▪ The Cultural Champion Award 2016 will honor pioneer Ruth Shack for her dedication to elevating Miami to an arts destination from 1976-1986. Many of the era’s most important cultural milestones were championed by Shack, such as sponsoring the county’s first historic preservation ordinance and urging municipalities to recognize the value of significant resources like South Beach’s Art Deco District. From 1985-2009, Shack served as president of the Dade Community Foundation, now The Miami Foundation, where she spearheaded the development of a permanent endowment to meet Greater Miami’s emerging charitable needs. Gibralter Private Bank & Trust will present the award Feb. 9 at a private location.
▪ Nancy Depew — a master of flowers, figures and landscapes — is showing new paintings at Sirona Fine Art, 600 Silks Run, #1240, Hallandale Beach, through April 6. The Beautiful World solo exhibition includes idyllic images of nature in the artist’s signature realism-inspired style. For more information, call 954-454-9494 or visit www.sironafineart.com.
▪ The Lod Mosaic continues its world tour at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU. The 1,700-year-old Roman mosaic is an archaeological treasure that comes by way of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center. The opening reception for Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel is from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at 10975 SW 17th St., Miami. This event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are requested. Museum members are encouraged to come for a private VIP tour at 4 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-348-2890, or visit www.frost.fiu.edu.
▪ The first event of Locust Talks 2016 features a discussion with Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director of The New Museum in New York City. The talk is free and open to the public, and takes place at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, at the Melin Building in the Design District, 3930 NE Second Ave., #200, Miami. Please note: The location is different from usual; it’s not at the gallery. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 305-576-8570 or visit www.locustprojects.org.
▪ Canale Diaz Art Center is showing a new group exhibition of the neo-kinetic movement titled Alternative Abstractions with works by Colombian artist Danny Esquenazi and Venezuelan artists Aureliano Parra and Reymond Romero. The show is on view through March 26 and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 146 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables. For more, call 786-615-2622 or visit www.canalediaz.com.
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