Pompano Beach’s Downtown can trace its renaissance to the opening of Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) on April 16, 2014. In the five years since the ribbon cutting ceremony, the venue has been a catalyst for the City’s emerging cultural community and a key driver for local economic development. To celebrate this milestone, BaCA is having a free anniversary reception of Friday, April 5, 2019 during Old Town Untapped from 6-10 pm. The galleries will showcase two exciting exhibitions, Penta and Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning.
“The importance of Bailey Contemporary Arts cannot be underestimated,” said Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin. “This venue put the City’s emerging art scene in the spotlight with its creative exhibitions, support of emerging artists and a robust schedule of events and workshops. BaCA’s emergence fueled the success of the Old Town Untapped events and stimulated the economic development in the surrounding area. There is much to celebrate during this 5th anniversary, and we are very proud of all of the people who made this venue a success.”
Penta celebrates all things inspired by the number “5.” The exhibition is an outstanding collection of pieces from BaCA’s current and previous artists in residence. The exhibition will feature paintings, ceramics and installations that have been inspired by each artists’ unique interpretations of what five means to them. The exhibition will be in main gallery and is on display through April 27, 2019.
Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning is an exhibition of original artworks by members of the Miami-based Tropical Botanic Artists collective. The botanical subjects were selected to mark the 100th anniversary in 2015 of the start of work on Tamiami Trail, a roadway begun in 1915 in Miami. Today it stretches across the Everglades from Miami to Naples and northward to Tampa, through areas that were largely wilderness a century ago. The exhibition’s more than 30 plant portraits depict species found then and now in multiple vegetation zones along the route. Due to human intervention and changes in water flow, some of the plants illustrated are rare or endangered, and their predominant locations may have shifted, but all persist in South Florida’s landscape.
Presented with support from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the exhibition is the result of the artists’ collaboration with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser of Florida International University, who is principal investigator for the local Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program.
Artists whose works are featured in the exhibition are Margie Bauer, Kristi Bettendorf, Beverly Borland, Silvia Bota, Marie Chaney, Susan Cumins, Jeanie Daniel Duck, Julio Figueroa, Pauline A Goldsmith, Leo Hernandez, Elsa Nadal, Carol Onstad, Laurie Richardson, Donna Torres and Jedda Wong.
Tamiami is on view in the West Gallery/Blooming Bean Coffee Roaster and runs through May 31, 2019.
BaCA Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Saturdays 10am- 4pm.
Bailey Contemporary Arts is located at 41 NE 1st Street. Pompano Beach, FL 33060
For more information 954-786-7879 or visit www.baileyarts.org.
Old Town Tapped
About Bailey Contemporary Arts
The mission of Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) is to cultivate, incubate and nurture a vibrant visual arts community that enriches Pompano Beach and its goal of being a nexus of art, creativity, diversity, and inspiration. Serving as an incubator for artistic innovation and education, the staff of BaCA amalgamates emerging local and national artists with industry professionals to elevate the creative process. Located in the historic Bailey Hotel building, which was, at one point, the center of a thriving downtown in Pompano Beach. Built in 1923, the historic Bailey Hotel is the second oldest remaining building (right behind the old Farmer’s Bank building next door) and is part of the longest contiguous collection of historic buildings in Broward County.
Date(s) - 04/05/2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
BaCA (Bailey Contemporary Arts)