Celebrity Art Series II presents “BLACK: The Art of Color” at Art Basel Miami 2013
November 22, 2013 – Miami, FL. – Art Week Miami & Art Basel Miami Beach expands to Historic Coconut Grove with Celebrity Art Series II from December 3rd – 8th at KROMA, featuring modern art by African American, Haitian, and African artists. The exhibit and cultural programs showcase the talent of featured artists: Danny Simmons (who with his music mogul brother Russell Simmons, (co- founded Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and established Def Comedy Jam). Paintings by Andre Guichard, curator and co-owner of Gallery Guichard Fine Art gallery in Chicago and national curator of a nationwide artist contest with over 10,000 art submissions will also be featured. Other high-profile artists include: Charly Palmer, Joseph Grant Jr., Adrian Pickett, Najee Dorsey, and Derek Joshua Beard.
“I have been attending Art Basel since its inception and I noticed the lack of diversity in the presence of black art galleries and attendees,” said Que Simmons, Celebrity Art Series Founder. With the encouragement and financial support of friends, I debuted Celebrity Art Series in Wynwood in 2012, and I’m delighted to present Series II, which will showcase some of the most talented African American artists of our time, while contributing to charities in our community.
Entrance to the events is free. However all of the art pieces are available for purchase. Proceeds from the art sales will benefit the Women’s International Film and Art Festival’s [501(c)(3)] initiative “Reel Girls: Real Women.” Added to the event is a spin on the annual “Taste of the Grove,” in which each nightly reception is sponsored by a local Grove restaurant with samples of their signature appetizers.
Dignitaries, art collectors, and the black arterati have been invited to join this high-quality exciting week of events in historic Coconut Grove. KROMA is located at 3670 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, Florida 33133. Everyone is welcome.
Celebrity Art Series II presents “Black: The Art of Color” Exhibit
at KROMA, 3670 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, Florida 3313
Tuesday, December 3rd from 4pm-8pm || Vernissage
A Night in Tuscany Reception sponsored by STRADA in the Grove
Wednesday, December 4th from 6pm- 8pm || Art of Collecting –
presented by Artist Joseph Grant Indian Delight Reception sponsored by Bombay Darbar Restaurant
Thursday, December 5th from 6pm – 10pm || Art of Investing presented by Artist Adrian Pickett
Lyrical Palette presented by Medium Four
Latin Flair Reception sponsored by TBC
Friday, December 6th from 6pm -8pm || Performance Art– featuring Artist Charly Palmer
American Bistro Reception by GreenStreet Cafe
Saturday, December 7th from 2pm – 5pm || Signature Art Auction
A Night in France Reception sponsored by George in the Grove
Sunday, December 8th from 12pm -5pm || Champagne Closing Reception
Thai Fusion Reception sponsored by TBC
Wednesday, December 4th –9th from 12pm – 7pm
Sunday, December 8th from 12pm – 5pm
KROMA is a new collective art space located on Grand Avenue in the heart of the historic Coconut Grove consisting of 18 artists studios and a communal gallery space. KROMA’s mission is to serve as an affordable, contemporary space for artists, whose creative output will contribute to connecting the spirits of Coconut Grove’s rich past, present and future.
As a premiere arts incubator and the latest initiative of the Collaborative Development Corporation, KROMA will host exhibits showcasing the myriad of perspectives that are a result of the African diaspora and beyond. KROMA looks to advance the knowledge and practice of the arts through education and programming, which will not only enrich the lives of the community, but further develop the careers of resident artists.
Celebrity Art Series was founded by Que Simmons in 2012 to promote art collecting and support non-profit organizations that work with artists and the creative arts community. She believes in finding your passion and living your joy! For over 27 years, she lives her joy as an avid art patron, promoter, and collector. Her collection ranges from Romare Bearden, Adger Cowans, Carrie Mae Weems, Gordon Parks, Joe Overstreet to James Denmark. She is consummate community advocate and volunteer, in which she has volunteered with Shake-A-Leg, an adaptive sailing program and the Miami Project. Ms. Simmons is a native Floridian, residing in Coconut Grove for the last fifteen years.
Florcy Morisset is a business executive, arts advocate, and community organizer, working at the intersection of culture and business. As the 2013 Celebrity Art Series art curator and consultant, she coordinated the art exhibition and fostered collaboration with local partners and business owners. Ms. Morisset is the founder and creative director of the Vivant Art Collection and Consulting, respectively, an international cultural art gallery and consulting firm focused on working with artist, museums, and arts institutions.
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