Visual Arts

‘Art of Transformation’ group show is coming to Opa-Locka’s The ARC

Colombian-American sculptor Santiago Medina works on his ‘Wisdom’ sculpture.
Colombian-American sculptor Santiago Medina works on his ‘Wisdom’ sculpture. Juan Fernando Cano

This week on South Florida’s visual arts scene, there’s news of the “Art of Transformation” group show in Opa-Locka and a large-scale sculpture by Santiago Medina, plus details on a Winter Park exhibition focused on large-scale works by Miami artists.

▪ The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation presents “Art of Transformation,” the organization’s annual event dedicated to revitalization efforts. The fourth edition begins Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. with an exhibition curated by Tumelo Mosaka, highlighting the work of Ebony G. Patterson, Dread Scott, Hank Willis Thomas and Bernard Williams at The ARC, 675 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka. The group show, on view through Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, tackles negative stereotypes with positive images of strength and resilience. At the end of opening day, a reception will be held in the same space from 7 to 11 p.m. with the curator, artists and a sampling of food from Opa-locka restaurants, drinks and music. Additionally, an artists’ panel is scheduled for Nov. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The ARC. All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the series, contact Aileen Alon ( or visit

▪ “Wisdom,” a monumental sculpture by Miami artist and physician Santiago Medina, will be added to the Miami Country Day School’s permanent art collection this week. Other works by Medina will also be on view in the school’s Taplin Gallery, 601 NE 107th St., Miami, through Nov. 18. To visit, go to or email the Upper School Arts Department coordinator Jonina Pitchman at To view a video documenting the production of “Wisdom” by Santiago Medina, visit After the Miami Country Day School exhibition, Medina will have an exhibition at Commenoz Gallery in Key Biscayne from Nov. 17-Jan. 16.

▪ The City of Winter Park presents the fifth annual Art on the Green exhibition Nov. 1-March 1 featuring seven large-scale works by celebrated Miami artists such as Lydia Azout, Maria Cristina Carbonell, Robert Chambers, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Emmett Moore, Cristina Lei Rodriguez and Frances Trombly. The exhibition was curated by Suzanne Delehanty, who was director of the Center for the Fine Arts in Miami, an institution that became the Miami Art Museum in 1996 and is now known as Pérez Art Museum Miami. Near Orlando, the exhibit is free and open to visitors to Winter Park’s 100-year-old park, Central Park. For more information, visit and search for “winter park art on the green.” .