11 01, 2015

Beaux Arts Festival Returns To UM

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IMG_3565David Figueroa’s larger-than-life steel and wood sculptures are meant to be reflective of the human condition — ever changing and unpredictable. He’s also learned through the imagination of a child that his artwork can be interactive.

Last year, one of Figueroa’s 8-foot-tall wood and steel sculptures welcomed an unusual spectator: a small boy. The child, whom Figueroa remembered to be about 6 years old, playfully perched himself on the 10-inch ledge on the $7,500 L-shaped piece.

“He said, ‘I’m the king!’” Figueroa recalled cheerfully about the boy’s interpretation of his sculpture. “That kid made my day. His mom was trying to get him off and I said, ‘No, no, it’s OK.’”

The sculpture was on display as part of the annual Beaux Arts Festival of the Arts, Miami’s oldest juried outdoor art show at the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami, where Figueroa was awarded best of show last year.

Next weekend, the Beaux Arts Festival will celebrate its 64th year. The two-day event will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Jan. 17 and feature 220 local and visiting artists, including soft pastel artist Lynn Libby from Key Biscayne, as well as about 150 Miami-Dade middle and high student pieces in the Lowe Art Museum.

The first festival took place in 1952 as a clothesline sale. Artists would literally hang their art on a clothesline stretched across the grass for the show.

Although the tradition of the clothesline has been discontinued, the outdoor art exhibition still offers the opportunity to experience a variety of art and perhaps purchase a piece to take home.

For Amy Stokes, a second-year volunteer and this year’s festival co-chair, attending the festival has been a long-standing family tradition since her earliest memories.

“It’s always had a special place in my heart,” Stokes said. “There is a nice sense of tradition that has been a part of my history, which makes me very proud to pass on that experience.”

The festival brings more than 10,000 people to the UM campus for art plus live music, a children’s art scavenger hunt, and free admission to the Lowe Art Museum. Participating artists will also be competing for cash awards in various categories, such as ceramics, glass and watercolor.

All festival proceeds will benefit the Lowe, a Beaux Arts partner for 63 years, and help support a Beaux Art children’s program that brings Miami-Dade students to the Lowe Art Museum.

“It’s something to me that’s ingrained in our city,” said Karen Kennedy-Ortiz, the festival’s other co-chair. “It’s a hidden gem in Miami.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article5646804.html#storylink=cpy

12 11, 2014

Beaux Arts hosts costume ball benefiting Lowe Art Museum

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Beaux Arts hosts costume ball benefiting Lowe Art Museum

More than 275 costumed and black-tie guests celebrated late into the night on Saturday, Nov. 8, to raise funds for the 62nd annual Beaux Arts Ball — this year, carrying a “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” theme.

Revelers’ head-turning, good-versus-evil garb, mixed with dramatic event decor, and amazing raffles and prizes collectively, resulted in one of the most exciting and successful Beaux Arts Balls to date. Funds benefit the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, along with Beaux Arts projects that introduce underprivileged children to the world of art.

Beaux Arts Ball president Becky McCarron, alongside Ball co-chairs Meredith Kallaher and Anne Beaumont Neithardt, made sure that all “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” guests were welcomed with extraordinary excitement and entertainment from the moment they entered the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building — an incredibly apropos location to host such a spectacular event.

After climbing the building’s striking lobby staircase and entering the event space through an enormous, Savannah-inspired, wrought iron gate, guests mingled in a “Good” Auction and Cocktail ballroom, complete with mysterious white wire angels, green topiaries and white balloons, before being ushered into an “Evil” Dining ballroom, brimming with captivating blood-red table settings, glowing candelabras, and swamp moss-sprinkled centerpieces. Decor design and execution was spearheaded by the immensely talented and creative Beaux Arts member Coco Torre.

Miami’s oldest costume ball, featuring a sitdown dinner and dancing, drew brilliantly eccentric attire — including voodoo princess, the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, and Austin Powers and Dr. Evil. Other creative costumes included a flock of black birds, angels and devils, and a group of creepy clowns — the evening’s costume winner because they were the perfect mix of good and evil.
With signature Grey Goose cocktails flowing, this year’s Beaux Arts Ball also featured an expansive silent auction, including more than 200 items valued at over $150,000; a first-ever Storied Wine Pull, and an exciting raffle with the top prize a $2,500 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus.

Emcee Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard greeted guests, announced the raffle winners and paid homage to the longstanding organization — currently celebrating 63 years of service.

She also emceed the Beaux Arts “Fund-a- Need” portion of the evening that raised more than $14,500, which will directly fund the organization’s outreach programs that seek to reach artists and children in our community to enhance art and art education. These programs have achieved acquisitions of over 50 pieces of art donated to the Lowe Art Museum, inspired more than 25,000 children at the Beaux Arts Art Camp and Classes, hosted over 5,000 students from underserved schools for a day of art education and hands on art projects, and supported artists and student artists with recognition and aid.

Beaux Arts Ball Sponsors included Title Sponsors City National Bank and Mercedes- Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay. Additional sponsors included the Haggard Law Firm; Medina Family Foundation; UHealth; Ashley Cusack Realty; Driven Brands; High Boy Antiques; Multirace; Northern Trust; Leslie DeBauge and Les Levi; Habify; Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis Interior Designs; LNR Properties; Lowell International Realty; TUUCI; USA Bouquet; Windstorm Holdings Inc.; Neiman Marcus; SABMiller; Thierry’s Catering; Grey Goose; Kim and Tom Wood; Southern Audio Visual; Thierry’s Catering, and Allie Munroe.

Beaux Arts Executive Board members are Becky McCarron, president; Cristina Krislav, vice president; Samantha Murphy, corresponding secretary; Julie Nance, recording secretary; Jen Green, treasurer, and JJ Hansen, auxiliary treasurer.

3 11, 2014

Lowe Receives $1.5 Million Gift from Beaux Arts

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102114_JAbreu_002-X3CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 03, 2014) — The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum and Beaux Arts have been partners for 63 years. A $1.5 million gift from Beaux Arts, the museum’s founding support group, has now enabled the creation of the position of Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum. The endowment will also support increased programming, community outreach, facility upgrades and other projects at the Lowe.

“Through events such as their spectacular annual Beaux Arts Festival and so much more, the members of the Beaux Arts have been critical supporters of the Lowe’s educational and cultural mission in South Florida,” said Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs. “Their efforts have allowed the Lowe to grow and flourish since 1952; we are grateful for all that they have done and continue to do.”

With the University’s commitment to taking the Lowe to the next level of excellence and the recent announcement of the museum’s acclaimed new director and art historian, Jill Deupi, the museum is perfectly poised to realize its vision as a world-class arts education and cultural institution.

“For more than 60 years, Beaux Arts has played a critical role in the Lowe Art Museum’s long-term success by helping us to grow our collections, expand our facilities and enhance our programming,” said Deupi. “This remarkable donation affirms Beaux Arts’ commitment to furthering the educational and outreach mission of the museum. It equally solidifies the relationship between Beaux Arts and the Lowe, and secures for us a solid future together.”

Beaux Arts has a long tradition of serving as an educational resource to the community and of philanthropy at the museum. As original founders of the Lowe, Beaux Arts’ steadfast loyalty has been reflected by its generosity.

“As president of this amazing organization, I am honored to be part of such a wonderful event,” said Becky McCarron, president of Beaux Arts. “These funds come as a result of hard work from members past and present, and we know the Lowe will benefit greatly from our gift, which will benefit Beaux Arts as well. This is such a wonderful opportunity for the Lowe and Beaux Arts, and we are ecstatic that this endowment will live in perpetuity.”

“This generous gift further cements the long, successful partnership between Beaux Arts and the Lowe. The support of Beaux Arts has been critical to the Lowe’s success in being a cultural resource to our students and South Florida for more than 60 years, and we look forward to continuing that relationship under the leadership of Dr. Jill Deupi,” said Leonidas Bachas, dean of the UM College of Arts and Sciences, of which the Lowe is a part.

Kristen Munroe, past president of Beaux Arts, said, “This gift to endow and name the directorship of the Lowe celebrates the hard work of all the past and current members of Beaux Arts to create a permanent resource that will further enhance the museum. Beaux Arts is honored to give this gift to the museum and support the gem that is the Lowe.”

The development of the Lowe’s highly regarded collection may be attributed to the continued generosity of partners such as Beaux Arts who, from the museum’s beginning, have supported it with major gifts. The almost 19,000-object collection is one of the most important in the Southeast. The Lowe Art Museum excels not only as a vibrant center for teaching and research, but also as a foremost cultural institution for Miami’s diverse community, and the city’s many visitors from around the world.

“I am looking forward to building an even brighter tomorrow with the help of Beaux Arts and each and every one of their members,” said Deupi.

26 01, 2014

Homestead teen wins art award for second year

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By Jackie Salo, The Miami Herald

Photo by Sheri Mazariegos.  High school sophomore Leon Willis with his winning work, a portrait of his girlfriend titled Natalie, and the subject of the picture.

Photo by Sheri Mazariegos. High school sophomore Leon Willis with his winning work, a portrait of his girlfriend titled Natalie, and the subject of the picture.

Leon Willis is no stranger to the Beaux Arts Festival of Art on the University of Miami. For the second year in a row, the high school sophomore has taken home the Best of Show award for the Students Artist Showcase.

“I wanted to see if I could win twice,” said Willis, a 17-year-old student at the Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, a magnet school grades 6-12 in Goulds. (more…)

16 01, 2014

Beaux Arts Festival set for Saturday at UM

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By Howard Cohen, The Miami Herald

FOA2_smallAmy Steinhour had to laugh as she and her fellow co-chair gathered to plan this weekend’s 63rd annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art on the University of Miami campus. “We’ve gone back and looked at old advertising and historical reviews of the event and saw some hysterical ads when it was the Clothesline Sale 63 years ago,” she said. The latest installment runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum on Stanford Drive. (more…)

9 01, 2014

Pinecrest Tribune, “City National Bank Sponsors Beaux Arts Fest”

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11 12, 2013

Beaux Arts Festival Of Art Makes BIZBASH’s Top 100 Events for 2013

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If there’s one thing that can be said with certainty about BizBash’s Top 100 Events lists, it’s that the Miami region surely has enough annual happenings, and then some, to merit consideration.

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4 10, 2013

Thank You to the First Beaux Arts Partnership Program Sponsors!

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Beaux Arts is excited to announce our newest Partnership Program Sponsors for 2013-2014. These companies have demonstrated an unparalleled financial commitment to help us achieve our goals.


13 02, 2013

Parents and kids have plenty of choices for spring break camp

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By Margaux Herrera, The Miami Herald

9ab8acd0-1b3a-4c03-afab-0e49fd2ad500Camp can be the highlight of the year for kids. But they don’t have to wait until the summer to get the fun to begin. This year many places are running themed camps to make spring break more exciting for kids. From the Miami Children’s Museum’s exploration of the 50 states, to North Miami’s tennis camps, there is a camp to match every kid’s interests. (more…)

9 01, 2013

For some South Floridians, Beaux Arts Festival is a family tradition

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Marika Lynch fondly remembers spending time at the annual Beaux Arts Festival as a child.
“My mom used to bring me there to do arts projects while she shopped,” she said. “It was always fun. I remember attending the art festival with my mother and actually volunteering with her.” Read more …