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Monday, January 12, 2009

Cut To The Drummer Gala and Art Auction - a Benefit for the MS Society


art is drawn to the beat.
A benefit for the MS Society of Canada's Scholarship Program

Thursday, February 5, 2009
Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, Toronto

Hosted by Darrin Pfeiffer of 102.1 The Edge/Goldfinger
& Aaron Solowoniuk of Billy Talent
Performances by
Archie Alleyne with Jesse Barksdale
Jeremy Taggert of Our Lady Peace
and from Montreal, Scott Russell

CUT TO THE DRUMMER features 50 portraits of 50 drummers by 50 artists. The month long exhibition at the Steam Whistle Gallery is being launched with this one night only GALA and ART AUCTION hosted by two drummers - Darrin Pfeiffer of 102.1 The Edge and Goldfinger, along with Aaron Solowoniuk of Billy Talent, who initiated the Scholarship Fund. This exclusive event will offer art and music fans first crack at the 50 unique and often startling portraits on display with a Silent Auction and exclusive reception. The portraits are expected to fetch between $300 - $2500 each.

The Gala includes special performances by Toronto's premier jazz drummer Archie Alleyne with Jesse Barksdale, Jeremy Taggert from the multi-million selling, and 4 time Juno Award winning Our Lady Peace, and Montreal's Scott Russell with an extraordinary performance on the Cajon.

Following the Gala, Cut To The Drummer will open to the public at 9:30pm, with Darrin & Aaron and some of their friends spinning tunes throughout the evening.

The portraits include an international mix of drummers - the talented, the notorious, the influential - from jazz great Tony Williams to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham. From Neil Peart of Rush to Travis Barker of Blink 182. The illustrators in this group show have had their work commissioned by every major publication in Western culture - magazines, newspapers, Broadway posters, books, postage stamps, product packaging, t-shirts, CD covers. They are the aesthetic leaders of our times.

The drummer, often hidden by equipment and relegated to the back, is the goalie of the band, and a vital presence in the music. So too the commercial artist, whose work does not always hang on the wall, but plays a crucial role in defining our world. It is fitting to bring the drummers and artists to the front of the stage.

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. In Canada, three people are diagnosed with MS every day. F.U.M.S. is an annual concert by Billy Talent and Friends to support the MS Society of Canada Scholarship Fund. The Fund was initiated by Aaron Solowoniuk, who was diagnosed with MS in 1998. Internationally recognized artist Sandra Dionisi launched the Bepo+Mimi Project in 2007 as an initiative to shift industry and public awareness to the inherent value of original artwork. After meeting Aaron, Cut To The Drummer was conceived and Sandra is producing this show in conjunction with JOINT Design Advocacy.

Thursday, February 5, 2009 7:00PM to 9:30PM
$150 includes Private Reception and Silent Auction
Tickets on sale now at

CUT TO THE DRUMMER Art Exhibit February 5 - 28, Steam Whistle Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday February 5, 2009, 9:30pm
Special Guest DJs Darrin Pfeiffer and Aaron Solowoniuk
$10 advance, $15 at the door
Tickets on sale now at

Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse
255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto 1-866-24-0-BEER


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Friday, January 9, 2009

Cremata Fine Art presents "A Journey of Reverie"

Cremata Fine Art presents "A Journey of Reverie"
Francisco Sánchez’s debut American exhibit from Jan 14th through Feb 9th, 2009
Francisco Sánchez, Yendo, Yendo. Acrylic on canvas, 2008

Opening reception: Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Cremata Fine Art. 1646 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33135

Dates: January 14th, 2009 - February 9th, 2009

Regular Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Mondays by appointment

Magic coexists with late Roman sculpture, French Baroque landscapes, Caribbean shells, and African motifs. The immediacy and arresting beauty of this singular universe is remarkably alive in the work of Francisco Sánchez. An artist with an illustrious trajectory in Brazil, Rome, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, he chose to wait for the right moment to schedule his first US solo exhibit. "I had to hear my inner voice and my community of artist friends: my brethren. I’ve always believed that the arts bring people together in truly unexpected ways." Mr. Sánchez arrives in the States with an extraordinary new visual language and an array of stunning oeuvre.

Discussions for "A Journey of Reverie" started over a year ago with the show’s curator, Justo J. Sánchez, and the gallery’s president and director Raul Cremata. The artist has, upon re-reading Alejo Carpentier’s El reino de este mundo and inspired by Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad, produced a series of canvases and painted chalkboards of serene and rare beauty. "Originally conceived as an ecological ode," according to the curator, "the show now establishes a dialogue with classical antiquity and how nature and magic erupt into the man-made. Deeply grounded in the telluric, Francisco collapses the oneiric and the spiritual." The artist is an Honors MFA laureate from Moscow’s famous Surikov Institute after graduating from Havana’s San Alejandro Academy and the Instituto Superior de Arte.


Dans les jardins des rêves" a free and public lecture in English by the curator, Justo J. Sánchez, on Friday, January 23rd, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

From the faculty of the graduate Art Management program at St. Thomas/Università degli Studi di Venezia,
Mr. Sánchez, an art historian and cultural journalist, will survey the exotic and fascinating universe of Francisco Sánchez. The sense of place will be the object of analysis, from Resnais’ influential film Last Year at Marienbad to French Baroque landscape design, the work of Walton Ford, and Yoruba religion.

R.S.V.P. at 305.644.3315 or by visiting
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are served after the lecture.

Cremata Fine Art
1646 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
Ph: 305.644.3315
Cell: 305.300.0068
Fax: 305.644.3319

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Holtz Childrens Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art

Holtz Children’s Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art
Celebrates its 58th Anniversary. January 10th and 11th, 2009

Dates: Saturday, January 10th and Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Lowe Art Museum University of Miami. Coral Gables Campus (Along Stanford Drive)

58th Annual Holtz Children’s Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art will come to life on the beautiful grounds of the University of Miami Coral Gables campus this January. Beaux Arts Festival of Art is thrilled to be Miami's oldest juried fine art show, featuring more than 225 artists from across the country. Patrons can enjoy and purchase original art from top quality artists; the eleven mediums of artwork displayed include ceramics, fiber, glass graphics and drawing, jewelry, mixed media, oil and acrylics, photography, sculpture and 3D, watercolor and wood.

This family-friendly Festival provides entertainment for all ages, food of many cultures, and a hands-on Art Park for children five to twelve years old, where children can create their own masterpieces while their parents browse the Festival.

The Festival is aligned with a Student Artist Showcase, a program which allows talented middle and high school student artists the opportunity to compete for top recognition. Because the Festival is run entirely by dedicated volunteers, the money raised is used to provide museum field trips to underprivileged elementary school students as well as to enhance and maintain the collections of, and to assist with expansion of, the Lowe Art Museum.

About Beaux Arts

Beaux Arts of the Lowe Art Museum is an organization that is exclusively educational and charitable. Founded in the spring of 1952, Beaux Arts, Inc. continues to offer outreach programs at the Lowe Art Museum through multiple events and exhibits. The organization introduces children to the cultural arts, through its year-round art class offerings. Additionally, Beaux Arts volunteers continue to expand our Hands On! program, which, for more than 20 years, has enabled area fourth and fifth-grade students from underserved schools in Miami-Dade county to visit the Lowe Art Museum, receive a docent-guided tour, and create art projects to bring back with them from a full day at the museum. Beaux Arts, Inc. also focuses on encouraging community-wide knowledge and appreciation of the Arts. Holiday Tables is in its 17th year, and showcases the art of decorating through unique table displays that are set up throughout the Lowe Art Museum. A cocktail party on March 20th will take place followed by two days that are open to the public. Funds raised from the cocktail party and general admission sales will go to Beaux Arts of the Lowe Art Museum.

Beaux Arts Festival

For more information about Beaux Arts Festival, please click HERE

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