Bailey Contemporary Arts
Presents the Arboreal Exhibition curated by Sharon Lee Hart
A group exhibition of mixed media featuring the art of trees
Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) in Pompano Beach is proud to present Arboreal, an exhibition inspired by the lives of trees and human interaction within a natural environment. The exhibit will be on view in the Central and East galleries from May 3 through June 28, 2019. There is an opening reception, free to the public, on Friday, May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. during the Old Town Untapped event.
While grandiose trees easily catch our eye, this exhibition highlights the exquisite character of their unexpected and humble comrades. From preserved, pristine cherry blossoms encased in ice to A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima, trees and their parts continually school us on the process of growth, decay and resurrection.
The lives of trees and humans are intertwined, with trees being the giver in this arguably unbalanced relationship. Trees provide oxygen, shelter, food, protection, among other things necessary for human survival. Though paradoxically underappreciated and worshiped, there is no denying trees have a profound impact on our psyche. This collection of painting, sculpture, installation, mixed-media, and photo-based work is a glimpse into how divergent artists interpret and respond to trees, real and imagined.
Featured Artists: Kate Hawkes; Mario Marzan; Sammi Mclean; Elin O’Hara Slavick; Roger Boulay; Maria Britton; Ivan Santiago; Mike Dillow; Sharon Lee Hart; William Cordova; Izel Vargas; Carol Prusa; Nick Gilmore; Roberto Navarrete; and Susanne Slavick
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.
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.”
Born and raised in southern Spain, Florencia is the daughter of an American mother and a French/Italian father. A self-taught mixed media artist, her mission is to empower and inspire through positive and meaningful artwork. At the heart of her artwork is her desire to portray strong, elegant and confident men and women as a means to celebrate who we are and everything that makes us unique, as well as to aide in the healing of much of the suffering we experience throughout our lives.
“As a Matter of Black” is an annual exhibition curated by Bart Mervil of the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE). The exhibit confronts the ideas about blackness as a color, ethnicity, currency and even universal matter. This particular exhibition explores the significance of having a seat at the table: socially; economically; politically; and casually – within the context of the Black Life experience. Featured artists include Robert McKnight, Solely Supreme, Sona, Tavare Hill and Vladymir Acloque.
MUCE is an arts production company that installs and curates pop-up exhibitions to activate corporate and community brands. Working in heritage neighborhoods, the company also brings rich cultural programming from hyper local spaces to the cultural explorer through live painters, performers, festivals and niched cultural experiences.
“As A Matter of Black – A Seat at the Table” runs January 4 – February 22, 2019 at Bailey Contemporary Arts. Opening Reception is Friday, January 4, 6pm-9pm (during Old Town Untapped). Hours and more information at www.baileyarts.org or call 954-284-0141.
From tranquil waters to joyful dance movements, the images in this exhibition invite us to reflect on our memories of moments filled
with joy and gratitude. Juried by Sharon Lee Hart, this exhibition features images by sixteen photographers that share their
interpretations on joyful moments in a myriad of images that includes landscapes, portraits, animal photography, and long
Anna Caruso, Candy Childrey, Jamaal Clark, Sherri Cohen, John Cote, Ana Cristina de Ouro Preto Cox, Dick Francis, Paul Gold, Alexandra Hrachovsky, Eleanor Huang, Dan Perez, Phoenix, Katie Prock, Andy Royston, Jenna Regal, Nancy Torres
About the Juror:
Sharon Lee Hart visually explores relationships between humans, other animals, and the natural world. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Hart’s photographs are in several permanent collections, including The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She maintains an active studio practice and is the Head of Photography and an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University.
Opening Reception: December 7 • 6 pm - 9 pm (During Old Town Untapped)