Thursday, June 2, 2011

Coconut Grove Gallery Walk Kicks-off Summer Season on June 4

Happy Home by David Acevedo

Starting Saturday, June 4, the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID) will launch its summer arts program. With plenty of educational and special events planned at individual galleries, the Coconut Grove BID welcomes plenty of locals and out-of-towners to the Grove’s ever growing creative landscape. Beginning June 4, the upcoming Grove Gallery Walks will present a variety of exhibitions that are sure to instantly brighten the sunny summer months.
Hans Petersen
@CGAF Gallery I

Kicking-off the season is the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF) Gallery’s opening reception of “ART-I-TECTURE” by Danish born designer and painter Hans Petersen. Based on architectural ideas and elements rooted in the Cobra movement, Petersen’s large-scale, colorful abstract expressionistic works will provide the viewer with both impact and pleasure.

Next door inside its Gallery II location, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery will continue to exhibit “New Work,” a collection by master abstract artist George Bethea. Known for his sensuous, colorful and textured paintings, Bethea has also recently been announced as the gallery’s inaugural artist in residence. 

Tarsus by George Bethea
@CGAF Gallery II
Gallery attendees are also welcome to see “What Matters Most” nearby at Gallery.  Artist David Acevedo is known for constantly evolving and experimenting with numerous subjects and media. This collection of paintings explores a recent self-imposed remedy to these ever-changing expressions. With Acevedo returning back-to-basics, the simplicity of the work urges viewers to evaluate What Matters Most in their own lives.

GroveHouse Artists will feature the collection “Water Works” by Audrey Scott. Scott, a recognized Coconut Grove artist, was named the first place winner in 2009 at the GroveHouse photographic exhibition, Great Grove Shoot Out. 

Claudia Calle
@Cristina Chacon Gallery
On the other side of the Grove’s business district, and inside the Cristina Chacon Gallery, is simply “Greatness.” As a fitting title for the gallery’s newest collection, the works of award-winning photographer and mixed media artist, Claudia Calle, will be exhibited for the first time. Calle’s unique vision of elephants will be revealed through a compilation of photographs taken while traveling throughout Thailand. Cristina Chacon Gallery will also be displaying the work of Julio Nieto. The artist’s metal skin sculptures have been exhibited worldwide, including Madrid, France, Germany and the Canary Islands.

Also on Commodore Plaza and just a few doors down, FrameWorks Studio compliments greatness with “Beauty.” This month’s featured artist, Marcelo Holzinger, expresses himself and the world around him through acrylic and a canvas base, portraying what inspires and fuels his creativity. 

Other galleries featured in the Walk include ArtWay 66, AC Fine Art and Max in the Grove. Each invoking a unique style and personality to the Walk, ArtWay 66 portrays the classic bohemian lifestyle associated with the Grove combined with a modern artist’s philosophy, while AC Fine Art located inside Grove Retrospective Gallery specializes in contemporary, pop and surreal genres. Max in the Grove brings fine art to the public eye with works from masters like Peter Max to Steve Kaufman. 

The Grove Gallery Walk begins at 7pm and continues through 10pm. It is free and open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be made available at participating galleries, while live music can be found at some locations. 

Art inspired events such as these are provided by partnering galleries and the Coconut Grove BID. The Coconut Grove BID exists to improve the quality and financial success of the Grove’s commercial core. It enhances Grove parking, lighting, sanitation, marketing, and safety, as well as supporting special events. 

For more information on the Coconut Grove BID or to see a map of participating galleries, visit or call 305-461-5506.

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