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Fall Fine Art Exhibit "Eleven Voices" opening reception at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (September 22, 2016)

The Fall Fine Art Exhibit reception for "Eleven Voices" will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Deering Estate. The event is free and open to the public and includes a Curator's Conversation at 7:30 pm.

Referencing the eleven official languages of South Africa, "Eleven Voices" aims to incite a conversation about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Curators Kim Yantis, of the Deering Estate, and Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder and curator of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, have selected works from artists and collectors that reflect thematic inspirations from South African art and culture.

Eleven Voices features the works of emerging and renowned South African and international artists, many of which are on special loan from the collections of Diaspora Vibe (DVCAI), the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art, and Kathryn and Dan Mikesell of the Fountainhead Residency and are on view in Miami for the first time. Exhibited South African artists include: Nicolas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Leboux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.

The exhibit will be on view daily from October 8 through November 26; free with Estate admission. For more information, please visit the Deering Estate's website.

Cultural programs at the Deering Estate are 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, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

Rosie Gordon-Wallace and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator

Rosie Gordon-Wallace is Founder, Curator, and Director of Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator. Since 1996, Gordon-Wallace has initiated and produced transnational creative programs that redefine concepts of "diaspora" including the International Cultural Exchange program, the Caribbean Crossroads Series, the Artist-In-Residence program, an ongoing contemporary exhibitions program, and numerous community-based outreach projects.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator was created to promote, nurture, and cultivate the vision and diverse talents of emerging artists from the Caribbean and Latin Diaspora.

Petra Mason and the Petra Mason South African Art Collection
About the Collector: South African born cultural historian Petra Mason studied contemporary art history, painting, photography and Romanesque and Gothic Art History in Florence, Italy. As an author, publisher and creative director she's produced numerous books for Rizzoli New York, UNIVERSE and Skira/Rizzoli and is a founding partner of Books & Books Press in Miami.

The Petra Mason Collection showcase offers a rare opportunity to view a selection of limited edition lithographic prints created in the remotely located Mpumalanga, South Africa studio premises. The exhibition features Limited Edition Original Lithographs, Collector's Editions and Artists' Proofs by three of South Africa’s noted artists Judith Mason, Anton Kannemeyer, and Claudette Schreuders. All artists' on display are represented in the print collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and/or at the National Museum of African Art, a Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. The exhibit will also feature a tapestry by Judith Mason produced at the Stephens Tapestry Studio in South Africa.

Kathryn and Dan Mikesell and the Fountainhead Residency
Kathryn and Dan Mikesell are avid collectors.  In 2008, they founded The Fountainhead Residency and Studios.  The mission of The Fountainhead is to enhance the lives and careers of artists, to infuse Miami's growing art and cultural community with artistic inspiration from around the world, collaborate with our local institutions, non-profits and businesses to support our city's growth, build a global family that transcends all borders and continues to give back, and cultivate new audiences for the arts through intimate engagements, education and unique experiences. In addition to running The Fountainhead, Kathryn is an art advisor helping individuals and corporations purchase art and hosting tours of Miami's vibrant art community.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided Historic House tours, 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.
This year the Deering Estate celebrates 30 years on the National Register of Historic Places and the 100th anniversary of Charles Deering's purchase and restoration of the Richmond Hotel for his winter residence. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!