Deering Estate Festival of the Arts
A romantic moonlit Valentine’s concert kicks off the Deering Estate Festival of the Arts – a ten-day celebration of literary, visual and performing art at the historic Estate with events and programs from February 14–24, 2013. A curated exhibition Speak Now, places artistic interjections throughout the grounds, one-night only art events, classical and chamber ensemble concerts, walk and talk Curator’s tour, and a spectacular closing Red Carpet Wrap-Up are just some of the cultural experiences offered.
Interview with Jennifer Tisthammer, Assistant Director of Deering Estate on WLRN's South Florida Arts Beat on February 8, 2013, Adrienne Kennedy - Executive Producer, Ed Bell - Producer/Host, Written and Voiced by Judith Bishop.
Guest can enjoy an ALL ACCESS PASS for only $75. A limited number of ALL ACCESS PASSES are available and can only be purchased ONLINE. Event tickets for Icon of the Moment, Living Artist Concert Series "Dreams of Biscayne Bay," and the Red Carpet Wrap Up can be purchased online. All other events can be purchased by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or at the event.
The ALL ACCESS PASS includes:
FREE ADMISSION to the Estate for the month of February;
Admission to ALL Deering Estate Festival of the Arts events;
Admission to the Nite Hike on Wednesday, February 13;
Admission to the "Voices of the Past" Ghost Tour on Thursday, February 21.
"MOONLIGHT & MUSIC" VALENTINE'S DAY CONCERT
featuring world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter Allan Harris
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Concert at 8:00 pm; Main gate opens at 7:00 pm
BOOK NOOK BY THE BAY - “Field Study Books”
Saturday, February 16, 2013
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free with Estate admission: $12 for adults; $7 for children (ages 4-14).
“Field Study Drawing Journal/ Follow in the footsteps of botanists by drawing and taking notes about your discoveries in a handmade accordion book. Participants can make drawings of plant-life and outdoor art installations form the “Speak Now” Exhibition.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free with Estate Admission. $12 Adults, $7 Youth (Ages 4 to 14)
In partnership with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony – our Youth Artist in Residence - each season a number of internationally renowned artists in collaboration with our Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble are invited to present master classes at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Master classes give students the opportunity to supplement their studies through interaction with legendary guest performers whose insight and experience exemplify the highest levels of musical achievement. Founding Members of the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble will lead this master class held in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Please contact the Greater Miami Youth Symphony for student scheduling and the Deering Estate at Cutler for additional information to attend this program.
CURATOR'S TOUR "SPEAK NOW" EXHIBITION
Saturday, February 16, 2013
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
FREE & open to the public
This exclusive afternoon event welcomes the community’s art collectors, gallerists, and art enthusiasts to gain insight on the concept, creation, and selection of works for the “Speak Now” Exhibition. This walk and talk tour is led by Special Projects Curator, Ralph Provisero and Deering Estate Exhibit Specialist, Kim Yantis who will share curatorial process as well as the artists reactions and interactions with our Historic site and structures.
Speak Now, is an exhibition of artistic interjections placed throughout the historic grounds of the Deering Estate. The open land, storied structures and intimate niches of the estate present infinite possibilities for both spatial and literary exploration. Artists will use written word, visual art and the inherent poetics of the estate’s natural and architectural treasures to create these interjections in space.
The title alludes to the urgent need to communicate with and be understood by one another. This aspect of society has never been more evident. Speak Now is a referent to the relationship between literature and the visual and performing arts as support structures for a more replete expression of thoughts.
"SPEAK NOW" EXHIBITION OPENING
Saturday, February 16, 2013
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
(Meet the Artist Reception at 6:00 pm. – Free and open to the public.)
Special Projects Curator Ralph Provisero and Artists
The highlight of this year’s Deering Estate Festival of the Arts is a curated invitational show that features Artists from the Deering Estate at Cuter Artist in Residence Program, Fountainhead Residency and Studios, and Invited Exhibitors. CuratorRalph Provisero invites the viewer to discover artistic interjections placed throughout the historic grounds of the Deering Estate. This year we welcomed the prominent The Fountainhead Residency and Studio program and selected artists to join forces with featured Artists in Residence from the Deering Estate at Cutler. Unique elements of this exhibition include spontaneous poetry creation and readings by the fire circle, an Artist Bookstore in the Historic Library, and traveling performance piece that “tours” the site. Dialogues develop between the space and artists with some works confronting the viewer, some on the outskirts of a view, on the outskirts, and some hidden in plain sight.Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Parking is free.
Deering Estate Artists in Residence feature Christina Petterssen, Lucinda Linderman, Alex Trimino, Antonia Wright, MiaLeonin with Carlos Ochoa, Diego Quiros, Dona Altemus, Cherie Clark, and Deena Blazejack. Representing Fountainhead Residency Program are artists Rowan Smith, Cameron Platter, and Caitlin Berrigan. Invited from the Fountainhead Studios Artists are Lori Nozick, Don Lambert, Jenny Brillhart, PJ Mills, Sri Prabha, William Keddell, Natalya Laskis, Kerry Phillips, Tom Bollinger, Felipe Kaizedo, Kerry Phillips, Moira Holohan, and Judith Robertson. Special invited exhibitors include Robert Huff, Anja Marais, and additional artists.
ICON OF THE MOMENT: BILL BELLEVILLE
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Meet the Artist Reception begins at 6:30pm)
Adult Ticket: $12; Youth: $7 (ages 4 to 14); Tickets can be purchased online
Bill Belleville, Environmental Writer and Filmmaker, presents "Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams" while connecting to our Icon, the late John Kunkel Small, Botanist.In the early 1900s, John Kunkel Small lived on the second floor of the Richmond Cottage, using the Deering Estate at Cutler as a base for his explorations through the hammock and the Everglades. For over a decadeJK Small documented the development and destruction of Florida. Author Bill Belleville wrote the introduction to the new edition of “From Eden to Sahara – Florida’s Tragedy” which parallels his own travel, study and writings on the regions rich flora and fauna.
Background: Bill Belleville is an environmental writer & documentary filmmaker, living in North Florida. According to Carl Hiaasen, "Bill Belleville writes gorgeously and straight from the heart." In his own words, Belleville believes “You just have to allow yourself the luxury of immersing the senses fully in the moment. This particular place is at the edge of a slow oxbow of a nearby springfed river. In the rainy season, the swamp here rises and old back-island branches and dry creeks are revitalized again.”
LIVING ARTIST CONCERT SERIES "DREAMS OF BISCAYNE BAY"
Friday, February 22, 2013
Concerts begins at 7:15 pm; Meet the Artist Reception at 6:30 pm
Adult Ticket: $25 per concert
Student Ticket: $12 per concert (Grades K-12 with Student I.D.)
Featuring guest composer, Roberto Sierra, (Puerto Rico) along with works by Schubert, Touzet, Lecuona, Valdés, and Brahms, G Minor piano quartet. The Living Artist Concert Series (LACS) combines ensemble performances with lectures, visual art exhibits, environmental awareness and interpretive programs. It acquaints the public with the best of South Florida's artistic spirit through collaborations with faculty from the University of Miami and Florida International University, principal players of regional, national, and international professional orchestras, top youth performers and national/international guest composers. Concerts are held in the historic Stone House Ballroom - which provides intimate seating for 125 guests, possesses superb natural acoustics for chamber music and offers a perfect environment for the exhibition of visual art.
THE DEERING ESTATE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE comprised of founding members: Jose R. Lopez,piano-Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Florida International University, Ross Harbaugh, Prof. of cello-University of Miami, Scott Flavin, Prof. of violin-University of Miami, and Laura Wilcox, viola -Greater Miami Youth Symphony artistic staff. The ensemble members share not only a love of chamber music and a desire to work with livingcomposers, but also a respect for nature and natural history. Thanks to The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. and Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation, this ensemble has been able to fulfill a unique partnership with The Deering Estate at Cutler. Performing regularly at the Deering Estate at Cutler and in a variety of other venues the ensemble brings to its audiences diverse listening experiences from a broad range of composers, past and present. Committed to teaching, the ensemble presents workshops throughout the season and has received awards from the Met-Life Foundation/Meet the Composer and Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs. Outside of performances in Miami-Dade County the ensemble has been featured in the ‘Cutting Edge’ Concert Series in New York City.
COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE - From Slovakia Juraj Kojs is currently the new Composer-in-Residence for the Deering Estate Artist Village. Juraj is a composer, performer, multimedia artist and producer living in Miami, FL where he is the director of the Foundation for Music Technologies (FETA) and manages the monthly 12 Nights of Electronic Music and Art series. Kojs' compositions have won many awards and many key ensembles perform and commission his works, including the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble. His creative and research work reaches to the areas of music which not only include melodic, moving music that depicts nature, and folkloric aspects from his home in the Tatry mountains to works that push at the threshold of hearing, action-based acoustic and electro acoustic music. Kojs’ muscle-powered multimedia Neraissance—described as “striking and unforgettable,” received the Best Art Performance 2010 Award from Miami New Times. Kojs holds a PhD. in Composition and Computer Technologies from University of Virginia, was a Postdoctoral Associate in Music Technology and Multimedia Art at Yale’s Department of Music and a visiting lecturer at University of Virginia Kojs currently teaches courses in audio production at Miami International University of Art and Design. www.kojs.net
CONCERTO COMPETITION GREATER MIAMI YOUTH SYMPHONY
Saturday, February 23, 2013
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Adult Ticket: $12; Youth: $7 (ages 4 to 14)
The Deering Estate will host the annual concerto competition of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS), showcasing the best young musicians South Florida has to offer. Students in the Greater Miami Youth Symphony's Concert and Symphony orchestras will compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the orchestras in the GMYS season gala concerts held in May.
Youth Artist in Residence – Greater Miami Youth Symphony
The GREATER MIAMI YOUTH SYMPHONY strives to “enrich the cultural foundation of our community, while instilling lifelong values of discipline, teamwork, responsibility, respect, and cultural appreciation to young musicians, ages five through eighteen, through learning, rehearsing, and performing in a professional, positive environments." The GMYS serves the youth of South Florida. Young musicians are from multi-ethnic backgrounds and scholarships are available ensuring that no child will be turned away from GMYS for financial reasons.
CLOSING EVENT: "RED CARPET WRAP-UP"
Sunday, February, 24; Begins at 6:30 pm
Red Carpet Performance begins at 7:15
Oscar Ceremony and Commentary begins at 8:00 pm
Admission $15.00; Tickets can be purchased online. A cash bar will be available
With a desire to engage public audiences in creating new forms of live and media art that blend aspects of art-world-style performance, guest curators and hosts for the evening - Teddy Behr (David Rohn) and Adora (Danilo de la Torre) will provide erudite commentary on the fashion choices, questionable results and all manner of madness surrounding the Oscar Night events. Live broadcasts from the red carpet and inside the Kodak theatre will be shown in the courtyard as well as live feed from our own red carpet staged on the historic main drive of the Estate. We encourage you to dress up, whether as historic Hollywood actress or your own version of the red carpet.
With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.