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Featuring Rick Garcia, Cuba con Leche/ Opening today

Miriam Fernandes Gallery Grand Opening Reception
Featuring Rick Garcia, Cuba con Leche

November 14th, 2009. 6:00 p.m.

Opening reception: Saturday, November 14th, 2009. 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Miriam Fernandes Gallery. 
3618 NE 2nd Avenue, 
Miami, FL 33137
Admission: RSVP 305.573.9531 
Regular gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday 
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
(Sunday, Monday and evenings by appointment)

MIRIAM FERNANDES Gallery boasts a unique international collection of extraordinary artists from Brazil and North America. With an emphasis on exclusivity, education and long term investments, MIRIAM FERNANDES Gallery will foster a unique commitment to art and culture in Miami. Located on the second floor of a beautiful historical building in Miami’s Design District MIRIAM FERNANDES Gallery will host exclusive opening receptions on the second Saturday of each month during Design District’s prominent ‘Gallery Walk’. At MIRIAM FERNANDES Gallery opening receptions, art collectors and lovers alike will share an evening of visual stimulation, educational insight, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

On November 14th, 2009, MIRIAM FERNANDES Gallery will host their Grand Opening Reception featuring a solo exhibition of Rick Garcia’s latest, ‘never been seen before’, series titled, Cuba con Leche. Guests will enjoy an evening amid the colorful paintings of Rick Garcia, including delicious hors d'oeuvres with Cuban flavors by Relish Catering, and a performance by the Fusion Flamenco quartet with Ana Miranda.

The evening will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with a lecture and discussion on Cuban-American Pop Art, “So Close, Yet So Far Away” by Art Educator, Edwin Stirman.

Rick Garcia, a Miami-born native with "Cuban blood," developed his unique Pop style by incorporating Cuban and American cultural icons with bright colors, extraordinary details from everyday life, and a key Cuban map within each work. Miriam Fernandes, “I chose to launch my opening with Rick Garcia and Pop Art because we are in Miami; the colors and relationships are so close at heart.” And after a recent trip to Europe, Pop-Art’s bright colors, geometric forms and recognizable images from everyday life, remains a relevant international style which continues to be reinvented. This exhibition will be carried through December 1st, 2009.

December 5th Opening Reception, Art Basel is in the Air & Art Brazil is Here from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

On December 5th, MIRIAM FERNANDES Gallery will a host an opening reception in celebration of Art Basel Miami Beach titled, Art Basel is in the air & Art Brazil is here. As a native of Brazil, Miriam Fernandes is proud of the world-wide recognition and achievement of Brazilian artists, “Brazilian Art has come a long way from the famous street graffiti that first captured the attention of top art advocates world-wide”. During this art season, MIRIAM FERNANDES Gallery will feature a special tribute to the free-spirited and uniquely diverse culture of Brazil through beautiful works of art from top Brazilian artists.

Art Brazil will also integrate accomplished American artists as an interpretation of the American embrace of the Brazilian culture. The objective will be to compare the impressionist colors of the abstract geometric display from Brazilian, Goncalo Ivo compared to the abstract nature expressionist of American, Charles DuBack. Alongside, Brazilian, Dina de Oliveira’s subtle chromatic abstraction with a light touch of mysticism translated from her Amazon roots will be compared to the extraordinary realist landscapes of American, Don McClain and Brazilian Aldemir Martins.

Lecture and Discussion by Art Educator, Edwin Stirman, will start the evening off at 6:00 p.m. Stirman will share an intellectual awareness to the history of Brazilian Art, “From the Streets to the Museums.”

January 9th Opening Reception, Charles DuBack, Translation of Nature. 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

January will launch the prized work of New England artist, Charles DuBack, from his series, Nature Translation. Charles DuBack (b.1926) first visited Maine from New York City in the mid-1950s; a seminal period when New York post-war modernism arrived in Maine.

Coming to Maine in the mid-1950s provided a turning point in Charlie DuBack’s artistic career. Like many New York artists, DuBack originally planned to spend a summer at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture but eventually established a life-long love of the Maine landscape.

A devoted modernist inspired by the earlier paintings of Picasso and Matisse, DuBack was equally involved in the emerging Color Field and Pop Art movements of the day. The critical acclaim for these early works later translated into love of patchwork colors and bright brushwork in watercolors.

With a minimum of bravura brush strokes, DuBack deftly describes fir trees, sunlight glinting on water, or the rising and the setting sun. DuBack, who had shared a New York studio with sculptor Bernard Langlais and painter Alex Katz in the 1950s, was part of a group of artists who all settled in mid-coast Maine as summer residents.

Over the years, DuBack, developed an especially intimate knowledge of the Maine woodlands. With an eye for defining color and shape, he translates that visual vocabulary into works that convey the vibrancy and animation of nature. DuBack’s recognition amongst his contemporaries reflects his years of experience and great potential. Charles DuBack’s Nature Translation will be carried through January 30th, 2010, exhibiting works from 1952 to 2008.

About the Gallery Owners:

Miriam Fernandes and Kay Statz have traveled the world and invested in pieces of art by unique and extraordinary contemporary artists. With an emphasis on Brazilian and North American artists, MIRIAM FERNANDES Gallery values exclusivity, education and long term investments and will strive to be a destination for art culture in Miami.

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