Visual Arts

Cultivist founders offer VIP access to museums and galleries

Cultivist founders Marlies Verhoeven and Daisy Peat aim to provide privileged access to the art world via their new club.
Cultivist founders Marlies Verhoeven and Daisy Peat aim to provide privileged access to the art world via their new club.

Art world access, a literary discussion, a pair of solo shows and a mural make the news in South Florida’s visual arts world this week.

▪ The Cultivist is launching a global arts club to provide members with privileged access to the art world, including Miami institutions like the Pérez Art Museum Miami. According to founders Marlies Verhoeven and Daisy Peat, who worked together in Sotheby’s VIP department, their new program is intended to connect members with an estimated 100 museums, galleries and cultural institutions in a more intimate and philanthropic way. Perks include first-look exhibition previews, private tours, artist studio visits and a forthcoming app to serve as a personal guide. Applicants will be interviewed before being accepted into the club. The annual fee for U.S. residents is $2,500. For more information, call 212-257-0202 or visit

▪ The Wolfsonian-FIU Book Club is hosting a discussion at 7 p.m. July 3 about Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf’s 1920s classic exploring daily life for women. The event is free to museum members and first-time attendees. RSVP is required to The Wolfsonian-FIU is located at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. For more information, visit

▪ The Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood presents Swenson Shots, a program designed to give emerging artists their first experience producing a gallery show from start to finish. Cara Despain is the next artist to exhibit in the art complex’s smaller gallery space. Her work in “The Lawn” focuses on daily environmental and existential concerns, and is on view July 2-5. For more information, call 305-576-2828 or visit

▪ Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts presents “Modern Times,” a solo exhibition by Mounir Fatmi exploring architecture in the Middle East, as well as the human impact of what he calls an unrelenting construction machine. The show is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 28 inside the main gallery of the school’s Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Rd., #440, Miami Beach. For more information about the artist, visit

▪ South Florida muralist Bill Savarese ( 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.

Galena Mosovich wrote this report.