The Frank art gallery, in collaboration with Feeding South Florida, will spotlight food insecurity and social isolation with a series of "Feed Your Soul" workshops. Feed Your Soul will launch with a meet and greet with the teaching artists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19.
Feed Your Soul encourages residents, through interpretive arts activities, to be aware of their neighbors that are affected by social isolation and food insecurity. The Frank will bring art enthusiasts, families and residents together through a series of interactive art workshops. Community members are invited to The Frank on September 19 to meet the artists, learn more about the workshops and register to participate. All workshop participants must be 18 years old or older.
"Feed Your Soul encourages residents to get involved in the community, joining together as neighbors to face the silent but serious challenges of food insecurity and social isolation," said Holly Bonkowski, Pembroke Pines Division Director of Cultural Arts. "Participants of Feed Your Soul will have the opportunity to express their artistic side, share their story and invigorate the community collectively and as individuals."
Under the guidance of accomplished arts professionals, Feed Your Soul will offer sessions in various arts disciplines. Space is limited.
Storyteller Matt Stabile will conduct a six-week story-telling program where participants will learn to write and perform a monologue. They will meet for 90 minutes on Tuesday evenings. Registration is on Tuesday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 26.
From 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, professional theatre artists will perform "Hunger," which is open to the community.
Attendees can participate in this one-time drum circle activity on September 19.
Jeff Huber will work with theatre artist Matt Stabile to obtain stories from monologue participants for use in the design and fabrication of the table to be installed as a public art piece at Fletcher Art and Culture Center.
Cushy Gigs will participate in this workshop by asking the community to conceptualize through drawing what social isolation and food insecurities is and how it has affected their lives. These drawings will be used a steppingstone for the concept of a large scale mural, which will be painted on Saturday, November 4 beginning at 9 a.m. The community is invited to assist in the painting of the mural at Pines Place Apartments in Pembroke Pines.
Representatives from Feeding South Florida will be in attendance to discuss their organization and what contribution they will have with this project. A food drive is scheduled at Pines Place Apartments in Pembroke Pines for Saturday, November 4 at 9 a.m. for the local community.
"The art-rich atmosphere that Feed Your Soul fosters allows people to shed their insecurities, explore arts disciplines and create deeper connections with their neighbors and community," added Bonkowski.
The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines presents "Visual Therapy – The Effects of Art as Manifestation on Artist and Viewer," an exhibition showcasing the work of 14 different artists that looks at the impact of art on both the artist and the viewer.
The multidisciplinary exhibition, curated by Stacy Conde, gallery director of Conde Contemporary, will open Thursday, September 28 with a reception. The opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.
Visual Therapy examines the psychological motivations of the artists and the response their work evokes in the viewer. Through video installations, photorealistic, academic and expressionistic portraiture, conceptual art, surrealism, photography and performance art, visitors will have a direct view into the mind of the artistic creators. Artists featured in the exhibition include Anthony Ardavin, Julio Figeroa Beltran, Patricio Gonzalez Bezanilla, Bill Bilowit, Andres Conde, Luis Enrique Toledo Del Rio, Agnes Grochulska, Natasha Kertes, Marylin Loddi, Reynier Llanes Marquez, Darian Rodriguez Mederos, Raiman Rodriguez Moya, Luis Rodriguez Noa and Enrique Toledo.
"Though conventional wisdom would have us focus on art and not the artist, Visual Therapy takes a deeper dive into how it was created and what it elicits," said Conde. "Some emotions will correlate and others will be completely opposite. What is so amazing about art is how people interpret it."
As part of the exhibition, art appreciation workshops will be offered for adults and children led by curator, writer and art critic Yuneikys Villalonga. The adult art appreciation workshop is 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 and the children's art appreciation workshop for children age eight to 12 is noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14.
Julio Figueroa Beltran
Patricio Gonzalez Bezanilla
Luis Enrique Toledo Del Rio
Reynier Llanes Marquez
Darian Rodriguez Mederos
Raiman Rodriguez Moya
Luis Rodriguez Noa
The City of Pembroke Pines
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