Stories written by Sonia Melamed

MIXING IT UP:Ellie Schneiderman Positively Pioneering

MIXING IT UP:Ellie Schneiderman Positively Pioneering

Who is Ellie Schneiderman? You won’t find the answer in your local library or on your Kindle or iPad. While the story of how she transformed an entire city is remarkable, her richly deserved biography has not yet been written. I am hard pressed to find a candidate more deserving of being immortalized in the […]

Arts and Culture: GOOD THINGS

Arts & Culture: GOOD THINGS

Dear friends, As we spring forward to 2014, it’s fitting that we kick off the first Arts and Culture edition during this season for growth. From us to you, we’re excited to share Good Things from each of our regular contributors. Returning for a second time is Seth Bramson, Miami History book author and Adjunct […]

MIXING IT UP: Made in Korea: How a milestone event helped broaden my appreciation for Asian art

MIXING IT UP: Made in Korea: How a milestone event helped broaden my appreciation for Asian art

With Art Basel taking over ART HK this year, enthusiastic visitors like me were treated to more than just another great art fair. With half of the participating galleries from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, it was no surprise that my appreciation for Asian Art broadened. The recent boom in the contemporary art market is […]

GOOD THINGS: The Return of Art Basel and More…

GOOD THINGS: The Return of Art Basel and More...

  As the year winds down and anticipation builds – a heavy mist of excitement spreads throughout the city. The weather cools down as white tents go up, signaling the start of high season and the arrival of Art Basel – already in its eleventh year! Businesses and residents are poised and ready to play […]

Lizzy Dascal: An American in Hong Kong

Lizzy Dascal: An American in Hong Kong

I sat down with interior designer, art collector and art consultant Lizzy Dascal to get her take on Art Basel’s first show in Hong Kong this spring. In the process, I learned how this Miami Beach native is shaping the way people think about art collecting. SM: Lizzy, thank you for sitting with me. I […]

MIXING IT UP: Art Basel’s expansion into Asia

MIXING IT UP: Art Basel’s expansion into Asia

Sandwiched between a cluster of international art fairs, A rt Basel Hong Kong made its debut this year to considerable fanfare. The much anticipated show joined the international art circuit but vowed to be different from its sisters in the West. With over 60,000 attendees, 245 galleries from 35 countries, and a decidedly different perspective, […]

Surrounded Islands: Remembered for More than a Splash of Color

In May 1983, eleven manmade islands along Biscayne Bay were draped with over 6 million square feet of pink polypropylene fabric. The project, Surrounded Islands, became one of the most iconic images of Miami in the 1980s and did more than just add a splash of color to our waters. The artists Christo and Jeane-Claude […]

The Miami Beach Cinematheque Question & Answer Session with Dana Keith

The Miami Beach Cinematheque fuses the kind of art, architecture and intimacy necessary for a real art house experience. I caught up with the founder Dana Keith to find out how he makes it all happen. What I learned was that Keith is celebrating more than his fair share of milestones this year. He founded […]

A Tribute in Pink is Remembered

A Tribute in Pink is Remembered

In May 1983, manmade islands along Biscayne Bay were draped with over 6 million square feet of pink polypropylene fabric. The project was named Surrounded Islands and as a child I remember remarking how it looked like giant wads of pink bubble gum had exploded throughout Biscayne Bay. The only reminder today are the occasional […]

The New World Symphony Celebrates 25 years

The New World Symphony Celebrates 25 years

Based on the caliber of performance at the New World Symphony one might think they were in the presence of a professional orchestra. In fact, the NWS is an orchestral academy consisting of students from the top music schools in the country. Unlike other notable classical conservatories like Juilliard which are comprised of undergraduates, the […]

Wolfsonian exhibit Describing Labor: A New Dialogue

Wolfsonian exhibit DDescribing Labor: A New Dialogue

On recent afternoon in November, I sat down with Matthew Abess, assistant curator at The Wolfsonian museum, hoping to better understand their new exhibit, Describing Labor. Like the opening of a Russian doll set, the show was revealed to me slowly and successively, with meaning resting inside of meaning. Through the help of an unfolding […]

“In this bright future you can’t forget your past…” A conversation with Dina Knapp

Not all great artists are humble people- I suspect most are consumed with legacy or vanity or their own self importance. Dina Knapp on the other hand rarely talks about herself or her accomplishments. Her bright red hair, tinted glasses and eclectic jewelry are in stark contrast to her quiet, unassuming nature. On the day […]

OscarWilde, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the future of Miami’s Art Scene

Miami’s Art Scene-featured

  When Oscar Wilde wrote that “All art is quite useless”, a remark that perplexes, intrigues and beckons us even today, what he sought to express was much like Gautier’s “l’art pour l’art”: art exists for its own sake.For Wilde and his contemporaries, the feeling was that in the same way a flower “blossoms for […]

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