Visual Arts

South Florida art groups set classes, moving sale, lecture

Patrón Spirits is holding an artists’ competition with a top prize of $10,000, which last year went to the creator of a unique chess set.
Patrón Spirits is holding an artists’ competition with a top prize of $10,000, which last year went to the creator of a unique chess set.

The new week in South Florida’s visual arts world brings an exhibition, a competition, a moving sale, a lecture and classes aimed at adults and families.

▪ Artist Joyce Birkenstock reveals her latest exhibit Artistic Journeys at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, with a reception at 7:30 p.m. March 12. Birkenstock is known for portraiture capturing the spirit of indigenous people in various cultures. Her show is on view at the Ansin Family Gallery at ArtsPark through April 15. The gallery is open Mondays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-602-4536 or visit

▪ The Patrón Spirits Company invites artists to use the tequila’s signature bottle as inspiration for a chance to win $10,000 ($1,000 goes to finalists). This is the second edition of The Art of Patrón competition, open to anyone over 21 through July 17. The first grand prize was awarded to amateur artist Brandon Montgomery of Spring Valley, Calif., who created a bespoke chess set and table made from 52 Patrón bottles of various sizes, with 16 Patrón corks carved to create the individual chess pieces. Visit for official entry guidelines.

▪ ArtCenter/South Florida on Lincoln Road is closing its 800-810 location with a moving sale. Resident artists are offering deep discounts before they relocate. An exhibit in the Richard Shack Gallery by Jai Alai Books and ArtCenter artists accompanies the sale with commentary on the closing of corporate bookstores and the changes in the publishing industry. The sale happens from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at 800-810 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Call 305-674-8278 or visit

▪ Locust Projects’ inaugural Locust Salon Scholars series of contemporary art lectures starts at noon Wednesday. Carol Damian, art history professor at Florida International University, will deliver a talk that poses the question Why Are There No Great Women Artists?. The series of three lectures is $200 per person, which includes lunch, and seating is limited. All events are at the gallery, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-576-8570 or visit

▪ The Wolfsonian-FIU is hosting Craft + Craft, a monthly adult artmaking workshop and craft beer tasting in the museum’s café. The inaugural event takes place at 7 p.m. March 13 with a lesson in making classic kites, tied to the aviation theme in the current Myth and Machine exhibition. The session is free and open to the public. The Wolfsonian is at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-535-2662 or visit

▪ The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami presents ICA Family Day from 1 to 4 p.m. March 14. Families can experience the museum’s experimental exhibitions through guided tours, collaborative sculpture projects and other hands-on activities. The event is free for members and visitors 3 and younger, $20 for a family of four or $5 per individual. Healthy snacks are included, along with a goodie bag for each family. The museum is at 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-901-5272 or visit Register at

Galena Mosovich