3/01/19 - 4/27/19
Pompano Beach’s Downtown can trace its renaissance to the opening of Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) on April 16, 2014. In the five years since the ribbon cutting ceremony, the venue has been a catalyst for the City’s emerging cultural community and a key driver for local economic development. To celebrate this milestone, BaCA is showcasing the works of its resident artists, past and present, in an exhibition entitled “Penta”. The exhibition will be on display March 1-April 27, 2019. The opening event takes place March 1, 6-9 pm during Old Town Untapped with an anniversary party planned for April 5, 2019, during April’s Old Town Untapped.
“The importance of Bailey Contemporary Arts cannot be underestimated,” said Mayor Rex Hardin. “This venue put the City’s emerging art scene in the spotlight with its creative exhibitions, support of emerging artists and a robust schedule of events and workshops. BaCA’s emergence fueled the success of the Old Town Untapped events and stimulated the economic development in the surrounding area. There is much to celebrate during this fifth anniversary, and we are very proud of all of the people who made this venue a success.”
The venue, which still features key structural elements of the historic Bailey Hotel, houses two main galleries on the first floor, in addition to a gallery within the very popular Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters. On the second floor, Artists in Residence (AiRs) have their own private work spaces to create. The AiRs community throughout the years has brought a unique collaborative spirit to the venue, which will be showcased during Penta.
“We have assembled an outstanding collection of pieces from our current and previous artists in residence to celebrate our 5th anniversary,” said Phyllis Korab, Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Director. “The exhibition will feature paintings, ceramics and installations that have been inspired by each artists’ unique interpretations of what five means to them. There is great symbolism behind the number five, so it will be fascinating to see how our artists reflect these influences.”
4/05/19 - 5/31/19
Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) presents Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning, an exhibition of original artworks by members of the Miami-based Tropical Botanic Artists collective. The exhibit will be on view in the West Gallery/Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters from April 5, 2019 through May 31, 2019. The free opening reception is Friday, April 5, 6pm-10pm during Old Town Untapped.
The botanical subjects were selected to mark the 100th anniversary in 2015 of the start of work on Tamiami Trail, a roadway begun in 1915 in Miami. Today it stretches across the Everglades from Miami to Naples and northward to Tampa, through areas that were largely wilderness a century ago. The exhibition’s more than 30 plant portraits depict species found then and now in multiple vegetation zones along the route. Due to human intervention and changes in water flow, some of the plants illustrated are rare or endangered, and their predominant locations may have shifted, but all persist in South Florida’s landscape.
“We invite our community to dive deep into the discerning talents of the artists capturing the essence of South Florida in plant form," said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “Far beyond ‘flower painting,’ botanical artists show the fascinating and soul-stirring intersection of science and art.”
Presented with support from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the exhibition is the result of the artists’ collaboration with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser of Florida International University, who is principal investigator for the local Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program.
Artists whose works are featured in the exhibition are Margie Bauer, Kristi Bettendorf, Beverly Borland, Silvia Bota, Marie Chaney, Susan Cumins, Jeanie Daniel Duck, Julio Figueroa, Pauline A Goldsmith, Leo Hernandez, Elsa Nadal, Carol Onstad, Laurie Richardson, Donna Torres and Jedda Wong.