Visual Arts

South Florida art celebrates Women’s History Month and adorns a warehouse


Elaine Defibaugh’s ‘Eternal Optimist’ will be on display in Opa-locka as part of the ‘Forces of Nature’ exhibition celebrating Women’s History Month.
Elaine Defibaugh’s ‘Eternal Optimist’ will be on display in Opa-locka as part of the ‘Forces of Nature’ exhibition celebrating Women’s History Month. Elaine Defibaugh

On South Florida’s visual arts landscape this week are an Opa-locka exhibition celebrating Women’s History Month, a butterfly-bedecked mural at a Fort Lauderdale art and design warehouse, and a kimono fashion show. There’s also news of applications for residencies at Miami’s Cannonball, a comprehensive museum and gallery guide for Broward County, and a prize for painter Elisabeth Condon.

▪ Opa-locka Community Development Corporation is celebrating Women’s History Month with an exhibit titled Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow featuring works by Judy Sayfie, Elaine Defibaugh, Shelia Elias and Hattie Mae Williams. It opens March 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The ARC, 675 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka. The event includes a panel discussion by the artists on the transformational value of art. It’s the second in a four-part series called META. To attend, RSVP by Thursday to For more information about the organization, call 305-687-3545 or visit

▪ The Shade Post, an art and design warehouse at 16 NW First St., Fort Lauderdale, unveiled a new mural project by Brazilian-born, Miami-based artist Rubem Robierb called Metamorph-Us. The public art is part of his butterfly series analyzing the rapid changes in today’s society. For more information, call 954-874-4160 or visit or

▪ Cannonball is now accepting applications for the 2016 Visiting Residency Program for visual artists, curators, museum professionals and other cultural producers who live outside of the Southeast Florida region. The residency allows an successful applicants to live and work in Cannonball’s facility for one to three months, between February and mid-December 2016. The application deadline is May 4. For questions, contact artistic director Gean Moreno at 786-347-2360 or To apply, visit

▪ Painter Elisabeth Condon’s series Notes from Shanghai, inside the booth of Miami-based gallery Emerson Dorsch, won the 2015 Pulse Prize at Pulse New York earlier this month. The artist, who splits her time between Brooklyn and Tampa, was among 14 artists nominated. The prize has recognized solo presentation of distinction within the fair since 2006. For more information, visit

▪ Broward County has reissued its Museum & Gallery Guide highlighting nearly 100 of the county’s museums, art galleries, historic and cultural venues, and science and technology exploration centers. The 11-page directory can be obtained at local libraries, galleries and museums, or by calling 954-357-7457. For more information, visit

▪ The Consulate General of Japan in Miami presents a Japanese Kimono Fashion Show from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday featuring designs by Hiromi Asai, owner of Kimono Hiro in Miami. Asai’s kimonos have been featured in Vogue, in national TV ads and at New York Fashion Week. In addition to showcasing 12 ensembles, Asai will talk about the history of kimonos and the traditional Japanese coming of age ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. It takes place at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. For more information, contact the consulate at 305-530-9090, ext. 142.