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X Marks the Spot
November 16 through February 2
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Graffiti isn’t a new concept in the artistic world. Its various manifestations in the past include inscribed obscenities in ancient stone, “Kilroy was here” doodles in World War II and the many colorful, spray-painted images that decorated public places in the 1980s. Then, graffiti was considered an unwelcome form of vandalism. Now with the evolution of graffiti as mural art (à la Banksy), these lines have become blurred, and the people behind the work have transformed from “misguided youths” to professional artists. This exhibition showcases the talents of 16 local artists (emerging to professional) and focuses on the many styles and maturation of graffiti and mural art.
Artists in the show
Exhibition is generously sponsored by:
Donald M. Ephraim Family Gallery
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community
January 12 through February 2
One creative boy.
One bare, abandoned wall.
One BIG idea.
There is a wall in Ángel’s neighborhood. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. But he can’t do it alone. This inspiring picture book celebrates the power of art to tell a story and bring a community together.
John Parra is an award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including “Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos” by Monica Brown, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and “Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans” by Phil Bildner, which won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration. His other awards include the ALA Pura Belpré Honors and the Christopher Award. Additionally, his books have appeared on Bank Street’s and Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year lists. In 2015, John was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a special event about his work and career in illustration. His art can be seen at the U.S. Post Office on six new Forever Stamps titled “Delicioso”—with illustrated images celebrating Latino food cuisine. John’s most recent book, “Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community,” with author Susan Verde, was released in the fall of 2018 to celebrated reviews. To learn more, visit johnparraart.com.
In conjunction with:
November 17 through January 5
aZul for Better Living, Inc is an emerging non-profit organization founded in Bogota-Colombia in 2014 and established in West Palm Beach in 2015. We believe in transforming relationships into collaboration while highlighting different abilities through endless opportunities. Our mission is to empower adults with developmental disabilities and their families using fashion design, industrial design and art as tools to achieve financial independence, dignity and artistic recognition.
As part of our services, we offer alternative and creative learning sessions that are highly experimental and fully inclusive, using multi sensory approach to maximize the potential in our creatives and collaborators.
Fabricating Smiles is a creative training that offers participants the opportunity to learn professional manners, body language and icebreaker dialogues that help to foster confident interactions in social situations, and how to interact – navigate in a professional business setting. azulforbetterliving.org
Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center
Solo exhibitions generously funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation
New Selections from the Studio
January 19 through February 16
For Dina Gustin Baker, painting is “poetry without words, music without sound and freedom without loss.” Through that personal quote, her paintings convey her true self: a woman who is steadfast, strong, absolute and an artistic force. Baker’s career began in the early 40s with conversations with Dr. Barnes of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA, having been awarded a scholarship to the Art Students League in NYC, and soon enough surrounded by the true greats of their time—Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, the list goes on. Though influenced by such prolific men, her style has remained true to herself as a painter and as a woman. Baker’s experiment in style in her studio practice, from the early figurative pieces to her broad abstract strokes to the more tumultuous and seemingly consciously applied touches, communicates her adaptability and ingenuity in form, space and color. This latest body of work, created in the last year, comes directly from her studio and showcases Baker’s relentless and unyielding commitment to create.
Image: “Lavender Way,” 2018, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
December 15, 2018 through January 12, 2019
Ben Georgia was once asked two questions: “What did you love to do as a child when alone?” and “What would you do if you did not have to work?” For Georgia, the answer to both was simple—art. Though it took some time to realize this dream, his determination brought him to where he is today. With over 30 years of experience exhibiting paintings and selling over 1,600 of them, Georgia has created a body of work focusing on the emotional dynamics and interaction of color and form. His work was once referred to as “working toward the depths of the emotional experience.” To quote Georgia himself, he strives to paint “where the energy, beauty and strength of the painting compensate for and counteract the tragedy and decay of life.” bengeorgia.com