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Art Basel Expands to the Historic Coconut Grove at KROMA, A New Art Space

Celebrity Art Series II presents “BLACK: The Art of Color”

November 22, 2013 – Miami, FL. – Art Week Miami & Art Basel Miami Beach expands to Historic Coconut Grove with Celebrity Art Series II from December 3rd – 8th at KROMA, with support of local Coconut Grove Restaurateurs.

“I have been attending Art Basel since its inception and I noticed the lack of diversity in the presence of black art galleries and attendees. I asked other black art lovers and experts to host a Black art show during Art Basel. I was finally fed up that it never materialized. With the encouragement and financial support of friends, I debut Celebrity Art Series in Wynwood in 2012.” – Que Simmons

This years’ exhibition, “Black: The Art of Color,” presents primitive, contemporary, and modern art by African American, Haitian, and African artists. The exhibition and cultural programs showcase the talent of high-profile artists, such as: Andre Guichard, Charly Palmer, Joseph Grant Jr., Najee Dorsey, Adrian Pickett, and Derek Joshua Beard. Added to the event is a spin on the annual “Taste of the Grove,” in which each nightly reception is sponsored by a local Grove restaurant with samples of their signature appetizers. The Women’s International Film and Art Festival’s [501(c)(3)], initiative “Reel Girls: Real Women” is the 2013 beneficiary of art sales. We have invited dignitaries, art collectors, and the black-arterati to join us for an exciting week of events in historic Coconut Grove.

Celebrity Art Series II presents “Black: The Art of Color” Exhibition at

KROMA 3670 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, Florida 33133

GALLERY HOURS:

Wednesday, December 4th –9th from 12pm – 7pm
Sunday, December 8th from 12pm – 5pm

KROMA is a new collective art space located on Grand Avenue in the heart of the historic Coconut Grove consisting of 18 artists studios and a communal gallery space. KROMA’s mission is to serve as an affordable, contemporary space for artists, whose creative output will contribute to connecting the spirits of Coconut Grove’s rich past, present and future.

As a premiere arts incubator and the latest initiative of the Collaborative Development Corporation, KROMA will host exhibits showcasing the myriad of perspectives that are a result of the African diaspora and beyond. KROMA looks to advance the knowledge and practice of the arts through education and programming, which will not only enrich the lives of the community, but further develop the careers of resident artists.

Celebrity Art Series was founded by Que Simmons in 2012 to promote art collecting and support non-profit organizations that work with artists and the creative arts community. She believes in finding your passion and living your joy! For over 27 years, she lives her joy as an avid art patron, promoter, and collector. Her collection ranges from Romare Bearden, Adger Cowans, Carrie Mae Weems, Gordon Parks, Joe Overstreet to James Denmark. She is consummate community advocate and volunteer, in which she has volunteered with Shake-A-Leg, an adaptive sailing program and the Miami Project. Ms. Simmons is a native Floridian, residing in Coconut Grove for the last fifteen years.

Florcy Morisset is a business executive, arts advocate, and community organizer, working at the intersection of culture and business. As the 2013 Celebrity Art Series art curator and consultant, she coordinated the art exhibition and fostered collaboration with local partners and business owners. Ms. Morisset is the founder and creative director of the Vivant Art Collection and Consulting, respectively, an international cultural art gallery and consulting firm focused on working with artist, museums, and arts institutions.

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