Apr 30, 2018

Downtown Coral Gables Celebrates the Arts

Bringing color and art to the streets of Downtown Coral Gables

Coral Gables, Fla. – April 30, 2018 – As Miracle Mile completes its transformation, the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables is pleased to introduce Pop-up Art Galleries to Downtown Coral Gables. Enjoy a period of color and public art that will reintroduce the arts to Downtown Coral Gables.

Vacant storefronts will spring to life from now until May 30 with pop-up art exhibits featuring local artists throughout Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables, enhancing the pedestrian-friendly experience. The following exhibits are open for the public to enjoy:

  • Color Ride presented by Ninoska Huerta Gallery, 290 Aragon Avenue*
  • CG-Art Visions presented by Adriana Menes Art Consultant & Oscanio Gallery, 360 Miracle Mile*
  • Space Traveler with art by Alberto Blanco & Milton Becerra, 259 Miracle Mile*
  • Urban Art by Carlos Domenech & Troy Campbell, 359 Miracle Mile
  • Million Orchid Project by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 217 Miracle Mile

Complementing the initiative is Coral Gables’ Gallery Night on Friday, May 4, which has been known as a night for visitors to enjoy the various galleries that call Downtown Coral Gables home. Exhibits to discover include Oneirica by Cuban and Eastern European artists at Conde Contemporary Art Gallery and Cross Pollination: Honeybees and Murano Glass by Judi Harvest at the Coral Gables Museum.

“Several years ago, Coral Gables’ thriving gallery scene brought visitors from all over South Florida,” stated Venny Torre, President of the Coral Gables BID Board of Directors, “Downtown Coral Gables is excited to welcome back the arts with open arms and reemerge as a lively, cultural destination offering one-of-a-kind experiences.”

In addition to the pop-up galleries in vacant storefronts, Downtown Coral Gables will be home to two other art installations designed to enhance the strollable downtown experience: The Umbrella Sky Project and Venice in the Gables. The Coral Gables Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Coral Gables and the Business Improvement District, is bringing the internationally recognized Umbrella Sky Project to Giralda Plaza where a canopy of colorful umbrellas will be installed over the eastern and western ends of the plaza, offering shade for shoppers and diners starting in mid-April and running through June.

Finally, from May to June eight-foot-tall replicas of Venetian mooring posts, resembling Venice’s picturesque canal posts will grace the streets of Downtown Coral Gables during Venice in the Gables, a public art initiative presented by the City of Coral Gables. This installation will allow visitors to interact with the new Miracle Mile in an exhibit that will merge history with modern art. Sponsors will be invited to sign up to select available designs and be part of this once in a lifetime exhibit. Proceeds from a charitable auction to be held in partnership with the Coral Gables Community Foundation will be used to advance the arts in Coral Gables.

Currently, Downtown Coral Gables is home to 170 independent retailers and restaurants including cultural organizations such as the Actor’s Playhouse, Coral Gables Cinema and Books & Books. This dynamic mix of new and old, creates a lively epicenter providing one-of-a-kind offerings and happenings.

*Color Ride, Space Traveler and CG-Art Visions Galleries are sponsored by MG Developer. The Pop-up Art Galleries initiative would not be possible without the support of Downtown Coral Gables’ landlords and property owners including Terranova, Kerdyk Real Estate and Comras Realty.