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Beaux Arts Festival of Art

Event Summary
The 67th Annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art takes place on the grounds of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida on January 13th and 14th, 2018.  Each year, thousands of patrons visit the festival to view and to purchase original artwork from approximately 230 juried exhibitors. Cash awards totaling over $20,000 will be presented to juried artists across ten categories as well as to the winners of the Student Artist Showcase which features art from students all over Miami-Dade County.  The Festival of Art is free to the public and offers live eclectic music, children’s art experiences, fabulous dining options, and free admission all weekend to the Lowe Art Museum.

General Information

The Beaux Arts Festival of Art is run entirely by Beaux Arts Miami, a volunteer support organization of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. The first festival, originally called the Clothesline Sale, was held in the spring of 1952 in order to give young artists a chance to meet the buying public. The festival became an annual project, and is now a juried show recognized as one of the leading art shows in the country.  Proceeds from the Beaux Arts Festival of Art go to the Lowe Art Museum for the purposes of funding exhibitions, capital improvements, children’s programming (including Art and School Camps and Hands On Community Outreach) as well as acquisitions for the museum’s collection.

Beaux Arts is proud to host South Florida’s oldest juried art festival, the Beaux Arts Fesitval of Art, on January 13th and 14th, 2018.

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Born and raised in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont, Karen holds a deep-seeded connection to the ever-changing landscape of the mountains. Her photographic subjects reflect her reverence for the extraordinary beauty and fragility of the natural world. Karen's career in photography began while working with nonverbal, autistic and learning disabled children on improving their communication skills. With a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Karen developed computer based communication systems using photographs that she took with her clients of objects and people in their lives. Photography helped these special-needs individuals see the world in different ways and facilitated their creativity as well as their communication skills. For several years, Karen juggled careers as both a speech-language pathologist and a professional photographer, but when she became a mother Karen realized that she could not continue careers in both fields. She took a “break” from her work as a speech-language pathologist, and ultimately, never went back. For the past several years, Karen has explored the fine art of still life photography, as well as abstract images using smoke with objects she hand-created. Her still life images containing botanicals, sea shells, butterflies, fossils and geodes, as well as her totally unique images of smoke have earned her national and international accolades, as well as coveted awards, including many from juried, fine art competitions. After living in many parts of the US, Asia and Europe, Karen has settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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