Visual Arts

A party, fundraiser and gallery show highlight the visual arts scene

Juan Travieso’s mural is in the Leah Arts District.
Juan Travieso’s mural is in the Leah Arts District.

New on the South Florida visual arts scene, the Leah Arts District in Hialeah is throwing a block party, Breakthrough Miami has its fundraiser, the works of Craig Coleman are on display, Pérez Art Museum Miami appoints new trustees, and the Lowe Art Museum hosts works from the Bass Museum of Art.

▪ The Leah Arts District and Beck’s Urban Canvas are throwing a community block party Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at 1450 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah, where the new Hialeah Artist Live/Work Overlay District (aka The Leah Arts District) is poised to be one of Miami’s artistic hubs. Murals by local artists such as 2 Alas, Reinier Gamboa, Aquarela, Juan Travieso, Derek Hunter and Adrian Avila will be on view along with music by Oscar G, live percussion by Oba Frank Lords and Mr. Brown, and food trucks curated by Burger Beast. Follow @leahartsdistrict on Instagram for updates.

▪ Breakthrough Miami’s third annual Support-A-Scholar Celebration is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sagamore, The Art Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The organization’s goal is to fund 200 scholars through fundraising efforts. A donation of $1,600 covers the annual cost for one Breakthrough student and comes with two tickets to the event. General admission is $150 per person. This year’s collaborating artist for the party is Antonia Wright. To attend, call 305-646-7210 or visit

▪ Guccivuitton presents Summer Was a Drag, a collection of paintings by artist Craig Coleman (1961-1994), at its gallery at 8375 NE Second Ave., Miami. Curated by local artist Kevin Arrow, the Coleman show explores troubling topics found in his work — migrants lost at sea, tarnished glamour and sexual encounters — with pieces from Glenn Albin, Hannah Lasky, Craig Robins, Tara Solomon and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Coleman died in 1994 on South Beach of complications due to AIDS. The gallery is open to the public Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Email for more information.

▪ Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has appointed seven new members to its board of trustees. The new trustees are Alexa Wolman, Alexander Hurst, Deryl McKissack, María Bechily, Mary Wolfson, Patrick J. Peyton and Sandra Tamer. For more information, visit

▪ While the Bass Museum of Art is closed to the public as it undergoes a year of interior renovations, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami is hosting a selection of outstanding works from the Bass’ permanent collection. The focus of this partnership is Northern Europe during the Renaissance and Baroque periods (from the 15th to 17th centuries), and the pieces on view represent a range of media including oil on canvas, tempera on panel, enamel on porcelain and textiles, as well as a wide array of subjects. Dürer to Rubens: Northern European Art from The Bass Museum is on view through July 17 at the Lowe, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. For more information, call 305-284-3535 or visit