BISCAYNE NATURE CENTER
Landscape in Clay and Photography
The contemporary sculptures in our new exhibition highlight seven of Japan’s most important clay artists. The ceramicists bring a twenty first century perspective to classic styles and techniques. They draw from ongoing traditions of China and Japan where nature is the cornerstone of culture, philosophy and religion. The large scale photographic images of South Florida’s natural landscape reach out to the sculptures’ abstracted shapes and patterns.
These works reflect a deep respect for and appreciation of nature’s rhythms, layers, colors and self-organizing forces. They show that Across cultures and continents the spirit of place continues as a central theme uniting art and tradition.
Come explore the connections between these two media in representing the complexity and beauty of the landscape.
Art Store: Legendary Pearl Paint Resurrected in Miami
Art Store recreates the central core of the last remaining Pearl Paint Art Supply Store. Art Store is a life size installation comprised of the original paints, inks, pastels, brushes, supplies, display cases, and store fixtures from Pearls largest store, all rescued from the company’s liquidators. The 25 store chain became an icon of the art world shortly after opening its first store in New York over 80 years ago. Its loss has caused many tears to be shed throughout arts communities nationwide.
Art Store extends Duchamp’s seminal “Readymades”, sourced from consumer culture, to a collection of mass produced objects used to create art. The installation provokes questions about the availability of art supplies and how their use is changing as artists adopt digital technology and new forms of presentation. In Miami Art Store challenges the community to support its students and schools by serving as a rallying point for the donation of art supplies for classroom use.
Miami New Times Review Installation Photographs Press Release
Art Store Creativity Workshop Photos and Video.
The Best of Bunny at Bunny Yeager Studio
Celebrating Yeager’s Most Famous Models and Photographs
Our memorial exhibition celebrates Yeager’s iconic images from her early career to recent photo shoots at her new studio. Included are previously unseen self-portraits remarkable for their originality and directness and vintage photographs from Yeager’s archive made on location in South Florida and Mexico.
Bunny Yeager is the legendary model, photographer, writer and swimsuit designer whose pictures of Bettie Page catapulted both Page and Yeager to fame in 1954. The publication of Yeager’s centerfold photo of Bettie Page in Playboy launched Yeager’s photographic career and began a lifelong friendship with Hugh Hefner, the magazine’s publisher.
Yeager defined a new genre of portraiture with her sensual images of the girl next door and with her self portraits. Beginning with her early photographs for men’s magazines in the 1950’s she produced compelling images both in the studio and on location. Her groundbreaking work inspired and influenced a new generation of photographers from Cindy Sherman to those who shoot swimsuit models outdoors for Sports Illustrated.
Press release here.
New Hurricane Andrew Book
Twenty Five years ago the most damaging hurricane to hit the US in nearly a century slammed into Miami-Dade County. HURRICANE shows the drama and devastation wreaked by the Category 5 storm at Tamiami Airport through spectacular photographs by Barry Fellman, most never seen before. The powerful images pack a punch that hits you with the intensity of once in a lifetime event. HURRICANE features essays by meteorologist and hero Bryan Norcross, the man who “talked South Florida through great hurricane of 1992”, and New York Times photography critic Vicki Goldberg.
Published by Exile Press and CVC, HURRICANE is available as a handcrafted Artist’s book with an embossed metallic cover inspired by the fragmented airplane tail and wing sections that littered the airfield only a mile away from Country Walk, the completely decimated residential community. The coffee table sized book is also available as a soft cover edition. Each of the 35 full page color photographs have been individually color corrected and printed to give the impact and intensity of the original large format film transparencies. Get the book here.
CVC Sponsors Photography Program at Biscayne Nature Center
CVC designed a new photography curriculum for Biscayne Nature Center’s month long summer camp for 4th graders that tied into the camp’s science and ecology themes. Students use 20 new Canon digital cameras donated by CVC to make photos of the diverse ecosystem areas of Key Biscayne that surround the Nature Center. The summer program, now in its fourth year, serves as a model for year-round programs attended by both students and adults at the Nature Center. We are pleased that the CVC photo program at the Nature Center was the subject of a full page feature in the Miami Herald, and that an advanced photo program for next year’s summer camp is in the works.
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Biscayne National Park Centennial Poster
CVC is proud to sponsor the Centennial Poster for Biscayne National Park commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. The poster was unveiled at the Coral Gables Museum during the reception for the exhibition This Land is Your Land: A Second Century for America’s National Park. 100% of proceeds from poster sales will go to the Park’s visitor programs. The poster is available at the park’s visitor center and features an image from Barry Fellman’s Mangrove Coast Series. For more info click here.
From mountain waterfalls to lush green jungles, from grassy swamps to sandy beaches Butcher’s photographs reveal the seductive beauty, subtle grandeur and majesty of America’s landscape and now Cuba’s untouched heritage. Butcher’s photographs seem larger than life, like the artist himself, and compel us to step into the places he depicts. His unique talent is that he sees and feels vistas that sing the spirit of place.
Paola Gracey’s vibrantly colored paintings share formal qualities of line and rhythm with the pours of Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, incorporating ideas and media she has been exploring for over a decade. The paintings are rooted in the compounds and chemicals that describe the materials, liquids and gases that are part of our everyday world. If you’re planning a trip to Disney see Paola in person at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts January 17-23 and February 10-16. Learn more here.