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Sept. 1-30 2016
Good timing or mere coincidence? Either way, with the recent conclusion of the Summer Olympics in Rio, it makes sense to continue to shine the spotlight on Brazil’s vibrant culture. Consequently, the celebration continues with ArtBrazil 2016, the fourth-annual monthlong event that will, for the first time, be expanded to include venues in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. With a variety of mediums on display — from photography and painting to sculpture and ceramics — this varied assortment of installations reflect Brazilian art and tradition in the most contemporary context. This year, more than 120 artists are expected to take part. To ensure authenticity, the organizers — ArtServe/Fort Lauderdale, visual artist/curator Jade Matarazzo, and marketing specialist Maria Fulfaro — require that all participants be Brazilian citizens, whether based in the U.S. or not. It's not surprisingly, then, that nearly half of the exhibitors will travel to South Florida specifically to take part. With support from the local consulate, the exhibits offer further opportunity for the public to bask in Brazil’s brilliance, while allowing more than 250 Miami-Dade and Broward public-school children in grades K through 12 to visit the exhibition and interact with the artists. Note to all would-be Olympiads: No false robbery reports will be tolerated. The event runs the entire month of September, with a Fort Lauderdale opening reception September 8 at ArtServe/Fort Lauderdale (1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.) and a Miami opening reception September 13 at Art & Design Gallery (8690 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Visit artbrazil2016.com or call Maria Fulfaro at 954-298-1508.
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