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Artist Noel, Uberto Gucci collaborate on exhibit to be shown Thursday at Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Miami artist Noel is collaborating with Uberto Gucci of the fashion house family to create an exhibit called La Collaborazione, which will be displayed Thursday at Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

Here's the news release:

MIAMI BEACH---Provocative and exciting, what started out as a concept idea between the famed fashion house family’s Uberto Gucci, his business partner Tatjana Labato, and Miami’s celebrated artist, Noel, has resolved into an international artistic exchange that will premiere in a duo of events Thursday, November 17, from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden followed by a reception, from 9 P.M. to 11 P.M. at the Raleigh Hotel.

Tagged “La Collaborazione,” two of the exhibit’s mixed media paintings combining such iconic items as Gucci scarves, accessories and all things equestrian with the signature style of Noel’s sweeping artwork, were initially unveiled in Florence in 2010. Viewed as an homage to the history of the Gucci family, the show in which Noel introduces new techniques and a simplified execution that evolved into a stunning three-dimensional effect, reflected the artist’s personal interpretation of merging the classical with the contemporary.

Adding a dramatic note to the exhibit will be the first furniture piece created by Uberto Gucci and Miami’s Deco One designer Aldo Conigliaro on which Noel has painted stirring images related to “La Collaborazione.”

“La Collaborazione” is an amazing and original concept born from an unexpected encounter,” said Uberto Gucci. “It was quite natural for two different creative minds to meet and instinctively recognize a common view. Noel had the creative ability to translate my suggestions to his visual language aimed to represent elements already dear to me… art, beauty, design, fashion, and history. This was the first time that I had the opportunity to let my creativity be totally free. I thank Noel for this occasion and allowing me a fresh breath of pure air.”

To launch “Prima Parte, the first part of the evening from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M., Matti Bower, Mayor of Miami Beach, will present the Key to the City to Uberto Gucci. Noel is scheduled to be awarded a Proclamation recognizing his continuing contributions to the city. Held in the Banyan Room of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden’s newly completed $1.2 million landscape renovation designed by Raymond Jungles, an additional highlight will be the participation of chef Tom Azar of City Hall The Restaurant and owner Steve Hass, as one of the event’s sponsors.

The Brilla Group Exc. VP and Managing Director Richard Cotter, and Adam Cohen, Brilla Group COO, will host “Seconda Parte,” the 9 P.M. to 11 P.M. reception at Miami Beach’s revered hotel, The Raleigh. A further opportunity to view Noel’s charcoal studies of the paintings seen at the Botanical Garden along with remaining works of his 2010 collection. All will be on exhibit in both the VIP Penthouse Salon and the hotel’s restaurant located in the Pool Logia.

In addition to the Raleigh and City Hall The Restaurant, sponsors include Mayor Matii Bower, Commissioner Michael Gongora, The Miami Beach Botanical Garden represented by Executive Director Laura Jamieson; PK Graphics/Artist Miguel Paredes; OOK Fine Art Hardware; The Miami Beach Art Trust and MiamiArtzine; Miami Beach GLBT Chamber of Commerce; and Graphic Designer/Artist Marcelo Holzinger.

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