Fashion Loves Art

Bal Harbour Art Nights at Bal Harbour Shops

Tony Goldman & Beth Boone
Featuring chats with artistic visionaries and installations from the hottest names in the art world set alongside high fashion collections at the iconic Bal Harbour Shops, this year’s second-annual Bal Harbour Art Nights innovatively fuses art and fashion. These special evenings provide a unique platform to celebrate the remarkable artists and thought leaders that have fueled the evolution of the arts in South Florida. The fashion capital of Bal Harbour will provide the perfect setting for such an ultra-chic and creative evening.

During the 2011-2012 season, Bal Harbour Village, Bal Harbour Shops, The St. Regis Bal Harbour and Art Nexus will host four collector-worthy evenings, which begin on November 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bal Harbour Shops, many of which will be making donations to their charity of choice. Future Art Nights are scheduled for January 11, February 8 and March 29.

Headlining the first installment of the Bal Harbour Chat Series is Tony Goldman, a legendary Miami developer and visionary, known for transforming declining historical districts into thriving, global destinations. He is the driving force behind the evolution of SoHo in New York City and South Beach and Wynwood in Miami. This chat, entitled, “Miami: A Cultural Chronicle with Tony Goldman,” will be held at Neiman Marcus on the second floor and lead by Nina Johnson-Milewski, Owner, Founder and Director of Gallery Diet.

The St. Regis Lounge will present works by Alejandro Vigilante and Arno Elias in conjunction with Avant Gallery. Alejandra is a Miami-based multimedia painter who is in the process of developing a new strain of Neo-Pop art, loosely titled “i-Pop.” Arno’s works are a veritable history of Pop, using silkscreen transfers, colored plexiglass and expressive strokes of paint.

Local favorite Books & Books will celebrate artist Sheila Elias with a discussion on her book Somewhere-Anywhere. The book highlights her collection of paintings, collages, sculptures, photographs and installations over the past three decades.

100% Capri will feature an interactive performance by Miami-based Michael Genovese, benefitting MAM (Miami Art Museum). The black enamel-coated aluminum board installed nearby is part of an ongoing participatory project titled “Public Scribing.”

Ellie Tahari will feature a Renato Freitas photography exhibition, entitled “Brain Waves,” benefiting Care Resource. Renato’s works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States, France, Kuwait and Brazil.

At Calypso, the company’s Vice President of Design, Elisa Miller, will make a personal appearance and showcase an exhibit with sketches of her new designs, benefiting Autism Speaks.

The Opera Gallery will surprise visitors with the unique works of Mr. Brainwash, a renowned figure on the international street art scene and Virginia Fifield, who draws horses in charcoal at human scale. The exhibition will benefit the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA), which is devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating abused and abandoned horses.

The Guy Hepner Gallery will be hosting a collector’s lounge event as an introduction to the new gallery space on the 3rd level of Bal Harbour Shops. Founded over a decade ago in London, Guy Hepner specializes in pop art, neo pop art and high fashion photography. Guy Hepner represents many of the world’s most celebrated photographers and advises many top corporate, museum, celebrity and private collections.

Brunello Cuccinelli will present the launch of the new issue of Bal Harbour Magazine, featuring stunning fashion shoots and content for the stylish shopper.

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