Party on the Plaza returns as museum opens new exhibit
The Coral Gables Museum’s Young Associates will host its second annual Party on the Plaza, featuring the latest artwork from Miami’s emerging talent, on Friday, Nov. 2, from 7-11:30 p.m.
The fundraiser coincides with the opening of the museum’s new exhibit, Puro: new works by GUILD artists, which will be on view through Dec. 28 in the Anthony R. Abraham Family Gallery of the museum, 285 Aragon Ave.
GUILD painters are Abdiel Acosta, Lu Gold, Todd Eliott Mansa, Yamel Molerio, Vincent Serritella, José Telot and Jovan Karlo Villalba. All GUILD artists live in South Florida, except for Serritella who now lives in Oakland, Calif.
As the new exhibit debuts inside, the Young Associates’ Party on the Plaza will feature an expansive exhibition of bright young artists, whose works will be on sale with proceeds benefitting the museum.
“The Young Associates is one of the first young professional organizations in Coral Gables,” said Cristina Mas, president of the Young Associates. “We created this event to promote our group, the museum and to introduce up-and-coming local artists to the Miami arts community.”
Following the success of last year’s launch that raised over $25,000 for the museum, the Young Associates organization hopes to bring in even bigger crowds this year.
Featured artists include Victor Alarcon, Christiaan Lopez-Miro, Paul Ramirez, Raul Boesel Jr., Gaudi Castro and Michael Halley. Returning for his second Party on the Plaza exhibition is Alex Mijares, widely considered one of the greatest up-and-coming artists in South Florida.
Mijares has been described as “a genius of colors and shapes” by the internationally renowned, Miami-based artist Romero Britto.
“Party on the Plaza helped introduce my name to the community, providing my first platform where my art could be appreciated. It was the launching point of my career as an artist,” said Mijares. “Since then I have done numerous shows all over the country. I am forever grateful to the Young Associates for giving me this opportunity.”
Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason will provide opening remarks at the event. Party on the Plaza will be held primarily outdoors in the museum’s historic limestone plaza, where guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and Bacardi drinks, including adult mojito and piña colada snow cones. Music will be provided by DJ Jeff Wool and a photo booth will be available for guests to commemorate the night with pictures.
Tickets to Party on the Plaza are $30 in advance; $35 night of the event. For more information visit: http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org/youngassociates.php.