Jade Matarazzo, one of the co-producers of ArtServe's ArtBrazil exhibition says South Florida is a "new center of Brazilian contemporary art."
That fact and Brazilian Independence Day in September are enough for ArtServe to present its third annual ArtBrazil opening Wednesday, Sept. 4 and running through Friday, Sept. 25.
Recognized with a Brazilian International Press Award for last year's exhibition, "ArtBrazil" will again feature installation work, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and other forms of art which incorporate Brazilian tradition and culture in a modern, contemporary context.
Along with many ArtServe members and local artists, the exhibit will highlight the work of featured Brazilian artists whose artwork celebrates and is inspired by South Florida's contemporary Brazilian art scene. Among artists participating this year are Fernanda Frangetto, Jotape,Tom Costa, Didi Marchi, Blima Efraim, Hamilton Aguiar, Carmem Gusmao, Claudia di Paolo and others. Matarazzo, a photographer, and Maria Fulfaro of Simply Marketing are co-producers of the exhibi.
"The art of these highly accomplished artists is continually evolving," says Matarazzo.
Presented by the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami and ArtServe, the gallery exhibition kicks off on Sept.10 at 6 p.m. with an opening night reception that will be a multi-sensory experience with a fusion of Brazilian art, music, fashion and food offered. All art is for sale, and proceeds support the local artists that the non-profit organization ArtServe serves.
"We supported the ArtBrazil exhibit from the start as a way to give the local community the opportunity to appreciate diverse expressions of Brazilian culture and soul, through the works of a wide range of talented Brazilian artists," said Hélio Vitor Ramos Filho, Ambassador and Consul General of Brazil in Miami who will preside over the opening night reception. "Each year the exhibition has grown in size and stature and we are pleased to renew our support and once again place it on the official calendar of Brazil's National Day's celebration in Florida."
This year, one of the signature elements of ArtBrazil will be a photo exhibition entitled "Amo Noronha," a partnership coordinated by Rose Anne Leitão, of Smart Trading Miami. Six Brazilian photographers explored the island of Fernando de Noronha this year, one of the most important ecological sanctuaries in the world, and their images of this remote and sacred place will be exhibited exclusively as part of ArtBrazil. Another feature will be "Arte que Salva (Art that Saves), a one night art benefit at a date to be announced that will support children around the world affected by poverty, natural disasters and illness.
"During our 25th Anniversary, this collaboration with the Brazilian artistic, diplomatic and business communities perfectly illustrates our mission," says ArtServe President and CEO Jaye Abbate.
ArtBrazil is made possible by the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, Simply Marketing, Jade Matarazzo, New York Life and RIVA with support from Big Chef, Acontece, Amo Noronha, Arte Que Salva, Bast Communications, T and the Broward Cultural Division. Admission to the gallery reception on Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. is free.
ArtServe is located at 1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information is available at www.ArtServe.org or by calling 954-462-8190.