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 Start off the year on a sporting, cultural or foodie note with next week’s Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest beach polo tournament and/or with a day trip to the Boca Raton Museum of Art with a gem of a ceramic exhibit and companion show of the small paintings of Alex Katz.

 

 Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest Beach Polo tournament , is making its official return to the sands of South Beach and admission is free . From January 4th to January 7th , polo enthusiasts will gather at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, for men’s and women’s competitions and at night the fun continues with events including the Bal Harbour Village kick off,  Polo Player Nights Out at ORA Miami and WALL Lounge at W South Beach.

Six competing teams feature some of the world’s top players , including Nic Roldan , Ricardo Mansur , Nacho Gonzales and Juan Bollini , competing throughout the weekend for Beach Polo World Cup. The tournament will also host a women’s cup on Saturday featuring two female teams along with a charity match on Sunday supporting Beach Polo’s official charity partner, The Bass Museum .

 General admission to both competitions and the adjacent Retail Village is complimentary. To commemorate Beach Polo , La Martina will be creating a limited edition Beach Polo clothing line that will be on  sale at the La Martina retail tent on  site throughout the three days of matches and at the La Martina store in Aventura Mall.

For event updates, announcements and more information about Beach Polo World Cup , visit www.miamipolocup.com.

 

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Ceramics exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

On a cultural note, a terrific day trip is a visit to the ceramics exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, a little known jewel. Entitled, “Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter”, features 24 unique major works of George Ohr (many not exhibited in public before) along with objects by contemporary artists working in the same avant-garde vein. These contemporary artists exemplify the medium’s cutting edge.The exhibit runs until April 8 along with an exhibit of the small paintings of Alex Katz.

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Stay and check out the small but select permanent exhibits which include the Museum’s photography collection. At more than 1,500 images, it is the largest collecting area spanning the entire era of the medium, from early processes to large-scale contemporary works, and offers a range of photographic methods from documentary to conceptual, along with a selection of historical camera equipment. Other highlights include early 20th-century Modernism including 25 monumental outdoor sculptures from  two excellent collections of African and Pre-Columbian objects; the African collection with masks and figures from the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, and Zaire,  most dating from approximately the last 100 years; and the Pre-Columbian collection dating from the Pre-Classic period (2000 BCE–250 CE) up to the Post-Classic period (900–1500 CE). Featured are  polychrome ceremonial vessels, modeled clay tomb figures, and utilitarian objects from Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, and Honduras. And before or after a museum visit, have lunch at Mizner Park and stroll around the upscale shops, a perfect outing for our wonderful winter weather.

Finally, in case you missed my earlier post, another cultural outing well worth the trip is the NSU Museum in Fort Lauderdale with its blockbuster Frank Stella exhibit covering his work of 60 years. Previously the show was at the Whitney in New York City. And you might also check out the new ICA museum in the Design District. It will be easy viewing now that Art Basel is over.

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