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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts October 10th through November 25th, 2009

Opening reception: October 10th, 2009. 7:00 p.m.

Location: Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts. 2043 North Miami Avenue. Miami, FL 33127

Dates: From October 10th through November 25th, 2009

Admission: Free

Regular hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

CECILIA PAREDES | Fugitive Dreams

Paredes combines origin, nature and femininity to create a beautifully subtle blend of visual aesthetics, self-introspection and representation. Her artwork is created through the lens of past and present life experiences, integrated with cultural, poetic and environmental influences. Her immersion in a variety of cultures gives her a nomadic perspective that informs her work. Her itinerant existence is reflected in her art as she wanders, and metaphorically portrays her many selves. Paredes explores exactly where she fits in with the natural world. In more recent photo-performance works, she shifts her focus to feelings about migration and displacement.

Paredes' work recognizes the inherent relationship between the origins of humanity and the natural world. While methods and aesthetics have changed, she addresses the same range of issues from origin, to migration, to femininity. Her balance between traditional artistic methods and the incorporation of natural elements creates a genuinely beautiful fusion and contrast between art and nature - where her art always insinuates itself. As much as these images and objects are viewed in public, they retain a sense of privacy or ritualistic secrecy. In the process of creating and interpreting, the artist seeks a poetic connection to the world. And the art produced through her investigations creates a window into a reality where she expertly delivers a simultaneous sense of enchantment and verisimilitude.
An Animal in Her Time, Ruth Miller and Mark Jew.

Project Room
CHRIS NATROP | Dewdrop Cloud Machine

Natrop employs transparent plastics, video projection and multi-channel audio alongside intricate, hand-cut paper to create fully immersive environments within gallery and museum spaces. Viewers are encouraged to enter these installations to experience the realm where elements of light, shadow and form coalesce into a fully unified world. Most individual components are hand-cut in the studio, then custom-arranged for a particular space. For works on paper, each piece is spontaneously created without the use of patterns or pre-drawing - this stream-of-consciousness approach is the crux of the artist's practice.

Graphic silhouettes emerge from meditative-channeling activated by the repetitive practice of cutting paper. Natrop works on sheets of Lenox 100 paper stretched out on his studio wall. Wielding a standard utility knife, he spontaneously cuts away creating a hybrid of landscape imagery. Natrop's free-form "knife drawing" process reveals negative space by removing emptiness in-between forms. Often an amalgam of things previously observed, the graphic nature becomes a freeze-frame of Natrop's own surroundings revealing his particular sense of place. In many cases one feature will be multiplied, resulting in a dense layering of a single element. A multiplicity of water droplets, crawling vines or cracks in the pavement may be rendered and reworked within each installation. Emotional forces further contextualize the work within this structure: anticipation, apprehension, disorientation or joyfulness often encapsulate the work's inherently myopic narrative. This fusion between internal, emotional space and external, physical landscape is the framework for much of Natrop's practice.

Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts
2043 N Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
Ph: 305.576.1804
Fax: 305.576.1805

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cremata Gallery presents "Cardo ni ortiga cultivo ... " A solo exhibition by Pepe Herrera Friday, October 9th, 2009. 7:30 p.m.

Pepe Herrera. From the series "La ciudad de las columnas". 2009. 46" x 46". Mixed media on canvas

Opening reception: Friday, October 9th, 2009. 7:30 p.m.

Location: Cremata Gallery. 1646 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33135

Dates: From October 5th through November 2nd, 2009

Admission: Free

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

“Cardo ni ortiga cultivo ... ” the one-man show by Cuban artist Pepe Herrera presented at Cremata Gallery, is his “opera prima” in our city. He arrives preceded by his recent and very successful participation in two major exhibitions in Spain: “Entre rías…” reviewed extensively in El Nuevo Herald (July13th, 2009), inaugurated in the very center of Madrid’s art triangle next to the Prado Museum, and “La isla expandida” showcased at Huelva’s Museum of Art.

Pepe Herrera is a master twice over: he enjoys international recognition as an outstanding figure of the celebrated 1980s Cuban generation, and at the same time, he is one of the best serigraphers of our time. His move to Barcelona 20 years ago and later to Madrid helped him become a major player in the European market. In his previous visit, he launched the first of a series of serigraphs of master Cundo Bermúdez carried out by him, edited by Cremata Gallery. Let this exhibition, full of mystery and subtlety, fill you with wonder as it explores an imaginary garden.

Cremata Gallery 
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 29, 2009

Come and rediscover Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays

Come and rediscover Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays
Miami’s Best Arts and Music Festival on the last Friday of every month
Friday, January 30th, 2008. From 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
On SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between 13th and 17th Avenues

Friday Free Fun Fest. You can not miss the next Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays


6:30 p.m.
- Free History Walking Tour of Little Havana led by Dr. Paul George. (Meet in front of Tower Theater)

Events at Main Stage (15th Avenue and SW 8th Street)
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
- Fina Escayola Flamenco Academy
7:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Braily Ramos and Olga Lidia Thomas
8:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Belen Jazz Band
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Violinist Gerardo Aguillon
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. -
Carlos Manuel

Carlos Manuel (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
Carlos Manuel was born on February 8th, 1973 in Havana, Cuba. His first stage appearances were with a group called Constellation and her first professional job was as a soloist playing ballads, boleros, operettas and zarzuelas, until the participated in the group Mayohuacan for 17 years. At this stage, Carlos Manuel gained fame with the song Carapacho pa 'la jicotea" and formed a partnership in 1993, which was called "Carlos Manuel and his band Carapacho" precisely because of the success of the song. Later, the band was renamed as Carlos Manuel y su Clan. Only 6 months later, they recorded their first CD entitled "Por la vena del gusto”. In 2000 they recorded their second CD, "Malo Cantidad", then recorded a third one titled “Enamorao” Carlos Manuel has been taking his music to countries like Spain, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Italy, Jamaica and Mexico among others. He also ventured as an actor in the successful te levision “Blue Azul” with a cast of famous Cuban actors. After his arrival in USA Carlos Manuel has participated in important events in Miami, and has been awarded Latin Male Artist of the year in Canada. His most recent CD entitled " Carlos Manuel" includes the single" El amor eres tu" theme of the soap opera “Amor” from Univision.
Gerardo Aguillon (9:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
Aguillon is a distinguish Cuban violinist with a long international artistic career and expertise on several musical genres and styles. He has been a member of prominent and important orchestras in his country, and on his current residence in the USA. He is a member of the “Florida Chamber Orchestra” directed by Marlene Urbay. He was also a member of the “Cha-Cha-Cha All Star” orchestra. Mr. Aguillon has appeared on the most prestigious Concert Halls country land and internationally as well as: “National Auditoruim” and “Bellas Artes” Theater (Mexico, DF), “Sporting Club” (Monaco/MonteCarlos), “Teresa Carreño Thater” (Caracas/Venezuela), “Tchaikovsky Concert Hall” (Moscow/Russia) among many other important venues. He has shared stage performing along with famous musicians such as: Frank Coppola, Michel Legrand, Tony Bennett, Steve Turre, Leo Brouwer, Arturo Sandoval, Sammy Davis Junior, Paquito D’Rivera, Alirio Diaz, Vicente Garrido, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Willie Chirino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celia Cruz, among many others. Gerardo Aguillon has produced and directed several recording projects and has recorded two CD’s: “Latin Violin” and his most recent production “Gerardo Aguillon Charanga
Braily (7:15 - 8:30 p.m.)
Born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1976, singer, composer, arranger and multi instrumentalist Braily Ramos began his musical education at 11 years old at the Arts Vocational School. Majoring on the trombone, after completing four years at the National School for the Arts, he proceeds to a higher level at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte. During his third year there he is presented with the opportunity to tour with the most popular band in Cuba at the time Manolín "El Médico de la Salsa", during his two year stint, in 1998 he performs in Miami and decides to make the city his new home. He has recorded, live shows and special tv & film performances in the area -most notably with Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Albita, Eddie Santiago, Tito Nieves, Huey Dunbar, Carlos Manuel, Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan, Frankie Negrón, among others. He is also a founding member of the Cuban Timba All-Stars. Braily also just released a salsa album at its core, 'Disco Duro'.
Olga Lidia(7:15 - 8:30 p.m.)
Born and raised in Miami, Florida in 1983, proud to be a “Cuban” American, she began singing at the age of 11 and has participated in many important events as well as competitions internationally. Olga Lidia is a bilingual singer whom performs all types of music for all occasions. She performed back-up vocals for artists such as Albita, Milly Quesada, Francisco “Pancho” Cespedes, Alexis Valdez, Lucrecia, among others. Currently, Olga Lidia is part of the television Latin show, “Pellízcame Que Estoy Soñando” with host Carlos Otero on Channel 41, America Teve, in addition, as the permanent back-up vocalist for Willy Chirino.
Cremata Fine Art
The gallery presents a solo exhibition by artist Francisco Sanchez titled “Journey of Reverie." Magic coexists with late Roman sculpture, French Baroque landscapes, Caribbean shells, and African motifs. The 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 opened at Cremata Fine Art with an extraordinary new visual language. Francisco Sánchez produced a series of canvases and painted chalkboards of serene and exotic beauty, establishing a dialogue with classical antiquity and how nature and magic erupt into the man-made. 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. Come to the gallery on Viernes Culturales to have a glass of wine, see his latest work and meet the curato r. Exhibition runs through Feb. 9th, 2009. For more information and images regarding this exhibition, please visit our website.
1646 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33135. Ph: 305.644.3315
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Free History Tour of Little Havana
A walking tour led by Dr. Paul George.
Meeting point: Tower Theater. 1508 SW 8 Street, Miami, FL 33135. (6:30 p.m.)
Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays, Inc.
742 SW 16th Avenue
Miami, FL 33135
Ph: 305.643.5500
Fax: 786.999.8894

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Slavery and the Absence of Truth. Online Solo Exhibition by Juan Carlos Llera

Slavery and the Absence of Truth
Online Solo Exhibition by Juan Carlos Llera

Click image to download PDF

Where will you be in 100 years and how prepared are you for this crushing reality? Can you separate the real from the delusional? Why do we, as a society, create the world we inhabit on a daily basis and feel victimized over what we see on the 10:00 p.m. news all the while never becoming conscious of the role we play in our own self created suffering?

Contemporary Cuban American Artist Juan Carlos Llera presents a series of virtual works intended to encourage reflection and ignite consciousness in the viewer. Through a virtual world of ones and zeros you are cordially invited to download and view his one man show "Slavery and the Absence of Truth" in the form of a PDF file which contains the unreal conceptual snapshots of the thoughts that generate them. It is the conceptual world and its relationship to natural truth which is being explored here. It is visual poetry constructed to break through thought and gain access to consciousness and awareness in its purest form.

Please accept an invitation to participate in the work by downloading, viewing, reflecting and commenting on the material presented.

For more information, please contact the artist at:

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