“Capturing the real identity of Miami remains a constant source of inspiration for many local artists — perhaps because the city is so often portrayed by the most basic and tired set of descriptors. Well aware that our city is more than beaches and partying, visual artist and faculty member of the Honors College at Florida International University, John William Bailly, offers a look at the city from a historical and environmental perspective. Titled “10,000 Years of Miami,” Bailly’s exhibition features paintings depicting natural elements as well as transatlantic cultural commonalities, which he completed as the Deering Estate’s artist-in-residence. The artistic imagery is based directly on Bailly’s field research atarchaeological sites, hiking around and snorkeling in Biscayne Bay, and traveling to Catalonia to visit Charles Deering’s former villa in Sitges, Spain.” – Shelly Davidov
The public is invited to a free reception for the exhibition Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Deering Estate at Cutler (16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay). Call 305-235-1668 or visit deeringestate.com.
“10,000 Years in Miami,” an exhibition of paintings by Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence John W Bailly, will be on view starting February 6, 2016. The reception is Wednesday 17 February from 7-9 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Deering Estate provided John W 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 onsite, 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.”
“10,000 Years of Miami” February 6 – March 25th, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily Reception February 17, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. (free & open to public)
“10,000 Years of Miami: Paintings by John William Bailly” at the Deering Estate . An exhibition that explores the history, nature, and culture of Miami. The exhibition is free and open to the public on opening night.
The opening reception is from 7 – 9 PM Wednesday February 17, 2016