Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hard Hats for Haiti Shines at "Haiti Art Expo 2011" during Art Basel Week

Hard Hats for Haiti and renowned Miami photographer Jordan Michael Zuniga, showcased a collection of limited edition photographs at Haiti Art Expo 2011 at the Moore Building on Saturday, December 3rd during Art Basel week. Zuniga’s ‘Haiti: Hope in Progress’ is part of his support to the Hard Hats for Haiti campaign, the catalyst for the Pan American Development Foundation’s plan to rebuild homes, revitalize neighborhoods, and create jobs.

Haiti Art Expo 2011 is a pledge from South Florida’s cultural community and Haiti advocates who are making a positive impact in the lives of the Haitian people. On its second year, co-hosts Michael Caponni, Jeff Feldman and Rachel Moscoso Denis presented an exhibition which demonstrated the visionary power of Haitian visual art that has continued to command international attention. Jordan’s “Haiti: Hope in Progress” limited edition photography series were the highlight of the evening, reflecting PADF’s work in Haiti through vibrant and soulful images.

“Thanks to Haiti Art Expo 2011 and Mr. Zuniga we had the invaluable opportunity to spread the word about our work in Haiti, with a direct impact in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Haitians” said Paul Fisher, Director of Corporate Partnerships for PADF.
Jordan Michael Zuniga discussing his photography with a guest
At this event, more than 500 art lovers, collectors, Haiti government officials, local personalities, and other guests showed their support to PADF’s Hard Hats for Haiti while enjoying Jordan’s photography and the colorful world class exhibit of Haitian art presented by art collector and curator Michele Frisch. Special guests included Mr. Ralph Latortue, Honorary Consul General of Haiti; Anedie Azael, Miss Haiti 2011; and Dee Adames, Bravo TV’s “Shear Genius” winner and celebrity stylist.
Jeff Feldman, HAE 2011 co-producer; Anedie Azael, Miss Haiti 2011; Michele Frisch, art curator; Rachel Moscoso-Denis, HAE 2011 co-producer; Paul Fisher, PADF's Director of Corporate Partnerships

Sales from the exhibit as well as Zuniga’s photographs, will directly benefit the Hard Hats for Haiti campaign, which has already received a commitment of over $50M from institutions such as the World Bank, the American Red Cross, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and Caterpillar.

For more information about Hard Hats for Haiti please visit

Art and Intrigue at MOCA’S Mystery Dates & Sofia Joelsson's Dinner

On Saturday, November 12, 2011, patrons of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s MYSTERY DATES enjoyed an evening of art and intrigue as they attended glamorous dinner parties in the private homes of some of Miami’s most inspired hosts. The mystery is that guests learned only that evening which dinner they would attend on the night of the big event.

The excitement began with a festive cocktail party at MOCA (770 NE 125th Street in North Miami) where guests discovered their next stop for the evening. Mystery Dates hosts were a mix of creative business professionals and entrepreneurs, all of whom share a passion for contemporary art and a love of entertaining.

Settings included a contemporary glass house in Coconut Grove, an elegant ocean side villa on Golden Beach, an industrial loft in Wynwood, a MiMO house in Morningside, a stunning home on Pinetree Drive and a breathtaking South Beach penthouse recently designed by our client Sofia Joelsson, principal of Sojo Design. Sofia hosted a wonderful dinner at the 8,000 sqf ocean front rooftop terrace for over 20 guests who were serenated by a violin player while enjoying a delightful menu. After the dinner everyone moved down to the main living room where Sofia and other guests entertained the crowd playing the magnificent white grand piano, before heading to the after party at The Setai.

Dinner hostess Sofia Joelsson entertains her guests
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photo gallery for Mystery Dates
The event was presented by Ornare with major sponsorship from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, The Fischer Group. Sponsors are AUDI, The Brickellian/ Stella Holmes and Ocean Drive Magazine with additional support from GREY GOOSE Vodka, Southern Wine and Spirits, The Setai, The Well Lounge and Social Miami.com.

Mystery Dates 2011 was co-chaired by MOCA Shakers Zubin Nagpal, Erin Newberg, Ivonne Ronderos, Carolyn Travis and Joshua Dunkelman, who led a dynamic committee comprised of Tara Solomon, Nick D'Annunzio, Suzy Buckley, Lana Bernstein, James Wark, Tiffany Rosen, Bernardo Ortiz, Bill Kearney, Carol Adrianza, Craig Dell, Karen Gilinski, Marcia Anderson, Maura Dominguez, Meredith Becker and Lexing Zhang. Proceeds from the event benefited MOCA’s exhibitions of experimental and emerging artists.
For more information, about the MOCA visitwww.mocanomi.org