University of Miami Now Accepting Entries For Annual Underwater Photo Contest – Deadline March 28

Spring Into Art, the annual silent art auction presented by Friends of Art UM Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables) will be held March 11, 2011 at 7 pm. It will be an evening rich in the talent that comprises the contemporary American and Miami Art Scene.  More than 50 original works of art in all types of media put the finishing touch to the donations to this year’s cocktail party and auction. The event is $125 per person. All proceeds from the evening benefit Lowe.

18 of Miami’s nationally- and internationally-acclaimed artists are contributing pieces to celebrate their interpretations of this year’s theme, “America!”  The artists are: Carlos Alves, Susan Banks, Jose Bedia, Carlos Betancourt, Martin Casuso, Joyce Chadroff, Xavier Cortada, Mark Diamond, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Sheila Elias, Lidia Godoi, Karl Hollinger, Ruben Torres Llorca, Aramis O’Reilly, Ralph Provisero, George Rodez, Donna Underwood, and Tom Weinkle.

And for the first time, Wynwood galleries are supporting the Lowe with donations of the works of eight of their artists, including  Jorge Luis Santos,  (Pan American Art Projects); Erni Vales, (EVL WORLD); Patricia S. Gutierrez , (Bakehouse Art Complex); Maxine Spector, Sara Rytteke, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Natasha Duwin, (Artformz).  Dina Mitrani Gallery will donate the photography of one of its artists, as well. Emerging and established artists from throughout the Miami and International Art Scene will also contribute, among them are:  Venezuelan artist Cristina de Guillot, Betty and Richard Pober, as well as artists and students from the New World School of the Arts.

At the close of the silent auction, SeaDream Yachts will auction off a 7-night Mediterranean yacht voyage.  This Live Auction will take place while desserts and coffee are served.  This five-star yacht cruise company is generously donating and conducting the yacht cruise auction for the benefit of the Lowe for the first time. A performance by the New World School of the Arts Barbershop Quartet will round out the celebration of “America!” Selected works in the silent auction can be previewed one week before the event at the Friends of Art website: www.friendsoflowemuseum.cfsites.org