A Jewel of a Miami Experience

la merced chapel, miamicurated

 

 

Thanks to a good friend and the Funding Arts Network (FAN), I made a jewel of a discovery that I’d never imagine existed. It’s the Chapel of Our Lady of La Merced and the exceptional Martha/Mary Yamaha concert series that it hosts.  No ordinary venue this, it’s part of the Colonial Florida Cultural Heritage Center LLC in Allapattah that operates La Merced Chapel Miami and La Casa. The latter includes an exhibition space and art restoration and preservation studio. The Center focuses on times from the earliest Spanish Colonial influences throughout South, Central and North America and the Caribbean, with a special focus on Colonial Florida, through the 19th century and in some cases the early 20th.

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Not Your Usual Art Basel Picks

Rather than the obvious major art fairs, here are my picks for other events and happenings at Art Basel Miami 2019. Check them out: “hot’ new Wynwood store described as a “retail destination and culture creator”, art week workshop and private tours, two of my favorite ‘other’ art fairs,  stylish shopping and art nail popups at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and new private art museums opening this week. Note the first event is this Sunday!
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Things to Do in November

The season continues to heat up with so many things to do in Miami in November. Check out the best —  from WOW light and balloon festivals and a celebrity-led series of food events, to a major film festival in Fort Lauderdale , a celebration of all things French and more. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
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The “New” Provence

Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile know my travel coverage has focused on less well traveled destinations — Ethiopia, Iran, Crete and others, and surprising discoveries in each. On a recent trip we went to the “new” Provence, or as the Wall Street Journal described, “Not Your Father’s Provence”. The attractions that have appealed to some of history’s greatest painters, from Cezanne to Van Gogh, still shine, but it’s becoming a new place thanks to global modern day billionaires in the tradition of the Medicis. Here are images and facts that surprise from visits to Aix-en-Provence, the Luberon and Arles. Enjoy!
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Things to do in October

Get out your calendars! Here’s our monthly list of things to do in Miami in October 2019, from a Maroon 5 concert and fashion, film and seafood festivals, to a unique art fundraiser, a boat show and more. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
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Cool Things to Do in September

Here’s our monthly picks of the best special things to do in Miami in September — from food, beverage and culture to entertainment offerings. Plus, there’s the Miami Trail Festival bringing together nature and adventure lovers as they participate in different running trails, mountain biking routes and other off-road expeditions.
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Graphicstudio USF, a Gem

For those of you art lovers, you may be surprised to learn that one of the preeminent print making studios in the country is in Tampa. For over 50 years Graphicstudio USF has hosted an Artists in Residence program with such luminaries as Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, Alex Katz, James Rosenquist and others. And then there’s a benefit sale in May where you can snag great buys. I first heard about this at the INK Miami Art Fair at Art Basel and then made a trip to Tampa to see it and find out more. And if you like what you read and can’t make it to Tampa, they’ll be at this year’s  INK Art Fair.
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