80" of Art exhibition and art auction, sponsored by the Cricket Taplin Collection at the Sagamore Ho

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The Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach will host 80” of Art, 
an alumni art auction in celebration of NWSA’s’ 25th year anniversary.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the visual arts division.

MIAMI--- Cricket Taplin, co-owner of the Sagamore, the acclaimed boutique hotel in Miami Beach, has announced that she and her husband Martin Taplin will be  Art by Bert Rodriguezhosting 80” of Art, a New World School of the Arts (NWSA) alumni art auction in celebration of the school’s 25 year anniversary.  Mr. and Mrs. Taplin will donate 100% of the proceeds of the auction to NWSA’s visual arts department. With at least seventy-five participating artists, among which are Hernan Bas, Bert Rodriguez, and Mike Vasquez, the one-day exclusive exhibition is representative of the diverse and distinct artistic styles that define NWSA. Sponsored by the Cricket Taplin Collection, the Sagamore Hotel and Bacardi, admittance to the show is by RSVP invitation only. The starting bid for each work of art will be equal to 50% of the value of the piece.

The NWSA Alumni Art Auction @ the Sagamore Hotel will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm. The Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida.

“Being involved with New World School of the Arts is a very rewarding experience” stated Cricket Taplin. “I have been an avid art collector for many years, collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned artists. However, working with young emerging artists brings a new level of energy and vision to the playing field. They are uninhibited, passionate, sensitive and generous, and I am always inspired and awed by their willingness to share their view of the world.”

“Art brings a community together,” continued Taplin. “It is of utmost importance that we support and recognize the vital role that these young artists play in the growth and image of our city as a vital and vibrant center for the arts. Whether it’s through painting or photography, sculpture or graphic design, the young visionaries that have agreed to participate in this 80” of Art exhibition are demonstrating their own commitment to our community. It is our pleasure to join these NWSA alumni to celebrate their Alma Mater’s 25th anniversary and highlight the impact that this institution has had in our community.”  

Directed by Cuesta, 80” of Art showcases the work of more than six dozen NWSA high school and college visual arts alums. “The complete collection of artworks will be made accessible to guests via a silent auction, offering the conservatory an opportunity to generate additional revenues” announced Maggy Cuesta. The show will be comprised of at least seventy-five pieces of art, most of them sized 80 inches (8”x10”), meticulously displayed in the public area adjacent to the Sagamore’s Gallery Dining Room. 

“The response from the alumni has been overwhelming” commented a proud Cuesta – “We sent out the call-for-submission and within a couple of days a great number of alums had already expressed their interest and commitment. Some of these students have been gone for many years, but when I reached out to them it was as if they had been here yesterday – they are eager to contribute and be part of NWSA’s 25th year anniversary celebration. Their loyalty and pride in the school is palpable and it is evident that they have never forgotten that it was here, at NWSA, where their craft was polished and their talent was nurtured.”

The alumni that have already signed-up for this celebratory exhibition quickly replied to Cuesta’s call:
“I have the work ready.  How should I get it to you?” - Bert Rodriguez
“I would be happy to send a piece for the auction. Should it be unframed?” - Nikol David
“Anything for you Maggy! I will have something for you soon” - Cynthia Cruz
“Count me in. I will post it on Facebook as well. 2D or 3D work?” - Josh Levine
“You got it!” - Sleeper
“I would love to participate - as soon as i have a piece ready i will drop by your office.” - Francisca Pisfil

Many of the artists that will be showcased in 80” of Art have received critical and commercial success and currently exhibit their work in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries including New York Metropolitan Museum, Kemper Museum in Kansas City, MOCA, and MAM, while others have been selected to participate in the Whitney Biennial in New York or have been named among the top 25US trend setters in art by ARTnews Magazine 2007. 

About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts.

At New World School of the Arts, visual arts students are able to explore and develop their personal artistic and aesthetic vision while being guided by a dynamic and distinguished faculty who are all practicing artists. Through disciplined training in traditional and new media, students also develop new skills and refine others while gaining invaluable understanding of the roles of art and design in society. Areas of concentration in visual arts include Drawing, Electronic Media, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. 

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Further information regarding NWSA’s Visual Arts Program is available by calling (305) 237-3649. More information about New World School of the Arts at 305-237-3135 or at nwsa.mdc.edu.

Photo 1: Auction artwork by renowned artist Bert Rodriguez
Photo 2: Maggy Cuesta and Cricket Taplin assess the area where 80” of Art will be installed at the Sagamore Hotel

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