Doral Rotary’s Art Fest to Kick-off on Oct. 19

Enthusiastic visitors crowd the gallery at last years Rotary Art Fest.

A South Florida tradition continues as the Annual Art Fest at Doral transforms the Carlos Albizu University into an artists’ gallery this month. Admission is free.

Presented by Rotary Club of Doral, this year’s event will showcase works of more than 100 artists from several states and foreign countries Oct. 19-21.

Exhibiting artists are chosen from dozens who submit samples in mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, clay work, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. All exhibitors also may sell one-of-akind and limited edition works.

While art enthusiasts, collectors and casual observers explore the exhibits, youngsters have the opportunity to create their own works of art and take free classes with known artists and teachers and have fun in the process.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Proceeds from the Doral Rotary festival help to fund year-round arts programs and benefit PTAs of the local public participating schools as well as other charitable causes related to the welfare of children in Central American orphanages.

Festival hours are scheduled on Friday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information for artists, contact Nathalia Viveros at For sponsorship opportunities, contact Felipe E. Madrigal at

Carlos Albizu University is located in the heart of Doral at 2173 N.W. 99 Ave. Festival founders are artist Noel Santiesteban and Felipe E. Madrigal, organizer.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and the Rotarian of the Year Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education, co chairs the Doral Business Council Forum and is a DBC Ambassador, is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is on the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and sings in the choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She can be reached at

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