Miami Beach Arts Trust was founded in 1999 as a 501 (C)(3) organization by the City of Miami Beach with the primary goal of providing awareness of and funding for the Arts. In 2002, at the recommendation of the City Manager, the Trust separated from the City and became a stand-alone organization.
In addition to presenting workshops and spotlighting individual artists in all areas of the arts, the Miami Beach Arts Trust also acts as the fiscal agent for smaller, non-profit organizations. It now has a volunteer board of directors that oversees its activities.
One of its greatest accomplishments was the creation of an online publication to better serve South Florida’s arts community and arts lovers. Publisher and Miami Beach Arts Trust Chair Harvey J. Burstein conceived the idea of an online publication to better serve South Florida’s arts community and arts lovers.
Each issue contains original feature stories about arts and entertainment, professional reviews and Around Town photo galleries by miamiartzine.com’s professional photographers. The zine has also expanded to cover not only Miami-Dade County, but Broward and Palm Beach counties.
The enthusiastic response from the arts community has contributed to the steady growth of miamiartzine.com.
NONOS are unique sculptures that playfully join motion and color to a fluent form of sensuality, eroticism and femininity. The sisters Franziska and Mercedes Welte have been artistically active under their pseudonym NONOS for years. They create their sculptures from combinations of various metals, polymers, fiber glass, epoxy resin and non-fading pigments. Filigree and at the same time extremely dynamic, the artists arrange their sculptures for dance and involve the spectator in a thrilling ensemble of color, form and movement. NONOS personify cheeky elegance and symbolize sensuality, power and spontaneity. Besides their work in the sculptural area the sisters are also active in the fields of painting and photography. The list of their international exhibitions ranges from Berlin, New York, Shanghai, Malta, Vienna, Amsterdam and Florida to Taipei. The sisters also work as designers, such as in exclusive designs for porcelain, Danish chairs and fashion with the couturier Nhut La Hong.
Manss moved at tender age to Germany where he stayed to attend college, then on to Canada where he completed his degrees in Vancouver and finally to San Diego. He presently concentrates on painting, photography, and sculptures and has a broad set of skills with backgrounds in media, communications and the sciences (including a Ph.D.). A Nature enthusiast, Manss dedicated much time studying wildlife to captivate movements in time and space, creating enchanted sceneries with animals at center stage. His works levitate between fantasy and mysterious quantum space, leaving the viewer in meditative explorations of familiar memories, dreams and perhaps alien realities. His work feature a distinctly natural quality, full of soft, energetic shapes, earth tones, and subtle, vibrant colors and present a unique intersection of arts and science. Manss has exhibited widely in over 70 juried solo and group shows from New York, to Barcelona, Florence, London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo and the Louvre Museum. His work is recognized by over 50 national and international awards and counting…