One of the first, annual fundraising events at the Miami Dade College Freedom Tower this year was Paper Hearts. The event was curated by expert arts advocate and gallery owner BerniceSteinbaum. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an impressive silent auction made the evening formidable. However, MDC went beyond anyone’s expectations by featuring romantic grooves by DJ Hottpants and terrific displays of acting, dancing and contortionisms by the talented students of the college.
The Design District has undergone some unbelievable changes since I opened a French inspired Art Gallery there, way back in 1986. In the ‘80’s and 90’s, the streets in this beautiful section of Miami were mostly empty of visitors. Many buildings were unrented and at dusk every day, well it was almost entirely abandoned except for a few places such as Piccadilly Restaurant. Today, the area is booming with deluxe boutiques (Prada, Dior, etc.), famous name designers and architects and a luxurious furniture showroom that was opened a few years ago by Adriana Hoyos.
MIA-ArtFair celebrated its 5th edition recently. Over 28 juried International dealers/galleries were selected to exhibit an impressive array of international artists both contemporary and emerging and share their artist’s latest artistic endeavors on the Mega-yacht: SeaFair, located on Biscayne Bay next to the InterContinental Hotel.