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When a total solar eclipse was due to pass over a large swath of the United States in 2017, Carol Prusa hadn’t initially planned to see it firsthand.

Restore Marine Stadium

An exhibit at the Art Deco Museum on Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive features chairs as works of art—but not regular household chairs.

In an effort to restore and revive interest in the Miami Marine Stadium, which has sat deserted on the edge of the historic Virginia Key Beach since 1992, the advocacy organization Restore Marine Stadium distributed its seats to local artists.

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The Tree of Knowledge, a giant banyan tree and major landmark of Boca Raton’s historically black Pearl City neighborhood, has stood for at least 100 years.

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As a child, South Florida artist Lori Pratico did not understand why people told her to be ladylike – and not to make a mess. It just didn't jive. Ultimately she found a way to embrace her true self through visual art. Now she intersects that expression as a self-taught artist with a feminist message to uplift young women. 

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Through paintings, photos and historical clippings from artist and researchers,  History Fort Lauderdale museum's newest exhibition “Island Imprint: A History of the Caribbean Community in Broward County”  is celebrating South Florida's Caribbean culture and community. 

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The future plans for the Coconut Grove Playhouse, a theater built in the 1920s that was center stage to a plethora of  performances over the years, has become a political topic. 

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The City of Miami Beach is attempting to change people's perspectives of Memorial Day weekend by hosting its very first arts and cultural festival, called ReFrame.

Local artists will showcase works of art that spark crucial conversations about inclusion, blackness and relationships.

Octavia Yearwood, one of the festival's curators, says the media has historically portrayed visitors, particularly people of color, in a way that makes residents feel they should flee for the weekend. She hopes ReFrame can reshape the weekend's past "energy and vibe."

Screenshot from Octavia Yearwood's Instagram

For almost two decades, Memorial Day Weekend has meant Urban Beach Week on South Beach, featuring hip-hop music, parties and high fashion. But in recent years, city officials have been criticized for their treatment of visitors during the weekend, most of whom are black. Critics say visitors are scrutinized more than those who attend other events, like Art Basel.  

Temple of Time.
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The wooden temple that's been sitting off of Sample Road in Coral Springs for the past three months was set on fire during a ceremonial burning Sunday night.

However, the structure did not burn to the ground. Firefighters extinguished the flames more than 10 minutes into the burning, because there were too many flying embers. The shell was left standing, though the messages inside and the ornate wood carvings were reduced to ash.  

A 3-foot-tall silver bunny just set an art world record. Rabbit, by the playful and controversial artist Jeff Koons, sold for more than $91 million at Christie's Auction House — the most for work by a living artist at auction.

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There's a Changemaker Circle coming to Fort Lauderdale. 

It hopes to create a space for artists, entrepreneurs and professionals who are interested in social change. Small groups will be able to brainstorm projects with the goal of making quality of life in Fort Lauderdale better - through works of art. 

ArtServe, the fine arts incubator in the city, is launching the new arts networking series this Friday, May 17th at 6:30 at its building off of E. Sunrise Blvd. 

Couresty of Adriano Ficarelli

A new art exhibit inspired by the daily barrage of news headlines is open at the FAT Village Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale. The ‘Ripped From the Headlines’ art exhibit features work by 19 artists.

A massive white brick wall stops visitors at the entrance. This wall is nearly 24 feet long and stands eight feet tall, made of some 200 bricks, each one containing a tweet from President Donald Trump.

The backside of the wall is covered with multicolor sticky notes, on which visitors are welcome to tell their own 'Me Too' stories. 

A Jewish family has lost a 15-year legal battle to recover a painting stolen by Nazis during World War II.

An 1897 impressionist work by Camille Pissarro, Rue Saint-Honoré, Après-midi, Effet de Pluie, depicting a rain-covered Paris street, had been in the family since 1900. But when Fritz and Lilly Cassirer decided to flee Nazi Germany in 1939, the government had a condition: If they wanted a visa to leave the country, they needed to hand over the oil painting in exchange for about $360 — well below the painting's value.

beach clean up
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More than 300 beachgoers in Hollywood spent their Saturday morning cleaning up trash from the sand as a part of the second annual Free Our Seas And Beyond Environmental Art Festival. 

Hosted by Nova Southeastern University and the nonprofit Free Our Seas, the festival hoped to get people out to celebrate Earth Day a few days early and learn more about threats to marine ecosystems in South Florida. 

 

Courtesy Pedro Neves Marques and Galleria Umberto di Marino / PAMM

In a dark gallery at the Perez Art Museum Miami, two screens on opposite sides of the room play a pair of films on an alternating loop—one follows scientists working in a lab to create genetically modified mosquitoes, the other is a portrait of a polyamorous relationship that unfolds under the canopy of a Brazilian jungle.

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