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his edition is a joy for us, because of the great reception we have gotten from people so far. ArtFestMAG has grown since its first edition and the reason for the work have grown too. This issue is dedicated to the talented artists and fabulous art promoters, people who believe in arts and their importance. The great artists grace the front page of this edition show the ample possibilities the arts provide to the community. Artist with Autism, is one such example beautiful project, gives us the opportunity to discover new talent, while offering its members the best kind of art therapy. Just a couple months ago we realized the meaning of the roosters at Calle 8, which were created by the talented sculptor Tony López. He has pass away, but he leaves behind a legacy of work and inspiration with his sculptures in South Florida. The incredible Karma Phuntsok will bring

his contemporary Buddhist art to Dharma Studio in Coconut Groove. This is a unique experience to the work of one of the best Thangka artists in the world. From Argentina, come two beautiful and talented girls: Nina Surel, the mixed media artist whose natural love of the elegance is reflected in her artwork, and Cyntia Nilson, singer, composer, musician, dancer, and integral artist with a passion for Miami. Promoting the Arts is our first goal,and as always we have space for those who work and believe in the arts, this includes the upcoming event iMake, which hopes to unite all the artist in a remarkable “hand made event” and demonstrate just how full of artMiami is. We have to thank all those who have shared, helped and believe in ArtFestMAG as window to the Arts. MAG

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of vulnerability and strength:

Nina Surel N ina is an accomplished artist who not only manages her business but her family as well. One of her best critics is her husband who guides her ‘almost’ completed pieces to perfection.

The Wynwood Arts group enjoyed her thoughts and her vision on her newest collection “Understory” (Mixed-Media) this past Saturday October 8th at Praxis-Art Miami. We enjoyed over an hour of Nina’s personal time to walk us through her vision of the other side of self. The little devil on the shoulder, the good with the bad, the feminine with the masculine, the weak with the strong and the fears of surviving, are the entire ever-present understory within our own journeys.

Nina’s work can been seen in some of the most elegant spaces in the world and always receives a warm welcome in Europe. Nina’s unique style is a visual language that shows us a natural love for elegance in all of her works. From the classic buttons to the delicate lace, her pieces are reminiscent of 19th century romanticism yet absolutely modern and of our time. To see Nina’s work is to take front seat in a high fashion show where the struggles of womanhood’s strength and fragility

If you “Wiki” understory, the true meaning, this is what you’ll find: ‘consisting of a mixture of seedlings and saplings of canopy trees together with understory shrubs and herbs. Young canopy trees often persist as suppressed juveniles for decades while they wait for an opening in the forest over story which will enable their growth into the canopy’.

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are told in an unexpected voice and a perfect pose.

This is very much true in Nina’s collection … The collection will be on display at Praxis-Art, in Miami through December. Afterwards its travels could include Singapore and then on to Italy for Fashion week 2012. MAG


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hat is an “iMaker”? A creative, inspired, individual who handmakes, up-cycles, captures, creates or improves upon existing or imagined creations, goods, foods, and other unique items. “iMake 2011 is not your average arts & crafts fair, it’s an integration of Handmade Goods, from Kitsch to Pop Art, and the Social Media Movement we are all obsessed with; hence the ‘i’ in ‘iMake,” says founder, Jacqueline Pino. “Visitors will have the ability to interact with ‘iMakers’ via our web site, and actually ‘Like’ their favorite vendors, à la Facebook. Top rated iMakers will win a variety of prizes, and shoppers will qualify for fun giveaways, too.” iMake 2011 will take place on Saturday, November 12th

and Sunday. November 13th from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Century Marketplace. Jacqueline Pino owns and operates Century Marketplace -- located at 850 NW 42nd Avenue in Miami, Florida -- which is currently home to her Weekend Open Air & Fresh Market which attracts thousands of locals & tourists every weekend, for a taste of the local Miami flavor.

Part of the entertainment aspect of iMake is local pop artist, Jenny Perez, who will be creating a 16 ft x10 ft mural LIVE - in the main building of Century Marketplace, which will reflect Jacqueline’s vision for her Marketplace, and the diverse local culture visitors experience there. Additional treats include: 150 Swag Bags for the first 150 Visitors; 100+ Local Artists, Crafters & Vendors; Gourmet &


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Organic Foods; Live Music; and, Beer & Wine Specials. Events like iMake are the natural extension of Jacqueline’s Marketplace, because her passion really lies in art, culture, and philanthropy. As a matter of fact, she is donating nearly half of the floor space at iMake 2011 to local, talented and struggling artists. Parking & Admission to this event are strategically FREE because she

believes that visitors should spend their money on the art & goods being sold, not in getting in. (Very Cool!) Visitors to this events can find all kinds of handmade goods, including: Art Work of All Genres; Handmade Goods; Indie Crafts; Kitsch Items; Art Deco, Vintage & Antique Jewelry & Goods; DIY Fashion & Accessories; Up-Cycled & Re-Purposed Items; Photography; Fresh Market Items; Flea Market Finds; Natural Foods & Skincare Products; Baked Goods; Specialty Children’s Items; Handmade & Unique Pet Products & More... MAG

To become an iMaker and for Sponsorship opportunities visit: www.CenturyMarketplace.com, or contact Jacqueline, at:

(305) 297-1726 Follow iMakeMarket on Facebook, and Twitter @iMakeMarket. Use the hashtag #iMake2011 to enter in a secret Giveaway.


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he experience of raising a 20 year-old artist son with autismis the inspiration for Cynthia Drucker’s Artists With Autism (AWA), the organization unites artists with autism, by providing a tool which promotes their artistic talents to the community. AWA also works to foster the artist’ self-enrichment, and offers support to their families. AWA encourages its members to promote themselves to the community by meetings, art shows, opening receptions, and various events. With AWA’s support, members have opportunities to establish their own micro-enterprising business which will foster selfenrichment and provides a source of income.

“I am a mother of a young man with autism”, Drucker says. “Brandon is the dreamer with goals in his life. He is the catalyst that gave ArtistsWithAutism (AWA) a purpose. One of Brandons’ many interests is to illustrate the stories he writes. With reams of paper filled with drawings, I felt a need to make a collection, which I have printed in a book”.


and oils on canvas, and one member prefers 3D sculpture art. Their abilities range from professional digital art to stencil drawings, and everything in between. All are masterpieces in their own way. Many of the parents and family members collaborate directly or indirectly in the ideas and effort, the exhibits require. “I’m very grateful to AWA, because it is like a light in my son’s life path”, says Angelica Vidal, mother of Michael Vidal, a proud member of AWA. “He has improved a lot in his social skills and self confidence”.

The artists’ ambitions of AWA, have achieved more, than many of their neurotypical counterparts. They have an internal desire to learn, though they may learn in unconventional ways.

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By founding this new social group for teens and young adults with high functioning autism/aspergers syndrome, Drucker has united parents of other talented children who were searching for ways to promote the artistic abilities.“AWA has opened up a whole new world for my son, Jayson”, said his mother Heidi Halberstadt. “He has found his place in the world with art”.

Though each member continues to have personal struggles relating to their Autism diagnosis, they thrive, because their family chooses to believe in them. They are proof that despite the dismal prognosis from prominent medical professionals, some children with autism can far exceed their childhood expectations. In July 2010, Artists With Autism was conceived with four founding artists. As of September 2011, there are 12 registered members, eight of whom actively participate in gallery shows and craft show. The others are in the process to growing their collection. Members have their distinctive style. Some use colored pencils and ink drawings on paper, others use acrylic

Learn more about Artists With Autism: www.artistswithautism.org


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escended from a family of artists, the Cuban sculptor Tony López dedicated all his life to the art of modeling. Born in Cuba in the early 1920s, Tony Lopez was exposed to this art from his childhood. His father and grandfather were both sculptors and Tony spent of his time modeling clay.

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When he was at school, art was his favorite subject and he loved to be at the studio, rather than playing ball with the other kids. Tony learned to shape and carve clay, sharing time with his father, while others at his age were learning the alphabet. By the time he was a teenager, he was quite skilled in what was to be his profession. His father died while working on a commissioned monument, which the eighteen-year old Tony took and completed. Tony sculpted all his life; it was his passion, his only “means of expression” as he is known to have said. He never followed one school of sculpting or sculpting trend. He and his family left during Cuba’s revolution and came to the USA in 1958, where Tony continued his creative process of expression. Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, Florida

Soft and sinuous curves characterize Tony’s abstract expressionist artwork. They reflect his intense passion for sculpting. Tony achieved an amazing realism withwood, clay, stone or metal. He enjoyed to creating abstract and architectural structures inspired by his own visions. Tony López brought to life images of loved ones and famous figures. He memorialized in his work. He sculpted the original models for the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach. On a more playful side his rooster figures, inspired by his pet rooster Pepe, are very popular along Calle 8 in Miami. His icons include John Ringling and Juan Pablo II. His images of war heroes, fellow Cuban countrymen and religious figures can be found throughout the southeastern United States.


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Tony López’s sculptures have been seen around the world. He has exhibited in galleries such as the Museum of Modern Art in Washington DC and Rockefeller Center in New York City. His work is also popular with international business and private collectors. Tony López’s work has made an impact in Florida that will be felt for generations to come. Master sculptor Tony López will be deeply missed but he lives on through his artwork. MAG

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A prolific artist, his work ranges from the miniature to the massive, and includescoins, architectural panels, reproductions and restorations. During his career Tony López was repeatedly approached with awards and historic monuments, commemorative commissions such as trophies. As early as 1956, he was asked to sculpt a pair of bookends inspired by Ernest Hemingway.


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arma Phuntsok’s unique and dynamic expression of contemporary Buddhist art can only truly be appreciated up close, live and in person. The reason for this is not just to appreciate the intensely intricate detail, texture and popping colors he is famous for, but also necessary in order to experience the palpable energy radiating off the canvas. Karma’s life and art are at once rooted in ancient Tibetan culture and tradition while simultaneoustly contemporary, surprising with a sense of humor and a strong point of view.

Karma followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959. He attend one of many very good refugee schools that were formed by the Tibetan community in India. He excelled at art and in 1973 began an apprenticeship, with a master Tibetan Thangka painter in Nepal. This study included understandingdistemper techniques, creating traditional mineral and organic paints by collecting widely varying stones and grinding them by hand with a

mortar and pestle. Karma followed the traditional methods of mixing the pigments with egg to temper them with herbs and glue and also how to hem the canvases and string them in a wooden frame. He also became thoroughly immersed in not just the particular disciplines of painting but also the rich symbolism that underlies

the Thangka technique. After this intense apprenticeship, Karma became a full-time professional Thangka painter, and has been ever since. The Thangka art form originated in Nepal. It is overflowing with symbolism and allegory, a style of painting known for its fantastic and absolute attention to detail with each image and every color chosen carefully by the artist. Each piece is created as a tool for meditation, often portraying the life of the Buddha, influential lamas, deities and bodhisattvas destined for enlightenment. All images and symbols exemplify the essence of Buddha. Traditional Thangka art is homage to Buddhist culture, and the compositions are highly geometric and rever-

ential. Bodies, facial features, gestures, animals, nature and ritualistic paraphernalia are all depicted on a grid of angles and intersecting lines, as is the empty space between objects. Thankga art is a manifestation of divinity created to stimulate the eye, mind and heart. Karma clearly expresses his own voice, breaking free from strict rules. Often, there is an extremely modern, provocative element to his art. For example, one of his latest pieces depicts the Buddha standing among Wonder Woman, Batman and a host of other super heroes. Stare long enough at any piece and you will continue to see something new and thought provoking. Karma often beautifully, intelligently shines a spotlight on political and philosophical ideas. His paintings ooze compassion, joy, confidence, peace and strength.


Transmitting Divinity Karma now lives with his family in Australia. The dense forest visible from the clearing surrounding their home, lays the fertile ground for what springs to life on his canvas. The art of Karma Phunstok is a modern expression of an ancient craft, a time-honored tradition interwoven with 21st century inspiration. His wealth of imagery and allegory flow from the richness of his life experience: from a childhood in Chineseoccupied Tibet, coming of age as a refugee in India, an apprenticeship in Nepal, and his love of the Australian outback. His work is internationally acclaimed, and his paintings hang in private and public collections

and galleries on nearly every continent. Karmatravels the world exhibiting his art. Most recently he was featured in a one-man show, “Sacred Painting”, in honor of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Sidney, Australia and a well received individual exhibition “Magie du Tibet” at Galerie Métanoia in Paris, France. His exhibitions have included the Queen’s Hall at Parliament House in Melbourne, and his exhibitionat “Tibet Art Now” for the Dalai Lama’s visit to Amsterdam. Throughout the years Karma has done many paintings for the Dalai Lama including one which hangs in his Holiness’ temple in Dharamsala India.

Karma’s “Transmitting Divinity” exhibition (November 26th- December 11th) will celebrate this extraordinary man and his art. This is a must go see in the midst of Art Basel fever. To commence this three week exhibition, Dharma Studio in Coconut Grove will host a fabulous opening party free to the public on Friday, November 26th 7pm. Then, Sunday, December 11th 2011, don’t miss an opportunity to hear Karma Phuntsok give an informal talk about his life and work, featuring a question and answer session. On Saturday December 10th, and Sunday December 11th Karma will teach a traditional Tibetan Art Class at Blu Moon Art Gallery in Coconut Grove. MAG

Karma Phuntsok “Transmitting Divinity” Exhibition. Dharma Studio 3170 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 Ph: 305.461.1777 for more information email: loree@dharmastudio.com

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