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Creative Forces

| December 27, 2011 | Parties National

Bal Harbour Village is not one to do things small, and its recent kickoff to Bal Harbour Art Nights was no exception. The series, now in its second year, celebrates both art and fashion and proffers insider perspective related to both topics at special evening events. Of course, the fact that it took place at Bal Harbour Shops just as many fall collections were arriving at stores throughout the center didn’t hurt attendance one bit. Headlining the first installment of what’s to be a monthly event through spring was the Chat Series with Tony Goldman, the Miami developer credited with transforming forgotten neighborhoods in New York and Miami by bringing art to them. Goldman’s chat, “Miami: A Cultural Chronicle” was led by Nina Johnson Milewski, whose very own Gallery Diet is in Wynwood, one of the many neighborhoods that have benefited from Goldman’s Midas touch. The rest of the programming was more showing, less talking. 100% Capri hosted an exhibit by Miami artist Michael Genovese; Books & Books hosted Sheila Elias and her new book, Somewhere-Anywhere; Elie Tahari featured a show by Renato Freitas; Calypso St. Barth welcomed brand designer Elissa Miller with Champagne and hors d’oevures; Opera Gallery was abuzz with the work of Virginia Fifield and Mr. Brainwash; and the Guy Hepner Gallery chose the evening to make its debut and reveal its new space to the public. As programming came to an end and stores closed their doors, the vibe of the evening took on a more culinary tone as guests made their way to dinner at Makoto and Carpaccio. “It’s too bad Saks is closed already,” said one such patron. “I love shopping at night.” Mark your calendars: The next Bal Harbour Art Night is Jan. 11. Photography by World Red Eye


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