanfoundation.net/upcoming-events.html, call 305-274-2208 or email email@example.com.
Frances McGlannan, education pioneer and founder of the McGlannan School, died Dec. 20, 2017, at age 98 after spending a lifetime advocating for children with reading and learning challenges. You can learn more about this group and help with donations at http://www.francesmcglannanfoundation.net/.
Celebrate Women’s History Month
Many of us forget that Miami is the only major metropolis in the United States that was founded by a woman. Pay tribute to the life of Julia Tuttle at her final resting place, the historic Miami City Cemetery, noon March 1, 1800 NE Second Ave.
This event will feature historian Paul George who will speak about Tuttle’s life and tell important stories about the cemetery. New Miami Mayor Francis Suarez will open the ceremony that is being hosted by The Women’s History Coalition.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Women's History Coalition, founded in 1983, is dedicated to “preserving and promoting the history and accomplishments of women in Miami-Dade County.” The group has published two books, “Julia's Daughters” and “Beyond Julia's Daughters.” A third book is in development.
Charity yard sale to help kids
Plan to attend this big yard sale, or sign up to be a vendor if you have gently used furniture, household items, kitchen appliances, larger appliances and electronics in good working condition, children’s toys, home and garden décor or other practical items for sale.
The This Is For the Kids Charity Yard Sale is set for 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 10 at 809 N. Flagler Ave., Homestead. Vendor spaces are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Mayors Youth Council, the Noricia Talabert Dream Foundation, and This Is For The Kids.
No clothing accepted. For donations or vendor space information, call or text Larry Roth at 305-979-8424. Or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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