Cultural Quarterly
Spring/Summer 2009
Volume XXII, Number 2
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Mr. Fox & Mr. Rabbit Face Off Again

Mosaic Artwork Installed at Carver Ranches Library
Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art and Design Program announces the installation of a mosaic artwork at the Carver Ranches Branch Library in Hollywood in February. They have also been commissioned to design artwork for Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch - Interior: Tomato History of Dania and Children’s Section: Animal Tales; Riverland Branch - Remembering a River and Davie/Cooper City Branch- Taking Flight

The artworkCarver Ranches, Mr. Fox & Mr. Rabbit Face Off Again, is located in the clerestory of the atrium of Carver Ranches Library – a special spot, close to both the children’s area and the general reading area. The mosaics are created for the ceremonial, meditative and emblematic study of the cultural heritage (s) of Carver Ranches community.

Artists John Pitman Weber and Nina Smoot Cain, collaborated choosing symmetrical facing images of the central characters of this African-American animal fable cycle: Fox and Rabbit. These two characters match wits with each other and everyone else. They survived the Middle Passage (refers to the forcible passage of African people from Africa to the New World, as part of the Atlantic slave trade) and endured with the ancestors for that same reason—that they live by their ideas and resourcefulness, not by strength or power. These clever animals are found in the folk tales of every nation of the world. The framing patterns of the artwork are animated by both African and Seminole designs.

For more information, contact Greta Willis, Public Art and Design project manager at 954-357-8011 or e-mail gwillis@broward.org.


Artist Nancy Spielman Exhibits at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Charlie and Friends consists of large chromatic gray paintings and smaller dog portraits. The large chromatic gray paintings finalized Spielman’s Master of Fine Arts Thesis in 2006 which concentrated on the image of her dog, Charlie, who serves as a metaphor for family. Transforming a routine or mundane moment to a powerful image that radiates pleasure and contentment is the inspiration for the smaller dog portraits in this body of work. 

Nancy Spielman is profiled in this issue of Cultural Quarterly.

The Lee Wagener Art Gallery offers Broward County artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit their work in a prominent, pre-security, high-traffic area in Terminal 2 of the airport departure level that is accessible to the public. Artists are selected through the Public Art and Design Program and exhibits are changed every four months. The far end of the gallery has been reserved for the exhibition of video artworks from Broward County’s permanent art collection. At present, Tree Rain, by Broward-based artists Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov, has been installed.

For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art and Design project manager at 954-357-8542 or e-mail croldan@broward.org.


Natural Forces – Public and Design ’06 –‘09 
Natural Forces —Public Art and Design ’06 – ’09 is an extensive mixture of artistic expression, with nature at the center. It is a culmination of creative minds focused on the future by bringing awareness and art into the present - the light on water at sunset; the refraction of color through glass that forms waves; words engraved into stone. 

Many of the artworks were designed within the portfolio of the Park Bond Master Plan and Library Bond Master Plan.  The Park Bond Master Plan was authored by environmental artist Lorna Jordan and her design team. Jordan, concerned with the artistic expression of contemporary places with a particular focus on watershed, explored the relationships between natural infrastructure of creeks, rivers, wetlands, ponds and estuaries and urban infrastructure. The Library Bond passed in 1999 when voters of Broward County approved a bond issue to provide money in financing to renovate existing libraries and build new ones. Artists were commissioned within this portfolio.

The exhibit will run from September 4 through November 1, 2008 at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, and January through April 2009 at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.


Artists ‘Meet and Greet’ at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
In April, the Aviation Department and Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art and Design Program hosted an arts event for the community to ‘Meet and Greet’ with artists Wendy Wischer, Mary Lou Siefker, Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Terminal 2, Departure Level.    

Pavel Ouporov, Suzanne Scherer, Steve Belleme,
Greg Meyer, Allan Siegel, Wendy Wischer,
Jody Leshinsky, Tin Ly, Barbra Aleman,
Adriane Clarke, Jeannette Sanchez,
Christina Roldan,
Lisa Lopez, Roshunda Parker, Bob Hanni, and Mary Becht.


Wendy Wischer signed posters of her artwork, Parallel, presently wrapping the buses on the Rental Car Center’s shuttle fleet that transports passengers between the airport’s terminals and the rental car facility. Parallel is a temporary art project using graphic design and hi-tech printed vinyl to wrap the airport’s shuttle   buses. 
 
Both Mary Lou Siefker, Journey Through Life with Paint; and Scherer and Ouporov’s video installation artwork Tree Rain, are presently on display at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery





Artist Cheryl Foster Designs Artwork for Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center
Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art and Design program has commissioned artist Cheryl Foster to create a permanent, original and innovative outdoor artwork for the new new Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center in March at 900 N.W. 31st Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

The artwork proposal, Wish Vessels, envisions life-sized, colorful and fanciful sculptures placed in the proposed landscaping around the, front and side, site and building entrances.
Multimedia artist, Cheryl Foster was born in Washington, D.C. Like a chameleon, this Howard University graduate’s medium is forever changing. The only constant is her passion for her craft. Specializing in large scale, public art, Cheryl works nationally with art councils, architects, developers and individuals, to design, fabricate and install imaginative projects. Be it sensitive portraiture in stained glass or abstract tile mosaic, LED illuminated waterjet cut metal structures, or realistic sculptures, she feels the “vision” dictates its medium


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