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Free Exhibit Evening at the Deering Estate

"February Features"

MIAMI (January 20, 2016)

The "February Features" Exhibit Evening will be held on Wednesday, February 17th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. Made up of three distinct components: a painting exhibition by John Bailly, 10,000 years of Miami; a juried, low fire ceramic exhibit, CLM Earth and Fire by the Ceramic League of Miami; and the Historical Collections Spotlight.

Exhibit Evenings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The exhibits will be on display daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from February 6 – March 25, 2016, and are free with Estate admission.

10,000 YEARS OF MIAMI by John Bailly
The Deering Estate provided John Bailly with the perfect setting to explore the history of Miami, revealing how popular perception of Miami and the authentic reality of Miami are divergent. Bailly’s 10,000 Years of Miami is the artist’s humble effort to remind us of who we are, from a historical and environmental perspective. Through richly-layered paintings he depicts natural elements and transatlantic cultural commonalities.

As a Deering Estate Artist in Residence, Bailly was able to conduct field research through hiking on site, snorkeling in adjacent Biscayne Bay, and by conducting collaborative research with interpretive staff on the sites’ archaeological and historical resources. Additionally, the artist traveled to Catalonia (Spain) to visit Charles Deering's former villa Maricel in Sitges where he collected visual and factual records. John Bailly (MFA Yale), is a French-American, Miami based artist and a Fellow at FIU’s Honor College. He is represented by ClampArt in New York, NY.

This year's member's exhibit at the Deering Estate will focus on earthenware and Raku work. These low fire techniques are an important part of the array of possibilities within ceramics producing functional, hand built, and sculptural works. Juror, Miami based artist Carlos Alves, is a nationally internationally recognized ceramic and tile installation artist. The Deering Estate welcomes this exhibition partner back for its eighth year with new exhibit coordination from artist James Herring.

As part of our 30 year celebration of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, guests can view samplings of newly acquired, antique furnishings and artifacts part of the Historic Furnishing Plan at the Deering Estate.

Hundreds of newly acquired antique furnishings and artifacts will soon be gracing the rooms of the Stone House and Richmond Cottage at the Deering Estate thanks to the generosity of our partners, the Miami Corporation and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. These exciting new acquisitions will offer visitors a taste of Charles Deering’s trademark style of old world elegance, as well Marion Deering’s more contemporary early 1920’s decorating schemes as they made this beautiful Old Florida estate their home.  These gifts will be a part of the Permanent Collection held in Public Trust by the Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department for visitors to enjoy for years to come. We invite to you to come, explore and share in our mission to discover and preserve the life and legacy of Charles Deering.

Exhibit Evenings
The Deering Estate offers complementary exhibit viewing nights, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the historic homes. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibit tours and talks. Exhibit Evenings are held 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the third Wednesdays per annual schedule.

Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. Special thanks to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Miami Corporation, FIU Honors College and Ceramic League of Miami for these exhibitions.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

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